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Mutton to see here: Chinese dealer offers fondleslabs for sheep

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"Chinese dealer offers fondleslabs to sheep"

Fixed.

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Albert Einstein brings cheese and clean pyjamas to space station

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Boffin

Serious boffinry angle

Does peanut butter still stick to the roof of your mouth in zero gravity?

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Oz opposition says to stop hackers first stop refugee boats

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Re: nothing like old fashioned racism

No-one so far has claimed that they don't need to be processed. But the sky might not be falling quite as quickly as you'd have people believe.

People coming from France could potentially be carrying measles too - yet there's no cries to stop them coming here. In fact the number of people vaccinated *within* Australia is dropping - at least boat people can be intercepted and vaccinated as they're processed - if, as you say, they're disease risk, why are we not rounding up unvaccinated citizens and vaccinating them too?! It seems somewhat hypocritical that we're subjecting immigrants to vaccinations because "they spread disease" but our own citizens are free to travel overseas, unvaccinated, and return with whatever they've brought back with them.

The terrorism argument has been thrown around for years. 9/11 attacks were carried out by people on tourism or study visas (can't remember which) - point is, they were here "legitimately", the London bombers were citizens, as was Timothy McVae - all the large terror attacks have been carried out not by people who were "illegals" but by those who were able to arouse the least suspicion from the "citizens=good, immigrants=bad" camp. Ultimately, if someone wants to commit a terrorist attack, they don't get on a leaky boat for 2 months, with little chance of survival, in the hope that they get picked up by the Australian Military.

You can regurgitate the "Australian way of life" horseshit for as long as you like - the fact is that you don't need "delicate liberal sensibilities" to see the need for a humanitarian solution to what is a humanitarian problem. Yes, they need processing. Yes, it takes time. But "turning back boats" does nothing but cause a humanitariam disaster, and makes Australia look backwards to every other developed nation, and unless the problem is addressed at the source (ie the countries they're coming from, or neighbouring countries dealing with people smugglers themselves) then their numbers won't drop.

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Re: @Veldan

*sigh*

How many countries you've passed through doesn't determine how *far* you've travelled either. Nice strawman though.

The definition of "take you in" and "safety" varies from country to country as well - Australia is surrounded by small developing nations that have enough trouble caring for their own people, let alone "taking in" refugees.

People seem to think Australia is surrounded by tourist resorts, and that they're qualified to comment on how "great" conditions are in those countries simply because they own an Bintang singlet.

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Re: @Anon 2:38

How far you travel doesn't determine your eligibility for refugee status. People don't come here on sinking boats because it's "easier" to get in - it's because it the only option they have.

Mind if I ask which war-torn country you came from? And what atrocities you were escaping?

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Re: Really?

I love that people have the notion that worldwide refugee numbers are somehow determined solely by the immigration policy of Australia, and not external factors such as war, famine, racial prejudice, etc.

Immigration ministers seem to have a habit of admitting their policies don't do very much, on both sides of politics:

"The former Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Evans, has argued, along with many refugee advocates and journalists, that the introduction of TPVs was ineffective in reducing the number of unauthorised boat arrivals"

The Howard government saw a massive spike on the introduction of their TPV's, similar to today's numbers - I'm surprised the Daily Telegraph used 2002 figures - if they went back just one more year they'd have seen numbers similar to recent years. I guess they were "out of control" from 1999-2001 as well? Or does the term only apply when a party you don't like is in power?

(http://www.aph.gov.au/About_Parliament/Parliamentary_Departments/Parliamentary_Library/pubs/BN/2011-2012/BoatArrivals#_Toc285178607)

Obviously deterrents to the immigrants themselves don't work (and why would they? they're not coming here for a holiday, they're risking their lives because they'll lose them if they stay) - perhaps if that 3.2 billion was put into helping rectify issues in other countries we'd have less boat people? But of course such a move would be political suicide; the FUD surrounding "sending billions offshore" would be pounced on by Abbott et al regardless of the effect it would have on stopping the boats. 3.2 billion spent is the result of years of boat people being a political football. Make no mistake, this is an election issue because it determines votes, not because it affects the lives of anyone in Australia.

It's quite damning that Australia is happy for "international waters" to be controlled by Australia when legal (according to international law) whaling vessels travel into those waters, but when a boat full of people moves in on the same waters we want nothing to do with them because they're in "international waters".

