Your Questions About Dutch Betting System

Betty asks…

Can Co-Owners force me to move?

My sister and I live in our parents – now OUR CALIFORNIA home. The home also belongs to three other sisters (5 of us total). My sister and I moved in after the home became ours. Two sisters who live out of state objected to our moving in without their permission and wants us to sign a usage agreement. I have issues with some of the items in the agreement, and have refused to sign it if they are not removed. The out-of-state sisters refuse and have suggested that if my sisters signs the agreement and I don’t, I would have to move out. My sister and I plan to buy then out in a year, but this may not wait that long. Am I correct in believing that I can’t be forced out of a home that I OWN and am LIVING in, short of it being sold and having the new owners evict me?
Parents are deceased. All 5 of us are on the deed as owners.
Note: I am aware of forced sale. I am looking to see if they can force me to move out OTHER THAN by forcing the sale of the property.

Denny answers:

Well, they can’t sell without your permission. But I take it your parents past away and left the house to all five of you?

If you plan to buy the house next year, tell your sisters to relax and wait.

I am not 100% sure, but I want to bet that the American Legal system is just as fast as ours (Dutch) and even if they started a procedure to evict you. It ain’t gonna happen for at least two to three years. (Unless they have some evidence of you breaking laws severely.)

Even if your sisters sign the usage agreement, they can not force you out. They would need to buy you out before that can happen. However, inheritance law is complicated in my country. And there might be a few angles you don’t know about.

Best advice: Visit a good and respectable law firm. Ask for an introduction meeting (These are usually for free) and let them explain exactly how they can help you.

Once you know that, either hire them, or find a pro deo lawyer and tell him how to help you (the firm told you how they would, just repeat their words… It should ring bells with the pro deo lawyer) But remember, you get what you pay for…

John asks…

what should i replace to make my game pc better?

perating System: Windows Vista™ Home Premium (6.0, Build 6002) Service Pack 2 (6002.vistasp2_gdr.091208-0542)
Language: English (Regional Setting: Dutch)
System Model: MS-7514
BIOS: Default System BIOS
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E8500 @ 3.16GHz (2 CPUs), ~3.2GHz
Memory: 3070MB RAM
Page File: 1156MB used, 5188MB available
Windows Dir: C:Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11

Card name: NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250
Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip type: GeForce GTS 250
DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
Device Key: EnumPCIVEN_10DE&DEV_0615&SUBSYS_260116…
Display Memory: 2287 MB
Dedicated Memory: 1007 MB
Shared Memory: 1279 MB
Current Mode: 1280 x 1024 (32 bit) (60Hz)

i want to buy something new for this pc around the 200-300 euro’s any ideas? what i should replace?
i know its a good pc and no i dont have any problems

but i want to replace something

i think its my processor to be improved

Denny answers:

You have a good pc
but i bet you are playing on a standard 19″ monitor at 1280 x 1024 resolution
spend your budget on a 24″ monitor minimum resolution of 1680 x 1050 or higher.
This will expand your gaming experience

Charles asks…

For those of you who studied MULTIPLE languages, which was the hardest? Which was the easiest, and why?

French? German? English? Italian?…

Denny answers:

My home language is Afrikaans, but I kind of grew up with English too, so I won’t count it as a foreign language that I actively had to study in order to learn it.

My first real foreign language was German, which was a high school subject. I later attempted to learn French, and later learned Spanish, and I’m currently studying university level Portuguese. I also learned some conversational Zulu and Tswana as a kid, and learned Norwegian prior to a trip to Norway once. In engergitic stages of my life I’ve made some “starts” in Latin, Welsh and Swedish.

The easiest was German, but it could be because there are many similarities between German and Afrikaans.

I also found Norwegian pretty easy. The grammar I found to be quite simple, word order English-like (but simpler), and vocab had a lot in common with Afrikaans, English and German. Norwegian grammar is much simpler than German. From the amount of fluency that I was able to gain from the amount of time that I spent, Norwegian may actually be a tad easier than German. (I speak German better because of repeated exposure over many years).

