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Comment Re:Laguage (Score 2) 55

I'm British, living & working in Brazil.

The programming language's syntax never changes, however user defined objects & classes will often be in the regional language. That said, it's not uncommon to find English used where there's a well known standardised name for a function.

For technology in general, even when translations happen to exist, English language documentation & community support tends to be of a far higher quality & up-to-date. The result is that some terms are translated into the local language, and others not. This creates a bit of a minefield when trying to guess whether to use the English terminology or translated terminology when communicating with colleagues, there isn't always a standard of which to use & it can differ from person to person.

Comment Re: Well, once the panels are installed (Score 1) 415

No, that's based on a common confusion propagated by scientifically ignorant media and politicians.

Green energy & renewable energy are two different things. Biofuels are convenient because they're renewable and fit better with our current infrastructure. Few, however, could be called "green".
The problem with green energy is that most sources are comparatively volatile (wind, solar, etc) or politically complicated (nuclear).

Renewable green energy is the way to go, but the process of redesigning our infrastructure is long, complicated & expensive. However the longer we put off investing in it, the more invested we'll become in our dirty, finite energy sources.

Comment Re:Thanks for the heads up (Score 1) 68

in southern south America, insulated from the troubles of the northern hemisphere

Hah! You're either ignorant or naive. Wait until your traveller's honeymoon period fades away & then your eyes'll be opened. Despite all of the problems in the West (TM), they ain't nothin' compared to the political & financial instability of the developing South American economies.

Comment Echo chamber, not "fake news" (Score 1) 232

It's not so much a direct result of the viral news & posts that get passed around social media, but the echo chamber people find themselves in.

Was it Facebook 'wot won it'?

Now you could say the same filtering has always applied - liberal people tended to read liberal newspapers, conservatives got their views reflected back in what they read.

The difference was that most editors have tried to do two things - present at least some alternative views and make sure that the facts in any story stand up to scrutiny.

Neither applies on Facebook. The News Feed algorithm serves you up whatever it thinks you and your friends want to believe and it certainly does not do any fact-checking.

Stories that accused the Clintons of murder or maintained that Barack Obama was a Muslim will have cropped up in the feeds of millions of people inclined to support Mr Trump.

This cuts both ways - a made-up quote from Mr Trump saying in 1998 that he might one day run as a Republican because "they're the dumbest group of voters in the country" is still being widely shared on social media by his opponents.

Both the Democrats and Republicans have long made ample use of Facebook - indeed it was the Obama campaign of 2008 that pioneered the use of social media in elections.

But for a Trump campaign that saw much of the mainstream media as hostile and biased, both Facebook and Twitter offered a powerful way of getting its message direct to voters unchallenged by any pesky journalists.

Comment Re:POWAR TO THE PEOPLE! (Score 1) 609

I was of a similar mindset until a couple of weeks ago. My inner ethics stood by it being a democratic vote and in this one, we lost.
However looking at past precedent, when a popular vote comes down to less than a 2% balance, especially on such an all-impacting decision as this, a second vote/run-off is traditionally called.
The margin of the 2014 Scottish referendum was 5 times that of the EU referendum, but the surge in support for the SNP in the following elections put the wind in the sales for calling a second vote. I'm now starting to lean a similar way with regards to the EU vote - make it a party issue & take it to the ballot box.

Comment Re:Please explain... (Score 1) 310

That's not lost on me, however my gripe is that far too many people (geeks particularly) justify their unrestrained copying of digital content because it's just 1s & 0s. They conveniently overlook the fact that there are still *some* costs involved. This behaviour is especially damaging for indie producers where every single sale counts.

If you developed a piece of software for the market, you wouldn't then try to sell each copy at cost it took to develop. Now fine, someone copying your content isn't necessarily going to incur you any *extra* costs, but it also doesn't provide any return on your risks & investment.
I dunno, I think I've just become a bit jaded by the hypocrisy & entitlement that seems to be rife in Slashdot's community today.

You also completely skipped over the key point I tried to make about the elephant in the room, that if people refuse to pay for their content, and they also refuse to accept the advertising that otherwise pays for their consumption, then the only option content producers will have left will be to make the ads the product in the form of product placement, paid content & sponsored branding.

Comment Re:Please explain... (Score 2) 310

Problem not solved - you expect the money to pay those artists is just conjured out of thin air? Those artists get their pay out of the revenue generated by advertisers paying the platform to spread their brand. As a consumer, you're given a choice as to how to pay for your content - purchase it, subscribe to it, or have a third party pay for it in exchange for you seeing their ads.

Circumventing the site to get the content without paying is akin to shoplifting. The argument that stealing virtual media is different to physical media doesn't wash - someone still had to pay to produce & broadcast that media, and a good majority of the people on this site owe their livelihoods to being able to sell products based on their own virtual media (code).

I fully get the argument of certain types of ads being completely shitty, so I block anything flash & avoid the sites with abusive ads. But unless people start to accept that they either have to pay for the content directly, or indirectly via ad revenue, then we'll soon end up in a world where the product *is* the ad, and I personally think that's far far worse.

Comment Re:Please explain... (Score 1) 310

I'll play into that daft question...The hits aren't recorded, so the artist misses out on popularity rankings & ad revenue.

If you're using ad-blocking software to avoid YT's ads, then the hits are still recorded, but you're undermining the entire business model that's allowing you to consume the content in the first place. An analogy about eating cake comes to mind...

Comment Re:"faulty cables and cooling fans" (Score 1) 103

Whilst I agree in principal, in practice, we know that the 5* service offered by a budget provider will not be equal to the 5* service offered by a reputed provider.
A decent datacenter wouldn't be taken down by shoddy cables & ventilation.

There's no problem with choosing a low-cost datacenter...as long as you factor that into your infrastructure design and put the saved money into redundancy. Done right, spreading your risk over several low-cost options can provide a stronger service than putting all of your eggs into an expensive quality service with little contingency. But cutting costs on both infrastructure and redundancy is a fools game.

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