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Greek Government Abruptly Shuts Down State Broadcaster

andersh Social-Democrats (230 comments)

Yeah, it's the American use of "liberal" which has shifted away from classic liberalism (libertarianism).

Our "socialist" parties are usually called Social-Democrats, at least in Northern Europe.

about a year ago
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Greek Government Abruptly Shuts Down State Broadcaster

andersh Libertarianism (230 comments)

Your Danish friend is a little confused by your use of "liberal". In the United States, the meaning of liberalism has parted significantly from classical liberalism, it has been renamed libertarianism.

When a Danish person talks about liberals it's safer to assume he means his "economically conservative" and "socially liberal" political parties.

- The biggest party in Denmark is the pro-free market Liberal Party.
- The Liberal Alliance Party of Denmark is even more Libertarian.

about a year ago
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Demo Europe Hits Russia — and Start-ups Have To Beg

andersh Skype? (26 comments)

I find it interesting that Skype was mentioned next to Netscape and Salesforce.com. Skype is a European company, which was founded in Estonia by a Dane, a Swede and several Estonians. Did it really receive funding at any of these events - let alone Demo Europe?

Skype was founded in 2003 by Janus Friis from Denmark and Niklas Zennström from Sweden. The Skype software was developed by the Estonians Ahti Heinla, Priit Kasesalu, and Jaan Tallinn, who together with Friis and Zennström were also behind the peer-to-peer file sharing software Kazaa..

about a year ago
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MySQL Founders Reunite To Form SkySQL

andersh Wrong Conclusion (215 comments)

The newly merged company will have the two main co-creators of the original MySQL, Monty Widenius head of Monty Program AB, and David Axmark of SkySQL.

Ulf Michael "Monty" Widenius, is the main author of the original version of the open-source MySQL database and a founding member of the MySQL AB company.

about a year ago
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Israel Airport Security Allowed To Read Tourists' Email

andersh Our Shared Rules (438 comments)

While Israel is a sovereign nation, it is also a signatory to a number of human rights conventions... They've voluntarily given themselves restrictions on what laws they can make and how they apply them.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights' Article 12 says:

"No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks."

http://www.hri.org/docs/UDHR48.html

about a year ago
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Former Diplomat Slams Facebook For Inaction On Fake Pages

andersh Former Ambassador To... (164 comments)

This guy isn't just anybody, he's a former Belgian ambassador.

Brendan Nelson, Australian Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg, NATO and the EU.

about a year ago
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Australian Mobile Phone Provider Sent 1000s of Fake Debt Collection Letters

andersh Blurred lines (82 comments)

I don't know how it's in the US or Australia but in my Western country the executive(s) are specifically liable for the company's actions.

Especially their own illegal or irresponsible actions - but not limited to their own either. Owners of corporations may in fact also be liable [here], depending on circumstances and ownership. It's far too complicated to go into detail here, I work with the law for a living in my European country.

about a year ago
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Google Gets Consumer Service Ultimatum From German Consumer Groups

andersh Thinking, or not thinking (351 comments)

Yes, ignorance of the law is no excuse. German law requires you to respond to queries from consumers, thinking you do not have to is failure to abide. Citizens and commercial entities have a duty to actively look up, understand and abide by local laws [in most countries that I know of].

We have already established that German law does not require there to be a payment involved to become a consumer of said services. Google provides a [free] service, consumers therefore have rights.

about a year ago
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Google Gets Consumer Service Ultimatum From German Consumer Groups

andersh Google Germany Gmbh (351 comments)

Lest you forget Google is incorporated in almost every European country you can name.

Google Germany GmbH
ABC-Str. 19
20354 Hamburg
Deutschland

Telefon: +49 40-80-81-79-000
Fax: +49 40-4921-9194

Google München
Google Germany GmbH
Dienerstraße 12
80331 München
Deutschland

about a year ago
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Bitcoin Currency Surpasses 20 National Currencies In Total Value

andersh Real debt (583 comments)

I'm afraid you're at least somewhat wrong. Gov't bonds are solid investments that have a low, but reliable return.

If you're worried about preserving your wealth, but still need a return to fund your pension payouts, gov't bonds are a "safe" bet in many countries around the world. That's the type of debt Social Security, state and local gov't, pension funds own. The debt is real, the interest payments are real and they have to issue new bonds every year.

A government bond is a bond issued by a national government, generally promising to pay a certain amount (the face value) on a certain date, as well as periodic interest payments. Bonds are debt investments whereby an investor loans a certain amount of money, for a certain amount of time, with a certain interest rate, to a company or country.

about a year ago
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Bitcoin Currency Surpasses 20 National Currencies In Total Value

andersh US debt (583 comments)

Have you seen the actual numbers? Who owns the US national debt?

- China 8%

US gov't and pension funds 46,1%:

- The Federal reserve 11,3%
- Social Security fund 19%
- US households 6,6%
- State & local gov't 3,5%
- State, local pensions funds 2,2%
- Private pension funds 3,5%

http://www.businessinsider.com/who-owns-us-debt-2011-7?op=1

about a year ago
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Raspberry Pi As Hardware Backdoor

andersh Re:Easier to extend? (76 comments)

Yes, I see your point, I suppose it's been possible for some time, but now almost anyone can do it [with other technology than the Raspberry].

about a year and a half ago
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Raspberry Pi As Hardware Backdoor

andersh Easier to extend? (76 comments)

Is it possibly easier to add custom hardware to the Raspberrry Pi? I mean they're both Linux boxes, but one of them is designed to be extended.

