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  • Feb 18th, 2015 @ 9:40am

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    If memory serves me didn't the guy who devised the standard shipping containers let anyone use the designs for free. When he started there were all sorts of proprietary standards which no-one would use because they had to pay, and goods were transported on pallets or anything else to hand, taking days to unload a ship.
    Now those container designs are used everywhere and he is rather rich.....

  • Jan 29th, 2015 @ 2:57pm

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    I don't know what the law is in the US but I was always taught that before you could arrest someone for resisting arrest you had to be arrested for something first (I mean other than the charge of "resisting arrest") and then, only when you resisted arrest on that charge, could you be arrested for resisting arrest.
    Later on, even if the original charge was dropped, the charge of resisting arrest could still be pursued as a separate offence.

    So, what was she actually arrested for in the first place?

  • Dec 30th, 2014 @ 11:11am

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    The trouble is that the report given above of the incident just refers to a garbage truck driving over a hundred people. It doesn't mention that the truck, though moving slowly, crushed 6 people to death.

    From other reports the young man presumably realised afterwards just how offensive the tweet was as he deleted it very shortly after making it. Did he know people had died when he originally made it? I don't know. No doubt the facts will come out in due course.

    As for the "malicious" communication I suspect it's a reference to the Malicious Communications Act of 1988 which covers
    1)Any person who sends to another person—

    (a)a [F1letter, electronic communication or article of any description] which conveys—
    (i)a message which is indecent or grossly offensive;
    (ii)a threat; or
    (iii)information which is false and known or believed to be false by the sender; or
    (b)any [F2article or electronic communication] which is, in whole or part, of an indecent or grossly offensive nature,

    is guilty of an offence if his purpose, or one of his purposes, in sending it is that it should, so far as falling within paragraph (a) or (b) above, cause distress or anxiety to the recipient or to any other person to whom he intends that it or its contents or nature should be communicated.

  • Dec 30th, 2014 @ 9:55am

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    Sorry, but why Northumbria Police? Glasgow would come under Strathclyde Police...
    It's not even the same country.

  • Dec 15th, 2014 @ 2:51pm

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    Of course the beauty of this scheme is that by singing up for it you immediately go on Verizon's records as someone who appears to have something to hide.
    Sounds rather like the scheme some years ago when the UK government arranged for an article / book to publicly suggest that terrorists didn't bother with life insurance when taking a plane trip. Needless to say, having suggested a way for terrorists to hide their tracks by signing up for life insurance, anyone who then signed up for life insurance when booking a plane trip promptly became someone of interest to the security services....

  • Oct 1st, 2014 @ 9:16am

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    I rather think that's the Daily Telegraph's "take" on trying to make something into a news story. Contrary to the general public's view (or what the papers would have us believe is their view) is that judges certainly have a sense of humour (and yes, I do happen to know a number) but it's hardly politic for them to exercise humour in court.
    I really do doubt any judge would expect, or wish, to set themselves up as humour critics. I rather think the only issue they would be prepared to decide would be one of whether or not humour was the intent of the mashup / parody / etc

  • Jul 4th, 2014 @ 1:55am

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    Could this by any chance be linked to recent comments by the government about having smaller suppliers included in the next round of government contracts (since contracting with major suppliers has proven such a resounding success in the past)?

  • May 23rd, 2014 @ 4:15pm

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    Agreed. I don't know how it is outside the UK but I think that's a pretty fair summation of how it's treated here

  • May 23rd, 2014 @ 4:13pm

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    There have certainly been reports of such but from a cursory search they would seem to all emanate from one party. When I attended to vote the ballot paper for the European election was certainly folded. But it was of such a size I can't see how on earth anyone could mark their vote without first unfolding it fully (otherwise it wouldn't open at all)

  • May 23rd, 2014 @ 3:47pm

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    Not a bad point but the article is still a misreading of the statute. It refers to "persons", not the voter himself/herself publishing how they voted.
    Though personally I think it's extremely bad manners to do so.

  • May 23rd, 2014 @ 3:44pm

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    Precisely. The key bit is "any information obtained in a polling station". The information wasn't obtained in a polling station. You (presumably? Hopefully?) knew who you were going to vote for before and after the fact.
    The clear inference in s66(3)(c) is that it refers to you tweeting information about someone else's vote. You can go outside and broadcast the information as to how *you* voted as much or as little as you like.
    Mind you, I'd be more than a little irritated at some clown taking photos in a polling station...