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Britain beats back Argies over Falklands online land grab

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"Would the issue be better handled if it wasn't in the hands of a 'Manel'?"

I don't see why. There was definitely a woman on the panel when the Falklands were invaded, and there's a woman in charge of Argentina who is currently rattling the kitchen knife (they can't afford sabres), so why do you think anything would be better involving women?

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Climate change alarmism is a religious belief – it's official

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Re: Ha! - but in the end the pope adds nothing of value to the debate

"The side that has all the money, careers..."

I think the oil and gas industry has enough money to sponsor its own 'science' actually.

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Foxconn's going to 'exploit' Indian labour? SCORE! Bye, poverty

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Re: It;s almost like they do it on purpose...

"I'm sure we could *if* we were willing to have the same standard of living as we had during wartime. Get most of the working age men out of the country & sleeping rough while killing 25% of them (that in itself creates lots of job openings). Limit the type and amount of food so that only that which is essential to stay alive can be bought. Bring down the average lifespan by quite a bit. Force masses of kids to travel hundreds of miles away from their homes to live with strangers. Regularly demolish railways, roads, factories and streets full of houses so that lots of workers are needed to repair the damage. Etc."

Don't forget borrowing huge quantities of money to pay for it.

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Re: Lefty pay?

""if you paid me £15 an hour, I'd quit

Lucky you. Most people in the UK don't earn that much."

£15/hour at 37.5 hrs/week gives £29250/year (assuming 52 weeks/year, which is not a problem as you will see). According to the Guardian, in December 2013 median weekly pay is £517 (FT employees only) which is £26884/year. I cannot find any later figures than this, but I remember wage growth actually existing this year, at about 1%, taking us to £27152.84. That all works out as an hourly wage (again, assuming 37.5 hours per week) of £13.92. So about a pound an hour off median. Which is a lot in millions of people, and your statement is true in that "most people" don't earn that much, but it's probably no more than about 55-60% earn up to £15/hour.

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Re: OK, then...

"Two wasters are sitting in a bar when Bill Gates walks in. "Hurrah!" shouts one, "Drinks for everyone!"

"What are you doing?" asks his friend.

"Our average net worth is now several billion dollars!""

Dude. Look up the word 'median'. That extra 'd' and 'i' in the middle of 'mean' mean a lot.

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How swearing at your coworker via WhatsApp could cost you $68,000

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"You don't know the content of the message. Don't forget what happened when someone made a one off, off the cuff comment about Doncaster airport. The people making comments about the UAE being backward seem to be throwing bricks in a glass house."

I remember. He was found innocent, and the police and CPS told not to be so stupid.

In the UAE's case, the guy was found guilty, then a new law was introduced, and he was retroactively found guilty under it. This is backward, both ethically and temporally.

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Re: Retroactive

"This new law is less than a month old, so probably the man got the smaller fine previous to that. Then comes the new law and the persecutors prosecutors needed to make an example of someone to to put the Fear of Allah in the people. Since everyone had heard about this draconian edict, they were all on their best behavior.

And so perforce this poor sap became 'It.'"

You have to love retroactive laws. It's like justice, only different.

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LastPass got hacked: Change your master password NOW

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Re: KeePass

"Or 1Password which lets you store the DB locally (not in the cloud) and sync to mobile devices over Wi-fi (e.g. at home)"

Actualy, just use 1Password as your password. Everyone will try Password1 and you'll be fine.

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EU reduces science cuts as Juncker finds €500m down back of sofa

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Re: Academics need a reality check

"Many academics are pro-EU because a lot of their funding passes through EU programmes."

Citation needed. Very few academics actually get EU funding, compared to the number of academics in UK universities. There are a few schemes like Marie Curie that have a fair few people, but compared with RCUK, EU funding is much smaller. I offer another potential explanation.

"Many academics are pro-EU because they spend a lot of time going around the EU, have friends in many different countries, and being in the EU makes their lives a lot easier."

There is, of course, a third explanation, but you might not like it. Academics are, on the whole, among the best educated in society. Being anti-EU is correlated with being xenophobic and racist. (Not a perfect correlation, but enough of one to work statistically.) Being xenophobic and racist is highly inversely correlated with education. Therefore academics, statistically, are more pro-EU than society at large.

"rules that make them "partner" with second rate EU universities, rather than first rate global ones, and that the money is allocated to EU political "priorities", not scientific ones."

Rules for ERC Starting grant: the primary criterion is excellence of research. Nothing more.

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"Where is this money going to?"

You mean Horizon 2020? Most of it goes to EU universities, much of that to French and UK institutions.

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Silk Road boss Ross Ulbricht to spend LIFE in PRISON without parole

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Re: Colossal, global stupidity

"We have a fucking Prime Minister who’s probably done some coke (he won’t deny it cos then someone would probably come out and say that he did). So why isn’t HE in prison? After all, that would mean he’s an evil drug-taking sicko."

