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Comment: Re:Why Germany? They sell anything to anyone. (Score 2) 124

by Chris Mattern (#48646347) Attached to: Cyberattack On German Steel Factory Causes 'Massive Damage'

I can understand attacking a plant in the US, but Europeans sell anything to anyone with the cash (and then bitch at us for being hypocrites).

No, they don't. There are currently EU trade sanctions in place against a whole lot of countries: see here. Restriction of goods seems to be mostly arms, but the list on North Korea is pretty extensive, although it apparently still doesn't include raw steel.

Comment: Re:More important: how is this happening? (Score 2) 69

by Chris Mattern (#48624693) Attached to: Terrestrial Gamma Ray Bursts Very Common

The source could be electrical, which means they are technically x-rays but at a higher energy then thought possible.

What? The difference between x-rays and gamma rays is not how they're produced but solely their wavelength (or photon energy, which is just another way of stating the same thing). If the wavelength is below 10 picometers (photon energy above 100 keV), it's a gamma ray, regardless of how it's been created.

Comment: Re:Actions have consequences. (Score 1) 191

by Chris Mattern (#48600731) Attached to: Spanish Media Group Wants Gov't Help To Keep Google News In Spain

Googles stance, of "it's my ball and I'm leaving the game" might be a legit Right in the USA, but in the EU it might not be.

In the end, it's not a right but a simple fact. It *is* Google's ball and they can take it and go home if they want to. The EU can enact levies and bans to punish Google but in the end they can't make Google do business if they don't want to.

Comment: Re:its not as if american cops have anything to fe (Score 4, Informative) 515

by Chris Mattern (#48581867) Attached to: Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

Yes, because every 300lb+ 6ft+ guy resisting arrest should be given candy? The guy was resisting arrest, he was put in a chokehold which is considered a valid police measure, and released as soon as he said he couldn't breathe.

False, and false. The chokehold is *not* a valid police measure and is in fact specifically prohibited by his department's regulations. He was *not* released as soon as he said he couldn't breathe, and in fact said he couldn't breathe several times.

Comment: What else can they do? (Score 1) 515

by Chris Mattern (#48581837) Attached to: Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

So the mayor, city council, police department policies, courts, and federal government are all telling police officers to stop doing this. Yet it continues to happen, and in a rather violent matter. What can people do to curb this problem?

Actually *punish* police for doing this, instead of just shaking a finger and saying, "Bad boy! Don't do that again!"?

Lawsuits don't mean anything if the officers aren't going to be paying the settlement....

We don't know who it was that discovered water, but we're pretty sure that it wasn't a fish. -- Marshall McLuhan