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Saudi Cleric Pummeled On Twitter For Claiming Driving Damages Women's Ovaries

VirginMary Re:You can't judge (408 comments)

By "it is happiness"??

about a year ago
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EU Wants To Enshrine Network Neutrality In Law

VirginMary Re:Democratic Europe, plutocratic America. (76 comments)

By letting the EU do something "for the people" rather than doing it themselves they improve the image of the EU with the naive citizens. Good cop/bad cop standard story.

You're probably also wearing a tinfoil hat! Sheesh!

about a year ago
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Pitcher-Turned-Law Student On Cheating In Baseball

VirginMary Re:But thats OK! (276 comments)

Your friends don't seem to be a representative group :)

I sure hope not! The majority of mankind seems to be deeply superstitious, too and almost all of my many friends are atheists or agnostics. I also like to think that most or all of my friends have no strong national attachments a.k.a. "patriotism". So, yes, I like to believe that they are highly unrepresentative of humanity in ways that are important to me. OTOH, they are more representative in that I have American, European, Asian and African friends.

Oh, just to clarify: I see nothing wrong with watching sports for entertainment. It's just not my cup of tea and I haven't been able to relate to doing that since I was around 14.

about a year ago
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Pitcher-Turned-Law Student On Cheating In Baseball

VirginMary Re:But thats OK! (276 comments)

People like sports...

Yes, people are weird! Still don't see why that means that students and universities need to subsidize some people's hobbies! Amongst my friends about half like to watch sports for entertainment and the other half feel the way I do and would rather stare at a blank wall than watch sports. Personally I prefer reading a good book, watching animé or studying Japanese. And yes, I am a happy nerd!

about a year ago
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Pitcher-Turned-Law Student On Cheating In Baseball

VirginMary Re:But thats OK! (276 comments)

Also, why do sports and higher education have anything to do with each other?

They don't, at least not in my country. I got my Master's and Ph.D. in the US and was and still am baffled by this. What really bugged me though is that I had to support people's sports hobby with a financial contribution. I thought it would have been better for other students to pay for my scifi-book-reading hobby instead. The bogus argument was that the sports teams were making my university money. If that would have actually been true, why did I have to financially support it then? Also, I never attended a single game in my 5 years at my university. I would have preferred watching paint dry. My degrees are in physics, btw. and I am from Germany. I also think it is disgusting that people get scholarships based on their athletic abilities. Are we still ape men?

about a year ago
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Six Retailers Announce Recall of Buckyballs and Buckycubes

VirginMary Labelling (343 comments)

When I was living in the US, I enjoyed showing my German friends labels from water bottles that listed 0% fat, with the comment: "Look, they sell fat-free water in the US, quite unlike all the fatty water that is being sold in Germany!" ;-)

about a year and a half ago
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Developers Begin Hunt For a Killer App For Google Glass

VirginMary Re:My Killer App... (155 comments)

What you can "see" is wrong! :-) I have indeed translated little snippets of Japanese with Google Translate. Yes, it is often terrible, but it also is frequently useful, for example I tried it on a sign in Kyoto and it translated it as "not cross". Knowing quite a bit about the structure of the Japanese language and how much it leaves out relative to English, it was easy to guess that what it would be in English is "Do not cross!". I also found various other useful snippets. As Google Translate is based on data mining and statistical methods it would seem that one can hope that it will improve greatly over time. Until then I will study more Japanese! ;-)

about a year and a half ago
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Developers Begin Hunt For a Killer App For Google Glass

VirginMary My Killer App... (155 comments)

...would be translation, à la Google Translate. When I was in Japan on a vacation, I would have killed for something like that! Imagine having signs that you look at translated. Or menus, comics, etc.

about a year and a half ago
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What "Earth-Shaking" Discovery Has Curiosity Made on Mars?

VirginMary They found... (544 comments)

... Waldo!

about 2 years ago
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Why the Tablet Market is Really the iPad Market

VirginMary Re:People want cheaper tablets (657 comments)

You obviously are totally clueless! I have owned an iPad2 and now own the new iPad and the difference is stunning! Previously, on the iPad2, I could barely read a page in a PDF version of a Scientific American issue w/o zooming in because the small text was very pixellated, now, w/ my new iPad, it is crystal clear and I do not need to zoom. Also, the colours are much better on the new iPad as any side-to-side comparison shows immediately. Only Apple-hating morons cannot admit that the screen resolution of the new iPad is a huge boon for various applications, including those involving text, diagrams, photos etc. But., whatever, haters will hate and make up bullshit as long as it conforms to their bias!

more than 2 years ago
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Georgia Apple Store Refuses To Sell iPad To Iranian-American Teen

VirginMary Re:TSA as role model? (1116 comments)

None of the Apple haters here care about facts. And neither do the morons who try to find racism or other forms of discrimination under every rock.

more than 2 years ago
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Supreme Court Approves Strip Searches For Any Arrestable Offense

VirginMary Re:I left and it's easy to do (747 comments)

