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Comment: Re:Thunderbird is relevant? (Score 1) 296

by Schmorgluck (#49001717) Attached to: Firefox Succeeded In Its Goal -- But What's Next?

Ditto. I use ThunderBird (well, IceDove these days), and I kinda love it, but I'm well aware that e-mail clients have been relegated to oddities. And I do have my complaints about ThunderBird, by the way. I'm tempted to browse the whole of its source in order to track down the line of code that makes it open any message at random when you open a directory, then file a patch to eliminate it.

E-mail clients could be so much more than they ever were, though. And without breaking any protocol. But e-mail itself has lost a lot (not all) of its relevance because of spam, despite there existing protocols specifically aimed at killing the latter. Inconvenient for base users, yeah, but that's where clients could have provided facilitating tools. That's why fenced environments gained traction, again.

Comment: Re:Taxing is not going to fix the problem (Score 1) 470

by Schmorgluck (#45538129) Attached to: EU Plastic Bag Debate Highlights a Wider Global Problem

A much better and more practical idea would be a modest surcharge (5 cents/bag or whatever) which you then get back when you turn them in for recycling (which would be required in every store, not just at recycling centers).

Leclerc stores, in France, have been doing exactly that for nearly 20 years now. 0.07€ for a small bag and 0.15€ for a large. They are not super-sturdy but not bad. They also have more expensive ones, including thermal bags, also refundable.

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