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Comment Re:fuck paypal (Score 3, Informative) 61

PayPal requires a government issued photo ID for all but the most trivial uses.

In the UK (where this trial is taking place) PayPal doesn't "require a government issued photo ID" for any purpose. It's not required by UK anti-money laundering legislation. And there is no "government issued photo ID" in the UK.. And no, we don't use our driving licences for this purpose. And no, we aren't required to carry our driving licences when we're driving.

Comment Re:Forgot to mention one more option: (Score 1) 416

I don't know of too many non-management salaried fields, period, that match what a decently-paid IT "veteran" can earn that do not absolutely a degree in the field.

This is very true. And even in degree-required jobs there's not a lot of time left to get to the high-paying gigs. I'm currently moving from a 25 year career in IT (MSc in CompSci, compiler writer) to law, and it's unlikely that in the time I have remaining before retirement (or death) that I'll ever reach the salary I gave up. And that even before I factor in the cost of the degree...

Comment Re:Win for the good guys (Score 2) 81

The EU court has no power to strike down UK laws, and certainly has no jurisdiction over police powers, or criminal law (not yet, anyway). Perhaps you were thinking of the European Court of Human rights, who can declare laws to be incompatible with the European Convention of Human Rights (incorporated directly into UK law by the Human Rights Act) - but even they cannot strike down laws.

Comment Re:Already happned in England (Score 1) 154

Only if it was with intent to obtain something in return. If it was truly gratuitous, and of trifling value, then it would be OK.

Anyway, it's not just cops,pretty much the same prohibition on bribery applies to almost everyone now, thanks to the Bribery Act 2010 (

Comment Already happned in England (Score 4, Informative) 154

In England, a juror was jailed last year for communicating with an acquitted defendant on Facebook:

And another was jailed last week for researching the defendant on the internet generally:

Comment Re:Good luck with that (Score 1) 314

"In the EU we have the further problem that member states can apply for arrest warrants after convicting people in their absence"

Are you quite sure about that? Don't most (all?) EU countries hold that trials in the absence of the accused are a violation of Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights? The EU arrest warrant, and resulting extradition, is so easily available it's hard to see why an EU country would ever have recourse to try someone in their absence if they knew them to be in another EU country.

Comment Re:Tory party is a collection of special interests (Score 1) 165

"On the contrary" to what? Everything I wrote is totally, 100%, correct.

Anyway, the only substantive changes the HRA made were (a) to allow the pleading of Convention rights cases in the UK courts (rather than pursuing them in Luxembourg), and (b) to require the UK judiciary to take Convention rights, and ECtHR jurisprudence, into account in reaching their judgements.

Comment Re:Tory party is a collection of special interests (Score 2) 165

The ECHR may, or may not, be "vague and littered with exceptions", but it does not come from the EU - it's the product of the Council of Europe, which was formed in 1949, and of which the UK is a founder member.

There are two, quite distinct, legal Europes - the European Union, and the Council of Europe.

The EU has 27 members, the CoE has 47.

The EU court is the Court of Justice of the European Union, which sits in Luxembourg.
The CoE's court, the European Court of Human Rights, sits in Strasbourg.

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