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Ex-Microsoft man plans brand of consumer marijuana 'fine cigars'

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some options

Windows 4.20

TIFKAM - The Imbibement Formerly Known As Marijuana (following the inevitable unwanted rebrand)

Or they could go with the stereotypical pot-smoking freetard segment with WINDOWS ***CRACK*** (100% WORKING)

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New EXPLICIT pics support notion of moist, welcoming past for Mars

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Re: Wibbly wobbly pebbles!

"What other solvent would you suggest, that is abundant in our solar system, liquid in the temperature range likely to have existed on Mars in the past, and chemically consistent with the composition of the rocks in question, and the planet as a whole?"

jynnan tonnyx?

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UN report says killer bots could fight WAR WITHOUT END

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Simplify war

Autonomous robots makes things quite simple, I'd have thought. Since there aren't actually any people fighting on the battlefield, the idea of one defending one's land becomes moot. Therefore there's no need for the fighting to actually take place on the battlefield. It also means that you don't need legions of robots - that's wasteful - just one will do, from each side, trying to kill the other.

Since the U.S will undoubtedly be a big player in these "Robot Wars", I predict televised matches, in which a single robot from one country will fight a single robot from the other, and the victor gets (for example) Syria. No collateral damage, no destruction of entire countries, and Craig Charles can host.

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Dark blue side of the Force used to quell Star Wars nerd clash

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"Police arrived when an assault was reported"

"After lengthy investigation, talking to witnesses and reviewing good CCTV footage, it was confirmed that there was no assault."

All that jedi training finally paid off.

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Microsoft reveals Xbox One, the console that can read your heartbeat

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Re: It's £399

Banker? Pah! I'm helping out the *Prince* of Nigeria! Already paid the admin fee, just waiting for those millions to come through...

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Re: XBox One == Creepy Snooping Apparatus

"From the FBI's persepctive, people who are sat at home playing video games with their mates are not of interest."

Unless the game or movie they're watching is pirated.

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Bureau of Stats releases educational SimClone game

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Re: "Approve proposals that more locals love"

Yeah, the price has become pretty outrageous, but on a dollar-per-clogged-artery basis it's actually quite good value.

Haven't tried The Sultan's Table, but will now!

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"Approve proposals that more locals love"

Hmmm.... Marrickville...

1. Victoria Yeeros expansion onto every corner

2. Subsidise costs of said yeeros

3.???

4. Profit

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Yahoo! Japan says 22 MEELLION User IDs may have been nabbed

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Why so happy?

For once an exclamation mark after every word would have made the headline less ambiguous...

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Alleged CIA spook cuffed by Russians: US Gmail 'spycraft' revealed

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Re: There is more to this story?

Or if he used an ACME Sleep Grenade to sneak past any guards...

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Builder-in-a-hole outrage sparks Special Projects Bureau safety probe

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Re: That well

Judging from the time stamps, I'm guessing Lester's post came in a tad late...

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3D printed gun plans pulled after US State Department objects

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Re: @Chris Lively

Cars and walking have a purpose other than killing. To compare walking to gun ownership because "some people get hurt walking" misses the issue entirely. If anything, the comparison demonstrates how tenuous the similarities between guns and cars/walking really are. (not to mention that in the example you gave, walking is a passive action - it's akin to banning people from going into office buildings because of 9/11).

Even if, as some people claim, a car is a "weapon", as it can be used to murder, it requires premeditation to get in the car, start it up, put it in gear, release handbrake, drive out of driveway, into street, then navigate to wherever I want to kill someone. It's not a case of pulling a trigger, and the intended purpose of a car is not to kill - so even if I *wanted* to, I still quite possibly couldn't kill anyone with it. What's more, despite the number of cars in the world (billions) the number of intentional killings using them is miniscule.

Lastly, a car doesn't always kill. I've had car accidents where both cars were written off, and no-one was injured. In fact the number of accidents involving no injuries is much higher than the accidents that do result in injuries - I've not heard of someone taking a bullet in the head and not sustaining any injuries, but will happily stand corrected.

Using a gun for suicide requires no thought - pick up gun, pull trigger. Like it or not, people make decisions that they regret later, and suicides that require more time/thought result in less chance of people going through with it. It's why they have councillors at popular bridge jumping spots - not to "fix" the issues people have, but to at least give them time to think. If you make someone go to a lot of effort to kill themselves, they're at least going to have to give the issue more thought - a gun removes that second chance.

