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Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

Teun Re:If the Grand Ayatollah's against it.... (404 comments)

I don't believe you should include (these) superstitious people in the grand total of Christianity.

8 hours ago
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BBC and FACT Shut Down Doctor Who Fansite

Teun Re:Anyone know what, exactly, was the issue? (186 comments)

Often, that's why comparable countries have done away with the licensing scheme and pay public broadcasters from general taxation.

But for their own reasons the UK parliament has resisted such moves as they see the overriding importance of keeping the BBC free from political influence.

Yet, as a Brit you can't avoid being a taxpayer but you can most certainly avoid being a licence payer.

about two weeks ago
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Oregon Sues Oracle For "Abysmal" Healthcare Website

Teun It's a complot (210 comments)

For me as a total but interrested outsider it looks like the closet republican Larry is took his chance to frustrate decent healthcare.

about two weeks ago
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New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W

Teun Re:more rules.... (336 comments)

Yep, people like you need someone to think for them, like we've all moved on to X11.

about two weeks ago
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New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W

Teun Re:so 1h every 10 day per citizen (336 comments)

Thanks for the calculation, puts it into perspective.

On things like refrigerators we already have mandated efficiency symbols, it would be good to include vacuum cleaners in the same list.

about two weeks ago
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New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W

Teun Re:Do the math (336 comments)

Sure, but you'd be a fool to use them in regular appliances, a tipical 100W bulb has an efficiency of around 1.6%, the hardened ones are quite a bit worse.

The same is true for a 40 W (50 is unusual) bulb it is up to 25% less efficient, a 100W Quarz Halogen bulb might achieve double the efficiency.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I...

about two weeks ago
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New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W

Teun Re:Do the math (336 comments)

You might be right that the UK (once more) drags it's feet to get in line with their neighbours but really, the continent runs on 230V.

The fable that the continent has also remained on 220 V is only to pacify British feelings of guild, from 1990 onward the EU countries increased their mains voltage in small steps and were done in the year 2000, a little quicker than the original plan that called for 2004.

Just as much a fable is the story the UK would have incurred great or unacceptable cost for this change, technically and with good coordination it can be done in mere hours, it was and is simply a lack of will.

At the time this harmonisation was planned, mid to late eighties, the typical power supply for domestic apparatus was fairly crude and thus the change would have had economic benefits.
The introduction of better and switchable power supplies has largely done away with many of the original reasons for harmonisation and consequently we've seen a slight increase in the permissible range.

about two weeks ago
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New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W

Teun Re:Do the math (336 comments)

It is still possible to buy and sell the old incandescents from existing stock, it is not allowed to manufacture or import them.

Environmentally there are no objections to the Mercury containing fluorescents as here in Europe we tend to recycle, landfills are strictly limited as a last resort.

But since a (very) few years anyone with half a brain buys LED, not cheap but long life and extremely efficient.

about two weeks ago
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New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W

Teun Re:Do the math (336 comments)

Uh no, since the year 2000 all of the EU, that includes the UK, runs on 230V.

The UK has not changed it's 13 Amp plugs but the domestic circuits can be up to 40 Amp, on the continent they are typically 16Amp, meaning you can pull up to 3600 Watts.

There are manufacturers selling 2000-2200 W. vacuum cleaners.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Lobby Denies the State of Chile Access To Free Software

Teun Re:What "Munich Linux debacle"?? (159 comments)

Exactly!

There's a vice-mayor that heard stories of some city workers having trouble with the compatibility of certain file formats and he wants an investigation into it.

This says nothing about the Linux OS or something else OSS being ditched, it doesn't even mean he's getting his investigation!

about two weeks ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

Teun Re:Infrastructure? (727 comments)

You must be developing or at least love Unity :)

about two weeks ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

Teun Re:Surprise? (579 comments)

The difference between you and the Munich people are they have a couple of professionals selecting both hardware and software to be compatible from the onset.

Like I run Kubuntu 14.04 on a Thinkpad and hardly ever experience breakage, Firefox and Thunderbird are since years examples of stability.
My provider suns their mail, pop and imap, on Linux and again perfect stability.

Additionally, Munich does not run 'the latest and greatest' but a well proven Kernel and set of applications.

An other little piece of info, the newspaper article refers to observations by a vice-mayor of the city and the complaints he heard were not about Linux the OS but about compatibility issues with the Office packages, a problem that would go away if MS had a proper implementation of the odf standard.

about two weeks ago
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Why Hasn't This Asteroid Disintegrated?

Teun Conspiracy (74 comments)

Such forces would be comparable to those that caused lunar dust to stick to astronauts' space suits.

Ohh stop it! Now after so many years we should just admit the dust was sticking because they were too hasty starting to use the new set in the area 51 studio's and the black paint hadn't yet fully dried.

about three weeks ago
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Experimental Drug Compound Found To Reverse Effects of Alzheimer's In Mice

Teun Re:Misleading summary is misleading (105 comments)

You seem to know your Shit.

And can be funny too :)

about three weeks ago
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Add a TV Tuner To Your Xbox (In Europe)

Teun Re:Old tech (81 comments)

Sure, but due to the shitty compression of mpeg2 you can only get an SD channel within the conventional channel width.

about three weeks ago
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Add a TV Tuner To Your Xbox (In Europe)

Teun Re:Old tech (81 comments)

First of all, DVB-T is low quality

It is what's known as SD, Standard Definition.

Some countries have and others are moving to DVB-T2 which is HD.

about three weeks ago
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Add a TV Tuner To Your Xbox (In Europe)

Teun Re:great idea (81 comments)

To name a few, Germany, Denmark and Poland have many open channels on DVB-T en T2.

The Netherlands usually the 3 public and one regional that are free and I'd be surprised if it weren't similar in most countries.

about three weeks ago
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UK Police Won't Comment On The Tracking of People's Phone Calls

Teun Re:ECHR (52 comments)

Absolutely but logic doesn't always makes you look good and re-elected.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft To Drop Support For Older Versions of Internet Explorer

Teun Re:Oh Boy! (138 comments)

For allowing certain versions it's just a matter of setting a range but this would not help if that range is no longer maintained.

The "Mozilla Firefox Extended Support Release" is one solution to the problem, others publishing serious software should do similar.

about three weeks ago

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Hillary Clinton on internet freedom

Teun Teun writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Teun (17872) writes "Tonight Hillary Clinton spoke in The Hague on a Dutch government sponsored conference to further internet freedom: The protection of the free Internet is everyone's business. "It's not just for those who suffer from oppression through the Internet,"

Another quote: "Businesses need to be careful to whom they sell software and hardware. "If you sell to Iran, Syria or the former Gaddafi regime, you know that it is used to violate human rights,"

Translation, Original in Dutch."

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