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Comment: Re:"Celebrated" my ass (Score 2) 151

by cronius (#36918340) Attached to: Spotify Sued For Patent Infringement

I've used (the paid version of) Spotify for a couple of years now and I absolutely love it. I can listen to an uninterrupted ocean of music all day long (both at work and at home), keep offline copies of playlists on my cellphone for running etc. and recently I've started to discover a lot of new music by simply browsing recommendations, different labels and so on inside Spotify. I'd say it's pretty rare to see a Party in Norway these days where the music doesn't come from Spotify. (They also have a native Linux client, which is a plus.)

The only complaints I have is:
1) Some music is not available. Sometimes single tracks, albums or even entire artists (e.g. metallica).
2) Some music switches between being available and not. It's annoying to see a part of a playlist I've made suddenly grayed out because "the artist or label has chosen not to make these songs available in your region". And suddenly they're available again for whatever reason.

But overall I'm very happy. Oh and it's also easy to share music. Example: For those who have Spotify, check out these playlists I've published (if the browser doesn't automatically open Spotify, just copy the spotify-url into the search bar of Spotify): (Chilli) (Electronica)

Comment: Re:Does this COMPLETELY delete them? (Score 5, Informative) 262

by cronius (#36594606) Attached to: Facebook Blocks KDE Photo App, Deletes Users' Pics

From the link above:

If you do not think you will use Facebook again and would like your account deleted, we can take care of this for you. Keep in mind that you will not be able to reactivate your account or retrieve any of the content or information you have added. If you would like your account deleted, then click "Submit."

Comment: Re:Not illegal in Denmark. (Score 1) 350

by cronius (#36273762) Attached to: Nintendo Pulls <em>Dead Or Alive</em> Over Porn Fears In EU

More info here:

But if you know the backstory, it is perhaps not so difficult to imagine why. On 29 January was a manga translator sentenced for being in possession of child pornographic drawings, which has initiated a debate in Sweden about whether the laws are too strict.

A user on the Swedish forum Flashback spent Dead or Alive game as an example of a product that should go below what he considers to be an overly strict law, as the game according to the manual contains three characters who are all under 18, and in addition, shot and zoomed in on in all possible angles through the game mode Showcase. The plan was to report Bergsala for distribution of child pornography on launch day, not because he believed it was right, but to ridicule the law.

The problem is, according to a user on NeoGaf forum that another, hitherto unknown person decided to report them now, which in turn led to the Bergsala stopped the game to not only Sweden, Norway and Denmark as well. According to the user to chains such as Game and Gamestop have removed the game from their stores, giving customers who have paid the deposit for reservation of game money.

Comment: Re:Not illegal in Denmark. (Score 1) 350

by cronius (#36273650) Attached to: Nintendo Pulls <em>Dead Or Alive</em> Over Porn Fears In EU

IANAL, but I believe this is the Norwegian law in question (translation courtesy of google):

204a. Whoever

a. produce, acquire, introduce, possess, leaving to another or for a fee or systematically familiarize themselves with the production of sexual abuse against children or representations sexualising children,

b. concerned with depictions of sexual abuse of children or representations as sexualising children, otherwise referred to in 204, first paragraph, or

c. misleads anyone under 18 to have himself photographed as part of the commercial production of motion and motionless pictures with adult content, or produce such representations where anyone under 18 is depicted,

punishable by fines or imprisonment for up to 3 years.

                With children the purposes of this section, persons who are or appear to be under 18.

                Anyone who negligently performs the action specified in the first paragraph, punished by fines or imprisonment for up to 6 months. At the same penalty the owner or parent who willfully or negligently fails to prevent it in a business is carried out actions described in the first paragraph.

                The penalty can be eliminated for the taking and possessing an image of a person between 16 and 18, if it has given their consent and the two are roughly equal in age and development.

                  204 second paragraph, second and fourth paragraphs shall apply correspondingly.

Added by Act of May 20, 2005 No. 29

Emphasis (for what I think is relevant) mine. The law was probably written in good intent, but I think cartoons (which this basically is) being illegal is just crazy, it should count as free speech.

It does define children as persons though, so I would say it's not actually illegal (since a fictional character is not a person).

Comment: Re:No room for the new guy (Score 1) 948

by cronius (#36066310) Attached to: Why the New Guy Can't Code

As stewbacca commented above, it's not easy to find out how someones learning skills are. There are several reasons why an applicant might not have a lot of useful knowledge related to the position. For example (in IT): Coming straight from school you might not know any of the latest technologies required by the current IT trend, but still know all the basic IT stuff taught in school. IT is a big field, perhaps the applicant is applying for a job outside his or her primary knowledge base (applying out of interest instead of acquired skill).

When I applied for my first full time job after college I listed Java as my primary skill (which it was), but said during the interview that I wanted to learn other programming languages and technologies. I was hired, and put on a perl assignment (a language that I had never touched before) at a client together with a mentor, and it was a very positive experience for me (I'd say my learning capabilities is probably average, but I was very enthusiastic at the time, which may have given me a mental boost).

Comment: No room for the new guy (Score 4, Insightful) 948

by cronius (#36061882) Attached to: Why the New Guy Can't Code

I usually say that it doesn't matter what you know, what matters is how fast you learn. Someone who you can teach and tell how to do things once, and they actually understand the message and do it right from then on is much more valuable in the long run then someone who has a (short and) static merit list in my opinion.

Comment: Re:And some people still wonder why... (Score 1) 673

by cronius (#35797166) Attached to: Japan Raises Nuclear Plant Crisis Severity To 7

Yes, if you can, wean yourself off of Fossil & Nuclear. Recognize however that others cannot.

I was venting my frustration that little attention was given to renewable energy in the midst of the nuclear disaster debate. I realize now that my view on world energy politics was a little ... naive.

Comment: Re:And some people still wonder why... (Score 2) 673

by cronius (#35797066) Attached to: Japan Raises Nuclear Plant Crisis Severity To 7

Yeah I know since no one is dying everything must be just sweet and dandy in Japan right about now. I think that's what the article said too, level 7 = sweet and dandy, now and for all foreseeable future.

Measuring the nuclear crisis at Fukushima in deaths is missing the painfully obvious.

Comment: Re:And some people still wonder why... (Score 1) 673

by cronius (#35792898) Attached to: Japan Raises Nuclear Plant Crisis Severity To 7

You cite scandinavian countries, they have the benefits of very low population densities, and can providing most of the power with hydro plants. Areas with denser population basically have a choice between coal and nuclear.

Yes, countries are starting to look into other alternatives, but the time between "looking into something" and having it generate 50% of the world's power takes a very long time. On the other hand, if we just stopped building coal plants and build nuclear instead, we would have significantly less pollution in ~10 years.

I agree that there's no quick fix here, but if people think that "coal vs. nuclear" is the only alternative, we'll simply never come to the point ever where 50% of the worlds energy is from renewable sources.

More attention needs to be diverted into renewable energy. It would be horrible if this accident went quietly into the history books and the world just continued on with "coal vs. nuclear" debates.

The perversity of nature is nowhere better demonstrated by the fact that, when exposed to the same atmosphere, bread becomes hard while crackers become soft.