"how much should society give up to make it safer for one person?"

^Exactly. You've hit the nail on the head with this question. Why should we be happy with people blowing their own brains out, either intentionally or unintentionally, simply so that a few paranoid types can "feel a sense of security"? If safety is measured as the likelihood of being killed or injured by a weapon, then guns need to be controlled. Why should society be happy for shootings to be commonplace when it's only being done to placate the few who are so insecure so as to need a placebo for their issues? With effective gun control, society gives up nothing. With the way things are, many people are at risk of injury so that one person can have the illusion of safety.

The "uses" of a gun are limited to killing - that's their sole purpose. They can be used to intimidate, but only because they're designed to kill. They give a sense of security, but only because they're designed to kill. Recreation is the only other use, and using a gun for recreation doesn't require it to be loaded/kept at home.

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The gun? yes. A small, plastic contraption.

The bullets? no.

At 30,000ft a fart would be more deadly.

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I love that people assume a "criminal" has a big label over them identifying them as such, as though they're born "criminals". Whay happens when your wife/daughter/son gets shot dead by someone else's wife/daughter/son because they thought they saw a criminal? or felt threatened? or panicked? or because your wife/daughter/son *is* a "criminal" (care to define the term?) because, like it or not, every "criminal" is *someone's* wife/husband/daughter/son/father/mother.

If everyone should be allowed to carry guns, then yes, the criminals have them. But no-one can identify their intentions, nor take them away from the criminals. It has a wolf-in-sheeps-clothing effect. Trying to identify and shoot a "criminal" when everyone is waving their guns about in a panic is not something I'd want on my conscience.

If no-one is allowed, then the simple act of carrying one *makes someone* a criminal - and thus they're liable to be charged without ever having used it, the moment someone sees them with it. Will they be able to perpetrate a crime with it? Possibly. But the risk of them shooting someone dead is lowered, since they know they're not going to have to shoot first "just in case". Most cases where guns are used as a threat aren't intended to result in death - they're robberies, break and enters, etc. The goal isn't shooting someone dead, so anything to reduce the risk of someone pulling a trigger will be beneficial for everyone's wife/daughter/son - and if that safety comes at the price of a few posessions, then so be it.

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Assuming your plastic AK doesn't shatter immediately, you'll end up with a pile of molten plastic after a few rounds. Cost is irrelevant, the design of the AK takes the material into account - there's a reason guns aren't usually made out of plastic.

Ultimately, for $1000 of plastic you're better off making a simple object that won't go wrong - a slingshot or knife would be better for a 1 use object, I would imagine.

In terms of concealability, a sharpened toothbrush would be more effective, not to mention cheaper and have a similar range to the liberator.

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Israeli activists tell Hawking to yank his Intel chips over Palestine

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WTF?

"He seems to have no understanding of this world"

I had to laugh at that.

Nitsana Darshan-Leitner appears to be in some confusion as to the value of her opinion relative to that of Prof. Hawking.

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Retro-tech fan seeks cash for Commodore 64 clones

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Can't call it Commodore 64

How about Rear Admiral 64?

Apparently rear admiral is a higher rank anyway...

Really though, not having any electronic knowledge is not really an issue for the sorts of people that this sort of item appeals to - when your idea is something that a large portion of your target market would consider to be a neat little project they could achieve with a similar amount of money in spare time (popping a raspberry pi into a c64 case or similar), the business case begins to make rather less sense...

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'Ring of fire' eclipse to burn Australia

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Re: Well...

Early next year was my first.

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First, the bad news: EA bags Star Wars games rights

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@Flawless101

And don't forget camera shake - apparently all soldiers can only focus on an object for about half a second before spinning around wildly and shaking their head about.

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Re: Battlefield 3/4 - Star Wars ???

This is EA. They've probably already found a way to set the game in 1942. (less reskinning to do!)

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Judge hands copyright troll an epic smack-down

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Re: @TeeCee(was: "...or be outed as the kind of person who would torrent porn.")

The resolution has increased dramatically since then; you won't even notice the pixels!

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The IRS...

Now it's Prenda Law's turn to prove their innocence.... I get the feeling the IRS was thrown in there to make them squirm, the real pain is still coming.

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VTOL hybrid flying car promises the skies

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Re: I don't see the point

I believe that to the target market, the ability to mutter the phrase "why don't you come back to my place and I'll show you my flying car" is of greater value than the carplane itself, and well worth the ridiculous cost/contrived design.

