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Comment: Re:Discovery nightmare (Score 1) 77

by houghi (#48459663) Attached to: Slack Now Letting Employers Tap Workers' Private Chats

One of the reasons I have an alias is so it will beclear that I NEVER speak in name of the company I work for. The other upside is that I can't use Facebook. Furthermore I know the company will be able to see everyting I type, SO I almost never use my company PC for work related things, except to see if there are delays with the trains.

For private mails (or anything else), we have dedicated PCs who also have access to sites I can not get to on my work PC (webmail and such). They are on a completely seperated network. So if you urgently need to send an email or visit a site to order something, you are able to do so. A third option is now available: your phone.

Comment: Re:There is a point to this (Score 1) 37

by houghi (#48459525) Attached to: Raspberry Pi-Powered Body Illusion Lets You Experience Parkinson's

Perception is a powerfull thing. When I was around 12, a person with Alzheinmers left his wheelchair in a hotel outside a concert hall to enjoy the music.

I was driving in the chair (not stealing it) when he came out. He told me he did not mind as he could walk a little bit. I must however bring his chair to the bar without leaving the chair or help.

The bar was one story lower. However with the chair within 10 seconds I realized I needed to plan my route. It was not possible to just take the elevator one floor down. It was:
1 floor up, go to the other elevator, 2 floors down, go to the first elevator 1 floor up due to the uneveness of the floors.

That left a life long impression on me not to take things for granted and all it took was 15 minutes of my life and a smart man who understood how to bring across information.

Comment: Re:In a Self-Driving Future--- (Score 2) 453

by houghi (#48443655) Attached to: In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

I used to do the same and thinking about doing it again, now my job is where I can reach it with public transport.
What is holding me back is the time it takes to get the rental and bring it back. Also there is not enough competition to make it attractive and the prices are pretty high. 50 EUR for a day for the smallest one.

For a weekend that would be 100EUR. Still cheaper than owning a car. When I want to go cheaper, I would need to travel one hour to and one hour back, loosing 2 hours in the process.

Also opening hours mean that I would have to take half a day off to get the car.

So having a car that drives to me, gets me where I want to go and back would be great.

Comment: Re:Dad sacrifices sons childhood for MCP (Score 1) 276

by houghi (#48403455) Attached to: World's Youngest Microsoft Certificated Professional Is Five Years Old

Some kids played with model airplanes and found it fun, grew up to be pilots or aerospace engineers.

Some grew up to be hairdressers or politicians or whatever.
Causation is not correlation.

This kid, assuming he enjoys computers, more power to him.

This. If he likes doing it, let him be, regardsless if he still likes it when he is 10, 15 or 20 and rather hangs out in the garage playing lousy music with his friends and becomes a plumber or a banker.

Comment: Re:More detailed ratings are a good thing (Score 1) 639

by houghi (#48403285) Attached to: Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games

They would rather the government does stuff because it tends to be cheaper and better run than when private companies get involved.

Only in the long run and not for everything.

What it is much more is letting corporations do things, but within very strict rules. Most of the time to encourage competition in the way it was intended : lower prices for the consumer.

What they do is often change the demands for companies e.g. longer service periods or one single cell phone charger connection.

I believe this is becvause there is also more competition in politics (multi party system). This makes it much harder for the companies to buy parties, because there will be some that won't be baught and will start making things difficult for those who would like that money.

More than one has a smal party with a single goal changed course of politics. This only works if the idea is big enough with the general polulation. So no highjacking of the big parties by the little ones.

Comment: Re:Split Comcast in two (Score 1) 135

by houghi (#48396785) Attached to: Can the US Actually Cultivate Local Competition in Broadband?

In Belgium there are BY LAW 3 cellphone operators. To have a minimum of companies to be able to choose from would be a great start. (Start, not the final solution)
Otherwise Comcast A and Comcast B will just be serving half of the polulation. e.g. people on even numbers get A uneven numbers get B. This because not competing makes more money than competing as that will lower the profits.

Comment: Re:Geolocation needs to die (Score 1) 100

by houghi (#48387917) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Getting Around Terrible Geolocation?

This. This so much. Especially google. I live in Belgium where three languages are spoken. In Brussels is the EU and thus a LOT of other people who speak different languages.

My PC is installed in English. So why the fuck do I get a Dutch version of whatever site I go to from Google.

The search engine is the easists to change. Try changing the language on play.google.com when you are not logged in.

When all else fails, read the instructions.

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