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Comment Re:Sweden, make up your mind (Score 4, Informative) 234

It's not a matter of dropping the charges (after all, no charges has been formally presented)

Yes and no. The Swedish system differs from the American system most here are familiar with, and distinguishes between "häktad" (arrest charge) and "åtalad" (trial charge). The US system doesn't have a two-tier system and treats informal and formal arrest the same, requiring a trial charge and court order for keeping the person jailed during investigation.

Comment Re:BS Bills Are Still The Same Amount (Score 1) 318

American saunas aren't allowed to be sold if they can become 90C or hotter. These are UL regulations. Most manufacturers err on the side of caution and won't make the sauna's temperature go higher than 180F (~80C), and public "saunas" seldom go much higher than150-160F (~65-70C).

I've taken countless hundreds of saunas in both Scandinavia and here in the US, and I can tell you, the two don't compare at all. For the aforementioned reasons: temperature, too high humidity to compensate, and nudity taboos.

Comment Re:BS Bills Are Still The Same Amount (Score 2) 318

Yes, there are illnesses that can cause overheating, but that's not the general case. Healthy people should be able to deal with 12-30C temperature ranges without any real problems, and if it is a problem beyond "it would be nicer if it were cooler/warmer", seeing a doctor should be the first thing to do, not buying an AC.

Saunas (Nordic ones that are actually in the 90-100C range) work because your body goes into a special mode, restricting blood flow to the surface. It's possible to sit with teeth clattering because of being cold in a hot sauna, because of the full insulation retaining the internal chill from your cold shower or snow roll for quite a while.
The cooler American-style "saunas" that's only in the 50-70 C range are more problematic, because they're not hot enough for the body to enter this state. So you end up like a red lobster. Even more so because of the aversion to nakedness causing Americans to cover themselves with towels or bathing suits, reducing the cooling effect of profuse sweating. Add that they're below the dew point, so benches won't be dry but covered with hot moisture. It's an uncomfortable experience compared to a real sauna, and I'm sure temperature sensitive individuals can have a hard time with them.

Comment Re:My gripe isn't even with that: (Score 4, Insightful) 581

Between changes in the standard headers, changes in keywords (without provisions to disable them for files written to older standards) Changes in API and ABI, there is a huge clusterfuck of underdocumented shortcomings in C/C++ that are mostly there because of standard ego-stroking. Many of which have no excuse for having shown up in the past decade given that most of them manifest in open source software that could have been tested against in an automated fashion to ensure that new changes to the standard didn't break older code.

I agree, for C++. Whenever I have breakages after upgrades, it's almost always C++. Programs have to be recompiled, because they've imported and extended templates that they themselves weren't in charge of. Even if the APIs remain the same, there are still breakages.
For C, there are far fewer problems. Yes, someone might change an API, but the general consensus is to not do that, but provide new functions. New standards happen, but only affect the source, and not whether binaries continue to work, like can be the case for C++.

C++ works well where you can control or dictate the runtime system, so it matches the developer toolchain. That's great for embedded-like systems where you can change the entire OS with upgrades, or long term stable systems like RHEL, where versions stay put for 10 years with only bugfix backports. But when binaries break after an OS update, they're almost always C++ ones. From big companies too.

Comment Re:Teach everyone to code! (Score 2) 581

Why are we teaching kids to write when there won't be as many jobs for scribes in 3 years?

In at least one state, we don't teach kids to write anymore, at least not with a pen or pencil.. Handwriting has become an optional part of the curriculum.

I thought it was bad when students no longer were taught how to read old cursive or blackletter, so they no longer understood a letter from grandma nor could read old books. But now they don't have to be able to read anything except sans serif, nor write anything that isn't typed on a computer. It does not bode well for when emergencies occur. I also wonder how someone who isn't taught how to use a pen will write a signature. Back to X again? Or hanko stamps?

Comment Re:It's a fad! (Score 4, Insightful) 110

IMHO this shouldn't be more of an outrage than all of the tracking companies involved in collecting user data on various websites,

Well, yes, it should. A web site only tracks users who visit it, using web browsers that cooperate.
A router sees all traffic to and from all addresses for all users.

The collected data from a router would also be of great help to anyone trying to penetrate the network.

Comment Re:Oh chill (Score 1) 318

Also even funnier is that it actually ever so slightly increases power usage on many LCDs. Why? Well TN panels, which are still quite popular (and were pretty much the only thing back then) are white by default. With no power flowing to the panel, it is open and passes light, you have to power up the pixel to make it dark. So it takes a little less power to display a white screen than a black one on a TN. Not enough so that you'd care, but still made me laugh.

Early Sony laptops had a battery saving mode that among other things changed the wallpaper to a mostly white one, precisely for this reason. They allegedly stopped because of all the ignorant people complaining, thinking it was wasting power.

Comment Re:BS Bills Are Still The Same Amount (Score 2) 318

I can't tolerate temperatures above 22 degrees. I have to turn on AC if it goes higher. Ideally I like it to be 15 degrees inside of my house at all times.

Let me guess, your BMI is above 30?
Fat people have a thicker layer of insulation and overheat easier. The volume to surface area ratio also means that perspiration has less of a cooling effect.
Fortunately, something can be done about it besides turning on an air conditioner.

Comment Re:See slashdot he's not so bad... (Score 2) 187

Going back further he did, when he was in Sweden.

When he was in Sweden, he was not yet wanted as a person of interest in a rape case. The charges changed as more information was brought forward.

(Which, incidentally, goes a long way to squash the conspiracy theory about the charges being phony and intended to get him extradited to the US. If that was the purpose, they would have brought full charges to start with, and not added to them after more details surfaced, giving him an opportunity to leave.)

Comment Re: Don't think Uber will be alone with this (Score 1) 235

It's not legal to charge different, individual people a different price.

Are you sure? That would make "ladies' night" where women are charged less than men illegal, as well as hairdressers who charge a man less for a basic hair cut than a woman with the same hair length/volume.

Not to say anything about medical services, where uninsured pay a lot more for the same services than someone with insurance, even when the insurance company pays nothing and it's all out of pocket.

Comment Re:See slashdot he's not so bad... (Score 4, Informative) 187

He did present himself to Sweden, and Sweden refused.

No, he did not. He agreed to do an interview from the embassy to an Ecuadorian intermediary, but not to present himself. The "interview" took place last year, but was worthless in that none of questions asked were answered, and instead deflected to a pre-written statement. It was a farce. As a result, the Swedish prosecutors upheld the charges.

The investigation is now dropped, mainly because after the election in Ecuador, there seems to be no way to negotiate an extradition. With no way to bring the investigation to a conclusion, the investigation has to be dropped. But if he presents himself, the charges can be brought forward, and he will have a chance to defend himself and actually answer the questions given.

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