Personally I don't see the appeal of a car that makes going around corners unneccesary.

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YouTube channels at $1.99 per month could launch this week

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Re: I'm rather looking forward to this

I don't mind the idea either - however I've not yet seen any confirmation that this will be ad-free, just that there will be "premium content" on 50 channels for 1.99. (happy to stand corrected)

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Peeping Tom suspects cuffed after 'falling through women's toilet ceiling'

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Re: Almost as embarassing as...

I remember when Eadon put effort into his Windows-bashing.

I'd have expected something along the lines of "Poor bathroom design, but it could have been worse - at least they didn't have Windows!"

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Re: CEILING TILE CONTROL LAW

LOUD NOISES

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Monitor-makers ponder Android-powered touch screens

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Sounds daft...

but assuming it'll be 1080p (which the latest phones support, so no compatibility issues, plus on a 21" monitor it's plenty of pixels) and assuming "double the cost of a regular monitor" = double a cheap 21" (not twice their top-o'-the-line model, so ~ $400-$500 AU), and assuming it supports USB on the go (or whatever it's called, where it'll recognise mass storage devices) I can see it functioning very well as a cheap backup media player, for the kids or whatnot.

Sure, there's a lot of assumptions^^ up there (esp. price), but if they're serious about sales, it has the potential to carve a niche for itself.

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US Ambassador plays Game of Thrones with pirates

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As an owner of the first two seasons on blu-ray...

I Like the way he's approaching this, but at the same time, I can't help but feel his perspective is still from the 90's.

If I hadn't downloaded the first season illegally, I'd never have believed it was worth spending $60AUD on the BluRay. Sure, they may have got a few dollars if I had an Apple device, and I used iTunes, and I decided to purchase the episodes - but assuming a price of about $3 per episode, and the fact that Apple takes their Lion's (hurr hurr hurr) share of the price, the people actually responsible for making the series wouldn't see anywhere near the amount of money that they are. And since I'd already paid for it once on iTunes, I'd hardly pay for it again on BluRay.

The attitude seems to be that if they can't see the payments/benefits directly, they don't exist. Nevermind the exposure that piracy gives a show (I highly doubt that without the internet, Game Of Thrones would be anywhere near as successful as it has been).

Many of the people on facebook talking up the show are the ones who have pirated it (his use of facebook to try and tackle the issue seems to confirm this too) and the fact remains that it's their freetard ways that have created the "first world problem" of having a really successful show (that some people aren't paying for) in the first place. Until they address the speed and convenience advantage that digital downloads *SHOULD* have over other methods, I can't see them ever supplanting torrents.

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Surprise! Republican bill adds politics to science funding

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Simple solution

If anyone starts querying why the science budget is so high, just tell them you can't explain it because it's irreducibly complex.

Should pretty much guarantee funding.

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Presumably

Anything already covered by the Bible would be considered duplicitous and therefore ineligible for funding?

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Pirates scoff at games dev sim's in-game piracy lesson

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How to make your game sound like empty, rehashed dross:

Put the word "Tycoon" after it. Once rollercoaster and Railroad came out, most of what followed was a fairly poor variation on an unimaginative formula.

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Japan's naughty nurses scam free meals with mobile games

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This scam...

sounds a lot like what most westerners would call first dates... Although I guess in this instance the girl isn't interested in anything past the first date. But to a desperate mobile gaming nerd, a date in return for paying for a meal presumably doesn't sound like too much of a raw deal compared to most other scams.

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Senate clears bill to block warrantless email searches

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"CISPA is dead for now"

The lobbying equivalent of "Reserve not met".

Either RIAA/MPAA have to lift their bids or the Senate has to be a bit more realistic about how many yachts this bill will buy them.

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Police arrest suspect in BIGGEST DDoS ATTACK IN HISTORY

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Re: bets

But they're based of out an old soviet nuclear bunker.

A *nuclear* *bunker*.

That makes my company's data safe, right?

...right?

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Student falsely IDed by Reddit as Boston bomber found dead

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Re: low price of HFCS compared to... what, exactly?

So you think the cartel will suddenly stop price fixing when government regulation is removed?!

There's no doubt the government makes decisions in the interest of the people lining their pockets, but at least there's a modicum of accountability if people make enough noise. Without that regulation in place, the cartels will be able to do whatever they want, and set prices as high as they want - thanks to the TEA party.

