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Comment: selection bias? (Score 1) 152

by matushorvath (#43891687) Attached to: Surgeries On Friday Are More Frequently Fatal

If you get a surgery on a weekend, likely there was a reason why it could not be postponed to Monday. No wonder that many of the surgeries that could not be postponed end badly.

And maybe the same thing applies to Fridays to some degree. Less critical surgeries are probably pushed to Monday, to avoid post-op care during the weekend if possible.

Comment: I would really enjoy responding to that request (Score 1) 227

by matushorvath (#42463555) Attached to: That Link You Just Posted Could Cost You 300 Euros

Dear Sirs, While we do not plan any monetary compensation for the outgoing links to your website, we would be partial to a barter deal. In compensation to our linking of your web site, you may publish any number of full page ads for our web site in your newspaper, free of charge.
Dear Sirs, Thank you for your kind offer to pay us for linking to your web site. While we often get requests from various parties to link to their web site, and while we understand that such links are valuable to you and help you increase your advertising revenue, we do not accept compensation for it as a matter of policy. Therefore we are happy to assure you we will continue to link you your site free of charge. We would however accept a token gift of appreciation, like a cake or flowers for our staff, if you wish to share a small part of the revenue you earned thanks to us.
Dear Sirs, We have noted that you no longer wish to be linked from our web site. While we do not understand why you would want to decrease the number of visitors to your web site, it's your tree and feel free to hang yourself on it. We have removed all links in question and set up a filter to make sure we never link you again, and will recommend our business partners to do the same.
The only problem is, which approach to choose :)
(not native speaker, sorry for clumsy english while trying to sound official)

Comment: Re:nonsense (Score 1) 356

by matushorvath (#35360308) Attached to: If App Store's Trademark Is Generic, So Is Windows'

There is a difference between being *called* windows and *having* windows. Yes, of course window-based system existed before microsoft copied them. But here we are concerned only with the name. (And no, if one says "windows" he never means the x-window system, and it never was so. It was "X" or "X-Windows" or "X-Window", never "windows".)

Comment: nonsense (Score 1, Insightful) 356

by matushorvath (#35355992) Attached to: If App Store's Trademark Is Generic, So Is Windows'

Nonsense, when you say "windows" in the OS context, you always mean Microsoft Windows. The term has not become generic, that would mean that people use "windows" to refer to OS that is not in fact Microsoft Windows. On the other hand, you could easily say "app store" and mean the android application repository. The term has not even become generic, it has always been generic. It never exclusively referred to Apple app store.

Comment: democracy? (Score 1) 1128

by matushorvath (#34717900) Attached to: Democrats Crowdsourcing To Vote Palin In Primaries

As someone who does not live in USA, I have to ask: Can you still call this "democracy"? I thought the point of elections was people choosing the candidate who they think is best. Now you are voting for the worst candidate in order to get one of the better candidates out of the way. A few years ago you had the candidate who most people voted for lose the elections. And even if everything works fine, you still choose from a very limited set of candidates, offered by two major parties.

As a programmer, I see the specification is "choose the person wanted by most citizens for president", but the algorithm is a bit too complicated and obviously does not work according to the specification.

(preemptive comment; Yeah, who am I to talk, I am probably some European commie anyway.)

Comment: Re:What the hell? (Score 1) 646

by matushorvath (#33595470) Attached to: High Fructose Corn Syrup To Get a Makeover

Then TFA is talking nonsense, sugar contains glucose and fructose in similar ratio as HFCS, the difference is that they are bonded into sucrose molecules by a weak bond. Sucrose is broken down to fructose and glucose in your digestive system and from that point there is really little difference between digesting sugar or HFCS.

Comment: Re:Media Regional Sales Restrictions (Score 1) 247

by matushorvath (#32150080) Attached to: Apple's Haves and Have Nots, Around the World

It seems that most people who reacted here misunderstand me as some commie who just feels he has a right to everything. The opposite is true, I respect the companies decision, I just wish they based it on some real analysis instead of arbitrary borders. But it's their right to act arbitrarily, and it's my right to complain about it on Slashdot :D.

Comment: Re:Media Regional Sales Restrictions (Score 1) 247

by matushorvath (#32150030) Attached to: Apple's Haves and Have Nots, Around the World

I am not talking about an insult. It's merely an inconvenience, and one that does seems to be easily fixed if the company in question tried just a little bit. I am not saying I am entitled to anything. All I am saying is that it would be nice of them to do a proper analysis before making a decision. Apple may have good reasons why they don't want to sell music here, I can accept that. But if you visit web shops that list countries that have not existed for years, you can be sure that they did not care to do their homework properly.

