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Interviews: Ask Malcolm Gladwell a Question

Seeteufel Transatlantic diversity (111 comments)

I would be very interested how gladwell as a Canadian American views the cultural differences across the Atlantic, and between Canada and the United States.

about 1 month ago
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Pedophile Asks To Be Deleted From Google Search After European Court Ruling

Seeteufel Re:Comply with the law (370 comments)

Possibly yes. Copyright law grants you the right to depublish.

about 7 months ago
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Pedophile Asks To Be Deleted From Google Search After European Court Ruling

Seeteufel Comply with the law (370 comments)

'If they get an appreciable volume of requests what are they going to do? Set up an entire industry sifting through the paperwork?' says Dautlich. 'I can't say what they will do but if I was them I would say no and tell the individual to contact the Information Commissioner's Office.'

Comply with the request. As simple as that. The same as happens when you get a court injuction. You comply. If companies bully public institutions by forwarding requests to regulators they would get a hard response. And right so. You just don't play games. In fact Google would have to deal with exactly the same rules that apply to everyone who offers web services in Europe, except that they were hiding away saying "We are not really a European company, we just have European subsidiaries, sell advertisement space, target EU consumers and lobby European policy makers"

about 7 months ago
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Google Breathes New Life Into EU's Cookie Law

Seeteufel Re:People Need to Realize (48 comments)

No the debate is whether US corporations understand they have to adhere to our laws and stop the astroturfing bullshit in nations that are not their own. I mean, I don't care if Google corrupts Washington but in Europe I expect them to behave or leave.

about a year and a half ago
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Anyone know of a open source geiger counter project good to 200 feet underwater?

Seeteufel Prinz Eugen (2 comments)

Poor Prinz Eugen. What a disgrace to a ship that survived the battle.

about a year and a half ago
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OpenSUSE 12.3 Is Out

Seeteufel Re:De Icaza is gone (62 comments)

Before Novell entered Suse also supported a Gnome desktop. Then the Ximian obstructionists destroyed it and favoured Gnome. Now it is KDE again.

about 2 years ago
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OpenSUSE 12.3 Is Out

Seeteufel De Icaza is gone (62 comments)

Gnome? Thought de Icdaza is gone. Suse is a KDE distribution. KDE 4.10 is fantastic. Back to the good old times.

about 2 years ago
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New Pope Selected

Seeteufel Re:Queue the Bigots (915 comments)

He is the Jesuit and he names himself Francisus. Quite extreme.

about 2 years ago
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New Pope Selected

Seeteufel Re:OMG the Last Pope EVAR!!!!!!!1 (915 comments)

Actually, you think in the wrong map. This person is a Jesuit. Jesuits are a very strange sect within the catholic power circles, educated and dangerous. SJ, not Argentinia

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Fined €561 Million For Non-compliance With EU Browser Settlement

Seeteufel Re:That's 4.3% of their annual profit (401 comments)

Steve Ballmer should be ousted by shareholders for non-adherence to the settlement. It is something that should not happen and demonstrates incompetence of the Microsoft top leadership. As EU Commissioner Almunia said:

Our decision of 2009 provided the right solution to the competition concerns identified at the time. However, it goes without saying that this type of settled outcome of an antitrust investigation can only work if the commitments are then scrupulously complied with. Our decision of today reflects this requirement to comply with the commitments agreed with the Commission in art. 9 Decisions. The lack of compliance is, as a matter of principle, a serious breach of EU law itself. If companies agree to offer commitments which then become legally binding, they must do what they have committed to do or face the consequences – namely, the imposition of sanctions. I hope this decision will make companies think twice before they even think of intentionally breaching their obligations or even of neglecting their duty to ensure strict compliance.

