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Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

moronoxyd Re:Drivers license (179 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...

2 hours ago
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Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

moronoxyd Re:Where we're going, we don't need rules... (179 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 If they think the rules are outdated, they should work on changing them.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.

2 hours ago
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Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

moronoxyd Re:Free speech but not trade (179 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.

2 hours ago
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Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

moronoxyd Re:Uncompetitive? (179 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.

2 hours ago
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Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

moronoxyd Re:ITT... (179 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.

2 hours ago
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Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

moronoxyd Re:Drivers license (179 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?

2 hours ago
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Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

moronoxyd Re:Good. How is uber any different... (179 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.

2 hours ago
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Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

moronoxyd Re:ITT... (179 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.

3 hours ago
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Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

moronoxyd Re:ITT... (179 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...

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

moronoxyd Re:More accuratly "self preservation" (403 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.

2 days 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 three weeks 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 three weeks 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 three weeks 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 a month 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 a month and a half ago
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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 2 months ago
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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 2 months ago
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After Trademark Dispute, Mexican Carriers Can No Longer Use iPhone Name In Ads

moronoxyd Re:wow (53 comments)

Kinda.

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 3 months ago
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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 3 months ago
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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 3 months ago

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