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$195 BEEELLION asteroid approaching Earth

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Meanwhile, we have HAPPY HAPPY FISSION reactors (a PWR in my orbit? It's more likely than you think!)

Or you can deploy SOLAR REFLECTORS to direct heat onto the poor astro-roid which will transform itself into a nicely outgassing marble once you deploy several hundred km² worth of mylar.

Space Super Capitalism!!

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So this is Apple's Cash Stash floating around?

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Still-living, unincarcerated Ted Nugent invited to Barack Obama gig

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Not progressive enough?

http://mises.org/freemarket_detail.aspx?control=206

"The Official View of the Whiskey Rebellion is that four counties of western Pennsylvania refused to pay an excise tax on whiskey that had been levied by proposal of the Secretary of Treasury Alexander Hamilton in the Spring of 1791, as part of his excise tax proposal for federal assumption of the public debts of the several states.

Western Pennsylvanians failed to pay the tax, this view says, until protests, demonstrations, and some roughing up of tax collectors in western Pennsylvania caused President Washington to call up a 13,000-man army in the summer and fall of 1794 to suppress the insurrection. A localized but dramatic challenge to federal tax-levying authority had been met and defeated. The forces of federal law and order were safe.

This Official View turns out to be dead wrong. In the first place, we must realize the depth of hatred of Americans for what was called "internal taxation" (in contrast to an "external tax" such as a tariff). Internal taxes meant that the hated tax man would be in your face and on your property, searching, examining your records and your life, and looting and destroying.

The most hated tax imposed by the British had been the Stamp Tax of 1765, on all internal documents and transactions; if the British had kept this detested tax, the American Revolution would have occurred a decade earlier, and enjoyed far greater support than it eventually received.

Americans, furthermore, had inherited hatred of the excise tax from the British opposition; for two centuries, excise taxes in Britain, in particular the hated tax on cider, had provoked riots and demonstrations upholding the slogan, "liberty, property, and no excise!" To the average American, the federal government's assumption of the power to impose excise taxes did not look very different from the levies of the British crown.

The main distortion of the Official View of the Whiskey Rebellion was its alleged confinement to four counties of western Pennsylvania. From recent research, we now know that no one paid the tax on whiskey throughout the American "back-country": that is, the frontier areas of Maryland, Virginia, North and South Carolina, Georgia, and the entire state of Kentucky.

President Washington and Secretary Hamilton chose to make a fuss about Western Pennsylvania precisely because in that region there was cadre of wealthy officials who were willing to collect taxes. Such a cadre did not even exist in the other areas of the American frontier; there was no fuss or violence against tax collectors in Kentucky and the rest of the back-country because there was no one willing to be a tax collector.

The whiskey tax was particularly hated in the back-country because whisky production and distilling were widespread; whiskey was not only a home product for most farmers, it was often used as a money, as a medium of exchange for transactions. Furthermore, in keeping with Hamilton's program, the tax bore more heavily on the smaller distilleries. As a result, many large distilleries supported the tax as a means of crippling their smaller and more numerous competitors.

Western Pennsylvania, then, was only the tip of the iceberg. The point is that, in all the other back-country areas, the whiskey tax was never paid. Opposition to the federal excise tax program was one of the causes of the emerging Democrat-Republican Party, and of the Jeffersonian "Revolution" of 1800. Indeed, one of the accomplishments of the first Jefferson term as president was to repeal the entire Federalist excise tax program. In Kentucky, whiskey tax delinquents only paid up when it was clear that the tax itself was going to be repealed.

Rather than the whiskey tax rebellion being localized and swiftly put down, the true story turns out to be very different. The entire American back-country was gripped by a non-violent, civil disobedient refusal to pay the hated tax on whiskey. No local juries could be found to convict tax delinquents. The Whiskey Rebellion was actually widespread and successful, for it eventually forced the federal government to repeal the excise tax."

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So what are his negative sides?

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Re: "a patriot like Ted Nugent"

Yes.

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Kiwi Coroner says Coca-Cola helped kill woman

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"....with a safe level of the latter being 400 milligrams"

Additionally, that is an alarming item to read in an El Reg newstory.

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"it is unlikely that she would have died when she died and how she died"

So it would have been more likely that she might have died a bit earlier or later and in a somewhat different matter, probably boringly so. Is this like a less-tasteful version of the parrot skit?

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Tesla vs Media AGAIN as Model S craps out on journo - on the highway

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Re: Why was the charge lost overnight?

He parked the car in a rundown neighborhood...

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Re: Writer was intent on high risk of failure

"This car is not for Stupid People".

Roads will be empty, man.

