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Comment: Re:Well there's the problem... (Score 1) 201

by moronoxyd (#49775749) Attached to: Court Orders UberPop Use To Be Banned In All of Italy

As if there's no public interest in limiting the number of taxis on the road.

No, there is no public interest in inhibiting fair competition. This is about protecting vested private interests, not the public interest.

If everyone who wants to provide a taxi service has to pay the same price for a license, it's fair.
of, on the other hand, somebody would try to enter the market without paying for taxi licenses *cough* Uber *cough* then they would not be competing fairly.

If licenses weren't numbered, the proliferation of taxis would render city streets unnavigable.

Hogwash. The supply would only be high if the demand was high. If there were too many taxis and not enough passengers, then some drivers would go home and take the day off. Free markets don't solve every problem, but they can solve this one.

Nope. The taxi drivers would compete for too few passengers by trying to undercut each other, skimming on costs thus reducing the safety for passengers etc.

Free markets do work practically never on scale, as the ideal conditions necessary for a working free market are never met. There is always some imbalance.

Comment: Re:Men's Rights morons (Score 0) 776

Your username would imply you are male. Thus, you literally oppose Men's Rights groups... as a man? That's not unprecedented, as there are women who reject feminism in its many flavors, but by doing so, you're saying that there are no issues at all that men need be concerned about?

I can not talk for GP, only for myself. But you are oversimplifying the situation.

I'm a man. I'm against the mens rights groups that I know of. Not because I believe there are no problems. But because I believe that those mens rights groups I know about do their cause a disservice. Instead of pointing out rationally the existing problems, they pretty much always exaggerate, go off on tangents and generally come about as weirdos and nutters.

This, by the way, is also true for at least some of the more extreme feminists.
But there are not only extreme feminists, but also moderate one. Yet with mens rights activists there doesn't seem to be a middle ground.

Comment: Re:there's a strange bias on slashdot (Score 4, Insightful) 192

by moronoxyd (#49491461) Attached to: Microsoft's Role As Accuser In the Antitrust Suit Against Google

Maybe its time for the United States to go after a few EU companies doing business in our country. We can
certainly use the same principle of - we don't like the way you do business. Forget the law.

Except there are laws that Intel, Microsoft and (potentially) Google have broken.

And what people like you love to ignore (or, more probably, don't know, as it doesn't involve Americans): The EU judges European companies by the same standard. A few years back Gaz du France and German E.On where found to break anti-competition laws and had to pay high fines. And there are many other cases not involving American companies.

The problem is NOT that the EU is going against American companies, but that American companies sometimes don't understand that in Europe they have to play by European laws, not by the lawlessness that's the American reality.

Comment: Re:Well intentioned, but misguided (Score 2) 103

by moronoxyd (#49224197) Attached to: Wikimedia Foundation Files Suit Against NSA and DOJ

Ah, yes, the good ol' they-do-it-so-we-have-to.

Totally ignoring the facts that you have to start somewhere, that it is best to start where you have at lease some chance at success (as slim as it may be in reality), and that this suit will likely not stop the NSA from spying outside of America so they will only lose the 'surveillance arms race' of spying on Americans.

Comment: Re:FDE on Android doesn't work as of yet (Score 5, Informative) 124

by moronoxyd (#49170127) Attached to: Google Backs Off Default Encryption on New Android Lollilop Devices

The issue with FDE in Android has for long been the lack of combining strong passwords with a pattern lock or pin lock for unlocking the screen. In other words, your encryption key is only as strong as the pin code or password you are willing to put in every time you open your screen lock. Who wants to type in a 20+ password every time they open their screen lock?

Are you sure?
For my Android phone I activated FDE. On boot I have to enter the FDE password, which is independent from the lock screen password/pattern/face unlock.
So on boot I enter the complex password once, and later I use the less complex pattern to unlock my running phone.
My phone is Running Android 4.4.4 (Cyanogen CM11S).

Comment: Re:Hurr durr I'ma sheep?? (Score 1) 264

by moronoxyd (#49110811) Attached to: Linux Kernel Switching To Linux v4.0, Coming With Many New Addons

The Linux distros would have done a lot better if they were codenamed after an animal, without the stupid adjective. Lucid Lynx - crap name. Lynx - acceptable name suitable to interest PHBs.

So... Ubuntu is now 'the Linux distros'?

Those names are typical for Ubuntu and its derivatives, other distributions like Debian, Fedora and SuSE use different naming schemes.

Disclaimer: I'm a mostly satisfied Ubuntu user.

Comment: Re: Efforts could have made a difference elsewhere (Score 1) 158

by moronoxyd (#48917905) Attached to: Opera Founder Is Back, WIth a Feature-Heavy, Chromium-Based Browser

Two things:
First, this is about Vivaldi, not Opera. Vivaldi is a different company, just founded by the former founder of Opera.
Second, Opera is a Norwegian company. They have offices in the US, amongst other countries.

Maybe you got confused by Opera buying Australian company Fastmail.FM.

Comment: Re:TFA says 5 stories high (Score 2) 98

by moronoxyd (#48849745) Attached to: Shanghai Company 3D Prints 6-Story Apartment Building and Villa

As an example, in the USA, the ground floor counts, while in Europe only the floors/stories above ground floor count.

You have differentiate between numbering (naming) the floors and counting the numbers of floors in a building.
A five storey building is a five storey building, but some number the floors from floor 1 to floor 5, others count ground floor, 1st floor, 2nd floor...

Also, not all of Europe is the same. Here in Germany we have both variants, depending on region and design of the buildings.

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