From German and Norwegian to the Romance languages (Spanish, French and Portuguese) was a big leap in difficulty. I know lot’s of people say they are easy. And they are…well in relation to Japanese, Russian, Chinese and Arabic, I’m sure. But even Spanish (often touted as the easiest of the lot) presents a mountain of verb forms and tenses. If you pronounce the simplest vowel wrong you get misunderstood. Yet I now speak both Spanish and Portuguese reasonably well, but it was with much more effort than with German. The rhytm of Romance languages is also very different from Germanic languages (English, German, Dutch, Afrikaans, Swedish). After many months of study my first real encounter with to test my Spanish in Argentina was rather daring and difficult to follow. This was not the case with German.

So for me (Afrikaans-English speaker) the list goes like this:

Could understand off the bat:
Limited understanding off the bat, and easy to learn:
Latin (once tried to work through Latin for dummies)

Zulu and Tswana are difficult to classify in this system. Considering that they are non Indo-European languages, they are surprisingly easy. The oddest aspect of these “Bantu” languages is the class system (a bet like gender in European languages, except there are 10 or more genders), but you simply learn it and get the hang quite quickly. What makes them difficult is that in spite of all the fuss about these languages, there is NO literature to speak of, and next to no materials. Intelectual speakers of these languages prefer to write in “colonial” languages about the exact colonial influences that they supposedly detest! This lack of materials makes it really difficult. Most so called “learning materials” teach the greetings. This has caused many a serious learner to abandon the project.

Spanish and German have more materials (even of you don’t want to spend a penny and only use the internet) than you would ever master in a lifetime.

Paul asks…

i am looking toget my dog trained in protectioncan anybody help?

i am about toget another dog because my current dog is to small to protect my wife while im in iraq and was wondering if anybody knew a place where i could buy a dog thats already trained or where i could get a dod trained…. i live in kansas but would be willing to travel to pick up an already trained dog

Denny answers:

All things considered, a dog trained correctly in personal protection is a wonderful alarm system, a great deterent, and fierce defender. This same dog can be a faithful companion who is a joy to be around and very freindly and approachable to invited guests. This process is not something that could be done as a quick fix, even if you buy an already trained protection dog. The biggest key to getting a dog to see you as worth defending is by having that bond with the dog where they are all about you, this is assuming it is a dog with the genetic capabilities of being a protection dog. A dog may be more than willing to go for someones throat for threatening them, but they could at the same time watch a bad guy walk right by them if they don’t see the family as their pack and the home as their den. Everyone in the home must be familiar with the dog, and visa versa and spend a lot of time playing with the dog. The dog must also understand where it stands in the pack, under all people, and the rules it MUST respect, or it will be both a great danger and liability to your family.

It is absolutly false that a vicous dog is what you want or that a personal protection dog is a dangerous occupant of the home. It is also completely wrong that any breed can be a suitable defender. Even having one of the best breeds is no guarantee that the individual dog will defend you. A true protection dog has to be a dog from solid bloodlines from a suitable breed. These breeds are, but not limited to the working bloodline; German/Belgian/Dutch Shepherds, Dobermans, Rottweilers, or Beucerons to name a few. A good German Shepherd (as stated by Max V Stephanitz, the founder of the GSD breed) should know the difference between war and peace and respond appropriately to either. That is precisely what you want. There is a very good reason that you don’t see Labs or Golden Retrievers as police K-9s (beyond the roll of drug sniffing).

So far as where to find one of these dogs, they will almost always come from bloodlines of several generations of dogs that are titled in biting sports; Schutzhund, French/Mondio/Belgian Ring, or KNPV. The gene pool of police dogs comes from these bloodlines, not other police dogs as most people would suspect. For the quickest route, your best bet is to start with a dog titled in one of these sports that also has been trained in civil aggression (if the trainer doesn’t know what that is then you don’t want to go to him). In short that means the dog will bite an adversary whether or not they are wearing a bite suit/sleeve.

