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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) 635

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 when you are not logged in.

Comment: Re:Gibson got it right... (Score 2) 236

by houghi (#48327593) Attached to: CNN Anchors Caught On Camera Using Microsoft Surface As an iPad Stand

These days? Ever heard of the Camel News Caravan. That was 1949.

The only reason these shows* exist (be they news or a soap opera) is to sell advertisement.

As always : We are the product.

* Obviously this is valid mainly for commercial tv channels, although now even 'non-commerical' tv channels tend to look for advertisement and product placement. (Looking at you, Belgian VRT)

Comment: Re:The only way to win the game... (Score 2) 116

by houghi (#48327525) Attached to: Users Can't Distinguish Scams From Facebook's Features

No, its really not. I'm living without it just fine. No one in my household has an account. The kids think its stupid, and don't even want accounts.

I up you one. I have a Facebook added to my killfilter in my DNS server.

That way I can not even click on it by accident.

People often say that they are able to find old school friends, but I noticed that there is a reason why you don't have any contact anymore.

The people I wanted to find, I have been able to find without facebook and after three emails it was clear that we had nothing in common anymore.

People who would be looking for me can find me, if they put a little effort into it. If they are not willing to do that, then they must not be interested in finding me.

"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts." -- Bertrand Russell