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Comment Re:Fast Food Advertising = Negligent Maiming? (Score 1) 625

You may think that spouting populist rhetoric makes you seem clever. Mostly it makes you sound as though you are as simple as the masses it is meant to sway.

And Budweiser is sponsoring the soccer world cup, I don't believe they meant saying that beer is good for playing soccer.

Anyway, I did not meant to sway anybody, I just get a bit pissed when I hear (in Europe) about plans to increase taxes for "bad" food. I can handle it and I do not see why I should pay extra when I indulge myself a McHamburger. I hope I compensated the bad stuff in there by doing multiple sports, not smoking or drinking alcohol.

Should the law really take away all self-responsibility? The next step would be that the government forbids living, because people tend to die from it.

Comment Re:Fast Food Advertising = Negligent Maiming? (Score 1) 625

Sorry but I for one NEED high calorie stuff else my weight would go down too much. It is not bad food as long as you do enough to compensate with physical activity. So in my case Mc&Co are doing me a service.

Then again, you could also blame me for increasing my carbon footprint by using up excessive energy when I sport, walk stairs, walk at a brisk rate, in general doing stuff which uses up the most energy. Ever seen how obese people are wonders at energy conservation? Slow body movement with the least amount of acceleration of their limbs. We should send them to Africa to teach the locals how they can save food with efficient body movement.

Anyway, I am now off to apply for financial support to buy food to compensate for my excessive calorie usage, I am sure it is a disease.

Comment Re:I'm almost cool with this (Score 1) 625

Yes that is okay, to help a disabled person walk again. It is okay that the community pays for his medical treatment because we all profit to have a functional member in our community again.

The difference with the "fatties" is that you send them on a treatment for 3 weeks, they do lose 10 kilogram (20 pounds in old currency) and after they get back from their expensive treatment is takes about 3 weeks for them to add those 10 kilos again. (I always marvel how well they can manage their bodyweight, upwards).

Now take the guy who learned to walk again, what are the chances that he will cripple his own legs again with a big metal bar as soon as the doctors are not looking? I would say practically zero, same as the amount of fatties with a thyroid condition. So I have a problem with fatties who choose this life style and expect at the same time that the surrounding community is supporting him/her with that. Think of medical care, special infrastructure, early disabled because of secondary complications, etc.

Just because food is not classified as a drug it doesn't mean you can't say it isn't an addiction. Should we expect the same protections for crack addicts (who chose that life style) when they apply for a job in a kindergarten?

Comment Pedophiles and terrorists first (Score 5, Interesting) 800

The car would of course make an online crosscheck to the economic value of the potential targets. And check their medical records in case somebody is terminally ill, you yourself included if a wall is an option too.

I, for one, would start car pooling with lots of small children inside. With a big enough critical mass of children I would even qualify for green lights, just for me!

That said, you can calculate how fast the politicians would add "features" (like with ISPs and mandatory website filtering) which would automatically upload a secret white lists and black lists into your car.

I am guessing here:

White list: Nobel prize winners, The Pope, politicians and multinational CEOs.
Black list: The no-fly list from the US.

I wonder if we would be allowed to make a personal priority list for your own car. For example, to take out mimes and lawyers first.

Comment Invading privacy is the crime (Score 4, Insightful) 88

When will common people realize that invading privacy is a crime? Instead there seems to be an acceptance of it being just collateral damage in the war against child porn and terrorists.

Don't come with "if you have nothing to hide you don't need privacy" tantrum because I think privacy is an emotional necessity for the development of a healthy brain. Too bad so much will have been lost before before the general public realizes what has been lost.

Comment The cloud knows when I am at home? (Score 1) 93

What worries me is that the movement sensor in Nest knows when you are at home. It reports this information to the cloud after which Google sells this Big Data to 3rd parties. Now how long will it take that criminal 3rd parties take such a Big Data feed from Google to plan burglaries? Did anybody think of that? Or should we just trust the ethical sense of your Big Data owner of choice?

Comment Re:she's a nutcase (Score 4, Insightful) 710

I wish I could mod the parent up. Really, she was offended because men were men and woman were woman. If they didn't like to be the center of attention they should do their hula hooping exercises at home, with the blinds down, doors closed..... in the basement.

That being said, maybe she had some other more valid issues but it seems that this is a case where she blames the world for her own sensitivities.

Comment Sorry, but we NEED our new techno gadgets in time! (Score 4, Insightful) 196

Why does China get the job done?
- They understand their priorities when the world wants the latest gadgets
- Cheap labor
- Small kiddy fingers == smaller gadgets
- Lost of cheap labor
- Factories run at 24/7 which means a more efficient use of factory resources
- No workers's union which could jeopardize deadlines.

Currently China is a booming economy (partially because they have lots of cheap labor). Maybe The West has become too elitist in A) Gadget demands and B) Worker rights. Our demand is there, China is just for filling our wishes.

Comment Re:Hope they will fix the motion sickness problem (Score 1) 104

This. Your "inner eye" just has to get used to it. I can remember the first time I saw the original Doom, looking over somebody's shoulder, I got motion sickness within a couple of minutes. Now when I want to play an FPS I know I have to get used to it over a week or so, slowly build up the time I can play before I get sick. I guess a system like the Rift wouldn't be any different. It will never be able to simulate all your senses so you just have to get used to it.

Submission + - Oculus Rift raises another $16 million (

Craefter writes: On the E3 it seems that the Oculus Rift caused a mental erection with the investors this year. Some investors (Spark Capital and Matrix Partners) were able to push $16 million in the direction of Oculus VR in the hopes for the product to hype.
This is all very nice, the HD unit looks a bit more slick than the ski goggles with the tablet glued in front of it from the first version but it would have been better if the next gen consoles would commit support for it. We all know how well the wave stick from the PS3 was adapted as an afterthought.
That said, major titles like the 9 year old Half-Life 2 and the 6 year old Team Fortress 2 are getting full support for the Oculus. I hope in the future developers would implement support for a VR headset per-default in their games and not years after the fact. A bit like the EAX standard from Soundblaster. That worked out well too.

Comment Re:Kelly could be quite right (Score 1) 193

I ignored the iPad argument because an iPad is nice to play with in meetings or on the go but I can't imagine it to replace my desktop, ever. In my experience the only people who think an iPad can replace a desktop are managers who use it to read E-mail but for the the rest do not do any productive work, be it iPad or desktop.

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