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Scientology Tries To Block German Documentary

rundgren Re:Rights? (565 comments)

http://w2.brreg.no/enhet/sok/detalj.jsp?orgnr=970551972 I do know it's easy to register as a religion in Norway (which I think is a good thing) - I once was seriously considering registering some religion with the sole purpose of getting government support and the sole function of gathering once a year and drinking beer for the gov. support money. I still think I could have pulled it off :-) I was inspired by these geniouses: http://www.gateavisa.no/blekka/ga152/religion/152ralt.html

more than 4 years ago
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Scientology Tries To Block German Documentary

rundgren Re:Rights? (565 comments)

Mod parent up!

more than 4 years ago
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Scientology Tries To Block German Documentary

rundgren Re:Rights? (565 comments)

I'm sorry, but I think you're wrong: Scientology is registered as a religion ("trossamfunn") in Norway.

more than 4 years ago
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Scientology Tries To Block German Documentary

rundgren Re:Rights? (565 comments)

While I agree hinting to the war is unneccessarry, his point is valid: An independent media is absolutely necessary to keep the power of government in check. When government is running the media, a huge conflict of interest exists. This problem is unfortunately not being taken seriously by the people in countries with government-run media (most of Europe, maybe?). It's even worse here in Norway, where the government operated media dominates TV and radio - only in newspapers is there some diversity and even most of those depend on government subsidies.

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Scientology Tries To Block German Documentary

rundgren Re:Rights? (565 comments)

The problem here is that many public networks shy away from these documentaries BECAUSE of the clout of Scientology. However, ARD is supported by public euros and as such answers to nobody even the government. Many whine about having to pay a TV tax, but I gladly pay my monthly TV tax as it produces documentaries that ask hard hitting questions. Public networks would definitely not support it...

I am a supporter of free markets and capitalism, but at times we need the government.

Yes, at times we need the government - but journalism is clearly not a job for the government. Do you think we need a government newspaper, because the normal newspapers are too scared of pissing of corporations or religions? How do you explain away all the good and controversial journalistic work done by privately owned newspapers and TV-stations all over the world? Believe me, there are plenty of good journalists and editors in the private media.

more than 4 years ago
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GM Is Selling Saab To Spyker Cars

rundgren Re:In Soviet Russia ... (264 comments)

Antonov and Convers is out of Spyker - GM wouldn't sell SAAB to them otherwise.

more than 4 years ago
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GM Is Selling Saab To Spyker Cars

rundgren Re:good (264 comments)

You're of course right about that.. Sorry for the lack of fact-checking.

more than 4 years ago
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GM Is Selling Saab To Spyker Cars

rundgren Re:good (264 comments)

Fact: Mercedes and BMW still use only rear or four wheel drive.

more than 4 years ago
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Virgin Media To Trial Filesharing Monitoring In UK

rundgren Re:Time to encrypt everything. (280 comments)

"circumventing a copyright protection mechanism" is illegal in most of Europe as well... Thanks for the inspiration, Mr. Sam.

more than 4 years ago
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1Mb Broadband Access Becomes Legal Right In Finland

rundgren Re:Bastards! (875 comments)

Hopefully this also means that those three-strike laws wont be possible, since getting broadband access should be a legal right.

Legal rights and privileges are often conditional on good behavior - and they can be forfeit.

Your "Right to Travel" isn't a "Get Out Of Jail Free" card.

Yes but it means, like the case is for jail, that an actual court needs to take away that right. Not your ISP based on a form letter from the content lobby.

more than 4 years ago
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Did Chicago Lose Olympic Bid Due To US Passport Control?

rundgren I'm not looking forward to going to the US (1040 comments)

I'm a peaceful Norwegian with two (many years ago) convictions for possession of small amounts (1-2 joints) of marihuana. My grandmother wants to take me to visit our family in Boston next year, and I'm not looking forward to it at all because of one thing only: US border control and visa stupidity. The US is the only country in the world to care about a stupid posession misdemeanor - I could go anywhere else without issue at all..

more than 4 years ago
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France Passes Harsh Three-Strikes Legislation, Again

rundgren Re:Sad trend (207 comments)

While I think your "capitalism cannot deal with massive projects" statement is false, I have to agree on sharing the connection: I happily leave my wifi unencrypted and unprotected. Use it all you want, neighbours!

more than 4 years ago
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Spotify Retreats To Invite-Only In UK

rundgren Re:spotify poor security (130 comments)

Just a little addendum to the Wine-thing, for Ubuntu users: I had problems with playback stopping and stuttering before upgrading to the very latest wine (the one in the Ubuntu repos isn't new enough.) Follow the instructions on winehq.org to add their repositories..

more than 4 years ago
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Harvard Study Says Weak Copyright Benefits Society

rundgren Re:Pointless (326 comments)

These kind of studies are largely pointless. We already know this, and the media industry will not believe it regardless of how many studies come to this conclusion.

You're right, but the important part is convincing society in general, and of course politicans. And at least some of them _do_ listen to/read academic papers.

more than 3 years ago
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GM Cornered Into Defending the Volt

rundgren Re:The Volt is the least of GM's problems (769 comments)

As someone else mentioned, an imperial gallon is greater than a US gallon.

40MP(imperial)G * .8327(US)G/(imperial)G = ~33.3 MP(US)G.

As usual, non-metric units make no fucking sense at all.
Oblig. Grampa Simpson quote: "The metric system is the tool of the devil! My car gets forty rods to the hogshead and that's the way I likes it."

more than 5 years ago
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Half the Charges Against Pirate Bay Dropped

rundgren Re:That just made my day.... (347 comments)

it makes me feel physically sick that a bunch of Swedish criminal hippies.

Is that you, Nixon?

more than 5 years ago
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Visitors To US Now Required To Register Online

rundgren Re:America, for one, welcomes... (734 comments)

As a potential Johnny foreigner, I will spend my hard won Euros somewhere else.

If you are going to be deterred from coming to the US over the requirement that you register online and cough up some fingerprints I suppose you really didn't care that much about coming in the first place anyway, did you?

I think this program is security theater more than anything else but our entry/exit requirements still aren't that onerous compared to other countries I can think of. In the end you'll have to weigh them against your reason for coming here. I'm in love with Italy and Italian culture -- I'd cough up my prints if that was the requirement to go there. New York State already has them anyway.....

But the US rules _are_ onerous compared to other countries. The US demands that everyone wanting a tourist visa need to have a clean criminal record. (And I'm not talkin about having done jail time, everything more serious that a traffic ticket and you're disqualified.)

more than 5 years ago
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Visitors To US Now Required To Register Online

rundgren Re:America, for one, welcomes... (734 comments)

As a potential Johnny foreigner, I will spend my hard won Euros somewhere else.

So will I! The U.S. makes it so damn difficult getting into their country that it hardly seems worth the effort any more.. The worst part is that they deny visa (even 3 months of tourist visa) to ppl like me who have a small thing ($400 dollar fine) on our criminal record. A US citizen with the same record I have will have no problem entering my country (Norway).

more than 5 years ago

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