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Comment Re:Families (Score 2) 218

Sharing parental leave is a massive step forward on so many levels.

It would stop employers discriminating against women of childbearing age, because the risk would then apply equally to men. Such discrimination might be illegal now, but it won't actually stop until the economic incentive is removed.

If men are paid more (due to historical sexism or whatever) they are actually likely to take a GREATER share of paid parental leave so that their partner can be the one to take an unpaid career break when the leave runs out. So it will have the effect of reducing any existing pay gap between the sexes.

It also sends a clear message that men are - or can be - equal partners in raising children. How to trade career vs childcare (and which partner does it) is a decision for couples, not the state. Some men might want to scurry back to work after two weeks - and that's fine - but it should be a decision rather than a social norm.

Simplifies everything for gay couples too. There's really nothing not to like. Thank you Sweden for taking a risk and showing us how it can be done, you've earned the right to be smug on this one :-)

Comment Re:It's a complete game changer (Score 1) 121

Aw crap. I just wrote exactly these 4 points in reply to the GP & then saw your answer before submitting.

I would just add: I consider it to be the 'silver lining' of getting type 1 (aged 35) that I think a bit more about what I eat and whether I need to eat it. My diet was already quite good, but it's improved since.

Comment Re:Grin (Score 1) 360

Not only is the poor design true, it was very intentional. This is why we need the LLVM project. KDevelop and such shouldn't have to write their own compiler front ends to get feature parity with Visual Studio; but right now they do.

I suspect that he's making retrospective excuses for poor design; I doubt it's as intentional as he claims. A GPL'd shared library would give the idealogical results he appears to want. (Which I support, incidentally)

Comment Re:What about open street map? (Score 1) 20

it would be better if they were to collaborate with projects such as Open Street Map and really share data.

... like Microsoft have been, for example. Open Street Map contributors have been given permission to trace features from Bing's areal photographs since 2010. No such goodwill from Google.

Comment Re:Statute of Limitations? (Score 1) 758

misdemeanors typically fall under a 7-year statute of limitation, and so if you downloaded stuff from Napster's heyday, more than 10 years ago, could those mp3s even be used to legally prosecute you?

Probably not now, but if you upload those files (to which you are still not entitled) to a cloud service, then you have just committed a brand new civil offence.

Just because you can't be prosecuted, it doesn't mean you now have a license to redistribute that music.

Comment Re:nVidia Linux driver (Score 1) 136

Haven't used ATI's open source driver on their newer hardware, but I can tell you at the rate they are making progress nVidia is going to be in a world of hurt on the Linux front pretty soon.

There have been promises of decent ATI drivers "just around the corner" for many, many years now.

ATI's new documentation effort is fantastic and my last-but-one card was a 4780 based on a desire to reward OSS-friendliness and the promise of decent drivers. I struggled with driver hell for 2 years, unable to do decent compositing, watch tear-free video or even play UT2004 (yes a 7-year-old game) at a smooth frame rate. It was a truly shoddy experience and I understand that the ATI Linux drivers had improved massively to even get to that point.

At that time I think nVidia were having some 2D performance issues of their own but I'm not aware of ANY point in time where their drivers have been less than 'excellent' in comparison to the ATI ones.

So if I learned anything from that experience, it was to make your purchasing decisions based on NOW, not on "pretty soon" or "maybe". I gave that ATI card to a Windows-using friend and will continue with nVidia until they either get bought out by Microsoft or finally get some competition on Linux. It'd be great but I'm not holding my breath.


Submission Text messages to replace stamps in Sweden->

99luftballon writes: "Sweden and Denmark are running tests on replacing stamps with text messages. The writer sends a text message to a central server, which bills for the stamp and returns a code to be written on the letter. It's an interesting system but it better have very good security. Could this be the end of stamp collections and philately?"
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Comment Re:trim/discard (Score 1) 491

SSDs (such as the one in this study) are quite capable of examining the filesystem stored on the drive, independently, and the concept of 'dutifully' and ignorantly maintaining deleted data goes out of the window as a result.

Is there a list of SSDs that do this? I want to be sure I never accidentally buy one, or even get misled by marketing material based on such a terrifying 'optimisation'.

I already got burned with a Corsair Flash Voyager USB stick whose controller would slow down to the point of timing out out if you modified the pre-formatted partition table (this bug). Annoying, but at least it's not trashing parts of the disk because it thinks it's seen an NTFS partition.

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