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

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) 214 214


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) 214 214

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) 165 165

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) 566 566

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) 827 827

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.

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

"my real problem with European cell phones is how much is costs to call them"

It's not just European cell phones: it's prettymuch everywhere in the world except the US, since everywhere else people don't pay for incoming calls on their cellphones, which is one of the most absurd charges people are forced to pay when using a US cellphone (everywhere else, people pay the cellphone cost when they call a cellphone, and they know they are calling a cellphone because cellphones have a different area code). It's as if you were paying for incoming long-distance calls on your fixed line. Would you accept that?

Next thing, you're going to tell me you also pay a monthly to watch TV programs containing commercials.... oh, wait.

But the fact remains: why oh why do people defend a system where you're forced to pay to receive calls?

Comment: Re:It's fitting... (Score 1, Informative) 101 101

"It's fitting in a numerological sort of way"

It's fitting just because 400 years ago Galileo Galilei (same name as the observatory, see?), in 1609 began his astronomical observations, and as a direct result of that came in direct conflict with the religious establishment, since he began supporting Copernicus's heliocentric theory.

Try to explain that to the enlightened individuals who still insist nowadays that the universe is 5000-6000 years old, that dinosaur bones were placed there by some humorous deity just in order to make us wonder, or simply that Evolution is 'just a theory'...

Happy round-numbered birthday to both events, I say, or in other words: eppur si muove.

You will have many recoverable tape errors.