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The Apache Software Foundation Now Accepting BitCoin For Donations

Errol backfiring Re:Why wouldn't they? (60 comments)

For real business purposes, though, you'd be bonkers to accept bitcoins.

Just like you must be totally out of your mind to accept just numbers made up by private companies. In other words: all modern "official" fiat currency.

9 hours ago

Securing the US Electrical Grid

Errol backfiring Open it up: "internet of electrical devices" (117 comments)

Design the grid in such a way that devices (solar generators, wind generators, storage like your hyped elecrical car) can plug on and off. Allow anyone to build his own grid. That way, you can easily detach your own local grid when the "Big Bad Grid" has been compromised. Off course, this means getting the control OUT of the hands of monopolistic companies and governments must somehow grow a facilitating mindset. Mind you, control is still necessary, but it does not need to come from technical dinosaurs.

about a week ago

Princeton Nuclear Fusion Reactor Will Run Again

Errol backfiring Re:Spherical Torus (147 comments)

With a name like that, expect things to go squarely pear-shaped...

about a week ago

Ross Ulbricht Faces New Drug Charges

Errol backfiring Re:Guilty (102 comments)

It is totally relevant. By outlawing something harmless you create an artificial crime scene. Oh come on, there are STILL movies made about alcohol, the US and gangsters with "Chicago Typewriters". Off course any government who actually promotes crime can also use it to conveniently accuse anyone to be a criminal.

about a week ago

Why Chinese Hackers Would Want US Hospital Patient Data

Errol backfiring Re:there's also blackmail (171 comments)

Or companies who check these records for new employees: they will not be hired if they have suffered from any serious diseases.

about two weeks ago

Samsung Buys Kickstarter-Funded Internet of Things Startup For $200MM

Errol backfiring Re:Enquiring minds want to know (107 comments)

Dunno. Millimeters are real.

I remember a quote which says that a good analogy of the housing crisis was "We stopped building because we ran out of millimeters".

about two weeks ago

Correcting Killer Architecture

Errol backfiring Wind tunnel test (98 comments)

Where I live, the absolute reverse is true. If any child can see that a storm will suck out the windows and smash them (just imagine what happens if you happen to be at or downwind of the landing spot), and you protest against the plans pointing that out, that protest is "not receivable".

about two weeks ago

US Defense Contractors Still Waiting For Breach Notification Rules

Errol backfiring Re:Simple two line answer (19 comments)

I thought it was more like:

  • You have to disclose everything
  • But if you disclose anything, you are hindering secret services who abuse known vulnerabilities. So if you disclose anything, you are a terrorist (TM).

about two weeks ago

Wikipedia Gets Critical Reception from UK Press at Wikimania 2014

Errol backfiring Re:It's fine (113 comments)

[Citation Needed]

Well, if you need a Citation, you probably have done at least something wrong.

about three weeks ago

Larry Rosen: A Case Study In Understanding (and Enforcing) the GPL

Errol backfiring Re:What if it were Microsoft code (191 comments)

The difference is that the code is distributed for free.

Nonsense. The GPL is especially used against finance-driven development. You "pay" by being a human instead of a robotic bean counter. The GPL states other demands than monetary. The GPL exist to fight money based extortions. The damages are damages against humanity. These damages are more real than the dollars you want to express them in.

about three weeks ago

Study: Firmware Plagued By Poor Encryption and Backdoors

Errol backfiring Wall of Shame (141 comments)

The only thing that works for this finance-driven development is a public Wall of Shame. If consumers know which firms produce this crap, they at least have a choice of not buying it. The researchers are probably scared of the legal actions of the producers, but not disclosing crimes like back doors is a crime in itself.

about three weeks ago

What Do You Do When Your Mind-Numbing IT Job Should Be Automated?

