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Comment: Re:Maybe that's intresting trivia to you... (Score 1) 179

by houghi (#46749903) Attached to: First Glow-In-the-Dark Road Debuts In Netherlands

This would be great in those parts of Germany that are road but not Autobahn e.g Bundesstrasse. I had NO idea where the road was in Shleswig Holstein. (Which is flatter then The Netherlands) If there were no other cars, I had my high beams on, but if there were, the sight dropped enopurnously.
Sure there were lights at the crossings on one side, but which side?

Also: do not forget that this is a test. Itis only 500m. They will probably be testing if it sticks to the road or if it is pulled out after a few thousand cars. Also testing if it still works after a year and how well.

Comment: Re:Why do people listen to her? (Score 1) 576

by houghi (#46749723) Attached to: Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

The only issue is: Are existing vaccines safe and could they be made safer?

No, that is not an issue. It is a typo of questioning that Fox "News" would use.
A similar question would be "Are kids safe from duckinthefaces rape attempts or should we do more to protect them?"

What she does now is trying to safe face, while still telling people she wasn't wrong. What she SHOULD do is say "Shit, I was wrong."

People have been put in danger and proably even died because she told it was unsafe to take vacines and you call that nit-picking? She should be held resposible for what she did and put in jail.

Comment: Re:Can the writings be read? (Score 1) 427

by houghi (#46749633) Attached to: Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

ALL languages are stuck in where it comes from to where it is heading to. Language is a live thing (except for e.g. Latin and others) so it changes. In most languages not only will the pronounciation and even the meaning of words change, but also the spelling.
The latter does not seem to happen in Egnlish.

e.g. a word starts as a loan word. e.g. quasi.Next you will have a prefered spelling of quasi, but kwasi is allowed as well. Next it will be prefered kwasi, but quasi is allowed. The last stage would be only kwasi.

And that is just for a single word.

Comment: Re:Can the writings be read? (Score 5, Informative) 427

by houghi (#46741937) Attached to: Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

There are some rules that don't make a lot of sense, but they are what they are and mostly need to be adhered to in order to ensure that communication can happen.

Dutch has had several changes over the last 100 years. This is to follow the evolution of language.

I do not believe English has had the same done to it. Otherwise you would not end up with something like:
Dearest creature in creation,

  Study English pronunciation.
  I will teach you in my verse
  Sounds like corpse, corps, horse, and worse.
  I will keep you, Suzy, busy,
  Make your head with heat grow dizzy.
  Tear in eye, your dress will tear,
  So shall I! Oh hear my prayer.

  Liberty, library, heave and heaven,
  Rachel, ache, moustache, eleven.
  We say hallowed but allowed,
  People, leopard, towed, but vowed.
  Mark the differences, moreover,
  Between mover, cover, clover;
  Leeches, breeches, wise, precise,
  Chalice, but police and lice;
  Camen, constable, unstable,
  Principle, disciple, label.

The trest can be read right here. Read it out loud the first time you read it. You will start to wonder what is so adhered in the language.

Comment: Re:If you can learn to put a beer down while drivi (Score 1) 180

by houghi (#46740135) Attached to: The Case For a Safer Smartphone

Or if you drive too fast in places where you should not, like on many parts of the autobahn.

All the other things you named are against the law as well. So basically if you do something illegal and they catch you, you are fined (and loose points). If you don't do anything illegal, you are fine.

Comment: As always, it depends. (Score 2) 448

by houghi (#46716931) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

The distro is up to you. The desktop is up to them. Give them all the possible options.

If you use a distro like openSUSE, you can easily add KDE, GNOME, XFCE, LXDE, Enlightenment and others. I would probably stick with the main three, with a personal like to XFCE.

Alxso see if there are people who use excel intensivaly, because that could be tricky.

So you choose the distro, they choose the desktop. Takea distro that you already use. The desktop should be available for it.

And don't forget that installing it is the easy part. Maintaining it and the next 10 years (with upgrades and new hardware) will be the hard part. One last tip. Don't talk about free as in gratis, because management will then asume that there is no cost and the moment anything computer related shows up on budget, it will be confusing and you will be called a liar.

You can also play around with SUSE Studio so you easily can make images that contain not all applications, but only those that you need, including anything you made yourself.

The builds could be used as beta for the final release for yoiur company.

Comment: Re:The department gives the hint. (Score 3, Informative) 448

by houghi (#46716641) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

Isn't Mint a distribution? So you should be able to make ity look like anything out there. I believe XFCE would look the most familiar.

For the user, look at the desktop. For the admin, look at the distribution.

As an admin, I would probably use something like, because it would mean I would be able to easily make an installable image that looks likeI would want it with the programs I desire.

A bit of extra work and you have something that is really tailord for your company. You can make two images. One for clients and one for servers. Or go evebn further and edit YaST so you have only one image for several options. Portable, desktop, software selections per department, ...

Obviously the work you put will depend on how large the company is.

Comment: All because ISPs want to crosssell (Score 1) 239

by houghi (#46685585) Attached to: Ends Free Dynamic DNS

At the time of dialup there was an ecuse to not have as many IP adresses as there were customers. Now there will be at least as many IP adresses as there are customers for an ISP. So having a fixed IP would be no problem.
having a reversed DNS for your mail (on reqiuest) is also no a real issue.
Goin g from dynamic to fixed DNS for providers should not be a serious issue on a technical level.

However selling IP adresses is a very profitable business model. No investment (People need an IP adress anyway as they are already only 24/7) on the IP adresses. On the receiving end, just the billing system and you can ask almost anything.

When comparing prices between fixed and non fixed IP in Belgium, the average difference was about 50EUR per IP adress. This only looking at the speed of the connection. non-fixed would also receive webspace, email accounts and the like.

That is 50x12=600EUR per year for your IP without any additional investment on part of the ISP. When I asked several ISPs, they basically said: we get away with it so we do it.
One admitted that having a fixed IP would be cheaper in opperation.

Luckily I found a provider that has fixed IP and no limit for a reasonable price. Not the cheapest, but the best value for money for what I want.

"Life sucks, but death doesn't put out at all...." -- Thomas J. Kopp