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"Car is shutting down"

That Space Cadet Feel!

"Driving by a gasoline station and smiling is something everyone should experience.”

Everyone should also experience knowing about energy budgets, storage and generation.

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Montana TV warns of ZOMBIE ATTACK in epic prank hack

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Re: OK kiddiez, try something new

I don't know why this is getting downvotes.

How many Obamites are in this forum believing that the constitution is not pear and zombie shaped? Anyone?

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Re: This is the stuff

Now, lock them up for 40 years!!

Because people these days are dumb enough to be alerted by "dead rising" messages.

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NASA melts mysterious 'metal Martian flower' myth

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Re: Ummmm....why not just drive over an analyse it?

It's all very convenient.

Whistling past the graveyard, moi?

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Re: I think NASA wants the conspiricy nutters

Get out of here Stalker!

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Cat cuffing: Japanese cops collar suspect for mass murder e-threat

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Yes, you are missing retards who pass here.

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Paranoia Agent

... now get those suspects to confess something they actually did!

"Confessions" under duress are pretty common in Japan.

Additionally, all this sounds like a plot of a Satoshii Kun movie.

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UK doesn't have the SKILLS to save itself from cyber threats

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Re: Out of work oap

That skillset will positively ROLL OVER anything in my office right now.

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Public told to go to hell, name Pluto's two new moons

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Doland and Gooby!

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Twitter translated to LOLCATZ: Strangely this had not been done

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Re: The Dialectizer - the original web translator

And I here was hoping for a translation into Obscurantist Hegelian Dialect hailing the prussian king and weirding people out for fun and profit.

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US company aims patent-gun at Australia’s e-health system

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Re: If only australia was a country

That would for once an acceptable government landgrab, this time on pretend property.

GO GO I would like to see this.

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Curiosity raises mighty robotic fist, punches hole in Mars

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Re: Pluto ...

I don't get it?

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Re: IKEA

Here on Earth, ordering a hole like that drilled will set you back at least 50 quid, plus VAT.

And possibly union dues.

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Men's rights activists: Symantec branded us a 'hate group'

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The title is too long

Hmmm.... I imagine this will be voice by an exceedingly pleasant airport announciatrix ... or GlaDOS, depending on how far we are along the road.

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Re: Paul ELAM ? Really?

The riders of the apocalypse won't be coming. Their horses have been processed...

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Samsung laptops can be NUKED by ANY OS – even Windows: new claim

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Re: Poor Apple.

> It's Forth based, right?

That would actually mean there was some hope.

Yet another "industry standard" that is a Bad Idea, Badly Implemented.

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Multi-billion Euro broadband fund obliterated by EU budget cut

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Re: EU?

but that's down to national government not the EU

Actually, it's down to the "let's let it all hang out" financial boardello and bubble-blowing attitude encouraged by the EU freaks. That fact that they are incapable of reining in spending is the icing on the cake:

Irish banks borrowed much cheap money after joining the eurozone in 1999. The banks bet most of the borrowed money on properties in Britain, Ireland, and the United States, a strategy that paid good dividends during the housing bubble until it popped in 2008.

In 2008, Ireland insured its banks against all losses, costing it more than €50 billion ($69 billion).

Anglo Irish Bank, the bank with the most money to lose, neared bankruptcy in September 2008, but it and other Irish banks persuaded Irish Finance Minister Brian Lenihan to give them money for short-term cash problems, not a serious long-term problem, they claimed.

Two years later, Anglo Irish Bank and two other small banks have been nationalized. Financial aid has been given to Allied Irish and the Bank of Ireland.

Ireland is currently spending about €50 billion ($69 billion) while tax revenue is about €31 billion ($42 billion).

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Re: We can't annoy the farmers!

At least now you know why your lasagne tastes like ass!

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My hairs stand on end

"almost budget-neutral in the long run"

Translation: Go into debt now to implement [preferred project] and hope to rob the populace for taxes in the future. Yaarrrr!!

"The recent capital increase of the [EIB] of €10bn brings the promise..."

Is that some freshly printed "money"?

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Microsoft Surface Pro launch: It's easy to sell out of sod all stock

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On the Eadon train, there ARE no brakes!

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Playmobil punts bank-heist set to wide-eyed kiddies

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"Ciudad Juárez drug cartel gun battle set"

It's hard to depict spilling entrails with playmobils though.

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Re: I think it sends out a positive gender message

Actually, banks create and maintain jobs too.

What you would actually need to do is rob the CENTRAL bank. Unfortunately you are then faced with the decision to either take the printing press or the folder of worthless IOUs from the exchequer, none of which is a palatable choice.

