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Crytek USA Collapses, Sells Game IP To Other Developers

moronoxyd Re:Not Getting Paid (108 comments)

Taxpayers like me would also have been out a lot of money to prop up a failing co

Actually: No.

If the government hadn't helped out paying the wages, most of the employees would have been out of work and would be eligible for unemployment pay. So the taxpayers would have payed either way.
But this way the company could find a solution for their immediate problem and their employees still had a job.

This is actually a case where the government giving out money helps everybody.
But yeah, it's social(ism), so it's bad...

9 hours ago

Lenovo Halts Sales of Small-Screen Windows 8.1 Tablets Due To "Lack of Interest"

moronoxyd Lack of interest? Lack of availability, I'd say! (125 comments)

I was looking forward to buy the Lenovo Miix 2 8" with 64 GB and WWAN.
But Lenovo decided that people in my market (Germany) don't need it.

So I bought a Dell Venue 8 Pro 64GB/WWAN.

To those who say that the modern UI sucks: On laptops and desktops, I absolutely agree with you. But on a device with real touch support it works, if you're willing to give it a chance. It doesn't work if you immediately start installing desktop apps.

To those that say 8" is a bad size: I disagree. In my opinion, a 10" or 11" tablet is too close to laptop size to make sense, but 8" are about half way between a 4" smartphone and a 12"/13" laptop.

about two weeks ago

German Intel Agency Helped NSA Tap Fiber Optic Cables In Germany

moronoxyd Re:Are the Stasi already forgotten? (103 comments)

East Germany had about 16 million citizen, West Germany about 70.
So it's more like 20% who had experience with the Stasi.

Just saying.

about a month and a half ago

Google and Facebook Can Be Legally Intercepted, Says UK Spy Boss

moronoxyd Re:Internal and External Simultaneously (104 comments)

This is the UK, not the EU.
This is about UK law and a British intelligence service, not about the EU.

As far as I know Facebook and Google have their European headquarters in Ireland or Luxembourg or something, which is outside of the UK.

about a month and a half ago

After Trademark Dispute, Mexican Carriers Can No Longer Use iPhone Name In Ads

moronoxyd Re:wow (53 comments)


It's not unknown for local entrepreneurs in developing countries to register a trademark they know a big American company is going to need, and then make a nuisance of themselves in local Courts until the Americans pay them to go away.

Why limit that to developing countries?
I'm sure the same happens all the time in the US with foreign trademarks that are expected to move to the US.
It definitely happend with domain names for well known trademarks and company names.

about 2 months ago

Virginia DMV Cracks Down On Uber, Lyft

moronoxyd Re:Seems reasonable... (260 comments)

Ok, so you showed us a definition of the word 'taxi' to suggest that Uber and Lyft fulfil that definition. (I'm sure there are other definitions of taxi, but whatever.)
But what you have not shown is that they are LICENSED taxis. And from what I understand that is the crucial point: They don't follow all the same regulations that the states put into place for taxi services.

about 2 months ago

The US Vs. Europe: Freedom of Expression Vs. Privacy

moronoxyd Re:The Problem Isn't "Free Speech vs Privacy" (278 comments)

Freedom of speech does not include the freedom of consequences. Whatever you say can, and often will, have consequences.

about 2 months ago

UK May Kill the EU's Net Neutrality Law

moronoxyd Re:UK EU more problems than solutions? (341 comments)

Automatic work visas for all the Linux people in Ireland, where the pay is shite, to get jobs in Switzerland?

Did I miss a memo? Since when is Switzerland a member of the EU?

about 2 months ago

UK May Kill the EU's Net Neutrality Law

moronoxyd Re:Schengen migration laws are complete SHIT! (341 comments)

I here pundits claiming this will not happen, but it is bullshit. It will happen and it is happening already.

Except that every time somebody looks at the actual numbers (facts, you know?) they find that this 'social tourism' doesn't exist as a widespread problem.
Just ignoring the facts doesn't change them.

Oh, and just so we're clear: I'm German, too.

about 2 months ago

UK May Kill the EU's Net Neutrality Law

moronoxyd Re:Why are they in the EU again? (341 comments)

The problem is that the Euro is a monetary union without a proper fiscal (and by-proxy political) union. The US has a strong central government and can fix these imbalances by, amongst other things, spending federal dollars in the states with weaker economies.

Are you aware that the EU does similar things?
Strong economies like the UK and Germany pay more into the EU coffers while weaker economies get more than they pay.
The EU co-finances development projects and surely a lot mor that I am not aware of.

about 2 months ago

Oklahoma Botched an Execution With Untested Lethal Injection Drugs

moronoxyd Re:Punishment fits the crime (1198 comments)

It is not justice if somebody is been given the death penalty and then gets 45 minutes of torture on top.

