* Posts by Youngone

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Q. How much did Google just spend applying political pressure in the US? A. $4.6 million

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Surprise!

This is how large businesses and industry groups deal with the US government.

They don't really have a choice, the US government hung the For Sale sign out a long time ago.

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So what the BLINKING BONKERS has gone wrong in the eurozone?

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Political Banks

I have read a reasonably convincing conspiracy theory that the reason Lehman Brothers was allowed to fail was because Goldman Sacks has become embedded in the US Federal government, and Lehman Bros was a competitor.

I'm not sure if that's true, but there's an argument that Goldman Sacks is now not only too big to fail, but a part of the US Government.

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Were the FIRST AMERICANS really FIRST? MYSTERY of vanished 'Population Y'

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This is true, the native New Zealanders are actual Polynesians. The other Pacific groups are Micronesians and Melanesians.

I'm pretty sure the Aboriginals of Australian are classified as Austronesians.

There is also some evidence for repeated migrations to New Zealand from further north in the Pacific over several generations in the 13th and 14th centuries.

Just think about that for a second. If you live in Europe, there might be a church in your town older than human settlement of the country I live in.

Before that there were no mammals at all in New Zealand.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C4%81ori_culture#Polynesian_settlement_of_New_Zealand

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NASA boffins peer at Pluto: Could it be ... is that ... OATMEAL?

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Re: Tenzing Norgay

I'm not sure where you got that from, but the only people who know whether Tenzing or Ed were the first to knock the bastard off, were Tenzing and Ed, and they took the secret to their graves.

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Happy NukeDay to you! 70 years in the shadow of the bomb post-Trinity

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Re: Bombing Japan

I'm pretty sure there would have been a land invasion of Japan, it was planned to go ahead in October 1945 and was called Operation Downfall.

My Father at the time was in Rome, having fought the Germans since early 1940 including a nice swim at Dunkirk.

He was sure he would have been ordered to Japan, as his unit was experienced. He was less sure that he would have obeyed those orders.

I'm sorry for the Japanese people who died in the atomic bomb blasts, but I'm happy they were used. They saved many lives.

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Apple and Samsung are plotting to KILL OFF the SIM CARD - report

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Cynics

All the comments on this are very cynical (not that I think you're wrong).

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US Feds investigating Prenda Law, say Pirate Bay co-founders

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Karma

Popehat.com is the place to go to for all your Prenda Law commentary needs.

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Wikipedia jumps aboard the bogus 'freedom of panorama' bandwagon

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With Hobbit and LoTR in the can, Trolls no longer welcome in New Zealand

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Re: The most likely use of the law

You are correct. Silencing dissent is exactly what this law is for, and the almost complete lack of an opposition in parliament is enabling this sort of rubbish here in New Zealand.

The Labour Party is supposed to lead the opposition in Parliament, but because they assume that they can sleepwalk to victory at some future election, they will then have need of these very same powers. That is why they come up with the limp-wristed response, then vote for the bill.

W*nkers.

There, I hope I have offended someone.

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Palaeoboffins discover 500 MILLION year old ARMOURED WORM

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Ediacara biota?

I had hoped for a mention of the Ediacara biota which was around at about this time.

There's lots of information in the usual place for those who are interested: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ediacara_biota

Obviously not much is known about these plants or animals, or whatever the hell they were, but they're really fascinating.

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China's best phone yet: Huawei P8 5.2-inch money-saving Android smartie

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Re: How the heck can they sell this in the West...

I was wondering the very same thing, but then I made these assumptions:

Huawei is a Chinese company, and like all Chinese companies ownership and financial dealings are pretty opaque.

If the Chinese government has a shareholding in Huawei which seems likely, then Apple may have been warned off. I'm pretty sure that the Chinese government would put it's own interests before rule of law, no matter what they say publicly.

I may be paranoid, but that doesn't mean they're not out to get me.

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'Private' biz Xiaomi sets up Communist Party exec committee

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Private ownership?

I'm not sure there are any private companies in China, as we would know it in the West.

The Chinese Communist Party will do what ever it takes to keep control over the whole of China, and I'm sure that includes these large businesses.

If the Chinese government doesn't actually have a shareholding in Xiaomi they will find some other way of exerting control.

