Greek lawmakers need a clue

First, it was the computer games (they briefly made them illegal because they couldn’t distinguish them from gambling). Then, they invalidated perfectly good passports (while *no other* country in the EU did so when they also moved to biometric passports). This cost me $3000 back then (I had bought plane tickets), because the local Greek Consulate who had issued my previous passport didn’t even fucking sent me a letter to let me know!!! ANY OTHER country would have sent letters to people who live abroad (my address at the time was registered with the Consulate here).

Now, they want to invalidate 13.5 million SIM GSM cards that exist in the various Greek cellphone networks because they are “anonymous”. This just sucks. I do NOT object to offering your name to get a connection, but I do object in yet another massive invalidation, AND to the fact that in order to get a new pay-as-you-go SIM card from now on you HAVE TO ALSO BUY A CELLPHONE WITH IT. At least, this is what the article says.

This is fucking retarded. These people have no clue what they are doing. They always take the most extreme routes to battle a problem.


dimosd wrote on May 23rd, 2009 at 5:05 AM PST:

>These people have no clue what they are doing. They always take the most extreme routes to battle a problem

To make a law in Greece:
1) Wait for an event
2) Add hysteric media and populist politicians, shake well and voila! Draconian laws. Both harsh and ineffective.

Kaiwai wrote on May 23rd, 2009 at 7:51 AM PST:

You’re surprised? this is the same country where in Athens a completed house is taxed but an uncompleted one is exempt – what happens? people leave their houses half finished forever to avoid the tax.

Demetrios wrote on May 23rd, 2009 at 11:47 AM PST:

Idiot’s…..I say Genius, But I guess you have to live there to see what I see. Just my 2 cents. -Demetrios

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Eugenia wrote on May 23rd, 2009 at 5:28 PM PST:

I was there just 12 days ago. I know Greece better than you think. I spent most of my life there. The law’s targets are not bad, the implementation is though.

mmu_man wrote on May 26th, 2009 at 4:24 AM PST:

Don’t worry, soon you’ll also enjoy the 3-strikes+double-pain(you-still-pay) combo like the french on your internet connection đŸ˜€

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