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Fined €561 Million For Non-compliance With EU Browser Settlement

Seeteufel Re:By comparison (401 comments)

Punitive damage for non-compliance.

about 2 years ago
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Gnome Founder Miguel de Icaza Moves To Mac

Seeteufel Re:de Icaza (815 comments)

De Ícaza compromised Suse, the most user-friendly KDE distribution and infected it with his Gnome cludge. I won't forgive that, Even though with KDE 4.10 we are almost back in the game. I think Linux would work *rock* the Desktop if its development would be handed over again to the German engineers and their gringo standards of quality, not to a Mexican toolkit demagogue.

about 2 years ago
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Gnome Founder Miguel de Icaza Moves To Mac

Seeteufel Re:I'll second that. (815 comments)

What I took very personal was how de Icaza wrecked the superior SuSe distribution which was the flagship of KDE. It was difficult to inflict more damage on KDE than the Novell acquisition and what Icaza has done with his toolkit fetish. Now KDE 4.10 is an absolutely impressive desktop but where would we be today if Suse had not been compromised by this Mexicoder. Caldera, Suse, Nokia. We see the picture! Suse has to be put into German hands again and become the driving force behind KDE. Stop the influence of all these incompetent US corporations and Mexican flame baits. Build organisational fire walls against poisonous coding. Libreoffice / The Document Foundation has shown the path to independence.

about 2 years ago
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A New Version of MS Office Every 90 Days

Seeteufel Re:Crying unto the children... (292 comments)

Companies hate it when their employees write their own macros and abuse Excel for BI.

about 2 years ago
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How Competing Companies Are Jointly Building WebKit

Seeteufel Re:Why won't this paradigm work on an Office Suite (125 comments)

The treath is as follow, throw 300 Million on LO development and Microsoft's cash cow is dead. A marketing campaign costs probably the same money. That shows the potential.

about 2 years ago

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Debian for the European Parliament

Seeteufel Seeteufel writes  |  about 9 months ago

Seeteufel (1736784) writes "A political group in the European Parliament tests the migration to Debian Parl. Parl is a taylored version of the Debian Linux distribution. Other groups are interested, esp. the Liberals with Mr. Torvalds senior. The free software migration debate got special attention from Parliament members after the Snowden revelations indicated their security and communications has been compromised."
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Google lobbyist Fleischer ceides Europe over user privacy protection

Seeteufel Seeteufel writes  |  about 2 years ago

Seeteufel (1736784) writes "With the European Parliament reforming the General Data Protection Regulation (more than 4000 amendments filed so far) larger advertisement corporation are getting nervous. Google privacy lobbyist Peter Fleischer compared European regulators to the Don Quixote character

Don't get me wrong: I'm all for serious privacy ethics, for privacy sensitivity, for privacy by design. But I'm not a fan of privacy-bureaucracy-drag. Europe, as one would expect, developed the world's most extreme form of bureaucracy-drag, when it invented the notion of bureaucratic "prior approval" for new technologies. That means that a new technology is dependent on a bureaucracy's prior approval before being launched.

Researchers from the EDRi group were unable to retrieve such requirements within the proposals, but campaigners and lobbyists are curious about hidden knowledge at Google."
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Microsoft fined 732$ mio for non-compliance with EU Browser settlement

Seeteufel Seeteufel writes  |  about 2 years ago

Seeteufel (1736784) writes "Microsoft's failure to comply with an antitrust settlement about browser choice for its Windows RT product has severe consequences. The European Commissioner for Competition Almunia set a fine of $732 million for the unprecidented break of agreement. Microsoft admitted its mistakes and offered further concessions."
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Trouble for Microsoft contracts in France by Free Software zealots

Seeteufel Seeteufel writes  |  about 2 years ago

Seeteufel (1736784) writes "On 5 February 2013, an ongoing renegotiation around Microsoft's "Open Bar" agreement with the French Ministry of Defence became public. A first contract had been concluded in 2009 without any call for tender, and it was not in full compliance with WTO procurement principles. Concerned about national security Free Software Group APRIL wrote to its political contacts, to the Minister of Defence, to Members of Parliament, and to the Senators from the Defence Commission. They hope to raise their awareness and demand utmost transparency."
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Do Not Track ineffective and dangerous, says researcher

Seeteufel Seeteufel writes  |  about 2 years ago

Seeteufel (1736784) writes "Nadim Kobeissi, security researcher, describes the Do Not Track standard of the W3C as dangerous.

