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Comment Re:good luck with that one... (Score 2, Interesting) 172

because EU.

No, not "because EU". Only one of the claimants' several arguments concerned EU law. What the judge called "Issue VI" -- which was "Does the introduction of Section 28B constitute unlawful State aid within the meaning of Article 107 TFEU which was not notified to the Commission under Article 108(3) TFEU and so is unlawful?".

And that argument failed. Paragraph 302, onwards: https://www.judiciary.gov.uk/w...

Comment Re:fuck paypal (Score 3, Informative) 61

PayPal requires a government issued photo ID for all but the most trivial uses.

In the UK (where this trial is taking place) PayPal doesn't "require a government issued photo ID" for any purpose. It's not required by UK anti-money laundering legislation. And there is no "government issued photo ID" in the UK.. And no, we don't use our driving licences for this purpose. And no, we aren't required to carry our driving licences when we're driving.

Comment Re:Forgot to mention one more option: (Score 1) 416

I don't know of too many non-management salaried fields, period, that match what a decently-paid IT "veteran" can earn that do not absolutely a degree in the field.

This is very true. And even in degree-required jobs there's not a lot of time left to get to the high-paying gigs. I'm currently moving from a 25 year career in IT (MSc in CompSci, compiler writer) to law, and it's unlikely that in the time I have remaining before retirement (or death) that I'll ever reach the salary I gave up. And that even before I factor in the cost of the degree...

Comment Re:Win for the good guys (Score 2) 81

The EU court has no power to strike down UK laws, and certainly has no jurisdiction over police powers, or criminal law (not yet, anyway). Perhaps you were thinking of the European Court of Human rights, who can declare laws to be incompatible with the European Convention of Human Rights (incorporated directly into UK law by the Human Rights Act) - but even they cannot strike down laws.

Comment Re:Already happned in England (Score 1) 154

Only if it was with intent to obtain something in return. If it was truly gratuitous, and of trifling value, then it would be OK.

Anyway, it's not just cops,pretty much the same prohibition on bribery applies to almost everyone now, thanks to the Bribery Act 2010 (http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2010/23/contents).

Comment Already happned in England (Score 4, Informative) 154

In England, a juror was jailed last year for communicating with an acquitted defendant on Facebook: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/jun/16/facebook-juror-jailed-for-eight-months

And another was jailed last week for researching the defendant on the internet generally: http://www.guardian.co.uk/law/2012/jan/23/juror-contempt-court-online-research

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