There is a reason torture (or cruel and unusual punishment) is not legal. If we treat criminals not better then they treated their victims we're not better than they are.

As a society we should strife to be better than our criminals and not hide our own cruelty behind words like justice and punishment.

about 3 months ago
top Ends Free Dynamic DNS

moronoxyd Re:NOIP does the same... (242 comments)

But dyn actually stopped sending the renewal emails, thus losing me my addresses, then turning out to have deleted those domains as available options for non-paying customers..

Ah, so it wasn't just me then..

I got the renewal email just a week ago or thereabouts.

about 4 months ago

U.S. Aims To Give Up Control Over Internet Administration

moronoxyd Re:Hmm.... (279 comments)

Bodies like the UN aren't even close to democratic ((1 country == 1 vote) != (1 person == 1 vote).

Sure. But is that less democratic or more democratic than (1 country decides, 7 billion people have to live be the decision)?

What you're saying is basically 'the propose solution isn't perfect so we better stay with the current set-up which is even less perfect'.

about 5 months ago

YouTube Ordered To Remove "Illegal" Copyright Blocking Notices

moronoxyd Re:Bullshit (427 comments)

The GEMA is the organization who sole purpose of being is to license rights to broadcaster.
Thus the statement is correct: The GEMA would be the one who has to granz a license, and no such license was granted (as of now). The statement does NOT say that the GEMA refused to grant a license. That would be a lie, but that's not what YT says.

about 5 months ago

YouTube Ordered To Remove "Illegal" Copyright Blocking Notices

moronoxyd Re:Bullshit (427 comments)

Digging a little deeper I'm starting to agree with GEMA on this one, it seems the bad press really started when a webcam feed from the Kiev protests was blocked by YouTube's automatic scanner.

No. Youtube shows this message for a long time, the GEMA complains about it for just as long, and the case was file long before the events in Ukraine.

However the message leads everyone to believe they are to blame when it's really YouTube at fault.

I know the German original, and in my opinion it does NOT put the blame on the GEMA.It does NOT say that the GEMA refused to granz a license, but only that no license was given.

Nor is it correct to blame Youtube for not finding an agreement with the GEMA. Neither party are willing to give enough ground for them to meet half way.

about 5 months ago

Report: Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) Scans Your DNS History

moronoxyd Re:Summary that misrepresents the Article... *shoc (373 comments)

Luckily, not everyone lives in the US.
Some countries have different laws, even consumer protection laws that are worth that name.

And yes, even companies operating out of the US have to conform to at least some of these laws if they want to do business in Germany/Europe. An yes, they WANT to, because Europe is not an insignificant market.

about 5 months ago

EU Commissioner Renews Call for Serious Fines in Data Privacy Laws

moronoxyd Re:Desperate Idiots (162 comments)

Unbelievable. Only desperate government bureaucrats could possibly look at administrative fines as a source of income that might save the EU from its financial woes. Excessive taxes, fines, and other means of taking money from the people they are supposed to protect are not the keys to prosperity.

Reality check: Big companies are not the people the European governments are supposed to protect. That are still the citizens of thoes countries. And the rights of those citizens are ignored by Google et. al.
So the governments are actually doing exactly what they should: Protect the rights of the citizens.

about 6 months ago

EU Commissioner Renews Call for Serious Fines in Data Privacy Laws

moronoxyd Re:Hypocrites (162 comments)

"There are four boxes to be used in the defense of liberty: soap, ballot, jury and ammo. Please use in that order." Marginalized people like Neo Nazis* aren't allowed to speak in countries like France and Germany, they know there a minority so voting won't work, and no way that they would be allowed on a Jury. With that in mind it's surprising that we haven't seen more violence out of people like them.

Yeah. Isn't it strange that the oh so free US has more problems with extremists (Unabomber and the like) than the countries that you say should expect those kind of problems?

about 6 months ago

EU Commissioner Renews Call for Serious Fines in Data Privacy Laws

moronoxyd Re:Hypocrites (162 comments)

Yep, the Euro has its own problems and can't keep its own house clean, so some good old fashioned attacks on a US company will generate enough good will to keep them relevant in
the eyes of the people there.

I'm really getting tired of this.
You're just plain wrong.
European companies are fined just as much for this kind of thing.

The difference is: European companies are used to these laws and break them less often, and fines for EU companies are rarely talked about in the US

Most of the time this is not about 'oh, it's a US company, let's hit them' but about 'US companies think they don't need to care about local law, so the break it at need to be fined'.

about 6 months ago

EU Commissioner Renews Call for Serious Fines in Data Privacy Laws

moronoxyd Re:Sounds like an India shakedown (162 comments)

Solution: Fine them for random stuff for a lot of money.

This isn't random stuff.
Just because the US doesn't know what proper consumer protection and privacy laws are doesn't mean it isn't important.

about 6 months ago


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