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  • Dec 2nd, 2016 @ 4:27am

    (untitled comment)

    The silliness surely is not the granting of a trademark to Iceland, for a shop selling frozen foods, it is this crazy notion that a trademark for one thing should be a bar on the use of any vaguely similar terms for anything at all.

    The rule should be:

    A word that does not exist (eg Kodak) can be a generic trademark

    A name can't stop anyone who has that name using their name, but combined with other features, fine (eg George Harrod should be able to open a shop called Harrod's but not to copy the font and make everything green and gold)

    A common word you better have a bloody good case and apply it extremely narrowly.

    If the courts had applied this sort of common sense then no case Iceland brought against any Icelandic company would have succeeded, merely against anyone setting up a Supermarket and labelling everything in red on a white background.

  • Nov 3rd, 2016 @ 3:29am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Trump's role model

    Given the choice between two criminals why not choose the marginally more sane?

  • Oct 27th, 2016 @ 1:44am

    (untitled comment)

    Time for a friendly billionaire to fund an ad campaign

    "Hate homeless people, recovering addicts and ex-cons?

    Then rush out and buy a tree-shaped car-freshener, from the company that shares your views!

  • May 27th, 2016 @ 5:22am

    Re: Re:

    And massively smaller than my home city, but then so are all but 7 of the US states and over 100 countries.

    Wales does contains 6 cities - Bangor, Cardiff‎, Newport, St Davids‎, St Asaph‎ and Swansea‎ - three of which are admittedly very small.

    And it's not exactly legally a country I guess, being one of the "Home Nations" part of the United Kingdon of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, but yep it's a country :D

  • May 20th, 2016 @ 3:00pm

    Who cares?

    Three consenting adults had sex.

    None of the three consenting adults has ever publicly said anything about such things being wrong.

    None of the three adults makes their money out of being upright boring moral guardians.

    So WHY the F*** should anyone care who they are?

    Personally I wouldn't care either way if someone said such things about me, but I do believe everyone is entitled to a degree of privacy and these three seem to want that. Good luck to them. Move on and deal with something genuinely interesting. Courts not being American isn't a bad thing, the English courts haven't tried to impose the injuction in any other jurisdiction, they have weighed English law and acted on it. That's what they are for!

  • May 18th, 2016 @ 12:50pm

    It isn't always quite that simple ...

    Personally I'm all in favour of free speech, BUT, it isn't always that simple. I haven't read the judgement in detail (my German's not that good) but have seen a few summaries. What the court appears to have said is that makind fun of Erdogan being an egomaniac suppressor of criticism and the free press, but it isn't OK to make totally unsubstantiated allegations of extreme sexual deviancy.
    This is not a judgement I would make but I can see it as not totally unreasonable. As Americans you idolise free speech. That is your right but many others around the World think of Americans as totally weird and stupidly childish for parts of your law and constitution. The glory of this World is that we are all different and there is no right answer, merely millions of differently wrong ones.

  • Apr 26th, 2016 @ 8:55am

    Re: Is the judiciary a joke or a JOKE?

    You missed out the words in small print

    Government of the people, by some of the people, for some other people.

    Until a few senior people in the relevant departments are jailed for contempt they will continue to treat the courts with utter contempt.

  • Mar 10th, 2016 @ 5:29am

    This is a good idea ...

    Why doesn't GCHQ start? How about they provide a special secure way for the House of Commons committee to access all of their systems and inspect everything they have done. All without any need to contact GCHQ at all, just, say, a signature from a Police Chief Inspector or above.
    Clearly from his reasoning he will be 100% in favour of this plan and as soon as his staff have designed the 100% secure way for us to check on them we will be happy to suggest others us it too ...

  • Nov 20th, 2015 @ 6:20am

    Re: Re: Re:

    He didn't say all Christians were racist, he said there are millions of people who claim to be Christian but then display characteristics incompatible with that belief.
    He didn't say there are no Christians who get it right, just that many who get it wrong.

  • Nov 6th, 2015 @ 1:53am


    I think we've got the b*gg*rs there. Lets sue the pants off them for abusing the term UK. That's been the shortened version of the name of the country FKA England for over 300 years!

