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Comment No, it's a political commentary (Score 1) 2

As far as I know, the song was written exactly as a political commentary. It was quite popular when I was young. I'm from The Netherlands, and it was a German band that wrote it originally in German, 99 Luftballons:
Here's the original: Youtube
She later covered herself with a weird overly poppy version.

Comment Stay out of the sun, or wear clothing (Score 2) 112


Mark Saltzman, who falls into the last category, was so concerned by the time his third child was born that he wanted to engineer a better sunblock.

Little children don't belong in the sun, in my opinion. I dress my two year old such that only her face, hands and feet are exposed by clothing. Every hour or so, I apply sunscreen. During summer, we'll be outside of course but if possible in some sort of shaded place. I've seen small children burned red by the sun, and I'm amazed at the carelessness. Better your child is hot than burned, right?

That was my pet peeve. Besides that, I applaud this research.

Comment Re:No, if you don't suck at your job (Score 1) 100

I have to say, it sounds extremely appealing to me. It's just that I haven't succeeded with these sites so far. They'd say stuff like: "amazing opportunity, huge budget", and the budget would actually be 5 or 10 K. I'm looking for the 30-60 K range, at the very least.

And yes, it's not all about the money. Especially being able to pick up my daughter somewhat earlier from daycare would be a huge boon. In any case, you're saying that WeWorkRemotely and Remotive are the places to find good clients?

Comment Re:Low rates (Score 1) 100

I totally agree, and the cost of living in a city offsets the decent rate I mentioned.

My best time in the last couple of years was when I took a $300/month internship at a small startup on Bali, with housing included. Office hours between 11 AM and 4 PM, swimming pool at the back of the office, and the office basically consisted of two large tables under a giant gazebo, with two fibers coming in.

I actually had to cry when I got on the plane back to Europe, but my SO was pregnant and did not (still does not) want to move.

Comment Low rates (Score 3, Informative) 100

I'm a freelance iOS developer and from what I've seen, the rates for remote work are always significantly lower than when I report for duty at the client's office. Right now I'm billing a minimum of 70 euros per hour. I won't get that remotely.

This will be no different. The kind of client that hires remote workers, doesn't want to pay a good rate.

Submission When Should Cops Be Allowed to Take Control of Self-Driving Cars? writes: A police officer is directing traffic in the intersection when he sees a self-driving car barreling toward him and the occupant looking down at his smartphone. The officer gestures for the car to stop, and the self-driving vehicle rolls to a halt behind the crosswalk. This seems like a pretty plausible interaction. Human drivers are required to pull over when a police officer gestures for them to do so. It’s reasonable to expect that self-driving cars would do the same. But Will Oremus writes that while it's clear that police officers should have some power over the movements of self-driving cars, what’s less clear is where to draw the line. Should an officer be able to do the same if he suspects the passenger of a crime? And what if the passenger doesn’t want the car to stop—can she override the command, or does the police officer have ultimate control?

According to a RAND Corp. report on the future of technology and law enforcement “the dark side to all of the emerging access and interconnectivity is the risk to the public’s civil rights, privacy rights, and security.” It added, “One can readily imagine abuses that might occur if, for example, capabilities to control automated vehicles and the disclosure of detailed personal information about their occupants were not tightly controlled and secured.”

Comment Re:commentsubjectsaredumb (Score 1) 588

My personal favorite:

Different tests are used to assess the regulatory ability of the body such as Heart Rate Variability, line cell analysis. The dental impacts on health are also assessed. Treatments include diet/nutrition, intestinal balancing, sauna, IV nutrients, complex homeopathy as well as herbs, vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. Healing requires a commitment to change. An individual needs to be willing to participate in their healing. The goal is to remove toxins or blockages and allow the body to heal itself.

How she's not been reported to her state's medical board is beyond me.

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