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Comment: Re:No they can't ignore consumer protections (Score 1) 245

by Errol backfiring (#49476693) Attached to: EU To Hit Google With Antitrust Charges

Good luck with that

Actually, hell would not exactly freeze over if you block Google. In fact, if they did, people would just use another search engine (IXquick, DuckDuckGo or others) and almost every web site would load a lot faster without the cross-site scripting attack from Google. As a second advantage, people might start to think twice before handing their entire life to some evil company when it comes to documents or agendas.

Comment: Why are lottery employees allowed to play at all? (Score 0) 340

When I read contest or lottery rules, it always states that the people who work at the organising organisation are not allowed to participate in it. Even if everybody plays fair, an organiser winning his own lottery will be suspected of foul play.

Comment: if we had to rebuild society... (Score 1) 361

by Errol backfiring (#49469711) Attached to: Can Civilization Reboot Without Fossil Fuels?

If we had to rebuild society, could we do it without all the fossil fuels we used to do it the first time?

Not only could we do it, we have already done so. The 18th century was the century where a sawmill was actually a mill. Like this one. Mills made cement, drilled canons, ground paint, tobacco, oak bark and corn, kept our feet dry, pressed oil, made felt and more. Many of them still do, for historical reasons. See the links (you have to use a Babel Fish if you do not read Dutch). Our "Golden Age" was run mostly on wind, and other countries also used water.

Comment: Re:I think we are missing something obvious... (Score 1) 342

by Errol backfiring (#49284489) Attached to: UK Chancellor Confirms Introduction of 'Google Tax'

You don't understand. Many countries in the UK are competing themselves to death in being "tax-friendly" to extremely rich companies and individuals. Even American rock stars are "located" in the UK, the Netherlands or wherever they can avoid taxation the most. Off course, this contributes nothing to either countries. To make matters worse, it opens up the possibility of all kinds of incomprehensible constructs that may even be less legal. But who knows? You'd have to know all the laws and all the deals with the tax authorities (which are, even though there are laws of government openness, secret).

Tax paradises are not only located in Africa and run by dictators. Off course, that is what politicians try to make us believe. Tax paradises are in a lot of cases our own countries. It is therefore quite hypocrite for a UK politician to condemn tax paradises or rich companies using them after these companies were lured to the UK for being a tax paradise in the first place.

Comment: Those without a timeline will be at an advantage (Score 4, Interesting) 209

Those without a timeline will be at a huge advantage

There, fixed that for you. If influencing strangers is named as an advantage, I strongly disagree. Strangers more likely influence anyone with a publicly available profile. Remaining anonymous gets more important every day.

Have you ever noticed that the people who are always trying to tell you `there's a time for work and a time for play' never find the time for play?