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Comment Re:That's how the law usually works. (Score 1) 269 269

If a Scotsman commits rape in France, he may be tried in England.

The main problem is that laws which protect Google's property - especially IP - are global, mostly thanks to international treaties. I would like to see countries where this is not so, and would be keen to find out how Google would feel about that :-).

Barring niche circumstances linking the crime to England, like the Scotsman travelling on official government business, or the raped person being English, or the rapist having a really long dick and so the crime was actually committed on the other side of the English Channel, then I don't believe this is true at all.

Comment Re:When do I get to be a multinational corp? (Score 1) 269 269

>> While (X) may be the law in (place), it is not the law globally (therefore pound sand)

Wow. And techies thought Microsoft was arrogant when dealing with Europe in the 2000s.

More to the point: how do I get to be a multinational corporation so I can tell local authorities to fuck off too?

I think you are missing a major point of the discussion. Google complies with French law in France. Google complies with EU law in the EU. Google did not want to comply with Chinese law in China, so they left China. The issue is that France is trying to force Google to comply with French law everywhere else. I hope you can see the distinction.

Comment Re:ask slashdot (Score 1) 65 65

Turns out it was *I* who didn't know what the A stood for. When I replied to your post I was thinking it stood for 'Anti' as in Anti-global-warming. Add that to the fact you called GP a denier moron and you can see my confusion. Note my emphasis was on your use of the word denier, not moron.

Comment Re:Average Americans want to prohibit armed drones (Score 2) 312 312

That's not cognitive dissonance. On one hand you have a teenager building a flying gun in his backyard in Connecticut. One the other hand you have the U.S. military taking out the bad guys half way across the world. Having two differing opinions on these two situations is not contradictory. Are the situations much more complicated and nuanced than how I described? Sure. But for most people, that's what it boils down to, so their reactions make sense.

Comment Re:Freedom! (Score 1) 110 110

You should have paid closer attention. Your "reward" will be 70 very ugly virgins riddled with various diseases who will constantly be fighting with each other, and who will always be jealous of each other. Plus they will have only one hobby - nagging at you. Have fun with your paradise, my friend.

Your sarcasm only makes sense if you think GP was serious. I hope that is not the case.

Comment Re:Probably a stupid question but... (Score 1) 42 42

Your link only reaffirms what GP already recognized: astronomers combine all elements except hydrogen and helium into one large group calls "metals" and then measure an object's "metallicity". The question that was asked is why did astronomers choose to use the specific word "metal"? The word already had a very specific meaning in science and in common usage. So were the astronomers just being lazy or was there more meaning to the decision?

After an instrument has been assembled, extra components will be found on the bench.