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Comment: Union membership is a good idea (Score 2) 299

Some people have an irrational and emotional dislike of trade unions and are not afraid to show it, with words such as fools, idiots, morons, and so on. Crispin Odey the president of a 12-billion-dollar hedge fund would like to disagree with you: “... there is huge value in being in a union at the moment.”

Comment: Reasonable adjustments (Score 1) 420

by badzilla (#48704061) Attached to: The Open Office Is Destroying the Workplace
Supposing you have a disability such as fear of open/closed spaces, or closeness to or isolation from your coworkers negatively affects you in some way. In UK and probably most places there is legislation to oblige the employer to make "reasonable adjustments" for that disability in the physical layout of the workplace.

Comment: Re:Its prison (Score -1) 356

by badzilla (#48349731) Attached to: Pirate Bay Co-Founder Peter Sunde Is a Free Man Again
Prison is theoretically at least not meant to be a "punishment" and if you say that to anyone who works in the "corrections" system they will get angry with you. Prison is not supposed to be about making people unhappy in return for them having done "bad things" it is supposed to be about reforming them and turning them back into good citizens.

Comment: I've seen it (Score 1) 266

Dowsing, astrology, homeopathy, whenever anything like this comes up I always find it scary to see the angry response that comes from "science" people. It's as if they feel threatened somehow like their gods had been insulted. If they truly thought the subject was worthless they would just ignore it and not even bother to get into the debate.

When I worked in an IT company in Johannesburg one of the kernel developers there used to get extra money finding water for farmers. Not sticks or wands, what he did was get a brick and stand it upright on the palm of his hand. He would walk around and interpret the water course according to the brick's movements. I have no idea how or why it worked but he was getting paid regularly.

Comment: Hard to see how it will work (Score 1) 502

by badzilla (#47581313) Attached to: Judge: US Search Warrants Apply To Overseas Computers
A modern corporate giant is not one big company across the planet just because their offices all have the same logo outside. Local offices are separate legal entities in each country.

Suppose MegaMultinational, Inc. has its headquarters in New York and it is legally (in NY) ordered to do something by the court. If it commands its German subsidiary MegaMultinational GmbH to "just hand stuff over" this will likely be in contravention of local German law. Why would the local CEO risk jail by complying?

Comment: Re:Obesity is the Epidemic Of Our Times (Score 1) 625

by badzilla (#47228319) Attached to: EU's Top Court May Define Obesity As a Disability
Picking up the smell of tobacco smoke is amazingly easy even if you are not a smoker. Walk through the cloud of smokers hanging around outside any office building and by the time you get to your cubicle you too will smell of smoke.

Recently I was astounded when I got to my hotel room and discovered I had been assigned a smoking room - turns out this is still legal in Germany. Getting moved to a non-smoking room took an hour. My clothes and my bags still smelled of smoke the next morning after two showers.

Comment: Re:Not the way we have carbs now (Score 1) 329

by badzilla (#46967433) Attached to: Gaining On the US: Most Europeans To Be Overweight By 2030
Not completely true - you have to consider the availability of those calories. A good example is almonds, there is about 9 calories in the average Costco roasted salted almond, but your body only manages to absorb a lesser number than 9 with the remainder being excreted. Another example is a litre bottle of olive oil; imagine the huge calorific value but if you drank the whole bottle at one go you would not absorb all those calories.

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