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EU's Top Court May Define Obesity As a Disability

Craefter Re:Fast Food Advertising = Negligent Maiming? (625 comments)

You may think that spouting populist rhetoric makes you seem clever. Mostly it makes you sound as though you are as simple as the masses it is meant to sway.

And Budweiser is sponsoring the soccer world cup, I don't believe they meant saying that beer is good for playing soccer.

Anyway, I did not meant to sway anybody, I just get a bit pissed when I hear (in Europe) about plans to increase taxes for "bad" food. I can handle it and I do not see why I should pay extra when I indulge myself a McHamburger. I hope I compensated the bad stuff in there by doing multiple sports, not smoking or drinking alcohol.

Should the law really take away all self-responsibility? The next step would be that the government forbids living, because people tend to die from it.

about 5 months ago
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EU's Top Court May Define Obesity As a Disability

Craefter Re:Fast Food Advertising = Negligent Maiming? (625 comments)

Sorry but I for one NEED high calorie stuff else my weight would go down too much. It is not bad food as long as you do enough to compensate with physical activity. So in my case Mc&Co are doing me a service.

Then again, you could also blame me for increasing my carbon footprint by using up excessive energy when I sport, walk stairs, walk at a brisk rate, in general doing stuff which uses up the most energy. Ever seen how obese people are wonders at energy conservation? Slow body movement with the least amount of acceleration of their limbs. We should send them to Africa to teach the locals how they can save food with efficient body movement.

Anyway, I am now off to apply for financial support to buy food to compensate for my excessive calorie usage, I am sure it is a disease.

about 5 months ago
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EU's Top Court May Define Obesity As a Disability

Craefter Re:I'm almost cool with this (625 comments)

Yes that is okay, to help a disabled person walk again. It is okay that the community pays for his medical treatment because we all profit to have a functional member in our community again.

The difference with the "fatties" is that you send them on a treatment for 3 weeks, they do lose 10 kilogram (20 pounds in old currency) and after they get back from their expensive treatment is takes about 3 weeks for them to add those 10 kilos again. (I always marvel how well they can manage their bodyweight, upwards).

Now take the guy who learned to walk again, what are the chances that he will cripple his own legs again with a big metal bar as soon as the doctors are not looking? I would say practically zero, same as the amount of fatties with a thyroid condition. So I have a problem with fatties who choose this life style and expect at the same time that the surrounding community is supporting him/her with that. Think of medical care, special infrastructure, early disabled because of secondary complications, etc.

Just because food is not classified as a drug it doesn't mean you can't say it isn't an addiction. Should we expect the same protections for crack addicts (who chose that life style) when they apply for a job in a kindergarten?

about 5 months ago
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Amazon Dispute Now Making Movies Harder To Order

Craefter That is good news! (210 comments)

I welcome this change by Amazon. I was getting sick of the sheer amount of titles I "could" buy in the future instead of offering me recommendations of stuff I can have right now.

about 5 months ago
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Autonomous Car Ethics: If a Crash Is Unavoidable, What Does It Hit?

Craefter Pedophiles and terrorists first (800 comments)

The car would of course make an online crosscheck to the economic value of the potential targets. And check their medical records in case somebody is terminally ill, you yourself included if a wall is an option too.

I, for one, would start car pooling with lots of small children inside. With a big enough critical mass of children I would even qualify for green lights, just for me!

That said, you can calculate how fast the politicians would add "features" (like with ISPs and mandatory website filtering) which would automatically upload a secret white lists and black lists into your car.

I am guessing here:

White list: Nobel prize winners, The Pope, politicians and multinational CEOs.
Black list: The no-fly list from the US.

I wonder if we would be allowed to make a personal priority list for your own car. For example, to take out mimes and lawyers first.

about 7 months ago
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Australian Law Enforcement Pushes Against Encryption, Advocates Data Retention

Craefter Re:Reason to use end-to-end encryption (88 comments)

Good idea, it works right up to the moment when it is a crime if you use non-government approved encryption methods.

about 7 months ago
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Australian Law Enforcement Pushes Against Encryption, Advocates Data Retention

Craefter Invading privacy is the crime (88 comments)

When will common people realize that invading privacy is a crime? Instead there seems to be an acceptance of it being just collateral damage in the war against child porn and terrorists.

