Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 10th Nov 2010 23:31 UTC
In the News Wait, what - let me get this straight. A powerful politician, a politician who managed to bring even the largest companies to their knees, is on the side of reason in the copyright debate? Yes, Neelie Kroes, in her capacity as European Commissioner for Digital Agenda, has openly expressed her support for copyright reform. Her argumentation is incredibly lucid and clear, and pretty much echoes everything I've written about copyright here on OSNews.
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RE[4]: Heh
by _Nine_ on Sun 14th Nov 2010 07:42 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Heh"
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I don't know much about all of the copyright and/or patent systems to bring anything valuable to the discussion but I while reading the news item, I was hoping for a proposal that didn't come.

Well, at least you had the sense to read through the propaganda to see that there was no solution. Anyone can point out a problem and paint a pretty picture of the way things ought to be. However, without a solution, we're no closer to getting there.

What is wrong with being socialist? Are you one of those who were demonizing the American health-care reform? I asked myself why there were so many "mots français" (French words) in the speech, all the more since Thom mentioned her in one or two of the podcasts. She's Dutch, not French.

Yep, I should've figured she was Dutch given that Thom posted the story, but misread.

Demonizing the American health-care reform? No, but I did criticize it. Wrong solution, wrong time. What does "health-care reform" mean? There's nothing wrong with American health care. What was needed was insurance reform. And the government can start with Medicare reform as it is greatly abused.

Are you a European citizen?

No, American.

I don't know what all politicians do but I can guarantee nobody works those hours in Europe. EXCEPT a limited number (36 exactly) of dockers and crane operators at the port of Marseille who literally hijacked the economy of the whole department before and during the long period of strikes related to the retirement age... Why? Because they want better "work conditions". Which begs the question "what are their current work conditions?" to which the answer makes any other worker in Europe want to reach for the torches and pitchforks against those "princes". Their conditions are beyond advantageous, they're insanely good to the point that I was shocked when I heard about them on the radio. These guys are so much better paid than the average worker: 18 hours a week, something beyond 3000€ a month not including premiums, retirement at an age that's years before the legal age, and 8 weeks off a year! And they were asking for 12h a week and a pay raise of 450€! These are the exact figures (google "liberation port marseille meilleur job du monde", btw "meilleur job du monde" means "best job in the world"...). I wondered why I even bothered to go through the hell that was my phd, spend six years teaching at a university, work a couple of years for a software publisher, cross the country over 1000 kms, all this to end up earning less than one third of their wages.

Welcome to the problem of unionized labor. Labor unions were created to protect workers from bad working conditions. However, laws are in place now to protect workers. Unions are antiquated entities that are now about establishing wage and work guarantees and structuring benefits packages.

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