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Comment: In Switzerland (Score 5, Interesting) 362

by krouic (#46756753) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

Here in Switzerland, canton Vaud, Tax Day was March 15. It is quite easy : you download a Java app from the government Web site. It works on Windows, Mac or Linux. You can open last year's return to prefill the relevant information, then you are guided through the application as to which fields you need to fill. When done, the electronic form is sent back, encrypted, to the government. In many cases, you do not need to join any other justification document, but they may ask you for them later. Usually, you do not need to send your salary statement either because your employer is required to send it directly to the government so they already have it.

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EU To Allow 3G and 4G Connections On Planes 106

Posted by timothy
from the never-never-never-never-hang-up dept.
jfruh writes "In America we're celebrating the fact that we don't have to stow our Kindles during takeoff and landing anymore, but the EU is going a step further and not requiring passengers to switch their phones to "airplane" mode anymore. If you're on an airplane with a Network Control Unit that regulate cellular connections, you can text and make calls over standard 3G and 4G networks. You'll want to watch out for roaming charges, though, especially if you're on a flight crossing national borders."

Comment: Similar system in 2001 (Score 1) 111

by krouic (#45368397) Attached to: UK Town To Get Driverless 'Pods' Mixing With Pedestrians

A similar system was demonstrated in Switzerland 10 years ago, but was considered as not viable and never implemented since.

http://www.google.com/translate?hl=en&ie=UTF8&sl=auto&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.serpentine.ch%2Fp_realisations%2FPilote_Ouchy.html (sorry original site only in french)

+ - Pioneer in surround sound, noise reduction dies at 80

Submitted by krouic
krouic (460022) writes "Ray Dolby, the American inventor who changed the way people listen to sound in their homes, on their phones and in cinemas, died Thursday in San Francisco. A pioneer in the field of sound, Dolby will be remembered as the man who took the hiss out of sound recordings. With a fortune of $2.4 billion at his death, Dolby truly did make silence golden.
"To be an inventor, you have to be willing to live with a sense of uncertainty, to work in the darkness and grope toward an answer, to put up with the anxiety about whether there is an answer," Mr Dolby once said."

Comment: Re:Purposeful (Score 1) 519

by krouic (#43730979) Attached to: iTunes: Still Slowing Down Windows PCs After All These Years

Apple software on Windows has always been terrible, thinking it can take control of the whole PC.

A few years ago, most games I bought for my children would refuse to install if the QuickTime version bundled with the game was not also installed. Games refused to run if they detected that the installed version of QuickTime that was not exactly the one that came bundled with them, even if the installed version was more recent. Actually, QuickTime was just needed to play the game's opening sequence....

QuickTime also grabbed all media file associations for itself without asking the user. You had to painstakingly reassociate each media file type with you prefered player after each QuickTime install (including updates).

To me, this was a good summary of Apple's attitude : if you install our product, you would not want to use any other similar product. After this experience, I did not ever bother to install itunes.

Comment: Re:Happens when you call people "deniers" (Score 1) 735

by krouic (#39929785) Attached to: Heartland Institute Learning To Troll On Billboards

> If you don't believe any of the evidence on AGW, you're either ignorant or a denier. The evidence is overwhelming.

The evidence is that according to some measurement methodology, mean temperatures are higher now than they were decades before, by fractions of degrees.
The other evidence is that, according to some measurement methodology, the relative proportion of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is higher that it was decades before.

Whether the augmentation of greenhouse gases is due to human activity, whether the augmentation of temperature is corellated to that of greenhouse gases, whether this augmentation of temparature will continue and whether it will have negative consequences is NOT evidence, but the results of statistical analysis, physical and computational models.

So while refusing to accept facts can be called denialism, being skeptical about theorical models and extrapolations should not. Labelling AGW critics as shills paid by big oil companies will not help the cause either - this tactics usually comes from conspiration nuts.

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