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Comment Re:Well there's the problem... (Score 2) 201

Actually it's worse than that: licenses are numbered (numbers are decided by the local administration) but you cannot actually get a "new" one since the number of licenses has not been increased in many years and licenses are never given back but just transferred to other would-be drivers: the only practical way to get a taxi license is to purchase one from another driver when he/she retires or simply decides to sell it. This money is paid mostly under the table, and the US$ 100K is a low-ball estimate: in bigger cities like Rome or Milan, a license can easily go for EUR 200K.

Comment Re:On iOS platforms. (Score 2) 270

How should Apple be able to force you to use one or the other?

The same way they did when, under the old MacOS, they switched the preferred language from Pascal to C: all the documentation refers to the "new language" examples, all data structures are listed in the "new language" formats, some information needed for compatibility with the "old language" is omitted or brushed under the carpet, some data structures will favor the "new language" (e.g. C vs Pascal strings in system calls), etc.

Of course it will take time but they can do it, no doubt about that.

Comment Re:Effort dilution (Score 1) 254

The Atari ST had two things over the Amiga: a built-in MIDI port and a high-res (for the time) B/W video mode. It found itself a couple of nice niches (digital music and DTP) for all those who couldn't afford a Macintosh. In every other respect, especially after the introduction of the 2000 model, which was fully expandable, the Amiga was far superior.

Comment Re:geo-blocking (Score 1) 363

So - why should you get the BBC content for free when you've not contributed to the costs of producing it in the first place?

No problem, I have my credit card handy, just cut this crap and let me pay if I want to view some content on BBC but I don't live in UK. Simply put, I can't, due to idiotic geographical restrictions (and no, the international version of iPlayer simply isn't worth what it costs).

For the sake of fairness, this also applies to any other country and their broadcasters.

Comment Re:Dell makes some decent stuff (Score 1) 408

In 2006 I got an Inspiron 6400, and almost seven years later I think the only way to stop the damn thing is to throw it into a garbage compactor: In all this time I had to change the display bezel (20 US$) , and the original battery is down to one hour of capacity, but the machine is absolutely rock-solid, to the point that my other (brand-new) notebook is used a lot less than I expected.

Comment Re:Greengrocers apostrophe? (Score 2) 214

Why do have so many people problems accepting there are non-native English speakers? It's not difficult.

Actually, as a native English speaker living in Germany, I find Germans make these kinds of errors significantly less than native English speakers.

This can be easily explained: English as a foreign language is usually taught in primary schools and (also) in written form. Native speakers learn the basics of the language when they're little kids from their parents before they are able to write. Even when you start going to school, verbal communication is still used more (think of how many words you say during your day, even for insignificants tasks, and how many you write). If this kind of spelling mistakes are not corrected by teachers or parents, they can be easily carried on to adult age, especially for people whose daily occupation doesn't involve a lot of writing.

Term, holidays, term, holidays, till we leave school, and then work, work, work till we die. -- C.S. Lewis