inb4 sheldon cooper
You are so cute. In my country we have a saying: "Pueblo chico, infierno grande". "Small town, big hell". It means that, in a small town, everything bad you do, everyone will know about it, and it will haunt you for the rest of your life.
Don't be such a fool. When you're in disgrace, your neighbors won't help you. Your friends won't be there for you. There's just you and, if you're lucky, your immediate family. But don't even think for a minute that if you go bankrupt, your neighbor will let you "crash in their couch". Hell, they will not even let their children play with yours. You will be shunned, you'll be a disgrace to be around. And that guy, who used to invite you to a barbecue on a weekend, will quietly ask you to leave his property or he will call the police.
Buy better cell phones.
I have an HTC Sensation. It's not a bad phone.
Stop pressing the phone so hard against your head that you hurt your ear.
How would I listen then? Most smartphones sound so bad you often hear people on the street with the phone in speaker mode with the speaker against their ear.
Stop dropping your phones.
That's a retard argument, coming from retard AC.
You might want to check with others to see how you sound on the phone. It's easy to think you have to be loud, when in reality you're coming through just fine. If this isn't the case then you either have a terrible phone or poor signal.
The phone is good. I can do nothing about poor signal. Thus, I stick with DECT.
If calling between rooms in your house is a priority, then by all means stick to your DECT phones. In my household we prefer to talk face to face when at home. But that may just be our geeky ways...
Nice troll. But I live in an insecure city, and my room is separated of the rest of the house. And I have to unlock the door, go out, lock again, walk down the stairs (bonus if it's raining), go to the main house, unlock the main house's door, go in, lock again... etc.
Am I paranoid? No. One saturday night at about 11PM I heard a noise, look out the window and there's a guy inside the property. He sees me and runs away.
So yeah. There's a number of reasons why we prefer calling.
Because cell phones suck.
Because cell phone plans suck.
Because I have 4 "cordless" DECT phones at home and I can dial INT 2 and connect to another room *immediately* instead of:
* Unlock the phone
* Go to the phone app
* go to the directory app
* Search for the right contact
* click the contact
* wait 5-10 seconds for the call to connect
Also, my home DECT phones:
* have HOURS of talk time
* don't get hot when i talk for more than 2 minutes
* don't hurt my ear because it's designed to fit my ear, rather than to just look cool
* have big buttons and a big display
* sound really good and provide me with comfort noise and aural feedback
* can survive more than a few drops
* allow me to speak at a normal level since the microphone is right at my mouth level
There are a lot of reasons. I hate the geeky "works for me" approach Slashdotters have. Not everyone is a cool geek who doesn't even own a TV. I'm "only" 30 and I enjoy flipping through the channels. I don't have the time or will to "sit down and watch netflix", but i do enjoy the ability to turn the TV on and have a news channel on, or some old episode of Bones, in HD without sacrificing my internet bandwidth for it.
"Full class C"? Allocated by InterNIC, right?
It's been 20 years since "IP classes" have been replaced with CIDR.
What ISP allocates a full
Honest question: Who, other than an ISP or hosting/VPS provider, *needs* a
and beyond that it's back to "But the Spanish gave it to us!" - yes, except it wasn't Spain's to give
Pretty much the same as Gibraltar, no? The dutch gave it to England... except it wasn't theirs to give.
but every time Argentina gets into a crisis it's inept leadership
Corrupt leadership. FTFY.
If Argentina wants the Falklands there's a simple solution - stop being a bunch of dicks, be nice to the islanders and give them a reason to want to be Argentinian.
That's not true. Before the war, the islanders would come to Argentina and buy groceries and supplies here. They had a good relation with us. After the war, everything changed. The islanders are proud to be british. And if you think the UK, which has both economical (oil) and strategical (military bases) in the Malvinas would even think of letting the islanders have any real control over the islands, you're a fool. The fact that the islanders continue agreeing to being under UK control is because they're clever enough not to fall into the independentist revolutionarism mindset that Latin America has. The difference being that Spain never saw America as a territory to populate and extend. Spain was just a leech, sucking up all resources America had. Tremendous amounts of gold and silver were taken. Hundreds of thousands massacred. Spain never meant to negotiate or give people living there anything at all. They saw all the people living there as either slaves or tools to the empire. And that's why Latin America in general insists with the independentism. Because we've been looted by Spain.
