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Homo Ludditus

Less is more and nothing is good enough

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Quel imbécile, ce Marc Levy…

Être un écrivain n’est pas une excuse pour ce manque de jugement, d’autant plus que Marc Levy est un bon connaisseur de l’anglais — ou, au moins, de l’Angleterre et...

A color-related puzzle for Android

If I thought Graveck’s Strata was difficult, this is because I wasn’t aware of KAMI! Enter KAMI free, or the full KAMI ($0.99), by State of Play Games. Over 40 MB. The free edition only...

Using the Smart Battery Saver

Some time ago, I decided that DU Battery Saver PRO was a good choice for my needs. However, version 3.6.0 is worse than 3.5.0 in my opinion, and a few times it failed to restore the WiFi in the...

Maybe you should rethink your choice of an Android antivirus

Variants of Plankton.A or of Leadbolt.E can generate a lot of false positives on Android, but this time I knew I had an infected APK: the website I got it from was suspicious, and the APK size was...

Je trouve un peu débile d’acheter du vinyle dans ces conditions…

On lit dans Le Figaro que Le vinyle «made in France» victime de son succès. Et on nous présente l’entreprise Moulage plastique de l’Ouest (MPO), le dernier fabricant français de...

Cher Robert Laffont, un DC3 n’est pas un DC4

Je lisais « L’étrange voyage de Monsieur Daldry », quand je remarquai une image, à titre informatif sans doute, d’un avion censé être un DC4, car c’est dans un tel...

Secretul succesului Kaufland și LIDL

În România, din toate rețelele de supermarketuri, hipermarketuri, discount stores sau cum vreți să le mai ziceți, cel mai bine le merge lui Kaufland și lui LIDL. Situația unui Carrefour nu...

Aici numai energumenul de Dan Alexe m-ar putea ajuta…

Citindu-l eu pe Marc Levy, ca o coafeză ratată, îmi sări în ochi următorul paragraf: Fără îndoială, „refaire le monde” trebuie să însemne „a pune țara la cale”. Este cam greu de...

Je m’amuse avec ce putain d’Assistant

C’est elle. Et ce jour de Pâques…

Another Idea of Happiness

Marc Levy, l’écrivain préféré des employées des salons de coiffure, et dont je suis en train de lire « L’étrange voyage de Monsieur Daldry », nous promet un autre roman pour le...

Маскировка — a new kind of war, and a new kind of invasion

The Pulitzer Prize-winning wife of Poland’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Radosław Sikorski, Anne Applebaum (Anne Elizabeth Sikorska), in The Washington Post: A fearful new world, imperiled by...

I’d like to interpret MRI scans as my next job

Thomas L. Friedman, in How to Get a Job at Google, Part 2, cites Laszlo Bock, “who is in charge of all hiring at Google”: “So if you want your job tied to where you are, you need to be:...

Basarabenii, la rivalitate cu chinezii

Sau cel puțin așa reiese din clișeele înșirate de Bogdan Constantinescu: Acum, știți cum e cu chinezii. Singura nație capabilă să fie sclavă pe salarii mai proaste decât ale românilor,...

N-am făcut asta niciodată!

Comedia Astă seară dansăm în familie (1972) se găsește integral pe YouTube, dar am extras câteva scene pentru cei grăbiți. „N-am făcut asta niciodată!” — asta zice...

A few evening links

I know you hate Russia, but still… That flyer about Jews needing to ‘register’ in Ukraine is fake. Indeed, Ukraine Is Not Ordering Its Jews to Register. Saved by Obamacare — a...

China’s urban growth and the too many diaosi

From The Economist, April 19-25, page 12: Where China’s future will happen: “A GREAT city”, said Benjamin Disraeli, “…is the type of some great idea. Rome represents conquest; faith hovers...

NATO just loves the new Cold War

TIME is confirming it: NATO’s Back in Business, Thanks to Russia’s Threat to Ukraine: Back in 1993, during the earliest days of the Clinton Administration, Senator Richard Lugar of the Senate...

Do Siri or Cortina believe in God?

I can’t tell, but I couldn’t manage to persuade Speaktoit’s Assistant to reveal her religious beliefs either! On a Good Friday, here’s how she answered my questions:

Yesterday’s Putin

Kremlin’s translation services are a bit lazy. The Russian transcript of Putin’s annual Q&A is complete, but its official English translation stopped at some point. (EDIT: The...

How about the Heartbleed vulnerability on Android?

I delayed updating Tresorit on Android, so I could test a few apps supposed to hunt for the Heartbleed vulnerability. Here’s what I’ve got. The well-trusted Bluebox Security Scanner...

False positives and other annoyances in Android security apps

Although my favorite Android security apps are 360 Security and CM Security (Cleanmaster), they’re both too happy with all the apps I’m using, and they’re quite fast to scan. Are...

Best of TL;DR Wikipedia

From TL;DR Wikipedia:

One more WhatsApp nonsense

Not only both WhatsApp and 4G were overrated, now we can read this: WhatsApp Voice over LTE is going to push networks to compete or die trying: WhatsApp recently announced that it will be introducing...

Când nici Sandoz nu știe să vândă…

De fapt, e mai complicat. Novartis AG (Elveția) deține Sandoz GmbH (Austria), care deține Lek (Slovenia), care deține Lek PharmaTech SRL Târgu-Mureș, care a înghițit PharmaTech Târgu-Mureș....

E cam de porc (democratic, european)

Badische Zeitung, pe 14 aprilie: So ergeht es osteuropäischen Arbeitern in der Schweinemast-Branche (cum stau lucrurile cu est-europenii care lucrează în industria cărnii de porc): Im Oldenburger...

Un punct de vedere mai vechi, încă valabil

Adrian-Paul Iliescu scria pe 17 martie: Crimeea – cine are dreptate? Occidentul a contestat totdeauna legitimitatea deciziilor liderilor comunişti, exponenţi ai unui regim dictatorial. Însă,...

Libertarianismul social-democrat din Sănătate

Toate sursele guițătoare de știri au preluat ad litteram acest text: Spitalele nu vor mai fi obligate să asigure toate tratamentele necesare bolnavilor Ministerul Sănătăţii vrea să...

Românii plecați valorează doar 8.52% din PIB

Așa zicea mai devreme Radio România Actualități, că dacă nu ar fi plecat 3 milioane de români la muncă în UE, PIB-ul patriei ar fi fost cu 8.52% mai mare. Cu doar 8.52%? Incredibil!...

Une chanson pour les bons vieux pédophiles

Gérard Lenorman, Michèle (1976): Tu avais à peine quinze ans Tes cheveux portaient des rubans Tu habitais tout près Du Grand Palais Je t’appelais le matin Et ensemble on prenait le train...

The future is bright… if you’re Chinese

From The Guardian’s Will your generation have a better life than your parents?