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Comment Re:But now (Score 3, Insightful) 349

If I performed a criminal act, I can reasonably expect to be tried in the country where the crime was performed as the laws of that country were violated.

Seeing that McKinnon performed the "crime" of "breaking" (bad security is no security, therefore he did not break any security) into government computers in his home country, not inside the U.S., he needs to be put on trial in his home country.

In addition, the U.S. has shown to have completely no respect for human rights. So, he can reasonably be expected to be exposed to torture. Why would this guy be sent off to a strange country to stand "trial" for a crime he did not commit? I can imagine he'll just disappear once he enters the U.S.

Comment The price of freedom... (Score 1) 745 Americans refused to pay, because it didn't convenience you.

And now, when it's nearly too late, you start to whine that you haven't got any freedoms anymore?!?!

Live with it. This is what you wanted, this is what you get. If you're willing to sacrifice someone else's freedoms, you're also sacrificing your own.

Comment Education is very, very important. (Score 1) 1138

Education can't be high enough. Educate your people until they die, because uneducated people are vulnerable and easier to control.

Educated people are trained in using their brain. That is something a company doesn't want. A company wants lots and lots of zombies which do not know their rights and can't think for themselves.

Basically, what these economists are saying is good for commercial entities. But for countries or not-for-profits this mind-set is fatal. This is the way to grow a third world cheap labor country, but that's the direction the U.S. is going anyway.

Education is one of the pillars of freedom, as is privacy and the ability to speak your mind. Problem is, in the U.S. it is ok when your speech creates fear (suppresses freedom) as well as the government functioning in such a way that all three are being limited further and further.

Comment One hint: (Score 1) 504

Read your contract. What does it say about copyrights?

By the way: where are you located? If you're in the EU, chances are you own the copyrights.

In short: read up on local authors rights and copyrights. Trademark laws do not apply.

Also, do you work on this project in your own spare time? If so, chances are you can shove the GPL down the throat of your employer.

Comment Foolish of Nintendo (Score 1) 249

Everyone is busy with stopping piracy, but nobody takes a look at why it is happening and taking away the cause of piracy.

Ofcourse free is very cheap, you'll never be able to counter that. But people will be more likely to pay for your game when it's really cheap (say in the range of €2 to €5). Providing access to additional payment methods is also a good idea, as some people become able to pay as they don't have access to a credit card.

Game quality is also important; people want value for their money... currently they can't be certain of that, so they download the game they think is interesting first, before they even think of buying it. Once downloaded, it gets a lot more difficult to buy the game in question (the user already has it).

And then there's the famous DRM. Digital Restrictions Management. Nearly every type of DRM has it's share of problems (word choice deliberate). If it doesn't cripple your computer, the game stops working after N years, because the producer decided that you should buy the next edition of the game.

And *gasp* people do not like that. Gosh. Strange. Extra reason to download a cracked version of that game.

Money poured in DRM is also money not invested in actual quality of the product.

End result: investing in DRM is actually having an effect of increasing piracy. In addition people will be less interested in buying your products, giving you less money to invest in new games.

Nintendo is investing in piracy, so they get piracy.

Comment The U.S. is guilty as well (Score 1) 913

Why was that oil rig even capable of collapsing into the ocean? Are these things constructed that cheaply? I'd expect these things to be filled with containment measures for when something does go wrong and if something goes wrong mechanisms should kick in to prevent a disaster like this.

But ah, yes. BP wanted to cut some corners for even more profit and so decided to bribe the U.S. government into relaxing the rules about security, safety and environmental protection.

Comment Re:some fine police officers who don't deserve (Score 2, Informative) 299

Problem is: if an officer testifies against one of his coworkers, he gets the whole force on his neck. If he leaves the force for not agreeing with that kind of misbehavior, he gets the whole force in his neck. If he moves to another jurisdiction, he just gets that whole force in his neck.

The problem isn't corruption in itself, the problem is fear of harassment among the officers. In addition the law enforcement is above the law, which seems fine, but actually helps corruption and abuse quite a bit. The rules are 200 years behind in relation to the needs of today.

Comment Re:Good move... (Score 1) 432

You compare the U.S. coal power production to the worldwide wind power production.

Shall we change the U.S. coal power production to worldwide coal power production? I think the numbers are a bit more fair at that point, don't you think?

Countries like China don't care about worker safety. So yes, more accidents happen there.

Comment Ecological impact, anyone? (Score 1) 432

This might actually affect the ecology too, as the towers provide space for coral reefs to grow. In addition remains can clutter around the pillars, which could attract more wildlife to the area.

But err... what about the wave and wind-breaking effects of the towers? What's the ecological impact of that?

And from what materials will the towers be built? How does the government intend to make sure that all the wiring needed to transport all the power is secured properly (wouldn't want to electrify the water)? Is the covering of the wiring of adequate quality?

And how about the bird population (if there's anything left)?

Comment Re:More companies too (Score 1) 481

You apparently haven't read the article or are a complete asshole.

The biggest problem is that those wage slaves (because that's what they are) have to endure psychological torture 24/7 until they decide to flee (survive).

But, oh well, apparently they've got jobs and so they shouldn't whine.

Lets see how well you fare if the only job you can get includes daily torture of those levels and you can't afford to leave.

Comment Re:Interesting (Score 2, Interesting) 449

I'm from the Netherlands, so I don't deal with the providers in question.

Interesting detail is that these companies are mostly large monopolies, so google could simply start complaining about monopoly abuse.

And for added worries to those companies: the EU tends to respond quite allergic to monopoly abuse.

If that wasn't enough, wait until various consumer organizations learn about this. While they're basically powerless in the US, over here they can generate a world of hurt for companies.

I'd actually like them to try this, things can become really interesting over here if that happens. The net result will probably be guaranteed net neutrality by the various national laws.

Comment Re:Video (Score 3, Interesting) 1671

Yeah, a camera really looks soooo much like an RPG.

Lets make a few things clear:
- A Rocket Propelled Grenade, is a lot larger then a camera, you can notice that clearly and I couldn't even remotely identify an RPG from the images.
- An anti-personnel machine gun is no danger to an armored assault helicopter, which is designed to be shot at.

So, putting all that in perspective I think it was a conscious choice on the part of the pilot to commit murder, he was never in any danger of bein shot at.

Noticing from his behavior I'd say he's a sociopath and should be dishonerably discharged from duty, sent of to Den Haag for war crimes and put in prison for life with forced psychiatric treatment.

Same goes for the tank driver who overrun a body (was that person even dead?)

Committing war crimes seems to be normal to the U.S. army and doing something about it appears to be completely alien to them.

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