Comment: Re:Non-article? (Score 2, Informative) 247

by matushorvath (#32146074) Attached to: Apple's Haves and Have Nots, Around the World

Actually, there are companies that try to fill the gap. They have an address in US that you can use when ordering in an US-only online shop, and they will re-mail it to you in Europe. It is not cheap and a bit complicated, but it works.

Also, if you read my comment carefully, I used the word "half" a lot. There are many online shops that have no problem with shipping to eastern Europe. I can get my stuff online, it is just much less convenient.

The problem here is really simple. People in countries that are being left out have a strong feeling that the decision many companies make, not to ship to these countries, is often not based on rational reasoning. Yes, we can use the gap as an entrepreneurial opportunity, but that is beside the point. The point here is that we want to alert the companies that reconsidering their policy may be beneficial to them as well as to us.

(Try to walk in my shoes for a moment: You find something interesting on Amazon, try to order it... bang, not shipping this there. You search for it on google, try a few other shops, and maybe the third one will ship it. Even though you succeed, you still feel... discriminated.)

Comment: Re:Media Regional Sales Restrictions (Score 3, Insightful) 247

by matushorvath (#32145698) Attached to: Apple's Haves and Have Nots, Around the World

Sorry, this is just plain prejudice. For business purposes EU is one big country. OK, certain countries are well known sources for fraud. My country is not one of them. There is no problem with doing business here. Dell and HP have support centers here that support users all over Europe. IBM has a sales/purchasing center here, they handle accounts all over the world. SAP has a software developer center here, too.

Maybe Apple has some IP related reasons why they can sell media only in certain countries, but most other cases when shops do not ship to eastern Europe are just a result of prejudice and lazyness. The person who fills list of countries into the shop can either investigate which countries to include, or he can just decide to include western Europe "since they are OK" and ignore the rest.

Comment: Re:Non-article? (Score 1, Insightful) 247

by matushorvath (#32145662) Attached to: Apple's Haves and Have Nots, Around the World

Mostly it's not about product availability. Often those are products I can buy in a stone shop here without problems. The problem is that if you try to order them online, you often find that your country is simply not listed.

But why? I mean, the cold war ended 20 years ago, count them. We have had democracy with a market economy since then. We have been in EU for 6 years. Our copyright, patent and consumer law is up to date with the EU law. There is no jungle here, people are not being eaten, this is Europe. And still, half of the times when I try to order something from the net, I find out that they will either not ship it, or ship it for some ridiculous price because we are included in the "rest of the world" region that includes Antarctica and probably the Moon. Even if the web shop is in Europe. And mostly the problem is with big companies, like Amazon or Apple. The small shops are usually fine. I have bought a notebook online from US, and loads of stuff from Germany and UK. Never had any problem. Except that half the time when I found something for a price that seemed OK, I then found that Europe means "west from Vienna".

Ok, everyone has a right to choose whom to sell and whom not. I don't have a problem with that. But I would like them to make the choice based on some rational thought, not randomly as it seems to be now. People who own web shops just automatically exclude central and east Europe. Other thing, I have seen shops that still list "Czechoslovakia" as one of the countries. Czechoslovakia does not exist, it has been 17 years. Where did they get such an old list of countries? If they don't care about this, I can be sure they don't care whether someone from eastern Europe can order or not.

Comment: Re:not again (Score 1) 181

by matushorvath (#32065902) Attached to: HP Reportedly Cancels Plans for Windows 7 Tablet

Well, one disadvantage of many current tablets is their weight. I did a quick research, 2710p is not that bad (starting from 1.6kg up to 2.0kg). TC1100 without keyboard was 1.4kg and TC1000 was 1.35kg. For a computer that you are usually holding in one hand, weight is important. Even 1.35 feels on the heavy side. I read lots of books lying down and partially holding it, partially supporting it on something. I could not do that with a 2.0 kg notebook (tried it :).

Another thing, TC1000 was beautiful (ok, that is subjective :), TC4200 which replaced it was just a standard looking black notebook.

I miss my TC1000 very much, currently I am using Lenovo X61 which is very good, but I am still searching for something as perfect as TC1000 was.

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