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Comment They have something called "airplanes" now (Score 1) 398

It is amazing, because back in the early 20th century everybody thought that was a load of bull. Similar like you do today - people were ridiculing the concept of flying machines then. [rant]It takes a visionary to start from the other direction: possibility first, then obstacle. You start by looking at the obstacle - what would you possibly want to do at a site like slashdot where people generally want to read about possibilities ?[/rant]

Comment Small ? (Score 1) 242

Where do you think Shell comes from ? Major stockholder: the Dutch government.
Our government basically has a lot invested in doing nothing, so this was a good decision. The liberal conservatives immediately shrugged and said they wouldn't change a thing, but a precedent has been set. Maybe some good will come from this after all.

Comment They were already exploring edges of the law... (Score 1) 38

In a recent corruption case (to which you can disagree as to the seriousness, I think it is very serious but definitely not as serious as terrorism), the prosecutor engaged with the FBI and ultimately Apple (source) to get his iPad decrypted. Although the case requires a good research into the suspect, it is questionable whether there was any need to go to these great lenghts.
As a background, the Dutch (officials) have a standing as being the nation with some of the most telephone taps in the world - without good justifying. The judge understood this, and clearly prevents the prosecutor office from abusing this particular power in the future, although the parliament still has to decide on a new law-proposal that is being made, giving back these far reaching options (albeit with a bit of smoke-and-dagger 'judicial oversight').

Comment Does the option exist after 18 ? (Score 1) 734

If yes: give them the choice. Seeing the number of arguments, it seems the best thing to do: even if the SC refuses it, there are options to become a citizen later using lottery, H1B or simply employment by one of the multitude of global corporations (there are bound to be more later). Borders will become less important over time.
Ultimately, Europe is probably the best bet in this case. The US sounds nice, and is a nice country to travel around, but living there is harsh and not very welcoming (little assistance if you go unemployed e.g.). Go for the safest choice for now : let them make the choice later.

Comment Thanks a bunch, Microsoft (Score 2, Insightful) 495

[grudge mode]I will be sure to claim damages for this, as I am using no-ip for my own server which is perfectly valid and runs no Microsoft software whatsoever (nor will it ever). What judge is so stupid as to do this ???[/grudge mode].
Did not hear anything from No-ip though ; when I logged in yesterday to find out what was wrong, and why my domain was not resolving, there was no information whatsoever.

Comment In socialist Europe... (Score 1) 85

Net Neutrality .... (paste catchy phrase here).

But seriously, whatever argument they come up with, I am sure it has been discussed in Europe where the same lobbyists were active, but *failed* to kill real net-neutrality. I suggest the politicians and those interested read the reports on that debate.
Good luck US, in the mean-time: here's to European Internet leadership ! :)

Comment Switching of roaming does not always help (Score 2) 321

I regularly cross borders in Europe by car between two countries with roaming switched off on my Samsung Note 3. Without roaming enabled, I *always* had a $0.10 cent charge for roaming, even though I had it *disabled*. Even with roaming disabled, some phones - like Samsung - still send data to the wrong cell. Bug, most likely, but a costly one if you make the trip frequently or if you live on the border. Only thing that helped for me was installing a tool that would switch off data when I turn off the display - since then no more charges. Otoh I do now have to enable data each time I want to look up something, but I accept that minor inconvenience.

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