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Comment Re:Paris terrorists didn't seem "religious"... (Score 5, Informative) 495

From AFA: "She loved partying and going to clubs. She drank alcohol and smoked and went around with lots of different guys." (

Except that particular story has turned out to be false - the images "proving" this were actually of a totally different moroccan woman. Her pictures were sold to media by a former friend, which turned on her and did this for revenge. That woman now lives in fear, for obvious reasons. Some of the media who published the pictures took them offline, but didn't fix their reports.

Comment Re:Close the f'ing borders already! (Score 2) 275

The idea is to secure the Schengen borders, i.e. not the borders inside of Schengen.

It's been proven that immigration benefits the economy if it is immigration from inside EU or Europe. You can hardly say that there is any benefit to having 30% unemployment rates and high criminality among immigrants.

For your first point: well, France has closed all borders, including inside of Schengen. We'll see how long it will last, as it does have nasty repercussions (so much for "they won't change our values, our way of life").

For your second point: according to german economists, the current immigration wave is good for the german economy. Also, german police has confirmed the criminality rate is no higher with the immigrants than with the general population - adding that there's been quite a wave of extreme-right-style crimes against facilities for asylum seekers. And as to unemployment: you are aware that asylum seekers have to have their papers through before being allowed to get a job?

Comment Re:Prepaid phone SIM (Score 1) 275

They certainly are cracking down on prepaid phone SIMs, where the owner of the phone isn't identified. Apparently Belgium and Luxembourg were the only EU countries left which still had them

That is certainly false. A lot of "eastern block" countries still have them like Romania, Czech Republic, I think Bulgaria. If you think they aren't "EU enough" there's also the UK (and probably Ireland) - where you don't even have mandatory ID card.

And even with registration go on german ebay (Germany has mandatory registration since before 9/11!) and you can buy preregistered cards by 10-pack, 100, sometimes 500 and 1000.

Well, that points out the fine quality of our local media reports then... </sarcasm>

Comment Re:Close the f'ing borders already! (Score 2) 275

Sure, close the borders. A fine example right now is the one between France and Luxembourg, passed each day but tens of thousands of commuters who live in France but work in Luxembourg. What was already bad logistics, prone to accidents and thereby traffic jams, is now a nightmare each morning and evening. No, that nightmare won't be helped by those people moving, as there isn't anywhere near sufficient housing available, and prices are already at levels comparable to inner city London or Paris. The Schengen treaty (signed in Luxembourg, very close to the french and german borders) was done for a reason, and it's for good reason that most concerned countries want to uphold it.

While we're at it, it's already been proven that immigration benefits the economy. You also shouldn't conflate muslims and these (homegrown!) terrorists, who just have no religion.

Comment Prepaid phone SIM (Score 1) 275

They certainly are cracking down on prepaid phone SIMs, where the owner of the phone isn't identified. Apparently Belgium and Luxembourg were the only EU countries left which still had them, but they are phasing them out quicker (now!) than was planned. Apparently, there were just too many shenanigans done with them.

I'm less sure about prepaid credit cards, we've got one of those in the household, but I didn't hear anything yet about them being phased out. They were offered as one means to limit losses in case of fraud (e.g. online payments where details would get out; this actually makes sense), and customers are identified in this case. Also, such transfers go by clearing services, so I should think these can easily be tracked (on court order at least, if not by espionage).

Are there such prepaid credit (well, actually debit I guess) cards where users are not identified?

Comment Re:Just tried it (Score 2) 474

With only Ghostery active in Firefox, I can't access

It seems that the FF version I got here at work doesn't have the option to block JavaScript anymore, so can't test there how the site behaves.

Using w3m in cygwin though, I get all the (text) contents (aww, no boobies, probably the only reason one might want to visit in the first place).

So I guess their adblocker-detection is based on JavaScript.

For, I definitely don't consider it a loss, but I do hope certain other news sites don't follow the same road.

