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Comment: Re:I don't see how this could be illegal (Score 1) 404

In fact, if they can show that this judge ruled more harshly in retaliation for doing something that is completely legal, they improve their odds of getting it overturned on appeal. So they should actually be trying to anger this judge (through entirely legal means, of course).

Yes, that's why it's so interesting to see what the judge will do next.

Comment: Re:The judge;'s job isn't to get livid. (Score 5, Insightful) 404

I think that argument goes out the window when Samsung specifically says [allthingsd.com] the whole point is to influence the jury:

I don't see how. That was their statement about being pissed that the evidence didn't get admitted. As the Groklaw article said, Samsung is fighting Apple in two courts now, and one of those is public opinion. I think this side of things requires they make their arguments in public. In addition, the judge denied sealing all the documents, so what else to do be release them yourself.

Comment: Re:Policy City-State (Score 1) 961

by tha_mink (#37541126) Attached to: Conflict Between Occupy Wall Street Protestors and NYPD Escalating

I chuckle when I see what the Warren Court has wrought. Some pepper-spray and light usage of a police baton, and people are screaming the police are overly aggressive/brutal, and using it as proof of a "police city-state". Fourty-plus years ago, if one was unfortunate enough to have an encounter with a baton, the beating was vicious, and continual until the sounds of bones breaking was heard. Some didn't survive. Police interrogations were often just as physical as they were mental. And police could tap phone lines outside of the home without a warrant (Olmstead v. United States, 1928), which I totally agree with (of course, I grew up during the last few years of party lines in my hometown, so my perspective is everyone is listening...just like we did). An honest, object comparison of history to today will show this is nowhere near a police state.

Right, and they used to hang black people from trees too, but that doesn't mean there's no racism today because nobody is hanging from trees.

Comment: Re:Thanks, GoF, for all the Java and C# bloat. (Score 1) 624

by tha_mink (#37305186) Attached to: What Is the Most Influential Programming Book?

At least the C++ community saw it for the bullshit that it is. While they went somewhat template-crazy at times, at least they managed to avoid the sheer stupidity of "design patterns", for the most part. That's probably why most real software today is written in C++.

Ouch. So you're one of those then eh. I love how you say the C++ community saw it for the bullshit that it was, but then leave out the part where there have been hundreds of books published that relate the GoF patterns to C++. But then, I guess the Java community probably wrote those books too.

Comment: Re:Differences. (Score 1) 159

by tha_mink (#33537778) Attached to: Facebook Surpasses Google For Users' Online Time

Are these the people who Google for "facebook login" and then proceed to assume that whatever they find is Facebook? The comments here are pure gold [readwriteweb.com].

Comedy gold indeed. I can't believe how stupid people are. I mean, I know there's a whole bunch of stupid people, but I'm constantly reminded that they're probably the majority.

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