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Comment: Re:Spoken like an American; come to Europe instead (Score 1) 449

by Froggels (#46613931) Attached to: WSJ: Prepare To Hang Up the Phone — Forever
Do you have any idea of the massive uproar which would occur in the UK if a supermarket (like Tesco) was stupid enough to try that over here ?

Do you have any idea of the massive uproar which would occur in the US if the major TV networks tried to implement a TV licence?

Comment: The Internet Changes Everything (Score 1) 260

by Froggels (#46496449) Attached to: The Era of Facebook Is an Anomaly
It wasn't all that long ago when the only way people were able to "come together" was to actually meet face to face. Before the likes to Facebook and Myspace... the only way to have any contact with lost former acquaintances was to do a lot or research or travel "back home" to find them. With services such as Facebook what would have been long lost acquaintances now bombard our news feeds with useless information 24-7. Fragmentation may have been the norm in the past, and Facebook may be a fad today, but social networking is here to stay. And I am over 45 years old. Now get off my lawn.

Comment: Re:If they don't like it... (Score 1) 286

by Froggels (#46375205) Attached to: Scottish Independence Campaign Battles Over BBC Weather Forecast
I sense derision in your comment. If you are so fond of the BBC then YOU can give them money, but as for the rest of us we shouldn't be FORCED to pay for a license for the simple act of owning a television set. We no longer live in the 1950s. If the BBC is so worried that people will receive their signal without paying then they should encrypt the bloody thing and make it only available to subscribers.

Comment: Don't Comply (Score 2) 506

by Froggels (#46358999) Attached to: Quebec Language Police Target Store Owner's Facebook Page
Too many people equate "The Law" with morality and consider it a forgone conclusion that whatever "The Law" states must be adhered to, and if violated must be enforced at all costs. Unfortunately there exist just too many unjust, absurd, horrific, ridiculous, and outdated laws such as, Jim Crow, Apartheid, FATCA, the Patriot Act, FATCA, the Nuremberg Laws, .....compulsory TV licensing *even if you don't have a TV*.... Most people who are negatively affected by such laws are usually met with derision and marginalized and told to suck it up by the majority of society simply because "It's the law!". It's a shame that we all live in societies that have placed "the Law" above justice and common decency.

Comment: Re:Crucial information (Score 1) 164

by Froggels (#46194413) Attached to: German Domain Registrar Liable For Copyright Infringement
Imagine you're selling someone fertilizer. Now if that person is using that fertilizer to build a bomb, you should of course not be responsible. Also it's unreasonable that you should have to check what they do with this fertilizer. But if you check, find out they build bombs with it, and continue to sell them the fertilizer knowing that they use it for building bombs you are of course also responsible for the deaths those bombs cause.

A more accurate analogy would be this: Imagine that your company maintains an independent telephone directory service. A fertilizer company whose number happens to be listed in your directory (un)knowingly sells "illegal bomb-making materials" to "terrorists" who happened to your directory service to find the fertilizer company's number. After a bombing attack your telephone directory service company is then held liable because you didn't happen to scrutinise your publicly accessible database close enough to weed out any potential bad guys who might receive calls as a result of you having listed their telephone numbers.

Comment: Re:Personal ID policy (Score 1) 437

by Froggels (#45201653) Attached to: TSA Airport Screenings Now Start Before You Arrive At the Airport
Maybe you do not have a US pilot certificate but US ones do not have photographs. http://www.aopa.org/Advocacy/Regulatory-,-a-,-Certification-Policy/Regulatory-Brief-Photo-Pilot-Certificates.aspx "The terrorist acts in 2001 prompted passage of the Aviation and Transportation Security Act (ATSA), enacted on Nov. 19, 2001, which called for the under secretary of Transportation to consider a requirement for a photo ID pilot certificate. In order to provide a simple, inexpensive, timely means to positively identify pilots, AOPA asked the FAA to change the rules to require pilots to carry a government-issued photo ID along with their pilot certificate. As a result, the FAA changed 14 CFR 61.3(a): Requirement for Certificates, Ratings, and Authorizations, which requires all flight crewmembers of an aircraft to carry a pilot certificate and government-issued photo identification."

Comment: Re:Coming to a Soviet state near you (Score 1) 437

by Froggels (#45201419) Attached to: TSA Airport Screenings Now Start Before You Arrive At the Airport
Effectively we do have "national ID cards" even though we don't call them that. Our state issued driver licenses (or non-driver's ID) are linked to our federally issued social security numbers which serves the same purpose. Try getting a driver license or non-driver's ID without a social security number.

Comment: This is Outrageous (Score 3, Interesting) 437

by Froggels (#45201335) Attached to: TSA Airport Screenings Now Start Before You Arrive At the Airport
It used to be that every time news like this came out I would think that things couldn't get much worse, but recently I have come to the conclusion that things can and will continue to get a lot worse. I now wonder just how much worse will it get? What's going to be next and when will the madness stop?

Comment: Re:Fourth Amendment (Score 1) 149

by Froggels (#44435205) Attached to: Fifth Circuit Upholds Warrantless Cellphone Location Tracking
Unfortunately the SCOTUS would in all likelihood agree with federal appeals court decision, ripping open the already gaping hole in the Constitution even further. The concept of checks and balances cannot work as intended in the current US system where the legislative executive and judicial branches of government are all serving the same greedy corporate interests. The current system is rotten at every level all the way to the core and there is nothing that anyone can do about it until it's too late. In the meanwhile it's probably best to just sit back and enjoy the partisan bickering.

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