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Comment Re:Run by the state vs run by the people (Score 1) 277

Er ... not really, maybe that's your experiences in the US but here in the UK the accepted wisdom is that the government can run some things in beneficial ways that private enterprises never would. Granted, running ISPs is not one of those things - you would probably find an actual government run ISP to be slow and outdated, unless it's competing with corporate ISPs (even then it's doubtful) or is simply in the form of some tax break for ISPs if they improve their services.

Some things which are more or less impossible purely through private enterprise or systems which worked better in the UK when they were socialised:
Socialised healthcare (private companies make more money through charging on a case-by-case basis, they have no authority to levy a national tax, the overheads would be gargantuan which would be unacceptable, corner-cutting would be rife)
Decent railways (here in the UK the railways were privatised - they were being run appallingly by the government and are now being run appallingly in a very slightly different way by corporations: being more expensive, more crowded and costing more to run (largely subsidised, as the railways are not profitable for the companies) but being slightly safer (a big deal!) - the government was probably marginally preferable.). Theoretically, a government run train operator
Roads (roads are almost universally run by the government in pretty much all countries - if they weren't, how would money be made for them? Tolls up the wazoo.)
Emergency services (would you want to pay every time the fire service or the police came to your house when you dialed the emergency services? A corporation running them would need money from somewhere.)
There're more but suffice to say that government run things can work better than corporate run things if they're run well and in the right sector. If not, they don't (see: British Gas, British Telecom etc. etc. when they were government-owned).

Submission + - European Parliament rules sharing isn't illegal

andyteleco writes: Yesterday, 25/04/2007, the European Parliament voted in favour of a proposal to modify the EU Parliament and Congress directive regarding penal measures destined to enforce Intellectual Property rights. the directive finally establishes in Article 3 that the member states will be responsible of considering as a criminal infraction all intentional IP offences committed at a commercial scale, as well as complicity and/or incitement to these offences. According to Amendment 13, Article 2 of the directive excludes culpability of the acts performed by private users for personal non-profit usage. Read the entire text

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