Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 9th Aug 2011 17:32 UTC
Legal Okay, I didn't see this one coming. German press agency dpa is reporting that Apple has been granted a preliminary injunction barring Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 from being distributed in the entire European Union except for The Netherlands, over a design patent. Competition at its finest, people, and this is clearly in the interest of consumers. I'm ashamed to be European. Updates in the article now. This iterative update process isn't really working when you've got a gazillion of them.
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RE[2]: Comment by howitzer86
by Edgarama on Tue 9th Aug 2011 19:56 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by howitzer86"
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Contrary to popular opinion liquor was not more popular during prohibition.

Please back up your statement wjtb facts please.It would interesting to see how liquor popularity was measured, and how this would be possible to measure, during the prohibition.

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RE[3]: Comment by howitzer86
by Icaria on Wed 10th Aug 2011 08:59 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by howitzer86"
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While your criticism is all well and good, you're directing it at the wrong person: it's not Kristoph's responsibility to prove that alcohol wasn't more popular during prohibition but howitser's responsibility to prove that it was. Howitzer is the person making a positive claim which has not been established.

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RE[4]: Comment by howitzer86
by rr7.num7 on Wed 10th Aug 2011 21:20 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by howitzer86"
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Nope. Howitzer didn't talk specifically about alcohol. He said in general, that outlawed or prohibited products are often made even more popular, bla bla. "Often" being a key word.

I can tell you about movies and books, for example, that have become very popular after some "authority" (church, government) tried to forbid them. The most recent one in my country was a few months ago with a movie that talked about the flawed legal system. Even though the movie was largely advertised, and was having a modest sucess, it was only after the goverment tried to ban it, that its popularity (and ticket sales) rised to the sky, according to movie theaters' spokespeople. And as I said, there are many more cases like that. So, even if one brought up one or two examples where Howitzer's claim didn't apply, it still wouldn't invalidate it.

Anyway, Kristoph did talk specifically about alcohol, so he should provide the evidence to back up his claim. Also, usually the burden of evidence lies on the person going against the status quo ("contrary to popular belief").

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