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Comment Mother nature doesn't care (Score 1) 296

Well, mother nature will find a way to deal with this. Species will evolve, which thrive on plastic.

Isn't it an excellent defense for the group to be poisonous to most predators? In turn some specialized predators will evolve which have ways to deal with the 'poison'.

However, to us it could pose a huge problem as it could turn out that plastics could eventually start to rot faster as they do now.

All that being said, it's best to clean this up /now/ before mother nature starts taking care of this, because that could endanger our food supply in the long run.

Comment heh... UPC... lol (Score 1) 343

UPC is already known as one of the worst providers in the Netherlands. Various consumer rights TV shows have already spent hours chewing on UPC (by the way: UPC also delivers cable television).

They are asking for trouble, as consumers can simply refuse to pay if they don't get the service they are paying for.

Your network can't cope? upgrade it so it can cope. And finally: make sure the users of your network are secure, zombies consume bandwidth too, you know.

Comment good move (Score 1) 640

...but not there completely.

They still need to legalize production and trade of soft-drugs (marijuana for example), this will cause the price to collapse and will allow the government to check the quality of the products.

Legalizing soft-drugs completely also allows the government to track the production and trade, which could expose the gangs even further.

However, allowing people to posses small amounts of drugs makes it easier for those with a drug issue to look for help.

Comment Why don't they learn? (Score 1) 377

The bigest issue with piracy is that games are simply too expensive.

If the game I encounter in the store costs me 5 euros, I wouldn't have bothered that much with buying it. Instead, games start out at about 50 euros or more.

At 5 euros I don't care that much if the game isn't perfect or doesn't last that long, but with 50 euros or more, I do care. As a result I download games and judge them if they are worth the money. And, no, demos usually don't last long enough to determine whether I want to buy a game or not.

Sadly, most of the games are of such low quality these days, that almost none are worth my money. So, if Ubisoft wants me to buy their games, they have to make their games fun first.

Sadly, it's graphics, sound and physics that are more important these days, instead of fun gameplay.

Comment Monsters (Score 1) 793

If I recollect correctly, this girl was depressed and suffered from some incurable disease. Add this to her (already big) list of problems, and she's ready to commit suicide.

This isn't justice anymore, this is extortion. The lawyers of the RIAA know damn well of this girl's state, and they just press on.

What kind monsters are they? When will the state step in and start kicking the RIAA around over this? Must this girl be turned into a martyr to convince the justice department to prosecute the RIAA?

Comment hhhmmmmm... (Score 1) 263

Am I paranoid or is this coincidence?

NATO troops to the east and west of Iran, a revolt going on inside Iran... what a coincidence.

The U.S. might be behind this (telling Israel to use its excellent intelligence service, to apply some pressure here and there), or it's a gift from the heavens for Washington.

Why would it be a gift from the heavens for the U.S.? Simple, a while ago Iran set up an alternative oil-market to the U.S. one which was based on the Euro. Now, the only thing which needs to happen is that an U.S. friendly government "should" be installed and that problem is solved... but wait.

China and Veneuela won't like the U.S. messing with Iran and I'm not sure about the EU, but they're watching this very closely. This could go in any direction, but it will most likely benefit China.

If the U.S. and/or Israeli intelligence services appear to be involved and this net-war is stopped by the Iranian government, there's a good chance nothing will come out of this.

On the other hand; if the net-war succeeds and the Iranian government is toppled while information gets out that the CIA or Mossad are behind this... China and Venezuela might just get pissed. The latter doesn't worry me but the first does.

So, who stands to proffit from this? For the U.S. or Israel the price is a bit too high. China is too obvious and I doubt Venezuela can afford to stage this.

So, who's REALLY behind this? The stakes run too high to be just the people.

Comment Hello monopoly abuse (Score 1) 228

Apparently Microsoft isn't learning from it's experience with the EU and US antitrust and competition regulatory organs.

Adding silverlight support to visual studio, instead of making a separate IDE for that or a plug-in which is sold independent of visual studio, smells like abuse of monopoly position to me.

In order to make silverlight applications, you now need visual studio. In order to run visual studio, you need windows. You can bet on it that some future version of silverlight will become buggy on linux and will be rock solid on windows... or it simply won't be available on linux, once enough market penetration has been reached.

Lets hope Adobe and Sun start complaining about this anti-competitive behavior of Microsoft.

Comment Give them the BFOH for a while. (Score 1) 902

Just for a while (until they get the hint). Announce that period in advance (enough time so everybody has the ability to read the email... 2 days or so).

The email should contain clear information. This can be achieved by using short sentences. Allow for no deviation from the IT-policy. You are the one interpreting the IT-policy. Give examples of possible punishments of IT-policy violations.

Now, here's the catch. The persons who stick to IT-policy and show signs of willingness to help you (for example: instead of announcing the need for something 2 weeks in advance (mandated by IT-policy), announcing it 4 weeks in advance giving you more space to do your work) get a less and less annoying you to deal with.

The others will notice this and will start to stick to IT-policy too. The jerks will stick to exactly the IT-policy while the nice persons will cheerfully help you along. Keep giving the jerks the BFOH, while the nice guys will get a more lenient you.

In short: turn a bit hypocrite. If people confront you about it (the jerks will probably do this), tell them there's a need for such action, otherwise it wouldn't have happened.

Comment Mutants? (Score 1) 185

With the current rate of development we'll be creating an intelligent species which will be perfectly able to function as slaves in about onehundredfifty years. Since they technically won't be human, we can trample their rights in whatever way we wish... until they revolt.

So, how about taking a long, hard look at "human" rights?

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