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Comment Re:Tiresome (Score 1) 55

If Google, Microsoft etc choose to do business in the EU they'll have to follow the laws there. As you say, they can pull out. But as long as they choose to stay they'll have to live with the laws there or face penalties if they break them. It applies equally to all companies doing business there, domestic and foreign. The list of European companies brought up on anti-competiive charges is quite long, it just doesn't get quite as much international attention.

Submission + - EU parliament supports suspending US data sharing

egladil writes: As seen previously here on slashdot the European Parliament was to vote on 'whether existing data sharing agreements between the two continents should be suspended, following allegations that U.S. intelligence spied on EU citizens.' With the votes now having been cast, the result is 483 in favor of the resolution and 98 against, while 65 abstained.
The resolution in question in part called for the USA 'to suspend and review any laws and surveillance programs that "violate the fundamental right of EU citizens to privacy and data protection," as well as Europe's "sovereignty and jurisdiction."', in part decided that the EU should investigate the surveillance of EU citizens, and finally gave backing to the European Commision in case they should decide to suspend the data sharing deals currently in place with the USA, such as the Passenger Name Record (PNR) and Terrorist Finance Tracking Program (TFTP) agreements.
The question now is whether the EU commision will go through with suspending these deals or not.

Submission + - Ed Snowden leaves Hong Kong for Moscow 3

hazeii writes: Ed Snowden, the US whistleblower responsible for exposing the degree to which the US watches its own citizens (as well as the rest of the world) is reported as having left Hong Kong for Moscow. According to the South China Morning Post, he is on a commercial flight to Russia but intriguingly it seems this is not his final destination. It's not clear whether this move is in response to the US request to extradite him.

Submission + - US Hacked Chinese University Network 1

An anonymous reader writes: Hong Kong's South China Morning Post reports that Tsinghua University, widely regarded as the mainland’s top education and research institute, was the target of extensive hacking by US spies this year, according to information leaked by Edward Snowden. The information also showed that the attacks on Tsinghua University were intensive and concerted efforts. In one single day of January, at least 63 computers and servers in Tsinghua University have been hacked by the NSA. The university is home to one of the mainland’s six major backbone networks, the China Education and Research Network (CERNET) from where internet data from millions of Chinese citizens could be mined. Universities in Hong Kong and the mainland were revealed as targets of NSA’s cyber-snooping activities last week when Snowden claimed the Chinese University of Hong Kong had been hacked.

Comment Re:Apple shot themselves in the foot... (Score 0) 106

I own a Samsung smartphone, tablet computer and laptop. Each product was well priced, well designed and quality built and works flawlessly so far. I've had zero issues with any of these products. So yes, I appreciate the quality Samsung brings to the market. Does that make me a fanboy? Hardly.

I own an iPhone and a MacBook. Both products was well priced, well designed and quality built and works flawlessly so far. I've had zero issues with any of these products. So yes, I appreciate the quality Apple brings to the market. Does that make me a fanboy?

Comment Teaching (Score 1) 220

If you enjoy working with other people and don't have a problem explaining the same thing over and over again (hopefully not to the same person), then teaching at college/university is great. I easily spend 6h per day walking back and forth between students in the computer labs. And unlike tech support and similar, the questions you tend to get are actually intelligent and well though out :)

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