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Comment Re:How well will it recognize faces under a Burqa? (Score 1) 111

Actually De Maizière was the one speaking out for the ban the loudest.

But please don't let facts get in the way of your "Lügenpresse" rants.

Your so called "facts" are just the opposite of the truth - it was indeed Thomas "Die Misere", Germany's minister of interior, who spoke out against the Burqa ban.

So I guess as you chide others for blaming the press, you're part of the "Lügenpresse", right?

Comment How well will it recognize faces under a Burqa? (Score 1) 111

So all a travelling "terror suspect" needs to do is wearing a Burqa. (For those who didn't follow the news in Germany: The same people proposing the facial recognition very recently rejected proposals to ban Burqas.) But that doesn't matter, anywhere, since all this surveillance crap was never about "fighting terrorism" from the start.If they wanted to "trade in freedom for security", they could make certain vaccinations mandatory and thus rescue magnitudes of lifes more than are taken by "terrorists". In reality, "freedom" is just an annoyance to the government, as much as "opposition" is.

Comment Re:Hate the NSA all you want (Score 1) 272

They're going to be used to attack you

They already have been used to attack me! On a daily basis, and for years, these tools have been used to violate my rights and the laws of the country I live in. By the NSA, who has proven time and again to be an evil organization that is committing crimes all over the world, continously.

Thus, I'm not concerned in the least that now also other criminals have access to these tools, making it more likely to speed up the fixing of the security holes.

Comment Unlikely (Score 1) 319

I have had equipment of mine swab-tested for residues of drugs or explosives on many borders, but that always happened quite openly, in my presence, and of course without any need to switch on or operate the device. The application of some swab strip is definitely nothing requiring to take your device to somewhere beyond your sight, it's a matter of seconds.

Comment Re:Just look what good has come from banning porn (Score 1) 284

You can bet that at least 83% of fast food waiters, sanitation workers etc. would leave their respective industries "if they could". Many professions go along with unpleasant working conditions, especially ones that require little skill. Yet, you won't see people ask to ban these professions.

Comment Just look what good has come from banning porn (Score 2, Insightful) 284

There are some large countries in the world that have very strict bans on pornography. Specifically ones where Islam is the religion mandated by the government. Now look how well-behaved the youngsters who grew up there act towards women. How they don't need draconic measures to be kept from living out their sexual fantasies violently. Oh, you find that's not quite the case? Well, then maybe banning pornography is just outright stupid and harmful.

Comment DNA storage capacity seems to be wildly overstated (Score 0) 42

Whenever the press covers the "data storage in DNA"-topic, they boast about huge storage capacities based he assumption that you can basically store 2 bits per base pair. But DNA has not quite evolved to be a long-term mass-storage device. DNA is rather an energy-efficient way to store relatively small amounts of data (~0.8 GB of very redundant data in a human) that exists in so many copies (billions in a human) that it doesn't matter too much if millions of those billions of copies suffer some "bit rot" over time, and also the DNA storage needs a living organism around it to sustain constantly ongoing activities to repair or sort out damaged data. Also, DNA is meant to be variable over time, as mutation is important for ongoing success of a species.

I don't think that DNA based storage will ever beat simple, anorganic storage in terms of providing reliable long-term mass storage. It's just not optimized for that purpose.

Comment Re:Proof the EU is Working (Score 5, Interesting) 496

You forgot to mention the billions of Euro that the EU spends on aid payments to support specifically the structurally weak areas of Europe - including Spain.

If Spain wasn't in the EU, their clever youth would still leave the country for a better career abroad - but Spain wouldn't get anything back.

Or do you think that in a nationalist euphoria, spanish youngsters would suddenly decide to stay in their sucking local job market if Spain left the EU?

BTW: A colleague of mine relocated from Germany to Spain (for the warmer weather). He still works for the same German company - just remotely. So he at least supports the spanish economy by buying stuff where he now lives. If Spain wasn't in the EU, such a relocation might have been too cumbersome to do it just for the sake of warmer weather.

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