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Edward Snowden on his Putin TV appearance: 'Why all the criticism?'

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Re: the Russian record ≠ the record

Anonymous Coward, do you read Russian media such as Echo of Moscow? If you do, then you’ll know that yes, there are people inside Russia who do read non-Russian media, and you’ll also find some commenters on articles there who refer to Putin with epithets like «фюрер» (Führer). If you wonder why Putin has a high approval rating, compare the chaos and severe economic contraction during most of Yeltsin’s years in office; Putin’s years look like a golden age in comparison.

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Ex–Apple CEO John Sculley: Ousting Steve Jobs 'was a mistake'

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Re: Camp ...

markw:, in the 1980s, camp was de rigueur.

I’m sure that you know this, but for the sake of those for whom English is not the mother tongue: Rik is American, so his suspenders (US) = braces (UK). Were he referring to suspenders (UK), he most likely would have used garters (US).

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Arts and crafts store Michaels says 3 million credit cards exposed in breach

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Credit cards? Yes, I’ve heard of them.

Am I the only antediluvitard here who still uses cash to buy things?

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Is tech the preserve of the young able-bodied? Let's talk over a fine dinner and claret

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Re: What happened to contrast?

Destroy All Monsters, given the TLD, surely you’d meant fount?

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LOHAN's Punch and Judy show: The big fat round-up

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Re: …with the balloon up a tree…

Lester, I take it that Judy didn’t have a lodestick installed? (Though given their names, I suppose that one might have expected Punch to be the one wielding a stick.)

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Apple has THREE TIMES as much cash as US govt, TWICE the UK

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Re: “American government has reserves of just $48.5bn…”

Fan of Mr. Obvious, the only things that your employer is forced to cough up to the Federal government for employing you is matching your Social Security (6.2% of first $117,000 of income) and Medicare (1.45% of all income) taxes, and a Federal unemployment insurance tax (theoretical maximum of $434 per year, but most employers pay $56 per year) which isn’t shown on your paycheck.

Your own cough-ups to the Feds include your own Social Security and Medicare taxes, a possible additional Medicare tax (0.9% of income above $200,000), and your income tax, with the percentage increasing by income bracket, with a maximum rate of 39.6% for income above $409,000 if single, $460,050 if married.

Compare this to another industrialized nation, such as the Netherlands. A Dutch worker would pay taxes of 1.1% to a survivor’s pension, 12.15% to long-term medical care, and 17.9% to an old age pension (if under age 65), all of these on the first €33,363 of income. An additional 7.1% tax of the first €50,064 of income goes to short-term medical care. The highest income tax bracket is 52%, which starts at only €55,992, regardless of marital status. Now compare some of the taxes that aren’t found on paychecks: Dutch value-added tax is 21% on most items (compare that to our state sales tax rates, never mind our absence of a Federal sales tax). Gasoline and diesel fuel in the Netherlands are taxed at far higher amounts per liter than they are here.

I agree that the actual percentage taken beyond income tax is significant. If everything that the Federal government takes from your paycheck surpasses what the Netherlands takes from a Dutch worker’s paycheck, I’d be curious to learn what the breakdown of those takings is.

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Solar-powered aircraft unveiled for round-the-world flight

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Re: Moody Planes

Roger, gravity sucks.

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Broadband Secretary of SHEEP sensationally quits Cabinet

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The title is too long.

and (d) a need to blame others, rather than actually doing something about the situation in which they find themselves.

Anonymous Coward, at least all of us here in the El Reg commentard collective can take pride in never* having exhibited this corrosive behaviour.

* — Apply appropriate tone of voice here.

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In Australia, protesting against Brendan Eich will be a CRIME

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Re: About Proposition 8

Intractable Potsherd, that depends upon how one defines “work”. Californian voters approved Proposition 8; it was ultimately thrown out via the Supreme Court.

