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Comment: Re: Stop the US-centric crap already (Score 1) 372

by chihowa (#47797517) Attached to: Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

The law you quoted states that the laws of Member States apply to data handling within those Member States, which I don't think anyone was arguing against. Of course EU/Irish law applies to Microsoft's Irish subsidiary, who is operating in Ireland on Irish data. In fact, sections (56) to (66) describe the exceptions to the prohibition on transfer to third countries, including transfers for settling contracts or legal claims.

Secondly, as a US corporation, Microsoft and all of its wholly own subsidiaries are also subject to US law. This is the same in the EU, as shown in the directive you quoted above. The directive you quoted does not say that "that US law does not apply to US entities operating in Ireland".


You're a little overeager there, sport.

Comment: Re: Stop the US-centric crap already (Score 1) 372

by chihowa (#47795851) Attached to: Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

Under European law, the US law does not apply in Ireland and all companies operating there must comply to Irish/European laws. Not US laws.

European law does not specify that US law does not apply to US entities operating in Ireland, and I challenge you find a reference for that. The closest you'll find is the vague concept of national sovereignty, which limits the US from carrying out governmental operations on foreign citizens or in foreign territories.

Really, Microsoft, a US company with foreign subsidiaries, is responsible for following US law and Irish/European laws simultaneously. If they conflict, then it's up to Microsoft (the entity who entered into a situation where they're violating some country's laws) to deal with the consequences. This whole situation is a result of Microsoft voluntarily maintaining US incorporation, wholly owning foreign subsidiaries, and wading into muddy international law.

Are you arguing that under European law, European companies (through wholly owned foreign subsidiaries) could engage in any activity at all outside of Europe and have no accountability for their actions in Europe? That a European company could engage in human trafficking, summary executions, child prostitution, etc and Europeans would not pursue legal remedies if the actions were legal in the foreign countries?

[In fact, under EU law, European citizens can be criminally charged for actions committed outside of Europe which are legal in the visited country (see child sex tourism laws). So you're saying that the US applying its laws to overseas US entities is overreach, while being alright with the EU doing the same.]

+ - Eye Problems From Space Affect At Least 21 NASA Astronauts->

Submitted by SternisheFan
SternisheFan (2529412) writes "How does microgravity affect your health? One of the chief concerns of NASA astronauts these days is changes to eyesight. Some people come back from long-duration stays in space with what appears to be permanent changes, such as requiring glasses when previously they did not.

And the numbers are interesting. A few months after NASA told Universe Today that 20% of astronauts may face this problem, a new study points out that 21 U.S. astronauts that have flown on the International Space Station for long flights (which tend to be five to six months) face visual problems. These include “hyperopic shift, scotoma and choroidal folds to cotton wool spots, optic nerve sheath distension, globe flattening and edema of the optic nerve,” states the University of Houston, which is collaborating with NASA on a long-term study of astronauts while they’re in orbit.

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+ - The Home Data Center: ManCave for the Internet Age->

Submitted by 1sockchuck
1sockchuck (826398) writes "It's the ultimate manifestation of the “server hugger” — the home data center featuring IT equipment installed in closets, basements and garages. What motivates these folks? Some use their gear for test-driving new equipment, others for lightweight web hosting or just as the ultimate technology ManCave. They all share a passion for technology that can't be contained by the traditional data center. What are the challenges of running IT gear in your home? Read about these setups, and share your own."
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Comment: What I do when I get these calls (Score 1) 247

by StefanJ (#47758685) Attached to: TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers

These scammers also have web pages that offer "AOL technical support," "PC technical support," and so on, with 800 numbers prominently listed. So if an un-aware person (like my Aunt . . . ) hunts for help via Google they'll often end up getting in touch with these jerks.

I have a couple of variant responses worked out:

"So, in India, do they use the term 'con artist' or 'confidence trickster'?"

"So, does your mother know what you do for a living? Did she teach you to be a crook or did you go bad on your own?"

"Sorry, I only have Linux machines. I don't think you'll know how to fuck them up."

"Oh, good, I was waiting for your call. Let me go to the server room and pick up there."

"Oh, good, I was wondering what was happening. Let me turn the computer on." (Put down receiver, wait.)

Comment: Re:Not Very Prepared (Score 1) 191

by chihowa (#47747423) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: How Prepared Are You For an Earthquake?

He missed out on the experience of feeling an earthquake and feels let down about that. If you're not from southern California, an earthquake is a novel experience. I felt one in St Louis a few years ago and it was cool and worth experiencing. Of course, having a building collapse on you would be horrible, but that's not too likely in most of the US.

Comment: Re:Correction: (Score 0) 338

by chihowa (#47725169) Attached to: FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

Republicans are just a bit more blatant about it because it appeals to their idiot constituency.

It's just more blatant to you because you're not one of their idiot constituency. Democrats seem to be less blatant about it because you are one of their idiot constituency.

That you see one as being more blatant than the other says more about you than the politicians.

Comment: Re:I'd pay it but... (Score 1) 610

by chihowa (#47721007) Attached to: Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

This entire article is about directly paying for content, instead of having ad supported content. (Well, the article is arguing in favor of ad supported content, but the premises are the same.) This $230/year is, specifically, paying for content. There's no realistic way to collect and distribute this money, so it's posed as an addition to your ISP bill, but this isn't about paying for delivery.

Likewise, the charges for cable TV include their payments to the networks and studios for content. Local ads in the cable feed to your house don't directly pay for content. Just as your ISP injecting ads into your internet connection doesn't pay for content.

If there was a way to directly pay for content and ads were still used in addition, as the GP suggested, the motivator there would be greed. The content was already paid for and this has nothing to do with delivery.

Comment: Re:Autonomous cars can't use V2V (Score 1) 475

by chihowa (#47707683) Attached to: Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

Road trains sound like an awesome idea and would be fantastic for efficiently using already available highway space. But without stricter, and strictly enforced, vehicle condition inspections, participating in them could be extremely dangerous. As the driver's interaction with the car becomes more and more passive, people are less likely to notice issues with the car's function. Adding more and more sensors to watch vehicle condition may be a solution, though issues with the reliability and longevity of the sensors in rough environments will piss people off.

The state I live in now doesn't have any vehicle inspections and I've seen several tire blowouts on the highway since moving here. Even with fast computer reflexes, I'd imagine one of those could wipe out several other cars in a train. Without some sort of unified inspection code, your train will have a patchwork of cars from different states in different states of repair.

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