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Comment Re:I am curious if people think this is good or ba (Score 5, Interesting) 164

This sounds like something that is better decided at the local level, so the state getting involved seems like overreach to me.

Note that unlike what the title claims, this is not only about banning but also about restricting.There is a difference between renting out your house when you happen to be away and renting it out almost full time. So restrictions on the number of rental days per year can be useful to keep areas that are in demand by tourists as residential areas. 180 days per year is such a generous cap that I'm not sure it would prevent houses from being used as rentals all year round.

Comment Re:WTF (Score 1) 101

In general, they wouldn't know SSNs. Maybe if someone was logged in while doing the search and earlier associated a SSN with their Google account for some reason. Google probably doesn't have people's MAC addresses either. It seems the police is asking for anything that would help them identify a person no matter how unlikely that Google can actually provide it.

Comment Re:Expats? (Score 1) 289

He doesn't tackle anything. He is very good at figuring out what people are upset about and then tweeting about it. He is not good at working with other people to actually solve problems. It's been over 10 years (he left the VVD in 2004, founded the PVV in 2006) and his party is still essentially a one-man show. He can't participate in a government because his party doesn't have people capable of becoming ministers. Even the experiment where his party supported a minority government (2010-2012) failed when compromises had to be made.

Comment Re:I'm pretty sure.... (Score 3, Insightful) 88

They probably went into VR because if VR became the dominant way of playing games, it would eat their existing business. It's similar to why they made SteamOS as an insurance policy against Microsoft locking them out of the Windows platform.

I think it's safe to say now that VR won't replace PC gaming on a monitor, certainly not any time soon. But since their existing business is doing fine and they didn't invest more than they could afford, it doesn't matter for them if VR fails or becomes a niche product.

Personally, I think VR becoming a niche product is the most likely outcome. People buy expensive steering wheels or flight sticks to get more immersed in their favorite games and, for certain genres, VR can do the same.

Comment Re:Confusing (Score 2) 183

The first round of net neutrality legislation in the Netherlands (2011) was adopted to stop mobile providers from charging subscribers extra for the "service" of not blocking instant messaging and VOIP applications like Whatsapp and Skype, which were eating into their revenues streams from calls and SMS (text messages).

The current round of legislation (May 2016) forbids zero-rating. It's strict only in the sense that, like the 2011 law at the time, it's ahead of what the EU is discussing at the moment. If common sense prevails over lobbying, the EU will eventually reach the same conclusion: that zero-rating is bad for consumers and new services.

The GSMA says the tighter laws in the Netherlands will 'hinder development of innovative services and consumer choice'.

With zero-rating, it's the providers who push users towards particular services (like music streaming subscriptions); without zero-rating the consumer has an equal choice between services. So clearly innovation is better served by not having zero-rating, since that will provide a level playing field for new services.

Comment Retro advertising (Score 1) 261

Jesus Christ. My Atari 2600 Superman game had a cartoon of Superman on the front of the box, but only a pixillated blob in the actual game. You didn't hear about people demanding a refund because of that. Of course the advertising lies. What kind of surprise is that for anyone?

That the game wouldn't look as good as the cartoon should have been obvious to every Atari 2600 owner. However, what did happen in the 80's is that a game with ports to multiple computer systems would have screenshots on the back of the best looking port, not of the port that was actually in the box. That was misleading, in my opinion.

Comment Re:Trying to clam acts of god to get out of being (Score 1) 145

It reminds me of people blaming compiler bugs for non-working code. While it does happen that a compiler generates incorrect code (I've encountered a few instances over the years), unless you either have reduced the problem to a minimal test case or examined the generated assembly and located the problem there, it's far more likely that it's a case of not digging deep enough to find a bug in your own code.

Comment Re:Ok, what's the catch? (Score 1) 89

Not a big fan of SystemD, but I can tolerate it. I don't have an irrational hatred of PulseAudio either, but I've had applications playing no audio at all or playing laggy or choppy audio on three occasions and each time the problem went away after deinstalling PulseAudio. There really is something wrong with either PulseAudio itself or its integration with other components on this system (openSUSE KDE5).

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