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Dutch Police Ask 8000+ Citizens To Provide Their DNA

sheean.nl Re:Do you trust your government? (374 comments)

We actually have laws in this country to prevent just that. For example the "Wet bescherming persoonsgegevens" (Personal Data Protection Act) accounts for most of the rhetorical questions in the comments here.

about 2 years ago
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HTML Encoded Captchas

sheean.nl Re:Render, PrintScr, OCR? (177 comments)

Ask the question two or three times (pick a dog out of 9 pics, a cat, a horse) and block anyone who got it wrong more than, say, 20 times.

more than 7 years ago

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Netherlands to introduce net neutrality

sheean.nl sheean.nl writes  |  more than 3 years ago

sheean.nl writes "Dutch tech news site Tweakers.net reports that the Netherlands will get a legal guarantee on net neutrality, as far as the minister of economics Verhagen (CDA, Christian Democrats) is concerned. Verhagen will almost fully accept a motion of the opposition parties, although the coalition members are not yet fully convinced.

If accepted, the Netherlands would become the second country after Chili to guarantee net neutrality."

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Belgium prosecutes the church of Scientology

sheean.nl sheean.nl writes  |  about 7 years ago

sheean.nl writes "The Belgian Federal Judicial Authorities plans to prosecute the church of Scientology. The church is accused of being a criminal organisation which involves itself with extortion, fraud, unfair trading, violation of privacy laws and unlawfully practicing medicine. Both the Belgian and the European departement should be brought to court, according to the authorities. An investigation has been started in 1999 after former Scientologists complained about extortion by the church, this investigation has now been completed and the authorities want the case to be put through. The Belgians call this case a world's first. In some countries, including the US, the church of Scientology is officially recognised as a religion, with high-profile followers such as Tom Cruise and John Travolta."
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sheean.nl sheean.nl writes  |  more than 7 years ago

sheean.nl writes "The Dutch technology news-site Tweakers.net is reporting that the two major Dutch parties are considering implementing a "compensation-fee" (Dutch) on downloads of music via the internet.

According to the parties, record companies should accept that music is being downloaded from the internet without being paid for. As a compensation measure, a levy could be put on all internet subscriptions.

Dutch politician Van Dam (Labour party) considers the fight against the illegal spreading of music-files via the internet a lost one. "We must be realistic." Van Dam is interested in the idea of compensating musicians and authors for their loss of income. A prerequisite is that record companies accept that music is being spread via the internet and must thus reduce the use of DRM and other security measures.

The Christian-Democrats also consider the idea. According to Christian-Democrat Van Vroonhoven, many internet-users are using their connection to download files from the internet without paying for it. Because of this, she too is in favour of this proposal, as long as users no longer have to pay for separate downloads as well.

The two parties are currently still working on forming a coalition after the elections of last November."
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sheean.nl sheean.nl writes  |  more than 7 years ago

sheean.nl writes "Representatives of more than 30 countries signed a deal on Tuesday to build the world's most advanced nuclear fusion reactor, aimed at developing a clean, cheap and abundant energy source as the end of fossil fuels looms. After months of wrangling, France edged out Japan last year to host the 10-billion-euro ($12.8-billion) International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), which will be built at Cadarache, near the southern city of Marseille.

At a signing ceremony hosted by French President Jacques Chirac, representatives of the European Union, the United States, Japan, India, Russia, South Korea and China signed the ITER agreement in the presidential Elysee Palace in Paris, finalizing the project after years of negotiations. "If nothing changes, humanity will have consumed, in 200 years, most of the fossil fuel resources accumulated over hundreds of millions of years, provoking, at the same time, a veritable climate calamity," Chirac told the meeting. "It (the ITER project) is a victory in the general interest of humanity," he added.

ITER will aim to fuse deuterium derived from seawater with tritium made from lithium, which is abundant in the Earth's crust. A giant electromagnetic ring will force the atoms together at around 100 million Celsius (180 million Fahrenheit).

Its backers say that would be cleaner than existing nuclear reactors, but critics argue it could be at least 50 years before a commercially viable reactor is built, if one is built at all.

In the lengthy negotiations over who would host the project, the EU and its member France made huge financial and industrial concessions to the Japanese, agreeing to pay for roughly half the 4.6 billion euro construction cost, at 2000 prices. Japan also secured more staff on the project, including the post of director-general. The countries involved, home to more than half the world's population, hailed it as a model of international cooperation to meet a global challenge. "It is the first time that more than half of the world is standing together shoulder to shoulder and looking a technological challenge in the eye and telling it with confidence: thou shalt be conquered," said Anil Kakodkar, head of India's Department of Atomic Energy."

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