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Comment: Libertarianism (Score 1) 230

by andersh (#43993193) Attached to: Greek Government Abruptly Shuts Down State Broadcaster

Your Danish friend is a little confused by your use of "liberal". In the United States, the meaning of liberalism has parted significantly from classical liberalism, it has been renamed libertarianism.

When a Danish person talks about liberals it's safer to assume he means his "economically conservative" and "socially liberal" political parties.

- The biggest party in Denmark is the pro-free market Liberal Party.
- The Liberal Alliance Party of Denmark is even more Libertarian.

Comment: Skype? (Score 1) 26

by andersh (#43982309) Attached to: Demo Europe Hits Russia — and Start-ups Have To Beg

I find it interesting that Skype was mentioned next to Netscape and Skype is a European company, which was founded in Estonia by a Dane, a Swede and several Estonians. Did it really receive funding at any of these events - let alone Demo Europe?

Skype was founded in 2003 by Janus Friis from Denmark and Niklas Zennström from Sweden. The Skype software was developed by the Estonians Ahti Heinla, Priit Kasesalu, and Jaan Tallinn, who together with Friis and Zennström were also behind the peer-to-peer file sharing software Kazaa..

Comment: Our Shared Rules (Score 1) 438

by andersh (#43547983) Attached to: Israel Airport Security Allowed To Read Tourists' Email

While Israel is a sovereign nation, it is also a signatory to a number of human rights conventions... They've voluntarily given themselves restrictions on what laws they can make and how they apply them.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights' Article 12 says:

"No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks."

Comment: Blurred lines (Score 2) 82

I don't know how it's in the US or Australia but in my Western country the executive(s) are specifically liable for the company's actions.

Especially their own illegal or irresponsible actions - but not limited to their own either. Owners of corporations may in fact also be liable [here], depending on circumstances and ownership. It's far too complicated to go into detail here, I work with the law for a living in my European country.

Comment: Thinking, or not thinking (Score 1) 351

by andersh (#43502749) Attached to: Google Gets Consumer Service Ultimatum From German Consumer Groups

Yes, ignorance of the law is no excuse. German law requires you to respond to queries from consumers, thinking you do not have to is failure to abide. Citizens and commercial entities have a duty to actively look up, understand and abide by local laws [in most countries that I know of].

We have already established that German law does not require there to be a payment involved to become a consumer of said services. Google provides a [free] service, consumers therefore have rights.

Comment: Real debt (Score 1) 583

by andersh (#43315951) Attached to: Bitcoin Currency Surpasses 20 National Currencies In Total Value

I'm afraid you're at least somewhat wrong. Gov't bonds are solid investments that have a low, but reliable return.

If you're worried about preserving your wealth, but still need a return to fund your pension payouts, gov't bonds are a "safe" bet in many countries around the world. That's the type of debt Social Security, state and local gov't, pension funds own. The debt is real, the interest payments are real and they have to issue new bonds every year.

A government bond is a bond issued by a national government, generally promising to pay a certain amount (the face value) on a certain date, as well as periodic interest payments. Bonds are debt investments whereby an investor loans a certain amount of money, for a certain amount of time, with a certain interest rate, to a company or country.

Comment: US debt (Score 5, Informative) 583

by andersh (#43312815) Attached to: Bitcoin Currency Surpasses 20 National Currencies In Total Value

Have you seen the actual numbers? Who owns the US national debt?

- China 8%

US gov't and pension funds 46,1%:

- The Federal reserve 11,3%
- Social Security fund 19%
- US households 6,6%
- State & local gov't 3,5%
- State, local pensions funds 2,2%
- Private pension funds 3,5%

Comment: Leave and Lose Big! (Score 1) 209

by andersh (#43161937) Attached to: France Demands Skype Register As a Telco

when a country tries to extort money from a company that company should threaten to cease operations within that country so call their bluff.

There's always someone with this silly logic on Slashdot! The world doesn't revolve around the company in question, it's the other way around!

Each time Microsoft or Google have been involved in some sort of legal issue in Europe - some guy like you pops up to tell them to "just" leave Europe. The problem is that Europe represents more than 50% of the profits for companies like Microsoft! Who loses then? That would be Skype, because there will always be the competition.

I imagine Skype does even better in Europe than in the US, due to the fact that there are more people in general (700 million) - and because people call across national borders and not state lines. Never mind the millions of immigrants from Africa to Asia.

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