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## Comment Re:Seems to be 4 strikes? (Score 2, Funny)165

On a related note, how does a "three strikes" law really make sense in non baseball cultures? Wouldn't it make more sense to have soccer (football) focused countries have a "two card" law (yellow warning then a red ejection)?

## Comment Re:I thought they were already gone in EU (Score 1)796

Banking in North America is so far behind Europe, it is not even funny. Quite an adaptation when I moved back to Canada.

Europe is not just one country. Here in northern France you could not survive without checks. For me, banking in Europe is 10 years behind that of the US. It is still primarily a cash and check culture here.

## Comment Re:I thought they were already gone in EU (Score 4, Funny)796

And transfers from bank account to another one are difficult or even impossible between two random people.

You should try writing a check - works great.

## Comment Re:Not worth the money? (Score 2, Insightful)253

It's a statistics and probability problem. If a device breaks, what would be the cost to have it repaired without the warranty? and what are the probabilities for the device to break between the end of base warranty and the end of extended warranty?

You don't even need to actually work out the math - it's been done for you (by the people offering the extended warranties).

## Comment Re:Math fail. (Score 1)141

Sorry but your math fails. 1 usd != 1 euro

I'm assuming you don't spend much time in Europe. It is true there is an exchange rate, and one euro can (theoretically) be traded for 1.4 dollars - but that does not hold true for consumer goods. Too much of the time if it costs \$100 in the US, it will cost €100 here (although that usually does include the VAT).

As for the "europeans are idiots" bonus (1 dollar = 1 euro) from the Grandparent - that one had me laugh out loud. It is as if businesses were tired of messing with the exchange rate and just said the hell with it..

## Submission + - Google Phone for Early 2010 (wired.com)

addsalt writes: Apparently the Google branded cell phone is in the hands of Google employees for testing. The phone is to be manufactured by HTC and sold directly from Google (unlocked). Rumors are that this will be a GSM only phone, so no love for Verizon customers.

## Comment Re:If you want privacy then don't use (Score 1)446

Unless of course you walk around handing out cards to every single person you pass that includes your full name, city, country, gender, picture, a list of all clubs/networks, a list of all your friends and their associated full names, cities, countries, genders, pictures, clubs/networks, etc

That is exactly the difference. Most of the details of our lives are not private, but there is some security through obscurity. Once we aggregate all of the non-private details of our lives, the information begins to describe who we are better and better - which is information many people are less comfortable having no access restriction to. Even though each data point is not private does not mean that the data set cannot be.

## Comment Re:This is... (Score 2, Insightful)236

There is a large effort needed to write quality stories...a lot of calling people, driving around interviewing, checking documents etc.pp

Many people, myself included, won't favor paying for what is passing as news because the stuff above doesn't happen. If there are journalists and writers actually doing in-depth analysis, writing thought provoking stories, with relevant and accurate facts, people will pay for it. Right now, I see more of this is being done in magazines, not newspapers.

## Comment Re:Not again (Score 1)575

Faith is belief without proof.

To interject a little. Often in Christian circles, faith is described at expecting things that have not yet happened (Heb 11:1). If we use this terminology, any belief that something will happen in the future would be classified as faith.

But... if you have proof then you don't need faith. Past personal observation, history, science, math, and orbital mechanics all say that the sun will come up tomorrow. Faith is not needed.

But, it may not. You don't have proof until it happens. I can show that it came up this morning. I cannot show that it is coming up tomorrow. What you are stuck with is a prediction from the hypothesis.

## Comment Re:It's a trick question (Score 1)836

phd. certified and approved.

Not all doctors are PhD (usually we think MD when we use the term "doctor"). PhD = Doctor of Philosophy Most certification exams do not require a doctoral degree (CPA, FE, Bar, etc)

## Comment Misleading summary title (Score 5, Insightful)478

A baguette did not shut down the LHC because the LHC wasn't running (doesn't take superman to halt a train that isn't moving). Even the summary states

The LHC was not operational at the time of the incident

and the TFA

This incident won't delay the reactivation of the facility later this month

## Comment Re:StatCounter etc (Score 0)350

most of the world isnt stuck on Internet Explorer

(citation needed)

As long as 65% isn't most. You are correct

## Comment Re:Put the damn thing in neutral! (Score 0)1146

Floor the brake pedal, give it some gas, and again, it'll rev the gas engine but not transmit any power to the wheels?

that's the first time I've ever heard of someone trying to do a burnout in a Prius!

## Comment Re:information smuggling? (Score 1)447

In the Paris metro you now need your ticket to get through the turnstile to get out of the station. Ticket inspectors are now just about non-existent.

## Comment Re:The n900 cometh... (Score 1)580

Outside of the U.S., you don't have a phone bundled with the plan, but the plan itself is cheaper

The general statement of "Outside of the U.S. is just flat out wrong - where exactly are you speaking of? My wife paid â99 for her iPhone with a â40 monthly contract here in France

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