Errol backfiring Automate them (228 comments)

Well, automate them, off course. That is how I started my programming career. I started as a technical draftsman using AutoCAD, and I was "actively lazy": when I had to type something 10 times, I wrote a little program to do that for me. When my bosses noticed that my computer was better configured than that of my colleagues, I started getting programming assignments as well.

about three weeks ago

Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

Errol backfiring Re:Simple rule, actually (749 comments)

Wait, you mean it is not forced down our throats BY "investment groups"? If so, why does it also grant secrecy to financial institutions?

about a month and a half ago

Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

Errol backfiring Re:Say goodbye to the undergroud economy (753 comments)

You forget one: Bribery. No chance in hell that cash is going to vanish. But for the common man it will be harder and harder to use.

about a month and a half ago

A Box of Forgotten Smallpox Vials Was Just Found In an FDA Closet

Errol backfiring Re:they don't want to destory it (120 comments)

Yes, Pollution. But that is another story. As anybody knows, Pestilence retired mumbling something about Penicillin.

about 2 months ago

London Regulator Says Uber Is Operating Legally

Errol backfiring Re:Holland (105 comments)

So? The Netherlands are a tax haven for postal-box firms from all over the world. These firms have no business in the Netherlands, except for avoiding to pay tax. They don't care what their name says in Dutch.

about 2 months ago

Solar-Powered Electrochemical Cell Used To Produce Formic Acid From CO2

Errol backfiring Oh please, no carbon storage (133 comments)

Storing CO2 does not help anyone, and only does harm. The problem is not that there is too much CO2 in the world, the problem is that we convert way too much carbon and oxygen into CO2. Period. If we store all the CO2, we deprive ourselves from oxygen, because we keep on converting it! The Biosphere II experiment has clearly demonstrated that (by using concrete, which, by itself, stores CO2). Storing CO2 is just one more environmental crime to cover up another.

about 2 months ago

Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

Errol backfiring Re:Economy (579 comments)

Please do not mix economy with finance. They are hardly related anymore.


  1. 1 - The market will solve it!
  2. 2 - The money goes to a newly formed group of big companies in bed with a bank (because this allows the bank to create money out of thin air). Off course, the bank demands "securities" (for what?) and society is heavily taxed.
  3. 3 - Problem solved. At least, on the low-traffic pacific island where the "investors" now live.

about 2 months ago

Western Energy Companies Under Sabotage Threat

Errol backfiring Re:How is this any different than any other day? (86 comments)

To bear the blame if things go wrong. Oh, you want quality? Sorry, in the modern everything-must-be-done-yesterday-at-no-cost IT sector, quality is usually not an option. There's no market for quality.

about 2 months ago

Ninety-Nine Percent of the Ocean's Plastic Is Missing

Errol backfiring They left a message (304 comments)

They left a message: "So long, and thanks for all the plastic"

about 2 months ago



In the Netherlands, criticising the money system is not allowed

Errol backfiring Errol backfiring writes  |  about a year ago

Errol backfiring (1280012) writes "The organization ("our money dot now") has been denied a payment account for receiving donations (in Dutch) (Google translation in English) because they want to reform the money system. They want to inform the public about what they think is wrong with our money system and push for changing the law towards full-reserve banking. They are not against banks, just against how banking is performed.

After they called the payment provider to explain that they are not against banks, but against the way banking is legally allowed to be done, and that they are striving to get the banking law changed, they were informed that pushing for change in money politics is not acceptable."

Dutch providers do not need to block Pirate Bay

Errol backfiring Errol backfiring writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Errol backfiring (1280012) writes "The judge thinks that Brein (a dutch "intellectual property" group) should go after individual customers, not after the internet service providers.
(article link in dutch). This decision is not final.

Brein had sued the provider Ziggo, and the provider XS4ALL has joined them on principal grounds. The verdict (PDF, dutch) can be found at"

Link to Original Source



Romanic vs Germanic property and religion

Errol backfiring Errol backfiring writes  |  more than 3 years ago

While I am searching for types of properrty and its history, I have found a few references that the transition from catholic to protestant religion has also brought a change from germanic property ("clan" property, property that means responsibility) to romanic property ("if I own it I can do with it what I want, even if it hurts others").

the problem is that I cannot see any sense in it. Why would protestants see property different from catholics? If anyone out there is reading this and can give some insight, please post a comment.

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