Re: What protections are there for individuals?
It looks like you're leaving the EU, so that pesky GDPR won't be a factor for long. :-)
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Yes very, since Snowden provided proof of the american NSA doing exactly what they claim Huawei is supposedly doing. (https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/05/photos-of-an-nsa-upgrade-factory-show-cisco-router-getting-implant/). So there is proof the Americans are, or at least were, doing it, yet they insist American hardware is safe for their allies, and not that of Huawei?
80 what a month for 9MBPS down, 4MBPS up? Not dollars I hope? For 61 euro, we have 300/30 here in the Netherlands using cable (=coax), so not a/v/xDSL using old copper telephone wires. Fibre is about the same price. Here when our old telco KPN decided to scale back the laying of fibre to milk more out of their old copper lines, investors and municipalities joined forces, and layed the fibre in stead.
I'ts nearly finished, and a full technological generation more modern then GPS. This means a more accurate "free" signal for al EU citizens. As a bonus, the Galileo space vehicles carry cospar transmitters and receivers, so it can do SAR functions too, whereas the GPS Block III+ space vehicles can't, because they lack those transmitters and receivers.
It depends, there is regular maintenance which is done pier-side when the crew is switched and supplies are reloaded etc. That's why most navy's with ICMB equipped nuclear submarines have 2 complete crews per sub. In the US they are called blue and gold, so when blue is out on deterrence patrol, gold is training, and integrating new personnel. Then there are more complex overhauls after 10 or 15 years, designed to introduce new technology, or refuel the nuclear reactor. Those can take up a year, including a shakedown cruise to see if all the new stuf works as promised etc.
Jef Bezos is one of the few billionaires who hasn't signed on to "the giving pledge", the initiative of bridge partners Gates and Buffet, which basically means that after they die, they leave the majority of their wealth to a foundation, and a couple of hundred million for their children etc. I think that would be a good start for him, besides paying a livin' wage to his employees.
I've just read an article https://www.nu.nl/geldzaken/5081915/bitcoin-verbruikt-meer-stroom-dan-heel-nederland.html (in dutch, but it is based on a study done by Morgan Stanley) saying bitcoins will consume as much, mayber even more, electricity in 2018 as our whole country, the Netherlands. So that means the Bitcoin value should be something like $846 billion, since that is the projected GDP of our country for 2018.
Since Alphabet is located in the Netherlands, and Facebook in Ireland, both fall under the juristiction/laws of the EU. And most of their profits outside of the USA are within those two companies, 10% (max EU fine at the moment) of that is serious money, we're talking ten of billions of turnover annually.
It depends, if you count all the OS and dedicated software-updates as individual programs to be scripted and distributed, it adds up pretty quick. And there can be 4 or 5 versions of 1 program needed, eg for the calculation of noise-levels. Here the municipalities not only tell which program(version) to use, but also which individual calculating modules in that specific version of the program. And those are frequently written in laws of plans, so as an engineering firm, we have to keep those old versions running for the duration of the project.
Anybody who paid attention in history class at school, would have recognized the symbols and salutes in the live footage for what they are, 100% nazi. That means that the people opposing them, probably are of the anti-fascism kind, since anti kinda means opposing, and nazi-ism is pretty deep in one corner. I mean, with that footage it's kinda obvious what they are, and what they stand for.
One of the reasons of the strong feeling of oppression, was the fact that the French took over the coalmines, including the Germans working in them, made them mine the coal, took all of it, and sold it to pay of the war-debt the treaty of Versailles imposed on the losing Germans. This meant that families were freezing to death, while the coal they dug up, was sold for no other reason then to make money for the French. Hindsight has taught us in the EU, that it wasn't such a great idea. since it created an atmosfere wherein the National Socialism of the Nazi's could rapidly prosper.
I won't go sofar as to say part deux of the great European civil war wouldn't have happened, but cutting the Germans some slack, would have gone a long way of keeping the Nazi's the fringe group they were in the beginning.
Technically he did, the long standing foreign policy of the US, is that chemical weapons are weapons of mass destruction, and are threfore comparable with bioloigcal or nuclear weapons. And they did find chemical weapons in Irak. :-) Not much, probably unusable leftovers of the Iran-Irak war, but they did find them..
The only people I ever hear talking about the thickness are reviewers and manufactures, not the actual users of the devices. I'd gladly trade a few mm extra for a bigger battery, although my P9-lite is pretty frugal compared to my previous smartphone, an Xperia ZR.
