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Comment: Re:Google is just creating an entry... (Score 2) 160

by johanw (#48186925) Attached to: Google Changes 'To Fight Piracy' By Highlighting Legal Sites

Yes, I'm also switching to more privacy-friendly search engines. It can go quickly - remember AltaVista when Google came up?

That new search engine has to be in a free country however. The US gives in too quickly when bribes, I mean campaign money, is offered by media companies.

Comment: Re:News at 11. (Score 1) 282

by johanw (#48129293) Attached to: Four Dutch Uberpop Taxi Drivers Arrested, Fined

The money doesn't expire, it is written on the card. That was done as an insurance against network failures. That's why when the first cards got hacked the saldo could be increased with a RFID writer. The card does expire after several years though.

Creditcards are generally seldom used in The Netherlands because our own banking cards charge much less costs. Don't expect to be able to pay with a credit card in most shops, especially outside the tourist areas. Cash is king.

Comment: Re:Science is not about trust (Score 2) 460

by johanw (#48019563) Attached to: Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

This is of course true for most expensive experiments. I can't afford a LHC, Space telescope, not even a small tokamak to test hot fusion. And the LHC produces so much data I can't even afford enough harddrives to store a copy. And even if I could, I'm not sure I have the knowledge to write a program to parse that data myself (or buy sufficient computer power to have it finished in my lifetime). Noone claimed you must me able to re-verify each and every experiment. And in many cases this is just simply impossible in practice. However, when the successor of the LHC will be built (they are designing some pulsed linear collider now in CERN, got a nice explaination of it when I visited last year) its results should not contradict the LHC results.

In CERN, this was partly solved by keeping the results of the 2 main detectors in LHC separate and just compare the end results. This should prevent matching the results voluntarily or involuntarily.

The bogosity meter just pegged.