OK, nice rant and everything. But you seem to have mixed up the case here. Mr Ulbricht was a drug dealer, not a drug user. We treat them differently. Since he was a drug dealer, selling billions in drugs, he can hardly be compared to a guy offering you a spliff.

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Re: Paul 87

"I agree that rehabilitation is an important part of a fair justice system. I suspect his complete lack of remorse and continuing deflection of responsibility didn't help him come sentencing time, since he gave no indication that he could be rehabilitated."

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"In a letter submitted to the court earlier this week, Ulbricht said he realized he had "ruined my life and destroyed my future" ... "Even now I understand what a terrible mistake I made," Ulbricht wrote in his letter."

Do we have a different definition of remorse and responsibility?

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CBS boss says he'll show off his crown jewels on Apple TV – for a large enough check

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"I love all this "Apple is trying to change the universe" crap, when Netflix already walked in years ago, kicked everyone in the teeth and took their lunch money. I don't have a single device Netflix won't run on - I even have 4K through the decoder in my new TV. Netflix already became the iTunes of TV and didn't write unholy shit software to do it, or lock it down to their preferred platforms. In what universe is this guy living?"

My guess is Apple is "trying to change the universe" by not paying almost anything for the shows it will then charge a lot for.

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RAF radar station crew begs public for cash to buy gaming LAN kit

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Re: Priorities

Yes, but dogs *can* look up.

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Re: LAN Gaming

For me I had two computers in my room when I was a teenager, and played two-player co-op Diablo. Over a serial cable mind, none of this fancy stuff.

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OECD nations gang up on internet retailers, tax dodgers

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Re: Not a burden?

"Online companies will have to comply with every detail of every tax in every country. And keep up to date with all changes. And this is not a burden? Maybe not for the likes of Amazon, but for anyone smaller it's a huge problem."

I'm confused. People want to sell to customers in a country, but don't want to obey that country's laws? And they consider this a reasonable stance?

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Spotify springs bloody leak as losses grow to $197m – report

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Re: Something is seriously screwed

One possibility is that artists are making money, just not as much as they want to. What would the losses be in a music subscription service in which artists and record companies got what they consider fair recompense?

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Singapore's prime minister releases source code for his hand-coded Sudoku-solver

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Re: Senior Wrangler

"Absolutely. For a good indication of how impressive this is, look at who has finished *second* in past contests. According Wikipedia, James Clerk Maxwell, J. J. Thomson and Lord Kelvin - to name just three."

As any Senior Wrangler would tell you, that isn't much evidence that he is clever, since each year you are competing against different people.

However, Senior Wranglers are generally pretty good.

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"And what would be the advantage of Singapore becoming a less restrictive society?"

If you are one of the people currently being "restricted" then I guess there is an advantage.

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Top Spanish minister shows citizens are thick as tortillas de ballenas

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Re: Pedanting...

"Humans not descended from animals? Well, we *are* animals - we have not left the kingdom of animalia to become plants or whatever - so the apparent implication in that "descended from animals" claim that we're not animals ourselves is false."

But if you are being pedantic, there is no implication in "are you descended from animals?" All animals are descended from animals, except for the first one, including humans, birds and the three-toed sloth.

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Console makers game the EU Commission to avoid energy-use law

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Re: Just wondering...

"...what are we saving this energy for?"

Patio heaters.

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So how should we tax these BASTARD COMPANIES, then?

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Re: "The things that actually seem to work in making the poor richer."

"You mean the things that give us jobs being shunted to whatever part of the world gives the cheapest employees at the time (and screw the poor buggers who had that work previously)? The things that give us the Minimum Wage instead of a Living Wage? The things that give use Zero Hours contracts? Etc etc etc"

Minimum wage in the UK? Luxury! You talk about being poor, but when I were a lad we'd have to work down t' mine for 18 hours and then etc etc etc.

There are essentially no poor people in the UK. There are people who are relatively poor, compared with even richer people you know, but on the global scale they are in the top 10-20%. I thought you supported taking money from the richer to give to the real poor, i.e., the poorest 3.5 billion in the world? Globalisation and international trade has done just that, vastly improving the lives of the billions of genuinely poor, at the expense of a few dozen million in the West who have a bit less good of a life. Surely that's a win?

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London man arrested over $40 MILLION HFT flash crash allegations

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Re: What a joke

"2) The HFTs did cause the flash crash. The fact that his unusual input may have triggered it (if it even did) doesn't change the fact that their software malfunctioned and caused the crash."

Isn't that like saying "The lorry driver did cause the crash. The fact that the boy running out into the road in front of him may have triggered it (if it even did) doesn't change the fact that the driver swerved and caused the crash."