UK had a subtler approach. The main expression of this being Australia, a territory that was populated by the british and thrives now. The UK didn't go committing genocide against all natives and just taking everything they could, and load into ships to take to the queen. They had a naughty child, yes, one that dared to go in a war with them, and win it. But that child is now their biggest partner (as a side note: Spain is the largest investor in Argentina).
At the time of independentist revolution in Latin America, the UK was under a different kind of revolution. The industrial one. The UK needed to export their production, and Latin America, the new, unpopulated territory, with no infrastructure, was an excellent candidate. So the UK supported the independence in Latin America, and built a LOT of infrastructure. If you pay attention, in the old parts of Buenos Aires, you can see "MADE IN ENGLAND" written in a lot of things. From the beautiful bronze door of what's now ICBC bank, to the subways of BA. Of course, the UK was clever enough to prevent Latin Americans from establishing their own trade routes, by building railroads that couldn't connect between countries (they made Argentina and Brazil different gauges).
we're not going to put up with them being bullied into it
I don't think any of you NATO members have a moral authority to call anyone else a "bully".
Also, you're obviously not even remotely an expert in international relationships. Let's make it easier for you: if Argentina "sits down to negotiate", that act itself would be considered defeat, and it would mean Argentina doubts its sovereignity over the islands. As a sovereign country, with a claim over a territory, Argentina can't and won't ever "negotiate" anything. As an example, look at this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disputed_status_of_Gibraltar#British_position
The UK Government will never — 'never' is a seldom-used word in politics — enter into an agreement on sovereignty without the agreement of the Government of Gibraltar and their people. In fact, we will never even enter into a process without that agreement. The word 'never' sends a substantial and clear commitment and has been used for a purpose. We have delivered that message with confidence to the peoples and the Governments of Gibraltar and Spain. It is a sign of the maturity of our relationship now that that is accepted as the UK's position.
So, see? Argentina is not that crazy. We play the same international politics rethorics game everyone else plays.
I have a Nexus 7. Well, my dad does. Anyway, the nexus 7 is some "top of the line" tablet. With great spects, well built, etc.
It SUCKS for web browsing. Seriously. Why is android SO DAMN SLOW at browsing? Sure, my desktop is a Core i5 and firefox is really fast in it. But in both my phone (HTC Sensation) and the tablet, browsing is stupidly slow. And I tried Chrome, Firefox, Android Browser, Dolphin, Opera... I'm using to click-page opens. Android drives me crazy, taking 10-20 seconds to open a website (and this is over Wi-Fi, the same WiFI i use with an old Core 2 Duo laptop, which is still faster than the Nexus)
And now I'm reading about a tablet with a Core i5 larger than my desktop's, with 4GB RAM and 256GB SSD, running full Windows 8.1? That's got to be at least as fast as my desktop.
Bonus: I'm not tied to Android either.
Ah, Surface. The tablet that "could", but won't.
Not because it can't. No, because the Web 2.0 won't let it. It doesn't matter if it's good. It doesn't matter if its x86 and is able to run your programs. It doesn't matter if it has gobs of RAM and a ton of disk space, and it can do real multitasking. Oh yes, and it's faster than your silly android tablet which is mostly an Angry Birds or Candy Crush machine.
It's microsoft. It's not Android. And it's definitely not Apple.
It's a shame. It's a nice tablet. Too bad its destiny is decided by "geeky" douchebag-hipsters. Just like the Zune, which, regardless of how much the Zune store sucked, it was shot by iFans mostly because it was brown.
You can also find "coders" by the dozen...
He started his comment by calling himself better than bricklayers and plumbers. You can almost guess what the rest of his comment would be after that. And most answers to him were back-patting me-too comments. You can see how "coders" see themselves. But they, sadly, can't see that.