Yes, people from poorer countries. Americans never compare themselves to Europe. They only look down never up.

more than 2 years ago
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Supreme Court Approves Strip Searches For Any Arrestable Offense

VirginMary Re:I left and it's easy to do (747 comments)

Wow, are you uninformed! I work in Germany, for a corporation, and I also get 12 paid holidays, but unlike you I don't merely get a measly 4 weeks per year of paid vacation. I get 6, and from the first year I started working with at my company. I lived in the US for many years and so I know that hardly anyone who doesn't work for the government gets 4 weeks like you do. Here 6 weeks is quite common. I always pointed out a German saying to my American friends: "I don't live to work, I work to live." What's the point of making all that money if I have no time to enjoy it? I work to support housing, food, clothing etc. like everyone else, but beyond that I work so that I can support my hobbies and to spend time off with friends and family. American culture struck me as ass-backwards in that respect. People spending long hours at work. What's the point of life if that's how you have to live? Now, if you're close to starving I can understand doing that, but only if those hours are actually being paid, but otherwise I can't relate to that kind of mindset at all.

more than 2 years ago
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UK Plan Would Use CCTV To Stop Uninsured Drivers From Refueling

VirginMary Re:Be scrupulously legal and stay perpetually poor (691 comments)

I view people that don't pay their car insurance as free loaders and causing honest people to have to pay more to cover them too. They're scum! Also in the UK the public transportation network is far better than in the US and there is no need to have a car at all.

more than 2 years ago
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Oracle-Google Trial Won't Start Until Next Year

VirginMary Re:Without patents... (60 comments)

Does anyone really think that would be any less fair than the current system?

The answer to that is obviously and unfortunately "Yes!".

more than 2 years ago
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EPA Bans CFC-Based Asthma Inhalers

VirginMary Re:Quantitative? I'll take a shot at it. (394 comments)

How do you know what I do or don't do? Just because you're a selfish son of a bitch does not mean that I am, too! I don't drive because I think it is bad for the environment. 30 years ago when I wanted to have 3 kids I decided to have none after reading a UN sponsored report about overpopulation. I recycle, installed all kinds of water- and energy-saving devices in my home and have been a founding member of a political party promoting environmental awareness and societal changes towards a more sustainable behaviour in my country. I know many Americans don't believe in planning for the future unless it's their own immediate personal one but that does not mean that all other people feel the same way. (My apologies for the non-anthropogenic global warming denying non Tea Party morons in the US, I know there some of you out there!) My entire adult life I have tried to live in a way that when I look back on my life I don't have to feel guilty for how I lived. Ultimately I feel I would have no right to criticise anybody else unless I try to set a better example. Yes, there is much more I could do, but, I would say I am way ahead of the curve on this one!

about 3 years ago
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EPA Bans CFC-Based Asthma Inhalers

VirginMary Re:Quantitative? I'll take a shot at it. (394 comments)

Assuming your numbers and the scaled up to the world population we'd have 24 tons * (7/.3) equals 560 tons. And I don't accept the argument that people in most countries may not use them. We all have to behave in a sustainable way. To me that means that we have to ask: What if every person on our planet behaved the way I did?

about 3 years ago
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German Court Upholds Ban On Samsung Galaxy Tab

VirginMary Re:Can anyone tell me... (314 comments)

So what does "So you are argument" mean? Sorry, I am not a native English speaker but that just sounds very strange to me!

about 3 years ago
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Rent Your Own Botnet

VirginMary Re:This is exactly why you use a Mac. (79 comments)

If the majority of people used a Mac, then there would be Mac rootkits all over the place, and a few people would be bragging about how secure Windows is.

That is utterly irrelevant if you want more security right now!

about 3 years ago

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UK Skylon spaceplane passes key review

VirginMary VirginMary writes  |  more than 3 years ago

VirginMary writes "A space plane that switches from using an air/hydrogen mixture to an on-board-oxygen/hydrogen mixture gets support from ESA experts. This concept/engine has been in development for 30 years and appears to be close to the production of a ground demonstrator."
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Germany warns against use of Firefox browser

VirginMary VirginMary writes  |  more than 4 years ago

VirginMary (123020) writes "Due to a dangerous security vulnerability the German government warns against the use of Firefox. Apparently a bug-fixed version is currently in testing and scheduled to be released by the end of this month."
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More confusion of science and religion!

VirginMary VirginMary writes  |  more than 6 years ago

VirginMary (123020) writes "Apparently some Christians are not the only ones confusing science and religion, some muslims are equally confused. Now they'd like to replace GMT (UTC?) with Mecca time! Supposedly muslim scientists have shown Mecca to be the true center of the earth. Let's thank them for another good laugh!"
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Microsoft loses anti-trust appeal

VirginMary VirginMary writes  |  about 7 years ago

VirginMary (123020) writes "Microsoft finally lost its appeal of the $690 million fine imposed on it by the European Commission. Good news for competitors and consumers?"

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