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Comment Re:There's a reason for that. (Score 1) 633

It's just that the beer that you actually get for your five minutes of work is not what you're talking about. Then again, there's also cheap and very shitty German beer! If you ever come here, don't drink Warsteiner or Löwenbräu, you might confuse it with Miller's or some other American tasteless piss.

I guess the US and Germany have that in common: you have to know which beer is good and which isn't, then you're set. Here in Germany, you'll want beer from private breweries, much like your Microbreweries: Augustiner, Irrseer, Kloster Scheyern, Hirschbräu or the most tasty Ayinger.

Comment Baby Computer (Score 1) 484

It reminds me of those educational "laptops" for kids that have ten built in programs and an interface looking very very similar to this. I can tell with some certainty that, baring absolute necessity brought upon by business related pressure, I will not be installing this crap on any of my computers - I'm much too happy with Windows 7. And that's saying a lot for someone much preferring to work with Linux.

Comment Re:First time (Score 4, Informative) 840

There is Budweiser and there is Budweiser.

The reason it tastes better outside of the US might very well be that you get the real Budweiser there, which originates in Ceské Budjovice. Some very bad company in the US just 'recycled' the name because there was no trademark registered for it. It's something entirely different from the original, which in its home country is considere

Comment Re:First time (Score 1) 840

There is Budweiser and there is Budweiser.

The reason it tastes better outside of the US might very well be that you get the real Budweiser there, which originates in eské Budjovice. Some very bad company in the US just 'recycled' the name because there was no trademark registered for it. It's something entirely different from the original, which in its home country is considered a light lady's beer, or so I heard...

Comment Thanks but no thanks. (Score 1) 615

I'm an independent, and I've been working from home several years ago. At first it seemed nice, sleeping in and working on my own hours. But there were a couple of things that really started to bother me after a short time: For one, you can never escape your work place, at least not if you're living in a small, 1-room apartment as I did at the time. That, to me, made it very difficult to stop thinking of work and relaxing after hours. Then, there's the problem with the little distractions at home. Nobody's looking over your shoulders, and your friends and family know you're home so they think it's okay to call and distract you, and if you're not disciplined, you might even distract yourself. I've noticed this happens a lot more when working at home. Finally, and this is probably the most important factor for me, I'd miss the interaction with my peers at work. I do not like all of them, but we do laugh a lot and generally have a lot of fun, plus we do exchange a lot of knowledge. And if they're getting too loud or annoying, I just tell them to shut up and it works :) So, in conclusion, I'd not only not take a "pay" cut to work at home, I wouldn't even do it for more money.

Comment Re:Implausible (Score 4, Informative) 901

The foreign office is in the hands of a party (FDP) that from its political standpoint would clearly favor proprietary software over open source. The open source initiative was started by the previous office holder, who came from the other end of the political spectrum (the German Green party) Whatever real problems there may or may not be, they almost certainly are not the reason for this switch.

Comment This IS a marketing stunt (Score 2, Informative) 326

There was a lot of buzz about this yesterday, but in fact this is just a very stupid marketing stunt.

All they're doing is going from BETA to NORMAL activity but they make it look like they're closing shop for the extra attention and "phew" effect afterwards.

How do I know? Well, apparently there were some warnings about this not to be taken seriously by investors in other parts of the interwob.

Comment Re:I was wrong this go around (Score 1) 678

The more difficult you make it to crack, the more annoying it gets for the user. This is because you have to get more and more intrusive and less permissive with what you do to the PC of your customer, and obiously you can't sell your games with a hardware dongle just to make it more difficult for crackers. On the other hand, a typical cracker will enjoy a challenge and at worst will need a day more to crack your super duper copy protection.

A very similar situation exists for hardware manufacturers in the west that have trouble with the Chinese copying their hardware designs - you can go to any length of trouble and efford to protect your hardware from being copied, like removing the chip prints, or trying to prevent them from just microscoping the inside of your chip, but in the end it's all in vain because their motivation is strong enough to overcome anything you throw at them.

Copy protections in general have only one use: to prevent the dumbest of people who don't know how to get cracks from the internet from copying stuff.

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