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UN Report Reveals Odds of Being Murdered Country By Country

lordholm Re:shenanigans (386 comments)

There has been research into differences between US states. Some of them, predominantly the one sharing a border with Canada have murder rates similar to Europe.

This has among other things been attributed to the more prevalent honour-culture in the southern part of the US (which has been experimentally validated).

about 6 months ago
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European Court of Justice Strikes Down Data Retention Law

lordholm Re:Europe, here I come! (77 comments)

This is the case in many EU states. Higher education (master's level courses) are in general given in English in a lot of universities, including in France.

about 6 months ago
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Russians Take Ukraine's Last Land Base In Crimea

lordholm Re:I dont get it (551 comments)

Do you have the slightest clue about how a parliamentarian system works? Governments are not elected by the people, they are elected by the parliament and they can be sacked by parliament. Apparently, in Ukraine the president can be removed by the parliament (if not, the disposed president should have raised the issue with the supreme / constitutional courts, but this has not happened).

This is not a coup, it is democracy in play.

about 7 months ago
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Russians Take Ukraine's Last Land Base In Crimea

lordholm Re: I dont get it (551 comments)

We just had a referendum in our house, no one wants to be part of the country that claims the land we have the house on (there are also no native people living in our house). Can we secede? According to your logic, yes...

about 7 months ago
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Russians Take Ukraine's Last Land Base In Crimea

lordholm Re:I dont get it (551 comments)

It does not matter whether there is a majority population of russian-speaking people in Crimea. Russia / USSR gave Crimea to Ukraine, they cannot take it back just like that. A civilized approach would have been to approach the Ukrainian government, asked them for it and offered a pile of money for it (e.g. free gas for 50 years or something like that...) and then had a discussion as civilsed persons. This never happened, and as the Russian logic goes at the moment, we can also argue that:

- St:Petersburg is built on occupied Swedish territory and should be handed back to Sweden.

- Karelia is Finnish (ok Finland is actually Swedish), and should be handed back to Finland.

- Kalingrad should be handed over to Germany, after all it was the center of Prussia, the most german of the german states...

- The Åland islands (who actually had a referendum about joining Sweden, voting 95 % for joining) and is part of Finland should be handed over to Sweden immediately.

- Anschluss was morally justified as the territories that Adolf annexed was "ethnic german".

- Ireland is english-speaking, so England has claim...

- US is English speaking and the Spanish speaking are "oppressing" the English speaking and the UK has moral justification to protect "the English" in the US.

- There are Dutch-speaking people in Belgium, so the NL should invade, they are oppressed by the French-speaking Belgians.

- Three are Flemmish-speaking people in the Netherlands, so Belgium should invade NL to protect the Flemmish/Dutch speaking people from the Frisians.

Where do you draw the line?

The fact is also that Russia signed an agreement leading to the dismantling of the Ukrainian nukes in order for a promise of respecting the integrity of the Ukrainian territory, no one can argue that Russia has not violated this pledge. The fact is that no Russians or Russian-speaking people where oppressed by the government in Ukraine.

There is NO casus belli whatsoever in this case, the Russians are blatantly ignoring international law, their own international commitments (to respect the Ukrainian borders) and are in principle acting like Germany in the 30s.

about 7 months ago
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Apple's New Mac Pro Gets High Repairability Score

lordholm Re:Who takes apart their laptop? (234 comments)

The issue aside (Mac Pro is not a laptop), a modular laptop is very important for many reasons. Especially when it comes to upgrading RAM and replacing disks when you realise that your initial diskspace is not enough. I don't think there are that many other things you need to replace yourself in a laptop though.

about 10 months ago
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Swedish Man Fined $650,000 For Sharing 1 Movie, Charged Extra For Low Quality

lordholm Damages of reputation (366 comments)

The interesting thing is that the goodwill losses in reputation for the movie or Nordisk Film is probably a lot higher from the verdict being public, pissing people off, than it was from 100 people downloading the bad quality rip.

about 10 months ago
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France Broadens Surveillance Powers; Wider Scope Than NSA

lordholm Re:Damn I thought our news sucked (169 comments)

European SIGINT is much worse than the US SIGINT in many cases. While they tend to be stronger regulated, the SIGINT in Europe is effectively tapping every fiberoptic cable in the EU. NSA fiberoptic taps are on exit / entry points in the US, european state SIGINT taps the fiberoptic cables on exit / entry points of the country.

