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Commerce Secretary: US Wants Multi-Stakeholder Process To Preserve Internet

johanw Except... (57 comments)

"The United States will resist all efforts to give "any person, entity or nation" control of the Internet"

Unless the Holy Copyright or Holy Patents are at stake of course. Then the US will (ab)use all its power to force their wiew down everyone's throat.

3 days ago
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Four Dutch Uberpop Taxi Drivers Arrested, Fined

johanw Re:News at 11. (280 comments)

The money doesn't expire, it is written on the card. That was done as an insurance against network failures. That's why when the first cards got hacked the saldo could be increased with a RFID writer. The card does expire after several years though.

Creditcards are generally seldom used in The Netherlands because our own banking cards charge much less costs. Don't expect to be able to pay with a credit card in most shops, especially outside the tourist areas. Cash is king.

about a week ago
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Four Dutch Uberpop Taxi Drivers Arrested, Fined

johanw Re:I'm sorry (280 comments)

For some bankers and other money-grabbing "managers" I would say it is far to little.

about a week ago
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Four Dutch Uberpop Taxi Drivers Arrested, Fined

johanw Re: I'm sorry (280 comments)

Ah, the followers of fuhrer Geert Wilders are reporting in. For the non-Dutch readers, his main (and nearly only) party program is that everything that goes wrong is the muslims fault.

about a week ago
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WhatsApp's Next Version To Include VoIP Calls and Recording

johanw Re:Not the feature I wanted. (65 comments)

The big advantage of the phone-only model is that it keeps Whatsapp nearly spamfree and it prevents conversations where people with complete keyboards outtype me too much and then complain I can't keep up with their typing.

about a week ago
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Co-Founder of PayPal Peter Thiel: Society Is Hostile To Science and Technology

johanw Re:A bit of a straw-man (238 comments)

Then don't use that primitive system of credit cards and pay cash. Added advantage is that you can't be spied uppon by a money trail.

about two weeks ago
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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

johanw Re:Science is not about trust (460 comments)

This is of course true for most expensive experiments. I can't afford a LHC, Space telescope, not even a small tokamak to test hot fusion. And the LHC produces so much data I can't even afford enough harddrives to store a copy. And even if I could, I'm not sure I have the knowledge to write a program to parse that data myself (or buy sufficient computer power to have it finished in my lifetime). Noone claimed you must me able to re-verify each and every experiment. And in many cases this is just simply impossible in practice. However, when the successor of the LHC will be built (they are designing some pulsed linear collider now in CERN, got a nice explaination of it when I visited last year) its results should not contradict the LHC results.

In CERN, this was partly solved by keeping the results of the 2 main detectors in LHC separate and just compare the end results. This should prevent matching the results voluntarily or involuntarily.

about three weeks ago
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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

johanw Re:SubjectsInCommentsAreStupid (460 comments)

Whatever, anyone can predict that this will lead to so many false earthquake alarms that no one is going to take them serious anymore.

about three weeks ago
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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

johanw Re:Fox News? (460 comments)

Yes, American scientists seem to be trained in adsvertising their accomplishments too much. When I graduated we were tought to be modest, talk en write mostly factional. An American guest student had the habit of reporting each small result in a way someone else would only do if he truly believed it would earn him a Nobel prize.

about three weeks ago
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Device Allows Paralyzed Rats To Walk, Human Trials Scheduled Next Summer

johanw Cymeks (85 comments)

Yes! The first step in developing Cymeks (look up the term if you're unfamiliar with the Dune universe).

about three weeks ago
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Where Whistleblowers End Up Working

johanw Re:Nothing new (224 comments)

What was the first one? All the way back to the Cuban invasion and the civil war I see only wars that were either started by the US fot profits or power, or were started because someone else started it (like WW2, where the US responded to a preemptive strike when the Japanese reacted like the modern US when they got hindered in their access to oil. And then Hitler declared war on the US too for good measure).

about three weeks ago
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CDC: Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million In 4 Months

johanw Re:At least tap water is chlorinated (280 comments)

Chloride? Fortunately not everywhere. In western Europe most countries use hydrogen peroxide, because afterward you can still drink the water and don't need expensive water in bottles.

about three weeks ago
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UK Ham Radio Reg Plans To Drop 15 min Callsign Interval and Allow Encryption

johanw Re:Scrap all the rules (104 comments)

"Would you be happy if I filled the TV frequencies with hardcore porn"
Well, yes. That would be better than the crap they broadcast now most of the time. :-)

about a month ago
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Facebook Blamed For Driving Up Cellphone Bills, But It's Not Alone

johanw Re: Stupid design, appalling (131 comments)

Welcome to the world of rooted Android phones. With AfWall+ you can set on a per-application basis wether it can dial out on mobile data, roaming mobile data, WiFi (split into general WiFi and LAN if you want to enable this), and allow VPN connections only if you want. Each option's availability can be selected so if you don't do anything with VPN's you wdon't have to select it.

about a month and a half ago

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