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Half of Germany's Power Supplied By Solar, Briefly

V for Vendetta Re:Thanks for pointing out the "briefly" part. (461 comments)

If anything, the vast amount of empty space makes large-scale facilities of any kind easier.

Exactly. Germany's one of the countries with the highest population density. There's simply no room for wind turbines or big solar panel fields or big farms for bio-fuel crop. And yet we manage to cramp them in somewhere.

Don't complain - invent! That once has made the U.S.A. one of the most successful countries of the world.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Way to Learn C# For Game Programming?

V for Vendetta Re:You Already Know It (254 comments)

The VB6 development environment doesn't even run on any supported operating system.

My Visual Studio 6 runs just fine on Win 7+8, thank you very much ...

about a month ago
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Interviews: Bruce Perens Answers Your Questions

V for Vendetta Re:Protecting the Weak from the Strong (224 comments)

"Ownership" is quite a broad term and not a good measurement for this discussion. For example, according to the WaffG (gun's law), when inheriting a gun you need to prove that you've got a need for a (working) gun. If you can't prove that, but still want to own the gun, a blocking device needs to be mounted to the gun and all rounds handed over.

Blank guns - if you want to carry them around - also need to be registered and therefore are part of those numbers.

"Owning guns" and "owning guns capable to kill" is quite an important difference. To me, at least.

about a month and a half ago
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Interviews: Bruce Perens Answers Your Questions

V for Vendetta Re:Protecting the Weak from the Strong (224 comments)

What success? The UK is an island, in case you didn't notice.

Well, if you don't accept the UK, take Germany as an example. Although you might argue that Europe + Asia "is just an island" ...

about a month and a half ago
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European Court of Justice Strikes Down Data Retention Law

V for Vendetta Re:Almost makes me want to live there (77 comments)

If you ask me, there's a very simple and understandable reason for this sensibility: Europe hosted its share of tyrannic oppressive regimes over the centuries, all of which used accumulated data to oppress their opponents. For once people seemed to have learned a thing from history.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Essays and Short Stories Should Be In a Course On Futurism?

V for Vendetta Re:Where's Gibson? (293 comments)

Most people already know that In his 1984 book "Neuromancer" he basically predicted the future importance and uses of the internet and the existence of portable devices to access it (It was he that coined the term Cyberspace). he also emphasised virtual reality, which back then was somewhat of a niche fad but even now is about to become more mainstream with the imminent release of Occulus Rift, off the back of which there is already a series of similar devices being leaked/advertised.

Agreed. But for me the most visionary prediction in the trilogy is that corporations have basically taken over the reign of the world. Which nowadays is terribly spot on, unfortunately.

about 5 months ago
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Another Possible Voynich Breakthrough

V for Vendetta Re:No progress at all... (160 comments)

Works in German, too: Wenn Fliegen hinter Fliegen fliegen, fliegen Fliegen hinter Fliegen.

about 5 months ago
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Germany's Renewable Plan Faces Popular Resistance

V for Vendetta Re:NIMBY (176 comments)

This is Germany, we're talking about, so that's not NIMBY, but the St. Florian Prinzip: "Heiliger Sankt Florian / Verschon' mein Haus / Zünd' and're an! (Saint Florian / spare my house / burn others' (house) down).

about 6 months ago
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Vikings' Secret Code Cracked

V for Vendetta Re: The cypher (89 comments)

My guess would be: 1) as you stated: not many cryptographers tackled the riddle and 2) a simple substitution is easy to spot, if you know the language. Not sure how many people these days "speak" runes and know their pronounciation (which seems part of the substitution).

about 6 months ago
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Largest-Yet EVE Online Battle Destroys $200,000 Worth of Starships

V for Vendetta Re:Wow (463 comments)

Actually, the second guy from the bottom on the right is a CCP employee. So much for "can't get jobs" ...

about 6 months ago
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EU Commissioner Renews Call for Serious Fines in Data Privacy Laws

V for Vendetta Hypocrites - but capable to rethink (162 comments)

The EU is also responsible for the Data Retention Directive.

Indeed. Which is - I admit - a shame. But we're also capable of learning from our errors, it seems:

The European Union's data retention directive is incompatible with the bloc's charter of fundamental rights, Advocate General Pedro Cruz VillalÃn said in an opinion Thursday. [...] The opinion isn't binding on the European Court of Justice, Europe's highest court, but in the majority of cases, advocate general opinions are followed.

Source

I wish the same could be said about Obama's administration and its stance towards the NSA spying.

about 6 months ago
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Chinese Icebreaker Is Stuck In Ice After Antarctic Research Vessel Rescue

V for Vendetta Re:International cooperation (361 comments)

That wasn't it (although that still applies). It had something to do with the nations/institutions doing arctic research helping out each other.

about 7 months ago
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Chinese Icebreaker Is Stuck In Ice After Antarctic Research Vessel Rescue

V for Vendetta Re:International cooperation (361 comments)

I just think it is cool there is such cooperation between Russia, China, and Australia

I've learned these days that they're acting not so much out of 'coolness', but due to international agreements. Unfortunately I don't remember the agreements name (other than it being a typical bureaucratic monster term) and my Google Fu is rather weak today, it seems.

about 7 months ago
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Privacy Advocate Jacob Appelbaum Reports Break-In Of Berlin Apartment

V for Vendetta Re:Where is the protection from the Fatherland ? (194 comments)

Why has it failed to protect to Mr. Appelbaum ? Just because the word "Appelbaum " sounds Jewish ?

You're asking too much here - I mean, we're not even able to protect our own Bundeskanzlerin, let alone a mere mortal foreign citizen ...

about 7 months ago
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Microsoft's Ticking Time Bomb Is Windows XP

V for Vendetta Re:The Solution is Obvious (829 comments)

[...] plus inhouse VB stuff that keeps some stuff on old MS Windows systems here

All of our VB(6) stuff runs without problems on Win7 without me having done anything special to make it run there.

I'd go so far to say it's even better now, because Win7 (and Vista before) have the VB runtime included, so installation has basically become a copy & paste of the EXE.

about 7 months ago

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