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Torvalds rails at Linux developer: 'I'm f*cking tired of your code'

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Re: So, let me get this right …

DougS, the real fix is obviously being able to withstand 16 hours of shouting per day. Once an Achilles’ heel has been revealed (kids are smart — they’ll know perfectly well the real reason why they were told to shut the hell up), they’ll aim at it over and over and over again. To paraphrase Milton,

Of what now I suffer

They were not the prime cause, but I myself,

Who, vanquished with a peal of words, (O weakness!)

Gave up my fort of silence to my children.

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Organic food: Pricey, not particularly healthy, won't save you from cancer

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it’s about NOT eating chemicals!

Loyal Commenter, hard vacuum can be made much more palatable with sufficient parboiling.

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I QUIT: Mozilla's anti-gay-marriage Brendan Eich leaps out of door

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Re: Irony

southpacificpom, I wouldn’t recognize irony if it walked up to me, shook my hand, and said “How do you do, my name’s Irony.” But this site shows that over the course of 16 years, Obama had stated that he was pro, then contra, then pro again. Was that due to years of wrestling with his conscience? Was that due to political pragmatism? Who can know?

If I’ve correctly understood the point that others have made above, the distinguishing factor between Obama and Eich (other than the ability to launch drone strikes) is that when Obama was contra, he didn’t put his money where his mouth was to support revoking — or in California’s case, re-revoking — a right.

What might be surprising is who was on which side of the 5 to 4 split in the Hollingsworth v. Perry case which ultimately overturned Proposition 8.

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Dark SITH LORD 'Darth Vader' joins battle to rule, er, Ukraine

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Is there a “right of revolution” applicable here?

John Deeb, one list of North American secessionist groups can be found here. Buffs of US history would take Texas v. White into consideration; buffs of Canadian history would take Reference re Secession of Quebec into consideration.

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New IPCC report: 8 ways climate change will throw world INTO PERIL

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More wildlife in subantarctic forests of North America

Simon, when should those of us in North America expect to see subantarctic forests in which to find more wildlife?

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Selfies are OVER: Welcome to the age of 'Sleeveface'

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I spy an irony deficiency …

Oh, bother — no bonus from the CIA for me, then.

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Judge rules Baidu political censorship was an editorial right

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what the plaintiffs think a US court is going to be able to do

sisk, apparently the plaintiffs thought that a US court would be able to award them $16m in damages for violations of their civil rights.

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Spooks vs boffins: MIT bods say they've created PRISM-proof encryption

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if it does leak, you know where to pint the finger

itzman, is it pub o’clock already?

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Middle England's allotments become metric battlefield

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How do you make “fall” into an adjective?

J.G.Harston, by commandeering the past participle fallen — much as “spring” could be made into an adjective with sprung as an alternative to “vernal”.

In practice, though, “fall” (like “spring”) is used attributively as an adjective, e.g. fall foliage.

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Re: Tibetan currency

P0l0nium,

that currency proportion was already claimed, much closer to Blighty than far-off Tibet.

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Reality check: Java 8 finally catches a multi-core break

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Re: Just a question: "utilize"?

boltar, saying I finally used that chocolate teapot means that it was used as a teapot. Saying I finally utilized that chocolate teapot means that it was made useful, which excludes use as a teapot.

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Re: Just a question: "utilize"?

Non-English-speaking Anonymous Coward, yes, it’s common in some areas to use utilize as an overstuffed synonym for use. The proper meaning of utilize is “to make useful”, e.g. “I finally utilized that chocolate teapot — as an afternoon snack for my co-workers.”, as opposed to trying to use it as a teapot.

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GIANT FLESH-EATING DEVIL CHICKENS roamed North Dakota

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the inoffensive, tiny chickens of today

Lewis, the tiny chickens of today aren’t inoffensive, at least from an olfactory perspective.

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Osbo's booze, bingo, biz and big data Budget

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halved by 10 per cent

Kelly, does that mean halved to 10% (i.e. from its original 20%), or is that some kind of circumlocution for decimated?

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Eight hour cleansing to get all the 'faggots' and 'bitches' OUT of Github

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butt

Martin, butt can refer to the fag-end of either a cigar or a cigarette.

