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Comment France: going OSS like the rest of EU but better (Score 5, Informative) 379

The French Government really seem to get the hang of OSS every depeartment seems focused on using OSS like their entire justice department going ubuntu http://arstechnica.com/open-source/news/2009/03/french-police-saves-millions-of-euros-by-adopting-ubuntu.ars and unlike the Germans(+1 million failed projects) or Dutch(going Microsoft everywhere despite promises and even laws(!) to go open source) etc they actually seem to be making progress

Comment Why GPL? (Score 1) 284

I find this the strangest part of the whole thing actually. They where forced to open source it because of the GPL lines in there but they could just as well made them available under a BSD license. That would make way more sense from Microsoft's perspective I say.

Comment Ohnoes it's a global conspiracy (Score 1) 736

No amount of handwaiving will explain this away for sure, but how about hundreds of data sets all telling a different story? You are willing to believe that because one data set of tree rings declines and this is 'covered up'thousands of scientist all across the world have faked hundreds of other data sets to publish thousands of peer reviewed articles all telling the same story.Really? How is that different from your average 9/11 troofer, nirther, etc? Advised viewing on this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nnVQ2fROOg

Comment 100$ a plate? dude... (Score 1) 820

Are you fucking insane? Go to the local butcher and get meat for a fraction of that and it will probably be a lot better quality too(these type of restaurants are rip-offs 9 out of 10) , making steak is like the easiest thing you can do in the kitchen and it only takes you like 10 min. Eating proper food is not something for the rich, just get yourself educated on food.

Comment Re:Not local (Score 1) 241

Not only will it not help it would put them in way bigger trouble. EU directive ..? says that even though companies are allowed to let 3rd parties handle their customer data it's is not allowed for that data to leave the EU economic region(EU+ Norway, Switzerland etc) Google Analitics might be a little illegal, hosting all your stuff in a non-European country is definitely very illegal.

Comment Nothing to do with work. (Score 4, Informative) 51

As it is now competitors cannot scan their own books, it's against the law. Each party should now negotiate their own settlement with the authors guild and since the authors guild has absolutely zero incentive to do that this is a classic anti-trust case. Ofcourse the only real solution here is to stop these stupid class action lawsuits and just reform copyright law. Internet archive and project Gutenberg are at this a lot longer and they would've scanned lot's more books if they where allowed to.

Comment Re:The logical progression (Score 1) 323

You underestimate how evil a watermarking algorithm can be. Rather raising the number of words changed, amazon can simply make sure one set of an official copy's edits are unique, but another set overlaps exactly with group A of other accounts, another set overlaps with group B, another overlaps with group C... such that a naive copier will still be caught, and collaborators will never be able to be completely certain they removed every watermark.

This only works if Amazon is the only content provider though. I dont know any author that sell their books exclusively via Amazon so the only thing you'd have to do is to get a copy from a different publisher.

Comment Re:Did the US regulators have the same concerns? (Score 2, Insightful) 251

Did the US regulators have similar concerns? If not, why not? .

Because they have a different philosophy than the EU. The EU has been the leading anti-trust regulator in the world for a long time now simply because they believe it's in societies best interest to force companies to compete whereas the US believes more in the innovative power of unregulated companies and thus have a more laissez-faire attitude.

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