That would be true, if oil and gas companies were capable of "taking care". Given that they don't give a shit if thousands of people get sick or die as a result of their drilling, there's not much hope of that.
It is difficult for me to imagine ways in which this would be a good thing.
Well, according to eterni.me, it could provide a hook for traumatized loved ones to avoid dealing with the grief and get increasingly bottled up in a fantasy world.
25 out of 1000 relays were detectably suspicious. These are the script kiddies who set up an exit node in order to harvest credentials that can be used for fraud etc. Such nodes are easy to detect by verifying https certificates and/or transmitting false credentials over tor and checking if they are used later.
The really sinister exit nodes are not as easy to detect. Transmit false dissident names and check if the named people are imprisoned and tortured?
A) It is automatically updated without the owners consent. (Your fridge starts displaying ads 24/7, after the manufacturer is bought by a media company.)
B) It is only updated if the owner actively chooses to do so. (99 % of users will never do any updates.)
Even if the fridge-makers did test for all known vulnerabilities on the day the fridge was sold, that fridge is likely not ever getting a software update after that, and new exploits are discovered all the time...
England has a right to silence that is very similar to the U.S. fifth amendment.
Paid channels... does the channel pay or does the common carrier pay?
You pay, if you want to watch.
It is not the artist (nor the guy who commissions the piece) who gets to decide what a piece of art is about. They may give their opinion, but in the end it is the public who decides, and in this case they clearly saw it as a memorial.
Percentage of what people pay to watch
As I said, this is a tax on paid channels, which, as you could have guessed from the name, are not free.
99 % of those commenting here seem to think that TFA talks about a tax on something that is free (which wouldn't make sense).
Rule 35 of the Internet: When something doesn't make sense. Your first reaction should be to read it again more carefully, not to point out how stupid it is.
The sculpture was meant to commemorate the dead astronauts and cosmonauts, not to promote the guy who made it. Van Hoeydonck failed to understand this, and that was his undoing.
When I click a link and watch a Youtube video, there is also: no sale taking place.
You obviously didn't read my original post before replying to it. What we are talking about here are the paid channels,
I'm wondering whether this is actually legal, under WTO treaties. Can the US put a tax on imported German cars, to subsidize the US car industry? How about the Germans taxing French wines, to subsidize the German wine industry?
They can, and they do. Of course they can't tax cars by country of origin, so they tax according to properties of the car instead. The U.S. levies a tax on the sales price of the car, to punish high-quality imports, while the Germans subsidize high-quality cars and instead tax the gasoline heavily to punish American cars with crappy gas mileage.
The French law doesn't apply to YouTube specifically. It applies to anyone who sells video-on-demand, as TFA clearly states.
in that case you are buying something, and Apple has physical stores in your area
You would be buying something from YouTube as well, and Google has a sales office in your area, so this is different from Apple, how?
The idea that any country in the world can levy a tax on you
if you're an internet company, would be crippling.
No it's not. If you live in certain countries (or certain U.S. states) then you already pay sales tax on iTunes purchases. It's the same thing.
Of course some people are able to get around these taxes, using gift certificates, proxy servers etc, but most people don't bother.
...except when the state does it, it is legal.
I don't see a problem with the YouTube tax. According to TFA, YouTube would be subject to the already existing tax on video-on-demand. This means they would have to pay a percentage of whatever people pay them to watch YouTube (on paid channels), just like their competitors.
The tax on smartphones etc is more problematic. It may lead to smartphones that disable or cripple video streaming just to avoid the tax. If you're wondering why your cellphone or digital camera can only record 30 minutes of video, it is to avoid another tax on "video cameras" that was designed to compensate culture workers.