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Comment: Foreigners (Score 3, Interesting) 262

by JustLikeToSay (#45300241) Attached to: Do You Need Headphones While Working?
I go to a lot of EU meetings in Brussels on behalf of the UK Govt. Like many English speakers I can order beer in a number of other European languages but usually a stronger grasp of the language is needed to understand the technical and policy comments made by my Austrian, French, German, Italian and Spanish colleagues (all of whom are under instruction to speak only in their native languages) - so it's on with the headphones to get the translation. It's my ambition to provide a contribution to the discussion in one of the other EU languages before I'm done - to see the momentarily baffled looks on my colleagues' faces and watch them scrabble to get their headphones on before I've finished.

Comment: Re:Betteridge is actually wrong this time (Score 2) 159

by JustLikeToSay (#44571899) Attached to: Is Europe's Recession Really Over?
I'm not sure a tip can be described as useful when it's wrong. Keynesianism (we could spend some time distinguishing what we mean by Keynesianism - are we using it to mean what Keynes discussed and proposed or what the political-economic consensus subsequently made it into) did not cause the Great Depression, it was the reliance on policies derived from reliance on neoclassical economics, as any fule kno.

Comment: Re:One teensy detail (Score 1) 393

by JustLikeToSay (#43739563) Attached to: Why We Should Build a Supercomputer Replica of the Human Brain
"That unelected officials are prone to spending vast sums of other peoples money on boondoggles is practically a cliche at this point" is irrelevant at this point. This project was one of six submitted, each was evaluated by a group of internationally renowned experts (who, oddly enough, weren't elected to the post of "expert"). The six groups of experts then compared notes across all six proposals. The process was overseen by an independent monitoring panel and the results will have to be approved by representatives of Member States who are directly accountable to their (elected) Minister. This hasn't happened yet so (a) his project hasn't got the money and (b) the project won't be getting the 1B€ solely from the EU budget.

Comment: Re:Wrong, wrong and wrong. (Score 1) 79

by JustLikeToSay (#42760407) Attached to: Nokia Receives $1.35B Grant To Develop Graphene Tech
The FET Flagships will be 1B€ over 10 yr projects / programmes. Some of that money will come from the EU budget, some will be co-funding from EU Member States's national research programmes and some will be provided by the partners. For the purposes of discussion 1B€ / 10yrs = 100M€ pa could be ... 20M€ pa own resources 30M€ pa from EU 50M€ pa from Member States Large Member States may be in for about 10M€ pa per flagship.

"It's when they say 2 + 2 = 5 that I begin to argue." -- Eric Pepke