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Comment Re:What does this do to content? (Score 1) 63

It would be hard to evaluate in every case if the country's laws justified differential pricing. And anyway, aside from some fairly specific stuff like this in Germany, the point of the EU is to make the rules the same everywhere so that the cost is near zero.

I think the prohibition is on selling the content, not owning it, so just not selling it in Germany is an option. But Germany is a big market, 4th largest economy in the world, so it's likely worthwhile for them to make a censored version. That's the deal, these companies are not owed an income from Germany.

Comment Re:The Ministry of Truth (Score 0) 96

Bingo. This post-truth nonsense has at its core the idea that all media is corrupt and heavily biased, but that you as an individual can somehow determine what is true despite that. In theory you read dozens of media outlets from across the political spectrum and compare them, in practice you believe any old shit posted on reddit with a few links to alt-media blogs.

Comment Re:What does this do to content? (Score 2) 63

They have to obey local laws. What has to be the same is pricing. If someone uses their freedom of movement rights to move from one county to another they must be able to take their services with them too, so no region locking between different parts of the EEA.

In theory a French person could buy a game with Nazis in France and then move to Germany with it. I don't know enough about German law to say what would happen - I suspect nothing as it's selling which is illegal, not ownership.

Comment Re:Maximize profits (Score 2) 63

Cheap products from China has worked well in Japan. The "one price" shops (like dollar stores) are really good quality. The Japanese companies compete by innovating like crazy in every area. Better quality, new styles, better service, new features, new brands, new ideas. It's exciting.

That's what we need to do. Forget protectionism. Compete and win. Distance is still a factor, especially for service and ability to react to local market conditions like fashion.

Comment Re:Truth (Score 1) 169

Your reasoning is dangerous. Should we stop letting politicians and the state decide that the world is billions of years old and just let the kids Google it. Whoever spams Google the most gets to decide how old the Earth is and the correct answer on the exam is "my phone confirms 6,000 years".

Is there really no way we can flag up things like "vaccines cause autism", "the would is 6000 years old" and "Hillary Clinton runs a paedophile ring out of a pizza restaurant" as heavily disputed?

Comment Re:I thought Linux was supposed to be secure? (Score 1) 103

Maybe we need to forget trying to secure devices and instead try to secure the router. Each device would have a profile, something like "can only access this short list of IP addresses, rate limited to X bytes/second and capped to X bytes/day." Literal alarm bells when limits are exceeded, with the device auto quarantined.

Comment Re:LPB! (Score 1) 259

Some games just add lag for everyone, so that a low ping offers no advantage. Street Fighter 5 does that, there is a fixed lag of 8 frames (128ms). You press a button, even in a local match, the character reacts 8 frames later. So pings under about 100ms are all the same and offer no advantage.

Players just got used to it.

Comment Re:Coordination, not more text (Score 4, Interesting) 174

Because the idea that there are alternate facts and all viewpoints are equally valid needs to die. There really is objective truth and impartial journalism is entirely possible.

To be honest I'm not sure what this new site adds. Sources like the BBC are already very good. Yes, they screw up sometimes, but they fix it and 99% of the time are factually accurate and impartial. We don't really need more than that, what we need is a way to flag up fake news and opinion marketed as news.

Imagine if inaccurate statistics or misrepresentation of sources could be flagged up by wiki-style crowd sourcing. Kinda like what Facebook is doing but with volunteers and public oversight instead of Facebook staff, and for all sites.

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