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correlation and fish
“It tells us why, almost always, when men and women are in a car together, the man drives”
“80 per cent of crashes that killed or seriously injured pedestrians involved male drivers”
So, article tells us that more men drive compared to women, and most car crash have male drivers, any correlation here?
I wonder how many car crashes are caused by human drivers compared to fish drivers, I think you will find it proves that fish are safer drivers then people.
• Note, her indoors is actually a better driver then I am, mostly because her indoors is not actually indoors but spends a great deal of time behind the wheel of a car due to work, while I get the train.
Re: ..."a whopping 80 per cent of crashes... @Squander Two
I think what he means is that, from experience and what is said in this article, men are more likely to be doing the ‘big drives’ so while a women driver in a year could have a bump on the school run, back into a wall while parking or take out a wing mirror in a car park by not paying attention to her surroundings, her husband is more likely to flip the car at 70mph after clipping someone else.
The husband might be a better driver, but as the amount of mile covered goes up, and the average speed increases, the same mistake made by the wife 3 times only needs to be made once by the husband for a major accident.
Completely unrelated statements...
1) RBS cut hundreds of experienced IT staff and outsourced to India in late 2010 in a cost saving exercise.
2) Online job advert in India, February 2012
"Urgent Requirement by RBS."
Looking for candidates having 4-7 years of experience in Batch Administration using CA7 tool,"
(CA-7 is a batch processing system, which deals with the movement of money in and out of accounts).
3) In June 2012 RBS managed to have thousands of transactions to the sum of millions of £££s not happen, this was apparently due to an issue with a CA-7 tool update.
4) RBS has had IT f̶u̶c̶k̶ ̶u̶p̶s̶ "issues" every 10 months since late 2010 that has so far cost them millions of £££s
According to RBS these are completely unrelated.
My answer depends on if you are my brother or my brothers wife
My brother has convinced his wife that getting the kids a PS4 and setting it up on a TV in the extension is a good investment, needless to say when we go to his house on Christmas and the kids go to bed our respective partners will not see us for a number of hours, I don’t care how old I am, I will not let my little brother beat me on Fifa…
Re: Nobody is expected to read it
Text from the ruling
“Critically, none of the plaintiffs presents evidence that he or she even saw, let alone read and relied upon, the alleged misrepresentations contained in the Apple Privacy Policies, SLAs [Software License Agreements], or App Store Terms and Conditions, either prior to purchasing his or her iPhone, or at any time thereafter,” [..]
[..] “Plaintiffs each allude to a vague ‘understanding’ regarding Apple’s privacy policies without providing any evidence whatsoever concerning the basis for this understanding,” the 30-page judgment states. “But a vague ‘understanding’ about Apple’s privacy policies is not enough. To survive summary judgment, plaintiffs are required to set forth ‘specific facts’ in support of standing.” [..]
[..] But without “some evidence that [plaintiffs] saw one or more of Apple’s alleged misrepresentations, that they actually relied on those misrepresentaions, and that they were harmed thereby,” the plaintiffs have no case,”
Or in other words, you cant sue a company for breaching an agreement if you dont actully know what is in the agreement and are just ‘guessing’
I borrowed from a company like Wonga (I won’t say the name as I don’t want to be accused of being a ‘shrill’) once, back in my students days as I needed to get over to Ireland for a funeral and wouldn’t have been paid in time, I borrowed £200, after 5 days (the 4th day being the day I got paid) I paid them £215, to me £15 didn’t seem that much of a cost to have £200 in my account early and allow me to get the flight, in fact it was half the charge I would had received in overdraft fees from my bank, regardless of it being £2, £20 or £200.
As I said I only used them once, but these loans are supposed to be one off short term jobs, if you have to borrow £350 and can’t pay over the best part of a month, chances are you shouldn’t be getting the loan in the first place, let alone a new games console, but if it wasn’t for them I would have been stuck and rather than any mismanaging of my finances (as little as they were at the time) as I was easily able to pay for it, it was a question of timing.
Once again it comes down to having a level of responsibility; a £15 charge in my opinion is pretty good for the service, but there is no way I would use, or advise others to use a company like that for anything more than a couple of days.
The companies tell you how much they will charge, you agree when they will take the money out, they tell you what happens if you can’t pay, they even had contact information for free debt advice, if someone ignores all of that and still takes out a loan they know they cannot afford and have no intention of being able to pay it without another loan, then that is not the companies fault it is theirs.