Don't come with "if you have nothing to hide you don't need privacy" tantrum because I think privacy is an emotional necessity for the development of a healthy brain. Too bad so much will have been lost before before the general public realizes what has been lost.

about 7 months ago
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How Nest and FitBit Might Spy On You For Cash

Craefter The cloud knows when I am at home? (93 comments)

What worries me is that the movement sensor in Nest knows when you are at home. It reports this information to the cloud after which Google sells this Big Data to 3rd parties. Now how long will it take that criminal 3rd parties take such a Big Data feed from Google to plan burglaries? Did anybody think of that? Or should we just trust the ethical sense of your Big Data owner of choice?

about 7 months ago
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Prominent GitHub Engineer Julie Ann Horvath Quits Citing Harrassment

Craefter Re:she's a nutcase (710 comments)

I wish I could mod the parent up. Really, she was offended because men were men and woman were woman. If they didn't like to be the center of attention they should do their hula hooping exercises at home, with the blinds down, doors closed..... in the basement.

That being said, maybe she had some other more valid issues but it seems that this is a case where she blames the world for her own sensitivities.

about 8 months ago
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Foxconn Accused of Forcing InternsTo Build PS4s Or Lose School Credit

Craefter Re:Sorry, but we NEED our new techno gadgets in ti (196 comments)

Cheap labor will just shift to another poor country, there is still enough of them to choose from. Next up: Made in Africa.

about a year ago
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Foxconn Accused of Forcing InternsTo Build PS4s Or Lose School Credit

Craefter Sorry, but we NEED our new techno gadgets in time! (196 comments)

Why does China get the job done?
- They understand their priorities when the world wants the latest gadgets
- Cheap labor
- Small kiddy fingers == smaller gadgets
- Lost of cheap labor
- Factories run at 24/7 which means a more efficient use of factory resources
- No workers's union which could jeopardize deadlines.

Currently China is a booming economy (partially because they have lots of cheap labor). Maybe The West has become too elitist in A) Gadget demands and B) Worker rights. Our demand is there, China is just for filling our wishes.

about a year ago
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Oculus Rift Raises Another $16 Million

Craefter Re:Hope they will fix the motion sickness problem (104 comments)

This. Your "inner eye" just has to get used to it. I can remember the first time I saw the original Doom, looking over somebody's shoulder, I got motion sickness within a couple of minutes. Now when I want to play an FPS I know I have to get used to it over a week or so, slowly build up the time I can play before I get sick. I guess a system like the Rift wouldn't be any different. It will never be able to simulate all your senses so you just have to get used to it.

about a year and a half ago
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UK Government Spending £6,000 Per Computer Every Year To Maintain Desktops

Craefter Re:Kelly could be quite right (193 comments)

I ignored the iPad argument because an iPad is nice to play with in meetings or on the go but I can't imagine it to replace my desktop, ever. In my experience the only people who think an iPad can replace a desktop are managers who use it to read E-mail but for the the rest do not do any productive work, be it iPad or desktop.

about a year and a half ago
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UK Government Spending £6,000 Per Computer Every Year To Maintain Desktops

Craefter Kelly could be quite right (193 comments)

I believe the writer of the article does not consider enterprise items like geo-redundant infrastructure, storage, backup, auditing compliance and enterprise level servers. The majority of the cost is probably generated by slow IT processes to change, acquire and deploy software or features. A lot of meetings and paperwork is often needed and those people need to be paid also. A lot of large organizations do not know the meaning of the word "agile".

about a year and a half ago
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Saudi Arabian Telecom Pitches to Moxie Marlinspike

Craefter Moxie's To-Do list: Don't go to Saudi Arbia (128 comments)

In their twisted for of reality they could arrest you for "aiding the enemy".

In other news: Don't go to the States, you could get arrested for downloading a song.