In fact, Google’s search engine, as well as Microsoft’s (Bing), both ignore the Do Not Track header even though both companies helped implement this feature into their web browsers. Yahoo Search also ignored Do Not Track requests. Some websites will politely inform you, however, of the fact that your Do Not Track request has been ignored, and explain that this has been done in order to preserve their advertising revenue. But not all websites, by a long shot, do this.

The revalations come as Congress and European legislators consider to tighten privacy standards amidth massive advertiser lobbying. "Do not track" received strong support from the European Commission."
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Amazon One click Gift patent still lingering

Seeteufel Seeteufel writes  |  about 2 years ago

Seeteufel (1736784) writes "Is it possible to get rid off bad patents. The FFII tried in 2004 and picked the Amazon one-click gift patent. Today the European Patent Office scheduled an opposition hearing on the infamous invention. The chamber again revoked the patent because of lack of inventive step but Amazon is able to appeal once again."
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ACTA gets death certificate in Europe

Seeteufel Seeteufel writes  |  about 2 years ago

Seeteufel (1736784) writes "The controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement is now officially pronounced dead in the E.U. The European Parliament broadly rejected the Anti-Counterfeiting Agreement a while ago, but there was still a court case pending at the European Court of Justice about the legality of ACTA. The Commission was open about its intent to reintroduce ACTA raticication to the Parliament after a positive Court decision. Now we learn the Commission has withdrawn its questions to the Court."
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Christian Ude pressures for Bavarian open source migration

Seeteufel Seeteufel writes  |  about 2 years ago

Seeteufel (1736784) writes "Christian Ude (D), mayor of Munich, migrated the Bavarian capital to Linux and Libreoffice ("LiMux"). Now the charismatic Ude candidates as a Prime Minister of the Free State of Bavaria. He announced it wouldn't be an immidiate switch to open source but he is encouraging other Baviarian communities to follow the Munich model."
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Are you a libre person or an apache?

Seeteufel Seeteufel writes  |  about 2 years ago

Seeteufel (1736784) writes "Openoffice.org "started to rot under Sun and the Oracle. Sadly, instead of donating the code to the Document Foundation, Oracle and IBM decided to increased some overload on the Apache Foundation and donated the code to them." What is your own opinion? How do you view the Libre vs. Apache split?"
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Libreoffice supporters defend their Freiburg deployment

Seeteufel Seeteufel writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Seeteufel (1736784) writes "Libreoffice proponents aim to change the mind of the city administration in Freiburg, Germany. The city administration proposed the City Council to switch to Microsoft Office. Libreoffice supporters wrote a letter. Currently multiple cities consider to migrate to Libreoffice despite the massive lobbying from competitors. The decision of the City Council is a political one."
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The Saudi transformation of Mecca

Seeteufel Seeteufel writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Seeteufel (1736784) writes "Mecca is the holy site of Islam. The center of worshipping is a black stone (Al-ajaru l-Aswad) in a corner of the Kabah complex. Saudi Arabian pilgrimage industry lead to ongoing radical rebuilding and a destruction of the ancient sites in the holy city. This summer the Bin Laden group finished a giant skyscraper complex next to the Mosque, a 485-metre-high Mecca clock tower, the alleged birth place of Muhammed was destroyed. According to the Saudi teachings preserving ancient sites would be idolatry. Ambitious plans for Mecca 2020 comprise a strange architectural mix between the World Trade Center, Speer's Germania plans and Las Vegas. Do you think cultural heritage should be preserved?"
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Canada Supreme judges want free Viagra

Seeteufel Seeteufel writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Seeteufel (1736784) writes "Bad news for Pfizer. The Canadian supreme court declared their Viagra patent void: "the disclosure in the specification would not have enabled the public “to make the same successful use of the invention as the inventor could at the time of his application”."
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