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Comment: Re:against the two men, known only as AB and CD.' (Score 1) 240

by Godwin O'Hitler (#47170469) Attached to: UK Seeks To Hold Terrorism Trial In Secret

So the only information we have is that there's maybe going to be a secret trial of two unidentified alleged terrorists for planning some unidentified terrorist act.

Beats me why they fucking bothered telling anybody about it at all. Still I guess it makes a change from Operation Yewtree.

Comment: Re:This is why no Briton.... (Score 1) 216

by Godwin O'Hitler (#47170435) Attached to: Life Sentences For Serious Cyberattacks Proposed In Britain

I'm not disagreeing with any of your observations, but I do think "people who live in glass houses" isn't much of an argument, even in the best of cases.
The way I look at it is all today's governments are abominations, so they all need criticizing. And today happens to be the UK's turn.

Comment: Re:Not About Growth Anyway (Score 3, Informative) 97

Oh I understand Appelation d'Origine Contrôlée perfectly thanks. It's not like I didn't live in France for 30 years or anything.
Champagne is one of the worst abusers of AOC. It attacks products with "champagne" in the name that no one on earth could possibly mistake for Champagne or even fizzy wine or come to that even a drink. At that point it's no longer about AOC and that's why I choose the term trademark.
Now look up Laguiole and see why there's one law for the rich and one for the poor when it comes to trademarks/AOC. Not only is the village denied exclusive use of the Laguiole name for the well-known knife design that originated there, it is not even allowed to use its own name for anything except that specific knife.
Meanwhile elsewhere in France dairies are merrily making Gruyère, Emmental, and Cheddar cheese.

I am not American. I hate a lot of IP nonsense that comes out of the USA. But they are not the only bad boys as someone in this thread would have it.

Comment: My desktop computer (Score 1) 702

by Godwin O'Hitler (#46794977) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

No name brand I assembled myself. Been running since 1995.
Just changed a disk drive here, mainboard there, updated the monitor a bit, added a li'l bit of RAM, fitted an optical disk drive when they came out, modernized the case and some other stuff—but it's still the same computer. I've never bought a new one!

Comment: Re:What the hell is the point of these huge number (Score 1) 366

Both presumably. By collecting them they scare people. The judgement was $650K, even if that is above his net worth (it may or may not be), they may be able to garnish it from future wages. $650K is below the lifetime earnings of a lot of people.

If my country shafted me like that, well, there are plenty of other countries in the world I wouldn't mind living in.
I'd send them a little letter once I'd got there telling them in the sweetest of words where to put their fine.

Comment: Re:Imagine a prolonged sigh in place of this subje (Score 2, Insightful) 328

by Godwin O'Hitler (#45723699) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can Digital Music Replace Most Instrumental Musicians?

Jeeeezus how many times have I heard this. Go and listen to a piano-violin duo playing Souvenir d'un Lieu Cher then come back and tell me someone with a pair of turntables messing around with SOMEONE ELSE'S MUSIC is a musician. I'm sure they'd like to think they are but until they pick up an instrument, electronic or otherwise, that is actually capable of creating notes they are not.

The stuff you are talking about is fine for people who don't really want musicianship. And good luck to them. Each to his own.

Comment: Re:Garbage (Score 1) 210

by Godwin O'Hitler (#45719139) Attached to: Datawind Not Blowing Smoke: $38 Tablet Coming To the US

I had a generic Android tablet (with jellybean) before I bought my Asus Fonepad.
The only showstopper was battery life. Everything else was perfectly acceptable and it was an absolute breeze to root.
But the battery life was pretty dreadful -- an *absolute maximum* of 5 hours with all connectivity disabled and minimum brightness screen, whereas the Asus runs all day and night without even thinking about those things.

There is nothing so easy but that it becomes difficult when you do it reluctantly. -- Publius Terentius Afer (Terence)

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