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Re: Lazy Fat Americans.

Whilst the US's average intake of sugar being through the roof is no doubt contributing to obesity, it's got nothing to do with HFCS, GMO, or any other TLA's - glucose is glucose, and that's what makes you fat.

Other contributing factors might be:

- A complete lack of interest shown by most inhabitants to do any form of excercise

-A lack of nutritional education

-A diet incredibly high in processed foods, and extremely high sodium and fat content in foods.

-The low cost of aforementioned processed, high fat, high sugar foods and beverages, relegating them to the food of the lower classes (who make up most of the population)

Ironically, nationwide healthcare might actually give some people a wakeup call before it's too late - a low cost, regular check up can let people know how much damage they're doing *before* they need a quadruple heart bypass, or end up being found dead on the bog after trying to pass last night's big mac meal.

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Verizon: 96 PER CENT of state-backed cyber-spying traced to China

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Black Helicopters

Traced back to China...

...and that seemed like a convenient place to stop looking.

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US Senate vote to add internet sales tax this week

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Is there a limit on number of businesses?

"If you have a business you can have $10m business, $1m of which can be in remote sales over the internet, and you're exempt."

What's to stop me from setting up a bunch of (for example) IT companies under one website? Company A deals with HDD sales, Company B sells processors, Company C sells peripherals, etc. and each one has less than $1m in "remote sales".

It's a bit of effort, but if people like the prices... plus it means that if one company goes over $1m in sales, the other areas aren't affected by the tax, and my website's prices still "seem" low.

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787 battery fix approved

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"overheated and produced lots of smoke"

Where I live fireplaces aren't allowed, unless they're pre-existing. Perhaps I can justify adding one by explaining that they're actually just "near-fireplaces"?

I add newspaper, and a few small sticks, throw a match in and watch as the paper and sticks overheat and produce lots of smoke. Then I add some bigger sticks which overheat and produce lots of smoke, followed by a large log, which gradually overheats and produces lots of smoke.

I'll need a chimney of course, but that's just so I can perform an "emergency venting procedure".

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The fast-growing energy source set to replace oil: Yes, it's COAL

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"Despite their high profile and burdensome expense, however, newer renewable technologies (wind, solar and biofuel) are still not making any significant impact as they don't produce very much energy."

I don't really see how this is a surprise - newer technologies are usually more expensive than mature ones, until they themselves mature.

And undoubtedly China, being both massive and developing, have the biggest bearing on CO2 production of any individual country - particularly since they still burn copious amounts of coal.

What would be interesting to see is how much CO2 China produces today compared to 1990....

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Applicants sought for one-way trip to Martian Big Brother house

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Re: what happens...

If they're sending Big Brother contestants, the I for one would love to see this play out, regardless of how pointless and unnecessary an axe in each Mars House (the proper engineering term) actually is.

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Google erects tech specs tech specs, APIs hit the decks

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Re: Is this really that cutting edge?

"As it stands though it feels like the same kind of "genius" that would create coathangers with inbuilt clocks and a combined tyre iron/back scrubber"

So... I'd be able to keep the hanger in my car in case I get a flat tyre, hang my after-work dinner clothes on it, give myself a quick scrub after work and not have to worry about being late? How much money do I need to throw at you and in which direction do I throw it?

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Ofcom: Parents, here's how to keep grubby tots from buying Smurfberries

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@ LarsG Re: You are obviously not a parent.

Yes, because all parents have a smartphone for their two year olds. "Those of a differing opinion must not have children" is an equally sweeping statement, that you don't see the irony is of concern.

The term pacify is entirely appropriate for the concept of giving your phone to your kid to keep them quiet and occupied. The length of time involved doesn't affect the definition of the term.

I concur with the rest of your post though - the devs must be at least partially aware of the issue, the risk of loss of advertisers is (sadly) presumably enough of a deterrent to cause them to turn a blind eye - even the need to enter a password before making a transaction (something I imagine Apple could do at an OS level) would be enough to prevent unwanted purchases...

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Apple alert as half China's fanbois consider switch to Galaxy S4

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Re: damn percentages again!

A longer bow has ne'er been drawn.

I honestly hope you had that information at hand, and didn't spend hours trawling the net for it.

I suppose 9/11 was a Samsung cover-up too?

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