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Comment Re: shorts (Score 1) 480

I see... so why should one have to wear anything at all?

If I were to decide to go to work wearing just my hat and a pair of sneakers, why shouldn't I be allowed to do so?

Is showing one's behind or one's front bad taste? Or why else is it banned?

Who decided that --as outer garment-- shorts and XXL T-shirts are OK at work, but tight speedos are not OK at work?

Why are man allowed to run on the street in shorts only, barechested, but women aren't?

(at least that's what I've observed in most anglophone countries... other places around the world seem to have other, quite varying, rules)

Comment Re: shorts (Score 1) 480

It' funny (but it's slashdot after all) how a comment ends up being exaggerated with wild misinterpretations such as "hate", "fainting", ... almost like in a Bernd episode: Funny also how so many people don't realize that men wearing shorts are simply considered as in poor taste - in most of the world (but don't talk about that on /. -- the world outside anglophone countries may be too complex a concept to consider). Not to mention the even funnier idea that would have an average pair of shorts being any better for warm weather than summer/light cotton calanques-style pants.

Comment Re:just change the name from "pizza" to anything e (Score 1) 214

I wish... I have yet to find one... I tried in Chicago, NYC, San Diego, Indianapolis, Portland, Atlanta, etc. not to mention in many small towns, while avoiding any chains and fastfood pizza places. Some of them were interesting, a few were quite good, but they weren't at all close to the real thing.

Very few restaurants baked them in a wood-fired oven (a necessary but not sufficient condition), pretty much none of them used real mozzarella (as in mozzarella), most of them added extra ingredients etc, etc.
But if anyone has any specific suggestions for finding real pizza in Northamerica, i.e. places / names / addresses, I'd welcome them!

PS: I don't like using wikipedia so much, but they got some of the explanation OK on this, e.g.:
the real thing: "pizza types" vs. "...quite a large number of regional forms of pizza, many bearing only a casual resemblance to the Italian original".

Comment Re:just change the name from "pizza" to anything e (Score 1) 214


What people sell in Northamerica, whether in fast foods or restaurants, is not pizza. It's a surrogate. It's a lookalike, made with different ingredients, different preparation methods, and ends up tasting quite differently from the real thing... I have yet to find one single place that tastes the way it should. Just change the name, it'd be the decent thing to do.

Try and go to any standard pizzeria in Italy or surroundings, and you should be able to taste the difference.
Or then again, maybe not - after all people call Budweiser "beer", even though it's made with 30% rice... but it's still less different from a pilsner than the so-called "american pizza" is far away from the real thing.

Comment just change the name from "pizza" to anything else (Score 1) 214

Would the so-called "american pizza" makers do the decent thing and change the name from "pizza" to something else, in order not to confuse the public with the real thing?

Anything will do, really. Changing just one vowel would be enough. Here are a few suggestions for alternative names, all much more fitting than "pizza" to what people eat in "american pizza" restaurants:

Comment anglocentric popular culture reference (Re:Buller? (Score 1) 165

This seems to be one of those anglocentric popular culture references - where most of the rest of the world knows, or cares, very little about.
But since most native anglophones seldom speak fluently any other language, it's not easy for them to figure out what is or isn't relevant outside of their countries.
As in "Foreign language education: if ‘scandalous’ in the 20th century, what will it be in the 21st century?" by Eeon E. Panetta.

Comment vs. App Store for GPL? (Score 2) 566

Can anyone explain in plain non-legalese the difference between Apple's App Store and this Windows Marketplace, in terms of open source? Does either one allow GPL applications distributed? For a fee? IANAL and AFAIK, doesn't GPL 2 allow charging for distribution of executable code, as long as the source is available somewhere? Thanks---

Comment Re:Hidden Costs in European Cell Rates (Score 1) 827

I tend to think it's better that I (the wireless customer) pay for the convenience of having a wireless phone than ask the people who call me to do it for me

Alas, I've heard this argument 100 times. My opinion is: if you're happy to pay for incoming calls, go ahead.
But why should everybody be forced to pay for incoming calls? It's lucky for people in most other places in the world not to have to use such a freedom-restricted system.

Why should my mother with the landline phone pay an extra surcharge to call me just because I have a wireless phone? What value is she getting from my ownership of a wireless phone?

Indeed, following this argument, why should they pay to call you at all, only because you want to be reachable by phone? And why should callers have to pay long-distance charges only because some people they want to reach chose to be available only at a distant place?

But it gets worse: how can companies only in this country get away by charging for incoming SMS messages, which receivers can not refuse nor filter by caller ID?
At least, one can refuse to pick up calls (and pay for incoming minutes) if they arrive from unwanted caller IDs...

It seems to me very sad: most people in this country will do anything to rationalize a 'greatest country' syndrome, finding out all possible excuses to justify worse conditions as 'better' (ranging from the abysmal health system, to the near-illiteracy provided by most of the primary school system, to double/triple pay TV reception, to outrageous internet fiber connection prices, to gun-accident-ridden society and overfilled jails, and finally to the lack of several basic freedoms enjoyed in many other more advanced democracies...) simply because they've never tried anything else; and most of their primary school system keeps them illiterate enough to prevent any understanding of other languages, thus rendering them incapable of gaining 1st hand experience in other places... very sad.

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