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Comment: Re:I'm surprised (Score 4, Informative) 55 55

Uhh, Cameron himself said he wants to scrap the European Human Rights Act.
This European Convention on Human Rights has nothing to do with the European Union and pre-dates it by decades. Its institutions and courts are completely separate.

The Act covers all the rights included in the European Convention.

These rights are: Right to life, right not to be tortured or subjected to inhumane treatment, right not to be held as a slave, right to liberty and security of the person, right to a fair trial, right not be retrospectively convicted for a crime, right to a private and family life, right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, right to freedom of expression, right to freedom of assembly and association, right to marriage, right to an effective remedy, right not to be discriminated against, the right to the peaceful enjoyment of one’s property, and the right to an education.

The European Convention on Human Rights was the brainchild of Conservative Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill.
Its chief author was the right-wing Scottish Conservative lawyer Sir David Maxwell Fyfe.
Churchill needs no further introduction. Maxwell Fyfe is otherwise known in history for his forensic cross-examination of Goering at the Nuremberg trials, and for declining to intervene (when Home Secretary) in the hanging of Derek Bentley in 1953.
It is surely one of the most bizarre turns in politics that it is right-wing Conservatives who now oppose a treaty which their direct political predecessors created. There is nothing left-wing, excessively liberal, wet (or whatever) about freedom from arbitrary arrest, freedom from government expropriation of private property, the right to due legal process and all the rest of the treaty.

Freedom from state oppression is not an exclusively, or primarily, left wing credo.

Doing away with this 'horrible' act will in my view fit nicely with the ideas Mrs. May is voicing in the name of the Cameron government.

Comment: Damn! (Score 4, Interesting) 110 110

My stupid sister and an equally stupid cousin uploaded their address book to Farcebook.
Then I got threatening mail from said Facebook imploring me to join 'my friends' on their website, a cold day in hell indeed!
So now after a few idiots have tagged me on their stupid 'Social' pages I'll be recognisable for every privacy invading company in the world.

Al I can do is waiting for a EU court to cut this crap as the US side won't do anything for us 'The People'.

Comment: Re:Censorship in the US (Score 2) 180 180

That's why I carefully selected my ISP and mail provider, I can choose to receive all mail, including what is spam for others.
Now the problem is that a very large part of the world's population has selected Google (gmail) for mail and Facebook and Twitter for their information, dumb, yes but that's the present situation. (for dumb people).
It's similar to watching Fox News and declaring you're watching the news.

Comment: Nothing wrong with proprietry software (Score -1) 216 216

There's nothing wrong with proprietary software as long as it is declared a such and we understand free software is better.

Although I've been running Kubuntu for over 10 years now and Linux (RH) since the late nineties I've never had a reason to visit this Ubuntu store, Muon (acces to the repositories) has most I want.

Quote from TFA:

After clicking on "More info" for some of the ones I don't know, I see "License: Unknown" and "Updates: Unknown". Basically, I am given the option to install software for which I have no idea what the license is.

Now that is wrong by any Linux and FS standard.

Another quote from TFA:

When clicking on "Books and magazines", there is a long list that is confused by the fact that 1) Some of the titles are not in English

Duuuhhhh, only a minority of people speak English, yes it is since the end of WWII the De Facto Lingua Franca of this world but why the hell would we translate everything in English?

Yes there are reasons to promote Free Software and this shop is clearly not doing it's part as seen from the Free Software movement.
But hey, it's run by a commercial entity, what else do you expect?
B.t.w, I'm more upset about the way Ubuntu (Shuttleworth) has recently been treating Jonathan Ridell and by proxy Kubuntu and KDE.

Comment: Re:What? (Score 1) 72 72

An interesting question, it's not likely by the number of kilometres of cable but possibly more by the number of switches.

A recent observation, Skype calls over 10 time zones and via a VPN to home were (a lot) better than without the VPN.
And yet that VPN connection must have been going over similar cables and interchanges.

Comment: Re:You do not seem to care (Score 2) 176 176

As a European at hart and born I am sorry to say you are wrong.
But there is some truth, European law is usually more in favour of the individual than what we see in the USofA and the UK.

Very few governments would be able to get away with spying programs like it is happening in the Anglo-American circus.
One difference is their legal system was not affected by the French revolution.
And both the the Brits and Americans believe that because they live behind a moat they are somewhat special and this needs additional protection.
Yes this is medieval thinking.

For most continental Europeans this notion of neutrality was destroyed first by Napoleon and later by the likes of Stalin and Hitler.

Comment: Re:You do not seem to care (Score 1) 176 176


The UK is part of Europe

Sure, and some of them hate it.

and internet is CENSORED over there. Everything you do online is logged.

That's in their genes, there's a reason 1984 and Bletchley Park are placed in England and James Bond is British.

In France ENCRYPTION IS ILLEGAL, to the point that there is a special version of Windows there that disables encryption.

Oh really? :)
Hint, you are delusional.

Why do Europeans have a tendency of making fools of themselves trying to look superior to the USA? (And no, i'm neither north american nor european)

It looks like you don't need to be either to be a fool...

It's time to boot, do your boot ROMs know where your disk controllers are?