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Comment: Re:"Are" or "could be"? (Score 1) 103 103

come on, it's sant joan ...

Exactly. So there are thousands of drunk people setting off fireworks in the street all night, and no visible police presence. No wonder a small minority of tourists think you can do whatever you want in Barcelona with no repercussions.

I'm not saying the police should stop Sant Joan, I'm saying that there should be a police presence in places where there are a lot of drunk people, and there isn't.

you're mixing things here. drunks get drunk, fireworks are set off mainly by kids with their families and these things happen in separate environments. none of this is a crime so police presence is not needed at all. accidents do happen, though, and even occasional vandalism. i've seen many waste containers light up on sant joan. firefighters tend to show up promptly. no big deal.

if you love this city it's a pity you didn't get a glimpse into the magic and the exceptionality that imbues this very special night. this pagan celebration dressed with a catholic 'cover' for political reasons is (was?) pretty unique and pretty deep in the roots of collective conscience. and although it has been very much 'globalized' and lost much of its charm there is still a lot going on for many. you should have seen it when i was a kid, with bonfires on every beach, on almost every crossing in the eixample, a freaking wonderful ... warzone of fire, love, happiness and magic. you could literally breath it. it was that very special night when you were allowed to do all things usually prohibited, literally play with fire, where generations of catalans have gotten laid for the first time. if you are alive ... what's fucking not to like?? :D it's sant joan!

of course it isn't the same now, partly taken over by the party-till-you-drop industry. the same one that is absorbing new year's revetlla and the festes de gràcia with their top quality product: cheap booze, extremely loud music and a license to piss on the streets. aaaand tourists, of course. you did know that you were coming into an underdeveloped country, did you? :)

but it's still sant joan and i'm afraid you just haven't experienced it in an appropriate environment. it's actually a family/neighboor thing, you won't find it in mass parties, which are just the standard screw up. as a lone stranger you need to be hooked up by some friend into his/her circles. people honoring these traditions are dwindling but should not be hard to find yet. and catalans have nothing against foreigners, you will be welcome, i guarantee you.

Escudellers is where the worst tourists seem to end up

escudillers would be the last place i would choose for sant joan! it's probably fine for any other night if you're ok with lumpen and it's sort of burlesque and dissonant ambient. i liked it a lot for much of my youth, i don't go down there much lately but it still is pretty much the same ... in a different way.

people selling drugs quite openly

i honestly can't see a problem with that. were you forced to buy? :)

Try getting a NIE (even as an EU citizen) since the hostility got ramped up last year. Now you need a work contract, padrón, and more. And try getting a work contract or a lease on a flat (to get the empadronamiento) without a NIE. Possible, but hard. And you won't be able to get your utilities connected without a NIE (and you have to wait weeks for a cita previa)

hold on. every local is subject to exactly the same process to obtain his dni (the equivalent of your dnie), which is mandatory from age 16. and yes, bureaucracy is nuts. now listen: i once lost my dni. first of all, it had already expired 15 years ago and i never had the slighest trouble (apart from some bank clerk being a jerk and having to call up the director, occasionally), this should already tell you a lot about how things work around here. i wouldn't have bothered to go to the police if i hadn't lost the darn thing. funny thing is that the police officer absolutely refused to issue a new one unless i could deliver ... (get a seat) ... the whole history of ins (altas) and outs (bajas) of the padrons where i had lived for the last 25 years or so. in my case that would cover about a dozen different locations. so i now would have to make a request to each of those places for the relevant documents. lucky me, i had recently made one such request and remembered a crucial detail: you need a dni to be able to request such document in the first place. guess what? confronted with this dilemma the officer just silently issued my new dni, an exact replica with the same 25 year old address. he told me to fix that asap. i never bothered, and you can bet he knew. since the i have renewed my dni once more. it still shows the same address.

i have to ask again. you DID know you were visiting an underdeveloped country, didn't you? this is how stuff works around here. it's no different for local or for strangers. strangers just have a harder time catching up.

there's still plenty i would like to comment, but this is getting too long already. maybe next time. anyway, thanks for sharing your thoughts anyway!

Comment: Re:"Are" or "could be"? (Score 1) 103 103

Nit de Sant Joan on Tuesday until dawn: tens of thousands of people (mainly local) dancing, drinking, pissing in the street, vomiting; I didn't see a single policeman all night.

come on, it's sant joan ...

I love this city, but the hostility from a lot of people to everyone who isn't catalan gets me down.

this is, of course, bullshit.

and how does this bs match with you admitting ' like 7.5 million tourists a year in Barcelona. The vast, vast majority are well behaved'? care to support it with some facts, apart from the obvious one that bulls do bully?

Comment: Re:"Are" or "could be"? (Score 1) 103 103

Which is it?

do not apply for a permit, fail to pay insurance and tourist tax, and ignore Catalonian law that forbids short-term rentals of rooms in private homes

Phew... Malum prohibitum crimes: it is only wrong because it is illegal. Screw you, Statists, get back to enforcing the malum in se — you know, the kind of thing, that is illegal because it is wrong.

there's a reason. barcelona is a dense city and living places are scarce. for several years there's been a trend of people buying out flats for short time rentals during touristic seasons, specially in the most sought after quarters. that's good business for some but makes home scarcity worse for locals.

i'm assuming those airbnb listings aren't actually from people sharing a room, but from such 'entrepreneurs'. (this is my speculation, no first hand information here)

and the running naked thing can be a real nuisance for some, too. again, it's a tight city and drunks shouting on the streets at night won't let you sleep, plus you might find out in the morning that they have also urinated on your building's front door. not nice. that's probably exaggerated a bit in the media. however, it's still undesirable tourism.

funny thing is ... local authorities now could just scan those airbnb lists and start dusting off those houses. wanna bet?