I'm not saying that I think he's in the wrong, but you cannot use arguments like that to exonerate him.

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Mt Gox LEAKED Bitcoin for years before heist, says WizSec

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Re: Still don't understand

I still don't understand how the money could have disappeared, when every bitcoin fan claims that it's impossible to steal bitcoin because all transactions are recorded forever."

That's how we can tell they've been stolen, at least.

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You! GOOGLE! HAND OVER the special SAUCE, says Senate (of France)

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Re: Looking forward to...

"Tesco being forced to offer Sainsbury's own products on the eye-line shelves and show the price they paid the supplier for the products, together with how much the big brands have paid for the best shelf space for their products."

If Tesco had more than 90% of the grocery market, you might start to find such laws appearing.

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WHAT did GOOGLE do SO WRONG to get a slapping from the EU?

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"Try and get a clue, this isn't the freaking point. I DON'T WANT TO SEE THEM. If I go to a search engine and do a search the last thing I want, 99.99999999% of the time, is to get directed to another search engine."

You are looking at it wrongly. Try an experiment: you want manuals, type <widget> manual. You want specifications, you type <widget> specification. You get what you want. You want to actually buy the thing, you type <widget> buy, and Google doesn't want you to see price comparison websites, and instead shows you its own, abysmal, shopping website. If this were judged on quality alone, Google Shopping would be deader than flares.

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Welcome to the FUTURE: Maine cops pay Bitcoin ransom to end office hostage drama

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Police did the right thing

It sounds wrong, but they did the right thing, from a rational perspective.

Not paying $300 isn't going to really stop these people doing it. If everyone stopped it, then maybe, but one organization not giving in won't make any difference.

Malware like this will (probably) hit online backups as well, so only an offline backup will work. These, by their very nature, cannot take place continuously, so suppose it is done daily. (The more often it is done the more likely you get hit with the malware while the connection is open.)

The cost in terms of time of recovering the offline backup, plus the cost of having everyone redo their on-average half day's work must far exceed $300.

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US govt bans Intel from selling chips to China's supercomputer boffins

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Re: Why ?

"Building brains. [...] But I would guess is that 'merica is blocking the sale for fear of the last one, because not enough though has gone into the far reaching consequences of this decision."

In order for politicians to think abut brain building, they would first need to find an example of one.

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Re: Control over the world's banking system

" Islam also has an alternative banking model, one that does not levy compounding interest on loans."

No it doesn't. So-called Islamic Banking is verbose bullshit wrapped around the same old model. "We don't charge interest on our mortgages, we just part-own your house and you pay rent on it. What's that, you say you end up paying exactly the same as if we lent you then money? Pure coincidence!"

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Foreign firms must obey EU laws no matter where they're based, says EU. Hear that, Google?

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Re: Tit for Tat, EU. We can do that too!

"How would the EU like it if the US and every other country in the the world were to implement similar laws? There would be no reason to trrade with your neighbors and world economies would crash."

You mean like when the US government fines French banks for breaking US sanctions against Iran? Go read some news sometime, idiot. Governments around the world apply the law to companies, even if they are headquartered in other countries, like, for example, BP, which you even mention in your rambling rant.

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Microsoft uses Windows Update to force Windows 10 ads onto older PCs

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Re: Naughty, naughty

"I was on a nice, round 1337 thumbs down until you did that. I am no longer leet at being disliked. Booooo!"

I downvoted you just to keep your counter ticking over.

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Forum chat is like Clarkson punching you repeatedly in the face

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Re: Service? Industry?

"Do you believe all the stories in the DM? Even the apparent ones?"

I assumed DM here meant Duty Manager.

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Re: Poor Oisin

"The BBC are sniggering. They are perceived as having been forced to close a popular show on a point of honourable principle whereas the reality is that they wanted to axe the show. The show will be mothballed for a year or so and then will come back in a new format and make even more money."

I doubt it. The BBC might well try to bring it back, but it won't be syndicated for a few years. Other countries' networks won't pay nearly as much for an untested product, and the BBC won't have the balls to have someone controversial front it, and it will be Fifth Gear Mark 2. Without the production values (the BBC won't shovel the money in without the commercial deals behind it) and the hosts, it will wither and be canned two seasons later.

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Attack of the Digital People: The BBC goes fully Bong

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Re: Fibonacci

"Targets are discrete, countable units. You have more of them or you have fewer of them or the number of them is unchanged."

Oh, you want to be a pedant, do you? I claim that targets are neither discrete nor countable. As a proof, I must demonstrate an uncountable continuous region of targets. I take 'the pass rate must be n%' as my region. Firstly, since percentages are real numbers this yields uncountably many targets, so your first point is wrong. Secondly, I can place a natural topology on this space homeomorphic to the interval [0, 1] under the usual topology, so the space of targets is naturally non-discrete.

