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Comment Re:Here's an idea (Score 5, Interesting) 249

It would appear that Barcelona may have planned their migration to Open-Source much better than Munich did. Per TFS, Barcelona began using Open-Source applications within Windows, long before they took the step to replace the underlying OS. That way, they had all their staff trained on the Open-Source tools, so the switch of the OS would be less onerous.

This will be worth watching. I wish them luck.

Comment Re: Mixed feelings (Score 2) 313

And, if a child is born without arms, they no longer meet your definition out for 'human' because there's a defect there as well?

While I disagree with most of Baron_Yam's points, there was nothing in his(*) post that said people with abnormalities are not 'human.'

'Male' and 'female' are human concepts. Nature doesn't give a rats patootie about such things and creates life in a myriad of forms and variations.

Yeah, not so much. 'Male' and 'female' are most certainly biological concepts, and nature does indeed care about such things because they are necessary for a species to procreate. That being said, people who identify as something other than their birth-gender are still human, and I accept their wish to be recognized as they present themselves. Nature may care about procreation, but human society cares about mutual respect and protection.

(*) I say "his" because Baron_Yam appears to identify as male, having granted himself the title of "Baron".

Comment Re: Simple (Score 1) 498

The reason the USA bundles elections is because more people get out and vote for the president than for minor issues so you get a higher voter turnout when you vote for everything at once.

It's also because the USA has a rigid schedule regarding elections. They happen on certain dates, no matter what happens in the federal and state legislative chambers.

In contrast, parliamentary governments (such as Canada, per the GP) can fall at any time, either by a vote of non-confidence, or the resignation of a government. If neither happens, then the government's mandate is considered to have expired after a certain period of time (typically 5 years) and an election ensues. The result is that elections happen at irregular dates in the calendar, which IMHO, is not entirely a bad thing.

Comment Re:Simple (Score 2) 498

Agreed. All digital voting is the biggest threat to democracy ever seen.

This.

It's not the people who vote that count, it's the people who count the votes.

Apocryphal, and attributed to many sources (including Joseph Stalin) but in an anti-democracy dystopia, ain't it true?

IMHO, don't let computers have full control over votes. Always, always have a hard-copy ballot. Let computers tally them, but leave it open for humans to examine what happened.

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Why the World Only Has Two Words For Tea (qz.com) 227

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Quartz: With a few minor exceptions, there are really only two ways to say "tea" in the world. One is like the English term -- te in Spanish and tee in Afrikaans are two examples. The other is some variation of cha, like chay in Hindi. Both versions come from China. How they spread around the world offers a clear picture of how globalization worked before "globalization" was a term anybody used. The words that sound like "cha" spread across land, along the Silk Road. The "tea"-like phrasings spread over water, by Dutch traders bringing the novel leaves back to Europe.

The term cha is "Sinitic," meaning it is common to many varieties of Chinese. It began in China and made its way through central Asia, eventually becoming "chay" in Persian. That is no doubt due to the trade routes of the Silk Road, along which, according to a recent discovery, tea was traded over 2,000 years ago. This form spread beyond Persia, becoming chay in Urdu, shay in Arabic, and chay in Russian, among others. It even it made its way to sub-Saharan Africa, where it became chai in Swahili. The Japanese and Korean terms for tea are also based on the Chinese cha, though those languages likely adopted the word even before its westward spread into Persian. But that doesn't account for "tea." The te form used in coastal-Chinese languages spread to Europe via the Dutch, who became the primary traders of tea between Europe and Asia in the 17th century, as explained in the World Atlas of Language Structures. The main Dutch ports in east Asia were in Fujian and Taiwan, both places where people used the te pronunciation. The Dutch East India Company's expansive tea importation into Europe gave us the French the, the German Tee, and the English tea.

Comment Re:Does NextRadio use the FM chip, or Wifi? (Score 1) 215

Turn off your fucking WiFi? Jesus H Christ.

Yes, of course I tried that already! And the signal stopped. Then I tried connecting without WiFi on, and it worked. My network icon doesn't show activity, but still I wonder. Going to airplane mode disables the app, so that test is out.

There's no obvious indicator in the app that shows an FM chip was found. I suppose I could try watching my data usage after a few minutes of listening, to see whether my provider is streaming the signal to me.

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