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Comment Re:Should I care? (Score 1) 301

Just because YOU do not like to own things does not mean you should not care.
If the only way to get content is to do this via rental, it means it is pretty easy NOT to let you see anything they do not want you to see and increase the prices for things they allow you to see.
And when they have only a few distribution channels, they can easily control everything.

So who is affected? You are.

Comment Re:I just have one simple question. (Score 1) 493

Why is it that, even now, people are still focused on the players and not the crimes?

Because the majority of the people is a social and emotional being and not a rational one. That means they are more interested in people than in anything else.

You see that in how people vote, for one. The fact that people are more interested in celebrities is another. It also explains why on one side we disagree that hitting your SO is a bad thing and you should be put in prison and on the other side find and make up excuses to still buy their records and adore the people who do this.

If this is a good or a bad thing in the long run is another discussion. For now it has served human DNA pretty well.

Comment Re:Verizon is going to get in trouble (Score 1) 138

I am sitting next to him at the bar. His phone explodes, I have burns now. Does he have enough to cover all that? He is aware that now he is liable for everything, right?
He forgot it at a friends house. The house burns down. They find the phone and it looks as if that might have been the cause. Paytime.
He is alone in his car. It burst into flames. He pulls at the steering wheel and drives over a kid. Nice one.

Comment Re:Why not name him? (Score 1) 122

In Belgium the employer can ask if you have a clean slate. What they will get is a yes or no. After a while these will be removed depending the type of crime. You also see the time it happened.
It is only in very specific places where I was responsible for customers money that this was actually asked. If you are a desk jockey, most likely nobody will ask.

Comment Re:Why not name him? (Score 1) 122

Innocent until proven guilty. Also the way Europe thinks about privacy is different from how the US thinks about it.
In Europe everything is private unless it is public.
In the US everything is public unless it is private.

And this is for all people, not just for a selected group. This thus includes people who are in prison. It is not that they suddenly are perceived as sub-human. They are still part of our society.

Comment This amazes me (Score 1) 116

I live in Belgium and everybody (or at least every adult) can join a union if they want to. You have a selection of unions where you can go to, regardless where or if you work. There are some that are more specialized. e.g. for train staff, for white color, for management (yes, they can join a union as well), military and there will be several that will be specialized.

I just am with one that is close to where I live, because that is what was important to me.

So I just join the union and that is about it. None of the companies I worked for cared, except one, because they paid the contribution. When people are hired, nobody will ask if you are union or not, because nobody cares. I can imagine you are not even allowed to ask, but it is not important.

Also if the company has more than 50 employees, you have to have social elections that will vote for union representatives that will have monthly meetings with management.

So we have the choice and in reality every company with more than 50 people is unionized. All of them. By law.

The advantage is that it keeps the companies in check a bit. I get my 35 days vacation. I get several weeks payment minimal when they fire me (unless I did something illegal) and if there are major cuts in staffing, they will negotiate a much better deal than I ever could. e.g. 7 months pay after working somewhere for 2 years for me. Minimum was 3.5 months for somebody who was there for 1 month and others who worked there longer it was a lot more.

So yeah, I think it is strange that anybody could forbid me to join a union or even decide that I MUST join a union, or I can not get the job. (See, works both ways)
From what I see, the US has guilds not unions. A guild is something that protects the profession. A union protects its members. At least that is the difference to me.

Comment Actually shitty movies are killing sales. (Score 1, Interesting) 301

Movies I want to watch more than once? I buy it.
Problem is there is only 2 movies in the past 2 years I wanted to buy. Most of the others I only wanted to watch once or did not even bother watching.

MAybe if Hollywood would make things that were not crap they would sell more? NAH, let's do a movie about a 1980's TV show instead.

Comment Re:It's about landmass (Score 1) 466

I do not live the the US. I do not even own a car, so take this with a lot of salt.
When I see something like this I always see why it is not possible to do in the US, because it is so big. This would mean that you don't do anything, unless everybody is able to get it. Are you a communist?

What you could do is to see who IS living in the major metro area and who IS able to us an electric car and you will get to a much higher number.

The real reason is that fuel is cheap in the US compared to Europe. So in Europe Electric will be interesting much faster. If you would pay double or triple for your fuel, you would buy smaller cars and you would go to electric much faster.

I have seen this with ADSL where Belgium was one of the first in Europe to go to ADSL. Not because people where so advanced, but because of the high cost for calls. More than 1 hour of Internet per day and ADSL was more interesting. I other countries that was 3 hours.

Comment Just staring now? (Score 1) 198

If they started now, they are not as smart as I thought they were. The materials to buy drones and now even to buy complete drones are so obvious, I wonder why they only start now.

Is this because they are really ineffective and they use it as a last straw? Or is this now news to push some other agenda?

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