Btw, NZZ (Neue Zürcher Zeitung) similarly (using JavaScript) will block if you view more than 20 articles inside a month or so.

Comment Some notes (Score 2) 345

Some thoughts regarding the 747:

* indeed, a biggie. It needed new infrastructure, as does the A380 now
* contender against the C-5 Galaxy for a military transport, against which it lost
* developed with money from the military, but nooo, never got subsidies (as is always held against Airbus)
* ultimately sank its first customer, Pan Am, as they never really recovered from the costs of introducing that airplane

I did fly it between Europe and the East Coast, early 90ies - not the kind of flight you want to have in Economy Class, when you're 1.90m tall.

Now, I usually only see cargo versions, heavily used by the local cargo airline (happens to be launch customer for the last few -F versions). They do seem to be quite happy with it, as they have been using successive versions exclusively for quite a while. The only exception I'm aware of were a few tests with an AN-124, the logistics side not being up to their standards.

Just yesterday, I showed videos of Nasa's Shuttle carrier, with Shuttle and F-18 escorts to my 5-year old son, who was quite impressed that this was for real.

Comment OS/2 Warp vs. Slackware (Score 0) 136

Around 1994 (yes, I guess I'm getting old) I had already seen friends at university fiddling with rather large stacks of 3.5" floppies, downloading Linux from some large FTP mirrors, while I was happily using the solid OS/2 Warp 3 (after TOS on Atari, then DOS, Win 2-3 on PC).
When stumbling upon a computer magazine's offer, ca. 1995, with a couple of CDs containing Slackware, I tried that. Back then, we had to fiddle with modelines to get X11 working, no ISDN support yet, dialing in needed chat scripts, etc. I was pretty much non-impressed with what I saw, not yet having recognized the value of UNIX or FOSS, and quickly went back to Warp, also trying those other OSs from Redmond.
Not that far further on, I got to know SuSE Linux, can't even remember which version it was, and got hooked for good - many things worked better out of the box, less fiddling required, and it became my standard desktop not only for private use, but also for my first job.
A few years later I switched to Debian, with a much superior updating system, then to KUbuntu for the desktop, keeping Debian on the server end... and now, owing to systemd, thinking about moving on.
Ian, thanks for a very nice distro that has provided me with all sorts of resources for private and professional use.

Comment Luxembourg City (Score 1) 105

Interesting. Here in Luxembourg city (over in ol' Europe), the land register actually also has data on the constructions, and has now for a short while added a feature on their online maps displaying whether it would be worthwhile to install PV on the rooftops - they go as far as displaying which parts of the roof would be of most interest in that context. Of course, they can only give general guidelines, to be confirmed by an expert.
With my own house being at the north end of a row, only my back/front roof parts would be of medium utility, so it wouldn't be worth the investment overall.

Comment systemd (Score 3, Interesting) 41

Add systemd rants here, if you must.

Yes, systemd is there in the schedule:

I guess it will be a while before we see that kind of conference with devuan.

Otherwise: thanks a lot to Debian for an environment that has been a joy
to work with for a long time. My personal server is still running Debian, but
I for one most probably won't be joining the systemd bandwagon.

Comment Re:This is evil! (Score 1) 90

I work for an ISP. You're wrong on almost every point.

Most infrastructure repair costs are for what we jokingly call the "Backhoe disconnect"
We're talking upwards of 90% of our repair costs are construction related. And before you say it, no, they don't pay us back for it. It's almost always the city that cuts the cable, they can't afford to pay us, and if we tried to make them they'd issue a press release the next day stating "We're laying off 1 police officer and 2 kindergarten teachers to pay off your Nazi ISP, sorry" and we'd be driven out of town with pitchforks.

Over here in Europe, such costs would have to be paid by the company (same for municipality, state, whoever) that's doing the works - or rather, their liability insurance. Such insurance is not an option here. Problem solved.

The clothes have no emperor. -- C.A.R. Hoare, commenting on ADA.