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Comment: Spain also shut down Uber... (Score 1) 366

by andyteleco (#49291489) Attached to: Uber Shut Down In Multiple Countries Following Raids
...after the taxi mafias started demonstrating, shutting down roads and even physically attacking Uber Drivers.

Why do I say they are a mafia? Well, for a start, not a single new licence has been issued by the authorities in the last 30 years (more or less). If you want a license, you have to buy one from a current Driver at an astronomical price. In Madrid some people have paid more than 300.000€ for a taxi license, often going heavily into debt. These drivers then have to work extremely long hours without taking any Holidays to pay off their debt, while a few families have dozens of licenses in their hands, not having to work at all as they prefer to have 3 guys driving around 8 hours a day each for a minimum wage pocketing enormous profits. When they die, licenses are automatically inherited by their children, thus perpetuating the monopoly.

Of course, this is all starting to backfire on them as it adds to decades of overpricing, regular passenger-scamming and rude behaviour (which they could allow themselves thanks to the lack of competition). People have given a great welcome to Uber and after the mafia has shown ist true face les and less people are using taxis.

Comment: Why would anyone buy a watch... (Score 1) 389

...that has to be recharged every day (or couple of days; I have actually no clue about how long the battery will last but for sure no longer that 3-4 days)?

I feel like this single detail is already a giant step backwards. It's already quite a big bother to have to recharge the battery of my smartphone every day, I don't need this additional inconvenience. And all for what? For having a watch that can do a fraction of the things my smartphone can do but with a smaller screen and a higher price?

And of course, a high-end watch like a Rolex is for a lifetime and when your children inherit it it will still have a high value if it was well maintained. The iWatch will be just as obsolete as the first iPod is today and have practically no value.

Honestly, I don't see this a big threat for the Swiss watch industry. Just like they survived after Casio started mass-producing digital watches, this will be no more than a niche for Apple-fanboys.

Comment: Nothing new (Score 2) 192

by andyteleco (#45668933) Attached to: Thousands of Germans Threatened With €250 Fines For Streaming Porn
This has happened before. Copyright infringement trolling is a very lucrative business in Germany. There have been cases of lawyers sending out thousands of letters demanding payments of over a thousand euros, of which about 75% consisted in legal fees. At the end virtually noboby was taken to court for this, but if only 10% of the recipients pays up (I'm guessing the number was higher though) it already means a very high ROI for simply doing a mass-mailing.

It's also very lucrative for VPN providers, as their market in Germany is constantly increasing.

Comment: Re:Single Payer Cost Board Says "No" (Score 1) 368

by andyteleco (#41918133) Attached to: Man Charged £2,000 For Medical Records Stored On Obsolete System
I live in Germany and I can only say good things about the health care system. True, taxes are high but you do get something in exchange and salaries are high enough too so you have a good paycheck at the end of the month.

If I wanted I could switch to private healthcare and step out of the public system for about 300 euros a month; I doubt that will cost you less in the states.

Comment: Re:The first rule of controlling a market... (Score 1) 332

What you said about Apple and lawsuits just reminded me of something that happened to a (small) company I worked for a few years ago.

This company was called "XXXXMAC", a name which it had since 1989, which it received because one of the founders was called Macario. Well, this didn't stop Apple from sueing them for a large amount of money just because the name of the company contained the word "MAC".

Eventually the company won the lawsuit and Apple had to reimburse the legal costs, but it did suppose an enormous pain in the ass for such a small company. I bet many others would have simply folded and changed the name just to avoid fighting against Apple.

Comment: Re:medicare (Score 1) 708

by andyteleco (#40527825) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do I Stay Employable?
The care you get isn't that much worse. I live in Germany and I have never had to wait more than a few days for any specialist appointment.

True, in some countries public health care isn't as efficient as here, but at least people who normally would not be able to afford that care can also get checked and/or treated. And people like you who have a decent salary and don't want to wait can always purchase a complimentary private health plan to speed things up and have more comfort.

Comment: Re:Question: (Score 1) 708

by andyteleco (#40527173) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do I Stay Employable?
And why does he have the exclusive responsibility of providing for the family (in this case only for her since they had no children)? Did it occur to the bitch to actually WORK to compensate for the money he wasn't making any more? Yes, she IS a greedy whore. Now I only hope that the rich guy will dump her in a few years for an even younger girl leaving her with nothing.

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