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Comment: Re:quelle surprise (Score 3, Informative) 725

by Friggo (#47393173) Attached to: When Beliefs and Facts Collide

Nuclear power is an imperfect example as well, because the argument there isn't about the science - no one is disputing that nuclear reactions exist, and that electricity can be generated. The argument is more about whether humans can build and manage nuclear power plants with the near perfection that is required.

Oh, ye of little faith. There are absolutely people who believe that nuclear reactions doesn't not work.
There are nutters everywere.

Comment: Re:Graphene products - where to dump them?? (Score 1) 88

by Friggo (#46703285) Attached to: Samsung Claims Breakthrough In Graphene Chip Design

Since graphene is pure coal, it would be rather easy to burn it.
I am sure it would be quite easy to make it react with other chemicals to dissolve it. Maybe you could even make alcohol from it? The possibilities are endless. Just because it is mechanically strong doesn't mean it is indestructible.

Comment: Re:Man of La Mancha (Score 3, Insightful) 354

by Friggo (#43084797) Attached to: Canonical Announces Mir: A New Display Server Not On X11 Or Wayland

Let me tell you a story. A bunch of Swedish guys stay in a hotel in the US. Their manager speaks Spanish and chats to the staff. The staff complain the Swedes don't tip. So the manager talks to them and explains they should all put a dollar bill on the table each day. Some of them leave change and the cleaners tell the manager this is unacceptable. Eventually all but one of them do the crisp $1 per day thing. The one that doesn't claims that tipping is feudal and turns the cleaners into supplicants, the hotel should pay the staff a decent wage like in Sweden, the US should have a social democratic party like in Sweden to stick up for the workers and so on and so on and refuses to do it.

When he checks out he finds out the cleaners have put on the porn channel every day after he left the room and turned it off just before he got back.

I think we can all learn a lesson from that story, can't we?

I would say that the lesson is that hotel cleaners in the US are criminals. And that the tipping system in the US sucks.
If the cleaners (or others in the service industry) feel they are entitled to the tip, it is not really a tip any more, it is just a hidden direct taxation for services.

Comment: Re:Average consumer intelligence level declining. (Score 1) 353

by Friggo (#42340621) Attached to: ISP Data Caps Just a 'Cash Cow'

It is interesting and a bit sad that 1.5 MB/s (during off-peak hours no less) seems to be something to brag about in the US.
I also have internet through cable and I consistently reach bandwidth of 12.5 MB/s round the clock (100 Mbit/s plan). I also have no caps whatsoever and could get a plan with 200 Mbit/s, but I don't think it warrants the price difference for me at the moment.

But then I actually live in a country that actually cares about its people and not just the profits of the corporations.

Comment: gone wild (Score 1) 149

by Friggo (#41276449) Attached to: Finnish Bureaucracy Takes Issue With Crowdfunded Textbook

Just to nitpick a bit, Canada does not have a significant population above the arctic circle since almost all Canadians live very close to the US border, which is far away from the arctic circle.

I doubt that even Alaska has a lot of people above the arctic circle.

Not that Finland does either, so probably not relevant in the whole picture, but still.

Comment: Re:Apple Is NOT Giving A 2 Year Warranty (Score 1) 270

by Friggo (#39548313) Attached to: Apple Is Forced By EU To Give 2 Years Warranty On All Its Products

For a real warranty over 1 year you still need to purchase an AppleCare plan. That gets you full and direct Apple support, and more importantly there is no burden of proof on the buyer to prove that the product was defective at the time of sale.

The burden of proof is on the seller for the first 6 months,

The depends on your country. In Sweden we have the first year where the seller needs to prove that the defect was not there at time of sale, and then the burden of proof shift to the buyer for year 2.
I practice this usually means in Sweden that for stuff that costs less than 1500SEK (about $200) they just send you a replacement if you say it was broken in the first year since it would cost more to test it than send you a new one.

You can do more with a kind word and a gun than with just a kind word. - Al Capone