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Comment Where do we get the resources to build it? (Score 1) 951

The science to build computers, games and VR does not drop out of thin air. The same is true for the technology. You need a complicated economic structure to accomplish all this and to date we pretty much destroyed this planet Earth to create such a society.

Mankind will have failed long before Musks VR games are a fact.
Paai

Comment Slashdot is sooooo USA! (Score 1) 216

Would Slasdot have commented if Bianca Hoogendijk had died this week? Or Hannelore Graser? They are respectively former dutch and german 'first ladies'. And I will not even start on Joachim Sauer (the current husband of Angela Merkel. But then most Americans will ask "Who is Angela Merkel".

As a nerd of long standing I like Slashdot. But I am often offended by the USA-centric attitude of the editors. Why not include an european or asian collaborator? I am available.

Paai

Comment Re:Related to recent government measures (Score 0) 228

http://historiek.net/oorlog-ging-gruwelijk-door-na-1945/43768/#.VsWPailc000

In dutch, I am afraid, but google translate may give you enough pointers to start your own research. Or read "the 25th hour" by Virgil Gheorghiu. When Churchill coined the phrase "the iron curtain" it was exacty this what he meant. But probably you will prefer to ignore this side of history.

Paai

Comment fluffy rabbits (Score 0) 228

There is a school of thought - a very large school - that sees prewar Europa as a green pasture with ever blue skies and fluffy rabbits and ponies, foremost among them the poor, innocent Poles. Then the bad Germans came and started killing the poor, defenceless rabbits.

This image is not quite correct. The Poles tought to be on the winning side, and already had taken their share of the division of Tchechoslowakie - Churchill in his memoires says that the Poles behaved like hyenas. Nevertheless, they have been dining out on their role of victims ever since the war.

Facts.

Paai

Comment Re:Related to recent government measures (Score -1, Troll) 228

actually, the death count in the post-war Polish deathcamps for Germans came near to the percentages of Auschwitz. Bottom line: there is nothing that humans are not willing to inflict on other humans for the Good, preferably national, Cause. It is such a pity that history is not taught as an exact science.

Paai

Comment Re:The crescent wrench an american tool? (Score 1) 329

In the Netherlands we don't call that a 'Crescent' but a 'Bahco' (which is a swedish firm) or an' engelse sleutel' (english wrench). And I did not know that I, as a dutchmen on an international forum, was supposed to be familiar with american nomenclature.

The discussion was about quality and price of tools. I was and I am unhappy with the obvious assumption of the author that high retail price and 'made in the USA' equalled to quality. In my experience that is not true.

May I add that the best operating systems for PCs, Linux and FreeBSD are free? And that the Linux based Android got messed up after the big companies grabbed their piece of the action?

Paai

Comment The crescent wrench an american tool? (Score 1) 329

Among all the stupid chauvinistic stories I read, this one tops all. Crescent wrenches are made all over the world, and the USA was not the first to manufacture one. The one I have has a scale, and I use it. Don't know where it was made, but judging its price it was not made in the USA.

Also, I have several PCs. My Macbook certainly performs worse and has more problems than the ALDI nameless that is my main computer. My cheap east-german, polish, taiwanese or chinese tools are as rugged and relieble as the expensive stuff that comes from America. This has been a pattern ever since I carried my Apple II to the attic.

The point I am making is that most cheap products that I buy (in Europe) are as good or better than the more expensive brand products. YMMV, but don't come with all kinds of mystic explanations.

Paai

Comment Unbelievable USA-only perspective (Score 0) 171

If you would extend your informations to those small and unimportant areas of the world that do not belong to the USA, you would find the example of Gronngen, in Holland. From the sixties a very large gasdeposit was exploited http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Groningen_gas_field. In the seventies and eighties small earthquakes occurred in that province, which was peculiar, because there are almost no earthquakes in Holland. But both frequency and strength kept increasing. http://www.nlog.nl/nl/reserves/reserves/reassessment-of-the-probability-of-higher-magnitude-earthquakes-in-the-groningen-gas-field.pdf

To cut a long story of greed and denial short: gas exploitation is now cut back and some damages will be paid.

But what really bugs me is that nobody seems to be aware of this plain and important example of correlation between eqrthquakes and gas/oil exploitation.

USA-only?

Paai

Comment will the internet still exist in 20 years? (Score -1) 155

If you ask me, there will be no internet any more in 20 years, except as a curio or for very backward infrastructures. The transfer of information will have found new ways, that we cannot even imagine at this moment and the need for knowlegdge will have changed accordingly.

Assuming of course that there will be no ecological meltdown or AI singularity.

Paai

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