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Comment: Re:Stop the US-centric crap already (Score 1) 397

by quenda (#47795311) Attached to: Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

Let me ask you... European governments are strong arming various USA states on the death penalty by both enforcing patents and not selling drugs. What are your feelings on this?

Hardly the same - they just don't want the US states using their *medicines* to kill. Its not like they are threatening tariffs on Texas exports.
You could probably shoot the prisoners with EU-made bullets, as those are designed to kill, not heal.

Comment: Re:Stop the US-centric crap already (Score 2) 397

by quenda (#47795039) Attached to: Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

They would lose all the USA government contracts.

You think they do not get gov't contracts in other countries now? And there would still be a US subsidiary for that purpose if needed.

That doesn't apply to much to Europe as Europe has reasonably copyright laws.

You'd think "life plus 50 years" would be reasonable enough, but the US has been strong-arming countries to extent copyright 20 years. (until the next extension)

Comment: Re:Stop the US-centric crap already (Score 2) 397

by quenda (#47793759) Attached to: Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

No it doesn't. Microsoft is a US entity. They aren't European.

MS is a multi-national. They could move their HQ to Ireland next week, for tax purposes, and not much would change.

The USA doesn't shove their laws down other countries throats. You don't want USA law don't buy USA products.

As slashdot readers should know, the USA frequently shoves its copyright laws for a start. The problem is not so much in buying USA products, as
"If you want to be able to sell anything in the US market, here are a bunch of laws we need you to adopt before getting our 'free' trade agreement. "

Comment: Re: The world we live in. (Score 1) 585

by quenda (#47753873) Attached to: New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

I made the bad choice to trust my high school girlfriend.

WTF!? Your girlfriend had to drug you to get laid? You gotta be trollin'. How awful for you.
And here is me having sympathy, thinking it was your schoolteacher or something.

Oh wait, BronsCon ... you must be just telling a parable that is going over my head again.

Comment: Re:The world we live in. (Score 2, Informative) 585

by quenda (#47753799) Attached to: New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

Would it help to know that it is largely an urban legend?

Drink spiking with Rohypnol and GHB on a large scale that people are imaging is not real.
In my city, a study was done on a large number of young people arriving at the city hospital (free A&E) with suspected drink-spiking.
Not one had any traces in their blood. Maybe some had been spiked with extra alcohol, but mostly is was young women not taking responsibility for their own excessive drinking (or pills).

Similar data from the UK:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/new...

Comment: Re:Mandatory panic! (Score 1) 421

by quenda (#47741325) Attached to: South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

I dunno, I robbed a bank once by walking in, unarmed, writing "gun" on a piece of paper,

Worst analogy ever. Handing the teller a piece of paper with "gun" on it will get you done for armed robbery. It will reasonably be construed as a threat. Same as hands in pockets with finger extended.
Threatening to have a gun or knife is enough to have you locked up for years.

But the kid did not make any threats, so what on earth is your point?

Comment: Re:Does it really matter ? (Score 2) 375

by quenda (#47734765) Attached to: Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

Sir Humphrey: Russians? Who's talking about the Russians?
Hacker: Well, the independent deterrent.
Sir Humphrey: It's to protect us against the French!
Hacker: The French?! But that's astounding!
Sir Humphrey: Why?
Hacker: Well they're our allies, our partners.
Sir Humphrey: Well, they are now, but they've been our enemies for the most of the past 900 years. If they've got the bomb, we must have the bomb!
Hacker: If it's for the French, of course, that's different. Makes a lot of sense.
Sir Humphrey: Yes. Can't trust the Frogs.
Hacker: You can say that again!

Comment: Re:Living in the country is an anachronism (Score 1) 276

by quenda (#47717755) Attached to: Helsinki Aims To Obviate Private Cars

> In the city, I have to travel 20 minutes to the grocery store/hardware store,

How is that possible? Are you in some soul-less unserviced satellite town?
Within a 20 minute driving radius of me (in Australia) is the CBD, half a dozen suburban shopping malls, and numerous other supermarkets.
Its hard to imagine anyone living in an urban area more than 5 minutes drive from a supermarket.

Comment: Re:Some people are too stupid (Score 1) 131

by quenda (#47692013) Attached to: Facebook Tests "Satire" Tag To Avoid Confusion On News Feed

It is a good thing that intelligence is not determined by genetics.

Citation needed --- and not to a stupid failed experiment that drew the wrong conclusion.

I think the GP was being ironic. Pretty sure, but if only there were some markup convention, some HTML tag equivalent to a sarcastic voice tone ...

Or we could just put a woosh tag on the parent post ... unless I am missing Dragon Bait's sarcam? Damn this written communication.

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