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Comment: Re:Now for iOS? (Score 2) 123

by nicovl (#41046801) Attached to: Motorola Releases an Official Bootloader Unlocker

After endless research, I have to say the RAZR MAXX is not just a good phone... but probably the best phone on the market. A solid well built phone that works great, looks fine and most importantly: It is practical! This is a smartphone that is really worth its money. In combination with the openness of Android this phone is the absolute Iphone killer. Sadly most people don't bother to get the best phone... they either get the fanciest phone (Apple hell) or the phone with the highest specs (the great plastic device called the S3). Just like the most popular president isn't going to be the best president, the most popular phone(s) are always the best ones. Sadly the phone buying market is victim to the same problem that our political systems are, the majority of those involved are idiots.

Comment: more like 7th largest automaker! (Score 2) 232

by nicovl (#40596915) Attached to: General Motors To Slash Outsourcing In IT Overhaul

Not sure how you are measuring size but:

"Volkswagen has retained its place as the number one car company in the world, according to the Forbes Global 2000 companies survey."

"US poster boy General Motors came in seventh position among the car makers"

Forbes’ top car makers for 2012
Volkswagen – 17
Toyota – 25
Daimler – 37
Ford – 44
Honda – 59
BMW – 61
General Motors – 63

Comment: Re:Review them yourself (Score 1) 448

by nicovl (#40311723) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Headphones, Earbuds, Earphones?

Finally someone mentions the only real headphones out there... The HD25s are the definitive headphones. If you pay attention you will notice that at least 50% of all people who work with Audio professionally use the HD25s. From studios to soundmen to Deejays.. HD25 is the way to go. I wouldn't spend my money on anything else. And if you think you can get a good set of headphones for 50 bucks... think again!

Comment: No such thing as evidence in a German injunction (Score 3, Informative) 297

by nicovl (#37100460) Attached to: Flawed Evidence In EU Apple vs. Samsung Case

The title of this slashdot post, the refered article and many of the comments seem to be a little miss-informed.

Everyone is refering to evidence whereas no evidence is required or submitted when applying for an injunction (Einstweilige Verfügung) in Germany. To get a German injunction, the submitter simply has to make their claim believable to the judge. There is no need for any evidence... simply statements, references and photos that make the request for the injunction believable. To make matters worse, these injunctions are dealt with by Civil Courts meaning the judges have no idea about technology or design. The submitted believability statements (as they are called in German) are not tested for validity they are not properly scrutinized and they need no real foundation they simply have to be made believable.

The problem here is the German justice system more than anything else. Any justice system that can make such far reaching decisions based on belief is without a doubt not worth taking seriously.

Wouldn't it be nice to see companies actually competing instead of playing silly mafia games with lawyers and judges. A flawed system run by incompetent people simply trying to make some cash based on nonsens instead of doing something productive... Who needs them?

Comment: Re:What the hell? (Score 1) 297

by nicovl (#37100234) Attached to: Flawed Evidence In EU Apple vs. Samsung Case

A German Injunction does not require any evidence... The case simply has to be made "believable"! In addition, the judge is a Civil judge who has no idea about technology or design. Therefore, making the case believable is not hard to do and the judge will often be satisfied with just a few screen shots or photos...

Comment: Re:Einstweilige Verfügung (Score 1) 297

by nicovl (#37099822) Attached to: Flawed Evidence In EU Apple vs. Samsung Case

One thing I didn't mention in my first post...

From my experience, it is the Civil Court that grants an "Einstweilige Verfügung". This also seems to be the case here. This means judges that typically decide on things like divorce and other civil matters are making decisions about techno-legal matters. Needless to say, these judges are in no way qualified to make such decisions and are completely overwhelmed when confronted with technology. There is nothing just about the justice system, just a new framework for Mafia-like practices to be carried out under an official banner. What a joke....

Comment: Einstweilige Verfügung (Score 1) 297

by nicovl (#37099630) Attached to: Flawed Evidence In EU Apple vs. Samsung Case

The German "Einstweilige Verfügung" (injunction) is a bit of a joke. There is no need for any real proof to get a German injunction. Basically the judge just has to be convinced that the claim might be valid. It is almost impossible to get an "Einstweilige Verfügung" reversed.

The "Einstweilige Verfügung" is a disgrace and should be abolished. You just need one judge to be dumb enough to approve it (no real evidence required) and from that point on, there is nothing anyone can do about it until the case is settled in court. Needless to say anyone with good connections to judges can easily make a big mess of things...

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