The fact that the babyboomers in Greece have been (successfully) avoiding paying taxes since the colonels went their merry way, and consistently voted for the politicians with the best promises, is what has condemned not just their own, but the next generation as well..
It's not full blown 2-way communication, using the SAR function means a device on your person can send your location to a separate receiver on the Galileo satellites, and receive confirmation. You won't be able to talk to an operator, or send texts. The EU chose to join the Cospas-Sarsat system by adding these receivers to the Galileo space vehicles, the US chose not to equip the current block III GPS satellites with them, and therefore doesn't offer this service.
They will be taken away eventually, so the noise will happen no matter what. And having worked on a dairy farm, in stead of just living next to one, I can assure you those cows make a lot of noise for a lot of reasons, being milked 30m later than normal can cause a lot of grief, and noise for instance.
The Swedish people understood this, they designed the Gripen, a design focused to work properly in expeditionary circumstances, eg hot and sandy climates, and from short mediocre runways. Carrying self defense rockets, and enough fuel and standoff weapons for fighting against insurgents etc. A navalised version would have been more then adequate for the marines. That doesn't need air conditioned hangars, or complicated databases to order parts.
Actually, they aren't all that great to fly in anymore. To me at least, the A340 is a lot more comfortable (especially less noisy), and the denser seating in economy means the spacious "feel" of a 747 is something of the past. Ditto the 787, and to a lesser extent the 777 regarding the noise. Our trip to Cuba from Amsterdam in the 787 from TUI was nice because the advertised better internal climate of the 787, due to lower cabin pressure and slightly higher humidity, was indeed noticeable, but the noise felt the same as a modern 737, and louder than the 340 I flew in to Amman a few years ago.
"the EU would have been given a needed slap with a wet fish and some real reform might be possible"
Fine, where should the Dutch pensionfunds send the bill for the ~15 billion euro's they lost in the stockmarket crash? The results of the referendum mean that a lot of people lost a lot of money, either direct or thru their pensionplans etc. The feeling along the other 27 countries is, no second chance, no favours or preferential treatment, and you'd better invoke article 50 quickly, since we're not feeling to patient at the moment, f*ck you very much.
When the flood of Polish and other eastern Europe workers was about to start across Northern Europe, most countries used the option of a 7 year transition period, meaning they could put a quotum on the number of immigrants from those countries. Germany and the Netherlands here used that option, the UK politicians decided/chose not to so. So most of the Polish workers went thru Germany, Belgium, France and the Netherlands, and ended up in the UK. And now I see clips/interviews of people blaming this on the EU.
The average user, the part of the market where Android is firmly ahead of iOS, doesn't want the hassle of upgrading an OS. Not on their computer, and not on their phone. They want a phone that works, is safe, and still is after 2 or 3 years, after which the hardware starts to die, and it is replaced.
Since we don't have a driveway, and have to park in the street in front of our house, charging an electric car would mean running a cable from our house across the sidewalk to the car. And that goes for the majority of houses here in the Netherlands. I imagine that would give quite some health&safety risks, not to mention a whole new way for vandalism. And the people in those houses, constitute the bulk of car owners you need to convert to electric vehicles to make a serious environmental impact.
I remember those times too. I flew, as 6 year old boy from Amsterdam to Miami with a KLM 747 in 1980, I also got pilot wings, crayons, a lot of attention from the flight attendants, and a nice tour of the cockpit. Nowadays, airplanes ar just flying busses/touringcars, all the romance is gone.
I had the same experience, but with a Ford Fiesta on the Azores, those dinky 3-cylinder eco-soy-bean-latte engines always struggle with hills. 65hp in a Fiesta just doesn't cut it with any kind of elevation, even here in the Netherlands. That's just how it works out because of physics.
The problem is, Winterkorn was an engineer, with a known eye for details, who allegedly squared a tray of tools when visiting a new factory prior to opening, and frequently measured the gap between bodypanels to check if they were up to standard. And now we have to believe he didn't have a clue about this? Besides, there are memo's surfacing from Bosch, the manufacturer of the fuel injection system, which state that some of VW's requests for software alterations might not be in compliance with emission laws/rules. And those are from 7 or 8 years ago.
