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The Lounge / Re: What is your weather now?
We had snow too. And a second case of the virus I think.
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Setting up a bureaucracy to perform income checks on distribution would likely cost at least as much as just giving it to all, besides keeping plenty of those who qualify away. Put another way, is it really such a bad thing if those who pay more taxes get some of the benefits from it? :)
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I don't know if there are more or less women on TV than there used to be. It doesn't really feel that way to me, at least compared to the '90s in the Netherlands. However, primarily the past decade has shown trend of people with fairly distinguishable local accents being allowed to read the news. My dad gets annoyed by it, but at 84 surely you're allowed to. ;)

If they were hired because they didn't teach themselves to speak properly, I'd definitely be annoyed by it too. But I imagine they had to work twice as hard instead.
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Sorry for the confusion, SD means "Standard Definition" (i.e., good old digital satellite/DVD quality), as opposed to HD "High Definition" in its various forms like 720i/p and 1080i/p.

The DVD player/recorder is just a separate device over a decade old. My parents bought it whenever it was that the older VHS+DVD combo-recorder broke, which we bought in the early 2000s when the mid-'90s VHS player broke. The fact that you can't easily carry a tape or DVD around is a clear negative, but the fact that you can record tons and tons of stuff and don't really have to worry about deleting the best documentaries or whatever is definitely in its favor. However, I suspect the recordings wouldn't be easily retrieved from the HDD if the device itself died.

Nowadays the satellite receiver comes with a built-in hard disk and the ability to record two or three channels at once, across multiple satellites, while watching another.

Alternatively a modern TV can also receive the digital signal from the satellite directly, but I'm not sure if it can properly deal with the multiple satellites thing. Probably not. If you plug in a USB storage medium it can record to it. (Neither I nor my parents have tried this.)

Yes, satellite is the king of TV, and will remain so for the foreseeable future. Not in my plans though, as I am flooded by content enough as it is.
And radio. Don't forget radio. ;)

But satellite is possibly the most king here, as well as in the UK and Ireland. The British Astra 2E and 2F satellites basically only cover the Benelux and Vichy France, while the European-wide satellites like Hotbird and Astra 1 cover us all.



All that depending on how good the Russian satellites I'm sure you can get in Estonia are, but between the various BBC channels, PBS, and dozens of theme channels like one dedicated entirely to showing western movies and another dedicated to horror movies, it's hard to imagine Russian satellite being better.[1]
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DnD Central / Re: Today's Bad News
I think that's "normal," at least in the sense that the US has enforced that kind of thing on airports and airlines flying to the US for a long time. (Probably not so much pre-9/11.)

De Correspondent published an article about parts of the process half a decade ago: https://decorrespondent.nl/2675/dit-gebeurt-er-allemaal-achter-de-schermen-als-je-naar-de-vs-vliegt/130264475-b9f887ba

Perhaps it's also available on The Correspondent but I don't have a subscription to check.

Basically there some guy kept being harassed by US security people because they thought he'd been in the Middle East, on the basis of his IP address. Vodafone had acquired some previously Middle Eastern IPs because they were running out or something.
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A year ago I still considered whether I should subscribe to a TV provider, but when I heard that they basically removed the option of saving of programs, I stopped considering.
When I visited my parents recently, we watched a documentary from a hard disk recording a decade or so old. It was in what's now called SD. I don't think that recorder/DVD player can do better actually.

The only area where TV still rules is live sports events. Those are sometimes hard to find streaming online.
In Belgium and the Netherlands you can just watch the relevant TV channel through the website or some app. The only problem is that it's geoblocked, while my parents with satellite have a free choice between the Dutch, Belgian, German, French, British, etc. broadcast.
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DnD Central / Re: Today's Bad News
Jeesh, contrast that to a decade ago (or more than a decade by now?) when you could just buy a ticket to the US for the next day or probably even the next few hours and jump on a plane to the US more or less on a whim. Because there was no visa...

