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Comment: Re:I have a fun time with these calls (Score 1) 245

by Teun (#48641209) Attached to: 65,000 Complaints Later, Microsoft Files Suit Against Tech Support Scammers
Same here, given time I'll try to stretch the call and make them ask me silly things on this Linux computer.

But most of the time I run out of patience before them and then go 'may I ask a question?' :
Are your parents proud to have a criminal in the family?

The last Asian became very irritated and started calling me names, mission accomplished :)

Comment: Re:Doesn't seem simple (Score 1) 137

by Teun (#48611141) Attached to: Microsoft Gets Industry Support Against US Search Of Data In Ireland
You are both correct in your analysis.

It's exactly for the prevention and resolution of these sort of conflicts civilised nations negotiate and sign bi-lateral or international treaties like via the UN.

Regrettably the (conservative) right wing of USofA politics has years ago decided to laugh at such treaties and now we have an issue.

The 'Conflict of Law' legal specialists will be the only beneficiaries!

Comment: Re:Slashdot, once again... (Score 2) 289

by Teun (#48485695) Attached to: Gilbert, AZ Censors Biology Books the Old-Fashioned Way

Well it's "News for Nerds, stuff that matters".

Let me elaborate. The US is still, regardless of an individuals feelings towards it as a nation, the most influential nation with respect to sciences, technology and geo politics. People like me from Europe, but also plenty of your fellow country people from other states, are somewhat uneasy towards large areas of the US that are dominated by, to us, strange religious tendencies. At times it can feel like parts of the US aren't all that different to the Taliban in their general attitude, albeit the details differ vastly of course.

Now when things like this redaction of text books occurs, it lights up like a warning light that the, oh let's call them Christian just for the fun of it, might be making inroads again.

And the US's position towards science, technology and teaching of science is of utmost importance for the rest of the world due to the US's massive influence in these fields. No-one can ignore it.

In closing I'd also like to notice that anyone scared by the actual Taliban, that group of not so terribly well funded Reactionaries in a overall not so terribly important part of the world, should realize that they are a trivial non-issue that a fully Talibanized ("Christibanized") US would pose. Fantastically funded, large armed forces, nuclear weapons, a mega-power... if that became in it's total a state dominated by religious fundamentalists like that chick from that school board... that's a thought to shiver in fear of.

No less truth 'cause you chose to post this as an AC.

Comment: Re:Slashdot, once again... (Score 3, Insightful) 289

by Teun (#48485673) Attached to: Gilbert, AZ Censors Biology Books the Old-Fashioned Way
Very well worded, my compliments.

I have no problem with conservative politics but can't stand their unwillingness to accept facts that don't agree with the broken parts of their philosophy.

What is wrong in the AZ debate is that they (the religious extremists) are mixing biology (science) and their personal beliefs.

Comment: Re:BINGO (Score 1) 395

by Teun (#48482051) Attached to: France Wants To Get Rid of Diesel Fuel
The problem in France is not necessarily with manufacturing standards, after all they export to other countries and can be competitive.

The French problem is typically a lack of maintenance, where the northern countries have fairly strict annual safety and emission tests the French are more laissez faire and now it bites them back.

Comment: Re:Stop this stupid First past the Post system (Score 1) 413

by Teun (#48478895) Attached to: Mathematicians Study Effects of Gerrymandering On 2012 Election
So why do you think a senator voted in on PR is worse than the FPTP one?

Interesting, who is going to appoint those senators?

Over here in The Netherlands we have a system whereby the senate is voted in by the provincial 'parliaments' called The States.
This election happens every 4 years, no later than three months after the provincial elections.
The 'value' of a provincial vote depends on how populous the province is.

Comment: Re:PR works well? Where? (Score 3, Informative) 413

by Teun (#48478685) Attached to: Mathematicians Study Effects of Gerrymandering On 2012 Election
Similar happens in The Netherlands, many months with lengthy negotiations to find a majority coalition.

It's typically during these periods we have the most stable system :)

The German tweak is a 5% minimum threshold to get into the parliament, only recognised minorities are exempted.

Logic is a systematic method of coming to the wrong conclusion with confidence.