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Blighty goes retro with 12-sided pound coin

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Re: Better

MooseNC, given that all of the US non-commemorative five-dollar coins have been at least 899‰ gold, I’d happily accept one of them in preference to Lincoln on a Federal Reserve Note. Our “Peace” dollar coins of the 1920s and 1930s were probably the best-looking of our dollar coins, but the Saint Gaudens twenty-dollar piece was certainly our most beautiful circulating coin.

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Re: Being serious ..

ratfox, there was a Churchill crown in 1965, so a precedent does exist.

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Wackadoo DIYers scissor-kick beatboxer

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Re: Since when ...

Gordon 11, the OED editors stated the Greek origin of -ize themselves.

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Amazon wants me to WEAR NAPPIES?! But I'm a 40-something MAN

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Stereotypes die hard. What can I do?

Stick to the one, the only, the original: Spin̈al Tap.

“Thy Art Is Murder”? Odds bodkins! Thine Art Is Murder! (après nous, le Déluge…)

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Nipper rolls up at nursery with 48 wraps of HEROIN

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knife requirements

Bassey, I fear that you might be confusing us with our northern/eastern neighbour’s unparalleled love of Kraft Dinner. Zero tolerance policies can also be observed on their side of the border.

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Why can’t I walk past Maplin without buying stuff I don’t need?

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Re: Two words (and an ellipsis)

Anonymous John, the Sale of Goods Act 1979 is a more likely source for that. (Sellers have greater responsibilities in the UK than in the US, and it looks as though they’re compensated for that by equating £ with $.)

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Women! You too can be 'cool' and 'fun' if you work in tech!

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Europe is facing a shortage of ICT workers

Brid-Aine, if it’s anything like most of North America, Europe is facing a shortage of ICT workers at current salaries would be more accurate.

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Roll up, roll up for the Commentards' Ball

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الغول

thosrtanner, in the States, both marriage age and drinking age can vary by state/district/territory. It is the legal right to purchase or publicly possess alcohol that begins at age 21 (excepting Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands), not the legal right to drink it.

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Belgian judge mulled BANNING APPLE (actually, its website) in Euro warranty row

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Re: Directive 1999/44/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council

LDS, how does the first sentence in your reply to me differ from the second sentence in my reply to Pascal? I completely agree that Apple (or anyone else) should not participate in any misrepresentation. This Apple page summarizes the differences between the EU seller’s warranty, the Apple producer’s warranty, and the optional AppleCare Protection Plan.

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Directive 1999/44/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council

Pascal, directive 1999/44/EC requires the seller, not the producer, to offer the two-year warranty in the EU. Apple is responsible for the second year only if they sold the product to the consumer. According to Article 9 of the directive, it is the responsibility of the EU member states “to encourage, where appropriate, professional organisations to inform consumers of their rights”. Article 6.3 allows consumers to request a written copy of the seller’s guarantee, so that they can discover what is or isn’t covered by it.

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MtGox: Yup, we're pretty sure your Bitcoin were stolen. Sorry about that.

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Re: Weird dates?

Daniel, that’s most likely the count of years of the current emperor’s reign.

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Who earns '$7k a month' but can't even legally drink? A tech intern!

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Re: Unsurprising

Anonymous Coward, should you care to look, you’ll find under-age in the OED. We have a habit here of jettisoning hyphens from compound words more rapidly than does Rightpondian English. Traditionally hyphenated compounds like log-jam and pigeon-hole are no longer hyphenated here, and my guess is that the hyphenated under-age is critically endangered here, if not already extinct.

How would you propose discovering truthful answers to your questions?

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Re: Unsurprising

John, such young adults cannot legally purchase or publicly possess alcoholic beverages (otherwise, the state/district/territory would be ineligible for 10% of its share of Federal highway funding), but whether they can drink such beverages is still determined by state/district/territorial law; most jurisdictions allow consumption in private locations (homes, clubs requiring membership, &c.). In Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, young adults can still legally purchase and publicly possess (as well as drink) them. Note that a majority of the states also allow underage drinking of some variety — typically either in the presence of the minor’s parents, or in specific locations, such as when partaking in a religious sacrament.