This, ladies and gentlemen, is why we don't get any kind of respect in management. Because that's what they see in us: The computerized equivalent of plumbers and bricklayers.
no. THIS is why you don't get any respect from management. Because you're a pretentious douche who thinks you're better than anyone else. You think you have a god-given gift, and that the company works solely because of your "coding skills". You think you're better and more important to the company that Betty at accounting. That stupid bimbo that keeps breaking her printer (except betty is a CPA and she went to college and has a degree. She doesn't know how to fix her printer but she's much smarter than you when it comes to taxes, and she can do it a million times faster than you. And better. And she pays less taxes than you, because she's better than you at that). You also think you're better than your retard boss, that idiot, who the fuck does he think he is? He's a "boss" just because he's got an MBA, pfft... joke degrees (except your boss worked his ass of from nothing and now he owns a company. Because he knows a thing or two. And also, he drives a BMW and you drive a used toyota. Gee, if you're so much better than him, how come you don't have your own company?)
And yes, you of course think you're better than a simple bricklayer (except you are a little wuss that wouldn't stand 1 hour of brick laying work. And you'd do it completely wrong). And plumbers? Pfft... you can google how to fix that leaky faucet. How hard can that be? I mean an idiot plumber with his asscrack showing can do it, why can't you? You're a million times smarter than him (except he can design and install all of a house's water system, with no problems, no leaks, and do it in a day, while you will still be googling what kind of pipe is better).
You are not special. You're a part of a company just like that stupid bimbo, just like the idiot boss, and just like the dumb janitor. Except: CPAs, Bosses and janitors have been in companies forever. And companies have worked without computers for centuries.
You know how you get respect from management? By doing your work right. By questioning them, and by not being a smug asshole when you do that. When asking for requirements, work with them, ask exactly what they need. Lead them to where you think their solution should be and see. Then make a small project, talk it over with management again, and only after they've approved that, code it. Ah yes... all of that is boring! It's stupid! You want to code! Release early, release often! WELL NO. Management doesn't appreciate half-baked solutions. They expect things to be working. They don't want a mockup or half the implementation. They want it to work when you present it to them. They are not technical. They don't want to be technical. They couldn't care less about how it works inside. They want it to WORK.
When you get all of that over your head, you'll understand a lot of things. The most important being: you're not as special as you think you are.
(You means "the reader". Not OP. But yeah, also OP in particular)
Also, I forgot, many of these books are published by small editors. In Argentina you have a ton of libraries in Corrientes street in Buenos Aires. Some are big chain stores, others are small independent. The independent ones are highly specialized. Some sell only used books, others only sell legal books. Some sell books in english, others sell only books about poetry, arts, comic books. There are even huge collections of vintage porn magazines. And if Buenos Aires has a lot of libraries, I don't want to imagine what it would be like in Paris, London or any other european capital.
Believe me, there is an impressive, just impressive collection of things out there that only exist in physical form because there's no manpower to catalog them. Let alone re-edit in digital form.
I forgot to say: Amazon's non-english catalog is a joke. Online shops in Argentina are huge compared to what Amazon has to offer. And that's another problem: amazon will only operate where it's profitable. Nothing keeps them from destroying a market somewhere, only to find it just doesn't work, and pack their things and leave.
Amazon doesn't sell used books. They have a marketplace of independent sellers who do that. For a minimum profit. They also bought the largest used books marketplace, Abebooks.
My last sentence is real and you're just blind if you don't believe it. Just look at all the muslim countries. Alcohol is prohibited. Pornography is prohibited. And they can easily ban anything they want. Stupid theocracies run by fanatics. I'd like it to be just a lie, or just a bad apple among the muslim countries. But it's not the case, all muslim countries have degenerated into the middle-aged shit you see today.
It's one thing to be preserved in a peer-to-peer, or non-profit archive.
It's a completely different thing to be preserved in a centralized server, owned by a company that might as well go bankrupt tomorrow, and won't bother releasing all those books anyway.