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Comment: Lack of interest? Lack of availability, I'd say! (Score 1) 123

I was looking forward to buy the Lenovo Miix 2 8" with 64 GB and WWAN.
But Lenovo decided that people in my market (Germany) don't need it.

So I bought a Dell Venue 8 Pro 64GB/WWAN.

To those who say that the modern UI sucks: On laptops and desktops, I absolutely agree with you. But on a device with real touch support it works, if you're willing to give it a chance. It doesn't work if you immediately start installing desktop apps.

To those that say 8" is a bad size: I disagree. In my opinion, a 10" or 11" tablet is too close to laptop size to make sense, but 8" are about half way between a 4" smartphone and a 12"/13" laptop.

Comment: Re:Internal and External Simultaneously (Score 3, Informative) 104

by moronoxyd (#47260967) Attached to: Google and Facebook Can Be Legally Intercepted, Says UK Spy Boss

This is the UK, not the EU.
This is about UK law and a British intelligence service, not about the EU.

As far as I know Facebook and Google have their European headquarters in Ireland or Luxembourg or something, which is outside of the UK.

Comment: Re:wow (Score 1) 53


It's not unknown for local entrepreneurs in developing countries to register a trademark they know a big American company is going to need, and then make a nuisance of themselves in local Courts until the Americans pay them to go away.

Why limit that to developing countries?
I'm sure the same happens all the time in the US with foreign trademarks that are expected to move to the US.
It definitely happend with domain names for well known trademarks and company names.

Comment: Re:Seems reasonable... (Score 1) 260

by moronoxyd (#47185349) Attached to: Virginia DMV Cracks Down On Uber, Lyft

Ok, so you showed us a definition of the word 'taxi' to suggest that Uber and Lyft fulfil that definition. (I'm sure there are other definitions of taxi, but whatever.)
But what you have not shown is that they are LICENSED taxis. And from what I understand that is the crucial point: They don't follow all the same regulations that the states put into place for taxi services.

Comment: Re:Schengen migration laws are complete SHIT! (Score 1) 341

by moronoxyd (#47038311) Attached to: UK May Kill the EU's Net Neutrality Law

I here pundits claiming this will not happen, but it is bullshit. It will happen and it is happening already.

Except that every time somebody looks at the actual numbers (facts, you know?) they find that this 'social tourism' doesn't exist as a widespread problem.
Just ignoring the facts doesn't change them.

Oh, and just so we're clear: I'm German, too.

Comment: Re:Why are they in the EU again? (Score 1) 341

by moronoxyd (#47038275) Attached to: UK May Kill the EU's Net Neutrality Law

The problem is that the Euro is a monetary union without a proper fiscal (and by-proxy political) union. The US has a strong central government and can fix these imbalances by, amongst other things, spending federal dollars in the states with weaker economies.

Are you aware that the EU does similar things?
Strong economies like the UK and Germany pay more into the EU coffers while weaker economies get more than they pay.
The EU co-finances development projects and surely a lot mor that I am not aware of.

Comment: Re:Punishment fits the crime (Score 5, Insightful) 1198

by moronoxyd (#46878095) Attached to: Oklahoma Botched an Execution With Untested Lethal Injection Drugs

It is not justice if somebody is been given the death penalty and then gets 45 minutes of torture on top.

There is a reason torture (or cruel and unusual punishment) is not legal. If we treat criminals not better then they treated their victims we're not better than they are.

As a society we should strife to be better than our criminals and not hide our own cruelty behind words like justice and punishment.

Comment: Re:Hmm.... (Score 1) 279

by moronoxyd (#46490275) Attached to: U.S. Aims To Give Up Control Over Internet Administration

Bodies like the UN aren't even close to democratic ((1 country == 1 vote) != (1 person == 1 vote).

Sure. But is that less democratic or more democratic than (1 country decides, 7 billion people have to live be the decision)?

What you're saying is basically 'the propose solution isn't perfect so we better stay with the current set-up which is even less perfect'.

Comment: Re:Bullshit (Score 2) 427

by moronoxyd (#46346763) Attached to: YouTube Ordered To Remove "Illegal" Copyright Blocking Notices

The GEMA is the organization who sole purpose of being is to license rights to broadcaster.
Thus the statement is correct: The GEMA would be the one who has to granz a license, and no such license was granted (as of now). The statement does NOT say that the GEMA refused to grant a license. That would be a lie, but that's not what YT says.

Comment: Re:Bullshit (Score 2) 427

by moronoxyd (#46346725) Attached to: YouTube Ordered To Remove "Illegal" Copyright Blocking Notices

Digging a little deeper I'm starting to agree with GEMA on this one, it seems the bad press really started when a webcam feed from the Kiev protests was blocked by YouTube's automatic scanner.

No. Youtube shows this message for a long time, the GEMA complains about it for just as long, and the case was file long before the events in Ukraine.

However the message leads everyone to believe they are to blame when it's really YouTube at fault.

I know the German original, and in my opinion it does NOT put the blame on the GEMA.It does NOT say that the GEMA refused to granz a license, but only that no license was given.

Nor is it correct to blame Youtube for not finding an agreement with the GEMA. Neither party are willing to give enough ground for them to meet half way.

Comment: Re:Summary that misrepresents the Article... *shoc (Score 2) 373

by moronoxyd (#46266673) Attached to: Report: Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) Scans Your DNS History

Luckily, not everyone lives in the US.
Some countries have different laws, even consumer protection laws that are worth that name.

And yes, even companies operating out of the US have to conform to at least some of these laws if they want to do business in Germany/Europe. An yes, they WANT to, because Europe is not an insignificant market.

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