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Comment Re: Whence the trend? (Score 1) 688 688

Actually there are a lot of (metaforical) burgers to flip. With the increase of free time and disposable income tourism has boomed since the 60s and whole nations are dependent on service sectors.

There have not been so many restaurants, bars etc in history as from the second half of the 20th century onwards.

If everything is automated but nobody there with an income to buy good or services those automated facilities will be pointless and ultimately self defeating unless implemented in a society that accommodates this development. Think Mincome or such things.

Comment Re:Why (Score 1) 395 395

This is how it works in the Netherlands. Taxing and tax breaks make many people choose environmentally friendly cars like hybrids and electric. In this country is Tesla costs about 18.000 euro's if you factor in the tax breaks over a period of 3 years. This is also the reason the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is the most sold SUV.

Comment Rtfa again: it's about rejecting not filtering! (Score 1) 265 265

Unbelievably only one poster appears to have read the article correctly: the poster is asking why does google bother letting all the spam through to spam folder rather than simply rejecting it.

It's a very valid point. Spam folders can be so crowded you can't spot a a misfiled email easily anymore.

Comment Re:Good line (Score 5, Insightful) 617 617

On top of that, the music of the 70's has been filtered through 40 years and many songs were thankfully lost along the way. In forty years we'll know for sure what was notable today - right now i may have missed it in a cacophony of many sounds that do not interest me.

Comment Re:e-Ink (Score 1) 333 333

I actually got off dead tree books by starting reading on an iPad and quickly upgraded to a dedicated ereader with E-ink as it was lighter to hold, easier to read and less distracting than a fully networked device.

Since then I am not whacked on the head anymore by an annoyed spouse every time a mail comes in whilst reading in bed. I know there is an offline mode but it is easily forgotten.

Comment Re:Great (Score 1) 291 291

Same thing in Italy, I do not believe sim-locking is allowed, and for sure all phones I bought in recent years were unlocked, including my iPhones. I know, as I like to change SIM when travelling.

My contract however, is another story, and contains a clause for a hefty penalty for changing provider before 36 months, so yes my phone is unlocked but I am paying around 3600 euro for it (including practically unlimited calling minutes also abroad). So my next iPhone, by my own calculation, will be the iPhone 5s.

"And do you think (fop that I am) that I could be the Scarlet Pumpernickel?" -- Looney Tunes, The Scarlet Pumpernickel (1950, Chuck Jones)

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