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Comment Re:Studios probably push it (Score 1) 128

Then what non-ridiculous method of conditional access to video would be acceptable to the companies that fund production of feature films?

What makes flash acceptable now? The DRM as a supposed protector of their content?

Challenge: find an example of a show/movie on Netflix that is also not available as a torrent or on usenet DRM free. Anyone willing to "record" Netflix is not going to be terribly bothered by running Popcorn Time.

Comment Re:This (Score 1) 253

I think you are stretching. Chinese writing has been around a very long time and has an extensive collection of glyphs. While what you say is true, my basic premise still holds - the concept between Chinese glyphs and emoji is not just similar, but the same. Emojis are just more realistic because they are not limited by writing implements of 3000 years ago, or the need to "write" them at all.

Real-life example: I work with Hong Kong (Cantonese) and Taiwan (Mandarin-ish) Chinese guys. We're all sitting at a restaurant in Taiwan with Koreans. Everyone at the table can speak English except for the Cantonese speakers. The solution? They would write in Chinese, the writing could be read by the Mandarin speakers and then translated to English for everyone else. When we needed to speak to the Hong Kong guys, the process was reversed and they would read the glyphs written by the Taiwanese guys. It kind of blew my mind, that these guys could communicate without speaking a common language - but that's the reality.

Comment Re:Why emojis/emoticons are in Unicode? (Score 1) 253

Can you realize how bad will if we got the 90's emoticons on it, then after they got no more used, inflate Unicode with all the internet 2000's expressions too, and then very new decade, the new trend inflating Unicode after the old one got no more used?

So we have like ~120000 characters defined with about a million to spare in UTF-8 and we could increase that to a billion by going back to the original specification. We could give every CJK glyph and every word in the oxford dictionary an emoji with plenty room to spare. What exactly would be "so bad"?

Comment Re: At what point do we reevaluate the position (Score 1) 243

Which land is it that's completely inhabited by whites only? It's not the one that Stockholm's in. Fun facts about Sweden: Nationally, about 10% of the population are immigrants or at least one of their parents was. In the greater Stockholm metro, it's more like 25%. Here in my suburb, it's about 60%. And to the best of my knowledge, Sweden's never had anything like the White Australia programme.

Yes, but the "old" kind of immigration was mostly people crossing the border, I'm from Norway and I got relatives that both have lived and do live in Sweden. In US terms it's pretty much like moving from one state to the other. The EU gave us "exotic" immigration from Poland, the Baltics, the Balkans and a few more from Western Europe, but globe-spanning immigration with a radically different culture in any significant numbers is really just the last decade or so. Sweden is going to change a lot over the next years, far more than the numbers might suggest.

Comment Re: At what point do we reevaluate the position (Score 1) 243

Believing capitalism should be regulated doesn't make you a socialist

Wanting to alter capitalism into a more "humane" form through regulation is pretty much the definition of socialist, at least as commonly used today. "Communism" is the hypothetical ultimate evolved form of economy where all the internal contradictions of capitalism have been corrected and all its alienating elements removed. As these "alienating elements" include first and foremost hierarchies of power those sitting on top of them tend to see the mere idea a deadly threat, whether it's achievable in practice or not.

Comment Re:Yeah, but that just means... (Score 1) 203

I may not believe in all the Christianity/God stuff but "believing themselves to be wise they became fools" comes to mind when you Climate zealots hop on your hobby horses.

So what conclusion am I supposed to draw from your best counter-argument being an unrelated religious quote you don't even believe?

Comment Re:Bad stuff happens in war (Score 3, Insightful) 499

Both sides are guilty of atrocities, but this being Slashdot... I'd rather the side that has an industry of designing CPUs for Intel beat the side that has a bizarre totalitarian religion that routinely generates suicide bombers.

One has a totalitarian martyrhood culture, and the other is using them as substitute culprits to avenge the Holocaust on. Why side with either? Unless, of course, your apocalyptic cult sees Israel as a key to its end-of-the-world prophecies, which seems to be the case for alarmingly many people.

Comment Re:Typical (Score 1) 401

If you ever want to slum it, I've found myself quite happy with Sennheiser CX-150s (2 for $30 special on Newegg). Those are my most expensive set. My others are neon-green Panasonic RPHJE120G, $6 each. When sitting at work listening to music or podcasts, the Sennheisers are slightly better than the cheap Panasonics. When mowing the lawn or working outside, it really doesn't matter except that the seal with the ear needs to be tight.

I'm happy to report that I don't have golden ears :)

Comment Re:What about other life goals? (Score 1) 129

I used the unpaid example to draw a sharper contrast. A large block of time off is generally unavailable under any terms, except at companies like FB (or apparently everywhere in Europe) that explicitly call out child-rearing.

Since you seem to know of the system: If European democracies have a state system for paying for the leave, did the debate include proposals to allow payments for other avocations?

Europe is a big place and it probably varies to jurisdiction to jurisdiction, but I'd say generally no. I know that here in Norway there are a few other exceptions where the government may step in and pay like if you're giving care to someone seriously ill because you're a de facto replacement for public healthcare but for personal projects you are on your own. It has been suggested though that those who want to be slackers can be employed for a relatively short while, then go on unemployment benefits while making crap applications for jobs they won't get, flunk interviews and in general be unemployable while formally meeting the requirements. For the more serious people though I know some that have gotten 6-12 months unpaid leave to pursue some personal dream in the private sector, in the public sector it's even easier.

I think this very much relates to the use of overtime and wage politics, in Europe you generally have to pay for every hour and to be honest you're usually paying overpaying unskilled/untrained people and underpaying your best people. Which means that if good employees don't get their leave and instead quit thinking their CV is good enough to get re-employed a year later you as an employer lose. They have to deal with similar leaves quite often for the 50% that's female and we also have a shorter paternity leave, so really there's no reason to be a dick about it. I guess it depends on why though, if you're starting a competing business then no.... the one I know who got a 12 month leave sailed around the world. Pretty bold move, but it was also fairly certain he'd be coming back. I think it takes a large company though, the smaller the harder it'll be.

Comment Re:Real bad news (Score 1) 401

Standby time on larger devices will be excellent. There is plenty of room for a battery and the non-screen electronics draw the same amount as the smaller phones. My problem is that I don't like phones with 5" screens, let alone phablets or tablets. I want something that I can stick in my rear jeans pocket and sit on like a wallet.

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