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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

chihowa Re: Stop the US-centric crap already (374 comments)

The law you quoted states that the laws of Member States apply to data handling within those Member States, which I don't think anyone was arguing against. Of course EU/Irish law applies to Microsoft's Irish subsidiary, who is operating in Ireland on Irish data. In fact, sections (56) to (66) describe the exceptions to the prohibition on transfer to third countries, including transfers for settling contracts or legal claims.

Secondly, as a US corporation, Microsoft and all of its wholly own subsidiaries are also subject to US law. This is the same in the EU, as shown in the directive you quoted above. The directive you quoted does not say that "that US law does not apply to US entities operating in Ireland".

Checkmate.

You're a little overeager there, sport.

12 hours ago
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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

chihowa Re: Stop the US-centric crap already (374 comments)

Under European law, the US law does not apply in Ireland and all companies operating there must comply to Irish/European laws. Not US laws.

European law does not specify that US law does not apply to US entities operating in Ireland, and I challenge you find a reference for that. The closest you'll find is the vague concept of national sovereignty, which limits the US from carrying out governmental operations on foreign citizens or in foreign territories.

Really, Microsoft, a US company with foreign subsidiaries, is responsible for following US law and Irish/European laws simultaneously. If they conflict, then it's up to Microsoft (the entity who entered into a situation where they're violating some country's laws) to deal with the consequences. This whole situation is a result of Microsoft voluntarily maintaining US incorporation, wholly owning foreign subsidiaries, and wading into muddy international law.

Are you arguing that under European law, European companies (through wholly owned foreign subsidiaries) could engage in any activity at all outside of Europe and have no accountability for their actions in Europe? That a European company could engage in human trafficking, summary executions, child prostitution, etc and Europeans would not pursue legal remedies if the actions were legal in the foreign countries?

[In fact, under EU law, European citizens can be criminally charged for actions committed outside of Europe which are legal in the visited country (see child sex tourism laws). So you're saying that the US applying its laws to overseas US entities is overreach, while being alright with the EU doing the same.]

yesterday
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Slashdot Asks: How Prepared Are You For an Earthquake?

chihowa Re:Not Very Prepared (191 comments)

He missed out on the experience of feeling an earthquake and feels let down about that. If you're not from southern California, an earthquake is a novel experience. I felt one in St Louis a few years ago and it was cool and worth experiencing. Of course, having a building collapse on you would be horrible, but that's not too likely in most of the US.

about a week ago
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FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

chihowa Re:Correction: (338 comments)

Somehow I'm not surprised.
Asperae facetiae, ubi nimis ex vero traxere, acrem sui memoriam relinquunt.

about two weeks ago
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FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

chihowa Re:Correction: (338 comments)

Republicans are just a bit more blatant about it because it appeals to their idiot constituency.

It's just more blatant to you because you're not one of their idiot constituency. Democrats seem to be less blatant about it because you are one of their idiot constituency.

That you see one as being more blatant than the other says more about you than the politicians.

about two weeks ago
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Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

chihowa Re:I'd pay it but... (610 comments)

This entire article is about directly paying for content, instead of having ad supported content. (Well, the article is arguing in favor of ad supported content, but the premises are the same.) This $230/year is, specifically, paying for content. There's no realistic way to collect and distribute this money, so it's posed as an addition to your ISP bill, but this isn't about paying for delivery.

Likewise, the charges for cable TV include their payments to the networks and studios for content. Local ads in the cable feed to your house don't directly pay for content. Just as your ISP injecting ads into your internet connection doesn't pay for content.

If there was a way to directly pay for content and ads were still used in addition, as the GP suggested, the motivator there would be greed. The content was already paid for and this has nothing to do with delivery.

about two weeks ago
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How Argonne National Lab Will Make Electric Cars Cheaper

chihowa Re:Slashvertisement for Tesla (143 comments)

That's just a standard disclaimer. Who doesn't own shares of Tesla Motors? The Motley Fool probably owns some shares of almost every company they'd report on. That doesn't make it an ad.

about two weeks ago
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Smartphone Kill Switch, Consumer Boon Or Way For Government To Brick Your Phone?

chihowa Re:Why such paranoia ? (299 comments)

She carried two phones all of the time, which is why she succeeded. Who's the lunatic now?

about two weeks ago
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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

chihowa Re:Autonomous cars can't use V2V (475 comments)

Road trains sound like an awesome idea and would be fantastic for efficiently using already available highway space. But without stricter, and strictly enforced, vehicle condition inspections, participating in them could be extremely dangerous. As the driver's interaction with the car becomes more and more passive, people are less likely to notice issues with the car's function. Adding more and more sensors to watch vehicle condition may be a solution, though issues with the reliability and longevity of the sensors in rough environments will piss people off.

The state I live in now doesn't have any vehicle inspections and I've seen several tire blowouts on the highway since moving here. Even with fast computer reflexes, I'd imagine one of those could wipe out several other cars in a train. Without some sort of unified inspection code, your train will have a patchwork of cars from different states in different states of repair.

about two weeks ago
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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

chihowa Re:How to cripple a city (475 comments)

As the other poster mentioned, and as described in this page, obstructing traffic and driving the speed limit are entirely orthogonal legal concepts.

about two weeks ago
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Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted

chihowa Re:Stupidity (359 comments)

Almost as important, and exceedingly disturbing, is that this connection (between handling corpses and starting infections during surgery) was only made in 1847.

about two weeks ago
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Two Years of Data On What Military Equipment the Pentagon Gave To Local Police

chihowa Re:Real Problem (264 comments)