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft Working With Suppliers on Designs for Watch-Like Device

Craefter Microsoft is scared of missing the next bubble? (260 comments)

I am quite sure if Apple, Google and Samsung are working on developing a flying turd, Microsoft also wants one. I don't see a lot of innovative development lately. These tech giants only want to keep on par with eachother without really developing their own identity. So much for progress.

about a year and a half ago
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Irish Artist Turns Google Maps Screen Grabs Into Pricey Art

Craefter Re:modern art (65 comments)

I'm sorry, but could you please get off your artsy high horse and just see art for what it really is? I would be more impressed if artists would promote the creation of new art to the common people instead of telling them that they need a university degree to understand the bullshit some artists make. I mean, if only a small group of people understand your art you have missed your point. Art should not be an elite thing, it should be something of the common people. To amuse, convey a story or to apreciate the skill of an artist. Modern artists are more like: Provoke, convey some etherial BS which can be read in the appropriate catalog, spit on skill and to earn money. They like to earn money because a 'real' artists don't have a proper job. (Else they can't concentrate fully on the BS they are producing).

To come back to skill, if you listen to an unskilled guitarist just wacking away in random order on his guitar over a high gain amp, do you still appreciate he is trying to express emotion and is not focusing on skill? Buy a CD from him? I thought so.

about a year and a half ago
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Google Glass and Surveillance Culture

Craefter Re:minority report (318 comments)

I've read the same Si-Fi as you but I never assumed the technology used in those books was flawed or covernments were inconsiderate of your privacy. They were always represented as helpful tools which never could be used against you.

And still, I agree with your comment, I'm looking forward to these new developments but would also like better security of the software used and better privacy laws.

about a year and a half ago
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Build a Secret Compartment, Go To Jail

Craefter Re:Gun Makers (1111 comments)

So lets assume that on average people have 2 guns at home. With your statistic you are telling me that it is 'okay' that one person should die every year just so that 10.000 gun lovin people can keep their hallowed firearm? Imagine a democratic gathering where you put a poor sob on the stage EVERY YEAR where the crowd chants: "Let him rot in hell, we want to keep our guns!" on which somebody pops a round in his head.

If you restrict this analogy on accidental death by guns it goes slightly in favour of you but the principle is the same: How many people should die just because non-killing people can keep their guns?

about a year and a half ago

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Oculus Rift raises another $16 million

Craefter Craefter writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Craefter (71540) writes "On the E3 it seems that the Oculus Rift caused a mental erection with the investors this year. Some investors (Spark Capital and Matrix Partners) were able to push $16 million in the direction of Oculus VR in the hopes for the product to hype.
This is all very nice, the HD unit looks a bit more slick than the ski goggles with the tablet glued in front of it from the first version but it would have been better if the next gen consoles would commit support for it. We all know how well the wave stick from the PS3 was adapted as an afterthought.
That said, major titles like the 9 year old Half-Life 2 and the 6 year old Team Fortress 2 are getting full support for the Oculus. I hope in the future developers would implement support for a VR headset per-default in their games and not years after the fact. A bit like the EAX standard from Soundblaster. That worked out well too."

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Adobe stops flash player support for Android

Craefter Craefter writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Craefter (71540) writes "Adobe has finally seen the same light Steve Jobs already did in 2010 and is now comitted to put flash player in the history books as soon as possible. Adobe will not bring out any supported flash player as of Android 4.1 and will now focus on a desktop-only flash player."
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Dutch Pirate Party ordered to stop encouragement to circumvent URL filters

Craefter Craefter writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Craefter (71540) writes "Brein, the Dutch sock puppet for the entertainment industry, was quick to react to yesterday's fall of the Dutch government by applying for a court order which demands that the Dutch Pirate Party must refrain from encouraging the public to circumvent Internet URL filtering. This would severely hamper the election campaign of the PP for the elections later this year.
What we see here is that the entertainment industry is trying to stifle democratic options in an election campaign. How could we end up in a situation where a couple of companies which only produce movies and music have such an influence on law and democratic processes?"

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SOPA author Lamar Smith infringes copyright on his

Craefter Craefter writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Craefter (71540) writes "On an earlier version of Lamar Smith's campaign website Lamar himself wasn't too clever by pulling a background image from Flickr without asking or mentioning the original photographer, DJ Schulte.
Vice magazine did a research into any copyright infringement Lamar could have made on his website and found one in violation of the Creative Commons."

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