* Posts by Mark Haanen

5 posts • joined 5 May 2009

Schrems' Facebook case edges closer to ruling over EU-US data flows

Mark Haanen

They forgot an obvious question

"Is it proportional to process the data of an EU citizen for national security purposes in the third country if the person whose data is processed cannot even claim standing within the courts of that third country for lack of connection to that third country?"

Which is a fancy phrasing of "Hey CJEU, who died and made the USA the emperor and supreme generalissimo of the world?"

Masked Santas disarm Swedish royal guard

Mark Haanen

A stab in the dark

"A review of security procedures has been launched."

I bet they are checking whether "don't allow a member of the public to obtain your weapon" is actually one of the security procedures...

Gosling blows lid off Jobs Java nonsense

Mark Haanen

Smoke and mirrors

"They already do so for Windows and Linux, among many others, so why is this considered so unlikely? Because it's a little bit hard? Seriously?"

This is considered unlikely because Apple has decided to add their "secret Apple sauce" to the Mac JVM. This gives Java apps on the Mac just a little more 'zing' than they have on the Sun/Oracle-supported Java implementations. Your first outcome requires Apple to give their secret sauce recipe to Oracle. Not impossible, just highly improbable.

Microsoft loses appeal on Word injunction

Mark Haanen

Close, but no cigar

While I agree with your sentiment, it's moot in this case.

From what I've understood, i4i did have a product line utilizing their patented ideas, which was very succesful within its niche right up until the moment MS Word started to incorporate the patent's functionality.

Obama declares war on Ireland over tech tax avoidance

Mark Haanen
IT Angle


The reason that a lot of international companies operate (partly) from the Netherlands is not the low tax per se, but the finely woven web of international tax treaties and the ability to offset losses in one country with profits in another country. VERY effective for your bottom line!

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