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Comment Re:I'll believe it when I see it... (Score 1) 219

It is, first and foremost, a political body,

No, it is not. It is an administrative body.

Really? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commissioner_for_Competition states that the Commissioner is appointed by the EU Parliament. Politicians tend to make sure that their appointees share their views, which makes it a rather political position.

A change in government will not affect the EU antitrust commission.

Until, of course, the next EU Parliament is seated.

EU forced Microsoft to distribute browsers built by their competitors, regardless of merit or customer desire.

Cry me a river. Look, MS started the game, by forcing its users to accept their own browser, regardless of merit or customer desire.

Forced? Did Microsoft "force" their TCP/IP stack on customers? Does Microsoft preclude other browsers from being installed? The 30% of the market held by Firefox shows that there is good competition in the browser market, and further demonstrates that Opera, with its minuscule percentage of the market, sucks badly on the desktop.

I'm no fan of Microsoft (100% Mac and iPhone at home), but is it really harmful for MS to add features to the O/S (e.g., browsers, IP stacks, mouse drivers) over time?

Amazon (free shipping declared illegal at the behest of French bookstores)

Check your facts. Was this really the EU? Because I just put a few orders on Amazon, and not all for books, and they all included free shipping. And Germany is certainly part of the EU.

My bad -- this was the French government, not the EU.

And, of course, the EU has no problems with huge Airbus subsidies, now declared illegal by the WTO. I hope that the US Government will find its gonads and slap EADS with huge tariffs and penalties. Then, maybe, the EU will be a little less eager to meddle with US companies.

Yeah, because nothing like that has ever happened the other way around. Please.

Really. Name one merger of EU companies that has been blocked by the US Department of Justice. Name one time that the US Government loaned billions to Boeing to build a new passenger aircraft that didn't have to be repaid if the aircraft wasn't successful.

Comment Re:Can o' worms (Score 1) 177

or he was trying to use the can of worm in a way that differs slightly with the *very* specific conditions for which they designed the can to operate under (These conditions are, btw, unspecified but assumed to be what you are going to be using, despite the many possible variations. Any conditions other then the *proper* conditions will result in the assumption that the can of worms is, in fact, stolen.)

Comment Re:That essay provided bugs me. (Score 1) 441

Also, most large organisms including humans and cows, contain more bacteria cells than human (or cow) cells.

In the muscle tissue itself? On the surface and in the intestinal tract, yes. The meat the hamburger begins "life" as should be sterile. Of course, in the process of being ground up the meat will receive a small amount of bacteria from the surfaces of the equipment and the air, but those surfaces would be washed regularly.

http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=291225

Comment Re:Here's why (Score 1) 814

There's quite a fundamental difference between Dell and Apple. Dell has much stronger ties to the enterprise than Apple, it provides services as well as just hardware, but of the hardware it sells it provides blade servers, networking equipment and so on.

Dell is still profitable, but is much more vulnerable to fluctuations in the economy due to it's large investment in business divisions that Apple simply doesn't even have. Similarly, Apple has a near monopoly in the portable media player market, whilst Dell is not really in this market at all. Apple's strength in portable media players nets it a vast amount of it's revenue, but clearly has no bearing on the quality of it's PCs. iTunes also brings in a lot of money for Apple.

Rather than simply speculating if you're interested in finding out whether Apple's computer hardware business model is better than Dell's you could probably get hold of both companies accounts and compare the strengths of those specific divisions of both companies if they offer accounts in such a form, rather than trying to compare both companies as a whole.

Comment Re:Awesome. (Score 0, Offtopic) 498

It's from the SNL skits featuring Scarlett Johansson. They are a spoof of cheap late night commercials for family run businesses, with Scarlett as the daughter, Lexi, who has a 'deer-in the-headlights, God I hope I get through this without screwing up' look on her face the entire time she's pointing to the pictures of columns or fountains or whatever and saying, woodenly, "You could buy this one. Or that one. Or this one.

I found them hilarious. I think others must have too, because googling 'marble columns' or 'porcelain fountains' returns the skits as the top hits.

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