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Comment Re:End of Great Britain? (Score 1) 1592

They were suffering before the UK joined the EU, suffered through complete neglect by the central government during the past decades and will now keep suffering the hardship. And they will in all likelihood continue to think this is all the EU's fault, because that's what populist politicians tell them. They will believe it because they lack a proper education. It's not funny, it's thoroughly depressing and a trend I see spreading throughout the western world. :-(

Comment Re:US Legal system (Score 1) 571

What's preventing the rich dude from paying a lawyer $5k over that $500 case?

Legal fees in Germany are based on the "Gerichtskostengesetz", a law that regulates the courts' official fees, and the "Gesetz ueber die Verguetung der Rechtsanwaeltinnen und Rechtsanwaelte", a law that regulates lawyers' fees. In cases where the losing party is ordered to pay the other side's fees, the winning party just receives a claim against the loser and remains the official debtor. So bankrupting the losing side won't help the party at all regarding legal fees. Everything one spends on lawyers above the official fees can not be reclaimed afaik.

Comment Re:Problems, problems.... (Score 3, Insightful) 795

Actually, economists have been saying for decades that a price on carbon is the most effective way to reduce emissions with least impact on the economy.

Yes and politicians have made certain that none of the market based mechanisms implemented so far can help reduce emissions in any meaningful way.

Comment Re:On the Importance of the Internet (Score 1) 260

Really? I'm constantly seeing articles about how people made large amounts of money in their spare time, working from home on the internet.

I've read the same articles as well as a couple of others regarding the enhancement of male genitalia. I am currently working on both fronts, with the calluses to prove, and apparently neither work all the time. So I guess correlation rather than causation... :-)

Comment There is no security (Score 2) 110

Seriously, it's not even an afterthought. I have worked on a publicly funded research project covering smart home and living crap. While some of it may be interesting from a tinkering with stuff point of view, most of it is creepy surveillance type of shit, like smart metering. When I raised the question of security people stared blankly at me for a second or two and suggested that it wasn't a problem at all and if ever will be fixed later, maybe.

My point is, CIOs do not make relevant security decisions when it comes to product design. No one does. It's all about marketability and cost efficiency, security is neither because it is complex and costs a lot of money. And who care? Honestly, who cares about security? It's not the vendors and it's definitely not the consumers who constantly carry their rarely-if-ever-security-updated-listening-in-and-tracking-devices and provide the world with current information about the vacancy of their homes. So again, who cares? Eventually the insurance companies might care, when some cracker remotely burned down a kitchen or flooded a bathroom or two or ten thousand.

Comment Re:And there's still a year to go. (Score 1) 309

I can't believe there's still a year to go in this process. We had our entire Canadian election in the span of a few of these debates...this seems just a wee bit out of hand.

Canadians haven't figured out that an election can be a real money maker for some influential people and a $Country's Next Supermodel for the plebs....err rest it seems.

Comment Re:Do we still believe we are free (Score 1) 140

These are our tax dollars being wasted to spy on us instead of building roads, hospitals and essential services.

They are not wasted. The money is spend to protect the people from terrorism and bad things. Of course now we have to define "people", because it quite obviously does not include all the citizens. It includes only lthe people who actually pay for this through their taxes, so they get to decide... no, wait. That's us, the citizens being spied upon. So it's the citizens who make most of the money and don't pay any taxes. If we were to accept this, it would make perfect sense to withhold proper education, a decent health and social welfare system. The taxpayers otherwise might have the knowledge and time to actually question and do something about this system.

The problem is, that far too many citizens are too occupied worrying about losing the few privilleges left will be taken away from them by mexicans, refugees, muslims or whatever fits the current agenda, depending on where they live. It has become so easy to manipulate the masses into believing any exaggerated or even non-existant threat, the few people actually deciding anything must be crying with joy.

Comment Re:And I always thought ... (Score 1) 94

Well, there are two organizations which use this acronym. One is an utterly useless bunch of bureaucrats, running the servers of one of the most successful open content projects, with no clue whatsoever about what its projects are doing or the people actually providing the content and the other is known for excellence in some areas of kitchenware.

Comment Re:Science... Yah! (Score 1) 958

That to lose weight, you have to eat less food and that this means sometimes feeling hungry.

No, one definitely does not have to eat less food or feel hungry to lose weight. One has to control for the food energy density to avoid feeling hungry, which is usually rather counterproductive when long term weight loss is the goal. See for example http://www.nutrition.org.uk/healthyliving/fuller/what-is-energy-density.html

Never forget that psychological factors will influence every diet and feeling hungry all the time is not the way to go.

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