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Iceland's Seismic Activity: A Repeat Show for Atmospheric Ash?

joe545 The roads are designed for flooding in Iceland (69 comments)

South of Vatnajokull is an area of gravel desert with little to no inhabitants. As there are frequent floods and ever changing "river" estuaries, all of the many small bridges in the region are specifically designed to be washed away easily. It's simply cheaper to build them new ones after every serious flood. The Icelanders know what they are doing!

about a month ago
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Countries Don't Own Their Internet Domains, ICANN Says

joe545 Re:Interesting comparison (113 comments)

When was the last time you heard anything controversial about the UN-run ITU?

about a month and a half ago
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Countries Don't Own Their Internet Domains, ICANN Says

joe545 Interesting comparison (113 comments)

The UK courts generate a lot of uproar in the US (and rightly so) about them overstepping their jurisdiction with regards to libel laws. There seems to be a complete lack of self-awareness when lawsuits such as these come up. The plaintiffs in this case are trying to collect their award of $109 million (from a default judgement in Rubin et al v. Islamic Republic of Iran et al,) in retribution to injuries caused by a Hamas bombing they claim was funded by Iran. Using the American courts in this way rides roughshod over other the independence of other countries.

They also tried to sue the EU for giving aid to the "terrorist sponsoring" Palestinian Authority (they lost due to diplomatic immunity). Using the courts in this way seems to have very little to do with justice and more to do with politics.

about a month and a half ago
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Tracking Tesla's Quiet Changes To the Model S

joe545 Re:Ripe for abuse (106 comments)

than* :(

about 3 months ago
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Tracking Tesla's Quiet Changes To the Model S

joe545 Re:Ripe for abuse (106 comments)

I'd wager that petrol prices are comparatively higher in europe vs usa then electricity ones.

about 3 months ago
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Prominent GitHub Engineer Julie Ann Horvath Quits Citing Harrassment

joe545 Re:Sexism? (710 comments)

She is also effectively calling her two female co-workers strippers. I wonder if she asked for their permission before airing that grievance. It'll be an awkward return to work for those two after that comparison.

about 6 months ago
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Prominent GitHub Engineer Julie Ann Horvath Quits Citing Harrassment

joe545 Re:she's a nutcase (710 comments)

Julie Horvath complained and had removed a rug at GitHub which she objected to because of the word "meritocracy". As that would imply that the fact there were so few women in IT and in GitHub in general was because women were not as good as men.

She also headed-up a female-only lecture project within GitHub.

Take these facts into consideration when considering her claims of hula-hoop-sexism.

Source: http://readwrite.com/2014/01/2...

about 6 months ago
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Prominent GitHub Engineer Julie Ann Horvath Quits Citing Harrassment

joe545 Sexism? (710 comments)

I don't understand the clamour to define this as sexism when 90% of the alleged harassment was from the founder's wife. Simply watching someone hula-hoop in public at a works party is not harassment and paints "Julie" in a bad light when she compares it to a strip-club and that she felt "unsafe".

about 6 months ago
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Ghostwriter Reveals the Secret Life of WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange

joe545 Re:So? (359 comments)

It's a misnomer to say he hasn't been charged. Swedish law has strict requirements regarding the timeline between charging and the court case which in principle means that they only charge someone when he is in their physical custody.

about 7 months ago
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Edward Snowden's Lawyer Claims Harassment From Heathrow Border Agent

joe545 Re:not surprising (261 comments)

RTFS she will visit Assange who is skipped bail.

about 6 months ago
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Edward Snowden's Lawyer Claims Harassment From Heathrow Border Agent

joe545 not surprising (261 comments)

Foreign citizen turns up at the border and mentions that she will visit a fugitive from the law and is surprised when that results in an border interrogation?

about 6 months ago
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Facebook's Biggest Bounty Yet To Hacker Who Found "Keys To the Kingdom"

joe545 Re:a pittance in ayn rands america. (111 comments)

That is complete and utter rubbish. One of the examples you mention, the Hoover dam, had intolerable conditions for the workers on it. They were promised modern homes to live in with their families whilst they worked in a desert in the middle of nowhere. What they got was a shanty town, nicknamed Ragtown, with little to no amenities and very little protection from the heat with vague promises of that the buildings were coming - that lasted years! 16 people died on one day alone from the heat. Can you imagine what the conditions were like on the work site if people were dying in the town? Imagine carrying heavy loads, working in tunnels with no air and no respite from the heat for months on end. The workers went on strike for better conditions, in response they had their meagre pay cut and when they weren't happy with that they were fired en-masse. There were further strikes by their replacements. 112 people died in total on the dam, 42 of which died of suspected carbon monoxide poisoning from working in tunnels with no ventilation which were conveniently listed as pneumonia.