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Michelin critics to football blogger: Salaud! Unhand that URL

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But is there a pic of Michel in a Michelin Guide?

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11-YEAR-OLD code wizard hacks Greedy RuneScape geeks

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@RDX

Typical software geek response... it's not about the end result, only how technically good the implementation. ...the guy sitting on a beach drinking champagne with your money for example,,, it's the exact opposite.

You don't need elegant solutions if you just beat up somebody, then take his purse.

You do need elegant solutions if you want maintainable, reliable, adaptable, testable code. Or at least something viable when you just want to get paid for your shit in the marketplace.

Two totally different things.

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Re: Hacking ?

> Social engineering is hacking.

No. Social engineering is Social engineering.

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> This was 20ish years ago though, when this sort of thing was harmless fun.

Right. I remember people getting booted from uni for that. Not so "harmless".

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Re: Suckyou Raven He'd better go into hideing then.

Forgot your pills AGAIN, Matt?

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Bioshock Infinite, Devil May Cry, SimCity

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When you have played Dishonored, not a minute earlier!

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Big Windows updates may ship this summer – and every summer

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Re: I can't wait for...

But horsemeat tastes good!

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Every single Internet Explorer at risk of drive-by hacks until Patch Tuesday

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Re: @Gray

> You were saying ?

What are _you_ saying?

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Microsoft needs to keep visible under waves of Blue

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Re: MS is feeling BLUE. MS is on DEATH ROW.

> Turing-complete programming language

That word again.

I'm gonna finance a fund to set east-european cleaners on people soon. I am undecided...

> It's syntax

It's decided.

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Ethernet at 40: Its daddy reveals its turbulent youth

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Re: Performance

> The joy of Ethernet was the ad hoc doom party

Oh no, memories!

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Re: Ethernet is the Ayn Rand network?

Ayn Rand was a neo-fascist

Downvoted from the incursion from the left-winger's pigpen.

Ayn Rand was not a good writer and crazy radical, but had all the normative ethics written down for analysis. She detested socialist leechers and failures, in particular the socialist failures resorting to violence, so how can she be "neo-fascist"? What does that even mean?

Hold on, are you trolling?

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Curiosity photographs mysterious metal object on Martian rock

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It begins

To me it looks like a door handle to an underground vault.

The whole audience: Just don't pull that door handle, Curiosity!!

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Remember that Xeon E7-Itanium convergence? FUHGEDDABOUDIT

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HP was ... Big Leo

Just call it "The Pharmacy".

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Re: Please No..

That would be like Batman expensively tooled up and ready to rumble with ANTHYING ... then falling down stairs.

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2e2 cloud cash fiasco puts NHS IT and biz 'over a barrel'

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Re: What if?

Everything would suddenly become more efficient!

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Atomic Weapons Establishment ditches 2e2 in funding row

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Re: Go ahead, Offend the Atomic top brass. Make their day.

Eadon, you now sound like Kim Dotcom sending his ethical haxxors after Bin Ladin.

You don't happen to BE Kim Dotcom.

Who had his Mega Stuff on e2e servers?

Right?

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Tennessee bloke quits job over satanic wage slip

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The Three Stigmata of Contech Casting in Clarksville

"Contech Casting in Clarksville", eh?

If you take the first letters, you already get 333 ... yet another sign, but I don't know of what?

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EU: We'll force power plants, Apple and pals to admit hack attacks

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Re: Point Missed: More work for Mr Jobsworth

Correct. But it will also mean that more mechanisms for "plausible denability" will be put in place internally.

Of course, there are laws coming down the pipe (actually there already are) mandating full control & surveillance of all modifications to and consultations of data by company personnel or unwanted guests ... HOWEVER! While the employer must generate and keep the logs, he is not allowed to look at them, because that would be surveillance of the employee, which is a no-no. What do? Lawyers start to say that it is now impossible to be compliant to the law, so you have to take a risk approach even here ... reduce the risk of running afoul too hard and having to go to jail as opposed to handing over some cash from time to time.

The time of the small ICT company is coming quickly to an end I fear. Time to read books on how to make and sell sammich.

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Come back when the criminals are out of the parliaments!

Well-meaning discussions, furrowing of brows and exhortations by the bureacracy, as well as new laws, shall improve data security, deter criminals and fend off Chinese hackers?

This is like believing that monetizing debt is a good idea or that printing money will make us wealthy and ease the depression in a jiffy. Who would believe that? Oh wait...

"During a 30-minute press conference, Euro bigwigs were grilled on what they were doing to end corporate espionage"

Yeah, with that kind of attitude we are on the right track. What *can* they do, Einsteins?

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