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Why a Chinese Company Is the Biggest IPO Ever In the US

moronoxyd Re:Alibaba's AliExpress store is ripe with fakes (190 comments)

Yes alibaba is a theives market. Alibaba does little to root this out too. Moreover the entire china small items trade competiveness relys on the rediculous postage rates (low) that allows delivery in the US for a mere $1 worth of postage. Finally all the small vendors lie about the item in the postage to evade customs charges.

The same happens when I buy on eBay or Amazon Marketplace.
Lot's of Chinese vendors there that ship from China.

Also, US vendors lie on the customs sticker as well, if they care to put that information on a package at all.
I live in Germany and I order from all around the world, Every time I need to go to the customs offices to pick up a package because it was not declared properly it's a package from the US or Australia.

3 days ago
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German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

moronoxyd Re:We need more like this (290 comments)

Sure. But the question whether somebody is a 'customer' (actually a 'consumer', as the law is about 'Verbraucher') when using Google products or not is a matter of law. Personal opinions have not practical impact.

drinkypoo tries to argue semantics, when the only definition of 'customer' that is relevant here is the one that German law uses.

about two weeks ago
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German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

moronoxyd Re:We need more like this (290 comments)

German law disagrees.

Pardon me if I do not get teary-eyed over the notion of German law.

Well, since this is about a German court talking about German consumers and (I assume) addressing Google Germany, German law is pretty much all that matters.

about two weeks ago
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German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

moronoxyd Re:define (290 comments)

Yeah and, how can that judge claim that German Google customers do not have a way to communicate with Google? German Google customers send mail to support-de@google.com and a Google bot tells them to F*** Off! Not only does that constitute communication but the message is pretty clear.

Point is that that's not enough for Google to fulfill their legal obligation. They have to read the emails and (supposedly) react in some meaningful way.

Of course, traditionally it has not proven to be a particularly intelligent strategy to tell the Germans to F*** Off! since they tend to react badly to that (read: Invasions, panzers, stukas, u-boats, V-1 cruise missiles, V-2 rockets... etc) but If Google wants to take a shot at it they I say let them try.

If I look at the last 60 years I come to the conclusion that the US has become the new Germany.

about two weeks ago
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German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

moronoxyd Re:define (290 comments)

They're agreeing that Google use their personal data, but there's no suggestion they're going to get paid for it. The "payment" is that Google provide them services, without any support.

And that's the point: German law says that you can not provide a service without a certain amount of support. Google HAS to be available to German customers via email.

about two weeks ago
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Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

moronoxyd Re:Drivers license (312 comments)

Also, insurance may not cover you if you're carrying passengers for-profit (though it could be difficult for them to find that out).

How so?
'Hey, I'm sorry that you just got injured while being in my car, but could you please not mention that you booked me on Uber to anybody, like the police, because I'm not covered for this case?'

Yeah, right. That will work out just fine...

about three weeks ago
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Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

moronoxyd Re:Where we're going, we don't need rules... (312 comments)

I see Uber and the like as being in the same vein - and while Germany, London, whatever ends up 'banning' these services, I'm sure they realize that it's not going to stop then and there, and the rules will eventually have to be adjusted.

And once the rules have been adjusted Uber is free to do business according to those rules.
But TODAY they have to do business according to TODAYS rules. If they think the rules are outdated, they should work on changing them. But until then they have to follow them.

about three weeks ago
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Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

moronoxyd Re:Free speech but not trade (312 comments)

Do you really would want to do business with AT&T or Microsoft or GM without any laws in place that regulate the contracts?
Trust me: You don't. They have the power of a multi billion company and you have nothing.
They would dictate all the rules and you could agree or die.
And no, the free market wouldn't solve the problem: There would be no smaller competitors, because there would be no law that protects them from the big meanie.

The free market is an ideal that ignores reality.
We need government regulation because we are not on equal standing in regards to the companies we would like (or need, for want of alternatives) do business with.

about three weeks ago
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Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

moronoxyd Re:Uncompetitive? (312 comments)

If they don't follow the laws that other companies in this business have to follow -- of course it should extend that far.

