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Comment: Re:This will be a historic mission. (Score 1) 188

by Teun (#49748737) Attached to: Arab Mars Probe Planned For 2020
Sorry for the late reply but it can't be denied that the first prophet of Islam was an Arab and it became the next iteration of the existing Middle Eastern Abrahamic religions.
I dare postulate that today's Islam is mainly different from it's predecessors due to great simplification and the inclusion of certain ancient beliefs from the Arabic peninsula.
After all, the holy sites of Mecca had seen worship for much longer than Christianity existed.
I see nothing wrong in my observation Islam is still heavily dominated by Arabic culture or do you feel that culture is somewhat inferior?

To cut it short, I have nothing against Islam as the religion of the Koran (Gods word) but I have serious reservations with the almost automatic inclusion of the Hadith, Sira, Salaphistic and other local customs like female circumcision or the hiding of women from public life.

Comment: You keep using that word (Score 1) 143

You keep using that word abuse of the drug.
Somewhat interesting is the joint effort between a British and Dutch university team.
As it is legal in their country the Dutch had to do the sniffing and the Brits did the detection of the resulting metabolites?

It is good science, for sure.
For forensic evidence it is really good as this cannot come from just touching some US Dollar notes, you got to at least eat and digest them.
But this will only be interesting once it can detect if a person is under the influence of the drug, merely punishing on past use has only one winner, the privatised penal institutions.

Comment: Re:heh (Score 1) 248

Oh? Then as an actual economist you can maybe spend a few sentences explaining why the OP is 100% wrong.
See, I can understand nothing is black or white but the suggestion that a higher income for many people benefits the local economy is not strange at all, living examples are the Scandinavian countries.

Comment: Re:This will be a historic mission. (Score 1) 188

by Teun (#49712157) Attached to: Arab Mars Probe Planned For 2020

Iran is not an Arab country

So why did you bring it up?

I can see a reason, 'Arab' is generally equated with 'Muslim' and Iran is (how silly can it get) by law a Muslim country.

To come back On Topic, this is going to be a Muslim Mars mission which makes me wonder how they plan to overcome the associated extra fuel use and thus extra weight,
I mean, this thing needs to turn it's head to Mecca five times a day!

Comment: Re:Let's hope that Plasma 4 is kept as an alternat (Score 3, Informative) 59

by Teun (#49712031) Attached to: KDE Plasma 5 Becomes the Default Desktop of OpenSUSE Tumbleweed
Indeed there are still many problems with Plasma 5.3.
I am typing from it right now, it works for most tasks, but so many configurations that KDE is known for and are dear to my use are either missing (QuickLaunch) or seriously buggy (various hot keys).
The problems with core applications like Dolphin and Gwenview are for an official release inexcusable.
The problems with previously working nVidia versions are another regression I was not waiting for, on Plasma4 I could run the latest, now I needed to revert to version 304.

Yes we need to get on with QT5, it offers necessary tools to prepare for future developments.
I understand development is faster and easier when you have more testers but to turn all users in to involuntary testers damages the name and fame of the product.
But I don't recognise what some posters here claim, KDE (or Kubuntu) developers don't listen to or follow up on bug reports, my experience is quite different.

Comment: Re:Hmm (Score 1) 167

by Teun (#49659137) Attached to: Texas Regulators Crack Down on App-Driven Hauling Service
The question you ask implies you don't live in a nice or fair world.
I am pretty happy where I live, most of the time our legal system works for the innocent.
If there are too many failures of the legal system we vote in a different legislature.

No we don't believe a first past the post and/or two party system is democratic, our present parliament represents some 11 parties plus 5 independents and they range from the left and right wingnuts to very serious people.

Comment: Re:Of course, there's this (Score 1) 176

There is a difference between working for others and working together.
I believe I know where your arguments are coming from but very few humans can survive on their own.
By design we are achieving best when working and living in concert with others and many cultures have shown that involves more than a simple 10-commandments style government.

What you now mention about this mini-government that builds infrastructure and enforces contracts is pretty much what we have and it is still ballooning because some are always looking for loopholes that then need to be closed again.

We probably agree there are quite a few instances where less government would have it's benefits but then there are as many that using the same 10 commandments see our advantage as their disadvantage.
If you want to increase control of your life you, as a minimum, have to become active in politics because that's where the limits of government are set.

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