Comment: Re:The problem is that landfills are too cheap (Score 1) 371 371

well, why i can see the value for society of kids going to school (kind of), i can't see any in promoting crazy consumerism just because we're ready to solidarily pay extra for disposal. that's not a benefit, but a disgrace (and a shitty education btw).

my (somewhat stretched) point tried to respond to someone seemingly 'refusing to pay'. the reason for a public service is not for someone getting to dump fridges for free, but to ensure a proper disposal process everywhere.

this of course has a cost which should not be invisible, and it shouldn't mean that just because society pays for you are free to buy and dump whatever you want. in fact, it would be just fair that the very moment a manufactured product exited the production chain the manufacturer had already paid for its disposal as part of the production cost.

Comment: Re:e-waste (Score 1) 371 371

are they on the hook to support it against all future attack vectors until the hardware rots?

they should, within reasonable limits. 2 years seems way too short, imo. it's also not that much to ask to backport bugfixes and roll updates, these are no small business with no small profit. they should be responsible.

I certainly would be unwilling commit to that, which means I too am part of the problem.

there's probably another way inbetween, we should definitely make companies responsible for the stuff they throw out, with regulations, customer associations and above all educating people on responsible shopping (and manufacturing, disposal, ...). once there is a majority demanding that with enough political backing industry will be eager to comply.

Comment: Re:Makes sense (Score 1) 271 271

"Lush" is a well known brand. If people go to they would expect to see Lush cosmetics, not some random guy.

sorry but this is utter nonsense. what if i'd expect that blogger, or the music band, and not some random cosmetics shop?

this problem is usually addressed with a "first come first serve" policy, as in domain names or trade marks. any conflicts are dealt through an arbitrer with the implicated parts knowing. youtube just grabbing peoples' channel names as they see fit is just ... wow.

Not sure what the issue is here. He doesn't own the site.

the real issue here is that youtube is a service and mr.lush is not the customer, he's the product. that's why he has to suck it up.

Comment: Re:The problem is that landfills are too cheap (Score 3, Insightful) 371 371

It's unbelievable that these costs aren't part of the public budget. I'm trying to be a responsible citizen by hauling my large or toxic waste to the proper disposal facility and you won't let me dump it until I pay some hefty fee?

that's actually fair. if you consume/dispose more volume than me, why should i pay for recycling your stuff?

however, i still prefer having this as a regulated public service. most big cities do, afaik.

The next time I'm getting rid of a refrigerator, air conditioner, or other electronics, I'll just leave it in a ditch somewhere.

try harder (to be a responsible citizen) :-)

Comment: Re:e-waste (Score 3, Interesting) 371 371

Why do you need a newer Android? Perhaps you are part of the problem.

security, the old one isn't updated anymore.

industry shoves the responsibility of having compromised devices infecting the net on to the customer, with exactly two alternatives: buy the new phone, or stop using phones altogether. clever business.

Comment: Re:Different types of terms (Score 1) 175 175

I think their idea may be that the OS is no longer relevant (you know, thanks to Docker or similar)?

yes, node is available on several platforms.
(but docker is linux only for the time being :D)

BTW, the "A" in LAMP is allegedly to be replaced by the "N"

actually, this whole silver bullet 'stack' approach is nonsense. back in the days of lamp there were far fewer options, there was also little expertise with 'modern' webapps and high availability, it could make sense branding something like 'lamp' and have it distributed to developers and almost preinstalled on private servers. those days are gone, today there are many tools you can combine in different ways to suit any kind of project.

Comment: Re:The Fuck? (Score 1) 175 175

Having used Mongo and Node at "scale"

interesting. care to elaborate?

I've concluded that neither should be used in a production environment unless you know *exactly* what you're doing

isn't that true for any platform. and, do you really use stuff in production without knowing "exactly" what you are doing?

Mongo is *really* hard to scale well, as you need *lots* of nodes to shard your data across to get good performance out of large data sets (ok small single server stuff is fine).

adding nodes to shard data seems like a straightforward scaling strategy. how does this not scale well? what problems are you having?

Node stuff (which includes express) requires a bunch of backend infrastructure and training devs to write multi-host deployments which can be hard.

how are multi-host deployments exclusive to 'node stuff'? don't you need infrastructure and trained devs for any deployment? what are you comparing?

The real problem is people read "web scale" and believe their mantra about scalability, when the same problems exist with all other platforms, yet on their own they solve none of the problems. The devs I've met that are huge advocates seem to either ignore of not understand these problems.

They're just extra items to add to your tech catalogs which have benefits and drawbacks.... Just don't treat them as the only items! ;)

honestly, i find braindead hype as delusional as your reactionary attitude and insubstantial claims.

Comment: Re:Wait a friggin minute... (Score 1) 180 180

that's exactly what i mean, yes. the u.s., russia, israel, nato ... all of them are. people here seem to find this to be normal, even acceptable. they are actually worried about it not becoming public. like it's okay to kill and burn as long as you can't see it, and you keep the butchers out of harm. just ... wow!

Comment: Re:Wait a friggin minute... (Score 1) 180 180

Soldiers are supposed to be trained to follow orders and that there are consequences for not following those orders.

it's easier than that: soldiers are not supposed to be carrying out covert operations in foreign countries the aren't officially at war with. just let them tweet, what's the problem?

It is easier to write an incorrect program than understand a correct one.