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Comment: Re: You can't make this shit up. (Score 1) 772

Find me a girls' magazine that isn't about sparkling up your fingernails, braiding your hair, one direction (band) or some other useless shit. Then look in the boys' section and you'll see what I mean.

Same goes for adult women except they can skip straight to grannies' knitting magazines if they choose to.

I have a daughter that I'm trying to shield from this and it's really hard. I don't even know what to say when she asks why there are only pictures of boys in her favourite arduino magazine. Same for lego technics. Unless you buy lego with princesses or animals, pictures on the box will be of only boys having fun. The game is rigged.

Comment: Re: You can't make this shit up. (Score 1, Insightful) 772

When we stop belittling of half of earth's population down to the level of a bedroom/stove/pushchair accessory from their early teens; when we start equally participating in said things and give them a generation or two without ramming our perverse ideas of women down their throats as soon as they reach 12, only then can we start making comparisons. Before then, a big F**K YOU to everybody who even tries. This is as unfair a fight as it gets.

Comment: Re:It not very hard (Score 1) 167

by greenfruitsalad (#49671467) Attached to: How Spotify Can Become Profitable

i really agree with the 1st point. i'm not a fan of the 2nd but it's true.

my wife's father was a composer, conductor and a music professor who married very late in his life. last 10 years of his life were pretty much so his wife and daughter can be supported by royalties from his work after his death. while the yearly cheques don't bring any breathtaking sum (it's mostly classical and jazz music), it was enough to make sure his wife could stay at home to bring up his daughter and enough to put his daughter through university and good quality private schools.

had there been no post mortem royalties, he would probably not have composed half of his best works and taught instead.

Comment: Re:Sorry Google ... F.A.I.L. (Score 1) 358

by greenfruitsalad (#49439331) Attached to: Google To Offer Ad-Free YouTube - At a Price

i once watched a guide on how to change the screen on my phone. i remember thinking i'd actually pay for that. but that was it. it was about 5 years ago. every other video i could happily live without.

what makes youtube so ubuquitous is that it's a kind of pastebin for videos. you don't need to care about storage cost even if only 2 people view your video in a year and you don't need to care about bandwidth if 10000 people decide to watch your video at the same time. youtube is just there and ready for any kind of load.

Comment: Re:Ikea good points (Score 1) 71

by greenfruitsalad (#49364341) Attached to: Ikea Refugee Shelter Entering Production

on the topic of cleverness; my recently assembled Ikea Pax drawers have plastic nails in them. i'm glad my other furniture's manufacturer isn't that clever.

while i was assembling those drawers, i had a 10 minute sitting down WTF moment, contemplating returning the whole shebang. then the wife came and made me finish it. :-(

Comment: Re:But surely... (Score 1) 309

i wouldn't trust it not to connect to a free wifi from a van parked outside. fortunately, this is purely hypothetical for me. i do not own a TV. i set one up for my mother (with raspberry pi) and felt happy with the setup. then i set one up just like that for my mother-in-law. if i were to own a tv, i'd set it up just the same (and then never turn it on). i'm simply too picky about what i let my offspring watch. eden tv is probably the only tv channel i consider worth watching.

Comment: Re:But surely... (Score 4, Insightful) 309

not sure. that's why if i had a smartTV i'd dangle my man-bits and hairy behind in front its camera every time i walked past it. "you wanna watch? here you go, mr nsa. claw your eyes out."

seriously, i want my TV to be as dumb as possible and fed content by an easily upgradeable computer.

Comment: Re:Still ARM11, still a crappy CPU (Score 3, Interesting) 355

by greenfruitsalad (#48956507) Attached to: New Multi-Core Raspberry Pi 2 Launches

not only that, but unlike alternatives, this is the only one I found that my TV's USB port can power. so my B+ is powered by TV and feeds the TV via HDMI. I'm not sure even this newer version will be able to live without an external power adaptor. I know nobody cares but I for one won't be upgrading anytime soon.

I did have to make some changes to raspbian's filesystems so that switching off TV didn't leave dirty bits on filesystems, but it was fun tinkering with it.

Never appeal to a man's "better nature." He may not have one. Invoking his self-interest gives you more leverage. -- Lazarus Long