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Census Bureau: Majority of Affluent Counties In Northeast US

Weh Re:Speaking as a non-American (285 comments)

it's called gerrymandering I believe. Democracy in the US is absurdly broken, corporate and special interests campaign money, gerrymandering, fillibustering, all degrade the once shining example of democracy that the US once was.

about 10 months ago
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MasterCard Hit By WikiLeaks Payback Attacks

Weh Re:Adult responses vs epic tantrums (715 comments)

wikileaks is not about free speech, governments need to have a way of communicating securely, this is in the interest of the public. just like you and your wife/gf/bf/whatever don't want each and every discussion about yoru inlaws to be in the open. I don't see why people are so happy about wikileaks, publishing secrets is dangerous to our own security. Add to that that JA threatens to publish information if he is in put in jail; what if he did indeed commit the crimes, does he have the right to have a get out of jail card where others don't? I don't think so...

more than 3 years ago
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Synthetic Sebum Makes Slippery Sailboats

Weh Re:It's a start (128 comments)

ehm, have you ever studied ships?

Large ships already have extremely efficient two stroke diesel engines (even over 50% which is extremely high if you consider the carnot max) They also have many devices to recover waste heat.

Propeller designs are already very sophisticated, difficult to improve there.

weight: the weight of the ship is very low relative to the amount of cargo it carries (compared to e.g. a truck). Also, the ship sails at relatively low speeds and mostly in a straight line so acceleration/deceleration losses that increase with mass are not really a factor.

All in all cargo ships are already the most efficient mode of transport on a fuel/cargo weight-distance ratio basis.

about 5 years ago
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Generating Power From Ocean Buoys and Kites

Weh Re:So ridiculous (131 comments)

I'm not an expert on electro-magnetism but I know a bit about ocean waves. The swell typically has a period in the range of 5-15 seconds depending on location and depth, taking into consideration the wave height you can easily work out that there will be a fair bit of variation/acceleration at the buoy. Also, keep in mind that the waves generally aren't regular waves but part of a seastate that consists of various components with different periods, heights and directions. Personally I don't expect much from this idea, it is too complex and probably too expensive. All I'm saying is that I think that you under-estimate the energy content of waves a bit.

more than 5 years ago
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Apple Plans $1 Billion iDataCenter

Weh iiiEnough (260 comments)

iI iThink iThis iiThing (iYes, iThat iIs iA iDouble ii) iIs iIs iSo i90's iAnd iIt iIs iGetting iVery iAnnoying.

more than 5 years ago
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Germany Legislates For Mandatory Web Filters

Weh Re:Freedom is only "free" if blood is freely spilt (309 comments)

most governments do have the right to determine what you look at; child porn is illegal in most countries and in some countries regular porn is even illegal.

so, yes, governments already censor other media (what do you think happens when customs find kiddy porn in your luggage?), thus it is to be expected that they try to censor the internet as well.

Off course there's a fine line between censoring and censoring. However, if your government is doing a reasonable job of providing relative free "old" media like tv, print, radio etc. I don't see a reason why they can't be trusted with the internet, there's no reason to be so paranoid.

And let's not focus on the government here, let's focus on the scum that brought this about; the child abusing kiddy porn people. Yes, some people will always find a way to do evil but let's make it as difficult as reasonably possible for them.

more than 5 years ago
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Configuring a Windows PC For a Senior Citizen?

Weh Re:Install Ubuntu (823 comments)

sorry, I don't mind ubuntu at all but windows is not all that hard to administer if you set it up right, especially if it's only a single pc. Just install it on a virtual machine on a linux host if necessary so you can restore it from time to time if need be.

Apart from that, the main advantage of windows is that all the "popular" apps and peripherals in the senior citizen crowd (think of, web-browsing, photo viewing, photo-printing, web-cams etc.) are much more readily available for windows than for linux.

more than 5 years ago
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Does Obama Have a Problem At NASA?

