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Comment: Re:Almost makes me want to live there (Score 1) 77

by V for Vendetta (#46695549) Attached to: European Court of Justice Strikes Down Data Retention Law

If you ask me, there's a very simple and understandable reason for this sensibility: Europe hosted its share of tyrannic oppressive regimes over the centuries, all of which used accumulated data to oppress their opponents. For once people seemed to have learned a thing from history.

Comment: Re:Where's Gibson? (Score 1) 293

Most people already know that In his 1984 book "Neuromancer" he basically predicted the future importance and uses of the internet and the existence of portable devices to access it (It was he that coined the term Cyberspace). he also emphasised virtual reality, which back then was somewhat of a niche fad but even now is about to become more mainstream with the imminent release of Occulus Rift, off the back of which there is already a series of similar devices being leaked/advertised.

Agreed. But for me the most visionary prediction in the trilogy is that corporations have basically taken over the reign of the world. Which nowadays is terribly spot on, unfortunately.

Comment: Hypocrites - but capable to rethink (Score 1) 162

The EU is also responsible for the Data Retention Directive.

Indeed. Which is - I admit - a shame. But we're also capable of learning from our errors, it seems:

The European Union's data retention directive is incompatible with the bloc's charter of fundamental rights, Advocate General Pedro Cruz VillalÃn said in an opinion Thursday. [...] The opinion isn't binding on the European Court of Justice, Europe's highest court, but in the majority of cases, advocate general opinions are followed.

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I wish the same could be said about Obama's administration and its stance towards the NSA spying.

Comment: Re:International cooperation (Score 1) 361

I just think it is cool there is such cooperation between Russia, China, and Australia

I've learned these days that they're acting not so much out of 'coolness', but due to international agreements. Unfortunately I don't remember the agreements name (other than it being a typical bureaucratic monster term) and my Google Fu is rather weak today, it seems.

Comment: Re:The Solution is Obvious (Score 1) 829

by V for Vendetta (#45766605) Attached to: Microsoft's Ticking Time Bomb Is Windows XP

[...] plus inhouse VB stuff that keeps some stuff on old MS Windows systems here

All of our VB(6) stuff runs without problems on Win7 without me having done anything special to make it run there.

I'd go so far to say it's even better now, because Win7 (and Vista before) have the VB runtime included, so installation has basically become a copy & paste of the EXE.

Comment: Re:Rodrigo y Gabriela (Score 1) 328

by V for Vendetta (#45726441) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can Digital Music Replace Most Instrumental Musicians?

I disagree. I'm not a native English speaker, but most music I listen to has English lyrics. Now - I've even got a hard time to understand the lyrics in my native language. For English songs, I really need to concentrate hard to understand the lyrics. Therefore they could very well sing "LaLaLa" (OK, with some variations ...) and it wouldn't change much the way I feel for/perceive a song. It's more about the phrasing, rhythm and melody. The voice is just another instrument - and a very versatile one. Oh, and did I mention that I absolutely love monumental choirs? :)

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