Better to educate people in how to manage their money they ban services that others (like in my case) are able to use without any issues and for a valid reason
The amount of times I have invaded Prussia in Total War is a lot more than the amount of times I have done it in real life.
Re: why prostitute murder
>>>In my (admittedly limited) experience of under-15s playing GTA, they will quickly abandon the story missions in order to rampage about and obliterate the civilians<<<
Did you notice the big sticker on the front of the box that’s says “suitable for over 18s only”?
Not saying that I don’t go on rampages of mayhem, but people can’t complain about the content of an age restricted product that they willingly supply to those under that age. It’s like saying we should ban whiskey, because I bought a couple of bottles of whiskey for a 12 year old girl and was shocked at the effects it had on her
Re: Question: @ForthisNotDead
In GTA you can murder anyone you want, you don’t have to, I have competed the game only killing ‘the bad guys’ but prostitutes exist in the game just like in real life, the ‘murdering prostitutes’ line is, as pointed out, Daily Fail scaremongering,
They could have said (off the top of my head from playing these games)
farmers, bankers, taxi drivers, bus drivers, old people, cops, FBI agents, gang members, homeless people, Communists, Fire brand preachers, Krishna’s, firemen, doctors, fat people, drug dealers, hairdressers, guys playing pool, lifeguards, Triad leaders, Mafia Dons, Yakuza hitmen, gun store owners, people who work in casinos, ice-cream men, security guards, shop workers, people in nightclubs, DJs, lawyers, Rap artists, helicopter pilots, Biker gang members, US Army personal, corrupt politicians, actors, drug addicts, construction workers, hotel clerks, car parking attendants, people who work in bars, abusive husbands, muggers, pimps , White, Black, Asians, British, Cuban, Jamaican, African, Eastern European, Russian, Chinese, Pakistani, or Indian people, but they chose to say prostitutes.
Why do you think that is?
The game is not suitable for children, that’s why it says so on the front of the game I wouldn’t let a young child play GTA any more than I would let them watch Scarface, read a Stephen King novel, smoke a cigar, drive a car or do shots of Vodka, I however being more than 18 years old am the target audience and who the game is designed for, you child can play games that are aimed at them, World of War Craft being one of the games mentioned is rated for teenagers, a bit like a 12A film, again, I wouldn’t let a young child play it, but for a 13 (and 23, 33, 43 etc) year old it’s a good way to develop the skills mentioned in the article, at the same time being entertaining and engrossing.
I agree a lot has to do with the physiological aspect of the feeling of having the ‘cig’ between your fingers, the action of breathing it in and out etc, in the same way you see people who are driving or have quit drinking sitting in pubs with pints of OJ and Lemonade, because its still a ‘pint’
Quitting smoking is easy
I’ve done it hundreds of times
This site has a good summary of the evidence for a single shooter, while debunking the conspiracy theory(s). http://mcadams.posc.mu.edu/sbt.htm
Just like 9/11 parts of American public (and wider) have a hard time accepting that it only takes a few determined people to change history, they would rather it be some cover up involving a well-oiled secret scary conspiracy then a couple of nutters, or in this case one guy with a gun, because to them its incomprehensible that these things can happen and are not controlled by a higher power, be it the government, or god.
In the end the secret evil government is a tangible entity they can identify and mistrust, but one guy with a gun, military training and a different view on the world? That’s scary.
Re: Easy Target
I don’t have problems with allocating time to achieve a task, it makes sense, but down to a number of seconds over a number of hours seems a bit much, I mean, can you imagine having to say to your partner “I didn’t get full pay because I missed my target today, I sneezed and then blew my nose at 14:34 and that put me out by 6.7 seconds”
Pretty sure that’s the way they do things in Argos, Tescos, and other places they have huge warehouses, the problem with being ‘timed’ to achieve a task, in this case down to the second, is it does put stress on anyone, you can work it out and say its only 40 yards a minute, but you forgetting the few seconds it takes to find item, scan item, place item on trolley and check next item, (I’m assume they don’t return after collecting each item and basically fill the trolley before returning?) while this might only take say 10 seconds, that’s still 1/3 of your allocated time, and not all items will only be 40 yards away in a straight line.
Of course you have to make sure that the d̶r̶o̶n̶e̶s̶ workers are not slacking, but maybe a bonus for doing over a target instead of a counting clock would be better, otherwise spending 2 seconds more looking for a small item in a shelve full of identical items impacts the time for each item for the rest of your day.