Well, fingers crossed. :-/
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I found what looks like a direct quote:
« Je déteste la religion [...], le Coran, il n'y a que de la haine là-dedans, l'islam, c'est de la merde, c'est ce que je pense. Je ne suis pas raciste, pas du tout. On ne peut pas être raciste envers une religion. J'ai dit ce que j'en pensais, vous n'allez pas me le faire regretter. Il y a encore des gens qui vont s'exciter, j'en ai clairement rien à foutre, je dis ce que je veux, ce que je pense. Votre religion, c'est de la merde, votre Dieu, je lui mets un doigt dans le trou du cul, merci, au revoir.  » Voilà ce que déclare Mila depuis sa chambre, ce soir du 19 janvier. La vidéo est immédiatement enregistrée par plusieurs internautes, puis rediffusée massivement sur Twitter. La machine est lancée.

"I hate religion, there's nothing but hatred in Islam, Islam is shit. I'm not a racist because you can't be racist against a religion. [...] Your religion is shit, your God, I'll stick my finger up his ass, thanks bye."

So yeah, if that's it there's nothing to see there. It's crude and in poor taste, sure, but it was a response to being called a dirty lesbian, a dirty whore, and a dirty racist in Allah's name. Responding that the horrifically immoral Allah can stuff it is pretty logical, and feigning to be upset about the finger up his ass thing is nothing but tone trolling. The offensive statement is the claim that Islam/the Koran/Allah is immoral,[1] let's not pretend otherwise.
Immoral being the nicer way of saying "merde" ("shit").
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For the moment I'm failing to find exactly what she said, but when reading obvious nonsense like the following the idea that she was in the wrong automatically becomes significantly less plausible:
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Zekri added that the teenager's comments were not covered by freedom of expression but were insulting and provocative.
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The Lounge / Re: What is your weather now?
Lots of rain!
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I don't subscribe to Netflix either or any of those other things.
We don't either, but it's hard to forget about because they stuck "YouTube" and "Netflix" buttons on the TV remote.

(We do watch YouTube. Just don't subscribe to YT Premium.)
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Maybe I got lucky, but my smart-TV boots up literally in a second. One second, not two.
It's probably a problem from the past by now, something I effectively skipped over. But in any case, while I think the "TV" part of a  TV (i.e., the digital tuner) is cute and all, I'm just not interested in a cable subscription for it. I just use it as a giant monitor for PC, Wii, and DVD/Blu-Ray player.

In case of emergency the TV can also play YouTube and Netflix by itself.

I picked up a Steam Controller for €15 btw. It makes for a pretty good PC remote.
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In Rotterdam they're making playgrounds out of old windmill blades.



They also recycle them into some kind of wooden plank alternative.

They say the ideal is to make ones that can be remade into base components to make new blades, but we're not there yet.

So while it's a bit of a problem, just tossing them in landfills has the appearance of primarily being an American approach. But one might argue the problem is a lack of capitalism. When certain common goods like air and dumping grounds are "free," capitalism isn't doing anything at all.
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Funny, I bought a TV a couple of months ago as well, a Sony. It's one of the "cheap" models without Android. Nice & fast; I've seen some "smart" TVs that take like 50 minutes to boot up. It's the first TV I've had in my house in 12 years, and back then it was a used CRT.[1] Also had to get a new receiver for UHD; kept the old speakers of course. It's actually more of a real upgrade than I anticipated. Dolby Digital and DTS just don't sound all that great in the rear channels. It also plays bluetooth, which I find convenient in the morning and occasionally during other parts of the day. And on low-quality sources like bluetooth and mp3 it can use some kind of algorithm that actually succeeds at making it sound better.

We also got a Blu-Ray player to go with it. The old DVD player from '07 broke and unfortunately needed replacing. There were these €30 ultra-cheap Chinese things or a €60 seemingly decent LG bluray player. Well, it's pretty good so far anyway. We'll just have to wait and see if it also lasts a decade.

With the TV we were also able to reconnect the Wii. Now it's "retro," I suppose.

PS I don't know how it is on LG, but I had to put in special effort to get the best image quality out of my TV.
Not really sure why everyone was in a hurry to "upgrade" to much worse looking screens anyway.
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Vaguely related https://www.humblebundle.com/games/train-simulator If I recall correctly @rjhowie might be interested.
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At 220v? I've seen a fireball out of one.
Btw what exactly do you do with those plugs/sockets/power lines?  :right:

Edit: phase stuff https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Split-phase_electric_power#Europe
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I was also complimenting the way the three-pin plug works while scoffing at the fact that you can touch the pins. ;)

My bad about DC. Looks like that was Edison who ultimately lost out. He also seems to be responsible for some marketing campaign portraying a voltage higher than 110 V as dangerous because he happened to sell 110 V.

