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Comment: Re:Sweet! (Score 1) 77

by mtempsch (#46693991) Attached to: European Court of Justice Strikes Down Data Retention Law

It will be interesting to see what our government thinks about it, since it is still in swedish law. But since they had to pay the EU fines for having delayed the implementation of the directive I can't imagine they will be too upset.

Since it was invalid, will we be getting the fines, for nor timely implementing it, back?

Comment: Re:Time to shut down the WTO (Score 1) 327

by mtempsch (#45243129) Attached to: Antigua Looks Closer To Legal "Piracy" of US-Copyrighted Works

So, to be clear, the United States democractically elected government passed a law, that applies only to United States citizens. A bunch of foreign bankers have decided that they don't like that law, and so they are overruling it.

The U.S. is a member of WTO (that bunch of [not just foreign] bankers) - and quite happy to wield it against other nations. Now with the boot on the other foot - not so happy. But it IS good to see that not abiding by the rules they agreed on by being a member of WTO does have consequences for the U.S. too, not just 'lesser' nations...

Comment: Re:As someone who has raised cattle (Score 1) 214

by mtempsch (#42909333) Attached to: Can You Potty Train a Cow?
Back whern they were kept in single boxes/partitions/stalls (or what they're called) (today they tend to be allowed to walk around more, often free to use an automated milking station on its own schedule) there was often an electrode suspended just above the back of the cow. Apparently they arch their back as they go.. After a few times they learned to take a step or two backwards, depositing into a grating covered manure ditch instead of onto the floor, avoiding the electrode. IIRC the use of these electrodes was stopped even prior to the more free style of keeping them.

Comment: Re:Other sites report the exect opposite (Score 1) 385

by mtempsch (#41182529) Attached to: Side-Effect of the Apple v. Samsung Trial: Increased Sales for Samsung

Marketwatch sees a completely different phenomenon :

Since the $1.05 billion verdict Friday — which found that Samsung infringed on six Apple AAPL -1.04% patents — customers of Samsung have been dumping their Android products on at least one major resale site. Gazelle.com reports a 50% increase in Samsung smartphones over the past three days, which has led to a 10% drop in prices for those devices"

And that's extrapolating wildly outside the data that they have, drawing conclusions they have no real base for, as they have no idea what their sellers bought instead. Couldn't it possibly be newer, potentially under risk of being banned, Samsung gear?

Comment: Re:Abby Someone's Brain (Score 1) 167

by mtempsch (#41024079) Attached to: Exceptionally Preserved 2,600-Year-Old Brain Found

If he was probably hanged, then he may have been unfit for society (although that's not conclusive, as whoever did the hanging could easily have been the one unfit for society).

Not necessarily either of them - it could have been ritual sacrifice, of a valued member, by other valued members, of society...

Comment: Re:that will tieup the courts and jury trials (Score 2) 409

by mtempsch (#38687990) Attached to: US Government Seeks Extradition of UK Student For File-Sharing

If the British courts found nothing to press charges then why is the US wasting money pursuing this, and we all know it's at the behest of the MPAA, RIAA or whomever.

Guess they coyldn't pressure the UK government, and through them the British courts, like the did the Swedes. Not long before some Swedish politicos visited Washington, the DA that later brought the case agains TPB said (in effect) "Nothing we can do about TPB given the current laws" - guess he saw the light.

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