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Comment: Re:You're funny, Europe doesn't work that way (Score 1) 273

It depends, in many cafes and pubs in Germany they will not bother as long as you don't block a place in a crowded place without consuming some beverage or food.
In many places you will find free WiFi or payd hotspots from the Telekom or another provider in the vicinity.

Be aware, that there is the rule, that the cheaper a hotel is, the better is the chance to get free internet access.

A good way to connect is to get an O2 mobile account. You can get it with a one Month termination term and at least in all greater cities the access is more than ok (HDSPA+). (Use the phone as WiFi-Router).

 

Comment: All secret services are dull dumb and silly (Score 1) 2

by The Terminator (#41941381) Attached to: How To Tell if Your Hotel Guest Is a Terrorist

I'm a former german "Unteroffizier" from the signal corps, equivalent 1st Sergeant in the US Army. After having finished my service and entered the reserve status, I got a security assessment from the german MAD, something like US Army Intelligence.

Among other more or less silly questions, two oft them stuck out:

"Are you or have you been member of the KPD (Kommunistische Partei Deutschlands)?

      - well this party had been outlawed and didn't exist since when I was the age of 2 (1956)
"Have you been meber of the "Nationalkomitee Freies Deutschland"?
      - well this was an organisation founded by german officers and german communist emigrants in the Soviet Union in 1943. It was dominated by the communist members, but by far not all members were communists, especially not the officers up to the most prominent "Generalfeldmarschall Paulus".
              What ridiculed the question, well this organisation was dissolved before even the "Bundesrepublik Deutschland" had been founded in 1949, remember I was born 1954.

I rightout served the questionnaire to the trashcan and have never got a request later.

BTW: this happened in 1992 AFAIR.

Comment: Re:Oh no (Score 1) 292

by The Terminator (#39764151) Attached to: Beneath Africa, Survey Finds 'Huge' Water Reserves

The argument, to bear a gun because the constitution grants the right to do so is the fallacy. This is no logical reason.
If you had said, that you feel endangered and want to be able to protect yourself or you want to hunt game, that would be reasons.

To have received a right is no reason to execute it.

Comment: What about EU (Score 2) 4

by The Terminator (#37855308) Attached to: Best country to avoid software patents?

You may consider moving to the European Union, the patenting of software as such is prohibited here. It is only allowed as part of a technical application. The famous mention of doing something by means of a general purpose computer is not sufficiant to get a patent, it must be for instance the special GPS Equipment, the program used to drive it cannot be patented but only the entire technology of the gadget as long as it is novel and not obvious.

Comment: Re:It depends... (Score 1) 360

by The Terminator (#37044236) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What OS For a Donated Computer?

I see it the other way around: There are plenty of good programming environments which are perfectly well suited for beginners, name a programming langage and you will find rather a well suited IDE for any one LINUX distribution than for Windows.

QBasic is not a choice, even on Win$.

Just my 2 ct

Comment: A little knowledge in geography would be helpful (Score 1) 2

by The Terminator (#36435360) Attached to: German Nuclear Plant Turned into Amusement Park!

[...] Enter East Germany's Wunderland Kalkar — an incredible adaptive reuse project that transformed a never-used nuclear reactor into an amusement park!
[...]

Kalkar is a little city on the shores of the lower Rhine, some Kilometres away from the Netherlands border. This is definitely not Eastern Germany but only a few Kilometres away from the westernmost point of Germany!

The authors of the original article should pay a little more attention when writing such a crap.

Comment: Re:Marxist bullshit (Score 2) 147

by The Terminator (#35940116) Attached to: NASA Fires Up Jet Fuel That Tastes Like Chicken

Neither chicken nor beef production are 'green' or 'eco friendly'. They both require huge inputs of energy and water to get out a given quantity of calories, compared to plant foods. Human beings are not supposed to eat meat, eggs, or cows' milk.
The fact that the idiots at NASA can't even begin to question 'what everyone else is doing' tells you how intelligent they are - not very.
They are even suggesting that long haul space flights have animals on board 'for meat'. Yeah, like that's a really efficient way of getting calories while in space...

Plainly bullshit, humans are omnivores and meat and eggs and milk are essential for our health, but at the same time vegetables are also.

Oracle

+ - Oracle cans commercial OpenOffice-> 2

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castrox writes "Oracle gives up on development of the commercial branch of OpenOffice. The reason appears to be the drain of mindshare from OpenOffice to the newly created, vendor neutral, LibreOffice fork. Control is to be handed over to the community. I guess we'll see the details to this handover in the coming days or weeks."
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Comment: They may take a look at Arianespace (Score 1) 275

by The Terminator (#34854540) Attached to: NASA Pitches Heavy Lift Vehicle To Congress

Wouldn't NASA and the american taxpayer better off talking to Arianespace and trying tp develop something in cooperation with them? Arianespace has a lot of knowledge in development procedures and technology which I think NASA was forced to scrap for political reasons.

There were a lot of advanced and promising technologies almost ready which NASA and the US industry dumped because your congress did cut the money when the device was almost ready.

These could be utilised in such a joint venture.

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