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Sky Deutschland Considering Using Bone Conduction To Force Ads On Train Riders

Kam Solusar Re:lolwut (205 comments)

It will never happen anyway. The German Railway Company is even unable to keep the air conditioning working in summer nor the heating in winter, much less such a sophisticated advertisement method. It's a running joke that ain't funny anymore, because it happens every fucking year.

Though to be fair, they do occasionally manage to have the heating running on full power in the summer and the air conditioning in the middle of winter...

about a year ago

EA Is the Game Company Disney Was Looking For

Kam Solusar Re:Mediocrity (254 comments)

And then they made The Old Republic, which was mediocre at best and an accumulation of clusterfucks the rest of the time. The more you read about the development process, the more you realize that this game is a prime example of how not to manage a AAA game development project.

about a year ago

Hyundai's Flying Car Flies For an Audience

Kam Solusar GEMA, again (96 comments)

Great! A video of a flying car! But nooooo.... "Unfortunately, this UMG-music-content is not available in Germany because GEMA has not granted the respective music publishing rights."


about a year ago

European Parliament Decides Not To Ban Internet Porn

Kam Solusar Re:Members of Parliament said (397 comments)

Prostitution is legal in Belgium. And I guess there are more than enough kind lobbyists that would gladly help poor, lonely members of parliament get satisfied in every way they want.

about a year and a half ago

US Near Bottom In Life Expectancy In Developed World

Kam Solusar Re:Yeah, but we're very productive (1063 comments)

Population density per Wikipedia:

US: 33.7/km^2
Greater Los Angeles Area: 203.3/km^2
Germany: 229/km^2

about a year and a half ago

US Near Bottom In Life Expectancy In Developed World

Kam Solusar Re:Yeah, but we're very productive (1063 comments)

Every cent that a corporation retains in profits is returned to people in some manner, be it dividends, capital gains, business investment (spending) etc.

Yes, but not necessarily to people in the US.

about a year and a half ago

Facebook Ordered To End Its Real Name Policy In Germany

Kam Solusar Re:Compliance (471 comments)

They offer a service to citizens of Germany (via -> subject to German laws. And Facebook has an office in Germany that handles advertising sales, so courts can fine that subsidiary.

about a year and a half ago

How the Eurograbber Attack Stole 36M Euros

Kam Solusar Re:Just look at the "paper" trail (57 comments)

Usually, the money is transferred to accounts in eastern Europe opened with stolen or fake identities. The thieves then just withdraw the money in cash, making it pretty hard to track them down.

about 2 years ago

LiMux Project Has Saved Munich €10m So Far

Kam Solusar Re:What does it include? (219 comments)

I'd like to see what that includes on the labour side. I've seen proposals before showing massive savings in software purchases but it didn't account for anything else such as expert labour, training for the staff and the headaches and inefiencies that come with changing users world.

RTFA: "Costs that are not related to the operating system, such as staff and training costs, were identically listed at around €22 million (£17 million) in all three scenarios. Overall, the project says that Windows and Microsoft Office would have cost just over €34 million (£27 million), while Windows with Open Office would have cost about €30 million (£24 million). The LiMux scenario, on the other hand, has reportedly cost less than €23 million (£18 million)."

about 2 years ago

Australian Billionaire Wants To Build Jurassic Park-Style Resort

Kam Solusar Re:Awesome! (409 comments)

"There is a problem with that island. It is an accident waiting to happen."

-- Ian Malcolm, Jurrassic Park

more than 2 years ago

Kids Still Playing Pokemon Like It's 1999

Kam Solusar Re:Aside from the games' rules themselves... (93 comments)

Chess will never be solved in a meaningful way. Sure, it may be solved for computers, but I don't need to play against computers, and the solution will be too complex for humans to memorize.

At least with the current state of technology. But wait a few decades and maybe we will all be running around with cyborg enhancements. Won't be quite as much fun if the other player has a more powerful chip in his brain.

more than 2 years ago

Jimmy Wales Calls UK Government To Halt O'Dwyer Extradition

Kam Solusar Re:worrying use of extraditionb laws (94 comments)

So, should a US-hosted site that (amongst other things) sells Nazi memorabilia, have its operators extradited to Germany? Etc.

I think we already have enough problems with (Neo-)Nazis and right-wing extremists as is in Germany. I don't think German law enforcement agencies are too keen on importing even more of them from other countries...

more than 2 years ago

Russian Superjet 100 Crashes During Demo Flight, Killing All Aboard

Kam Solusar Re:Probably lost the sale, too! (339 comments)

Why not? Botany Bay sounds like a nice name for our first Mars base.

more than 2 years ago

'Mein Kampf' To Be Republished In Germany

Kam Solusar Re:Demystification (462 comments)

If a German politician wants to end a discussion quickly he will just mention that the Nazis did it that way.

The German version of "Think of the children/what about terrorists"

Except that in Germany too, "think of the children" will get you a lot of people agreeing with your position - whereas mentioning Hitler, the Nazis and the 3rd Reich in a way that could be interpreted as positive or comparing contemporary political figures to Hitler and the Nazis will heavily damage or even end your political career (see Herta Daeubler-Gmelin and others).

more than 2 years ago

'Mein Kampf' To Be Republished In Germany

Kam Solusar Re:Heil (462 comments)

There's a bunch of pictures of Hitler with children because he was a politician, not because he loved children...

Except maybe with some fava beans and a nice chianti.

more than 2 years ago

YouTube Ordered To Remove Videos, Filter Future Uploads By German Court

Kam Solusar Re:Just withdraw from Germany. (215 comments)

If I were to open a US based site, as a US-only business (or not even as a business) and some users uploaded german-copyrighted material - could I be sued in Germany, just because Germans could reach the site?

Yep. German courts (just like courts in many other countries) assume that if Germans can access it, it's in their jurisdiction.

That would mean anyone putting up a site on the Internet could be sued in any country in the world.

That's the status quo. Of course that doesn't mean that foreign courts can always enforce their decisions against corporations, but they can certainly convict the company and ask the country where the company resides to help them via mutual legal assistance treaties (which exist between many western countries).
In theory, an Iranian court could sentence you to death for uploading certain videos to Youtube. And if you plan on visiting far away countries after that, you better make sure those countries that don't have extradition treaties with Iran...

more than 2 years ago

Matt Groening Reveals Springfield Is In His Home State of Oregon

Kam Solusar Re:Wrong (148 comments)

When a fictional universes has been around for a long time, the opinion of the creator becomes less and less important and the stories themselves and the fictional facts therein become more important.

It's the same with the Star Wars Expanded Universe, where many fans desperately wish that Lucas would stop meddling with their SW universe and leave it to the authors and writers who can capture the feel of the universe much better and have a lot more knowledge about what's happening in that world.

more than 2 years ago

Engineers Working On Swarm Of Laser Wielding Satellites To Deflect Asteroids

Kam Solusar I stopped reading at (114 comments)

I stopped reading at "Swarm of Laser Wielding..." when an image popped into my mind:
A big bad asteroid hurtling towards our little blue planet. Then the camera pans around and we see a huge number of little dots. Flying closer, we see a huge swarm of frickin' space sharks swooping down towards the asteroid, shooting their lasers at it while Bruce Willis, riding the lead shark, yells "Yippee-ki-yay, motherfucker." I'd pay money to see that.

more than 2 years ago


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