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Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

salsadancer Fuck these stupid morons (312 comments)

Germans have rules and regulations for everything. You can give two strangers a ride when you meet them at a party without problems but as soon as the state's koffers are affected you need the Personenbeförderungsgesetz. You can use illegally obtained evidence to convict tax evaders but the same court prohibits the use of dashcam recordings as evidence (because they violate some privacy law) if you want to take a traffic offender to court. Some logic there.... As Nietzsche said some 150 years ago: The state is the worst of all monsters - it claims to speak for the people - but it only speaks for itself.

about 4 months ago
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Why IE9 Will Not Support Codecs Other Than H.264

salsadancer Re:In other words.... (436 comments)

What's the big deal? It is only an issue in the US. Our patent law clearly states this: Nach dem Wortlaut des Patentgesetzes ferner ausgenommen von der Patentierbarkeit sind u.a. die folgenden "Gegenstände": Entdeckungen sowie wissenschaftliche Theorien und mathematische Methoden, ästhetische Formschöpfungen, Pläne, Regeln und Verfahren für gedankliche Tätigkeiten, für Spiele oder für geschäftliche Tätigkeiten sowie Programme für Datenverarbeitungsanlagen, die Wiedergabe von Informationen, And that excludes programs and mathematical algorithms. And methods of doing business for that matter. Even if you can't offer this stuff in the US - the market of the future is .... Asia, right?

more than 4 years ago
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Time-Warner Considers Per-Gigabyte Service Fee, After iTunes

salsadancer Re:U.S. falling behind (557 comments)

I don't think so. I have never heard of port blocking here (west of the ex-iron curtain) and prices are much lower here too - and falling, thanks to stiff competition.

more than 6 years ago

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