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Comment: Appeal (Score 1) 43

by hufter (#48279241) Attached to: Swedish Regulator Orders Last "Hold-Out" ISP To Retain Customer Data
Why shouldn't ISP's appeal to EU Court of Justice or European Court of Human Rights?
CJEU stated that the directive "interferes in a particularly serious manner with the fundamental rights to respect for private life and to the protection of personal data".
One could understand that any similar local laws or practices should be void/illegal in the EU, and in violation of European Convention on Human Rights.
The Military

United States Begins Flying Stealth Bombers Over South Korea 567

Posted by samzenpus
from the nice-day-for-a-flight dept.
skade88 writes "The New York Times is reporting that the United States has started flying B-2 stealth bomber runs over South Korea as a show of force to North Korea. The bombers flew 6,500 miles to bomb a South Korean island with mock explosives. Earlier this month the U.S. Military ran mock B-52 bombing runs over the same South Korean island. The U.S. military says it shows that it can execute precision bombing runs at will with little notice needed. The U.S. also reaffirmed their commitment to protecting its allies in the region. The North Koreans have been making threats to turn South Korea into a sea of fire. North Korea has also made threats claiming they will nuke the United States' mainland."

Comment: Re:Turf Wars ... limo vs cabs (Score 1) 264

by hufter (#41278587) Attached to: NYC Taxi Commission Nixes Cab-Hailing Apps

Basically a cabbie in new york, according to regulations, HAS to stop for anybody that hails them.

That has to mean if the taxi is free, so that you can't discriminate people, like "That dude looks like a hobo, so I'm ignoring him, I'm looking for someone who looks rich.".

You can also "call a cab", then a taxi driver somewhere hopefully nearby will put on his meter and come to pick you up. Surely he doesn't have to stop for anybody hailing. (Otherwise it would be more like call and pray taxi service).

There's no difference between calling and mobile-app-hailing, except the way the order comes through.
The central depends on people calling taxis to make money. They don't like people being able to bypass them.

Comment: Then and now (Score 1) 639

by hufter (#38460640) Attached to: In the simplistic left/right divide, I'd call myself
I used to be leaning right 20 years ago. I even was a member of a right-leaning party, and a nominee in a local municipal elections. Since then all we wanted to go right had gone so and even further right. So now I gotta lean left, while my opinions are about the same. And that's in Finland. In Bill O'Reilly scale I am a total communist.

Comment: Finland (Score 1) 392

by hufter (#38384136) Attached to: A Quarter of the EU Has Never Used the Web
In Finland banks have practically forced people to use Internet for paying bills, by making payment at the desk ridiculously expensive and reducing the number of payment machines. The 8% of Finns that have never used the internet must be old people that are wealthy enough to pay 6€ per bill. Learning even basic usage is a big effort if you haven't touched a computer before, people growing up with computers and other gadgets have no idea how hard it can be.
That's why R-Kioski (chain that makes most of it's money selling tobacco, candy, magazines and lottery tickets) has started a service where paying a bill costs "only" 3 euros.
Oh, internet access is not a "right" in Finland. There has only been talking about that every household should be capable of having a broadband access for a reasonable price, with government support if needed, but there has been no real action yet. For people living in cities there is no problem, but in the countryside many farmers can't get a broadband, or are struggling with a 3G connection that works sometimes.
Though most of Finland is covered with 3G networks, ensued by Finns need to go to a shore of one of Finland's 187888 lakes every chance they get. People expect their UMTS modem to work in their summer cottage, 100 paying customers by a lake makes you build a station for them. But if you are a lone farmer with no lakes near, who's gonna care for you? In current economic situation propably nobody.

Hackers of the world, unite!