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Comment Re:Redundant (Score 1) 141

If I order a pizza from Pizza Hut or Dominos here in Australia. Neither Pizza Hut nor Dominos has the legal right to send me any advertising ever. The *only* thing they have a legal right to send me is email related directly to that transaction. They are also not permitted to tick check boxes saying that you request advertising material. They are also not permitted to send SMS messages except as related to the transaction in progress. They are permitted to send me mail that the post office delivers.

Now if Pizza Hut and Dominos can do that here they can do that everywhere in the world.

Comment Re:lack of foresight (Score 1) 193

The CBP would be laughed out of court if it said "we were searching this phone for copyright infringement" as bring in copyrighted works is not prohibited and people have large personal collections of lots of things on their devices. You need lots more than just the presence of copyrighted works to prove copyright infringement. If the CBP already has suspicions of copyright infringements occurring then looking for particular copyright material makes sense.

It the difference between bringing in the contents of you library of books (legal) and bringing in multiple copies of the same book for resale when you are not
the designated distributer (illegal).

There is however digital stuff that in not permitted to cross US borders, and yes, the CBP has the right to look for this both coming in and leaving the US. That depends on what it is not that it is copyrighted.

Comment Re:What about region-encoding on DVDs? (Score 1) 74

Why would I rip them? Multi-region DVD player are legal here and it is illegal for publisher to disable playing DVD's on such players. Private parallel importation is legal. It the imported goods are over a threshold value you duty on them. Commercial parallel importation is illegal.

Comment Re:It's about time. (Score 1) 103

I was flying in to SFO and a announcement came over PA saying we were diverting to SJC due to reaching fuel limits. Fog was causing problems at SFO delaying flights landing. There was a rush by half the plane to place calls. A short time late we got a slot at SFO and were told we would be landing there. There was a much smaller rush for the phones by those that had succeeded in making a call the first time.

Comment Re:In the UK (Score 1) 286

You have to turn up, get your name marked off the roll, walk over to the booth, submit the ballot paper into the box.

If you don't walk over to the booth you will be asked to do so. Whether you end up writing anything on the ballot paper is up to you.

You can pre-poll. You can use a postal vote. If you don't vote you will be asked if you have a valid excuse for not voting. If you don't have a valid excuse you will be fined. If you are marked off multiple times you will also be asked to explain and can be fined if it is determined that you voted multiple times.

If there are enough irregularities detected that the result could have changed count will be declared invalid and a new election held.

Recounts are automatic if the margin is below a threshold and can also be called for.

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