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Comment: Re:WTF UK? (Score 1) 342

by tommeke100 (#48673939) Attached to: UK Man Arrested Over "Offensive" Tweet
I agree mostly with your opinion, however the context is a bit different.
Salman Rushdie wrote that book in '89. At that time muslim fundamentalism and their treats was a rather foreign concept for the West, as is North Korea. Of the kind "that only happens ''over there' ".
12 years and some planes crashing into the WTC later, shit just got real. So these types of threats are being taken seriously.

Comment: Re:a thought (Score 1) 139

by tommeke100 (#48514335) Attached to: Want To Work For a Cool Tech Company? Hone Your Social Skills
They tax the perks to a ridiculous extent.
The only thing you can do here as a tax benefit is give employees a company car. Which is still taxed, but less than getting the monthly lease money in cash.
Our company actually had to stop providing a 1-hour per week free gym visit (which nobody used) because after an audit they saw that as a taxable perk.
So we would have to pay taxes on something we never used in the first place.

Comment: What it's really like ... (Score 2) 34

by tommeke100 (#48506883) Attached to: The Life of an ATLAS Physicist At CERN
I had a friend who was a PhD student in Experimental Physics in the late 90s.
As part of his lab's obligations, he had to do some grunt/shift work at CERN about a week every month.
He said unless your life is Physics 24/7, it gets boring pretty quickly. A lot of people there only talk about physics, they have no other hobbies.
There was not much to do besides the Physics aspect.

This seems to have changed though judging from the article, there seems to be social clubs which is certainly an improvement. Still, she (the woman in the interview) says the turn-over rate is huge, people are send there at the beginning of their PhD and get back to their home labs after a while. Looks like that aspect hasn't changed but that's probably true for most University Labs in the world.

Comment: Re:German cars (Score 2) 525

by tommeke100 (#48496831) Attached to: Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates
As a Belgian, I would tend to agree, except for maybe the South of Europe (Italy for example) whom have far more aggressive driving.
Congestion isn't much worse than you would get in other big cities, except our cities are so close to each other (Antwerp - Brussels : 25 miles) that congestion just flows into one big clusterfuck.
One of the issues is that the highways around big cities aren't bootstrapped for ongoing traffic, so there is no way to swirl around Brussels for example if you just pass by and don't need to be there.
Also Belgium is on the crossroad of many bigger countries ( Germany, France, Netherlands, UK, ...) so our roads are heavily burdened by foreign trucks passing through our country. You can actually see that in the crash clip above. You have a truck driving behind a truck that just passed it, while the accident happened another truck was overtaking the truck with the dashcam, and the car who tried to cross to the exit crashed into another truck waiting on the exit.
This is a typical situation here in Belgium. You could say the driver was not cautious enough and should have been in the first lane sooner. However, I drive that highway (the E40 from Brussels to Oostende - sea side) every day to work and you just have a string of trucks driving one behind the other that stretches for miles.
It's choosing between sitting between 2 trucks for a couple of miles (which really gives you zero chance of survival if the truck in front of you crashes and the one behind you smashes into you) or just hoping the stretch before the exit clears up and you have a safe passage to get into the first lane.

Comment: Re:Let's do the math (Score 1) 307

by tommeke100 (#48459069) Attached to: Complex Life May Be Possible In Only 10% of All Galaxies
The closest spiral galaxy to us is Andromeda, 2.2 million light years away.
Andromeda is approaching our galaxy at a rate of 670,000 miles per hour.
Five billion years from now it will probably collide with us.
So, we'll just have to be patient if we want to hop onto another galaxy :-)
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Journal: Slimy 1

Journal by stoolpigeon

Having to carefully unselect crap I don't want installed on every Java update? Slimy
Rechecking the "stay logged in" button on facebook for me? Slimy
There's so much slimy stuff. Found a new one today. That Win 7 VM I mentioned, it wanted me to upgrade IE. Which I want to do - no problem. As I'm about to hit the Download button I see a small line further down "Download non-enhanced version." My gut tells me I don't want enhanced - do a quick google and I'm right. Non-enhanced means just

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Journal: Storage is Cheap but Come On Windows 1

Journal by stoolpigeon

EDIT: I cleaned up restore points and that got the space used down to 27.4 GB - still crazy.

I have a Fedora 20 vm that I run in VirtualBox on my Mac. It gives me access to some tools I like, and it lets me run a web server that's closer to what a production environment would look like.

Yesterday I got around to setting up another VM. This one is Windows 7. I started the same as I did the Fedora image, with a 25 GB hard drive. That was fine for the windows instal

Comment: Re:Moo (Score 1) 5

by stoolpigeon (#48378419) Attached to: Things I Can't Avoid Knowing

I've still got an American passport and I'd need strong reasons to ever get rid of it.

As it stands now, it is the only one I have. I'd love to have a passport from an EU country but that takes some effort. I had hoped having great grandparents that emigrated from Hungary would have helped, but now I don't think so. I could go the traditional route but that requires a level of proficiency in Hungarian that I doubt I'll ever attain.

Comment: Re:Moo (Score 1) 5

by stoolpigeon (#48378197) Attached to: Things I Can't Avoid Knowing

Yep. American, living in Hungary.
 
I agree about Reddit, in terms of the defaults. But I view it logged in. I've unsubscribed from that stuff that I find useless and learn a decent amount from the subreddits that I do read. The smaller subreddits have less activity, so they are easy to keep up with and they have a better signal to noise ratio.

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Journal: Things I Can't Avoid Knowing 5

Journal by stoolpigeon

I spend a decent amount of time at Reddit. The key is finding good subreddits. I usually hop on Facebook a time or two a day as well. As an expat it is a good way to connect back to home.

Anyway what's interesting to me is that sometimes things happen and those sites just go kerbonkers. Like, for example, if it rains in Phoenix my facebook feed will be absolutely full of it and I'll see it about a million times.

With reddit it is more noticeable because certain e

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