Your description that they "paid a living wage and considered the welfare of their employees sacrosanct" could not be further from the truth.

about 8 months ago
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TSA Union Calls For Armed Guards At Every Checkpoint

joe545 security via security (603 comments)

So in order to get through security, you have to get through security's security?

about 10 months ago
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Administration Seeks To Make Unauthorized Streaming A Felony

joe545 Re:Why not? (398 comments)

The Swedes don't want to question him, they want to charge him and that can only happen on Swedish soil. In order to charge someone they need to do that as part of a formal interview. So by volunteering to be interviewed in a place where he cannot be charged and wouldn't agree to leave with them if he could be, Assange is playing to the crowd by offering terms he knows cannot be accepted.

about a year ago
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How European Startups Are Battling Labor Laws For Developers and Programmers

joe545 startup whiners (293 comments)

That whole article sums up what is wrong with these venture capitalist funded start-ups; they want to compete on a different playing field than established companies. They want to be able to import cheap labour from other countries as they aren't willing to pay the going rate for local engineers. They don't want to register their employees properly as they will be liable for more taxes and to give their employees the rights they are entitled to.

As a European, I'm glad these guys are finding it difficult to ride roughshod over the laws has to protect workers. If you can't afford to do things the proper way then your business is not viable. Complaining that you can't find exploitative loopholes that depress wages for the rest of us is laughable.

about a year ago
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English May Have Retained Words From an Ice Age Language

joe545 Re:Words in common - Thai and English (323 comments)

If you think that's weird, just take a look at some languages that ARE actually related to English but have attached very different meanings to words.

Or can you explain why "gift" means poison in German?

So if your German husband tells you he has a gift for your mom, beware!

That's nothing, in Swedish "gift" means both "married" and "poison" !

about a year ago
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The Pirate Bay Claims It Is Now Hosting From North Korea

joe545 Re:Not yet (309 comments)

Despite the name, the Hong Kong Shanghai Banking Corporation is actually British

about a year and a half ago
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Schmidt, Daughter Talk About North Korea Trip

joe545 Re:not as locked down as you think (187 comments)

You are over-egging NK from my experience.

Friendliness is hard to judge as most people can only speak Korean and almost exclusively pretend like you don't exist. Whether that is through fear or not, I can't say but it is unusual when you consider that NK is the most homogenised society in the world and that the number of western tourist is only ~2000/year that most people did not seem curious at all to see us.

Cooking skills may not be lacking but raw ingredients certainly are. I never realised how much I depend on fruit until I visited NK. I don't particularly like apples but after almost a week of no fruit and almost the same meal everyday (kim shi), I was genuinely excited when I managed to get half an apple. I can only imagine what it is like for ordinary NK citizens.

For all its affront and posturing, you cannot visit NK without recognising that it is a poor country masquerading as a rich one. The paucity of cars even in the city centre of Pyongyang was eerie - especially so when we drove on an empty 10-lane motorway. There seemed to be only about 5 styles of clothing available (especially for men) that reminded me of school uniform every where we went. The complete lack of crime (except against humanity, perhaps) was almost disconcerting.

about a year and a half ago
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Schmidt, Daughter Talk About North Korea Trip

joe545 not as locked down as you think (187 comments)

I have actually visited North Korea in order to see the Arirang Mass Games. Although Truman Show is a good analogy of what it is like there, I feel a better description is like a human safari. While it is heavily locked down there to an amusing extent (my guide genuinely thought Madonna was man but had heard of her), every now and then you saw a glimpse of something that showed you that it wasn't entirely true.

When I was leaving the country and passing through passport control, I was lightly grilled by the border guard. He asked me a few questions and then asked me what my job was.
"Programmer", I replied.
"Which language do you use?"
"Java"
He then leaned forwarded and whispered to me as he gave me my passport back, "Me too".

about a year and a half ago

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joe545 joe545 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

joe545 (871599) writes "Researchers in the UK propose tagging air passengers to fight terrorism reports the BBC. Having been successfully tested at Debrecen airport in Hungary, it could be deployed in the UK in just 2 years. The public accepted the tagging of criminals but how will they feel about their every move being monitored in order to fly?"

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