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US House of Representatives Votes To Cut Funding To NSA

radja Re:Next! (164 comments)

Funny? probably some dutchmen at work here. NSB was the dutch nazi party just before and during WW2. In dutch 'NSBer' still means traitor or snitch.

about a month ago
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US To Charge Chinese Military Employees With Hacking

radja Re:Very Bad Precedent (225 comments)

There is already a precedent. German soldiers were tried and sentenced for carrying out orders in the concentration camps.

about 2 months ago
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Woman Attacked In San Francisco Bar For Wearing Google Glass

radja Re:LED (921 comments)

just stop pointing your camera at me. I don't care if it's showing a red light or not. She was being obnoxious, and wouldn't stop when asked.

about 5 months ago
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First Ever Public Tasting of Lab-Grown Cultured Beef Burger

radja Re:Solving Canibalism (303 comments)

Kosher bacon!

if it's grown in a petridish, it's not from a pig, right?

about a year ago
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US Entertainment Industry To Congress: Make It Legal For Us To Deploy Rootkits

radja Re:Time to start thinking (443 comments)

Just to make sure it's not plagiarized ofcourse... because that's piracy too...

about a year ago
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Hanford Nuclear Waste Vitrification Plant "Too Dangerous"

radja Re:Separate the fluids? (292 comments)

solids can leak too. think bucket of sand with a hole in the bottom.

about a year ago
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Lamenting the Demise of Hangups

radja Re:Isn't that what swearing is for? (215 comments)

dont swear.. get a referee whistle. works especially well against call centers, as they cannot take off their headphones fast enough.

about a year ago
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UK Government To Spy On Computers of the Jobless

radja Re:Germany... (278 comments)

it sounds like slavery to me, because people are forced to work and do not get any wages. A workforce for the government should be paid at least minimum wage, and not be on welfare which comes with a lot of other restrictions. The system asks a LOT in return for welfare... more than a job, in my dutch experience.

about a year and a half ago
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ITU To Choose Emergency Line For Mobiles: 911, or 112?

radja Re:Reasons for either (354 comments)

at least in the netherlands, you still can. pulse dialing is still supported.

about a year and a half ago
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Austrian Blank Media Tax May Expand To Include Cloud Storage

radja Re:Double dipping (129 comments)

yes, there's a tax on phones, drives, dvd's... but you only pay the tax once, when you buy the item. You are NOT taxed every time you copy a song from one medium to another. It's not a tax on transfer. it's a tax on devices.

about a year and a half ago
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FIA Adds Rome To Formula E 2014 Inaugural Season

radja Re:Less noise? (91 comments)

nah.. 99% of the fun is the crashes. F1 is too safe to be fun any more, and the competition itself is NEVER shown. get rid of the races, put the cars on a roller setup to see who built the fastest car, and show us the construction process. because it's not about the driver. it's about the cars and how they're built.

about a year and a half ago
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With Pot Legal, Scientists Study Detection of Impaired Drivers

radja Re:Apples and Oranges... (608 comments)

the currently known tests do not test for high, impairment or being under the influence. They test whether there is THC in the blood or saliva. This is the reason why this test is not used in the Netherlands. The law clearly states that driving under the influence of marihuana is not allowed, but that is not something these tests can show.

about a year and a half ago
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Best Trek Captain?

radja Re:Slog (618 comments)

Slog Supplemental... I've heard worse names..

about 2 years ago
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To Encourage Biking, Lose the Helmets

radja Re:But that's not the real problem. (1651 comments)

In my experience in the Netherlands, cyclists have pretty good respect for the laws. Car-drivers though... that's another thing. even a basic rule like the maximum speed seems too hard to understand for most, and that's with the very loose control of the maximum speed. you are even allowed to break the maximum speed legally. drive 125 km/h where 120 km/h is the limit, and you will not get fined.

about 2 years ago
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Who's Pirating Game of Thrones, and Why?

radja Re:Yes, you can do that. (1004 comments)

legality will differ by country. In the netherlands this is perfectly legal.

more than 2 years ago
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NASA Rocket Barrage Will Light Up Mid-Atlantic Coast

radja Re:Wouldn't it be funny (69 comments)

if you can laugh about bombing iran, you can laugh about the bombing of the twin towers.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Scrub Pirated Music From My Collection?

radja Re:How is 'legal' determined? (758 comments)

also, legality of ripped music is different in many countries. suppose you visit a friend in the Netherlands. he has a CD or DVD you like. you can sit down behind his computer and copy it, and the resulting copy is perfectly legal. it does not have to be a direct copy, mp3 or any music or video format is just fine. it's different if the friend copies it for you, in that case he's illegally spreading copyrighted material. you can take your copied CD back home, and it's still legal as far as I know, under the Berne convention.

more than 3 years ago
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US To Fire Up Big Offshore Wind Energy Projects

radja Re:Remember Carter? (223 comments)

because pollution is not properly taken into account of profits. companies make the profits, everyone gets the pollution.

more than 3 years ago
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Sometimes It's OK To Steal My Games

radja Re:err... (438 comments)

strange... I work for a company. they own my hard work, not I. In general, other people DO own someone's hard work, and build their own works on the hard work of other people.

more than 3 years ago
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Scrabble To Allow Proper Nouns

radja Re:Stupid (377 comments)

3) No really, aQrzzxxq is brand of peanut butter in Upper Mongolia.

silly? yes, but brand names are allowed, and these need not be english brand names. It could be an Upper Mongolian brand, a dutch name or a tunesian company.

more than 4 years ago

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