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Comment: Re:WTF Google (Score 1) 386

by weber (#43168653) Attached to: Google Reader Being Retired

I spend around a third of my time in China, and they block Google+ but not Reader, so this is most unfortunate. I'm installing thunderbird now, but it was nice to have something on the web because I didn't need to install a dedicated program on multiple computers and OS's (Work: Windows, at home: 3 pc's and 2 tablets).

Comment: Re:I'm sorry, is that surprising how? (Score 1) 1040

by weber (#29655229) Attached to: Did Chicago Lose Olympic Bid Due To US Passport Control?

[...] I have to say I'm one of those people who deeply resent the invasive fingerprint taking entrance to the USA. It's a shame that stupid border procedures prevent me from visiting an otherwise beautiful country...

Here are some alternative identification methods. I definately prefer the right-most one, since it wouldn't allow for my iris to be used for flashing commercials at me, like in Minority Report, and at the same time it would allow me to accurately convey my opinion about the Border Control.

Comment: Re:why do they keep trying? (Score 1) 356

by weber (#29362659) Attached to: DRM Take II — Digital Personal Property

[...] and come up with a response like this: "but if I could make an infinite number of perfect copies of my car while retaining my own copy, at low or no cost, what would be my incentive to use a system designed to make me lose control over my car or any other property?"

Yes! Why try to create an artificial scarcity when you have just advanced far enough technologically, that the scarcity (need for physical medium in this case) is removed? That's taking a huge step backwards.

Wouldn't it be great - like in the parent poster's example - if there weren't even scarcity on ordinary physical products? Isn't that where things are/should be going? (I know: you'll always need the energy to create the matter to create the products, but still...)

Comment: Re:I'll Be Damned (Score 1) 504

by weber (#27843703) Attached to: Why Text Messages Are Limited To 160 Characters

I completely agree. I do this with my work e-mail.

However, lately I've considered setting up a bugzilla-server where each question is submitted as a bug assigned to the otherwise intended recipient, and set the nag-time to 1 day. My only worry is that it might seem a bit much. What's your take on this?

Comment: Re:I love Ubuntu... (Score 1) 871

by weber (#27703581) Attached to: Ubuntu 9.04 Is As Slick As Win7, Mac OS X

If people can't use Flash and watch Youtube on it, it might as well be green letters on a black background.

Try Linux Mint.

From their "About" page (originally from DistroWatch):
Linux Mint is one of the surprise packages of the past year. Originally launched as a variant of Ubuntu with integrated media codecs, it has now developed into one of the most user-friendly distributions on the market - complete with a custom desktop and menus, several unique configuration tools, a web-based package installation interface, and a number of different editions.

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