Consequently, if I email someone in NY from California, it is likely that the email content will never pass an NSA collection point/tap. If do something similar in Europe, say email from Spain to Sweden, the message is likely to be picked up by Spanish, French, Belgian, Dutch, German, Danish and Swedish intelligence.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Legal Advice Or Loopholes Needed For Manned Space Program

lordholm Re:Move to the US, or maybe Sweden. (201 comments)

The site in French Guyana was picked because it is close to the equator and you get an extra boost from the Earth's rotation there. Picking that site did not have anything to do with population density, though it would probably play a role if it was a problem.

Better to look at a site like ESRANGE in northern Sweden, this site was explicitly picked by the ESA because it was low on people.

about a year ago
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Snowden Docs: Brits Hacked Accounts of Belgian IT Admins

lordholm Re:Dear GCHQ (126 comments)

British are not citizens, they are subjects.

about a year ago
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Snowden Docs: Brits Hacked Accounts of Belgian IT Admins

lordholm Re:Consequences? (126 comments)

Good question, wonder what happens if the Belgian police issues an EAW, does the GCHQ operators have immunity for their crimes in the UK? Does the EAW apply in this case; in my mind it should, it would put some needed control over this crap.

about a year ago
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EU Proposes To Fit Cars With Speed Limiters

lordholm Re:No need for cameras. (732 comments)

> "All in all, it's a really stupid idea. Which is what you'd expect from the EU."

Not really, this is a stupid idea made up by the Telegraph and The Mail with no basis in reality, which is what you'd expect from the Telegraph and The Mail.

If it sounds to preposterous to be true, it usually is...

about a year ago
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EU Proposes To Fit Cars With Speed Limiters

lordholm Re:Not really (732 comments)

No, the base speed is 110 on motorways in Sweden, however there are several places where there are signs explicitly allowing 120 km/h

about a year ago
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EU Proposes To Fit Cars With Speed Limiters

lordholm Re:Three reasons why this won't work (732 comments)

Such systems are fitted already in many cars. As the Telegraph does not actually have any primary sources in this case, I would take the whole thing with a grain of salt. My guess would be that the Commission will be recommending that cars will be equipped with these systems, not that they are required to always be on.

about a year ago
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Joining Lavabit Et Al, Groklaw Shuts Down Because of NSA Dragnet

lordholm Re:It was a myth (986 comments)

That is a load of bullshit. Really, if you would spend some time outside your little memberstate that you come from you would notice that there is more stuff uniting us than dividing us.

Having lived and worked in 4 different member states, and being engaged with a woman from a 5th one, I can most definitely say that there is such a thing as a "European". About 500 millions of them by the way.

about a year ago
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Electric Vehicles Might Not Benefit the Environment After All

lordholm Re:Depends on the energy source duh! (775 comments)

Yes, it uses the word will, but it takes time to prepare for the future. It is arguably so that, currently, EV does not really improve that much considering the average electricity plant in the world. But, we cannot ignore the future just because we live today. The fact is that we have to face the realities of today and the inevitabilities of the future.

Granted, an individual cannot really plan for the future in the same way as a society can, which is why a person not switch his brand of cigarets because of long term benefits. However, assuming either your private or public health care system offered you discounts if you switched your cigaret brand (or extra taxes on the old brand), because society see that on the whole, they will save money this way, would the average smoker still not switch, even if he/she saved money here and now?

As I mentioned, a society or a larger organisation have the ability to plan in long term in a way that you as an individual cannot do. Though the society can influence you to make the "right decision" in various ways. Meaning that, even something that may not make sense for an individual today from a utilitarian perspective, will make more sense from a financial perspective. In other words, society can plan for the "will happen" part and ensure that the current realities, at least in financial terms align with the future and the "will happen" part.

