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Comment: Youtube in Germany (Score 5, Interesting) 114

by Calydor (#49630657) Attached to: Europe Vows To Get Rid of Geo-Blocking

Will this include having Germany unblock Youtube?

Currently, ANYTHING on Youtube involving music is blocked because GEMA (the German equivalent of RIAA) can't reach an agreement with Google. The end result is that all those videos out there where people play a bit of background music are effectively banned from being seen in Germany.

For more information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B...

An interesting excerpt for those too lazy to click on links:

A study sponsored by the video hosting website MyVideo estimated that 61.5% of the 1000 most viewed YouTube clips are blocked in Germany. This is significantly higher than, for example, in the United States (0.9%) or in Switzerland (>1%).[7]

Comment: Re:Systemic and widespread? (Score 1) 489

by Calydor (#49440485) Attached to: The Courage of Bystanders Who Press "Record"

but in a large country statistically rare occurrences happen with distressing frequency

These people are a minority, out of the dozens of LEOs I know I can only name one that falls into this category.

I felt a certain need to point out these two parts of your well written post just to remind you of your own words when it comes to the second quote.

Comment: Re:Adopt the German Rules (Score 1) 331

by Calydor (#49361021) Attached to: Amazon Requires Non-Compete Agreements.. For Warehouse Workers

The thing is that getting 50% of your pay means the business is going to balk at throwing it at anyone who doesn't actually have access to 'classified' knowledge; the sysadmin knowing the entire network, high-up managers with insight into future company plans and so on. So if you're laid off, and you get 50% of your normal pay, you probably in most cases had a job where you could put something aside, and with that 50% pay you will have a much longer time to find a different job, AND you can choose something at a low pay that isn't competing. You could manage the network of that non-profit organization you've been helping out at anyway, for one.

Having your entire pay removed, AND being told not to work with anything that Amazon might at some point in the future decide to dabble in? Yeah, welcome to unemployment.

Comment: Re:From Mall of America visitor rules: (Score 1) 241

by Calydor (#49106201) Attached to: Al-Shabaab Video Threat Means Heightened Security at Mall of America

It's almost like America is a country where violence is PG-13, but nudity is NC-17.

Oh wait.

Seriously though, the main problem in America seems to be a culture of glorifying violent actions in one way or another. From the classic examples of how geeks and nerds get treated in school by the 'cool' jocks to the frothing "MY GUN OR MY LIFE!" mentality some people exhibit I can only sit here and quietly shake my head at the world-leading super-power who wants to tell everyone else how to do things.

To be quite honest, I'm not sure who's more scary. The extremists east of me ... or the ones west of me.

Comment: Re:So.... (Score 0) 265

Effectively sterile, until it turns out that some wild females have a different rare genetic mutation which when coupled with this one creates something entirely unexpected.

Being able to reproduce is being able to reproduce. You don't say that a couple who have a stillborn baby are sterile, do you?

Comment: Re:It's all about me. (Score 1) 823

by Calydor (#48881135) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

If visual clues are so important, why aren't cars mandated to all be in the most visible colors possible, rather than lots of silver or black cars that vanish against the background?

If engine noise gets mandated, so help me I will lobby to have it mandated that ALL cars be neon orange with large green dots.

Comment: Re:Not sure how this is necessary (Score 2) 323

Suspicion of mass bullying:

1) Ask bullied kid to log into Facebook and show THEIR logs.
2) Ask other bullied kids if you know of any.
3) If bullying actually took place, and it is illegal, file a subpoena for the full logs.

No need to reveal passwords on suspicion.

To the systems programmer, users and applications serve only to provide a test load.