Until a few years ago, we had our own chemical lab to do the testing of soil and water samples our field crews collected. We had to renew those off white Compaq cases in the xylene/toluene lab every two years, because the air inside the room ate away at the plastics, and corroded the metals in the connectors. the people working in those rooms had full respirator masks of course.
It's not so simple. Besides the Assad regime, there are 100 to 300 armed gangs in Syria who change allegiance on a daily basis, merge or just stop, IS is also fighting Al-Qaida, the "free Syrians" operating from inside Turkey fight all the above, and last but not least, there are the Kurds who are just fighting to survive. From an EU perspective there is not one group to give any serious support. Arming IS or Al-Qaida is a bad idea, like arming the mudjaheddin in Afghanistan turned out to be, ditto the Kurds (the PKK are genuine terrorists in their own right), and the the free Syrians have some ties to hamas/hezbolla in Lebanon.
Basically there is no group or faction that the west can back, to the the point of real soldiers fighting beside them against the regime, the gangs, Al-Qaida and the radicalized western youths that make up IS. I'm afraid the whole country will be a bloody mess the next decade. It's like the gangs of Mogadishu, the Balkan war, and the Palestine-Israeli conflict but with 5 instead of 2 parties, all rolled into one terrible mess.
The 2 Syrians I spoke to in Kos 2½ week ago, said they would probably have voted for Assad the next election, he was far from perfect, but under his regime there was no all-out guerrilla war like now.
Because in general, it's a nice country to live in. They have a functional and sound economy, to pay for decent social security, public transportation. healthcare and affordable housing in the suburbs and beyond. And if your introduction to the EU is Greece, who have way to many public servants, but only 2 for immigration on the whole island of Kos to process 500+ refugees a day, and a mayor who even refuges to place portable toilets for immigrants for fear of "inviting" them (it's not like a vicious civil war is pushing them in those boats), then Germany may well feel like paradise, especially if you are welcomed at the train station by little children giving candy and just saying welcome, after having just enjoyed the Macedonian and Hungarian "hospitality".
The racial hatred is historically most common in the old DDR and the south, but remember, in 1988 the unification hadn't really happened yet, and during the unification and integration of east Germany, there was a lot of racial hatred, not just from east Germans towards immigrants, but also between west- and east Germans themselves. That hatred has been diminishing the last two decades, because of the massive investments in the east, but haters will hate, first it was the Turks and Greeks (a lot of Greek babyboomers worked in Germany in their youth), second the east Germans vs the west Germans, now it's the Syrians.
The Greek tax problem mainly resides with the baby-boom generation, who after the colonels regime developed such a deep mistrust of any form of government, that they avoided paying taxes any way they could. I remember our holidays there in the nineties, cash payment in dutch guldens or deutchmarks was the norm, no taxes were ever paid by the Greek apartment owners. And the same group has managed to thwart the establishing of a proper cadastre, which is instrumental in recording property value, and the subsequent taxing of that property.
And running a railway company at a 3 million euro/day loss, with drivers getting double the pay of their German and Dutch colleagues doesn't help either. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/21/business/global/21rail.html?_r=1
I also remember an article stating that the Greek government has about 70 billion euro's of uncollected taxes on the books. How about they collect that, the northern European countries write off 100 billion, and the Greek government does as it has promised the third time around? That way we can move past this horrid mess with only losers.
Actually, the 787 we flew from Cuba back to Amsterdam, was being refueled at the stopover in Mexico, with all the passengers on board and the lights on. We were told to unfasten the seatbelts, and stay in our seats, while there was a stewardess positioned at every exit. So it wasn't completely shutdown.
The next case from the dutch government will call it an "economisch delict" which translates into economic crime, and that can be punishable with prison time. Alternative measure/punishment for such a crime can be "bestuursdwang", which basically means that the government kicks the CEO out of his chair, takes the seat, and implements the measures the court has ordered, and sends the bill to the company.
International diplomacy, military doctrine, and common sense, all agree on the fact that it's not a good idea to back a nuclear armed dictator, into to tight of a corner.
But the last 2 years have seen a subtle shift in the attitude towards North Korea by the USA and South Korea. Until then, NK would do something provocative, like setting off some half assed underground nuclear firecracker, or shoot off a rocket over the sea of Japan, and negotiate some fuel-oil of lift of a few sanctions for stopping. Now they just ignore them if it's possible, and don't offer anything. Then they back down on their own accord.
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