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Comment Re:Look how quiet the Atlantic has been (Score 1) 282

TIL: "Quietism is the name given (especially in Roman Catholic Church theology) to a set of Christian beliefs that rose in popularity in through France, Italy, and Spain during the late 1670s and 1680s, were particularly associated with the writings of Miguel de Molinos (and subsequently François Malaval and Madame Guyon), and which were condemned as heresy by Pope Innocent XI in the papal bull Coelestis Pastor of 1687. The “Quietist” heresy was seen to consist of wrongly elevating ‘contemplation’ over ‘meditation’, intellectual stillness over vocal prayer, and interior passivity over pious action in an account of mystical prayer, spiritual growth and union with God (one in which, the accusation ran, there existed the possibility of achieving a sinless state and union with the Christian Godhead)."

How this relates to the climate and/or weather, I do not know, but "quietist" is actually a thing.

Comment Re:A country sized face palm event. (Score 1) 755

You're not allowed to collect trash from roadside in Finland. That requires a 2-day training for roadside safety pass which costs ~150€. Sad part is, I'm not joking.

You may not be joking, but you also should take all the trending social media stories with a grain of salt. That is not to say there wouldn't be too much bureaucracy in Finland, hell yes there is.

Comment Re: Streaming doesn't work (Score 1) 170

Another alternative is to use an Xperia phone/tablet (at least Z2 onwards, don't know about Z1) with GCM10 (a phone/tablet mount that wraps around the controller) and a DS4. Supposedly you can get this to work generally on rooted Android devices as well, not sure about connecting wirelessly to the DS4. It works reasonably well, and obviously you have all the buttons you'd have while playing PS4 regularly. Slight caveat though, I've never got it reliably to work when both the phone and console are connected to the same WLAN, the PS4 has to be wired. My upstream is so pathetic that I haven't even tried streaming via Internet, but apparently it can work too.

Comment Re:Why keep funding any of it? (Score 1) 44

In principle, I agree with you. In practice, hell no. Sure, it'd be nice to have native apps. On the other hand, we're talking about a platform whose penetration is probably measured in fractions of a percentage. If app developers neglect even WP, which has a market share measured in some percentages, why would they develop native apps for Sailfish? Hint: they won't. Thus, the only viable "enter strategy" is to have an emulation layer for a relatively popular platform. Android is the obvious choice, but it could be as well (barring technical limitations) iOS or WP. Or they could go Blackberry - scratch that, they emulate Android already.

Comment Re:Why keep funding any of it? (Score 2) 44

As a former N900 (which ran Maemo, which became Meego and would later be known as Sailfish) user, I really would hope it takes off. The multitasking (even in Maemo, I should assume it is better in later incarnations) is still miles better than what Android offers. Having said that, I admit being somewhat "tied" to the Android ecosystem as it is, so good Android emulation would be a requirement (and I have no idea how well Sailfish does this as of now).

Comment Re:Outside help (Score 1) 431

I have to ask, have you actually ever lived in an EU country? Sure, there is the bureaucracy to get around, depending on the country. But there is not a single EU country where (despite what the populists will have you believe) one could effectively say "fukkit, I'm going to get provided by the government". If there were, there'd be not such a large Roma population begging in the streets during the summer, or they'd be rather stupid for not getting all that TLC from the government. As it is (this coming from a perspective of a Finn), the Roma remain a fringe. If it would be so easy for them to apply for social security, one would assume they'd do just that. Yet, they continue to beg (and to do various other crime, but I digress). Funny that, given that the EU should provide them no matter where they come from.

Comment Re:Outside help (Score 1) 431

Might be that things are different now, but when I lived in Germany at the turn of the millennium, an EU citizen could be a "prospective employer" (that is, unemployed and looking for work) in another EU country for three months, after which one has to follow some local rules. At the time in Germany that meant getting a health insurance. Which, actually, was not that cheap. (Which also incidentally was the reason I got married - suddenly my health insurance, as I was working, covered my girlfriend as well, and my taxes dropped like 10%. Why not? So I guess you can say I got married for money. Once we left Germany the incentive to remain married didn't exist anymore.)

Comment Re:They are not alone (Score 1) 288

Most everything has gone downhill since then, with many sites today even refusing to let you resize text and photos (the formatting gets messed up if you try).

Actually, with "responsive design" being all the rage nowadays (Google has started to downrank sites in mobile search that aren't responsive, AFAIK Bing does/will do the same), that is getting less true every day. Now, that doesn't mean responsive design is a magical answer to everything; too often tablet size and/or landscape mode is neglected, and no matter how careful one is, there might be breakage with a combination of browser X and resolution Y. But we're getting there.

Comment Re:And for the bump in price.... (Score 1) 98

I think that 2TB is currently the largest 2.5" drive. The system apparently supports up to 6TB, and I guess some people have done it with cable extensions to 3.5" drives, or something.

There's at least one semi-external enclosure, that replaces the HDD cover with a slightly taller version that one can fit a 3.5" drive in. But according to reviews, it seems to perform worse than the stock drive (at least with a 3TB drive), so I'm not sure that's advisable - games probably assume that the HDD works at least as fast as the stock one.

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