You could add an FM transceiver for remote operations without communicating over LAN/WAN?

about a year and a half ago
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France Demands Skype Register As a Telco

andersh Leave and Lose Big! (209 comments)

when a country tries to extort money from a company that company should threaten to cease operations within that country so call their bluff.

There's always someone with this silly logic on Slashdot! The world doesn't revolve around the company in question, it's the other way around!

Each time Microsoft or Google have been involved in some sort of legal issue in Europe - some guy like you pops up to tell them to "just" leave Europe. The problem is that Europe represents more than 50% of the profits for companies like Microsoft! Who loses then? That would be Skype, because there will always be the competition.

I imagine Skype does even better in Europe than in the US, due to the fact that there are more people in general (700 million) - and because people call across national borders and not state lines. Never mind the millions of immigrants from Africa to Asia.

about a year and a half ago
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No Firefox For iOS, Says Mozilla's Product Head

andersh Competition Laws (318 comments)

the fact that Apple forces all apps to be purchased through their own app store just as well be seen as anti-competitive?

No, not according to the more pro-active EU competition/monopoly laws or similar US laws. Apple's market share is too small to fall under "monopoly" in any or all European countries, where the distribution is quite varied from nation to nation. Scandinavia is not at all representative of the European handset market as a whole, my dear neighbor.

Furthermore the fact that a product only supports its manufacturer's services is not a violation of any doctrine here or there. The cases involving Microsoft has confused the general public, it's not illegal to only provide your own service/software/accessories. It's when that affects the general market to such a degree that it become detrimental to competition in general. US laws treats and views this differently than the EU does.

In the EU a monopoly is by its very definition seen as detrimental to consumers and must be acted upon. Until Apple constitutes a monopoly or is the dominant force it's not realistic to imagine any action by the US or EU. Apple's great influence does not constitute market power. At the moment Google's Android has the clear majority of consumers in their hand, or rather vice versa.

If the EU force Apple to have a browser ballot on iOS, I do believe Steve Jobs will be turning ever so violently in his grave

What? The man who forced Microsoft to settle [the lawsuit Apple brought against them] in return for buying Apple shares, making Office for Mac and bringing Internet Explorer to Mac OS!

No, I'm sorry, Safari is just a "pet project", Apple needed it to for their O/S to stay valid - and avoid Microsoft's grip. The very reason Microsoft was forced to open up by the EU was because their own browser skewed and hindered the market from developing. WebKit is an open source project, as Google and now even Opera proves. Apple doesn't have any greater advantage than say Google Chrome on Mac OS X. What possible arguments do you have?

about a year and a half ago
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Man Has 75% of Skull Replaced By 3D-Printed Materials

andersh Measure and model (74 comments)

I imagine it wouldn't take an insane amount of work to calculate the missing piece(s) of a scanned skull if they have other models to build on and software with math skills. There's a certain symmetry to all human skulls and only slight variations on the features' length and width etc. If you get hit by a bus, I imagine even a crushed skull or face would only require a lot of measurements of bone fragments and general size of the skull.

about a year and a half ago
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NASA: Huge Freshwater Loss In the Middle East

andersh Power and Influence (228 comments)

Any beef with each other? Did you miss anything? Yes, absolutely! :)

There's certainly the external threat from Iran, and the Shi'a population in many of the countries are less than happy with their Sunni rulers. Did I mention Iran? They're quite protective of Shi'as; be it during the recent uprising in Bahrain or the current war in Yemen [on Saudi Arabia's border]. There's always the threat of homegrown terrorists who wish to establish a theocratic state (Sunni). Saudi Arabia has been battling its own extremists for years now. Iraq already attacked Kuwait once and wanted to move on Saudi Arabia. Today Iraq is mostly a threat because of instability.

However you seem to have missed the real point of the GCC's plan; to come together and create a confederation for economic and social development. They're not banding together because of threats - they're planning ahead. How long will the oil last? What do they live off afterwards? They have to develop their economies, industries, educate and train the population and be less reliant on foreign workers [from Asia and the West].

As for India and Pakistan, that's not their problem as those are Asian countries. Israel is obviously not loved by the GCC countries.

about a year and a half ago
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NASA: Huge Freshwater Loss In the Middle East

andersh Pulling Together (228 comments)

It would be nice to think that a regional water shortage would pull these countries together to solve a mutual problem.

Oh, you mean like the GCC? :) Now, it's a long way from finished, but it's what you asked for.

The Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, also known as the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is a political and economic union of the Arab states bordering the Persian Gulf and located on or near the Arabian Peninsula, namely Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates. Jordan and Morocco have been invited to join the council.

On 6 March 2012, the six members of the GCC announced that the Gulf Cooperation Council would be evolving from a regional bloc to a confederation, in possible response to Arab democratic unrest and increased Iranian influence in the region.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cooperation_Council_for_the_Arab_States_of_the_Gulf

about a year and a half ago
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Amsterdam Using Airbnb Listings To Identify Illegal Hotels

andersh Your Mileage May Vary (141 comments)

Extremely common? It's really different from country to country; the Swedish market is strictly controlled, while just next door in Norway the market is free and open.

about a year and a half ago

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