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Comment Re:He's right (Score 1) 442

Of course the same could be said about throwing trillions at the F-35.

... or all the money spent to save the country from the results of tycoons like him that caused the banking crisis?

Seriously, look at all the scientific advances and inventions from the space race ... advances for space exploration help us down here ...

Comment Didn't they already do that? (Score 1) 223

I thought many printer makers already phased out ink cartridges by making new printers so cheap that replacing the printer was cheaper than replacing a spent (or dried-out) cartridge ... heck, name brand ink for ink jet printers is one of the most expensive things you can buy ... (look at how little you get for your many $/â/...)

Comment Of course ... (Score 2) 136

... the French will strongly protest against their politicians being spied on, and after that, they will pass the bill for spying on the citizens ...

Similar thing just happened in Germany: CDU/CSU/SPD will be passing data retention laws for phone and internet metadata (up to 10 weeks retention period), while they previously reduced the retention of parliament's Internet access meta data to 7 days following child porn accusations against former parliament member Edathy ... Animal Farm references, anybody?

Comment It's about time ... (Score 1) 668

... especially if you look around and find books dedicated to homeopath(et)ically treating illnesses by drawing symbols on the skin ... (my take on that book is, german original)
How can ANYONE who is not rooted in the dark ages even CONSIDER such outrageous claims, be it these extremes, or the "regular" ones made by and for those extremely diluted solutions?
But then, I reckon the ones falling for that crap also believe in an all-knowing power that - albeit knowing what's best and having pre-planned everything - can be swayed into working for you if you just pray enough)

Considering the reach of government in much lesser issues, it's about time all and every governments step in and do their job!

Comment Simple proof ... (Score 1) 162

... just infect Kim with AIDS and Ebola, then cure him ... as for cancer, some additional radioactive contamination might do ...
I guess once they've proved it works, they'll be able to sell it to the whole world, finally taking care of their people's hunger problem ... oh, right, they'll just spend it on their military instead ... after all, for what does Kim need a people?

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 301

As long as you can get a court to agree with you you can ...

The paradox IMO is that rights-holders opposed things like streaming for so long, now all of a sudden they notice that instead of just selling a media once (as with DVDs and CDs), they can sell it to you over and over again, making more money in the long run, with far less production and distribution cost, plus - judging from reports - even lower compensation for the actual artists ... so, for companies like Sony and the likes, it's a win-win situation ...

On a side note: in Germany, place like GEMA already receive fees for every sold CDR, DVD-R, harddisk, computers, flash-cards, etc. therefore such a verdict shouldn't be possible here ...

Comment Wow ... (Score 1) 1067

Please check the appropriate:

[ ] neither have I any idea what math is about, nor do I care about clean programming
[ ] what could go wrong?
[ ] I decided to select "0" as result, because I have no idea how to code the rotated "8" that shows up in them mathy books
[ ] I'm completely and utterly lazy.

Comment Re:More hoops before travelling through USA (Score 2) 200

> If you want to arrive unmolested you might try not taking part in an ongoing criminal conspiracy.

And how exactly do you ensure that you aren't part of some investigation? Being innocent doesn't protect you from being under false suspicion ... given the level of snooping NSA, GCHQ, BND and the likes are doing, falling under some sort of false suspicion could be caused by a mis-dial or an errant email ... or possibly by some government-critical comment you do on some public forum or similar ... just take the reports of people falsely being on the no-fly-list ...

Comment Home schooling as the solution? Really? (Score 1) 616

I'm not sure if forcing those nut jobs that defy every decent scientific finding to home-school their children ...
Why is it children are supposed to be protected are allowed to remain with parents that put their children's life and health in danger? And that based on fear of sicknesses that are genetic and not caused by vaccination?

Comment Why excempt anyone? (Score 1) 218

Why the special handling of talk stations or - especially - religious stations? Given the tremendous wealth of churches, which themselves are already exempt from many taxes, there is no real reason for them not to pay the artists ...
On a more general terms, all religions ought to be paying for their profits ... (of course allowing them to deduct expenses for operations as well as any cost that benefit needy etc. ...)

Comment Overreach of Surveillance reduces chances ... (Score 2) 110

Given the fact that France has had one of the most extensive data retension programs since 2006 and were still unable to prevent the terrorist attack should give a clue to politicians and police ...
I believe the contrary is true: By relying on being able to prevent attacks through data retention (which by definition will create floods of data hard or impossible to interpret) and expecting to catch anybody before the fact, police have obviously reduced their work on surveillance of suspects as well as regular police work ... All three terrorists (much like the 9/11 ones) were on watch lists and known, yet they were able to buy guns and plan this whole ordeal. Good job, politicians! Fund the police instead of keeping tabs on all of your country's inhabitants and cutting in to their private lifes ...
Even if you had 100% surveillance of ALL the people, including the contents of ALL the communication, any person just slightly intelligent and versed in computers will be able to hide their communication from the state. Also, who ever called for checking every single letter mailed through the postal service? Or listening in to every person-to-person talk? Just because technology makes listening in on people possibly doesn't mean it should be done, or would be helpful to prevent crimes ...

Anything cut to length will be too short.