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Comment: Re:shenanigans (Score 1) 386

by lordholm (#46722469) Attached to: UN Report Reveals Odds of Being Murdered Country By Country

There has been research into differences between US states. Some of them, predominantly the one sharing a border with Canada have murder rates similar to Europe.

This has among other things been attributed to the more prevalent honour-culture in the southern part of the US (which has been experimentally validated).

Comment: Re:I dont get it (Score 1) 551

by lordholm (#46567659) Attached to: Russians Take Ukraine's Last Land Base In Crimea

Do you have the slightest clue about how a parliamentarian system works? Governments are not elected by the people, they are elected by the parliament and they can be sacked by parliament. Apparently, in Ukraine the president can be removed by the parliament (if not, the disposed president should have raised the issue with the supreme / constitutional courts, but this has not happened).

This is not a coup, it is democracy in play.

Comment: Re:I dont get it (Score 1) 551

by lordholm (#46567427) Attached to: Russians Take Ukraine's Last Land Base In Crimea

It does not matter whether there is a majority population of russian-speaking people in Crimea. Russia / USSR gave Crimea to Ukraine, they cannot take it back just like that. A civilized approach would have been to approach the Ukrainian government, asked them for it and offered a pile of money for it (e.g. free gas for 50 years or something like that...) and then had a discussion as civilsed persons. This never happened, and as the Russian logic goes at the moment, we can also argue that:

- St:Petersburg is built on occupied Swedish territory and should be handed back to Sweden.

- Karelia is Finnish (ok Finland is actually Swedish), and should be handed back to Finland.

- Kalingrad should be handed over to Germany, after all it was the center of Prussia, the most german of the german states...

- The Åland islands (who actually had a referendum about joining Sweden, voting 95 % for joining) and is part of Finland should be handed over to Sweden immediately.

- Anschluss was morally justified as the territories that Adolf annexed was "ethnic german".

- Ireland is english-speaking, so England has claim...

- US is English speaking and the Spanish speaking are "oppressing" the English speaking and the UK has moral justification to protect "the English" in the US.

- There are Dutch-speaking people in Belgium, so the NL should invade, they are oppressed by the French-speaking Belgians.

- Three are Flemmish-speaking people in the Netherlands, so Belgium should invade NL to protect the Flemmish/Dutch speaking people from the Frisians.

Where do you draw the line?

The fact is also that Russia signed an agreement leading to the dismantling of the Ukrainian nukes in order for a promise of respecting the integrity of the Ukrainian territory, no one can argue that Russia has not violated this pledge. The fact is that no Russians or Russian-speaking people where oppressed by the government in Ukraine.

There is NO casus belli whatsoever in this case, the Russians are blatantly ignoring international law, their own international commitments (to respect the Ukrainian borders) and are in principle acting like Germany in the 30s.

Comment: Re:Who takes apart their laptop? (Score 1) 234

by lordholm (#45835567) Attached to: Apple's New Mac Pro Gets High Repairability Score

The issue aside (Mac Pro is not a laptop), a modular laptop is very important for many reasons. Especially when it comes to upgrading RAM and replacing disks when you realise that your initial diskspace is not enough. I don't think there are that many other things you need to replace yourself in a laptop though.

Comment: Re:Damn I thought our news sucked (Score 1) 169

by lordholm (#45698237) Attached to: France Broadens Surveillance Powers; Wider Scope Than NSA

European SIGINT is much worse than the US SIGINT in many cases. While they tend to be stronger regulated, the SIGINT in Europe is effectively tapping every fiberoptic cable in the EU. NSA fiberoptic taps are on exit / entry points in the US, european state SIGINT taps the fiberoptic cables on exit / entry points of the country.

Consequently, if I email someone in NY from California, it is likely that the email content will never pass an NSA collection point/tap. If do something similar in Europe, say email from Spain to Sweden, the message is likely to be picked up by Spanish, French, Belgian, Dutch, German, Danish and Swedish intelligence.

Comment: Re:Move to the US, or maybe Sweden. (Score 1) 201

by lordholm (#45198579) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Legal Advice Or Loopholes Needed For Manned Space Program

The site in French Guyana was picked because it is close to the equator and you get an extra boost from the Earth's rotation there. Picking that site did not have anything to do with population density, though it would probably play a role if it was a problem.

Better to look at a site like ESRANGE in northern Sweden, this site was explicitly picked by the ESA because it was low on people.

Comment: Re:No need for cameras. (Score 1) 732

by lordholm (#44739745) Attached to: EU Proposes To Fit Cars With Speed Limiters

> "All in all, it's a really stupid idea. Which is what you'd expect from the EU."

Not really, this is a stupid idea made up by the Telegraph and The Mail with no basis in reality, which is what you'd expect from the Telegraph and The Mail.

If it sounds to preposterous to be true, it usually is...

Comment: Re:Three reasons why this won't work (Score 1) 732

by lordholm (#44732795) Attached to: EU Proposes To Fit Cars With Speed Limiters

Such systems are fitted already in many cars. As the Telegraph does not actually have any primary sources in this case, I would take the whole thing with a grain of salt. My guess would be that the Commission will be recommending that cars will be equipped with these systems, not that they are required to always be on.

The confusion of a staff member is measured by the length of his memos. -- New York Times, Jan. 20, 1981

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