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Comment Rural winners! (Score 1) 293

Completely and utterly wrong! The DAB network covers 99,5% of Norway! It's an improvement over the FM network's coverage. Norway is a very long and mountainous country, it's difficult to achieve the same percentage with FM. The people running the network have people driving around the country to check the reception.

Comment Resource Management (Score 1) 293

It doesn't cost them anything to keep them going.

The network needs massive investment and the upkeep is higher than before. The new network reduces the cost, improves service and frees up frequencies (for resale). The state will save $25 million/year.

They're private companies.

The [national] network is owned by the state. Private companies pay to use it. The state-owned national broadcasting corporation is the biggest user. Local radio stations may broadcast using their own equipment, but this is about national networks.

Comment Ownership and management (Score 1) 293

if consumers don't really care about digital versus FM - why does the government?

You've misunderstood the situation. The state isn't just "dictating" the terms. The national broadcasting network is owned by the state [indirectly], which means they also have a say in the cost of maintaining and developing it. The national broadcaster (TV/radio), and its many stations, is the biggest user of the network.

The 1700 stations currently in use are due for a massive upgrade. The new DAB network will offer better coverage across the whole country, which is an important goal for the state (rural settlement policy and public information access).

Have the Norwegians solved every more important issue facing their people?

Yes, most of our problems are about spending the tons of money we have.

Comment Libertarianism (Score 1) 230

Your Danish friend is a little confused by your use of "liberal". In the United States, the meaning of liberalism has parted significantly from classical liberalism, it has been renamed libertarianism.

When a Danish person talks about liberals it's safer to assume he means his "economically conservative" and "socially liberal" political parties.

- The biggest party in Denmark is the pro-free market Liberal Party.
- The Liberal Alliance Party of Denmark is even more Libertarian.

Comment Skype? (Score 1) 26

I find it interesting that Skype was mentioned next to Netscape and Skype is a European company, which was founded in Estonia by a Dane, a Swede and several Estonians. Did it really receive funding at any of these events - let alone Demo Europe?

Skype was founded in 2003 by Janus Friis from Denmark and Niklas Zennström from Sweden. The Skype software was developed by the Estonians Ahti Heinla, Priit Kasesalu, and Jaan Tallinn, who together with Friis and Zennström were also behind the peer-to-peer file sharing software Kazaa..

Comment Wrong Conclusion (Score 1) 215

The newly merged company will have the two main co-creators of the original MySQL, Monty Widenius head of Monty Program AB, and David Axmark of SkySQL.

Ulf Michael "Monty" Widenius, is the main author of the original version of the open-source MySQL database and a founding member of the MySQL AB company.

Comment Our Shared Rules (Score 1) 438

While Israel is a sovereign nation, it is also a signatory to a number of human rights conventions... They've voluntarily given themselves restrictions on what laws they can make and how they apply them.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights' Article 12 says:

"No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks."

Comment Blurred lines (Score 2) 82

I don't know how it's in the US or Australia but in my Western country the executive(s) are specifically liable for the company's actions.

Especially their own illegal or irresponsible actions - but not limited to their own either. Owners of corporations may in fact also be liable [here], depending on circumstances and ownership. It's far too complicated to go into detail here, I work with the law for a living in my European country.

Comment Thinking, or not thinking (Score 1) 351

Yes, ignorance of the law is no excuse. German law requires you to respond to queries from consumers, thinking you do not have to is failure to abide. Citizens and commercial entities have a duty to actively look up, understand and abide by local laws [in most countries that I know of].

We have already established that German law does not require there to be a payment involved to become a consumer of said services. Google provides a [free] service, consumers therefore have rights.

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