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Comment Re:Size Matters (Score 2) 70

It's got nothing to do with the size of a country.
It does have everything to do with the population density and the populated parts (especially the coasts) of the US are no different to certain EU countries.
The US does have vast areas that are sparsely populated were coverage is going to be expensive, such areas are less prevalent in western Europe.
I am not sure how they calculated but am fairly sure that availability is going to add up more in the denser populated areas.

Comment 48 hrs but (Score 0) 241

Yes 48 hrs per week for day time work, you do a single hour of night time work it becomes a 40 hrs working week for that month.
The way it's calculated differs per country but it could be something like a maximum of 1040 hrs per 6 months.,

Probably not a surprise but the UK opted out of this and other EU workers protection regulations.

Comment Re:Goin' to the farm (Score 3, Interesting) 112

Having grown up on a farm I can vouch that farm air isn't dirty but at times it might appear to be rich to those not used to nature.
Statistically there is an interesting correlation between the incidence of asthma and those not having been exposed to nature, this study re-enforced this relation.
Similar relations exist between kids playing in the dirt (sand/soil) and those with less allergies.

It's about time to further investigate such.

Comment There are far larger DC projects (Score 1) 466

Many EU cities now specify LED street lights and this does usually include whole streets being converted to DC.
I've heard of some 40% efficiency gains by avoiding the usual transformers per lamppost.
On a private scale you could start by buying electronics that run on a specific DC voltage and making a home circuit run off a solar charged battery.
This last one is a specific requirement to have an efficient system, although a large single rectifier is better than many small ones you're still better off without any rectifiers.

Comment Re:BBC / other state broadcasters? (Score 5, Insightful) 132

Well, mate, if you'd then bother to learn someone else's language for a change, you could enjoy the Dutch NPO, the French France Televisions SA, the German ARD, Sveriges Television and many other public broadcasters.

Now I would not mind at all if you watched programmes on the Dutch NPO which I payed for with my NL TV License fees. It's just that you can't. Because you're uni-lingual. The fact that the average German, French, Dutchman and Scandinavian can watch your shows because we hablo Ingles and possibly few other languages doesn't change that fact.

So instead of bickering about me enjoying the odd re-run of Allo Allo and nature shows narrated by Sir Attenborough, I suggest you go back to school.

Now you might say that I respond harshly to your comments, but please remember that the people in the smaller countries and smaller language zones bend over backwards to accommodate the English speaking world. One fringe benefit of me watching your BBC would be that you can actually get a fish and chips in Amsterdam, and we'll happily converse with you about the weather in Wales while we serve it to you from the English menu you just read.

So is it worth your TV license fee to not have to feel like a hapless idiot when you travel the mainland?

Comment Silly but (Score 0) 480

At least partially silly but I do understand some of the banned items like baseball caps (or any other head wear like hoodies) as they are totally impolite to be worn indoors.
What I miss is a ban on dark glasses while speaking with someone.
Anyway, what I mention as unacceptable are US-only problems :)
Which brings up the next issue, dress style is depending on the culture you are living in and may vary greatly around the globe.

Retirement means that when someone says "Have a nice day", you actually have a shot at it.