Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 18th Dec 2012 14:31 UTC
Legal Lots of news about Apple vs. Samsung (and vice versa) in both the US and Europe today. In the US, judge Koh dealth two blows: one to Samsung (no retrial based on juror misconduct), the other to Apple (no permanent sales ban). In Europe, in the meantime, Samsung announced it will cease all lawsuits injunction requests against Apple... But only in Europe.
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RE[8]: Jury qualifications?
by M.Onty on Wed 19th Dec 2012 15:55 UTC in reply to "RE[7]: Jury qualifications?"
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"Most dictatorships begin this way, and even to the end maintain a viewpoint that "the people just need guidance".

Can you support this claim? Because I don't think it's true. From what I can recall, most dictatorships have been established in sudden popular uprisings or military coups with the notable exception being Nazi Germany. The PRC, USSR, Iran (under the Shah), Iraq, etc. were all established as dictatorships without ever consulting the people.

Interestingly most totalitarian dictatorships (concerned with every aspect of its peoples' lives, even thoughts) did begin with a popular uprising of some kind, or at least popular support, as with the Nazis. On the other hand most 'hands off' dictatorships (concerned only those aspects of their peoples' lives that directly effected the dictator/s power and wealth) tended to be started by elites, often by coups.

Not making a point relevant to the debate, just an observation. And no, I've nothing to back it up.

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