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Comment: Re:Good God... (Score 1) 383

by DeBaas (#49403483) Attached to: Why the Framework Nuclear Agreement With Iran Is Good For Both Sides

The Neville Chamberlain theme is turning in some sort of Godwin of its own. If you're not prepared to send the overstretched US army in another war and go for a political solution someone will throw Chamberlain at you. An equally valuable contribution.

This one even at first post. Sigh

Comment: Re:Yes. What do you lose? But talk to lawyer first (Score 1) 734

by DeBaas (#49196531) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should I Let My Kids Become American Citizens?

Good article. Although even that article states that they could still get checking accounts (at some banks).

To me it seems a lot of banks simply chose not to go through the trouble for a limited amount of customers. That's not OK, as that limits your choices. But largely the banks doing. And that's no surprise to me.
It does also seem to me the law is too draconian. I still however see no need to have piles of cash.

Comment: Re:Yes. What do you lose? But talk to lawyer first (Score 0) 734

by DeBaas (#49195771) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should I Let My Kids Become American Citizens?

hmm I Googled that (hadn't heard about it) and found this article.
Apparently a number of banks no longer serve American securities investors. So you are right in that if you want to evade taxes you now do need to smuggle out cash again like in the old days.

I don't think you'll have an issue getting a normal checking account. So for your everyday transactions there is no need to deal 'in piles of cash' You can pay by credit and debit card like the rest of us...
The article even states so: "Customers with normal checking or savings accounts in Germany are not affected, however."

But I'm glad someone is sticking up for the tax evaders.

Comment: Re:Science... Yah! (Score 1) 958

by DeBaas (#48967255) Attached to: Science's Biggest Failure: Everything About Diet and Fitness

Interesting, but I lost 20 Kg in about that same amount of time and did NOT change the calorie intake. For me it was simply replacing wheat by alternatives (mainly Spelt). As well as limiting other 'fast carbs', so no more white rice etc. The total amount of calories has hardly changed.

The biggest mistake made I think is that we oversimplify things. I.e. in my case the surplus weight didn't arrive until I was over 30 years old. Before that I could eat as much as I wanted. This kind of fat or rather putting on weight can be quite different from people that put on weight as kids and so on. Which means that a different remedy may be required.
There will be circumstances where reducing calories will be the trick. That does not mean it will work for everyone and it also does not mean that you could not have achieved the same result by another diet. Most of all I think much more research is needed. Which is a problem in the west, since no large company can make money of telling us how to eat better. So who will pay for it?

Having said that, if it works for you, good stuff!

Comment: How about an old Android phone? (Score 1) 263

Since you don't like the quality of Foscam, how about an old Android phone? I own a Foscam and had no problems with the quality, so I assume you want a higher resolution. Any old or cheap Android phone will likely have a high enough resolution. Combine that with something like autocam and write a small script that ftps the picture (have never tried autocam so I'm not sure if it is OK...). The phone will have wifi etc. all build in. You might needs some creativity to mount it to a wall.

Comment: Potential game changer? (Score 1) 105

This maybe a potential game changer for Telcos/ISPs. There is still a lot of money made in this business.

If SpaceX internet is capable of high bandwidth, no data-limit or a reasonable limit, not too crappy latency and allows me to use it everywhere, then it maybe very interesting.
Except for gaming, this offers what most people need AND you can take it with you (if the equipment to connect is reasonably mobile)!

If I can get an internet connection, that I can 'take with me' on my holidays abroad, which allows me to watch netflix and other IP TV, there is hardly a reason left for me to keep my cable subscription.

Not to mention what this will do for countries where internet access is highly monitored or otherwise hardly available. I'm guessing China is not too thrilled about this initiative.

The latency issue is an issue which will largely solve itself if the latency is not too bad. It can be worked around for most purposes. Maybe not for gaming, but the big websites will quickly adapt.
If I can choose nearly similar options, where one has a bit worse latency, but is available for me wherever I go...
Some time ago I checked the latency of websites I visit a lot. My cable connection has low latency, but obviously there many websites have high latency regardless as they are hosted on a different continent.
I'm sure the latency you get from GEO (> 240ms) is really changing your experience a bit too much. But the latency of LEO is about 40ms (says Wikipedia). That seems a lot, but if I were to visit a website on a different continent over the proposed network, some of that would be mitigated since the signal would travel via this network as well in stead of over multiple routers and connections. That part may be faster. So my overall experience may not be worse. Only sites hosted close by would have a significantly better performance.

A lot depends on the equipment needed to connect. If it is reasonably mobile they could also partner with a lot of companies, such as Amazon (whispernet globally and just one party to deal with), Netflix (Netflix boxes that don't require your own connection) etc.

If they manage to really compete, 10 billion USD is nothing. Local ISPs get bought for that amount.

There are a lot of ifs. But if they offer high bandwidth with high data limits for a competing price, this will mean for a lot of ISPs that there is a new player in town. And one that is global. If he were to sell shares in this initiative, I'd buy some.

Air pollution is really making us pay through the nose.

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