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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

Rhywden Re:America, land of the free... (714 comments)

You misunderstand. I'm not for prohibition. I'm merely proposing that driving under the influence of any drug is a very bad idea.

In my opinion, you're free to rock your boat with whatever drug you choose - as long as you don't endanger other people. And hurtling along with at least 1 ton of metal while being drugged is endangering others.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

Rhywden Re:America, land of the free... (714 comments)

Well, I find it hard to sympathize - when you have drunk any amount of alcohol, you shouldn't be behind the wheels for any reason. Precisely because of crap like this. Additionally, counting the drinks is moronic - depending on what you ate and your current bodily constitution, your tolerance for alcohol may vary wildly.

Not to mention that alcohol impairs your judgment - it's like a drug-induced version of the Dunning-Kruger-Effect. You yourself may think that you have no problems driving with, say, a BAC of 0.04 - but how would you realistically know? Your judgment is already impaired...

about two weeks ago
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EU May Not Unify Its Data Protection Rules After All

Rhywden Re:Thanks Momma Merkel! (55 comments)

I don't think that most of the industry understands the internet either. I mean, just look at the debacle with this moronic "Leistungsschutzrecht" where they tried to make Google pay them for advertising for them. And when Google refused to play ball (either by simply delisting them from search results or just returning results without snippets) they tried to get a law passed that would have forced Google to pay and list them.

about two weeks ago
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EU May Not Unify Its Data Protection Rules After All

Rhywden Thanks Momma Merkel! (55 comments)

Let's not forget this statement of Momma Merkel comes from the same woman who stated that the "Internet is virgin territory" merely a year ago.

She simply does not understand internet issues and thus promptly falls back on an industry-friendly position.

about two weeks ago
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Is Chernobyl Still Dangerous? Was 60 Minutes Pushing Propaganda?

Rhywden Re:What a shock (409 comments)

Right. U238 does not decay into Cesium at any point. Neither does U235.

about two weeks ago
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Raspberry Pi-Powered Body Illusion Lets You Experience Parkinson's

Rhywden Re:Why? (38 comments)

Indeed. There are also suits and goggles which simulate old age so that youngsters can better empathize with the needs of the elderly. I mean, at some point you'll surely have stood in line behind an older person who took their sweet time to get the spare change out of the purse. With such suits, you can experience for yourself why that took so long.

It's one thing to intellectually know about a concept and a completely different thing to have actually experienced it.

You can do similar stuff when it comes to educating about the dangers of alcohol. Simply put on a special goggle (which emulates your field of view when at about 1.0 BAC and also induces vertigo) and you'll see why driving drunk is dangerous.

about three weeks ago
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'Microsoft Lumia' Will Replace the Nokia Brand

Rhywden Re:Recognition (150 comments)

Since they didn't acquire the whole of Nokia, I'm quite sure that this was the best result available.

They "only" bought the mobile part of Nokia.

about 2 months ago
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'Microsoft Lumia' Will Replace the Nokia Brand

Rhywden Re:Recognition (150 comments)

Right, because they had a choice...

As part of the acquisition of Nokia's mobile business, they also got the naming rights for a limited time only (two years, if I recall correctly).

about 2 months ago
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Google Rejects 58% of "Right To Be Forgotten" Requests

Rhywden Re:The technology exists and is used (144 comments)

The same argument can be made about the death penalty. As the US justice system has shown repeatedly there are quite a lot of innocent people on death row.

Now the question becomes: Do you rather want to abolish the death penalty so that no innocent people are killed - or do you want to make sure that criminals are killed and accept the innocent victimes as collateral damage?

Benjamin Franklin stated: "It is better 100 guilty Persons should escape than that one innocent Person should suffer". I find it interesting that the US have moved into the completely opposite direction.

about 2 months ago
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Google Rejects 58% of "Right To Be Forgotten" Requests

Rhywden Re:Reasonable (144 comments)

Riiight. Because US sex offenders lists contain people who made the mistake of drunkenly pissing against a wall in public... As long as you have those laws, your country doesn't get to be upset about anything regarding people who want to be forgotten.

Not to mention that US laws actually allows the prosecution of minors when their nude shot of themselves gets into the public internet. Because they created child pornography, or so the dubious logic goes.

about 2 months ago
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Surprise! More Than Twice As Much Mercury In Environment As Thought

Rhywden Re:Broken light bulbs. (173 comments)

From the (maximum of) 5 milligrams of mercury? What did you do? Break the lamp very carefully and then snort the contents?

about 3 months ago
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Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

Rhywden Re:Good. How is uber any different... (312 comments)

No. The seat limit is also written into the C driving license (trucks) and D driving licenses (busses). Look it up.

about 3 months ago
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Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

Rhywden Re:Good. How is uber any different... (312 comments)

Please look up Fahrerlaubnis-Verordnung (FeV) 6:

Klasse B:
Kraftfahrzeuge – ausgenommen Kraftfahrzeuge der Klassen AM, A1, A2 und A – mit einer zulässigen Gesamtmasse von nicht mehr als 3 500 kg, die zur Beförderung von nicht mehr als acht Personen außer dem Fahrzeugführer ausgelegt und gebaut sind (auch mit Anhänger mit einer zulässigen Gesamtmasse von nicht mehr als 750 kg oder mit Anhänger über 750 kg zulässiger Gesamtmasse, sofern 3 500 kg zulässige Gesamtmasse der Kombination nicht überschritten wird).

about 3 months ago
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Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

Rhywden Re:Good. How is uber any different... (312 comments)

That's nice. However, I originally quoted the rules of Mitfahrgelegenheit. And they specifically stated that THEY care about the number of seats.

about 3 months ago
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Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

Rhywden Re:Good. How is uber any different... (312 comments)

If the number of seats is above 9 then you need a different driver's license in Germany. Everything above 9 already counts as a bus.

about 3 months ago
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Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

Rhywden Re:Fuck these stupid morons (312 comments)

If they state that they're using their car for private needs and then go on to use it in a business setting - certainly.

Over here, you insure the car instead of the driver and you also have to tell the insurance company what you're using the car for. Lying to insurance companies was always a bad idea, y'know?

about 3 months ago
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Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

Rhywden Re:Fuck these stupid morons (312 comments)

Riiight. You're forgetting one thing: The insurance companies.

As soon as you have been in an accident while driving for Uber, your insurance company WILL drop your contract AND sue you - because the standard insurance contract is not intended for transportation services.

about 3 months ago
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Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

Rhywden Re:Good. How is uber any different... (312 comments)

It's a grey area and the companies you link already have had some problems. However, the companies themselves already link the limits on their sites themselves:

  • No cars with more than 9 seats
  • No profit making - the money you collect may not exceed the costs you incur for gas and car usage (deprecation)
  • No regular routes
  • No drivers who make this kind of driving their job.

about 3 months ago
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Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

Rhywden This can get expensive for Uber fast (312 comments)

The linked article lacks one important detail: The fine of up to 250,000€ is for each instance of breaking the injunction.

Sure, the first violation may only cost 2,000€. But that will go up for every violation. And you can bet your ass that the competitors will use the apps to check on Uber. And they will report any violation they find.

about 3 months ago
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Kernel Developer Dmitry Monakhov Arrested For Protesting Ukraine Invasion

Rhywden Re:Which Invasion? (205 comments)

But, hey, a tank needs holidays, too!

about 3 months ago

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