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Comment: Re:What a bunch of A-Holes (Score 1) 255

by will_die (#48914037) Attached to: Verizon, Cable Lobby Oppose Spec-Bump For Broadband Definition
I live in a smaller village in the Rheinland-Pfalz; and if I lived a few streets over I could get Kabel Deutschland. Not as bad as some other around here, 3 km from me the village did not get broadband until around 7 years ago, and villages out from there still deal with ADSL.

Comment: Re:outsider question: why the USA embargo on Cuba? (Score 4, Informative) 140

by will_die (#48913153) Attached to: Young Cubans Set Up Mini-Internet
The embargo against cuba did nto really start until the 1960s, before then there were arms embargoes.
It did start as you mentioned after Cuba seized a few US companies assets, US did a minor embargo, Cuba went in seized all other companies and the US started embargoing most trade.
Since then the embargo has been attempted to be lifted but the political backlash from Florida and a decent amount of voters in the rest of the US has stopped it. With Fidel gone and the communist threat basically dead it is now just the voters in florida, and sugar producers who really care about it.
As for all those properties that is something that is being discussed now and will have to be decided upon. Another major problem is going to be who owns the trademark names to various products. For example Bacardi, now USA but originally cubian, has trademarks they say they own while a company in Cuba also claims it; while there is an embargo and neither company can sell in other place it is meanless legal fight once the embargo is gone now it is a major international legal dispute.

Comment: Re:outsider question: why the USA embargo on Cuba? (Score 1) 140

by will_die (#48913045) Attached to: Young Cubans Set Up Mini-Internet
There is a saying in the US "All politics is local" it is not really that those people value the outside country more it is that they know the money will be spent and the local voters have an personal interest in some policy dealing with that country. Since the money will be spend no matter what why not fight for what you think the money should be spend on.
If a large body of voters have a problem with it the Congressman and Senators will most likely vote for/against unless it is major contradiction to their own beliefs.

Comment: Re:outsider question: why the USA embargo on Cuba? (Score 4, Insightful) 140

by will_die (#48912631) Attached to: Young Cubans Set Up Mini-Internet
It stays because there is a large group of voters in Florida who still want it and the rest of the country that could care less if it is there or not. Then on the Cuba side they have always done what they can to keep it because it gave Fidel a ralleying cry on why Cuba is in so bad of shape.
With current talks will have to see what happens.

Comment: Re:White House... (Score 0) 1350

by will_die (#48758023) Attached to: Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ
What a bunch of historic garbage.
There are are couple of reason for the why there were laws against images of animals or human.
The first was a law against idolatry.
Then you have had an edict that came out later that drawings where a challenge to allah and that creation was unique to him. There is also some text dealing with artists breathing life into their creations and have to deal with that at the end days. This came out after mohammad death so you find artwork in building, books, statues,etc that was produced between that time.
Some additional restriction have come out just because of tradition.

Comment: Re:Antique laws are to blame (Score 1) 484

by will_die (#48632967) Attached to: Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot
Not this garbage again.
If this is true please answer this.
Where are Hearst vast forests? Plesae give coordinates so far there is more proof of the elephant graveyard. However you can easily find receipts of his newspaper companies purchasing large quantities of paper and of the paper companies purchasing wood.
Since there are no vast Hearst forests he then had to be the stupidest business man in history since he was throwing away a resource that would of resulted in cheaper production costs for him.
The reason later laws, the 1937 was a taxation law, passed was not some mythical Hearst stopping it but that the public got upset with the stories and effect on people it was causing.

+ - Steam adding PC games region locking.->

Submitted by will_die
will_die (586523) writes "Because of the recent currency devaluation Steam has now added region locking for games sold in Russia and CIS. Brazil and local area and Indonesia and local area are also being locked.
Where the locking affects you is if you purchase a game from one of those regions you cannot gift it to somone outside of the area. So someone from Russia can gift a game to someone to Georgia but not to someone in the USA.
You want to see the prices in the Russia store and compare them to the Steam Christmas Sale which should be starting in a few hours."

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