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  • Jun 29th, 2015 @ 12:04pm

    Re: Re: Re:


  • Jun 29th, 2015 @ 12:02pm


    To clarify the license thingie.
    Uber believes it's drivers can get by with a tourism vehicle license since they don't respond to street hailing and thus are only doing pre-booked arrangements (which that tourism license allows).
    While that is the letter of the law the intention was a license for for example drivers of buses for arranged excursions.
    This is what the French government is reacting on.

    The taxi drivers are reacting since their license and all rules and regulations that come with it are vastly more expensive then the one that Uber uses. Which is undercutting their business.

    I don't know how this is going to be ruled on since Uber is skirting dangerously close to the edge of the law and seeing how that France tries to protect its own industries.

  • Jun 29th, 2015 @ 11:50am


    It were the regular taxi drivers who were tipping over the cars the suspected of being used for the Uber service.

  • Jun 29th, 2015 @ 11:47am

    (untitled comment)

    First of all, "illicit transportation of people?" These are people who want to go somewhere and are happy about the options they have. Why should that be "illicit"?

    Simple. The logic goes as follows; The drivers aren't licensed to be taxi drivers, they drive people for payment so they are taxi drivers, ergo they are transporting people illicitly.

    I expect the same thing to happen where I live seeing the amount of work they've (that is the government) have put into licensing and regulating of taxis.

  • Jun 11th, 2015 @ 11:04pm

    Re: Owning the Customers

    Analogy doesn't work.
    The moment a swarm absconds (the jargon term of an entire hive worth of bees + queen packing up an leaving) the keeper will try to catch the queen and place that one back into the hive. This time with a bar in front of the hive opening which will prevent the queen (and only the queens) from exiting thereby preventing the swarm from leaving.

  • May 27th, 2015 @ 5:51pm

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    About the Google investigation, part of this is for the same thing that the US investigated and let them of with a promise they'd not do it anymore (in 2012 after 2 years of investigating).
    The EU doesn't do apologies like that. If the follow up indeed determines that Google abused its market-share in the EU to profit at the expense of other services, then Google will end up paying. And the fine will be more then the profit made due to the abuse.
    Seriously what is more of a deterrent against future misbehavior by a corporation? The expectation that if it breaks the law some regulatory agency gives the lawyers working there a stern talking to while allowing the corporation to keep the ill-gotten lucre. Or the knowledge that it has to answer to it's shareholders due to not only having to repay the money made by breaking the law but also having to pay a fine on top of that causing a dent in the bottom line?

    And then the Facebook thing. Yes people can opt to not use it.
    However Facebook is providing services in the EU so it has to follow EU law. It can op to not follow EU law by not providing services there.
    If Facebook keeps insisting on using privacy protections based on US law for people in the EU it will keep running into lawsuits and investigations about it breaking EU law until it changes it's behavior or leaves.

  • May 27th, 2015 @ 5:28pm


    Neither. It is just that in the US the only anti-trust spankings by the EU you get to see are the ones against US companies. Doesn't help that those companies tend to get the really big fines due to the revenue they generate in the EU combined with the habit of trying to play the same games they do with the US regulators only to discover that that tends to increase the fine.
    But if you look at the total value of the fines separated in EU only businesses and businesses from outside the EU, the amount of EU only fines is still larger then the ones outside ones.

  • May 23rd, 2015 @ 10:51am

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    I'm curious about Rand Paul.
    Will he actually filibuster the 31st or just keep it to the grandstanding he did last week.

  • May 21st, 2015 @ 5:23am


    The non US parties agreed to a treaty with this little booby trap in it. By not agreeing to change the laws as the treaty demands when the US asks for it a whole raft of punishments can be levied on the country not changing their laws to suit the US. Everything from not implementing the US parts of the treaty to going to the WTO.

  • Jan 8th, 2015 @ 2:09am

    When in the US?

    But now that the European Commission has accepted the argument that openness is likely to help the acceptance of TTIP, rather than harm it, and aims to release key documents routinely, how long can the US negotiators plausibly maintain their outdated position?

    The answer to this question is in perpetuity.
    The simplest counter is that the US is not the EU and the US would never (*snort*) go against the wishes of it's citizens.

  • Dec 30th, 2014 @ 12:02pm

    Re: When a joke can land you in jail...

    Only if you buy me the sunscreen needed. I have a fair skin so I get sunburns easily.

  • Dec 29th, 2014 @ 9:08pm


    I'm not what you call an expert on this. So I sometimes need help that points out the obvious.

  • Dec 29th, 2014 @ 7:28pm

    Fair use?

    Couldn't Sony get away with a fair use claim?
    Or does that only apply for non commercial uses?

  • Dec 12th, 2014 @ 3:13pm


    Guess who sponsored the please consider breaking up Google request that the European parliament voted on.
    A Spanish and a German MEP.
    The german one has a conflict of interest by working for the law firm that wrote the German Google Tax law.

    What is worse is the cluelessness of the MEPs when it comes to search engines. For example demanding unbiased search results. Uh I want the results biased so that I don't have to go through all the pages to be sure that I find what are the most relevant results.

    That said I'm waiting for the usual suspects to use this move by Google to cast it in a bad light with regard to the anti-trust probe that has been going on for the last few years (and to which it was found guilty). One of the complainers that got the probe started just happens to be the cartel of German publishers that got that Google Tax going in Germany.

  • Dec 12th, 2014 @ 2:33pm

    Re: It doesn't just gut the new law...

    Which can/will trigger some nasty unfair competition lawsuits.

  • Dec 12th, 2014 @ 2:31pm

    Re: Alert the competition authorities!

    The problem being that aggregators that could take the place of Google are either shutting down as well or looking at ways to move out of Spain while still providing their services.
    About the only aggregator that might be safe is Twitter because you can barely cram a headline and a link in a tweet. And that is not even a guarantee with how the new law can be read

  • Dec 12th, 2014 @ 2:22pm

    Re: Re:

    Actually you can require Google to pay for linking to your site. That is what this new law does.
    To which Google reacted by pulling Google News for Spain.

  • Oct 9th, 2014 @ 10:19am

    Re: Re: However ...

    No he contacted Comcast. He was telling them he was considering to complain about how they are screwing up their accounting to the regulatory body overseeing that.
    And that is something Comcast can't have with the proposed merger on the horizon.

  • Sep 10th, 2014 @ 5:12am

    Re: Re: Intercepted in flight

    Much easier to stop and search a train. They don't even have to force it to stop seeing that there is no direct connection. You need to do a stop in either Austria or Poland and get on another train.

  • Sep 4th, 2014 @ 10:12am

    Hadn't seen that.

    Didn't know DeGucht classified the comments as an attack.
    It is however something that is not unexpected.
    Democracy in the EU is all good and well as long as the proles vote/react as the top layers of the EU want.
    The moment that we uppity peasants decide to think for ourselves and vote/react against what they want the worst that happens is a delay to let people forget what they voted/reacted against and then get the wanted result in a way that doesn't involve the masses.
    You don't even want to imagine the pressure brought to bear in the event that a government actually sides with their population instead of helping out the EU bureaucracy getting what it wants.

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