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Comment Re:But... (Score 1) 238

People aren't generally crammed together in their homes or workplaces. Things can still spread, but not easily.

Are you saying that couples don't sleep together and never kiss their children? I think you should check up on this family concept. Even at work people shake hands or even kiss (yeah, certainly not in the US for the latter, though Americans are known to hug sometimes which from a contagion point of view is probably not so different). At least in public transports you don't kiss or shake hands with everyone you come across ;-)

Comment Re:But... (Score 2) 238

Flu shots are based on a guess each year of which flu strains to guard against. They've gotten the guess wrong some years, and people ended up with the flu whether they got the shot or not. If you have a weakened immune system, this is a big problem.

The GP seems to think taking the car is a valid alternative to taking a flu shot. That's just crazy. It's not public transportation you must avoid: it's everyone, starting with your kids if they go to school!

Comment Re:Fake! (Score 1) 238

Furthermore in the pictures you would not have seen any trace of a wood fire because you would just not find any wood to burn in Paris.

I was in Paris this summer, when was the last time you were there?

Well, yesterday. And last Monday. And last week. And the week before that. But sure, as someone who has been there for a couple of days six months ago you must have some deep insight lacking to people who live here.

Never mind the wide abundance of trees everywhere, and in the winter so much dead foliage

Yeah, foliage that's been collected a couple of months ago. You know we have those pesky leaf blowers too.

you could keep a campfire going all night every night simply by burning trash people leave along the river pathways every evening. I imagine that's reduced in the winter but there are still a ton of trashcans everywhere you could raid for flammable material.

You should try that next time you're there. The police will be happy to help you save on hotel and food. Good riddance.

Comment Re:But... (Score 1) 238

Many people drive a car in order not to use public transportation...

This seems like a very American sentiment (i.e. it always seems to be the first thing people say on Slashdot, and only on Slashdot). I don't know any one like that though I guess some of the very rich who would never mix with the plebes think that way. Most people they use their car because, for their particular case, it's the faster means of transport, just as for many others it's the public transport that's the faster and less irritating means of transport.

And people having a car don't really care about saving a couple of euros to travel within Paris/suburbs.

That's certainly true but it makes it less of a hassle for people who are forced to switch means of transportation for a couple of days in the year. Also it removes a reason for them to complain.

Comment Re:But... (Score 1) 238

When I worked in Paris, I lived in the suburbs surrounding Paris and worked in another one.

Great. Since you're not entering Paris you can take your car as usual. See not a problem for you. Now just stop ranting.

In my car, it was a solid 20 minutes, and I never caught the flu.

There's also flu shots for that. They cost a mere 10€ and 65% of that is reimbursed. By the way, what's the point of going to an office where you are all alone? What? You were not alone at the office? How did your car help you to not catch the flu from your crazy public-transport-using colleagues?

Comment Re:Great System (Score 1) 238

The administrative burden of JUST ABOUT ANYTHING ELSE is far too high and would actually cost you more.

And yet next year it's supposed to get replaced with which is an environmental badge that one will have to have on the windshield to get into Paris on days such as these. Cars will get a different color badge based on the environmental standards they implement. The color coding will make it easy for the police to spot cars that are not allowed and to stop + fine them.

Comment Re:Fake! (Score 2) 238

Pretty sure Reuters is one of those fake-news sites the liberals have been hyperventilating about recently, after all it disputes "fact" that he knows.

Well if you had read the article you would have noticed the migrants got evacuated to the countryside a month ago. Furthermore in the pictures you would not have seen any trace of a wood fire because you would just not find any wood to burn in Paris. So no, migrants are not responsible for the wood fires that are in part responsible for the current pollution.

Plus, wood fires have been blamed for pollution for many years and almost got banned two years ago. Are you going to blame the migrants for that too? Now like then the wood fires the article talks about are just lit by people in the chimney of their residential house just because it's nice to sit by the fire when it's cold. But of course don't let a mundane explanation get in the way of your paranoia.

Comment Re:And... it's not the dems requesting it, which i (Score 1) 299

You think the 50% of Americans who voted for Hillary aren't the Democrats?

I don't. To me, and I expect most everyone, the way you used that term referred to the party leaders. Otherwise I don't see why you should be indignant that your fellow compatriots fund initiatives without consulting you first.

Comment Re:And... it's not the dems requesting it, which i (Score 3, Insightful) 299

Of course it is the Democrats (and Soros) behind this, Stein is just a shill because Hillary made such an issue of contesting an election not being "Presidential".

So you're saying Stein cannot possibly consider Hillary to be the lesser evil and couldn't possibly decide to verify that Hillary lost on her own. As for the funding it cannot possibly be the over 50% of Americans who voted for Hillary either. For you it really has to be some conspiracy. Just because... ???

Comment Re:"Open source" voting machines are stupid (Score 1) 299

Open source would be better than closed source (more far more audit-able both before and after the election, and likely cheaper in the long run), however I agree, the current approaches to electronic voting machines are worse than paper, and still would be even if open sourced.

All it will do is provide a bunch of blueprints and source code for the administration to trot out while the machines will be running... something. Don't think for an instant that you will be allowed to check what the actual machines are running because that would be a gaping security hole. So open-source is useless as far as electronic voting is concerned.

Comment Re:Two big problems here (Score 2) 299

2) Open source voting machines mean that anyone can inspect the hardware and software to find bugs. That makes it far easier for criminals to discover vulnerabilities and tamper with elections. Having open source voting machines virtually guarantees that criminals will be able to exploit vulnerabilities and have a much easier time rigging elections.

That argument has been debunked over and over. The real argument against open-source in elections is that all it will do is provide a bunch of blueprints and source code for the administration to trot out while the machines will be running... something. Don't think for an instant that you will be allowed to check what the actual machines are running because
that would be a gaping security hole. So open-source is useless as far as electronic voting is concerned.

Comment Re:Will Starship Troopers Follow Heinlein's Book? (Score 1) 457

Democracy severely restricted? Nothing like that in the book; separate states have their own governments, and ANYBODY can get Federal citizenship by putting in a 2-year tour of Federal service. You can't buy a franchise, you have to EARN it - but it's open to EVERYONE. If you have one eye and one hand and an IQ of 80, they'll find something for you to do for two years.

So anybody EXCEPT tetraplegics, disabled, and anybody who opposes the war. And you think that's democracy. Sad!

Comment Re:Interesting copyright infrigement definition (Score 1) 121

If I hire you to clean up "Heinrich von Sturm and the Russian Underground of Science" (which has gotten such praise as "readable") and publish it on Amazon, you're doing it under license and it's legal. If you get a copy and do that by yourself, it's illegal.

According to your first post Amazon would be the one doing the distribution, not me. So Amazon would be infringing on your exclusive distribution rights, not me. A lot of "pirates" would love your interpretation of copyright law!

Comment Re:Interesting copyright infrigement definition (Score 1) 121

A DMCA takedown request doesn't prevent you from distributing your work. It informs somebody else that continuing to distribute your work is legally risky, and the somebody else has to decide whether to take your stuff down or face possible liability.

By this definition nobody distributes their copyrighted work themselves: editors, printing companies and transporters do it for book authors, music companies, cd printing plants and transporters do it for musicians, etc. So by your definition it's essentially impossible to interfere with the author's exclusive distribution right. That's nonsensical.

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