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Comparing a top tech intern’s income to median household income?

The US Social Security Administration’s estimate of the median annual individual worker’s wage in 2012 was $27,519.10 (i.e. £16,434.71 or €19,939.93 at current exchange rates).

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Steve Jobs statue: Ones and ohs and OH NOES – it's POINTING at us

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everybody’s a critic

My first thought was “Pez gas-pump*”. The slithering, rough-hewn letters are what make it work; however, to me, the digits contribute nothing †. To my eye, the chin looks a bit too prominent.

* — Gas as in petrol; pump of the 1940s North American variety.

† — Note to self: reflect on banality of technological “revolutions”. Yup; it’s art.

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Pine trees' scent 'could prevent climate change really being a problem'

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this word, “ban” …

Anonymous Coward, the proposed rule from the EPA regarding emissions from woodstoves was published in the Federal Register here. Note that woodstoves have been regulated by the EPA since 1988 (which Somebody-in-Chief was at the helm then?); only newly manufactured woodstoves would be affected by this rule, should it take effect; and that 22% of the adjustable burn rate woodstoves (i.e. those with dampers) on the US market in December 2013 already meet the proposed emission limit for 2020 of 1.3 g of 2.5 μm particulate matter per hour — and that includes several non-catalytic models. The public comment period lasts until the 5th of May, so you still have a couple of months to perfect your give-me-woodsmoke-or-give-me-death manifesto. Give ’em hell, Nonny!

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Climate change will 'CAUSE huge increase in MURDER, ROBBERY and RAPE'

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Re: (“Fair” has never been a verb.)

sisk, the differences are so numerous that none of them can be listed? Thank noun that we have you here as an authority on Shakespeare’s pidgin English.

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Re: (“Fair” has never been a verb.)

sisk, I did not claim that Shakespeare introduced fair as a verb; I simply provided an example of his use of it. The OED shows its first documented source as a verb from c. 1175, and its most recent source was from 1959, each of which stands as a counterexample to Brennan’s claim that it has never been used as a verb.

You’ve piqued my curiosity. Since you’re speaking as an authority on that subject, which grammar rules did Shakespeare make up, in comparison to the grammatical rules of Elizabethan English?

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(“Fair” has never been a verb.)

Brennan, I suggest that you check Shakespeare’s Sonnet 127 before making that claim.

You are correct on the mistaken homophone, though.

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Brit boffins brew up blight-resistant FRANKENSPUD

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Re: So, Doktor Frankenspud, we meet again!

That’s Frahnkenshpood!

(tip o’ the hat to Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder)

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Re: Mandatory potato famine notice.

The Lumper potato (that staple of the Irish tenant farmers which was nearly wiped out in the 1840s) is being grown again in Northern Ireland. If you’re over there, you might well be able to find some in the shops there.

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'No, I CAN'T write code myself,' admits woman in charge of teaching our kids to code

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Code in an international language

Skizz, for an interesting take on the Sieve of Eratosthenes, see here.

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Google admits 'garbage in, garbage out' translation problem

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cat o’ nine tails

Phil O’Sophical, I think that the proper French for that is martinet (“swift”, of the avian variety).

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Greenland glacier QUADRUPLES speed, swells seas

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déclinaison flambée

Michael, certainly, I’d be happy to oblige. Should one prefer to preserve the original Latin plural form for consensus in English, then it is essential to know that it is a fourth declension noun in Latin — which means that the Latin plural for consensus is consensus (albeit with a long u in the plural, so add a macron to taste).

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three “major issues”

LionelB, my reading was that Russell was referring to Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima, but I could certainly have misinterpreted what his major issues were.

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MAC TO THE FUTURE: 30 years of hindsight and smart-arsery

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Re: MULTIPLE SCREENS!!

Justin, different programs ran on the two monitors, and both of them were started from the DOS command line. There was nothing to “fit together” for repositioning. Your point was the IRQ hell of multiple monitors in 1990, and my point was that that hell didn’t exist even in 1985. Would you please tell me how the Macintosh 512K could support multiple monitors in 1985?

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