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Comment: Re:Only one explanation for this story (Score 1) 58

There is a reasonable explanation, which you are failing to see. If LG employees were instructed to destroyed Samsung property by their employer, ...

But that is just an accusation without any shred of evidence. You shouldn't be able to get a search warrant just for an accusation without any shred of evidence. And you are not answering my first point: What does Korean police to do with damage that was done in Germany? Only German police should be involved with this, since the crime happened in Germany.

Comment: Only one explanation for this story (Score 3, Insightful) 58

Let's look at the facts: It is alleged that LG employees destroyed Samsung property in Germany. For starters, the only place where this should possibly go to court is Germany. None of the business of the Korean police at all. The crime happened in Germany. It's like one Korean CEO punching another Korean CEO in the face _in Germany_: We all enjoy it, and the first CEO would be questioned by police and go to court and possibly to jail _in Germany_.

Second, offices of LG in Korea have been raided. What evidence did they expect to find? For a raid (which I assume is just a search with a warrant, and lots of police arriving because it is a big office), the police would have a reasonable expectation to find proof of a crime. Well, in Korea, there is of course another explanation: If Samsung calls the right minister whom they own, any search warrant will come forward immediately.

But then a raid on an LG factory? What evidence in connection with a purported case of vandalism are the police expecting to find in an LG factory? Only possible explanation, same as above.

CEO not allowed to leave the country? That's getting bizarre. Do they think he won't come back? Never heard of bail?

I think it's getting time for LG to buy some politicians themselves. Worst case if someone gets convicted, they can then expect a pardon, like Samsung's ex-CEO (convicted for tax evasion).

Comment: Re:Statehood for England (Score 1) 351

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) 351

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) 225

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) 60

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) 186

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) 482

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) 201

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) 201

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.

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