The absolute best way to have a good personal protection dog is to start from puppyhood, like they say, slow and steady wins the race. The dog will probably take atleast 18 months before it is developed well enough to be trustworthy for live combat, sometimes older. By trustworthy meaning; mature enough to handle combat, obedient enough to be controllable, and developed enough in its fighting techniques to be effective (much like a professional boxer).

Either way, it does take quite a bit of practice to understand how to properly handle these dogs. This is why police K-9s continuously train, both the handler and dog need to keep their skills well honed (again, like a professional boxer). Most people don’t require this level of training, but it’s a good example of how much more is involved than meets the eye. People often forget that these dogs aren’t robots, they are living thinking beings, subject to making mistakes and getting out of shape, just like us.

I’m sorry to say that this pursuit is one that may take over a year to do the appropriate research, far longer than the time you may have before you leave. I wish there were an easier answer, but it is better to do it right than to end up with a disaster.


1 – This is not a do it yourself job, unless you happen to be an experienced handler & trainer. There are a multitude of drives that go into developing this kind of dog. Only someone with the experience to read these drives in a dog can understand where the dog is and how to work with it.

2- A low prey drive and high defense dog is one that will be quick to bite and harder to control under fire. The ideal protection dog/police K-9 should be strong in both drives. This is why the number one and two choices for police K-9 are German Shepherd & Belgian Malinois – the results speak for themselves.

Jenny asks…

whats your opinion on poor school conditions?

im doing a speech and i need other peoples opinions.
all conditions
just in general

Denny answers:

The problem with schools is they don’t concentrate enough on developing reading and writing skills. How can a student understand subjects like social studies, math, and science if the person can barely read or write in their own language? They can’t! It’s that simple. It’s as if once a student learns the alphabet and how to write their own name, that will be the end of reading and writing lessons. It’s ridiculous at best.

My idea (since about 2005 but who’s listening to me) basically has to do with more early reading and writing with introduction to other subjects during junior high school and a shift in focus in high school. For example, I think students ought to have intense reading and writing at the elementary school level (grades 1-6). Junior High School (grades 7 and 8) should remain intense in reading and writing while introducing science, math, history, and so on. High School wouldn’t have that intense reading and writing curriculum, instead concentrating more on expression of ideas and reactions to current literary works as far as reading and writing is concerned. At the same time, those years will mainly focus on other subjects including sciences, history, and so on.

As far as physical education is concerned, I have always hated this near fascist system employed today. However, I think it’s necessary early on for small children. But, after elementary school, I think schools should introduce a sort of intramural sports program where students can basically pick and choose teams for different sports including basketball, flag or touch football, double dutch, dance, baseball, and so on. I also believe that students involved in inter school sports should get credit for physical education in case they do not get it.

I think grading should be based on level of participation and team work, not a win-loss record or anything like that. I think all teachers should be involved in physical education but only as a way to help the phys.ed. Teacher keep things organized as far as schedules are concerned. The PE teacher should referee match ups, ensure safety, and teach rules, form, and team work.

At the end of day, the education system needs radical reform. It simply isn’t working the way it is now. Children are coming out more miseducated, socially inept, and unhealthy every year across the board. We are constantly attacking our administrators and educators instead of addressing the outdated curriculum and increasing student population.

Edit: I completely forgot to add math.

Math – from the beginning to the end – the same way reading and writing is described. Students should have a strong grasp of fundamentals and practical applications early on. Advanced math topics should be introduced in later years. It doesn’t make sense to teach a student the Pythagorean theorem and he can barely add and subtract without using his fingers. I think a student ought to be able to add at least up to 4 digit numbers without using pen and paper or fingers. I would bet most educated people, even doctors, couldn’t do that without some difficulty. That’s just evidence of our failed education system. How can a person have pride in their education and they break a sweat adding two “big” numbers? You can’t! This type of proficiency should have been developed early on.