The fact that Uber explicitly says that they are going to ignore this court decision speaks volumes.

about three weeks ago
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Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

moronoxyd Re:ITT... (312 comments)

These permits, insurances ect. are there to protect the customers of the taxi service.

If a Uber driver causes an accident, what will happen?
His private car insurance will not cover any damages he incurred while driving his car for profit, and it's very unlikely that he has the kind of money to pay damages for injuries out of his pocket.

about three weeks ago
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Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

moronoxyd Re:Drivers license (312 comments)

'relevant tests', 'approriate insurance'

Sure every driver has that for the purpose of driving oneself or friends and relatives.
But once you want to drive people for profit you have to follow stricter rules, pass more tests and have more insurance.

Cab drivers have to do that, so why shouldn't Uber do the same?

about three weeks ago
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Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

moronoxyd Re:Good. How is uber any different... (312 comments)

So it will be interesting to see how the courts explain how these services are different.

The decision explicitely mentions the fact that Uber and the drivers are doing it for profit.
The Mitfahrzentralen work on a no profit basis, and the drivers don't make a profit either and would drive that way anyway.

about three weeks ago
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Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

moronoxyd Re:ITT... (312 comments)

This isn't about protectionism.
This is about countries having laws and expecting everybody to follow them.
Sure, US companies are not used to do that, but that is a problem of the US, not of the other countries.

Germany has laws regulating persons and companies that want to be active in the transport business. These laws where not made to keep US companies out. The laws are a lot older than Uber. They are there to protect consumers and give them a certain amount of safety.
Ubers profits are not more important than everybodies safety.

about three weeks ago
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Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

moronoxyd Re:ITT... (312 comments)

How so?
The rules in question here are questions of insurance, of proper training for drivers, of car maintenance... the same rules that cab drivers and companies in Germany have been following for many years.
How are these rules 'made to prevent US companies from gaining traction'?

Unless of course, having local law that everybody (local companies as well as US companies) have to follow is preventing US companies in your eyes. I mean, sure, they are not used to actually having to follow laws they don't like. It's real mean of European governments and regulators to actually check whether companies follow the law...

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

moronoxyd Re:More accuratly "self preservation" (419 comments)

Not just any company, only companies operating in multiple countries that are just trying to benefit from each countries privileges but not fulfilling those responsibilities.

No. By not handing over the data Microsoft is actually complying with European data protection laws.
Following the ruling of the US court would be Microsoft not fulfilling responsibilities in other countries.

about three weeks ago
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Berlin Bans Car Service Uber

moronoxyd Re:Uber is quite retarded (341 comments)

I can't say how things are done in other countries, but I would assume that just like in the US the company follows the laws of that land.

Except that the regulatory body here in Berlin responsible for public transport says they don't.

about a month ago
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Berlin Bans Car Service Uber

moronoxyd Re:Uber is quite retarded (341 comments)

Uber doesn't consider itself a commercial transport service. It considers itself a ridesharing service. Presumably it could accept an upper limit of seven passengers.

I don't want to get into the merits of the law or applying it to Uber. I just wanted to point out that there is an argument that this law should not apply to them. It may or may not be a good argument.

Then they can bring their case to court and let the judges decide.
But until then they are bound by the decisions of the official body that regulates these matters.
This is about people's safety, so they have to follow the safety regulations until it is proven they don't have to.

Germany isn't the Wild West where companies can do as they please and consumer rights be damned.

about a month ago
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Berlin Bans Car Service Uber

moronoxyd Re: Uber is quite retarded (341 comments)

Bull. As a citizen of Berlin I'm very happy that the government regulates people working in the transport business.
I don't want to be driven in a bus or car that doesn't conform to safety regulations or by a driver that has been working so many hours that he is sleepy or otherwise not able to safely bring me from A to B.

And if Uber and Lyft ignore the regulations already in place then they have no business doing business.

about a month ago
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Crytek USA Collapses, Sells Game IP To Other Developers

moronoxyd Re:Not Getting Paid (121 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...

about 2 months ago
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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 2 months ago

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