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Comment: As a Finn (Score 2, Interesting) 360

I am very much in support of Britain leaving the EU. Later, if and when Scotland gains independence, I would be happy to see them join. But britain, with their retrograde social policies like expensive higher education, weakening unions etc. should stay the fuck away from the Western world.

Comment: Million dollar super-star athlete salaries (Score 1) 525

by blind biker (#49752165) Attached to: Ads Based On Browsing History Are Coming To All Firefox Users

> Where do you think the million dollar super-star athlete salaries come from? Advertising.

This is provably not generally true. It depends a lot on the type of sport, but sponsorship money can be just a fraction of a pro athlete's income (whereas the majority could come from pay-per-view or ticket sales), or it can be a substantial part. Take Floyd Mayweather - the extraordinarily high paydays he makes come for the most part from PPV. No, I am not one who would pay to watch pro boxing, especially not Mayweather, but there are tens of millions who do.

Comment: I thought Windows 7 was the last Windows ever. (Score 1) 199

For most companies and individuals, Windows 7 is probably the end of the line. Even WinXP is plenty good for most people, and the need to upgrade because of hardware obsolescence vanished some 5 years ago already. Lucky for Microsoft they can extort money from Android vendors, because Windows is not going to be a huge cash cow going forward.

Comment: For what an anecdote is worth: Samsung S3 (Score 1) 484

by blind biker (#49554281) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Most Stable Smartphones These Days?

I've got this Samsung S3 about 2.5 years ago. I did not unlock it, unlike my tablet. I decided to use it as-is. And I have not once had it crash, or lose any of its functions, since. Not one single time. This in spite me being a very intense user of this device, including its excellent GPS sensor.

Comment: Microsoft still evil (Score 2) 192

by blind biker (#49491175) Attached to: Microsoft's Role As Accuser In the Antitrust Suit Against Google

MS is extracting royalties from all the Android phone manufacturers based on bogus patents. They make far more money from that than their own Windows Phone business. MS has also formed the patent troll company Rockstar Consortium, a "patent holding non-practicing entity" also known as patent troll.
And let's not forget that MS is in the process of locking down every new motherboard and laptop so that it can boot only Windows.

Comment: Re:Lies, bullshit, and more lies ... (Score 4, Interesting) 442

Actually, the french revolution, with it's massive use of the guillotine, did have a positive effect on European democracy and decentralisation of power. Here in Europe socialized healthcare, free (or very affordable) higher education and strong worker unions have been a normal part of life since a long time.

Generally, employers have less rights over the employees, and they are more restricted in what their contracts can stipulate, compared to the US and the UK.

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