I don't really see where it matters and even seems to have advantages.
Doesn't 220 V have lower distribution costs due to fewer losses? I had to do calculations on that kind of stuff in physics class.

But we used to have split 127/220 volt before it was normalized to 220 in the '60s or '70s, basically the same as in America. I don't really know the specifics.

I suspect if anyone who knows the subject scoffs it would be about stuff like our three-phase vs. American split phase stuff rather than some comparatively minor detail like the voltage.
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I've always been curious why Europeans use 220v to every outlet. It stands to reason you'd need a more secure plug.
There's plenty of deaths and injuries from 110 V DC; it hardly seems like it matters whether 220/230 V AC is slightly more or less dangerous when both are plenty so. From what I've heard 110 V DC is actually more dangerous because it's attractive while AC has a higher chance of escape, including by inducing muscle spasms. And also that it's about the current, not the voltage, and although a higher voltage theoretically supports a higher current in practice the reverse may apply as in less current being required due to increased efficiency... tl;dr it's complicated.

With a properly grounded plug you actually have to stick something metal (conductive) in both sides to complete the circuit.
Yes, and that conductive metal thing is called a plug. :P That's the whole point behind what @jax and I were talking about. A major way an infant (or anyone) would accidentally complete a circuit is by touching the pins while removing or inserting the plug. That's why modern European plugs are insulated with a bunch of plastic at the top of the pins combined with recessed outlets, so you basically can't touch the pins by accident and not even while trying really hard to.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Europlug
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:CEE_7-7.jpg
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schuko

Compare to the situation in an old-fashioned (basically like an American) socket:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Schuko_plug_inserted_in_CEE_7_1_ungrounded_socket.jpg

But of course protection against paperclips is also good. Modern European and American ones are both "tamper proof" afaik. Tamper with a hairpin really difficult, especially if you have the hand strength of a 3-year-old, is probably a better way to put it. ;)
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Forgive my ignorance, but where should plugs go?
Apparently at least 15 cm in regular rooms and 25 cm in humid rooms.

But I was just railing against the weird outlet placement in my apartment really. There's three in the bedroom... and also three in the living room, one of which was made unavailable by some weird later piping thing. In the '70s that was surely almost as absurd as it is now.

These days afaik it's normal to put them higher most of the time, perhaps around the standard kitchen height of 105 cm, mainly for convenience probably.

It is, however, very difficult to ever get a shock from a modern European outlet, even without child-proofing. :)
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DnD Central / Re: Today's Bad News
Apparently the US national archives think that altering photographs constitutes not engaging in the political debate.

"we blurred references to the President's name on some posters, so as not to engage in current political controversy"
https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/478903-national-archives-says-it-altered-womens-march-photo-to-blur
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Oh jeesh, it's been that long? Yeah, that is sad.
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DnD Central / Re: Everything Trump…
Seems rather hyperbolic, but then again Trump is a walking talking hyperbole.
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The Lounge / Re: Happy New Zealand!
Cold out. ;)
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In that regard the Europlugs (type C) are better, in inset sockets it is practically impossible to touch the leads when live.
Sure, those are great. Still pretty darn hard to touch inside type E/F/K in any case and likely actually impossible due to the plastic at the onset of the pins? But that is yet another thing I prefer about type not-E, because you can fairly easily hurt yourself on that stupid ground pin while trying to pull out a Europlug. Being more or less safe from electrocution isn't the same thing as being safe from injury.

My position is that Schuko is by far the safest and most user-friendly. If we really needed forced polarity I'm hard-pressed to believe that most of Europe would be using Schuko, but in that case the Danish system is greatly superior to the French/Belgian one.

provide little security for accidental electric shocks
Well, I guess it's no worse than a European outlet from before my birth or a present-day American one. Do they also put them on the floor so as to more easily electrocute infants?