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Comment: Re:Relaxing = Live longer? (Score 1) 207

by Kartu (#49160165) Attached to: Research Suggests That Saunas Help You Live Longer

Note that air is also very dry in saunas.
90C is nothing special, everyone can easily stand it for at least 10-15 mins.

Germans also do "Aufguss" (not sure what Fins call it or whether they do it) in 90C.
It's when they also add humidity into the picture, normally in 3 rounds. Depending on Sauna/who is doing it, it can quickly get to unbearable levels.

Comment: Re:The barbarians will murder anyone they want (Score 2) 319

by Kartu (#48776519) Attached to: MI5 Chief Seeks New Powers After Paris Magazine Attack

Pardon me, but how does this show that Islam itself is not the problem?
It merely shows that being Muslim doesn't save you from Muslim fanatics.

Now, examples that you have mentioned, pardon my cynicism, were more of a collateral damage. The terrorists weren't after these people because they were Muslims. However there have been dozens if not thousands of Shia Muslims vs Sunni Muslims terrorist attacks in Iraq.

Problems with Islam:

1) Apostasy in a crime punishable with the death penalty

2) To qualify as apostasy, one doesn't even to renounce Islam or join another religion, just questioning "fundamental tenet or creed" of Islam is enough. (e.g. Sharia law)

In 23 (!!!) (as you'd guess, Muslim) countries apostasy is covered through criminal laws (which is a violation of universal human rights) it is THAT bad.

Comment: Re:Yes this is Terrible. (Score 1) 191

by Kartu (#48616009) Attached to: Apple Wins iTunes DRM Case

Wikipedia disagrees.

In short: Mr Jobbs refused to let other players in, to a point when major "music companies" preferred no-DRM to DRM dominated by Apple.

25th of September 2007 was when BETA version of amazon music came to life, but DRM free music from major players came later:

In January 2008 it became the first music store to sell music without digital rights management (DRM) from the four major music labels (EMI, Universal, Warner Music, and Sony BMG), as well as many independents.[1][2][3][4]

Before that happened:

The music companies had argued that Apple, which dominates the digital music market with its iPod player and iTunes service, should license its copy protection software to rivals. But Mr. Jobs has refused, saying that such a move would invite several problems, including the possibility that hackers would crack the technology.

Which led to:

Now, some music executives are privately backing the idea of dropping the software from music sold through virtually every service except iTunes, in order to strengthen AppleÃ(TM)s rivals and potentially diminish Mr. JobsÃ(TM)s advantage. The major labels have been upset with AppleÃ(TM)s inflexibility on music pricing, among other issues.


Comment: Re:Google doesn't have a monopoly on ANYTHING. (Score 2) 334

by Kartu (#48439313) Attached to: The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

Google can complain about "youtube losing money" while keeping ads price on youtube so low that competitors starve., cough.
Google has too much power for "free open market" to be able to "regulate" it, OK?

EU has both legal and MORAL right to dictate anyone in EU market how to behave IN EU.

The "bunch of idiots" forced phone manufacturers to support USB charging, mobile providers to drop roaming charges, to allow you to switch mobile provider while keeping your old phone number, they forced Microsoft to un-bundle IE, PC manufacturers to offer windows-less version etc.

NONE of that would happen just out of "free market" without government pressing them.

Comment: Still trying to grasp the "sexism" (Score 1) 642

by Kartu (#48409181) Attached to: Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games

Hi guys,

I hope you won't consider it trolling as I'm being honest, I swear.

In ancient Greece they had gorgeous sculptures (paintings too?) of gods all over the place (and oh god, creating those sculptures was a monumental effort), were they objectifying them?

USSR had pictures/photos/sculptures of Lenin/Stalin/Whoeverisinpower all over the place, was it because they were objectifying them?

North Korean leaders sculptures/paintings all over the place, because they objectify them?

I think not. I'm pretty sure all things above happen(ed) because people were/are WORSHIPING them.

Now tell me why it is different with the beauty of an attractive human body. Why is it objectifying and not worshiping?

Comment: "tit for tat", seriously? (Score 1) 178

by Kartu (#48378385) Attached to: Android 5.0 'Lollipop' vs. iOS 8: More Similar Than Ever

How long did it take Apple to allow custom keyboards?
Widgets, does Apple (finally) support them?
What about widgets on the lock screen?
Did Apple stop using rectangular icons with rounded corners?

And well, it sure goes both ways:
When will Android ask me about an App trying to access my contact list?
Did Google start always asking for a password when buying/installing things like Apple does?

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