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Comment: Re:I'm about to give up on Gmail... (Score 1) 339

by mybeat (#45914699) Attached to: Google Begins To Merge Google+, Gmail Contacts
That's what I did 2 years ago after I've decided that google will shit on us with all it's changes and what not, and look I was right.

I still keep my gmail account for my android phone, which is also used as *send_spam_here* mailbox, my primary is being handled by zoho, which is OK.

Comment: Re:advice on Linux alternatives? (Score 1) 829

by mybeat (#45765413) Attached to: Microsoft's Ticking Time Bomb Is Windows XP

Just pick debian netinst and go with whatever WM + login manager you like.
I'd recommend xfce4 + slim, my grandma find it easier to use than LXDE.
wicd-curses is an easy to use wi-fi manager.
I dont have any auto-updates configured and they are done when I come over.
Can't help you with other points as I've have none/too little experience with that.

Comment: What is this TV you speak of? (Score 3, Interesting) 443

by mybeat (#44550149) Attached to: Despite Global Release, Breaking Bad Heavily Pirated
But seriously, I haven't owned TV since 2006 and probably none of the channels I have available air it.

Even if they did I can't just imagine sit at TV on a specific date/time. This is not how it works now, I will watch it when/if I have time not when they think I should watch it.

I also like to watch multiple episodes at a time, and the legal way of me doing this (can't use hulu or netflix where I live) is ordering box set via amazon which costs 45 pounds for seasons 1-4.
No thanks, make it 10 pounds and you got a deal since it's just piece of plastic with printed out papers.
The only advantage I see in a dvd box set is that audio levels and quality is consistent across all the seasons/episodes but even this can be a non issue if you take your time searching right torrents.
Plus it will take 1 week for the DVDs to get here and would require me to go to the post office, wait in line, get back home to finally view it.

Now lets compare the other alternative that I have:
Open up the bay, type in breaking bad season, get the one with most seeds/ok quality and press magic download button. 1 hour later I have what I needed without all the annoyances.

So guess which route will I or anyone sane would choose?

Comment: Re:This bs is top priority? for crying out loud. (Score 1) 154

by mybeat (#43935657) Attached to: EU Countries Closer To Mandatory Minimum Sentence Cap For Hacking
Because average wage is a bullshit metric, see my reply above.

If we were to standardise the minimum wage across Europe based on the nations with the highest wage then the minimum wage would be many times higher than the average wage in some of these countries. If we standardise on the lowest wage then people on minimum wage in say the UK would be forced into abject poverty.

And what about people who currently live in the abject poverty due to not even minimum wages?
Prices are the same for food and clothing are the same across euroland.

Comment: Re:This bs is top priority? for crying out loud. (Score 1) 154

by mybeat (#43935503) Attached to: EU Countries Closer To Mandatory Minimum Sentence Cap For Hacking

And, despite being in the EU, all these places have their own economies. If you force a minimum wage of the UK on, say, Armenia, then employers will have to pay 26 times more on the minimum wage than they do now. In case you don't know, that would basically mean about 20 times more unemployed as a consequence.

Armenia doesn't have euros.

There is nothing stopping those people migrating to other EU countries that will take them (open market! For the most part, except where countries are in such a bad economic state that other EU countries won't allow them to emigrate to the rest of the EU), or in campaigning to get the minimum wage to the same levels.

How can someone afford to migrate earning minimum wage? They can barely make it through the month.

And minimum wage is a bad indicator, average wage would be better. A country that states a ã1 an hour minimum wage would not necessarily have anyone working for that, especially if it's 26 times below the cost of living there.

Average wage metric is in no where better, 900 people make minimal wage say 300 euros 100 person makes 30000. Now average is 570 which doesn't look bad on a country reports, but does jack shit for people earning minimum wage.
A way better metric would be the median income.

The EU is not there to make us all earn the same, do the same, work the same. It's there to work together, and there's a difference. The UK, for instance, pays a greater proportion of certain subsidies (e.g. farming subsidies) to other countries than the rest of the EU. Something like 2-3 times more, per person, than other countries that reap the benefits of the subsidies.

Wasn't the whole point of a union to make everything equal for its members?

And, sorry, but the cost of living in places in the "top" half of that table (sorted by minimum wage in Euros) is significantly higher than those in the bottom half.

True, cost of living, transportation is way higher. However cost of food is nearly the same (like 0.10 cents difference) and clothing is way cheaper in top countries.

Are you honestly trying to say that someone in Maldova should be guaranteed the same minimum as someone in the UK is, just because they are in the EU? There's more factors to take account of than that. If you really want something to moan about, look at people who work in the UK, gain benefits they wouldn't be entitled to in their home (EU) country, and then send them back home. Is that really fair? Those who can afford to have a cousin living in the UK getting "free money" (not to mention healthcare, etc.) than those who don't can't get?

Moldova doesn't have euros. I have no idea what the price are like there.
Yes that's fair they work on same rules as the locals so why do you think it's not?

Make sure your code does nothing gracefully.