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Comment You can't have it both ways ! (Score 0) 440

They HAVE to take security seriously. Countless enterprises all over the world depend on it. They can't just say Ooops ! So if they want to keep some control over this "intimate" layer (drivers) everyone here is shouting "It's a crime !". If something bad would happen, on the other hand, everyone here would be shouting "It's a POS !" Make up your mind, people ! If Windows crashes (it did not happen to me in years !), in 99% of the cases the BSOD appears because of faulty drivers ! Especially video-card related.

Comment Netflix has a very poor showing outside the USA (Score 4, Informative) 193

So I couldn't care less.... In Europe they have like.... 1/5 of the selection while having a bigger price. Also, there's no dvd option, no matter the price. So, from my point of view, they could go belly up - no tears there. Other than that, I think they should go up-market - best selection, greater prices. Or have several tiers.

Comment Re:The Finest Day.... (Score 1) 185

In my country it was late at night then so I, as a 4 years old, was asleep. But I know that my parents stayed up all night to watch that "live", and I remember my father being impressed by that, and telling me the next day that something very important just happened - only I was not in a position to understand any of that. I can still remember the excitement of that evening, as my parents were preparing me for bed. My father was smoking in the kitchen, and was listening to the radio. We had a brand-new TV back then - I can still picture it - it was BW, of course, with a somewhat rounded screen - hell, it looked a bit like a oscilloscope, or like a radar screen :-) We had a rabbit ears antenna, and a dark-green velour curtain in the living-room behind the TV... Wow, the memories.... I wish we has such a grand plan now... but we don't. Sending probes far away is not nearly as exciting as sending people on incredible journeys. If I was offered such an occasion now, I would gladly volunteer, even if with only a one-way ticket !

Comment Re:The majority? (Score 1) 277

In my experience, whenever I showed up early at work, it was my net loss - I could never leave early because then everybody would look funny at me, and also because most people (including my bosses) would give me tasks / schedule meetings right before my time to go home. So in the end I worked more hours than everybody, and I still left work at 6+ PM or later. So then flexi-time for me now means "show up at work as late as you can so you don't work too many hours". So yes, I do enjoy DST - at least I can still see the sun when I get home in the evening.

Comment Only in the park, on weekends (Score 1) 304

1. Way too dangerous to use it in our traffic. You'd be run over pretty soon. I don't plan to spend the rest of my life in crutches. There are way too many aggresive idiots on our roads, driving their stupid BMW's like they own the roads. 2. The bike would be stolen/vandalized in no time. I would give it a summer, at most. Unless, of course, I would carry it everywhere, and that's not possible. I cannot take it up the 6th flloor where I live, and at work there's no way the boss would allow me to "park" it in the office. And if I leave it outside....well.... as I said. 3. I cannot ride the bike on the sidewalk. a) there are cars many parked on the sidewalk, often times transversally. There's simply no place between the cars and the buildings. b) there are no sidewalk curb ramps anywhere. c) sidewalks are crowded with pedestrians. Conclusion: I would LOVE to use a bike every day, but the cities are (for historical reasons) extremely crowded, and there is absolutely zero infrastructure. Plus the insane traffic. Plus the stealing. Plus the vandalization.

Comment This only works in North America (Score 1) 215

where people tend to own houses. In Europe, that is very-very rare. Most people live in appartment complexes, and in the evening they always jockey for a parking spot on the street (there are vert few underground garages, and there are never enough parking spots in the reserved parking lots). So the vast majority of people park wherever they can find a little bit of space on the street, and in most cases the cars are parked in complete disorder on the curb. For instance, at work, people park under a viaduct (theoretically that's a no-parking zone, but there are absolutely not enough spots, so the police never enforces the existing laws and rules). No, this will never work with the existing technology. I'm waiting for double-triple the range and super-fast charging time - say, 5...10 minutes max. Until then, I'm not even thinking about electric cars.

Comment Long lasting batteries (Score 1) 162

They would almost revolutionize our world. Think only of electric cars. They will never become commonplace (especially in areas of the world where people live in crowded cities, where very-very fortunate few have driveways, and the vast majority park wherever they can find a bit of place). And, ahem, cellphones ! :-) I find it odd to have to religiously recharge my phone every night, or else... And many other things.

Comment Re:It is a ripoff, indeed (Score 1) 273

No, I really meant 50MB. Yes, I know it's VERY little data, almost nothing, but I have specified that for data there are other options (plans). This is for talking only, with VERY occasional wireless access. But still... This is 7$. I don't really use mobile data, since I can find wifi pretty much anywhere in the city (stores, malls, coffee shops, restaurants, etc), so approx 7$ covers a month of phone usage. I would say it's reasonable. Now calculate the profits made at the American tariffs. On the other hand, yes, I know, the up-front investment on the infrastructure was huge at the scale of both Canada and US (Romania is only the size of Colorado) - but that investment should have been amortized by now, I assume.

Comment It is a ripoff, indeed (Score 1) 273

In Romania (which is in Europe), 5 euro (almost 7 US$) brings you about 2500 in-the-network national SMS/minutes + 200 out-of-network or international SMS/minutes + 50MB of data. For other usages, like higher data consumption, there are other plans/promotions. There are occasional bonuses as well, like unlimited minutes during a certain time-frame (say, 21 days). Of course, they still make lots of money, let's not pity them. So the North-American prices (especially the Canadian ones) are pure theft. Been there, done that. I was paying about 40$/month for an extremely light usage.

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