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Comment: As intended (Score 1) 280

by Njovich (#48128531) Attached to: Four Dutch Uberpop Taxi Drivers Arrested, Fined

It was very obvious this was going to happen. Authorities even announced they would take action, and Uber has been very public about going to start this service and that they would pay any fines.

I don't know what the playbook of Uber and the transport inspection services are, but it is obvious that for both sides have these fines as part of it.

This makes it possible for Uber to fight it out in the courts, and will likely trigger discussion in the parliament that may lead to changes in the laws.

Comment: Re:Tegra based! (Score 1) 74

by Njovich (#47971653) Attached to: Google Partners With HTC For Latest Nexus Tablet

I'm fairly certain the people of Taiwan consider Taiwan a different place than China -- enough so that they have the whole Taiwan name and all.

New Mexico and Mexico are not the same thing, but they are both in the Americas. North and South Korea are not the same thing, yet both people are Koreans.

So how is that possible, if they have their own name too?

Please ask any Taiwanese person about this, and you will hear the same thing. Taiwanese people consider themselves Chinese. You can try all you want to claim that 'China' is only the mainland part. But that doesn't make it true, and in fact is insulting to both Taiwanese and mainland chinese people.

Comment: Re:Tegra based! (Score 1) 74

by Njovich (#47971637) Attached to: Google Partners With HTC For Latest Nexus Tablet

Are French and German people both European? Are North and South Koreans both Korean people?

Well, DPRK != ROK, yet they are both Koreans. The fact is that both the mainland and taiwanese people consider Taiwanese people as Chinese people. You may want to consider that 'Chinese' is a bigger term than just PRC.

Comment: This again? (Score 2) 184

by Njovich (#47953321) Attached to: KDE's UI To Bend Toward Simplicity

Do you really have to rip all of the features out of KMail for this?

How about you make your own mail client, hell, even use the KMail source. Then you will see how much the KDE userbase will love your 'retarded-people-interface' that is only an improvement for people who don't need advanced features like deleting an email. I'm not kidding, look at the mockup in the article.

I really don't get how you can see Metro and Gnome fail completely trying to force a more 'simple' user interface on people, and then want to make the same mistake.

Comment: Red Cross is non-political (Score 5, Insightful) 300

by Njovich (#47748091) Attached to: Put A Red Cross PSA In Front Of the ISIS Beheading Video

The Red Cross is non-political for a reason.

If they pick a side they will endanger countless of workers from the Red Cross. The goal of the Red Cross is to provide humanitarian aid and emergency relief.

ISIS may be a bunch of evil maniacs, but let the judging be done by other organisations that don't have to help civilians in the frontlines.

Comment: Re:Should be interesting RE- Nato (Score 2) 375

by Njovich (#47728067) Attached to: Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

Spain will veto their EU plans (over their own want-to-breakaway regions doing the same thing in the future).

Only England wants to play dirty games against the Scottish, the rest of the EU really doesn't care that much. Spain has already stated they will not veto Scotland. Why would other countries like Netherlands or Germany be interested in keeping Scotland out of the EU? It is a wealthy area, there are many business interest, and the people are *already* EU citizens.

Comment: Re:Tiny bumps in JPEG performance (Score 1) 129

by Njovich (#47465447) Attached to: Mozilla Doubles Down on JPEG Encoding with mozjpeg 2.0

so we know a much better format than WebP is technically available *now*. [...] It doesn't seem like a good idea to try to move to WebP when we know a better format is coming fairly soon (probably within a couple of years).

So what you are saying is that for the next few years (plus the past 4 years), WebP was available for you to use, better than mozjpeg is even now (and having a bunch of extra features like lossless compression, animations, alpha channel), but you will not use it because you are waiting for some hypothetical file format that may exist in a few year and will provide better compression?

Can we please have the old Mozilla back that was more interested in building a great browser than having petty conflicts over formats?

Comment: Re:KDE becoming more rococo every day (Score 3, Interesting) 87

by Njovich (#47406073) Attached to: KDE Releases Frameworks 5

The word plasma was never mentioned in my comment.

A better "run command" dialog, a much improved window manager with amazing compositing, better screen management, bluetooth support, network management that didn't suck, hotplug device support, a more configurable taskbar that also includes launchers ('pinned' apps), pervasive search, shells for small-screen devices .. I could go on and on .. and that's only Plasma. The libraries also delivered huge improvements all over the place.

Sorry, I had most of this stuff in KDE 3.5? Yes, it was under different apps, some of them not part of KDE, but worked fine for me. And if all of this is so much better, why does it work so much worse?

Of course, for people who have made up their minds to rag on the 4.x series will make ridiculous claims like "rotating widgets were the only new thing". Get with reality, even if it .. no, ESPECIALLY if .. it runs counter to your pet ideas.

Ah yes, the user is wrong. Well, do as you see fit anyway, this discussion would have been useful a couple of years ago. Your side with the 'user is always wrong, lets change it anyway' has won, and now KDE (and also Gnome, with the exact same reasoning) has become irrelevant for all but a handful of users (actually, I am one of these users that still uses KDE 4 daily, mostly because kioslaves is great). Hope you enjoy your victory!

However, one thing I want to make clear, I have been using KDE4 for years exclusively (right up to this day), I have liked it a lot despite all the shortcomings. I went to the conferences, I contributed to KDE Look (remember that? That actually had good content back when there were still users), etc. And only now that I've been back to KDE 3.5 for a bit, I realized just how shitty KDE has become compared to what it was.

Comment: Re:KDE becoming more rococo every day (Score 1) 87

by Njovich (#47405701) Attached to: KDE Releases Frameworks 5

Exactly, I recently needed some files from an old hard drive and found myself in a KDE 3.5 installation. It was absolutely brilliant: fast, stable, no 'usability improvements' that removed features. Apps like Basket that never had a stable release in KDE4. I honestly don't know what it is that we have gained with KDE 4. Rotating widgets? Anyway, I still love KDE 4, and KDE is still (IMHO) the best desktop out there, but was it worth the transition to 4?

Comment: Don't (Score 1) 64

Just use images with a proper license and a company that is willing to license to you under terms that are not so fuzzy. CC sucks because it is so unspecific and creative types just don't understand the ramifications and limits of their choices. The sad thing is that the world would be a better place if CC never came into existence, because then you would at least have had a chance for proper public licenses to evolve.

Otherwise, you are a company, so you could probably just open up a sixpack of lawyers if you ever get into problems.

As for your stated problem, if you documented it for yourself that this was some specific license, then the courts can probably entice Flickr to just state what license was valid at the time.

Machines certainly can solve problems, store information, correlate, and play games -- but not with pleasure. -- Leo Rosten