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Comment Unlikely (Score 1) 318

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.

Comment Retraining unemployed youngsters into Dive Masters (Score 1) 496

Last time I spent a holiday in Spain, I noticed a group of 8 young spanish people who were obviously trained to become Dive Masters at the same dive operator that I was diving with as a paying guest. I also noticed that much unlike other people I had met before who wanted to become Dive Masters, those 8 were kind of unenthusiastic about it, and also not really good at what they did. I asked why they were training to become Dive Masters, and got the answer that the state paid for this training, as they were unemployed, obviously hoping that this would open up career paths. Now everybody who has looked into the diving industry (even if only as a long term guest) knows that there is anything but a shortage of people willing to become dive guides. In fact, so many try to turn their hobby into a profession that dive guiding is certainly amongst the lowest-if-at-all-paid professions. I was really shocked that Spain wasted its money for retraining on such a futile effort.

Comment Re:You want them to rush in incomplete features?! (Score 1) 286

If I hadn't commented already, I would mod the parent post up.

This really is the point, which seems to be far beyond the comprehension of JavaScript greenhorns and the like: I wrote C++ library code > 20 years ago which is still actively maintained as part of complex, commercial server software.

Sure, some minor adjustments had to be made of the decades, as we want our source code to be compatible with at least the penultimate C++ ISO standard. But other than this, the software still runs fine on different hardware, different compilers than even existed 20 years ago.

Comment Re:Sweet (Score 4, Informative) 286

Just because you are unable to cope with C++'s richness of features does not mean it is a bad thing.

After all, C++ is the one language that

  • supports a large selection of programming paradigms, and does not declare just a single one to be "the only one you need".
  • does not depend on one company or organization, but is truly a federated effort, with many compilers to choose from.
  • allows you both low-level / hardware-level programming as well as very-high-level programming just using some ready made class library / run time environment (like Qt).
  • has a responsibly acting committee doing a good job overlooking the long-term language evolution. So much unlike many other programming languages, were inexperienced people have introduced the same mistakes over and over again, because nobody was there to question them.

Comment So now it's reason enough for praise not to spy? (Score 2) 36

So Apple says they'll do voluntarily what Google does only after having been forced and fined in the EU: Adhere to existing data protection laws, and at least ask for consent before selling your data? There used to be times when it was pretty common (around here) to not run businesses on illegal activities.

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