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Comment Re:General Motors? (Score 0) 135

It was a Chrysler 300, can't remember the exact model, but it would have been around 2010.
Absolute rubbish compared with the Mazda I bought. I also drove a Nissan (can't remember the model) a Toyota Camry and some sort of Hyundai, all of which had better manufacturing standards than the Crysler.
My sister in law bought a Jeep at about the same time, but got rid of it after it stopped running for the third time inside the warranty period.

Comment General Motors? (Score 0) 135

I test drove a GM car the last time I was in the market for a new one, and it was the worst of the 4 or 5 different models.
Poor quality finish to everything, handled like a bus, and braked like an eel.
I bought a Mazda for about 2/3 the price, and have been happy.
They might be better now, but probably not.

Comment Re:unconstitutional (Score 1) 165

If he wants relief it's up to New Zealand to stop cow-towing to the beltway thugs...

Ha ha ha! That would be the same New Zealand Government that gave Hollywood $50 million of local taxpayers money when they threatened to move the Hobbit movies away.
Sorry, I just checked, actually nearly $200 million of our local money.
Arseholes, all of them.
The next bunch of rich wankers coming with their hands out will be the American Cup sailing pricks, I think last time that cost the general public here nearly $40 million, and what did we get?
Fuck all.
Sorry, rant over.

Comment Re:unconstitutional (Score 3, Informative) 165

The reason they chose to arrest him in New Zealand is because the US knows that the NZ government will do what they are told, no questions asked.
It is starting to unravel a bit, because the courts here have at least some independence, and have ruled that our spies broke the law which might make the evidence go away also.
I don't imagine that will get Kim his money back however.
I am not a lawyer, but I do play one on the Internet sometimes.

Comment Re:So much for free market reforms (Score 4, Interesting) 71

Corrupt Chinese businessmen already have a great money laundering scheme for getting money out of the country.
Have a look at property prices in Australia and New Zealand, (there are probably other places too).
Added bonus (in NZ anyway), no capital gains tax.
Another added bonus, make friends with the right people, and you can be a citizen.
Nothing suspicious about that though, oh no.

Comment Re:What's the problem? (Score 1) 101

He's not suing Google. He's bringing the prior art to the attention of WIPO.

Quite right, I should have taken more care when I read TFA, but I think my point is still valid.
If Google is challenged over this they have the money to resist for as long as they want, and the system is set up so they can.
I guess if they decide there is no value in resisting, they won't.

Comment What's the problem? (Score 4, Insightful) 101

That's exactly what patents are for: To ensure huge corporations like Google keep tight hold on any new (or not so new) technologies.
It almost makes no difference whether Prof Duda can prove he invented this, if Google have a mind to they have the money to keep any case he might bring in court for as long as they like.br. The system is set up that way.

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