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Comment Re:we didn't had submarines in ancient Greece (Score 2) 161

The meaning of words evolves. Good grief what an idiotic argument. And do you think all the words in modern Greek are identical in meaning to their Koine, Classical and pre-Classical roots? Oh my goodness, we have to stop the presses, it turns out words have changed in meaning since Proto-Indo-european and we must do something about it!

Comment Not they don't. See inside posting why (Score 1) 56

Since it was already clear that Google committed a grave felony, it was up to Google to prove beyond a doubt that they deleted all data. If Google was not able to do that, they should have been fined a large sum of money for every day they would remain unable to submit proof. It may cost Google millions to prove it, but hey, that's the risk they took and they will have to pay to make things right again.

Google was already proven guilty. It was no longer the legal burden of the ICO to prove anything. It was and is Googles legal burden to prove they have now deleted all data and the ICO failed to have them actually submit irrefutable proof. This makes the ICO lacking and they should make Google submit proof now, even if it's been two years.

Apart from that, the people in the lead at the ICO should be held accountable for this failure and made an example of.

Comment It's more than vegetables (Score 3, Informative) 707

First of all, a lot of modern vegetables are grown as fast as possible, so they contain less fibre and "nutrients" and more water than when we were satisfied with one harvest per year.

Second of all, it's not just about vegetables. We need to get some "rare" vitamins from nuts, meat and such. With the current diet as we have it, meat is grown way faster too, containing arguably less of these rare vitamins than before. We eat a lot less unprocessed food than we used to, especially nuts tend to be roasted and such. A lot of processed food contains arguably less vitamins and nutrients than it used to when we ate more fresh and only slightly cooked food.

Maybe some cultivates are more nutrient than others, but a lot of cultivates are cells with water in them these days. We eat way more processed food than we used to, also diminishing the nutrient value of our food. It may be that we can grow bigger, faster and healthier crops, but once they enter our mouth, they are probably less nutrient than they were on average 50 years ago.

Comment Taxing and regulation (Score 4, Insightful) 153

A lot of these kind of services are successful because people tend to stay under the radar of tax collecting agencies. Once the gubbament starts figuring out how to tax all this, most of these sort of initiatives die because it's no longer economically viable to a lot of the people offering services. The side effect is that often, because people have to make it their official business, they will need to get mandatory permits, licenses, diploma's and insurance as well. These and taxing often kill informal "small businesses" and kill the economy. We need a side economy, or a "liberal enough" legislation to allow initiatives like these to foster. Unfortunately, with the current fear and economic crisis, it's going to be hard to keep that from happening.

Comment mobile phone should be on the list (Score 1) 116

Mobile phone charges should be on the list. Try getting a fair deal without a "sponsored" phone or getting support for a phone you haven't purchased with your plan. This can only be price fixing. Maybe there's no direct proof (yet) of phone companies negotiating about these, but it's sure odd that none of the big companies offer competitive no-sponsored-handset deals.

The same applies to roaming charges. The companies bill each other for those and only the difference actually gets paid. In reality, this means that most cell phone companies charge a lot for roaming charges but they never get to pay those to others than themselves. They are only needed to pay for interlinking to other providers, but the cost of these interlinks is way lower than the cost of the on-the-air part of mobile networks.

Lastly, paying by the second or by the amount of calls/texts you make is bogus. It's a data network and either you pay a flat fee, or you pay for the data you push over it. Charging differently because it's a voice or SMS protocol should be forbidden, it's 2013 now. Net Neutrality should be stretched to non-IP services as well. Especially if mobile providers want to block other services that are competing with their own voice or messaging platform. Any ISP, mobile or not should have responsible people that block these kinds of services spend some time with Bubba.

Comment Willemstad (Score 3, Insightful) 226

Passengers on flights coming from Willemstad into Amsterdam get checked 100%, because of the lax checks at Willemstad and the proportionally high amount of drug trafficking on this route.

Doing random checks on people not selected because they trigger certain alerts that make them suspicious makes it hard for customs/safety to get bribed and increases the chance the bad guys get caught. Once the bad guys figure out how not to stand out or bribe the guards, it's hard to catch them otherwise. This is why the random selector is better than having people do the random part of the selection. You want to check the poor African guy travelling alone to a rich country with a stop of one day in central America, because that's suspicious. But that doesn't mean that the mom and pop with a kid coming back from a 2 week holiday in Mexico can't be smuggling in a few Ks of cocaine as well. Having them press the button will make them think twice about the risk and it will probably even have a preventative effect in itself.

Comment Re:Says it all! (Score 1) 237

The researchers seem pretty open about the results. It's one site, and clearly one site does not a full study represent. Obviously the industry is going to trumpet this as the be-all and end-all, just as they did with some preliminary research, now largely debunked, that fracking didn't lead to or at least exacerbate earthquakes. That's the part I'm still dubious about. It's rather like feeding a five hundred pound guy a near-fatal dose (if he was 200 pounds) of arsenic and then, when he doesn't drop dead after a few days, declaring "Arsenic is safe!"

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