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Comment: Re:Rights? (Score 1) 565

by rundgren (#31488912) Attached to: Scientology Tries To Block German Documentary
http://w2.brreg.no/enhet/sok/detalj.jsp?orgnr=970551972 I do know it's easy to register as a religion in Norway (which I think is a good thing) - I once was seriously considering registering some religion with the sole purpose of getting government support and the sole function of gathering once a year and drinking beer for the gov. support money. I still think I could have pulled it off :-) I was inspired by these geniouses: http://www.gateavisa.no/blekka/ga152/religion/152ralt.html

Comment: Re:Rights? (Score 3, Insightful) 565

by rundgren (#31480576) Attached to: Scientology Tries To Block German Documentary
While I agree hinting to the war is unneccessarry, his point is valid: An independent media is absolutely necessary to keep the power of government in check. When government is running the media, a huge conflict of interest exists. This problem is unfortunately not being taken seriously by the people in countries with government-run media (most of Europe, maybe?). It's even worse here in Norway, where the government operated media dominates TV and radio - only in newspapers is there some diversity and even most of those depend on government subsidies.

Comment: Re:Rights? (Score 2, Insightful) 565

by rundgren (#31480522) Attached to: Scientology Tries To Block German Documentary

The problem here is that many public networks shy away from these documentaries BECAUSE of the clout of Scientology. However, ARD is supported by public euros and as such answers to nobody even the government. Many whine about having to pay a TV tax, but I gladly pay my monthly TV tax as it produces documentaries that ask hard hitting questions. Public networks would definitely not support it...

I am a supporter of free markets and capitalism, but at times we need the government.

Yes, at times we need the government - but journalism is clearly not a job for the government. Do you think we need a government newspaper, because the normal newspapers are too scared of pissing of corporations or religions? How do you explain away all the good and controversial journalistic work done by privately owned newspapers and TV-stations all over the world? Believe me, there are plenty of good journalists and editors in the private media.

Comment: Re:Bastards! (Score 1) 875

by rundgren (#29758413) Attached to: 1Mb Broadband Access Becomes Legal Right In Finland

Hopefully this also means that those three-strike laws wont be possible, since getting broadband access should be a legal right.

Legal rights and privileges are often conditional on good behavior - and they can be forfeit.

Your "Right to Travel" isn't a "Get Out Of Jail Free" card.

Yes but it means, like the case is for jail, that an actual court needs to take away that right. Not your ISP based on a form letter from the content lobby.

Comment: I'm not looking forward to going to the US (Score 5, Interesting) 1040

by rundgren (#29626151) Attached to: Did Chicago Lose Olympic Bid Due To US Passport Control?
I'm a peaceful Norwegian with two (many years ago) convictions for possession of small amounts (1-2 joints) of marihuana. My grandmother wants to take me to visit our family in Boston next year, and I'm not looking forward to it at all because of one thing only: US border control and visa stupidity. The US is the only country in the world to care about a stupid posession misdemeanor - I could go anywhere else without issue at all..

Comment: Re:Pointless (Score 2, Insightful) 326

by rundgren (#28371943) Attached to: Harvard Study Says Weak Copyright Benefits Society

These kind of studies are largely pointless. We already know this, and the media industry will not believe it regardless of how many studies come to this conclusion.

You're right, but the important part is convincing society in general, and of course politicans. And at least some of them _do_ listen to/read academic papers.

Comment: Re:The Volt is the least of GM's problems (Score 1) 769

by rundgren (#27094401) Attached to: GM Cornered Into Defending the Volt

As someone else mentioned, an imperial gallon is greater than a US gallon.

40MP(imperial)G * .8327(US)G/(imperial)G = ~33.3 MP(US)G.

As usual, non-metric units make no fucking sense at all.
Oblig. Grampa Simpson quote: "The metric system is the tool of the devil! My car gets forty rods to the hogshead and that's the way I likes it."

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