We should have higher standards for our students and a strong curriculum to back that up. This is why we are falling behind the rest of the world. They’ve identified our flaws in education and improved on them appropriately. We ought to the do the same!

Steven asks…

Should the FIFA ranking really exist?

FIFA used this ranking again to seed the teams for the European playoffs in a very unfair fashion (France got less points than Ireland in the group!) and even uses it to a large extend to do the seeding for the World Cup.

The problem is that FIFA set up the rules for these rankings and can therefore influence how teams are ranked. As an example. Holland is ranked in 3rd place I believe, even ahead of Germany. But Germany went to the semis in the World Cup and the final in the Euro. But what did Holland achieve over the past years? Nada!

Same with teams like Greece. They have consistently ranked high. Teams like the USA and Mexico often chill in the top 10, but should they really? In CONCACAF they play extremely weak opponents and never achieve much in World Cups.

I think FIFA designed it’s ranking as a tool to rely on so they can fix things better. I do not see what the need for that ranking is. It’s not accurate.

Denny answers:

Short answer is no they probably shouldn’t but they are trying their best to keep the standings relevant and up to date.

It is very hard to put the teams in order once you get past the first nine it is open to debate what team should be where. Is Slovenia/Slovakia in the 32-33 that much worse then an 14th placed USA probably not but because teams from different regions barely ever play against each other that any ranking system to try and order the teams worldwide is subject to bias and opinion, ranking teams in each region is rather easy but putting the teams together in any fashion is difficult.

Argentina, Germany Brazil, Italy, England, France and Uruguay are the only teams to have lifted the trophy. And the First nine if the FIFA rankings are Spain, Brazil, Dutch, Italy, England, Argentina, France, Portugal, and Germany not in that order. These are the top nine teams one of these teams is going to bring home the world cup. I don’t think it really matter where you put these teams in order from 1-9. I would bet all my worldly possessions that one of the top nine teams will be crowned champion of the 2010 world cup. Only thing is I doubt any bookie out there would give me any odds for that bet. A team like Ghana might make a surprise run deep into the quarterfinals like USA did in 02 but we all know that one of those nine teams will be crowned champion. So after that the ratings are meaningless one way or the other they are a comprehensive system, not perfect but unless every nation plays home and away matches in a long league type competition any sort of ranking system is going to be arbitrary.

George asks…

Why is it so hard to synthesize methane? Are we pushing on a rope?

The outer planets and several of their larger moons have significant methane in their atmospheres. I’d be willing to bet a beer that bovine flatulence and swamp gas aren’t significant contributors.

Given the age of the solar system and the fact that sunlight breaks methane down, we have to be looking at an ongoing process- not vestiges of some cosmic initial conditions.

The “book” solution is that hydrogen and carbon monoxide combine to yield methane and water- but there just isn’t that much oxygen or water in those atmospheres.

What would happen if atomic hydrogen recombined on a carbon surface? If an atomic hydrogen torch can weld tungsten, certainly there would be enough energy available to stitch methane together…

I think solar energy would work if we could store its energy in carbon-hydrogen bonds during the day- and the plant world cheerfully extracts carbon from the atmosphere all day long via photosynthesis. Why, then, do we feel compelled to fight each other for carbon extracted from a hole in the desert? It’s almost like we are mindless agents of the plant world’s striving to increase the carbon dioxide level in the atmosphere.

Given atomic hydrogen’s propensity to grab another hydrogen somewhere, what would happen if you mixed it with a bunch of methane? Two methanes minus a couple of hydrogens yields ethane, right? Why stop there? Two ethanes minus two hydrogens yields propane. Stitch together two propanes and you’ve got 100-octane liquid fuel. All from pyrolized grass clippings and water.
Yes, I meant butane, not propane. The point was that just three doublings get you to the realm of storable liquid fuels.