An arms race between the police and who else? Crimes in the US are not committed with the "latest and greatest assault rifles". They're committed with handguns (mostly crappy old Saturday night specials). The last arms race between US police and citizens was in the 1920's, when assault rifles were banned (as they still are).

about two weeks ago
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Two Years of Data On What Military Equipment the Pentagon Gave To Local Police

chihowa Re:Real Problem (264 comments)

"Ex-military" doesn't mean "unhinged violent psychopath". If an overwhelming show of force isn't necessary, like when you're serving a warrant for a nonviolent crime, kicking in doors and invading homes is more likely to cause a bad outcome than just knocking on the door. If the person who's home you're invading has been trained to deal with a similar situation and invading their home isn't necessary, you shouldn't go in with SWAT unless you really want a bad outcome.

about two weeks ago
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Web Trolls Winning As Incivility Increases

chihowa Re:Not Government (457 comments)

Pro Religion, Pro Microsoft, Anti GNU, Anti Linux, Pro DRM. Posts unless extremely well explained will get modded down to troll.

Isn't that the problem in the first place? If people cannot/refuse to explain their position, yet choose to launch a Pro Religion, Pro Microsoft, Anti GNU, Anti Linux, Pro DRM tirade, what difference is there between a (supposedly) ignorant person and a troll? All they're doing is pushing people's emotional points without any (good) basis whatsoever.

This is an excellent point. The only functional difference between a poorly defended unpopular position and a troll is the intent of the poster, which is often impossible to determine from the post alone (Poe's law and all).

about two weeks ago
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Web Trolls Winning As Incivility Increases

chihowa Re:Some people... (457 comments)

The broken window fallacy describes spurring economic activity with destruction. While that is what Zorg is describing, it actually works as a means to maintain "life" with busywork jobs. It may not create any economic value overall, but it certainly allows people to thrive.

A better way to describe destruction encouraging life is through competition of resources and culling the established players every now and then. If a particular species (or whatever) is allowed to establish dominance over a resource to the exclusion of others, diversity in that arena diminishes (though diversity in other arenas may increase). Destruction changes things and allows resources to be exploited in new ways. In this way, Cornelius is also stifling life by protecting the status quo and trying to preserve the current order.

about two weeks ago
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The Benefits of Inequality

chihowa Re:Different approaches for different situations (254 comments)

We don't need leaders. We need representatives.

"Leaders", who treat the country and its citizens as their plaything, are what got us into this mess.

about three weeks ago
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The Benefits of Inequality

chihowa Re:Different approaches for different situations (254 comments)

Well, you'd ramp up the number of representatives, too. (Both to dilute the extremely stupid, corrupt, overbearing and to make bribery more difficult.) If we scaled up Congress to the same levels of representation (congresspeople per citizen) we had when the country was founded, we'd have over 10,000 congressmen today. At 25k unique congresspeople per decade, you'd run out of seats on your board pretty quickly.

Even sticking with the current number of representatives, the complete turnover every four years (staggered, but on average) would overwhelm available board positions pretty quickly.

about three weeks ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

chihowa Re:This is why I'm leaving academia. (541 comments)

So you agree that the only true scientific debate here is on the debunk-the-book side. But you're irritated that 100 researchers are motivated to agree with that.

Yes. And if you read through what I actually wrote, and left the poor strawmen alone, you'd see that that's all I ever claimed.

Simply:
I don't like the involvement of politics in science.
The book is politics and psuedoscience.
Dobbs' review is science.
The letter is politics.
I'm irritated that the scientists involved in the letter feel so compelled to participate in the pollution of their field with politics.

Ignoring crackpots or debunking their "theories" with well-reasoned arguments (like Dobbs did) is good, but railing against crackpots with nothing but self-righteous petitions is not good (and has nothing to do with science). Dobbs' review stands on its own. The letter adds nothing to the reason of his arguments.

You must have some convoluted tangle of beliefs that I can't even begin to visualize.

I think that's the issue. I don't neatly fit into some simplistic dichotomy (liberal-conservative or whatever...), so trying to decipher what I'm I'm saying using that key must be baffling. You seem to imagine that because I don't agree with the letter, that I also disagree with Dobbs and agree with Wade. I'm not made of card: the worldview of real people can be more nuanced than that.

about three weeks ago
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Samsung Announces Galaxy Alpha Featuring Metal Frame and Rounded Corners

chihowa Re:I don't get it (220 comments)

I can accept that compromise! So it's decided.

about three weeks ago
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Android Motorcycle Helmet/HUD Gains Funding

chihowa Re:Oh man (126 comments)

...maybe a rear or side camera views to help with lane changes...

That alone is an amazing idea. If the display of a useful side/rear view display is tied to the appropriate turn signal, we might actually see people using their signals again!

about three weeks ago

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Catblock finally becomes a reality

chihowa chihowa writes  |  more than 2 years ago

chihowa (366380) writes "First seen as an April Fool's gag from the author of ChromeAdblock, Catblock can now be a permanent part of your Chrome or Safari browsing experience. Replacing ads with pictures of adorable cats, Catblock allows you to avoid ads (while seeing how full of ads most websites are!) while getting your needed daily dose of cat."
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Is Siri competitor, Vlingo, a DHS spy app?

chihowa chihowa writes  |  more than 2 years ago

chihowa (366380) writes "This morning I finally decided to give Vlingo, a competitor of Apple's Siri, a try on my iPhone 3GS. When I hit the "Listen" button, though, the app attempted to connect to system32.dhs.gov. I blocked this connection (using Firewall iP) and the app no longer works, complaining "Oops... Can't connect to server."

Is Vlingo some sort of spy app collecting voices of citizens or something? Can anyone else confirm this?"

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