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Re: Fibonacci

"Fewer. Fewer targets. Not less targets."

Not necessarily. If by 'targets' the OP meant the culture of targets, rather than the discrete list of them, 'less' would be right.

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Timeout, Time Lords: ICANN says there is only one kind of doctor

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Re: In the UK Medical Doctors aren't Real Doctors!

"In the UK anyone with a PhD is not a real doctor, and only wishes to be called a doctor out of envy. Or (traditionally) so that they can feel justified squeezing into parking spaces that say "Doctors only"."

Let's see: I spent four years getting an undergraduate degree, and four years doing advanced research. Technically I have a DPhil rather than a PhD but it's the same thing.

I'm guessing from this bollocks that you aren't a worthwhile person and only wish to pretend to be a worthwhile person out of envy.

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Should online pirates get the same sentences as offline ones?

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Re: The term "pirate" is a propaganda coup

"-If you have had property seized at sea then your first port of call should be the police and your insurance company"

I'd have thought if you were at sea your first port of call would be a port.

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Netflix: Look folks, it's net neutrality... HA, fooled you

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Re: Yes Mr. Welch,

Probably not, but people in France and maybe the UK would be speaking Russian.

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Top Euro court ends mega ebook VAT slash in France, Luxembourg

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Re: A book by any other name...

"You'd think in this age, they'd be trying to make paper books more expensive to promote environmentalism!"

Is it clear that paper books are worse for the environment than e-books?

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Office for Mac 2016 Preview: This letter will self-destruct in 60 days

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Re: The aticle needs to be re-written a bit

"And nobody cares about your opinion."

At current count six people cared enough to downvote him.

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‪Obama criticises China's mandatory backdoor tech import rules

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Re: The difference is...

"Free market, baby. Suck it up. If the poor house is where you belong, the invisible hand will see you end up there."

One entity engaging in wholesale theft and market manipulation (hello China!) is not the free hand. It's the bound hand, as in bound to slap you in the face. The sooner the Western governments wake up and disengage from China the better for everyone.

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Phabba-dabba-do: Samsung hypes up Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

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Re: Why

"I guess that Samsung (and the others) have realised that removable batteries (and people like me) were a problem to their sales expectations. But as long as I continue to have a functional phone with a removable battery I'm happy for it to remain their problem, and not mine."

Second battery and second screen for my S3, and this new screen is cracked as well. And less than two years old. I won't be sweating this asset, I'll be ditching it for a different provider at the end of my contract.

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Re: NSA and GCHQ will be very happy

"Who removes there phone battery because they are 'that' worried about being spied on?"

Spies?

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Lenovo: We SWEAR we're done with bloatware, adware and scumware

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Re: Well that was a rollercoaster

"Ooooh. I like free stuff!

".. six-month subscription to McAfee Livesafe security scanner"

Oh :-("

It's like offering someone kicked in the face a free punch in the face.

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FCC says cities should be free to run decent ISPs. And Republicans can't stand it

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Re: They should compromise

"Tax dollars shouldn't be confiscated to provide services that private businesses can provide better!"

Fine. But which services are those? Health? Education? Power? And what's the definition of better? Cheaper? With more profit?

It's when you start trying to define what the soundbite means that you run into trouble.

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Wanna free web domain for a year? Hey, it's not rocket .science

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I know this is all a bit of a laugh, but is any actual science going to really be on .science? I seriously doubt any actual scientists will bother with it because they have real stuff to do. Leaving only the...interesting...people like this dude:

http://www.jainmathemagics.com/default.asp

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Red or alive, you're coming with me: Feds offer $3m reward for 'CryptoLocker baron'

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I think I saw this guy

in a made-for-TV 1980s spy thriller. He maybe was living in a hollowed-out volcano?

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Didn't the Left once want the WORKERS to get all the dosh?

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Re: However

"All they have to do is push out heirs and look good on a stamp - something Posh and Becks could do just as well as Betty and Chuck"

And entertain foreign dignitaries. And not rape people, shout racist abuse or attack people in night clubs. Not looking so easy now, is it?

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Re: The Premiership as an example of good capitalism?

"Assuming you still have a local. A lot of these seem to be falling victim to bad capitalism."

I wasn't aware that falling alcohol consumption amid health campaigns were bad capitalism. I stand corrected.

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Re: However

"Not as bonkers as the amount the taxpayer forks out to keep Betty and her inbred parasitic, racist, xenophobic, paedophilic, fascist (and that's just Phil and Chaz!) family. Betty gets more than £1m A WEEK, fuck knows about the rest of the cunts.

Bollocks."

It's double bollocks when you remember this is an economics article, and you need to include opportunity cost, that is, the cost of an elected president in, say Germany for example for a similarly sized country with a titular head of state. Oh look, he costs about the same as Brenda.

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