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Comment Re:Weak arguments (Score 2) 210

Therefore, democracy is presently in the West not in a good shape.

Compared to 1970, democracy is in very good shape. Of the countries which you mentioned, two were under a communist dictatorship (Hungary and Poland) and three under a military regime (Greece, Spain, Portugal).

It depends on the timeframe you use for the comparison. As much as I am saddened by what happened in the recent elections in Poland, Hungary or Turkey, I think that these are only bumps, and that these countries present little risks of going back to a real dictatorship.

Comment MarkDown and SimpleNote (Score 1) 227

I have similar needs and tried different solutions over the last 30 years (sigh); I suffered a lot everytime I changed jobs, and first thought that the reason was the closed-source software I used. But I finally understood that the critical issue was the format of the notes, and not the application I used to edit them.

I finally settled for this :
  1. - Text only notes.
  2. - MarkDown format (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Markdown).
  3. - Work PC : ResophNotes (http://www.resoph.com)
  4. - Home Mac : nvAlt (http://brettterpstra.com/projects/nvalt/)
  5. - iPhone : SimpleNote (http://simplenote.com/)
  6. - And all notes synchronized with SimpleNote
  7. Yes, it is not an open source solution (even if some parts may be open source); but I am not dependant on any company or its format. If SimpleNote goes bankrupt or starts behaving evil, I can switch to DropBox for file sync (or any other similar service).

    It is not as sexy as Evernote, but I am 100% sure that I will be able to access my notes in 20 years.

    BTW : I first typed this in MarkDown...

Comment Re:WDLive TV (Score 1) 236

Connected to my TV. It's clunky and unintuitive, but it works. I can connect to local shares on my lan and run netflix. Good enough and I don't have the time, or the will in my old age, to setup something more fancy.

Same here, except that I put the media on an USB key.

It is simple and cheap; it works so well that we sometimes take it with us on holidays, and hope that the TV has an HDMI port (so far, we have always been lucky).

Comment iCloud (Score 3, Interesting) 324

Apple wants you to use iCloud; a good way is to sell you a 16 GB phone, and then an iCloud subscription when you don't have enough storage for your photos or your music (and maybe Apple Music on top). With the new iCloud pricing of $12 per year for 50 GB, it is not such a bad deal.

I prefer however to buy a 64 GB version and not be dependant of Apple's services, whose reputation is not as good as their hardware.

Comment Re:The poor UI limits LIbreOffice. (Score 1) 254

For something that's so language-based in the first place, localizing the icons makes perfect sense to me. In Spanish, "N" (Negrita), "c" (cursiva), and "s" (subrayada).

If you only use applications in one language, that's fine; but many people around the world use some applications in their native language, and some other ones in English (the ratio varying among people).

I mostly use applications in English, but for some "corporate" applications I have to use the French version; believe me, it is a real PITA to have to use "Ctrl-D" at home and "Ctrl-B" at work to do exactly the same thing in Excel...

Comment Re:The poor UI limits LIbreOffice. (Score 1) 254

Most WYSIWYG editors will use an italic "I" for "Italic", and a bold "B" for "Bold". The fact that it's a convention should probably be enough reason to continue doing it.

That's fine in English, but what about other languages ? Would you use a "F" in German for "Bold" (Fett) and a "G" in French ("Gras") ?

Sorry, I prefer icons that are not language-related.

Comment Re:In the US. (Score 1) 904

Again, this works in the US with big suburbs where everyone has a parking lot with an electric outlet. In other countries (like good old Europe), where most people live in apartments and there is just no way you can plug your car at night, it doesn't work.

I live in Europe, in an apartment, with my car in an underground garage 20 meters below. There is an electric plug to charge my electric bike, and I look forward to also charge my Tesla XYZ in a few years...

Comment Re:quickly to be followed by self-driving cars (Score 4, Insightful) 904

It won't be the government that pushes people towards autonomous cars. It will be insurance companies.

To be precise : it will be the lower price of insurance policies that will push many towards autonomous cars.

However, smart insurance companies will see this as a dangerous erosion of their market, and will probably fight against this...

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