Weh Re:Who would have thought? (479 comments)

so your argument for nasa spending is basically that you think that the usa defeated communist russia through it? and you think that the usa would lose a lot by cutting nasa spending _because_ the world hates the usa?

interesting logic.

more than 5 years ago
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Obama's "ZuneGate"

Weh Re:"soon-to-be Leader of the Free World" (608 comments)

"To be honest, dual citizenship alone should be enough to disqualify anyone from holding any civil post in a country, because it creates a clear conflict of interest."

that's tolerance for you isn't it?

more than 5 years ago
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Obama's "ZuneGate"

Weh Re:"soon-to-be Leader of the Free World" (608 comments)

read article 137c of the dutch "wetboek van strafrecht" if you don't believe it:

"Hij die zich in het openbaar, mondeling of bij geschrift of afbeelding, opzettelijk beledigend uitlaat over een groep mensen wegens hun ras, hun godsdienst of levensovertuiging of hetero- of homosexuele gerichtheid, wordt gestraft met een gevangenisstraf van ten hoogste een jaar of een geldboete van de derde categorie. "

more than 5 years ago
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Obama's "ZuneGate"

Weh Re:"soon-to-be Leader of the Free World" (608 comments)

ok, you're right, I thought that he lost (maybe he initially did?).

I still think that there is a limit on freedom of speech in effect though because he needed to justify his beliefs by means of freedom of religion. What happens if an says that homosexuals are "sick"?.

more than 5 years ago
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Obama's "ZuneGate"

Weh Re:"soon-to-be Leader of the Free World" (608 comments)

that all depends on whether they're christian or muslem. Christian-bashing is ok with the left wingers, muslem bashing is not ok.

i distinctly remember a case against a christian politician a while back (can't remember his name), he basically said that homosexuals were no better than thieves (he meant in a religious way). Some homosexual movement took offense and took him to court, he lost, I'm very sure of that.

muslem groups off course can bash homosexuals all they like and will indeed get subsidies.

more than 5 years ago
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Obama's "ZuneGate"

Weh Re:"soon-to-be Leader of the Free World" (608 comments)

I see your point and I agree to an extent. However, you also have to consider that some states in the usa officially had racist laws (segregation) until 1968 which is only 5 years before I was born. So voting in a black president is really quite a turnaround. I cannot imagine that holland will have a black prime minister any time soon. And what if our crown prince would have married a black woman? I think people wouldn't have been so friendly to her. But I hope that I'm wrong.

btw I'm dutch too.

more than 5 years ago
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Obama's "ZuneGate"

Weh Re:"soon-to-be Leader of the Free World" (608 comments)

actually it's crap because there aren't a lot of places that actually don't require a visum, a lot of countries will give out "visa on arrival" which means that even though they give you the visum when you get there you still need a visum.

And even with a dutch passport I've travelled to many places that don't even give visa on arrival. Nigeria, China, bangladesh (indonesia, depending on when/where you go). Even for the usa we need to register some stuff in advance now.

more than 5 years ago
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Obama's "ZuneGate"

Weh Re:"soon-to-be Leader of the Free World" (608 comments)

oh yes, maybe you should also think about this: The usa just voted in its first black president, in the netherlands people went nuts when rotterdam recently got its first morrocan born mayor. Dutch tolerance is a myth.

more than 5 years ago
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Obama's "ZuneGate"

Weh Re:"soon-to-be Leader of the Free World" (608 comments)

dutch freedom of speech is a joke compared to american freedom of speech. Dutch freedom of speech basically means you're allowed to say what the left-wing elite thinks is right. In the usa freedom of speech is absolute as long as you're not inciting violence. For example in holland, try saying that you don't like black people, homosexuals, muslems, etc*. Try starting a racist movement*. Try saying that you think homosexuals are sick*. You will get into problems with the law, even if it is your honest to god opinion.

and where do you get the idea that you cannot get an abortion in the usa? or drink on a sunday? or get divorced? Or pay for sex?

*disclaimer; i'm not a bigot by any means, i just used those things as examples.

more than 5 years ago
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Eight-Armed Animal Preceded Dinosaurs

Weh so it's like (211 comments)

cthulhu?

more than 5 years ago

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