…and when I say “solar power” I’m definitely NOT talking about photovoltaics! The convenient truth is that any Joe Sixpack with a box of mirror tiles and a sunny back yard can build a thermonuclear device (AKA heliostat) capable of dissociating hydrogen gas.

Who said fusion power was impossible?! It’s not even very difficult. All you need is a fusion reactor (we call ours the sun) and about 93 million miles of shielding. The rest is just a matter of image size and aperture.
Titan’s chemistry originates from breakdown of methane due to photodissociation in the upper atmosphere and…

Atomic hydrogen welding: The hydrogen gas is normally diatomic (H2), but where the temperatures are over 600 °C (1100 °F) near the arc, the hydrogen breaks down into its atomic form, simultaneously absorbing a large amount of heat from the arc. When the hydrogen strikes a relatively cold surface (i.e., the weld zone), it recombines into its diatomic form and rapidly releases the stored heat.

Come on folks! The “book” solution (AKA Fischer-Tropsch) has been tried repeatedly and keeps coming up short. It’s just too expensive. I’m looking for plan “B”.

There’s a HUGE difference between simply oxidizing biomass as a fuel source and using that “current” carbon as a substrate on which to store truly significant amounts of solar energy during daylight hours.

It’s no accident that our civilization is based on liquid hydrocarbon fuels. Just look at the energy densities involved. Rather than flagellate ourselves about the need to “get off foreign oil” let’s recognize it for the energy storage medium it is and use it to store massive amounts of solar energy.

Denny answers:

Mmmmm, several points of interest….
Roughly in order:
If methane is broken down by sunlight, then it may be that the intensity is insufficient to make a difference in the atmospheres of outer planets, or perhaps it’s a very slow reaction at those temperatures. And then they make methane again, or maybe the gas giants have carbon rain and the hydrogen escapes, ending up in the Sun.

Photosynthesis is very inefficient (about 2% max., usually less) – we do use photosynthesis, (biomass) but it doesn’t provide enough energy for our needs. That’s one reason why vast tracts of England have no trees, people chopped them down to burn as fuel. (Other reasons are Henry VIII making a bigger navy and landowners clearing forests to make grouse moors.) If we actually make something that “traps” sunlight energy, then we need better efficiency than this, or we might as well plant trees. One statistic I heard (from a senior examiner in chemistry, as it happens) is that to replace ***20%*** of Britain’s diesel usage (i.e. Our agricultural uses) we would need to convert 70% of EUROPE’s agricultural land to biofuel crops. Can’t see the French, Germans, Dutch, Belgians agreeing to that, for us, really.

On an American scale, this would mean, say, planting Kansas with biofuel crops, to run Manhattan (only). Given your last point, you can’t get monatomic hydrogen, because it grabs another to go round as a pair so fast you couldn’t use it. Also the thermodynamics are not in favour of any of this, but I don’t have a good data book to hand. Also two propanes would give you hexane, not octane, that would need two butanes. Why not burn the propane anyway, it’s only LPG and there’s plenty of cars running on that.

Sandy asks…

how do i apply for social housing in almere, the netherlands?

It is part of the municipality which covers Amsterdam

Denny answers:

Almere is no part of the municipality Amsterdam, but they have/had arrangements with Amsterdam to house part of the people who used to have social housing in that town.

There is an organization called Woningnet, in Amsterdam as well as in Almere, they work together, so if you have some rights on social housing in Amsterdam, you might be able to transfer it to Almere.

In Sources I give two links, the top one to the site of the Amsterdam Woningnet, the second one for Almere.
The Almere one has several addresses on page 10 (PDF file) and some of them have opening hours.
If you can not read Dutch, I think your best bet is to visit one of those addresses, or phone one of the numbers on that same page.
It is too much info for me to even start to translate.

One word of warning, if you are new to the system, do not yet live in either Amsterdam area or Almere area, the waiting time will be measured in years rather than in months, that is if you are within limits they set for income and need, if you are outside those limits, forget it at all.

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