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Comment: Re:Statehood for England (Score 1) 286

by gnasher719 (#48670289) Attached to: UK Man Arrested Over "Offensive" Tweet

If England is ever going to be accepted as a state they'll have to learn to respect the first amendment rights of citizens.

Do you even realise how f***ing bloody stupid that claim is?

You are making two mistakes here that only a bloody imbecile could make: You assume that England has any interest to be accepted as a state, when everybody in England is just fine with the United Kingdom being accepted by everyone. Second, that England would have the slightest interest in any amendment to the US constitution.

Comment: Re:Good? (Score 1) 286

by gnasher719 (#48670257) Attached to: UK Man Arrested Over "Offensive" Tweet
For that of comment said to someone's face in Scotland you wouldn't get arrested. You'd wake up in a hospital if you are lucky.

There's nothing wrong with defending free speech. However, as all the Americans (who know deep in their heart that "free speech" is not a right that they have in practice) will tell you, speech isn't free of consequences. If that kind of speech leads to some time in a cell, or to loss of teeth, or to a face being smashed in, nobody in Scotland will feel one bit bad about it.

Comment: Re:Good news! (Score 4, Insightful) 207

by gnasher719 (#48668321) Attached to: Sony To Release the Interview Online Today; Apple Won't Play Ball

Everyone should watch this movie just as an act of patriotism.

Most idiotic thing you could have said.

What happened so far: Sony makes a (for all we know) second-rate movie which takes the piss out of a foreign head of state. Unknown hackers have a field day with Sony's security, as has happened on many occassions before. FBI makes claims that a foreign state is behind this and calls it "Cyberwar" while anyone knowing anything about security and especially Sony's security just says "WTF".

Hackers threaten violence against theatres showing the second rate movies. The motivation most likely somethng called "lolz". Every one panics, especially. Sony.

Now some places decide to show this second rate movie, which is in the end mostly about taking the piss out of a foreign head of state. And you are saying that watching a second rate movie is somehow patriotic?

Comment: Re:I'm starting to think it's this simple... (Score 4, Insightful) 59

by gnasher719 (#48665755) Attached to: De-escalating the Android Patent War

Patents should be granted to an individual or their assigned company - and then NOT allowed to be transferred.

Nice try. So what justification are you giving for this? For example, if I made an invention that could greatly improve any smartphone, you are saying that it is essentially useless unless I start building smartphones and compete with Google and Apple? I'm not allowed to sell this invention to either of them? Please explain why that would be good.

You are basically making sure that only big companies will ever be able to get patents and make use of them.

Comment: Re:And I'm so tired of this (Score 2) 178

by gnasher719 (#48658553) Attached to: Uber Pushing For Patent On Surge Pricing

Yes, it was included in a design patent, but it shouldn't have been -- at least not in a way that allowed Apple to beat up Samsung over rounded corners. Rounded corners on a device you slip in your pocket are purely functional.

Apple beat Samsung up about their phone that looked identical to the iPhone 3GS. Later Samsung phones had different rounded corners and looked altogether different, and guess what, Samsung has a design patent for its phones.

Your assertion that rounded corners are purely functional is self serving and only caused by your prejudices.

Comment: Re:Simple answer... (Score 1, Insightful) 480

by gnasher719 (#48633775) Attached to: Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

But if 100g or less is legal, why is 101g illegal? What is the purpose of such a law?

That's not unusual at all. It draws a clear line between what is allowed and what is not. Would you prefer vague guidelines like "for private consumption" vs. "for sale", or "small amounts"? Having strict and easily to check guidelines also avoids wasting time on law enforcements and court costs. 100 grams, and the police lets you go. 101 grams, the hold you and take you to court. Whether you're guilty or innocent, it is _clear_ which one, and that is a good thing

Obviously you shouldn't try to go to the extreme limit of what's allowed. If your scales say you have 100 grams, but your scales are off and you really have 101, that's no excuse. Just stay below 90 and you're fine.

Comment: Re: 12 hour factory shifts? (Score 2) 196

by gnasher719 (#48632265) Attached to: Investigation: Apple Failing To Protect Chinese Factory Workers
Well, I found it in a book by Eysenck about a study in war-time Britain, where he found that workers working 57 hours a week in arms production were less productive _per week_, not just _per hour_, than workers on a 48 hour week. And these were people who should have been highly motivated for obvious reasons.

Comment: Re:Question. (Score 1) 196

by gnasher719 (#48632185) Attached to: Investigation: Apple Failing To Protect Chinese Factory Workers

Question. Why do they work people so hard instead of just hiring more people? Are these guys salaried instead of hourly? Is it about keeping down costs on training or employee benefits like dormitories they don't think they can operate without? It can't be a massive labor shortage or the employees would quit and find somewhere else to work...

The are paid for overtime. Many people _want_ overtime because it is cash in their pocket. I think most of the reason to pressure people into overtime is (a) stupidity (I'd want workers who are fresh and not tired), (b) disrespect for workers, and (c) genuinely not enough people to hire.

That's different from the USA where the causes are (a) stupidity (I'd want workers who are fresh and not tired), (b) disrespect for workers, and (c) greed, pressuring people to work overtime without pay.

Comment: Re: The difference is that THERE is evidence (Score 1) 82

by gnasher719 (#48629945) Attached to: Manufacturer's Backdoor Found On Popular Chinese Android Smartphone

What you're saying basically boils down to "in the end you have to trust the people who wrote the OS or built the device". Yes, yes you do. This article is an example of how one such group abused that trust. Of course Apple and Google could do the same, but absent of any evidence that they have done so saying they could is kind of redundant.

It's more than that. Google and Apple can harm, in principle, by either being evil or incompetent (I'm not claiming they are either). But they have lots of competent developers who try hard to keep you safe. This company here has most likely 10 times less security expertise than either Google or Apple. Which means your risk is much much higher.

Comment: Re:Sony is run by an Illiberal Moron (Score 1) 579

by gnasher719 (#48629575) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

the "haters" were often accused of "hating on Obama". That use of "on" was hardly proper English, and I for one was wondering, if Illiberals are genuinely Illiterate

Language is changing. "Hate" used to be a noun, and usually a verb. Like "his hate was aimed at the wrong person" or "he hated the wrong person"; in each case "hate" being the opposite of "love".

"To hate" has developed a new meaning. Someone who "hates on Obama" isn't the same as someone who "hates Obama". Instead, it means making wild accusations against Obama, which usually have no rational explanation but are just issued to hurt or annoy the person himself or his supporters.

A similar case, compare the totally different meanings of "He hit the girl" and "He hit on the girl". Or just check here: http://www.thefreedictionary.c...

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