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Comment: Re:Protests were Illegal. (Score 1) 142 142

Belgium, the state, has three official languages. See what you're presented with on the federal government's official portal:

The Brussels region, and its Flemish suburbs, hosts a lot of belligerently anti-Flemish French speakers. You have to go through a lot of hassle, and can be submitted to a lot of abuse, if you want to be addressed in anything else than French. This is, though, a flagrant violation of language laws.

Comment: Re:Protests were Illegal. (Score 2) 142 142

Wow, you guys could have googled that.

The Flemish, who make up 60% of the population (not 50% as grandparent claims), speak Dutch. The existence of local variants in the language are no basis for a claim that there a multiple languages. Otherwise you'd have very few English speakers in the world.

Belgium is a trilingual country; there is a small population of German speakers.

Brussels is a bilingual region. It is geographically located in the Dutch-speaking Flanders, historically Flemish and Dutch speaking, but currently more an international city.

Comment: Re:Ping times are long, but too optimistic. (Score 2) 245 245

The math bit is about right, the rest is bullshit. I implemented a 2-way satellite modem, with VoIP, a few years back, and 600ms RTT is what I got typically. Upstream bandwidth contention is handled with QoS on the link layer and some form of traffic shaping. After that, from the ground station, it's just a fast link to the Internet like from any ISP, which means roughly 150ms to get across the Atlantic, for example. So real-life ping times are well under 1000ms.

The Slashdot crowd seriously underestimates how much engineering goes into modems to ensure that the end user experience is optimal.

Comment: Re:Yeah, we knew that already. (Score 1) 109 109

They use mice and rats because testing things on people is unethical and testing things on animals a lot more like us (primates, pigs, etc) is either unethical or expensive.

Testing things on animals unlike humans is unethical too. It's just more convenient to ignore the ethical implications if they don't look at you in a manner that a human animal socially responds to.

Comment: Re:I am windows free and proud (Score 1) 417 417

My wife runs Ubuntu on her work laptop. My kids run Debian on their netbooks. My phone runs Linux (N900). My TV runs Linux (LG). My NAS/IPv6 gateway runs Linux (Debian install over the bundled Linux D-Link firmware). I'm pretty sure my TV set-top box runs Linux. My car runs VxWorks, but the next generation of their platform runs Linux (BMW). It's not 1997 any more. Real people with real lives use Linux.

Comment: Re:Some thing needs to be done about abandonware (Score 1) 172 172

Mod parent up! Once the copyright owner stops commercially offering a product, it should be legal to copy it. I should be legal to circumvent restrictions that prevent copying, and possibly even legally required by the owner to provide support for this. This goes not only for software, but also for music. One of my favourite CD's was not produced for 15 years until the band finally managed to convince the record company owning the rights to sell them.

Many people are unenthusiastic about their work.