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Comment: Re:Why should they change? (Score 1) 105 105

Given the awfully broad "rape" law in Sweden, I don't mind.

The bizarre thing is that without the ongoing investigation it would probably be easier for Assange to get asylum in Sweden. Sweden expressly forbids ministers of government from having any direct involvement over administrative authorities. If he applied his case would in theory be handled under the exact same process as everyone else regardless the political situation. The Swedish prime minister would not be able to accept or reject anything, it would only be up to the responsible administrative authority to decide based only on current legislation.

Comment: Re:Today's computer science corriculum is practica (Score 1) 153 153

And how many of them publish academic papers in theoretical computing science journals? I never said that being a lousy programmer means you're bright. What I said was that if you look at the people that do the really advanced theoretical computing science you will find that most of them are not the typical programmer type.

Comment: Re:Today's computer science corriculum is practica (Score 1) 153 153

By calling it Computer Science we tend to think that it's all about programming the computer while it's actually not. Programming is of course part of it but it certainly isn't what it's all about. I'm a big fan of the alternative names like Computing Science or Datalogy. You should visit an automata conference and ask the people there if they consider themselves programmers. Sure some of them will but you'll soon realize that the brightest people in CS are not necessarily into the computer part of it, and hardly ever programs at all.

Comment: Re:Today's computer science corriculum is practica (Score 1) 153 153

They are closer than ever. Sure you can be the type of sysadmin that goes in and just reboots the server when things don't work, but there are plenty of sysadmin jobs where you're basically a programmer. I recently left such a job where I was definitely more of a programmer, I just programmed in Puppet instead of something like Java.

Comment: Re:can someone from Europe please explain (Score 1) 146 146

why anyone thought forced delinking will ever work?

it just draws more attention to what you are trying to delink

it seems so absurd. i can't imagine a group of adults believing in or supporting such a ridiculous concept

I'm from Europe and I think this is absurd. It's not like we're one homogeneous mind that agrees on everything.

Comment: Re:Good design, eh? (Score 0) 149 149

When people applaud Apple, design is often one of the things they applaud. How about non-removable batteries as bad design?

I bought an Android partly because I can carry a tiny spare battery, and replace it if needed, instead of carrying a charger or an even bigger battery to charge my phone.

The battery is clearly removable. According to the summary they will replace it for you if it drops below 80 % and they would not be able to do that if it was non-removable. Just because you can't quickly and easily remove it yourself doesn't mean that it's not removable. It is removable, you just need some time and tools to do it.

Comment: Re:Forced Opt-in by default is ILLEGAL in the EU. (Score 1) 328 328

Forced Opt-in by default is ILLEGAL in the EU.

Opt-in in the EU is by LAW/Directives to be OPTIONAL by default.

Another example of American companies not understanding nor giving a fuck about our rights in Europe.

I hope somebody takes them to the EU courts over these practices. Same with the annoying defaults of installing Chrome on installers.

Google is already in the courts, time to bring Yahoo in and many others (Valve with steam etc). Apple has been through it with iTunes.

Another example of Europeans not understanding that their laws don't apply in America.

Comment: Re:Medical testing devices worth tens of billions (Score 1) 192 192

Inside thousands of labs all over the world there are testing devices worth tens of billions of dollars running on XP

The OS upgrade path is next to none

You don't update software on medical equipment anyway. That thing would have to be recertified.

Comment: Re:Walled Garden (Score 1) 86 86

It would absolutely be legal in Europe. Stores in Europe are free to chose what they want to sell and not, they are not required to carry everyone that wants to. If Apple decides that they don't want to carry competing streaming applications then they are fully within their right to do so, just like Debian is in their right to refuse to ship any application in their archive for whatever reason they want. Are you suggesting that Debian could not legally refuse to ship the non-free Spotify client in Europe?

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