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Supreme Court ignores Google's whinging in Java copyright suit

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Not totally OT

I was wondering what the TPP (and the US - EU version) have to say about this? I suppose we'll find out 4 or 5 years after they've been imposed on us and the law suits begin.

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Kamikaze Rosetta probe to ram comet it's chased for billions of miles

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Boffin

TFA has "scientist" in it several times. The correct term is boffin.

That is all.

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Guy puts 1990s MacOS 7 on an Apple Watch – without jailbreaking it

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Re: I miss System 7

I liked it too. Before I went to lunch I would restart the machine so that it would be working when I got back, and the same for afternoon smoko.

Apart from that it didn't crash too often I suppose.

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How Music Got Free and Creatocracy

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Re: Worse?

I was thinking exactly this while reading the article. Industry consolidation has been the problem. There are four major labels, and if ever a small competitor starts getting large, they are gobbled up. This is the triumph of capitalism.

Massive and very profitable members of the entertainment cartel can then use a small percentage of their profits to purchase the legal framework they need to continue to make huge profits.

Music, movies, oil, diamonds, or cauliflower, it makes no difference what the product is, if there are a small number of rich players in a market, the barriers to entry to grow bigger.

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Version 0.1 super-stars built the universe – and they lived all the way over there, boffins point

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Question

If there are any Star Boffins reading El Reg, can they answer this:

Does this mean that there was a generation of stars with only hydrogen that fused into helium, went nova and spread that around?

This new helium went into making new stars which fused hydrogen into helium, and helium into Lithium, then they went bang, ekcetera...

So there may be even older shorter lived stars yet to be discovered?

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Apple no-pay-for-plays streaming risks indie boycott

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Retail Price

These arguments about royalty payments ultimately come down to "what the market will bear prices".

We already know that the distribution of music has radically changed, and there is no more artificial scarcity, fans are not as willing to shell out big money for hit records anymore, so the whole music industry has to change.

Huge multinationals whinging about falling revenues (while banking massive profits) don't help much either.

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Sunday Times fires off copyright complaint at Snowden story critics

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Conspiracy Theory of the Day

A newspaper owned by a well known supporter of the conservative branch of the British political establishment publishes a story parroting the lines of the same establishment.

Not exactly surprising really. I'm guessing the reporter does as he is told because he has a family to feed, but feels dirty doing it.

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Apple store staffers probed like 'criminals', lawsuit claims

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Trust

There is such a thing as trust. My boss trusts me, and I reward that trust by not stealing stuff.

If he ever decides he wants to check my bag when I leave work at night, I'll tell him to get a search warrant, just as I'd tell a policeman in the same situation.

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In memoriam: Christopher Lee, Hammer's Count Dracula

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Fightin' Man

He seems to have been a tough bugger during WWII. RAF Intelligence, attached to LRDG and SOE, of which he never spoke.

Probably saw and did things that were difficult to deal with.

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Screw you, Apple! We're still making phones no one wants – Samsung

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Re: Battery & Micro-SD?

I currently use a Samsung Galaxy S4 as my personal phone, and I'm quite happy with it.

When the battery begins to fail, I'll whip it out and replace it with a new one for approximately $20, so I can see me using this phone for a fair while longer.

The only real annoyance is that Samsung don't seem to want to update the firmware beyond Android 4.4.2 (at least where I live), so at some stage I'll probably have to go to the effort of rooting it and installing Cyanogen Mod or similar.

I'm pretty sure these are some of the reasons that Samsung's sales are slipping.

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Closet Queens, Quicksand and Book of Numbers

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Editor? Pah!

Pretty sure Ian Banks writ The Wasp Factory.

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Jurassic Part: Vertu announces lizard-skin phones

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Re: Not just any dead animal

I too have an aversion to killing intelligent animals for my own comfort and style, but the people who are likely to spend several thousand pounds on a gaudy cheap smart phone are the same type who tend to think of poor people as not quite human, and so animals are probably not even thought of.

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Open source? HP Enterprise will be all-in, post split, says CTO

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FAIL

He has experience.

So Fink's open source experience goes back to 1997 when he asked someone to do some work.

That's OK then.

