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Comment: Re:Touristy places will be in for a surprise.. (Score 5, Interesting) 148

Tourists either switch off their phones, or put them in flight mode, because of the exorbitant roaming charges they would otherwise make. I doubt they make up a significant portion of the operators' income. Your argument is easily reversed: the operators might experience an increase in revenue, once tourists actually start using their phones abroad.

+ - European Parliament votes for net neutrality and forbids mobile roaming costs

Submitted by TBerben
TBerben (1061176) writes "The European Parliament has voted to accept the telecommunications reform bill. This bill simultaneously forbids mobile providers from charging roaming costs as of December 15, 2015 and guarantees net neutrality. Previous versions of the bill contained a much weaker definition of net neutrality, offering exemptions for "specialized services", but this was superseded in an amendment (link in Dutch) submitted by Dutch MEP Marietje Schaake (liberal fraction). Note that the legislation is not yet definitive: the Council of Ministers still has the deciding vote, but they are expected to follow the EP's vote."

Comment: Re:Tau protein (Score 1) 94

by TBerben (#39004695) Attached to: Skin Cancer Drug Reverses Alzheimer's Symptoms In Mice
Unfortunately, I don't have access to my lecture notes at this moment and I can't access any literature (my university VPN is down for maintenance), but from a course on the molecular defects underlying diseases I remember there was some interaction between amyloid beta and tau. I don't believe the precise nature of this interaction is known or whether amyloid beta defects cause tau tangles or vice versa (or none of the above). So both this article and the one you mentioned may be correct.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 329

by TBerben (#38944511) Attached to: Full-Body Scans Rolled Out At All Australian International Airports
I travelled to China little over half a year ago, departing from Schiphol and I didn't encounter any full body scanners. I didn't even get a pat-down. Maybe having a Dutch passport helps, but I didn't see any of the fellow passengers go through any security screening more rigorous than having their carry-ons X-rayed.

Comment: Re:... are reversed into tomorrows witch hunts (Score 1) 907

by TBerben (#38794281) Attached to: Indonesian Man Faces Five Years For Atheist Facebook Post
Any religion will, at some point, require a follower to stop thinking and accept that something is true just because it has been spoken by a particular person or written on some arbitrary piece of paper. Our ability to ask skeptical questions is what enables us to have and preserve freedom; give up on asking questions and the people who 'have the answers' will grab power (look up Pythagoras and his followers). That is what makes religion in general dangerous in my opinion. I have nothing against specific religious people (some of my friends are deeply religious), provided that they leave me alone.

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