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The Dutch word for "nitpicker" is significantly more sweary
via James Kelleher on Twitter: "‘Mierenneuker’ — Dutch slang for someone who pays (too much) attention to detail, literally ‘ant-fucker’."; and in German, 'Korinthenkacker', "raisin-shitter".
raisins  funny  words  ants  dutch  german  language  nit-picking  perfectionism 
may 2016 by jm
Shared Space and other bad junction designs lead to crashes and injuries
Just because something is "Dutch", that doesn't mean it's good. The Netherlands has many excellent examples, but you have to be very selective about what serves as a model. Cyclists fare best where their interactions with motor vehicles are limited and controlled. They fare best where infrastructure ensures that minor mistakes do not result in injuries.

Anywhere that we rely upon everyone behaving perfectly but where we do not protect the most vulnerable, there will be injuries. Good design takes human nature into account and removes the causes of danger from those who are most vulnerable.


via Tony Finch
cycling  design  junctions  shared-space  dutch  holland  roads  safety  crashes 
april 2014 by jm
Pretty Penny
Importing the good old Dutch Omafiets lady's bike to Dublin, EUR269 each. that's a great price for a solid bike!
bikes  cycling  dublin  fashion  omafiets  dutch 
july 2012 by jm
Dutch grepping Facebook for welfare fraud
'The [Dutch] councils are working with a specialist Amsterdam research firm, using the type of computer software previously deployed only in counterterrorism, monitoring [LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter] traffic for keywords and cross-referencing any suspicious information with digital lists of social welfare recipients.

Among the giveaway terms, apparently, are “holiday” and “new car”. If the automated software finds a match between one of these terms and a person claiming social welfare payments, the information is passed on to investigators to gather real-life evidence.' With a 30% false positive rate, apparently -- let's hope those investigations aren't too intrusive!
grep  dutch  holland  via:tjmcintyre  privacy  facebook  twitter  linkedin  welfare  dole  fraud  false-positives  searching 
september 2011 by jm
LRB · James Meek · In the Sorting Office
'The postwoman is paid a pittance to deliver corporate mail. She hasn’t done her job well, yet so few people have complained about missed deliveries that she hasn’t been found out. Across the world, postal services are being altered like this: optimised to deliver the maximum amount of unwanted mail at the minimum cost to businesses. In the internet age private citizens are sending less mail than they used to, but that’s only part of the story of postal decline. The price of driving down the cost of bulk mailing for a handful of big organisations is being paid for by the replacement of decently paid postmen with casual labour and the erosion of daily deliveries.' (via Tony Finch)
via:fanf  post  mail  postal-service  holland  dutch  postmen  work  jobs  business  politics  lrb 
april 2011 by jm

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