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Comment Re:Here's an idea! (Score 1) 203

Openness was never the business model of Nintendo. In fact not being open was a key to Nintendo success since the Famicom.
Nintendo is all about good quality exclusive games.

By going open they will compete with the much more versatile Android and iOS devices and the much more powerful PCs and to a lesser extant Xbone and PS4. They simply can't win in the open market.

Comment Re:Um... good for whom in the US? (Score 1) 111

Free is not as good as before. Mostly because its competitors have adapted. They now offer similar prices and services via their low-cost labels.
- Orange/SoSH is slightly more expensive but it has the best network and service
- Bouygues/B&You use aggressive pricing and discounts. Beside 4G coverage, their service and network are rather poor. They are the most direct competitors of Free.
- SFR/RED has a bit of a trouble keeping up with the competition as they don't offer same service as Orange nor the prices of Bouygues. They still have the second best network and may cover a few areas better than Orange.
- Free has few offers but they are very good and cheap. However their network is the worst. They have a deal with Orange which allows them to have good coverage, however mobile data is severely throttled compared to Orange clients.

Comment Re:House of Lords? (Score 1) 282

Xenophobes have the right to speak too, as long as they do it by the rules.
If you deny the rights of a sizable part of the population to express themselves just because the majority disagrees with *some* of their ideas, it's not democracy.

Here is an simplified example of the problem :
- 30% of the population are represented by a "far-right xenophobic party", will always vote against laws favoring immigrants
- 60% are represented by a centrist party that have more nuanced ideas
- 10% are represented by a far-left party that always favor immigrants
In all cases, unreasonable demands made by the far-right and far-left party will never pass. Whether or not you give full power to the centrist party, the extremists will never get the required majority.
Now imagine a controversial proposition favoring immigrants (maybe some kind of reverse discrimination). Let's say that 55% of the general population is against it and only 45% wants it. Normally, it should be rejected. However, if you give full power to the centrist party, it will be adopted. It is because the repartition will be as follows :
- 30% are against in and are far-right
- 25% are against it and are centrist
- 35 % are for it and are centrist
- 10 % are for it and are far-left

Giving governing responsibilities to small parties may even protect against extremes in some cases. Consider the following : same situation as before, except that the far-right party, though some clever political moves, manages to grab 25% of the centrist party, reaching 55% and winning the elections. The ideas of the people are the same, it's just that the far-right party is a bit less extreme than before. In a proportional system the remaining 45% are enough to keep it in check. Without it, the 30% original extremists would win as they are more numerous than the 25% centrists turned right-wing.

Comment Re:None of them. (Score 1) 436

No.
Last time I looked (by diffing the source code) AdBlock Edge was the same as AdBlock Plus without the "acceptable ads" checkbox. And when I look at the commits, almost all of them are backports from AdBlock Plus, no original development.
Basically, what you get with AdBlock Edge is an outdated version of AdBlock Plus with less choice. Nothing wrong with forking ABP but at least do it for something useful.

And it's not like ABP tries to trick you. The "acceptable ads" option is clearly visible when you install the addon. If you know about ABE, you know about this option, so what the point ?

Comment "I only buy clean energy" is pure hypocrisy. (Score 1) 288

Imagine I am a provider of electricity, 20% of my energy comes from clean sources, 80% from dirty sources.
I supply factories, datacenters, homes, etc... they all get the same electricity, after all, there is no such thing as clean electrons and dirty electrons. Now let say one of my client (that buys 6% of my production) says "I want 100% clean energy", what will I do ?
Simple : I don't change anything in the way I produce electricity, I just say "OK, you now have 100% clean energy" and my other client now get 85% dirty energy.

If it is too obvious, there is always the option of splitting my company into two : one that only makes clean electricity, the other does does almost only dirty electricity. "Green" clients buy from my clean branch and others buy from my dirty branch, and if there is an excess of clean electricity, it is bought by my dirty branch.

