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Comment Re:uncanny valley? (Score 1) 201 201

I'm not sure it doesn't make sense, especially not capitalized. Take a game like the original Deus Ex, for example. Sure, it wasn't a fully interactive world, but within a level, you could go to hundreds of places, some of them useful, some of them less so. I spent hours on each level, going everywhere, just checking everything out. But I didn't have to. I could also have just gone to the objectives and done the mission. Add the extra interactivity, and some detail to make it interesting, but non-essential, to explore around a bit.

Comment Re:Not Anonymous? (Score 4, Informative) 234 234

Don't generalize that too much, though. Mediterranean maybe, but here in Belgium, and our neighbors France, Germany and the Netherlands (which, you'll have to admit, is a sizeable part of Europe), we generally move out after university, or as soon as we find a job.

Comment Re:"punitive damages" (Score 1) 105 105

Or, much simpler, jail their head representatives in the country. This can actually be done. To give an example, in Belgian health&safety legislation, the CEO of a company is directly responsible, under criminal law, for the safety of his employees. He has well defined duties which he must perform, and if he doesn't, and a work accident occurs that can be traced back to this, then the CEO faces jail time and a fine. Believe me, all CEO's who are aware of this fact are very concious of safety issues within their company, and quite willing to listen when their safety advisor proposes measures.

Comment Re:Well...not so much (Score 1) 2416 2416

What he said. I have a great international health insurance from my company, up to a maximum cost that is largely sufficient for nearly the entire world, but when I went on honeymoon to America, my travel agent, my mother (who knows the sector pretty well), and even our embassy advised me to get an extra policy, with an even higher maximum, because apparently American healthcare is among the most expensive worldwide. So how was you pre-Obamacare system so great again?

Comment Re:There's always a downside (Score 1) 533 533

There's one health effect I know of that might affect those living close to a wind turbine, and that's the effect of the strobe shadow created by the turning of the blades. It's been shown to affect health when exposed to it for longer periods. Other than that, no known health effects from living close to one.

Comment Re:mistake #1 (Score 1) 227 227

Can't speak for other countries, but here in Belgium it's not so much the police but the media who will convict you the moment you get even tangentially connected to an investigation. Oversight on the police is pretty strong here, and any kind of procedural fault results in no conviction at all (which is handily abused by lawyers, who will help you get away with mass murder because your arrest warrant wasn't motivated properly). So yes, it seems to be dependent on the country. The media thing gets pretty bad, though, digging into private lives, spreading wild speculations as facts, and then, when it turns out it wasn't you after all, they just jump to the next victim. No apology given.

Comment Re:I believe so. (Score 4, Insightful) 222 222

This. Companies like to see big fat black numbers at the bottom of the balance sheet. They really don't sit around stroking a pet of some kind and cackling maniacally at their next scheme to put one over on those nasty consumers. Truth is, they don't care about you, they just want your money. If they see ways to get at it better, they'll use them. In this case, targeted advertising should be more effective,, since it will offer you stuff you want (if the targeting system is halfway smart, at least), so you would more likely be interested. Meanwhile, the company can save money because now they just have to advertise to the people who might buy their stuff instead of to everybody, hoping to hit the few % of consumers who need their product. Basically, it's smart missiles vs carpet bombing, and I think we can all agree that smart missiles should cause less collateral damage.

Oh, and before anyone gets the wrong idea: I am 100% against companies gathering (and holding indefinitely) personal data of people who did not give it up freely, knowing what they are getting themselves into. But I am also cynical enough to believe that a large percentage of Facebook, smartphone app, etc users would just shrug if you told them, and say they don't really care. Frankly, I myself don't much care if the corporate world knows I want to buy an inflatable pool, a bulk amount of whipped cream, and a used industrial vacuum cleaner. Let them make of that what they will. I do, however, draw the line at personal information I did not give to them. I do not want to receive mail/phone calls/creepy ads that state my (alleged) location/names of my close friends/etc, unless I gave that information to you personally.

"Facts are stupid things." -- President Ronald Reagan (a blooper from his speeach at the '88 GOP convention)

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