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Comment: Re:Cool (Score 1) 225

by xSander (#48873775) Attached to: Facebook Will Let You Flag Content As 'False'

Well, in theory, any story would get flagged false. Religious stories get flagged false by atheists, atheist stories get flagged false by religious people, science-debunked stories get flagged false by science-savvy people, science stories get flagged false by religious people, etc.

The only thing remaining may be about cats and dogs. I get my news somewhere else anyway ;-)

Comment: Re:Look what those assholes did to gedit. (Score 1) 488

by xSander (#48504911) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Non-Coders, Why Aren't You Contributing To Open Source?

Is there an alternative to gedit?

I liked gedit because it's simple and has themes, so you can change the background and syntax highlighting (I want a dark background.) Fortunately at work I still have gedit 3.4.2, but one day at home after an upgrade gedit's UI became horrible. Hell, even Control-N was fucked up. I don't want a new file in a new window, I want a new file in a new tab, dammit!

Comment: Re:TV vs Film (Score 1) 187

by xSander (#48168727) Attached to: Warner Brothers Announces 10 New DC Comics Movies

I've watched the first 16 episodes or so of season 1 of Arrow on Netflix. It may have been renewed twice and has good ratings, but I find the series subpar.

Most of the show consist of horrible dialogues and close-ups of Stephen Amell's muscles.

The only time I can bear watching that show is when Willa Holland (eyecandy) or John Barrowman (a real actor) are on-screen.

Comment: Re:News at 11. (Score 2) 282

by xSander (#48128403) Attached to: Four Dutch Uberpop Taxi Drivers Arrested, Fined

You don't have to buy an "OV-chipkaart" (public transport chip card) to get anywhere by train. If you use the train only incidentally, you can buy a paper ticket with a chip on it. You have to check in and out with it, but for the rest it's the same limited functionality.

The chipcard has been met with criticism since its inception, though. Aside from the usual privacy concerns, it's poorly implemented. You have to check in and out between different transport companies, for example. And of course the companies rake in the money because the tariffs are, in practice, higher than the traditional way. And a lot of people forget to check out, so they pay the full deposit (20 euro for the train) because the companies make it hard to get the money back.

I'm looking forward to using my ATM card with a NFC chip on it for train travel. That way I don't have to top up or have unused, unreachable money on my card. It's not very anonymous, but the current anonymous card isn't 100% anon either if you top it up with an ATM card or credit card, anyway.

Comment: Bike lanes (Score 1) 213

by xSander (#47869881) Attached to: Surprising Result of NYC Bike Lanes: Faster Traffic for Cars

Slightly off-topic, but...

I skimmed TFA and saw images of the bike lanes. it's good to see that they are segregated bike lanes, separate from car traffic. Even better that there's a cushion and a parking lane between the two types of transportation.

It amazes me why some cities think it's a good idea to have bike lanes BETWEEN car lanes. So much can go wrong in those lanes: cars changing lanes, car doors opening, etc. That will never promote or stimulate biking.

Where possible, I'd like to see bike routes to schools, especially in the USA. Children will get healthier and more independent if they bike to school instead of just sitting in their parent's car.

Comment: Re:price (Score 1) 331

by xSander (#45547177) Attached to: 62% of 16 To 24-Year-Olds Prefer Printed Books Over eBooks

I've read many paper books and have owned an e-ink e-reader for 1,5 years now. E-ink has a lot of advantages: no bookshelves full of books, the books always weigh the same no matter how many pages it has, they're generally cheaper than paper, no shipping costs, etc. I can also tell you that since it also uses indirect light, there is NO (extra) strain on the eyes whatsoever. You can also adjust the font or font size to your liking, which makes it ideal for elderly people too.

By the way, I recently got a tablet and tried to read a book on it. That was much less pleasant, even with white letters on black background. Because of the bigger screen and colors, it is suitable for comics though. Until full color e-ink readers with screens bigger than 5" come along.

Comment: Re:P2TC signs: "I really like this" (Score 1) 79

This little joke actually raises an interesting topic, as sign language usually does not follow the same grammar as spoken/written language. Sign languages can differ from country to country or from region to region, similar to dialects. The hands aren't the only things used to convey meanings either: facial expressions or body movements are used too.

An example of sign language using the line above could be to represent the words "breasts", "you" and "like", in that order, with expressing the meaning "very much" by widening the eyes or exaggerating the sign for "like". If a software program can only recognize signs and nothing else, the "really" gets lost in translation. And then you have to put the words in the right order as well.

A committee is a group that keeps the minutes and loses hours. -- Milton Berle