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Comment Re:Thanks for pointing out the "briefly" part. (Score 1) 461

If anything, the vast amount of empty space makes large-scale facilities of any kind easier.

Exactly. Germany's one of the countries with the highest population density. There's simply no room for wind turbines or big solar panel fields or big farms for bio-fuel crop. And yet we manage to cramp them in somewhere.

Don't complain - invent! That once has made the U.S.A. one of the most successful countries of the world.

Comment Re:Protecting the Weak from the Strong (Score 1) 224

"Ownership" is quite a broad term and not a good measurement for this discussion. For example, according to the WaffG (gun's law), when inheriting a gun you need to prove that you've got a need for a (working) gun. If you can't prove that, but still want to own the gun, a blocking device needs to be mounted to the gun and all rounds handed over.

Blank guns - if you want to carry them around - also need to be registered and therefore are part of those numbers.

"Owning guns" and "owning guns capable to kill" is quite an important difference. To me, at least.

Comment Re:Where's Gibson? (Score 1) 293

Most people already know that In his 1984 book "Neuromancer" he basically predicted the future importance and uses of the internet and the existence of portable devices to access it (It was he that coined the term Cyberspace). he also emphasised virtual reality, which back then was somewhat of a niche fad but even now is about to become more mainstream with the imminent release of Occulus Rift, off the back of which there is already a series of similar devices being leaked/advertised.

Agreed. But for me the most visionary prediction in the trilogy is that corporations have basically taken over the reign of the world. Which nowadays is terribly spot on, unfortunately.

Comment Re: The cypher (Score 1) 89

My guess would be: 1) as you stated: not many cryptographers tackled the riddle and 2) a simple substitution is easy to spot, if you know the language. Not sure how many people these days "speak" runes and know their pronounciation (which seems part of the substitution).

Comment Hypocrites - but capable to rethink (Score 1) 162

The EU is also responsible for the Data Retention Directive.

Indeed. Which is - I admit - a shame. But we're also capable of learning from our errors, it seems:

The European Union's data retention directive is incompatible with the bloc's charter of fundamental rights, Advocate General Pedro Cruz VillalÃn said in an opinion Thursday. [...] The opinion isn't binding on the European Court of Justice, Europe's highest court, but in the majority of cases, advocate general opinions are followed.


I wish the same could be said about Obama's administration and its stance towards the NSA spying.

Never appeal to a man's "better nature." He may not have one. Invoking his self-interest gives you more leverage. -- Lazarus Long