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Comment: Re:Yes to Brexit (Score 2) 360

That isn't correct. Such free trade agreements only work if both countries are on an equal footing, otherwise there will be conditions to keep things fair.

An interesting perspective, considering how unequal the footing is between different EU member states today, and how much this is responsible for many of the serious problems facing Europe recently.

Dude, you have Wales and Northern Ireland in the UK. People living in glass houses...

Comment: Re:Love it (Score 2) 150

by St.Creed (#49754855) Attached to: The Body Cam Hacker Who Schooled the Police

In The Netherlands, there was an automatic fine to be paid to anyone who filed a FOI-request and didn't get the answers or requested information within a pretty short period. The inevitable result was the rise of small companies dedicated to filing as many obnoxious requests as possible, They reworked the law recently to tone that down a bit.

Also, someone used this law to harass a council with multiple requests per day over a period of more than a year, leading to the department having 4 full-time staff to answer just his requests. Finally, a judge limited him to only a few requests per week. He refused to obey and he was jailed as a consequence.

Comment: Re:Stupid ... (Score 1) 125

by St.Creed (#49746935) Attached to: US Proposes Tighter Export Rules For Computer Security Tools

If any of the companies mails hit a US server, the USA can claim legal jurisdiction. This has happened before and people have been extradited over it. Post on facebook advertising your companies toolkits? Same thing. Use google maps for a map to your company HQ? Same thing. Use Dropbox? Onedrive? You're dead meat if they want to grab you. If you want to accept payment from VISA or Mastercard, well, they're US companies and they don't do business with criminals, you see...

Life can be pretty difficult for companies that don't play ball - even if they're nowhere near US soil.

Comment: Re:On behalf of planet earth (Score 4, Informative) 100

by St.Creed (#49735191) Attached to: US Levels Espionage Charges Against 6 Chinese Nationals

The USA snoops on powers but doesn't hand that over to corporations.

[Proof needed]. What fucking sense does it make for the NSA to spy on Brazil's deep-ocean oil drilling technologies if not for giving that info to American* companies?

Monitoring violations of the Benthic Treaty.

Comment: Re:Programming in Lua by Roberto Ierusalimschy (Score 1) 244

by St.Creed (#49694177) Attached to: RTFM? How To Write a Manual Worth Reading

I think you're right, but I'm still mad that literate programming never took off. Ilike writing down my thoughts, and then slowly expanding that into a program. Ah well, information analysis and modelling allow me to do that too. But if we had programming tools that could do that, it would lead to much better documentation and likely much better code as well.

Comment: Re:In other cinema news... (Score 1) 121

Wow. That is certainly the first time I've ever seen someone describing Mad Max as "socialist". Oh, us poor men, to be duped by explosions and pretty women into watching communist propaganda! Before you know it, we'll sing the International, while embracing our inner female. Shortly after that, the USA will fall to North Korea and we're all going to be enslaved in the uranium mines...

Well, this certainly made my day! Thank you ;)

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