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Comment Self-destructing cookies (Score 3, Informative) 47

I used a combination of plugins self-destructing cookies, disconnect, and u-block. Works well. Just don't whitelist Google sites or social media. You can use your browser's password store if you get tired of having to log in after every time you close your browser window.

Comment Vikings has ruined GoT for me and a big part of th (Score 5, Interesting) 90

Watching Vikings I was surprised when I heard old English (sounds a lot like German) and old French. I don't know enough about Scandinavian languages to know if they're speaking an old Scandinavian dialectic. Now when I watch GoT and they start up in one of their made-up languages I just cringe. It sounds fake and is usually delivered stiffly. Vikings has made GoT painful to watch for me.

Comment Re: Regular Wallet (Score 1) 272

Wait, I thought it was the Dutch that were cheap-ass stingy mofos. Now you're telling me it's the Danish too? (Tired of seeing those orange license plates driving the backroads of Switzerland so that they don't have to buy a highway vignette)

Comment douche (Score 1) 845

The words I've heard associated with google glass among my friends are 'douche', 'ass', 'moron', etc. These are friends that work as programmers and managers for google, facebook, apple, and adobe. I'd bet the sentiment outside of those companies by tech leaders is similar. I think it's interesting that the blowback for google glass that was in the general population is now in the tech population. But ultimately the negative attitude to google glass won't matter. Three to five years from now the google glass equivalent will be nothing more than a small unnoticeable pin or grain of dust. Today we'll notice in a meeting when someone is wearing glass, but a few years from now we won't. (although people can record and replay meetings with their cellphone easily, but it's an active process)

Comment This is going to be huge (Score 5, Interesting) 109

I live in Switzerland. I was never quite happy with the european cloud computing providers I found because they were based in places like the uk, france, etc. Eventually I did find a swiss company but they were small and not feature-rich (compared to aws). I've worked with swisscom in the past on tech projects and they are extremely competent. I look forward to see what they come up with. And related to this, I've been looking into investments that will take advantage of europeans moving their data back to europe and requirements/laws for purchasing non-u.s. networking equipment. I found some good investments for companies on the hardware side, and I think this might be a good investment on the computing side.

Comment Time to leave (Score 5, Interesting) 622

If you have desirable skills, it's time to leave the u.s. If you can't leave then move your data and services outside the u.s. I don't mean to godwin, but I spent most of my life wondering when I would have left Germany if I lived there during the rise of the Nazis, and how I can apply this to my own life. Two of my great-grandparents fled and lost some modest lands, and one of my grandfather's land was invaded by the Germans. He went back to fight the Germans while in the u.s. army. I often wondered at what point my great-grandparents decided it was time to give up and leave Germany. They left a comfortable aristocratic life and became immigrants in the u.s., owning a neighborhood grocery store. They made a new and somewhat comfortable life for themselves in the u.s. but gave up more to leave. About 6 years ago I decided to leave the u.s. and move to Switzerland, one of the last bastions of freedom in the West. I was lucky - it's difficult to get a work permit here, and will be even more difficult after the elections coming up. So, if you can, just leave. Don't be a cog in the evil that the u.s. has become. If you can't leave, then do what you can to not support it.

Comment General rules (Score 1) 227

God-tier: Open-source with corporate backing (many projects, maybe some google frameworks but they're usually not as well designed) Good-tier: Open-source without corporate backing but with an active developer community Ok-tier: Open-source with small community Shit-tier: Closed-source, especially if it's coming from a company.

Comment Meaningless (Score 2, Interesting) 216

As long as the data is in the u.s. and subject to government subpoena this is meaningless. Depending on how google is structured they could move their data centers outside the u.s. and not have it subject to secret orders. Switzerland would be a great place as they have strict data protection laws.

"You can't get very far in this world without your dossier being there first." -- Arthur Miller