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Comment Re:The US needs a serious spanking (Score 2) 202

I actually think EU citizens have a right to be angry that their data is being handed over to the US en masse. [...] Actually, what you're saying is false. The case stems from a complaint brought by an Austrian citizen against Facebook.

You make it sound like Facebook forces does something with EU citizen data against their will. In fact, Schrems chooses to use Facebook and enter private data, knowing that it will end up on US servers, and that's the same with all other EU citizens whose data ends up on US servers: you do business with a US company (directly or indirectly) and your data ends up in the US.

Except, not.
I never used Facebook. Yet Facebook send me emails suggesting that I know this or that Facebook user (mostly they were correct about me knowing those people) and that I might want to join Facebook to stay in contact with them.
Which means that Facebook has information about me (from acquaintances that uploaded their address book) and processed that information about me to get even more data about me, with me ever agreeing to anything. I never did business with Facebook, yet data about me is on their US servers.

Comment Re:The US needs a serious spanking (Score 1) 202

That means if I start a company in the US and I process any data of EU citizens, the EU thinks I'm subject to EU laws on data protection even if I have no presence in the EU at all. When people complain that the US wants to extend their laws to other countries, this seems like the EU wants to do the same to the US.

I despise the US surveillance and think there needs to be better data protection. However, I reject the criticism that only the US is trying to force their laws on other countries. The EU is trying to do the same.

If you process data of EU citizens, chances are that you are doing business in the EU. With the internet, a physical presence is not necessary anymore.

Comment Re:Easy (Score 4, Insightful) 381

Actually, I'm pretty sure that North Korea IS hiding the fact that they are corrupt and only working for the elite.

It's just that we outside of N.K. don't get to hear much of their propaganda and instead a lot of the commentary from third parties. Ask a North Korean who only has access to the official N.K. news what he thinks about his country and the world and you might realize how dishonest N.K. is.

Comment Re:Linux users bid higher for Humble Bundles (Score 3, Informative) 867

The data set is pretty much every Humble Bundle that contains games for Windows and Linux (which is most game bundles).

Let's have a look at one currently running bundle:
Average purchase: $2.82
Average Windows: $2.71
Average Mac: $3.25
Average Linux:$3.89

So Linux users are willing to pay 40% more than Windows users on a pay what you want scheme.

Comment Re:It's...a staff pick. (Score 1) 50

I supported more than 40 projects on Kickstarter. Almost all were successfully funded and almost all of those have delivered or are clearly on their way to deliver.
But my success rate has nothing to do with self fulfilling things. It's just that I do not just support projects because I like the idea, but because I check the details and ask myself if the project seems reasonable and the project leads know what they are doing.

Now if I can do that, somebody with a lot more insight in this process, like somebody working for Kickstarter, can do that even better.
And thus most of the staff picks succeed because the Kickstarter staff tends to pick projects with a good chance of success.

Comment Re: Move it around first .... simple! (Score 4, Informative) 280

.But we do have lay judges (Schöffen)

For our non-German friends: Instead of judge and jury we have a panel of judges, some of whom (sometimes the whole panel with one exception) may not be studied lawyers but citizen 'drafted' to judge duty for a year or so.

Comment Re:Why can't the world move beyond this crap? (Score 1) 236

Analog clocks show 12 hours, of course. An analog clock with 24 hours would be hard to read.
But analog clocks usually don't show am/pm. And that's where we started: Getting up seeing a clock say AM.

And digital clocks here in Europe show the time in 24 hours. Unless the clock is a cheap import or runs an OS made by an American company that doesn't care about the differences between cultures.

Comment Re:Why can't the world move beyond this crap? (Score -1) 236

People really really like having the clock say AM when they get up and PM when they go to bed

So that's why it always felt so wrong to me to get up at 07:00 and go to bed at 23:00... I'm missing the am/pm that hasn't been part of the clocks here in continental Europe since long before I was born.

Or to put it differently: Don't take you 'merican ways of looking at the world and just assume that everybody everywhere lives the same. Just because you are used to imperial units (Do you even realize how funny it is that the country that fought a war to get out from under the rule of the British Empire is still using IMPERIAL units?) and the 12-hour clock doesn't mean that others haven't moved on to something else.

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