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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

wijnands of course not (426 comments)

It's microsoft's interest to display adds. Microsoft's target audience has never heard of add blockers and all those technical things. They want an appliance. At least that's always been Microsoft's attitude.

about 2 months ago
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Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

wijnands Did the American driver enter the 21st century? (865 comments)

Keycards that are inserted in a slot in the dashboard or are kept in the driver's pocket have been available on cars on the European market for the last 10 years or so..

about 5 months ago
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Oklahoma Botched an Execution With Untested Lethal Injection Drugs

wijnands Re:Time to move into the Century of the fruit bat. (1198 comments)

It seems to go with the territory of being a right wing quasi democracy. It usually takes a true democracy and a certain level of education of the voting population to get rid of the death penalty. Most of Europe reached that stage in the 1930s-1970s.

about 6 months ago
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New England Burns Jet Fuel To Keep Lights On

wijnands probably still cheap (230 comments)

I don't really know how much $140/mmBtu is. I do know that if Americans complain it's still cheap to us Europeans and I also know that Americans tend to waste a lot due to poor insulation.

about 9 months ago
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Disabled Woman Denied Entrance To US Due To Private Medical Records

wijnands Badly informed (784 comments)

I don't know what you are blabbering about but all countries in Western Europe have free speech codified. Getting a search warrant here is more difficult as is showing up at someone's door with a SWAT team. And yes we're allowed to defend ourselves but not to the extent of having enough guns to fight a minor war Also we don't refuse people because of a medical history. Probably because we actually welcome visitors.

about a year ago
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Disabled Woman Denied Entrance To US Due To Private Medical Records

wijnands Re:USA,..... (784 comments)

No, the terrorists allowed your own paranoids to win because not enough of you fight back.

about a year ago
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8 US States Pushing For 3.3 Million Electric Cars

wijnands Re:One thing is for sure (327 comments)

Interesting.. what would your country have looked like without the interstates?

about a year ago
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Greenland Repeals Radioactive Mining Ban

wijnands Re:You'd rather kill them with coal? (142 comments)

I'd rather you'd keep your playground attitude of name calling to yourself. Nuclear energy is, theoretically, clean and safe. However in practice it's proven to be far less so. An coal pollution will be greatly reduced in a few hunderd years. Radiation tends to stick around for a much longer time. If we go into "I'd rather" mode. I'd rather see we stabilize our population growth and start taking our energy production seriously whereby effect on the planet is leading over quick profit. Let's see about hydrogen production that doesn't cost more energy than it delivers. Get battery technology sorted, see if we can do a good fuel cell but also see about cracking the fusion reactor puzzle.

about a year ago
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Greenland Repeals Radioactive Mining Ban

wijnands Fukishima, Sellafield, 3 mile island (142 comments)

Could all have been a loooong hazaa! As to this decision, Greenland was relatively unspoiled and few things spoil a country quicker than strip mining.

about a year ago
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US Executions Threaten Supply of Anaesthetic Used For Surgical Procedures

wijnands But not with German rope! (1160 comments)

And there's some good hemp rope being made in Europe.

about a year ago
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Citizen Eavesdrops On Former NSA Director Michael Hayden's Phone Call

wijnands Can you pay the lobbyists for that cause? (390 comments)

From what I understand of your political system you'd need a lot of money to buy the lobbyists needed for this kind of change. Perhaps use one of those crowdfunded sites to get the funding?

about a year ago
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MEPs Vote To Suspend Data Sharing With US

wijnands Dream on (180 comments)

First of all, the actual effect of your data hungry KGB is debatable. Secondly, the EU is a lot less keen on annoying the muslim world than you guys are. We may be a slightly softer targer, we are a lot less attractive to the idiots.

about a year ago
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MEPs Vote To Suspend Data Sharing With US

wijnands Re:Oh no! (180 comments)

The "we don't care!" attitude has ruled US policy since.. 1950?

about a year ago
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MEPs Vote To Suspend Data Sharing With US

wijnands never say never (180 comments)

North America is NOT a major tourist destination for Europeans. It's a destination where people travel on business because they have to.

about a year ago
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Dick Cheney Had Implanted Defibrillator Altered To Prevent Terrorist Attack

wijnands Re:Evil, powerful men have enemies. (242 comments)

Ask the guys in the Guantanamo Gulag, perhaps they know

1 year,18 hours
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'Zombie' Hormone Disruptors Rise From the Dead

wijnands Research is futile (67 comments)

Just like with pesticides that are known to wipe out bees, nothing will be done about this problem either. The corporate lobbyists own too many of your politicians.

1 year,22 days
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"Patent Troll" Closes Controversial Podcast Patent Deal With SanDisk

wijnands I like sandisk players and would pay more (65 comments)

For one that didn't include support for a patent troll. (or didn't have that silly slotradio option come to think of it) Isn't it high time to stop dealing with the US market? It's insane legal system alone makes that a good option

about a year ago
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Administration Seeks To Make Unauthorized Streaming A Felony

wijnands Re:Why not? (398 comments)

Yes. That's what you, the American public, has wanted for years. You're getting it now. And since your people accepts all limits on your personal freedom if it's to make America safe for democracy and creates jobs.... well..... it's a Brave New World!

about a year ago
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Bradley Manning Convicted of Espionage, Acquitted of 'Aiding the Enemy'

wijnands Re:NSA doesn't like the system it created??? (529 comments)

Hmm.. maybe. What he did was certainly brave but he was also fully aware of the possible consequences. I admire his bravery to do what he did though.

about a year ago
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Mastermind of 9/11 Attacks Designs a Secret Vacuum Cleaner

wijnands Way more important than the gulag right? (284 comments)

Yep, I can see why this makes slashdot. After all it's way more important than the fact the guy was arrested, tortured and is being held for years in an American Gulag without so much as a show trial.

about a year ago

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Unesco probing Star Wars filming in Ireland

wijnands wijnands writes  |  about 3 months ago

wijnands (874114) writes "Star Wars crews have started filming on the small Irish Island of Skellig Michael. This island, listed as a Unesco world heritage site, features the remains of a 6th century monastery as well as breeding populations of puffins , manx shearwaters, storm petrels, guillemots and kittiwakes.
Currently the Irish navy has deployed one vessel to maintain a 2 mile exclusion zone around the island. Unesco is now concerned about what is going on the island, which is only visited 13 times a year by tourist groups, and has asked the Irish government for an explantion."

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Dutch ProjectX derails

wijnands wijnands writes  |  about 2 years ago

wijnands (874114) writes "After a girl's sweet 16 party went to more than 20000 people the Authorities in the small Dutch town Haren responded in a bit of a haphazerd manner. Rumours of an alternative party proved to be wrong. Calls went out via all the media not to come to the town.

A DJ for one of the biggest station called for people to come to Haren and now twitters it was "unwise" to have done so.

Result, a largely destroyed town with most shops either looted or damaged. Millions in property damages and, so far, 25 people arrested."

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