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Comment: Re:disgraceful lawyering (Score 2) 243

by joe545 (#48433851) Attached to: Swedish Court Refuses To Revoke Julian Assange's Arrest Warrant

Nah, you are confused by the different jurisdictions. In Sweden you have the right to a speedy trial which puts timeframe limitations on when you can be charged. You can also only be charged following a formal interview. Assange is being disingenuous when he asks to be interviewed in London as he knows that the purpose of the interview is to charge him afterwards - and if Sweden do that then he can sit tight in the embassy and have the case dropped due to the speedy trial rules.

Comment: disgraceful lawyering (Score 3, Insightful) 243

by joe545 (#48433203) Attached to: Swedish Court Refuses To Revoke Julian Assange's Arrest Warrant

I know that lawyers aren't exactly known for being honourable but some of the arguments Assange's lawyers have used have been a best naive and at worst disgraceful. They complained to the UK courts that the cost to to "guard" the Ecuadorian embassy (£10000/day) was not a justifiable use of money and therefore they should just let Julian go. Or to the Swedish courts that he has spent so long trapped in the embassy that to prosecute and potentially jail him would be a double punishment.

If you choose to skip bail and hide in an embassy then you have to accept the consequences.

Comment: lack of self-awareness (Score 4, Insightful) 441

by joe545 (#48316399) Attached to: The Other Side of Diversity In Tech

She doesn't like that she conformed to the group she was in and feels that is a bad thing. But yet recognises that she feels much comfortable amongst people who "share her cultural upbringing" and doesn't think that's a bad thing. There's inconsistency there.

But then when she talks about joining a group at work who enjoy going out to have a beer or two and then complains that they she doesn't like beer and that they should do something else. Not very appreciative of views diverse from her own there!

At one point she mentions that she was the only black women in her team of two. As opposed to what, being two black women alone in the same team? That's not very diverse now, is it?

Comment: The roads are designed for flooding in Iceland (Score 4, Informative) 69

by joe545 (#47703529) Attached to: Iceland's Seismic Activity: A Repeat Show for Atmospheric Ash?

South of Vatnajokull is an area of gravel desert with little to no inhabitants. As there are frequent floods and ever changing "river" estuaries, all of the many small bridges in the region are specifically designed to be washed away easily. It's simply cheaper to build them new ones after every serious flood. The Icelanders know what they are doing!

Comment: Interesting comparison (Score 4, Interesting) 113

by joe545 (#47573571) Attached to: Countries Don't Own Their Internet Domains, ICANN Says

The UK courts generate a lot of uproar in the US (and rightly so) about them overstepping their jurisdiction with regards to libel laws. There seems to be a complete lack of self-awareness when lawsuits such as these come up. The plaintiffs in this case are trying to collect their award of $109 million (from a default judgement in Rubin et al v. Islamic Republic of Iran et al,) in retribution to injuries caused by a Hamas bombing they claim was funded by Iran. Using the American courts in this way rides roughshod over other the independence of other countries.

They also tried to sue the EU for giving aid to the "terrorist sponsoring" Palestinian Authority (they lost due to diplomatic immunity). Using the courts in this way seems to have very little to do with justice and more to do with politics.

Comment: Re:she's a nutcase (Score 4, Informative) 710

by joe545 (#46504049) Attached to: Prominent GitHub Engineer Julie Ann Horvath Quits Citing Harrassment

Julie Horvath complained and had removed a rug at GitHub which she objected to because of the word "meritocracy". As that would imply that the fact there were so few women in IT and in GitHub in general was because women were not as good as men.

She also headed-up a female-only lecture project within GitHub.

Take these facts into consideration when considering her claims of hula-hoop-sexism.


Comment: Sexism? (Score 1) 710

by joe545 (#46504005) Attached to: Prominent GitHub Engineer Julie Ann Horvath Quits Citing Harrassment

I don't understand the clamour to define this as sexism when 90% of the alleged harassment was from the founder's wife. Simply watching someone hula-hoop in public at a works party is not harassment and paints "Julie" in a bad light when she compares it to a strip-club and that she felt "unsafe".

The universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent. -- Sagan