I would stiff the court on the fines on the basis of jurisdiction. Where does france get off thinking they can fine an american company (unless google has offices in france). Then replace the google maps product on their site with a copy of the lawsuit and an explanation of why google maps is no longer being offered in france.
As far as the Pixar vs. Oil company bit I could see how somebody might get confused. Daewoo comes to mind they made cars, electronics, highways and skyscrapers, and even managed hotels. So it wouldnt surprise me to see a company branch out into other areas of industry.
dont consider this to be a wasted effort, consider it that you were just ahead of the game, and perhaps they are in need of the help of you and your friends. you never know. whats the worst they are gonna say, no thanks?
Then if they (Feds) want to look at my myfacetwitbook page then they can do it the same way you would. look me up. but you will not be getting my login and password for anything. they cant search or read my email without a password. btw dont all those social media sites have a form of email service embedded in them?
Re: Re: Proof of competition being GOOD for consumers.
about 99%+ of all cell phones in the US (aside from prepaid) are sold pre-tethered to a carrier and can not be used on another carrier, to prevent you from leaving one carrier and switching to another without having to buy a new phone.
Colorado tried to pass a law like that afew years ago by popular vote, i was all for it, but the lobbyests got ahold of some advertizing money and the bill got defeated via lots misinformation.
One of the things i could do with this bill is clean up my credit by forcing them to remove information from my credit that i dont like or is damageing to my credit, and bam, now i would have excelent credit.
Here are some ways for the USPS to save money, raise the price of stamps and packages, close post offices that are too close together or not used enough, stop saturday delivery.
Here are some reasons why none of those things will ever happen. First who wants to be the senator to have a post office close in his or her district. Second there are at least 4 different commities that have oversight over the USPS and all of those senators are progressive communist bastards that all believe that government is to provide free services to all, which could not be further from what the actual role of the government is.
When it comes to radar speed guns, the farther you are away from the camera the less likely you are the object that belongs to the speed shown on the gun. The main power portion of the beem from an average radar gun has a circular diameter of 12 degrees to 18 degrees. Using simple geometry at 100 feet that beem is 30 feet wide (thats using a 'side angle side' geometric algorithim using 2 sides of 100 feet long and an angle of 12 degrees). The portion of the beem that is not in the main power portion of the beem is still an area of influence. Which meens if a oh for example a bird flys through that area of influence or even the main power portion of the beem and that cop has his gun set to tag the fastest moving object that he will tag the bird and not you or that tree moving in the breese or anything else really. Also unless the cop is aiming his gun with you comming directly at him it is also inaccurate.
In the US there is this wonderful thing called the 4th amendment,
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
with that said here are a few excerpts from the wiki article describing
The leaked document includes a provision to force Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to provide information about suspected copyright infringers without a warrant, something which many feel should not be legal, making it easier for the record industry to sue music file sharers and for officials to shut down non-commercial BitTorrent websites such as The Pirate Bay.
Details published in February 2009 indicate that ACTA has six main chapters. Most of discussion to date is focused on the "Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights" chapter, which has four sub chapters:
Initial Provisions and Definitions;
Enforcement of IPR;
Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement in the Digital Environment
Take this info for what you will but if anything comes my way I will fight tooth and nail.