In addition to this, the fact is that infrastructure take a lot of time to build. Therefore, in order to build the infrastructure for the future, we need to invest in it today, because rest assured, at current consumption, oil (and natural gas) WILL run out (in reality it will just become ridiculously expensive, but that only gives us some additional time for the transition). When that happens, there better be a working infrastructure for EV (including fuel cells) in place, because neither coal nor nuclear is viable for direct installing in cars.

about a year ago
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Electric Vehicles Might Not Benefit the Environment After All

lordholm Re:Depends on the energy source duh! (775 comments)

Perhaps, but this misses the point of EV or fuel cell vehicles. At present, it stands so that these will push power generation to coal or oil fired power plants in many areas.

BUT:

1. Power plants will be transitioned as well, and it is substantially easier to place efficient and centralised greenhouse reducing technologies in a couple of power plants than in 2 billion cars.
2. Fuel will run out, and a transition must be starting now in any case.
3. In some places, most electricity already comes from nuclear / hydro / wind / solar (e.g. France and Sweden).

The transition away from petrol and diesel to battery or fuel cells, is not so much as cutting green house gasses now, it is about enabling a new infrastructure that is easier to control and manage. The being clean argument does however help to sell the electric vehicles now.

about a year ago
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Snowden: NSA Spying On EU Diplomats and Administrators

lordholm Re:Can't fracture again (417 comments)

"The EU never was a Union. It has always been a trade treaty and some fools tried to make more out of it."

The intent of the EU / EC / ECSC was always to form a political union. Granted it is not there yet, but the founding fathers where quite clear on this, and any state joining signs up for this long term goal.

I can guarantee you that a lot of citizens who are involved with anything dealing with more than two EU members are quite happy with the Union influencing the local legislation.

I for example have been living in 4 different member states, and often spend weekends with the in-laws in a fifth. The Union's influence on local legislation using directives and the Euro is absolutely essential for making life bearable for millions of people. As an example, due to the EU influence on the local legislation, a person moving to another state does for example no longer have to exchange their drivers licence any more (in my case, I would have had to change it 3 times during the last 5 years if the old rules would have applied). In addition, no paperwork has to be filled in if you get a job in another member state, this saves tons of money for business and a lot of time for citizens who have to deal with the mess otherwise. I could probably write a full book on how the influence on local legislation simplifies matters a lot.

about a year ago
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Snowden: NSA Spying On EU Diplomats and Administrators

lordholm More dirty work by the NSA...? (417 comments)

I am expecting that the newspapers soon find documents linking the NSA to the Athens affair and the death of Kostas Tsalikidis.

about a year ago

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EU wants to bring sanity into copyrights

lordholm lordholm writes  |  more than 3 years ago

lordholm (649770) writes "The European Digital Rights Initiative reports that Commissioner Kroes wants to bring sanity into the copyright debate. On the 5th of November, Kroes attended the "Avignon Forum for the international meetings of culture, economy and media", and in the speech held; Kroes stated that copyright regulations needed to change and that content gatekeepers (i.e. record companies) needed to adapt to the new world. Among the items that the Commission is working on are the harmonisation of blank media levies (which varies a lot around the EU) and the introduction of pan-European licensing."
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"Breathtakingly Smart" EU Refuse ACTA Provisions

lordholm lordholm writes  |  more than 4 years ago

lordholm (649770) writes "The Swedish justice department secretary Magnus Graner has in an interview with Dagens Nyheter (link in Swedish) said that the line for the Union and Sweden is to not have ACTA change neither Union nor Swedish legislation, explicitly referring to the principle of mere conduit for telecom and Internet operators.

Magnus Graner also said in the interview that even if the US put an ultimatum on the provisions that was leaked earlier (which would require the mere conduit principle to be abolished), the negotiators had no plan to change their position on that issue and in that case the deal would be of and there would not be any ACTA treaty. The EU would also like to see more transparency in the issue, but since the other partners in the negotiation rounds did not all want the transparency of the process it was not possible to grant it."

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Pirate Party Scores seats in European Parliament

lordholm lordholm writes  |  more than 5 years ago

lordholm (649770) writes "Exit polls in Sweden (link in Swedish) has shown that the Pirate Party will score two seats in the European Parliament elections. The election to the EP which has been held in Europe during the week is the second largest democratic elections in the world. According to the polls, the pirate party is the largest party in the 18-30 year age category of voters. The final counting of votes (including around a million postal votes) will not be done until later next week."

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