Comment Missleading trends (Score 1) 281

The article show a clear correlation between the "iPhone slow" searches with the release dates. Only, without extra data, it doesn't mean anything. For example, what about the "iPhone" searches ? It's natural that when the new iPhone comes out, people will talk about iPhones, so all related queries, including "iphone slow" should raise. We need a baseline.
Also "slow" doesn't always mean "slow performance". Notice the large peak corresponding the the 5S release, a phone that supports slow-motion video.

The article than compare it to the "Samsung Galaxy slow" queries (still without baseline). However, unlike the iPhone, the "Samsung Galaxy" brand encompass a large number of devices, from low-end to high-end, with releases all around the year. Yet again, such data are meaningless without further analysis.

Comment Re:This explains a lot (Score 0) 511

No wonder there's so much shitty software being thrown out. People are too stoned or drugged up to have any idea of what they're doing and as a result we get crap such as Windows 8 or the near-monthly Facebook "updates".

Some drugs can really help you work better, especially for creative activities. A bit like athletes taking performance enhancing drugs.
Of course, even if you do objectively better work while on drugs, it doesn't mean it's good for you, or that it'll work long term.

Comment Re:pentile-matrix OLED panel (Score 2) 54

Mobile phones and VR are not the same.
The major complaint with Pentile is the jagged text outlines (which improved a lot BTW), something that doesn't matter much in VR. VR is all about motion, and how Pentile affects this, I don't know.
Anyways, AMOLED, pentile or not, is regarded as much better for VR than LCD.

Comment Re:eSports are too deterministic to be popular. (Score 1) 116

Sports fandom feeds off of the non-deterministic nature of the games that are played, sure there are winners and losers, but there is very little room in eSports to blame Referees, because in the game world it would be called "Exploits" and would be considered verifiable cheating.

Pro gamers use exploits all the time, and these are usually allowed it they don't break the game too much and use only standard manipulations. Some of these exploits became a core mechanic in these games. A classic example is the strafe-jump in Quake, a bug which allowed the player to exceed the maximum running speed by making a series of diagonal jumps. This bug was voluntarily reproduced in the next Quake games because it made gameplay more interesting.

And sure, you have no referees but bugs and hardware malfunctions can happen. It's also common for players to take gambles, make blunders or in general do something unexpected that turns the tides. Believe me, there is a lot to talk about with eSports, some of my friends are into 2D fighting games and they comment the matches the same way as sports fans do (blah blah, should have done this, blah blah, was at a disadvantage, blah blah, just lucky, blah, should have won, blah).

Comment Re:Sounds like the modem debate from 20 years ago (Score 2) 225

Samsung Galaxy S models may occasionally beat the iPhone in worldwide sales, even though globally, the iPhones are the best selling smartphone models. ... but if you count all cell phones, low-end Nokias are well ahead. The Nokia 1110 is the best selling phone of all times, with more than 200 million units sold.

Comment Re:What do I think? (Score 2) 225

When I was at school I wasted vast amounts of time being forced to write stuff out in draft form and then re-write it neatly.

They don't ask you to re-write stuff to annoy you, they force you to re-write to make sure you double-check your work. Or, in the case of lessons, to help you memorize it.
I'm all for teaching kids how to use a computer but it doesn't mean that they should be used all the time. For writing reports, sure, it improves efficiency, but whether it is better for learning is debatable.

Comment Re:Security issues of emails .. (Score 1) 128

Mainly because Windows doesn't know the difference between OPEN and RUN.

And what is the difference between "open" and "run" ?

If you are at a system level, of course windows makes a difference between open (as in "give me a handle to a resource") or run (execute code).

If you are at a GUI level, and it's probably what you are thinking about, it's not about windows or linux or whatever, it's about the program you are using to do the "open". When you are clicking on an URL or an email attachment, the browser or mail program decides what to do with it.
On windows, many apps use the "ShellExecute" action with the default action which is the same as double-clinking a file on the desktop but it is not the only way to do it. On linux, there isn't a standard way of opening files so it's really app dependent.

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