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Comment: Re:I'd expect Fawkes masks to start making stateme (Score 1) 218

You won't find me in favour of the European Union in its current form, rather the contrary. The EU as it is now, is totally in favour of Big Business, with 'Teh Holey EconoME' as an excuse to break down the excellent systems many of the individual countries had in place, to enable poorer and thouroughly corrupt states like Italy and some former East block states to partake in the system, making it possible to play out workers against each other and sucking funds from richer countries.
I am for European coöperation, but not in its current form, which threatens to go the way you describe in your last paragraph.

Comment: Re:I'd expect Fawkes masks to start making stateme (Score 2) 218

...Says the AC...

It's not 'I'll pay more if someone else worries about it', It is 'we all CARE about each other and we all contribute to each other's wellbeing'. But that concept is apparently totally strange to right-wingers, who have only one thought: ME, ME, ME! and their only concern is about Me, Myself and I.

Comment: Re:I'd expect Fawkes masks to start making stateme (Score 1) 218

If a party promises (before elections) to keep things as they are and to defend the good things and people vote for that party based on those promises, the voters clearly signal that they are happy with things as they are. If said party turns around a 180 degrees after elections, their voters are duped.

If the voters had been a bit smarter they could have seen it coming but said party *had* a lot of traditional voters. It is now (rightfully) going down the drain. Alas, the party will probably have two more years to go to demolish our formerly so nice country.

Comment: Re:I'd expect Fawkes masks to start making stateme (Score 1, Flamebait) 218

Here in Europe, we used to have this little thing called 'Solidarity'. Sharing the costs that everybody risked to have to make and yes, some of it (or hopefully most of it) you'd never need. But IF you came in a situation, it would not cost you two arms, a leg and half your ribcage, but you'd be covered and everybody would be happy.
The American inspired 'ME, ME, ME, MEEEEE!!!!'-culture is taking over now, and the total costs are going up for everybody (as I said in my previous post), while service levels are dropping. Not, of course, if you have shovelfulls of money, than you can pay extra for the levels of service that used to be reachable for all and better

Yes, things were subsidized then, but if you really believe taxes went down after delivering us to commercial interests, keep on dreaming... (Except of course for those poor super-rich schmuks, after all, you can't stop subsidizing their million-Euro villa's which costs just twice as much as all subsidized rent for minimum wages combined)..

Comment: Re:I'd expect Fawkes masks to start making stateme (Score 1) 218

It couldn't possibly be because they were dissatisfied with the existing situation.

No, they were not. They were duped by parties who promised to do A but did Z when elected. Those parties told everyone that everything had to be left to the market by command of the European Union, while they knew that not to be the case. It was pushed through by the right wing parties with the help of some semi left wing and centre parties, where the first mentioned mostly talk left wing at election time but act right wing inbetween elections and support the right wing shit.
Problem is the electorate is so stupid they remember only the rethorics spewed from at most two month before elections and forget about the actual actions of the parties involved. And the rich keep laughing, since most things are going their way for the last decade...

Comment: Re:I'd expect Fawkes masks to start making stateme (Score 5, Informative) 218

I live in the Netherlands. In your opinion a far left, almost commie country if I read your comment well. We used to have a good health insurance system, good public transport and an excellent mail service, all state financed. Until some of our right wing bastards decided to leave all that to 'the market'. Services would improve and tariffs would decrease under the pressure of all the competitors in The Great Free Market, is what they told us.
The result? As to be expected with companies trying to deliver the least possible service for the highest amount of money (which IS the thing 'Free Market" is all about), health insurance prices are rising through the ceiling while coverage goes through the floor, public transport is more crappy than ever with higher prices and mail delivery goes the same way.
The blessings of Free Market and its Invisible Hand, as touted by right wing parties, are only blissfull for the Big Companies and their filthy rich owners. And taxes? Gone up anyway, except for the richest.

So, i will take a bit higher taxes in exchange for better services anytime. Here we see what your Holy Free Market does, and very, very few people like it. (Why they keep believing the shit the right wingers here spout and keep voting for them against their own interest keeps baffling me,)

Comment: Re:The central tenet of atheism (Score 1) 1330

by Poingggg (#47358873) Attached to: U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

Being an atheist simply means you don't believe in a gods, goddess, etc.

Not believing in a deity means accepting on faith that the universe came into existence without the help of a deity.

And believing in a deity means accepting on faith that something or someone incredibly more complicated than the universe came into existence without any universe at all to help it come into existence, to create the universe and write a book about it that nobody really understands. Good luck with that one!

(Since this subthread is not really on topic I will just drop this comment and will not go into discussion.)

Comment: Re:Open source many eyes is pure BULLSHIT PR (Score 2) 218

by Poingggg (#47187639) Attached to: Microsoft Fixing Windows 8 Flaws, But Leaving Them In Windows 7

First: how long would this have lasted when the source had not been open? Three years? Four? Ten?
Second: The article you mention is from 2008, SIX years old so no longer relevant,
Third: Open Source is not ideal, nor is Closed Source. But WHEN a fault is found in OSS, as a rule it will be fixed. Failures may exist in CSS for long times, and be exploited, without anyone but the exploiter knowing about it. And when such a failure is exposed, you have to wait if and when the maker of the software fixes it.
So, OSS is, as a rule, safer then CSS. Maybe Linux is not THE answer, Windows should not even be asked for.

Comment: Re:Who would have guessed? (Score 1) 217

Where does this come from. Organic farming has never been about that. Organic farms use pesticide and fungicides, how else do you think that crops doing get naturally eaten before harvest otherwise?

A poster before me in this thread has already answered that one. See

Comment: Re:Who would have guessed? (Score 0) 217

Yes, because organic farming is strictly limited to older pesticides, many of which are even more deadly, especially to humans.

I prefer progress in my food.

The point of organic farming is NOT to use any pesticides. What you say here is total nonsense. (I could have mentioned manure produced by male bovines too).

Comment: Relidiots! (Score 0, Flamebait) 126

by Poingggg (#46933385) Attached to: Polio Causes Global Health Emergency

Most of the people who are not vaccinated are relidiots, either Islamic or Christian. Their imaginary friend makes plans and we, humans, are not to interfere with those. If their imaginary friend wants to make you ill, you better get ill instead of using a vaccination!

Here in The Netherlands it's the neanderthalers in the 'bible belt' who get infected because of the insane reasons mentioned above, and in the Middle East it's fundamentalist Muslims who prevent vaccination.

Oh, the blessings of religion!

Comment: Re:Using encryption is the better option (Score 2) 128

by Poingggg (#46128213) Attached to: Where Old Hard Disks (with Digital Secrets) Go To Die

Not to mention it appears they are still using voodoo like having to degauss drives instead of simply wiping them.\

So I wonder how long voodoo from the age of DOS is gonna be taken as fact? An encrypted drive with a single wipe would insure there was zero data to recover and wouldn't be based on 30+ year old info, it would also deal with the real issue, the fact that there is no way to securely wipe an SSD that I know of, because SSDs don't "erase", just mark sectors as available to minimize writes.

Maybe because degaussing takes seconds (i think) and wiping takes hours? Not unimportant for a business I would think. (You are right about the SSD's though).

I bet the human brain is a kludge. -- Marvin Minsky