I know from a friend who used to drop off the deliveries for a large British supermarket (the green one) that these where allocated a time down to the minute as well, which was even more unrealistic as each day there would be someone who had parked their car in a way so his van couldn’t get past, or an accident, or road works, or anything else that could affect the time that of course cannot be factored by a computer, they had something like 4 minutes given for ‘customer interaction’ which was the dropping off of the load, the checking, the signing, etc, but you could spend that much waiting for the door to be answered, avoiding a dog, finding the correct house or helping an elderly or disabled person take the shopping into the kitchen and unpacking it for them (if you were nice that is), that’s if the customer was in at all.
Needless to say apparently few of the other vans accumulated scraps, bumps and even speeding tickets to meet the demands
Re: One point that is often conveniently forgotten ...
If having your car windows down while stopped in traffic for 10 minutes is on a par with having a smoke, I really don’t think the water vapour is something to worry about, unless you are the type of person who holds their breath when near a boiling kettle.
It’s like complaining about the amount of sugar in blue smarties while drinking cans of Redbull …
The upcoming UK rap artist Michael Payne (Yes blud, I is down wit da yoof, I heard him on Radio 1 bruv) recent song about a house party has a line that goes
“She’s turning on the speaker, like John Bercow’s wife”
While this made me laugh as not only being funny and a bit more intelligent than the usual rap lyric, is defamation or can that be considered a positive view on the strength of their relationship?
South Park killed Bill Gates in 1999.
When the US Army briefing on the plan to invade Canada (Operation Human Shield) is held up by a Windows crash…
US Army General> You told us that windows 98 would be faster, and more efficient with better access to the internet!
Bill Gates: > It IS faster! Over five million...
[General shoots Bill Gates and everyone cheers]
Does this mean Bill Gates is cursed just like Kenny?
IMO the Christmas Critters Episode,took it to a whole new level of f*cked and I love it for that
Re: I would have thought @Vociferous
After googleing the image I think it is completely possible to figure out what is going on, an obvious police car parked up, a couple of people in dark matching tops, trousers and hats a few meters away from the car in a group, (uniforms considering the proximity of the police car) some of them looking towards another person with the same dark matching uniform standing a few meters away facing a figure in non matching lighter coloured clothing lying sprawled awkwardly on the ground, in the next image from a different angle the person looking at the figure on the ground is now walking away towards the car leaving the figure in the same position.
"I predict that within 100 years, 3D printers will be twice as powerful, ten thousand times larger, and so expensive that only the five richest kings of Europe will own them."
"It’s the most sold wearable watch available in the market place"
Who’s buying all these watches you cant wear?
Re: Yes, they could be making only $18... @Joerg
>>You Sony employees are beyond pathetic.
You are doing damage control in a real mafia way to avoid people from knowing the truth about your scam frauds.<<
You Microsoft employees are beyond pathetic.
You are doing propaganda control in a real conspiracy theories way to distract people from knowing the truth and inventing scam frauds when in fact its just a fuck up!
To accuse someone who disagrees with you as working for Sony, as only your opinion can be right and everyone else is ‘in on it’ is just ridiculous
S̶o̶n̶y̶ ̶U̶K̶ ̶M̶a̶r̶k̶e̶t̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶d̶e̶p̶a̶r̶t̶m̶e̶n̶t̶… uh, um random person…
I was all like WTF! Selfies? but then I was all like Fit, and posted one of me twerking, YOLO!
Daily Mail article
Look at this filth! Look at it! It is disgusting! (insert name of young actress/singer/ Daily Mail doesn’t like) has bared all in new (insert photo-shot/music-video/film/pictures-stolen-from-phone-by-daily-mail/etc) this is the kind of filth that is being forced on our children, look at it! Here is another picture! LOOK AT THE FILTH! This little whore is corrupting our children, we have published the pictures so you can see how disgusting it is! Obviously we must campaign against children being able to see this on the TV or internet, or anywhere else except the Daily Mail website and newspaper, where we are happy to publish these photos so children can be protected from seeing these photos. (insert name of young actress/singer/etc) might also be foreign and is affecting UK house prices…
Editorial by (attempt at) feminist re previous article
I think the objectification of women is terrible, our poor children are being swamped by images of half-naked women and being told that if they do not have the perfect body they are worthless, this type of shameful exploitation should be stopped. Personally I wish we could all live in the 1950s where everything was perfect, women stayed at home and didn’t have rights and sex was against the law except for once a year until you had two children and…
Scrolling banner on side of Daily Mail website beside editorial
Shock at new bikini body!
