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Comment: Re:what will be more interesting (Score 1) 617

by SomeoneFromBelgium (#49353141) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear

but the BBC should have stepped in and provided him with a chance to see a therapist and get some help

What makes you think that the BBC or anybody else can tell Jeremy Clarkson what to do?

All jokes aside: people who mess up their life (if all this information is actually correct) and then start on other people's lives must be stopped. Immediately.

Comment: Re:what will be more interesting (Score 1) 617

by SomeoneFromBelgium (#49353105) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear

Well, I don't know about everyboldy else. But in my case this is certainly false.

I love top gear and Jeremy Clarckson is the heart of it. That being said it was clear to me that he was an asshole and that the success of the show had only made it worse.

One should separate fact and fiction. The presenter from the human being: presenter: suberb, definitely has 'it'; human being: is he really??

Comment: Re:Move more, eat less (Score 1) 487

by SomeoneFromBelgium (#49334081) Attached to: Hacking Weight Loss: What I Learned Losing 30 Pounds

This seems a bit extreme to me. I think the execise part is the poster story is actually the most important part.
After all: you live years taking in more calories than you need without growing fat. So clearly your body has a mechanism to regulate how much of the intake is converted to fat. It seems that exercise and a healty lifestyle keep this mechanism healty too.

So, I wouldn't go too extreme on the food part and just make sure you live, eat and sport healthyly.

Just my 2 cents....

Comment: Re:well.. (Score 1) 760

It is not supposed to be a way to generate revenue

I propose that all traffic fine revenue should simply be placed into a pot, and then distributed back each year to everyone with a vehicle insured in the jurisdiction.

I hope you realise that in most european countries (and also Finland afaik) this is exactly what happens. The fines go the the national/federal government and gets thus redistributed. Only not specifically to those with a vehicle insured.
The point is that mostly fines are not a means to generate revenues nor for the police force, nor for the communities.
Of course people tend to be creative. In Belgium e.g. they do not issue parking fines (which go to the federal government) but give you a 'default' parking ticket (3x more expensive than the normal tariff). But since it is a parking ticket and not a fine the money goes to the community.

Comment: Re:People are creative (Score 1) 498

by SomeoneFromBelgium (#49223263) Attached to: Mental Health Experts Seek To Block the Paths To Suicide

On the one hand I keep thinking that if someone is determined to commit suicide, they'll find a way.

That's the point of the article. The majority of suicide attempts are not determined. Rather they are a 'spur of the moment' 'I've had enough' type of knee jerk reaction to things that may or may not be serious. The idea is that when you can stop them at that moment, the person may come to his/her senses and either seek help (serious problem) or go on with his/her life (no serious problem).
There is often no reason why this person could not live on happily.
Mind you: I'm not talking about people that have serious psychological problems and are suicidal. That's another case altogether that is not fixed by a fence on a bridge.

Comment: Re:We've redefined success! (Score 2) 498

by SomeoneFromBelgium (#49223219) Attached to: Mental Health Experts Seek To Block the Paths To Suicide

Since we've made remarkably limited advances in the treatment of patients who think that the world is worth escaping; we've decided to just start blocking the exits. On the plus side, we have some emotionally salient anecdotes, of the sort that will probably cheer you right up unless you are one of those pesky people we can't really treat!

That's exactly the kind of thinking we need to change. What the article says is that there is a 'growing body of knowledge' that people who commit suicide are not fatally lost and are not uncurable. Rather people tend to decide to take their lives unplanned and without considering the options. If you can deter them at that very moment, treatment is often possible of even unnecessary. Often it was just a momentary coming together of small things.

On the other hand there are people who are inherently suicidal. For them there is indeed no easy cure and these measures proposed here will no help them.
But let's at least try and save the others. Who hasn't had an urge to throw himself of a bridge once upon a time?

Comment: Re:I have said it before (Score 1) 384

by SomeoneFromBelgium (#49187771) Attached to: French Nuclear Industry In Turmoil As Manufacturer Buckles

The only long term hope is fusion power, but realistically that's at least a couple of generations away.

No. If we would invest into fusion like we invest in fission or better even oil, fusion can be with us much sooner.
ITER is a step in the good direction, certainly. And even with the current funding (nothing to sneeze at but nothing like a 'manhatten like effort') a DEMO plant is foreseen that would actually produce current in 2040 (25 years from now - so less than one generation).

With addititional funding this could be accelerated, since the major challenges of ITER are engineering (materials, stablility, remote handling...) rather than fundamental science.

Comment: Re:They still don't get it (Score 1) 445

Which is exactly what people don't want.

Speak for yourself.

Still: it's that kind of simplicity that most people are looking for. What is the attraction of a tablet? The functionality of a PC with the simplicity of a Phone.

This works perfectly for most people because most of them only need a browser (shopping, online banking, creating photo albums, ...) and email. Reading office documents and pdf's is kind of mandatory, but editting is not.

Comment: Missing option: all of above (Score 1) 249

by SomeoneFromBelgium (#49025633) Attached to: How good is your audio equipment?

My audio system in the living room is not top notch but definetily better than average.
In my car it's the basic version for this car (the lease budget didn't allow for more) but it's still ok.
Sound on my TV is good but I don't have any surround sound so I would say mid range.
Sound in the 'media room' (which is where the kids play their games) is pretty basic (self preservation!)

Comment: Observation 1: you have the time for homeschooling (Score 1) 700

by SomeoneFromBelgium (#48977833) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Pros and Cons of Homeschooling?

Looking through this thread I'm amazed that no one comments (or not prominently) about the time and effort needed for homeschooling.

For us homeschooling is not an option. We both work full-time and I just could not ask my wife to stop working nor can we afford it financially if I were to.

That being said, our youngest son has Autism and would certainly benefit from homeschooling. He already goes to a special school with smaller classes and extra care, but still we feel that he could progress more academically if we were to school him ourselves.

For us this is a new experience since we have exactly the opposite experience with our eldest son. He is in a normal school (I'm from Belgium, so all schools are state funded but most are privately owned). And he has struggeled enormously academically. We have invested enourmous amounts of time in helping him, only to find out that the only way we could help him was NOT to interfere. Let him go to school and do his own thing.

Conclusion (personal): If homeschooling is an option (doesn't require big sacrifices financially and emotionally) and it works really well (both academically and emotionally) for your kids, then why not? But take into account that while one of your kids may benefit hugely from homeschooling, another may actually suffer.

Simplicity does not precede complexity, but follows it.