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Comment: Re:The CAP is badly run, inefficient, but a good i (Score 1) 154

by obi (#36689716) Attached to: EU Proposal: Shift Farming Subsidies To Science
Well, the "foreign" bit didn't come out right - I didn't mean to imply you're racist. What I meant to say is that most people, particularly those from the bigger countries, have no clue about the politicians and politics from the other member states (this is an observation, not a complaint). And it's easy to mistake all those politicians for "faceless" bureaucrats when you only know a few of the more than 700 MEPs. After all, you sure haven't voted for all these other guys. But some of the 500 million citizens sure did.

> Britain doesn't elect it's head of state - the Queen, it also doesn't elect it's Prime Minister - the main party in parliament's leader becomes Prime Minister.

Well, I thought it was be clear that it's not the Queen sitting in the European Council. And while you don't choose your PM directly, it's not like you don't have a say at all in who the PM will be. Either way, if you want to send someone to the European Council that is directly elected, like a president, or a PM that is appointed in a more democratic way, than by all means, your country is free to do so. It's not a lack of democracy of the EU though.

> You can write to your MEP all you like - they don't make the laws so it's a bit futile.
> In the UK the laws are chosen by the people we vote for.
> In the EU they are not.

They actually do hold legislative powers, together with the Council of Ministers. The parliament is directly elected. The council is composed of the national ministers. And your cabinet ministers are again selected from elected members of the house of commons, right?

> So to re-cap:
> 1. MEPs - elected but not much power.
> 2. European Council, not directly elected.
> 3. Commission, most powerful, not elected.

Well, we had our chance with the EU constitution. It would've established more power for the parliament, more transparency, smaller commision, in short more democracy. But all people heard was "more faceless bureaucrats" and said no on the referendums in France and Holland in 2005.

In any case, I'm not saying the whole EU thing is the greatest thing since sliced bread. What bothers me is that the EU is very often unfairly blamed for a lot things. Our own governments push things through on the EU level, knowing full well it won't get the same amount of public scrutiny, then turn around and proclaim they have no choice but to implement these evil EU diktats on a national level - while all along that was the goal in the first place.

I think it's long overdue that EU citizens took an interest in what the EU institutions actually do. And that the media properly inform us on these matters.

Comment: Re:The CAP is badly run, inefficient, but a good i (Score 1) 154

by obi (#36684582) Attached to: EU Proposal: Shift Farming Subsidies To Science
> faceless unelected bureaucrats

Right. Sure.
- the European Parliament's MEPs are directly elected by the citizens
- the European Council is made up of heads of state, like, say David Cameron, who (I hope) is elected by the citizens.
- the European Commision is indeed not directly elected, but has to be approved by the Parliament, and put in office by the Council - seems like there's still some democratic checks there.

Just because you don't know these "foreign" people, doesn't mean they haven't been elected.

But yeah, people don't seem to give a shit about EU elections, even when it directly affects them.

You _can_ write your MEP, and directly influence them as citizens. Corporate lobbyists have clout, but ordinary citizens _can_ get themselves organised and lobby too. But for that you actually have to:
a) know what's going on
b) care

Comment: Re:Roland MT-32 (Score 1) 585

by obi (#36175160) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: DOSBox, or DOS Box?
At least you can hook up an MT-32 straight to MIDI. If you make DOSBox pass through your MIDI interface you're set. No such luck for me with my LAPC-I, which you're supposed to plug into an ISA slot (try finding an ISA slot on motherboards these days).

There's some projects out there that try to emulate the MT-32 / CM-32L / LAPC-I - even on linux. But to be honest, I found them somewhat lacking.

Oracle Could Reap $1 Million For Domain 183

Posted by timothy
from the inherit-the-sun-reap-the-whirlwind dept.
joabj writes "Last week, Oracle announced that it is decommissioning the site, which it acquired as part of the $7 billion purchase of Sun Microsystems. So what will Oracle do with the domain name, which is the 12th oldest .com site on the Internet? Domain brokers speculate Oracle could sell it for $1 million or more, if it chose to do so."

Comment: Re:Sounds pretty fair (Score 1, Interesting) 432

by obi (#33174120) Attached to: Ex-SF Admin Terry Childs Gets 4-Year Sentence
Do I think this should be a firing offense? Sure. It's simply bad stewardship to make the network crash with you.

Do I think this is a criminal offense? Nope, not really. I'd give him the benefit of the doubt that this wasn't about extortion (for money or career opportunities), and more about there being no proper protocols in place for transferring control - something his superiors should have worked out long before this happened.

Any other person in any other position would simply have been given the sack. If it was critical they have the passwords (ie. rebuilding the network would cause enormous disruption) his superiors should have foreseen this. What if he got hit by a bus? What if he simply forgets (dementia, amnesia, whatever).

This trial always seemed to me as a clash of personalities, than about actual harm done (or even intent to harm).

And sentencing in the US is just completely bonkers.

Comment: Re:Check which modules get rejected (Score 1) 175

by obi (#33117422) Attached to: First GNOME Census Results
As someone who actually used Bluetooth headsets (A2DP, HFP, HSP) both with and without Pulseaudio (through alsa, or through gstreamer plugins, whatever) I can honestly say Pulseaudio provides a superior solution.

As for latency: with BT there's some inherent latency, independent of the software stack. If you mean sync issues, BT (even on A2DP) has no way of reporting back latency. So Bluetooth sucks, not PA.

The goal of Computer Science is to build something that will last at least until we've finished building it.