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WikiLeaks offers $100k for copies of the Trans-Pacific Partnership – big biz's secret govt pact

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Democracy 2.0

The justification I have heard explaining the secrecy of the text is that "Trade deals are often secret".

As if that makes it ok, (even if it's true).

The nation-state that I live in is part of these "negotiations" despite having no mandate at all from the electorate, and due to an almost complete lack of effective opposition in our political class no-one has stood up and said "We will refuse to ratify this if elected", or "We will annul this treaty if elected".

I wonder why this is, as it would be a popular stance to take.

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Windows 10 upgrade ADWARE forces its way on to Windows 7 and 8.1

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Re: I'm confused

Ha! Someone gave this a thumbs down. LOL.

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Re: I'm confused

Or perhaps he was never born at all. The evidence for him is pretty unconvincing really.

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Why are all the visual special effects studios going bust?

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Not Really Right

The basic conceit behind this article seems to be that the movie business lives in some sort of free market system, but this is completely false.

The movie business lives on a diet of public subsidies, and has for more than a generation. California has been unable to tax the movie business since forever and every time they try, movies head off to Toronto, the Gold Coast, Wellington, and probably several other places I don't know about.

These places offer massive subsidies, (because of jobs apparently), but as soon as any attempt is made to force the studios to pay their own way, everything is shut down and the next bunch of suckers start handing over the dough.

I know this because "The Hobbit" that you all "enjoyed" recently cost my neighbours and I $50 million of our dollars to make.

You're welcome.

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SLOPPY STELLAR CANNIBAL star is a NASTY 1, astroboffins squeal

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Sloppy? I'll say.

The only sloppiness is the measurement in this article.

One Trillion miles? Who the hell measures astro do-dads in miles? Idiots, that's who.

should be:

11638129654064.117 Brontosaurus

174572121547934.5 Double-decker bus

11495574203931486 Linguine

Fixed that for you.

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NASA plots interplanetary cubesat swarms

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Re: Dropping a brick

Cubesats are a similar shape to Vogon ships, so they already know about their aerodynamic properties:

The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don't.

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Steve Jobs movie gets October release date

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Re: FTFY, wolfetone

Yay! amanfromMars1 is back! Deliciously incomprehensible.

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The Internet of Things: a jumbled mess or a jumbled mess?

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Re: Shambles

I've looked at the list of things you can do with your house using some sort of home automation, and there's not one item that I can't do, and I don't have home automation.

What the point?

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Shambles

The whole "Smart Home" thing seems like a solution in search of a problem to me. My house works fine as it is, and I have no intention of spending thousands to automate my curtains. I suspect I share this attitude with a vast majority.

If these corporations can't agree on a single open standard they will be having this very argument in 10 years time, still proclaiming the Internet of Things is coming and selling a tiny number of proprietary devices to a tiny market.

Fail all round.

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Even Uncle Sam admits: US patent law is whack

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Intelligent Design

The FTC is either being disingenuous or really doesn't understand what the US's patent legislation is for.

Pretending that patent rules are about "efficient marketplaces" is cute and charming, but as any fule no the patent rules are to prevent competition in any and all marketplaces, until the dominant players have taken their cut.

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Pacific nation accidentally does good thing in web crackdown

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Re: @Youngone Pacific Problems

Which just raises the question of Niue. About 1,400 people live there. The other 30,000 or so live in Auckland.

Other Pacific countries are too small to be economically viable nations, but as separate cultures, feel they should be "independent".

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Pacific Problems

I may be more qualified to comment on Pacific affairs than many of the other commentards here, as I am a Pacific Islander.

The particular Pacific Island I live on has closer ties to Tonga, Samoa, the Cook Islands and Fiji than Nauru, but those places have many of the same problems.

Pacific Islanders tend to be friendly, laid back people with a live and let live sort of take on life. The ones I deal with in my day to day life are generally a pleasure to deal with. Of course there are exceptions, but that's true of any group.

The problems the Pacific nations have tend to stem from their leaders. A quick look at the recent history of Fiji ought to make that clear. The average indigenous Fijian has no animosity towards Indo-Fijians at all, but various military hard man have made good careers out of trying to create inter ethnic strife.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiji#2006_military_takeover

Tonga is another example where a weird sort of faux-western "Royalty" owns almost all of the economic assets and a "Nobility" help keep the commoners in check.