  • Nov 6th, 2015 @ 1:51am


  • Oct 21st, 2015 @ 4:34am


    Well since Apple and co claim backdoors are impossible he had to install his own! Now if everyone would just forward all their email to insecure accounts how easy it would be ...

  • Oct 19th, 2015 @ 3:30am

    A Sonnet of our Times

    In modern times some words have altered meanings
    And ancient truths are now portrayed as lies.
    Before you read please check the writer's leanings,
    A journalist's a spokesman in disguise.

    "Promoting Art" now means "Protecting Luddites"
    "Plain language" now means twisting every word.
    We have to bend to aid stick-in-the-mud-ites
    Thus copyrights and patents are absurd.

    "The rule of law" was meant to help the small guy.
    To curb the bullies claim that might is right.
    But now it's there to find an easy fall guy
    And lay the blame on those who cannot fight.

    We voted for a load of lying fools
    And now we pay for letting them change rules!

  • Oct 9th, 2015 @ 7:00am

    Re: Re:

    instant response (including typos), but if you can find it some music feel free :D

    A warrant? You're a terrorist!
    I must insist that you desist.
    The children that you'll kill this way
    You've let the rabble have their way.

    If acts like this can be allowed
    All sanity's been disavowed -
    Next thing you'll say "police should be
    Required to function legally."

    If we can't shoot men as we will
    And snoop and spy, then calmly kill,
    How can we keep the peace we should -
    We can't be cops while being good!

    I think that's better

  • Oct 9th, 2015 @ 4:08am

    (untitled comment)

    A warrant? You're a terrorist!
    I must insist that you desist
    The children that you'll kill this way
    You've let the rabble have their way.

    If acts like this can be allowed
    All sanity's been disavowed
    Next thing you say police should be
    Required to function legally

    If we can't shoot men as we will
    And snoop and spy then calmly kill
    How can we keep the peace we should
    We can't be cops while being good!

  • Sep 29th, 2015 @ 8:08am

    (untitled comment)

    Check out the rules that various states put in place for operating cars in the early years of the last century.

    Idiots always do this.

  • Sep 29th, 2015 @ 8:06am

    (untitled comment)

    I have a simple solution. If you want copyright protection you should be REQUIRED to provide access to the material to legitimate purchasers in perpetuity. At the point you wish to cease to do so you must make the source code available and it becomes fully legal to use that source code to allow other legitimate purchasers to access their purchases.
    The same should be true of all software, keep it available and properly patched or hand the job on to others who will. That has been the rule for all other purchases since time immemorial.

  • Sep 17th, 2015 @ 3:11am

    Re: Likely the State of Georgia thinks he's a terrorist...

    Every person ever born on Earth is brown
    Some lighter brown and some are almost black
    I've studied every city, every town
    And other colours' score amounts to jack

    I've never seen a white man, that's a ghost,
    And purely black means you've been mining coal.
    So all that anyone can ever boast
    Is that they have a slightly browner soul!

  • Sep 9th, 2015 @ 3:30am

    (untitled comment)

    The DOJ know that Apple cannot comply with the order, what is needed is for the few judges who actually understand to start acting properly and when the DOJ ask for an impossibility to call them out, require the presence in court of the official who asked for the data, and have him repeat the request on oath. Then jail him for contempt and ask for his arrest for perjury.

    After a few senior official are shuffling round the exercise yard for a while maybe they will start to act their age.

  • Aug 13th, 2015 @ 9:11am

    (untitled comment)

    What is a trademark? I had always thought a trademark was a distinctive mark or name used to identify a product or service. To be distinctive it had to be more than purely descriptive.
    In the case the alleged mark appears to have strayed into the area of a mere description, in this one particular case. It would be very difficult to see how his eatery could ever run a lumberjack contest without some degree of similarity existing to the Florida based company's shows. BUT THAT IS THEIR FAULT! They chose to put together the stereotypical name for a lumberjack with lumberjack shows. Was it foreseeable that there were places using Paul Bunyon in their name? Of course it was, was it foreseeable that such places could want to run lumberjack shows? Of course it was clearly an idiot at the PTO didn't bother to think. If there were any logic in the world the case would be slung out in the first 3 minutes, so I predict it will drag on for years!

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