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In EU, Google Accused of YouTube "Free Ride" 449

An anonymous reader passes along a Financial Times piece that covers a push by EU telecoms to get Google to pay them directly — years after US ISPs began rattling that sword, to little effect thus far. "Some of Europe's leading telecoms groups are squaring up for a fight with Google over what they claim is the free ride enjoyed by the technology company's YouTube video-sharing service. Telefónica, France Telecom, and Deutsche Telekom all said Google should start paying them for carrying bandwidth-hungry content such as YouTube video over their networks.... Some European telecoms groups fear Google will reduce them to 'dumb pipes' because the internet search and advertising company pays the network operators little or nothing for carrying its content. Rick Whitt, a senior policy director at Google in Washington ... said Google was spending large amounts on its own data networks to carry its traffic to the point where it is handed over to telecoms companies round the world." Note that FT.com operates on a "first few per month free" paywall basis.

Comment Re:Yeah yeah! Oh, yeah! (Score 2, Insightful) 120

I'm not OP and I'm love and use linux exclusively, but I have to agree with him. I've used about every video editor there is and (compared to other OSes standards) even kdenlive is a piece of shit. It has most basic features, and even some advanced ones, but at least on my three machines, its crashing left and right.

I personally think it's because of the sad state that linux multimedia subsystems are in (oss/alsa/pulseaudio/whatever kde comes with up next), but whatever it is, linux video editing is nowhere near windows or mac counterparts.

Comment Re:Okay, that's enough. (Score 2, Interesting) 670

Well yes, I did bother to read why. It's just completely wrong. Every other country competing with China has signed it, only the US thinks it would put them in some kind of disadvantage. In fact, if the US set some CO2 goals, the entire international pressure would be on china, forcing them to act. But still, this is more or less a matter of opinions. I can see why people think a CO2 reduction promise would be a huge mistake, but I don't agree.

The healtcare bill that is now underway (well, somewhat at least) isn't even *close* to what was promised. It's a watered-down bill, just good enough that republicans can say they stopped the worst and Obama can say he passed a bill.

The rest of the issues I mention you seem to agree with me. I know it's partisanship that's stopping the gitmo closing, but still, he didn't deliver, even with all kinds of majorities in all kinds of houses. Not a word about landmines from you, you agree on thr PATRIOT Act and the computer privacy thing. And you still accuse me of complaining all the time and being ignorant. You might want to check what you're getting so worked up about. We agree on most things, have minor differences on healthcare and some different opinions on CO2, that's really not that bad.

Comment Re:Okay, that's enough. (Score 1) 670

I want the people in Gitmo to have a fair trial, that's all. I don't really care *where* they are. They could be sitting in a hut in India for all I care, as long as they're treated as a human beings and get a fair trial. Right now, America is not holding up its very own ideals of being a free country with equality for all, even terrorists.

Next, health care. I don't understand what you mean by "unproven". The basic idea is that everyone pais some money, so that everyone can go to a doctor withouth being broke after that. You're right, universial health care is another tax, and this certaily doesn't increase personal freedom. Still, I think it's worth it. There are a lot of poor people out there, who simply can't afford the current system. I think it's very reasonable to expect the rich people benefiting from the system to pay a little more, so that the poor people can visit a doctor. We're talking about the health and lifes of human beings here, the most basic thing a man can ask for. I think it's okay to break the rules of a free market fot that.

FOX News is just a scapegoat here. I do think they spread lies and misinformation, but that was just an example of the excuses for Obama. In his defense, FOX and the conservaties went *nuts* battling health care, but it's not that they actually have any legislative power.

And for the PATRIOT Act, yes I did think that Obama would reverse some of the horrible things the Bush administration introduced. I might have been naive and stupid, but I believed he had some set of ideals and honor. This has nothing to do with him being a democrat by the way, I just thought he was basically a good person.

Comment Okay, that's enough. (Score 4, Interesting) 670

I liked him when he ran for president. Then he failed closing gitmo, didn't manage to push healthcare through, and I kinda attribted that to "circumstances", like FOX "News". But now he doesn't sign this landmine treaty thingie, he doesn't promise any kind of CO2 reduction goals, he extends the PATRIOT Act and now this. I'm utterly disappointed.

Comment Re:German results (Score 1) 674

I know about the reasoning for this rule, but let's face it, extremist parties have never had a chance in post-WW2 germany. Well, other than in some of the eastern states, where even the 5% rule didn't stop them. It's an outdated thing, which had its place when we were stuggling with ourselves. Now it's just a burden to smaller parties.

Comment Re:German results (Score 5, Informative) 674

Sadly, we germans somehow think it's a good idea to only allow parties who get >=5% of the votes into our (or the european) parliaments. Might be because of our history, but we (the german pirate party, I'm a member), need to gain significant support to actually be allowed to say anything.

Use apt-p2p To Improve Ubuntu 9.04 Upgrade 269

An anonymous reader writes "With Jaunty Jackalope scheduled for release in 12 days on April 23, this blog posting describes how to switch to apt-p2p in preparation for the upgrade. This should help significantly to reduce the load on the mirrors, smooth out the upgrade experience for all involved, and bypass the numerous problems that have occurred in the past on Ubuntu release day. Remember to disable all third-party repositories beforehand."

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