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+ - Google News to shut down in Spain on December 16th, 2014.->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The news aggregation services offered by Google is set to be no longer available for Spain starting December 16th, 2014. The decision of Google comes as response to new Spanish legislation that gives publishers the right to claim compensation for republishing any part of their content. This follows news of services of startup Uber being forbidden in countries like Spain as well as Germany and some city councils worldwide like Delhi, or other services like AirBnb being put under pressure to cope with local laws in other jurisdictions. Big tech giants and aggressive startups, under the well-marketed flag of cool innovation and globalized modernity, keep bringing disruption to well established, albeit sometimes outdated, business models, laws and basic society rules (from fire regulations to content ownership), often not paying taxes in countries they take profits from with their activities, fees and advertisement. Sometimes they also pretend to be above the local laws by chiefly dismissing or fighting back court orders in countries other than America where the courts don't make the laws. While the political institutions of separate nations will stay apart for many years to come, (Internet) corporations are more and more globalized for the sake of business, sometimes seemingly imposing a flat model of culture, tradition and habits to anybody else in the world who is not aligned to their own. How far might the quest for new, modern services and business models reasonably go and can it go as far as pretending to disrupt the foundation of legal rights in well established societies that have taken many centuries to fine tune their current model of civilization?"
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Comment: Re:"Icy nucleus" (Score 1) 47

BTW, the grandparent post was written in a "trollish" wording on purpose - but I seriously consider the electric comet theory - and would advise anyone not tending to hold "the most accepted current theory" in science as if it were a religious fact. If anyone one is curious about it, give it a read.

Now - I just got to this article and video depicting an explosion in Mars that fits quite well with the electric comet model - but which would get a hard time being explained by ice blocks: https://missiongalacticfreedom...

Comment: "Icy nucleus" (Score 0) 47

I wonder why do they still write "icy comet nucleus" if no comet photographed up to today - and we have at least three close encounters with crafts - had displayed icy features. All of them are pretty much rocky.

By now it should be obvious that the light-show given by comets is electric in nature, and has nothing to do with melting ice or snow.

Comment: " 300,000 years " or "300 million years"? (Score 1) 152

Given TFS later tells of "1.5 billion years since switching off", and the impossibility of measuring 300.000 years accurately in this context, I suppose the reactor was active for 300 million years, not 300 thousand years. Is ee the "300000" number is in TFA, but it looks suspect.

Comment: "beofuels from corn" is not just stupid (Score 5, Insightful) 159

It is brain-dead stupid!

How much of the total plant bio-mass are you processing to start with when you are dealing with corn? 2%? 3%? (That is until you get to
the actual fuel, which is much less than that.) When you do Biofuels from farming monoculture the proper way (if such a thing is possible at all), like from sugar-cane, where maybe 30-50% of the biomass is the part to be processed into biofuel, you may be getting some improvement over oil status-quo. With algae you maybe can achieve 100% of the biomass to start processing, sounds even nicer.

But from Corn? It is so stupid, it does not even deserve a proper adjective. It is even stupid to waste time making "studies" on it.

Trying to do it is only about corn super-production, hype, and abuse of government subsidies to plant corn, all mixed with a large, big
dose of the reverse of common sense.

Comment: Re:Did Fluke request this? (Score 4, Insightful) 653

If it's the latter, Fluke should step up and allow them to make a one time exception for this shipment. It would generate considerably goodwill for the company and show that they're not bullies keeping the little guy down.

You are new to this "capitalism" thing, aren't you?

Comment: The quantification of the work as time is the key (Score 1) 716

The problem seems to be that the managin practcies of breaking work in "time unites" rather than tasks makes us allbelieve it is the right thing to do. But as a matter of fact, outside a big construction company (and I am not shure how it is dealt inside such a company), one would not hire the builder to "build a wall in 20 hours", and I pay you this per hour. The only sane thing to do is to hire the builder to build the wall - he will take his time, and make his price for that. In the slavish software development World dictated by this managing techniques, we all learned to think of the "man hour" as a reality - when what should happen is a contract to build a software piece. So, yes, the bugs problem should be built in the price for building the "software piece", up to reasonable time after deployment and seriousness of bugs. But also, that implies that the idea of ordering one to "build this piece of software in 8 hours" is also nonsense.

+ - Google Books Scanning Considered Fair Use

Submitted by Pope Raymond Lama
Pope Raymond Lama (57277) writes "After 8 years on trial a judge ruled Google Books practice of scanning books as fair use. Quoting the ruling: “In my view, Google Books provides significant public benefits. It advances the progress of the arts and sciences, while maintaining respectful consideration for the rights of authors and other creative individuals, and without adversely impacting the rights of copyright holders.” This other article contains the ruling text itself"

Comment: Meta-Crime? (Score 1) 282

by Pope Raymond Lama (#44593585) Attached to: Feds Target Instructors of Polygraph-Beating Methods

The TFS gives away the "criminal" practices - "polygraph-beating techniques, which are said to include controlled breathing, muscle tensing, tongue biting and mental arithmetic. " - so now they will come after /. as well... :-)

And maybe, commenters who quote TFS...

Fortunately when the sit me down for interrogation, now I know all that is needed is byte the tongue for not giving away the ID numbers of my fellow /.ers; So, don't worry!

Do you suffer painful illumination? -- Isaac Newton, "Optics"

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