Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 18th Jul 2012 21:12 UTC
Windows The moment Microsoft announced it would lock other browsers out of being installed on Windows RT, we all knew regulatory bodies the world over were wringing their hands. Today, this has been confirmed: in the wake of an investigation into Microsoft not complying with the existing antitrust rulings regarding browser choice, the EU has also announced it's investigating Windows 8 x86 and Windows 8 RT (ARM).
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Precisely ;) But we arent the only ones it would seem. More and more regulations are being passed now in the US that seem to be designed to do nothing more than protect stupid people from themselves. Nanny states are the in thing right now ;)

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MollyC Member since:

I have a libertarian streak too, but sometimes laws SHOULD be passed to protect people from themselves. I live in the US, and remember when my state passed the mandatory seatbelt law, and later passed the mandatory helmet law for motorcycles.

I remember that before the seatbelt law was passed, nobody wore seatbelts. None of my family did, none of our acquaintances did, nobody did (except for and extreme few, which were actually mocked for it. :p) After the seatbelt law was passed, within about a year, everyone was wearing seatbelts. And health care costs dropped significantly.

As for the motorcycle helmet law, again practices changed, as after the law was passed, every motorcyclist wore helmets, whereas before that only half did. I won't say that health care costs dropped that much, since 1.) only a small percentage of folks ride motorcycles so overall healthcare costs wouldn't be affected that much, and 2.) before the seatbelt law was passed, motorcycle accidents typically resulted in death, so it could be that healthcare costs actually increased since more folks live through their injuries and are treated for those injuries. But certainly the number of motorcycle deaths significantly decreased.

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zima Member since:

A loss of human life still costs in grander picture, ultimately that life not contributing to GDP and such (while already using up large part of lifetime costs - I imagine virtually all motorcycle fatalities are after most of education or early-life healthcare)

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zima Member since:

nothing more than protect stupid people from themselves. Nanny states are the in thing right now ;)

Yet, somehow, places popularly disparaged as "nanny states" are generally the nicest to live in...

The overall idea with forming govs is to protect the interests of their people. And you can't possibly follow even 1% of the issues which form your comfy modern life - so does that mean the whole infrastructure or complex regulated societal interdependencies are there to protect you from... the stupid you?
(BTW, a place being reasonably comfy is more or less a requirement for effective system of education - less stupid)

And WRT "ignoring or glossing over the fact that an increasing number of influential EU member states are on the verge of bankruptcy" from your post just above ...ignoring? Where have you been? (plus, perhaps the main underlying reason for the mess is that there's a supposedly central European financial institution, tasked with trying to act as one, but which wasn't actually granted with the usual regulatory powers of a central bank - because too many member states were "tired of the EU sticking its nose into every little thing that really doesnt concern them")

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