This is a fun read: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tonga#Political_culture

We're happy to have them come to live here, as it fills our rugby teams up with genial giants with great balls skills.

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HP wag has last laugh at US prez wannabe with carlyfiorina.org snatch

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Not a candidate

I read a comment somewhere else that argued she is not running for president at all, but is selling books, as she has two in the market at the moment.

She may be auditioning for a TV pundit role on Fox or similar also, as per Sarah Palin.

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Comcast 'flees $45bn monster-merger with Time Warner Cable'

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Re: Interesting...

Tinfoily hat? Not at all. They will just wait an election cycle or two, get their "campaign contributions" properly organized and have another crack.

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Microsoft to open first flagship Store beyond North America

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Retail Observations

From what I have observed of Tech companies' retail efforts in my own local mall, Samsung, Sony and most recently Huawei have all set up shop at various times with smiling young people staffing the place to demo the various goodies.

They are always polite and friendly and have a passing knowledge of the capabilities of the items in stock.

The issue seems to be that the items are priced at retail + 20% or so, and no-one is stupid enough to fall for that, so sales are slow (or non existent) and they close down soon enough.

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Top US Democrats cry death to Comcast-Time Warner hyper-gobble

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Poor Politics

It seems TWC or Comcast have not paid "Campaign Contributions" to enough of the ruling class.

To be fair to her Elizabeth Warren seems like a decent sort, but that might mean that she hasn't quite had the chance to get her cut yet.

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Comcast, Time Warner Cable in crunch talks with FCC, DoJ over $42bn mega-merger

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Hearing? Herring

This merger will go ahead if Comcast and TWC find the right Senators or Congress people to give "Campaign contributions" to.

That's how the US political system is designed to work.

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Microsoft points at Skype, Lync: You two, in my office – right now

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Yeah, it's great but...

We use Lync at work, and it works fine, but really it's just an IM client, so if we wind up with something else, so what?

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17 Carnations, The Art of Creative Thinking and Last Night on Earth

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Odd question

The Andrew Morton book about Edward VIII looks interesting, but the question about why he holed up with some Rothschilds is an odd one, as the answer seems pretty obvious to me.

Their Jewishness would seem to be irrelevant to someone as dim and small minded as Edward, just the fact they are extremely wealthy and willing to support his lifestyle would seem to be enough.

Born into privilege, he lived his life as a drain on society.

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Bone-tastic boffins' breakthrough BRINGS BACK BRONTOSAURUS

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Bloke faces 25 years in the cooler for upsetting Thai king on Facebook

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Worried?

You bet the Thai military are worried. The current King is nearing the end, and according to some reports, the Crown Prince is incapable of ruling.

According to a Thai bloke I know, the current King is still held in high regard by the majority of Thai people, (not everyone however), but the Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn is wildly unpopular, and there are rumours that if he ever tries to take the throne there will be blood spilled in the streets.

I imagine the military are just having a crackdown to try to prevent trouble.

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EXPOSED: Google, Obama caught doing it once a week

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Stupid Question

The question "Who's in charge, here?" is a bit redundant. The corporation or industry group who pays the politician is always in charge.

This is not new, George Bush II said it best: "Ya gotta dance with those what brung ya".

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You – yes, YOU – can now 3D print your very own Paul McCartney

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Re: What's with the dislike?

Did Paul call to all of your houses and take a shit on your cat or something?

Yes, he did the bastard, and he was humming that awful "Ob Li Di Ob La Da" while he did it.

The cat still hasn't got over it.

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We need copyright reform so Belgians can watch cricket, says MEP

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Re: A simple solution?

Thank you Richard 12, simply put and easy to understand.

That is the point really isn't it? Somehow copyrighted material is able to be "stolen" like any other good, but can't be freely traded if that doesn't suit the copyright holder.

They want it both ways, and always will.

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Listed US tech provider bribed Oz bank worker say cops

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More arrests to follow?

If a US company official has paid a bribe they have broken the law in the US as well, as far as I can tell.

Once the US company is identified there should be some arrests there as well.

Although in reality it will depend on how politically connected the US company is.

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