New sexy look!
All grown up! Child star’s is now 16 so we can legally perv over her, see photos here!
Flabby belly beach horror!
All skin and bones!
Sexy Star is sexy and a star! Photos here!
Judge this middle age women by her looks!
Since Google and Bing won’t pull up the results for child porn, it means that no one can ever find it on the internet, ever. It just doesn’t exist, the Daily Mail, David Cameron and others who have such a vast knowledge on how the internet works have won, there is now no need for the filter/censorship of the internet that the Daily Mail, David Cameron and others who have such a vast knowledge on how the internet works also want to introduce to prevent such evil websites as the those to help with safe sex, drink, drug and relationship abuse, as well as internet chat forums, as they have solved the problem, anything else will be a waste of time and money, and in this time of austerity we should focus on more important things.
Please can everyone explain this to their local MP to ensure we do not waste resources on something that the problem no longer exists.
Re: I really don’t understand?????
wouldn’t say it could be argued they were dragged in by the Austria-Hungarians, they were dragged in, Fact.
Re: I really don’t understand????? @Bongo Joe
Excellent reply, thank you
Re: I really don’t understand????? @Old Handle
>>You are aware that you can't really trade in a £10 note for ten pounds of gold<<
Yes that’s why I said (quote) “in the UK it used to be”
It was a simplification, I could have reeled out the history of sterling, how where made of silver in Tudor times, the pound weight of 60 or so silver pennies, how by the 1700s they represented Gold, as we ran out of silver, the introduction of the gold sovereign, and then doing away with the gold standard under Lloyd George etc etc, but the post seemed long enough already.
So I didn’t.
But that you for the taking the time to reply
I really don’t understand?????
Can someone correct me, and I don’t like to sound dumb, but just don’t get it.
From what I understand, currency came about as a way to pay for things using something that had value, for example
Person A is selling furs,
Person B wants furs and has some wood,
Person A doesn’t want wood, however person C does want wood,
So person B swaps his wood for some currency from person C which B can then swap with person A for his furs
Leaving person C with wood, person B with furs, and person A free to swap the currency for a dragon ride.
Currency is based on its value, a coin represents a value which is determined by its 'worth' (in the UK it used to be a pound weight in gold, hence the name) the value of a product is determined by how rare/much it costs to produce/people are willing to pay for it, a coin is a physical thing can be combined and traded for something depending on its value. And £10 note is basically a check for 10 £1 coins.
Then we get to trading, stocks, shares, etc etc, which is essentially speculation or representation on again, physical object values (or speculations on speculations on speculations on physical object values), and while this money ‘doesn’t actually exist’ it still represents the physical currency object which has a physical value, so if I took my stocks in Pork rinds, which is used to make Bacon, which can be found in a Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato Sandwich (points for the film reference) I can trade them for a physical monitory amount, or a representation of that amount.
So my issue is this, how do you trade in something that doesn’t actually exist? What is the value of a Bitcoin? I don’t mean its worth against the dollar, I mean what is it based on apart from a series of numbers and hashes? what is the ‘value item’ that you exchange? How do you determine its value?
Is it in fact just made up?
At what point am I able to convert Bitcoins into actual money? And if that’s the point of them, to represent real money, then what is the point of them?
Are they not just the same as writing “IOU 5 internetz” in an email?
I can’t seem to find anything that explains these things in a way I understand, all it seems to be is someone came up with the idea of them, and then they magically made some from thin air, and people started trading with them, and more magically appeared, etc etc.
Some explain where I am wrong please!
Roll out broadband > ???? > Profit!!!!
The argument for expanding business I can understand, but why do children need an internet connection to do homework? Dont they use books anymore? Do they have to email the teachers?
Just because people ‘can’ work from home doesn’t mean they will, for the majority of us ‘work from home’ means that either you are sick, have a child to look after or can’t get to the office due to bad weather or lack of transport, otherwise BAU applies, and most business want most of their employees to congregate within the same building(s).
Not that I am against the roll out, (although am dismayed at the way it has been handled) I just wish politicians would grow some balls and didn’t feel the need to justify everything in terms of profit, its infrastructure, just like repairing and building roads, it might not make money, but that doesn’t matter, its just what should be done, government shouldn’t be run for profit, I pay my tax, spend it on something useful, be cost effective yes, but don’t ignore things because they won’t turn a profit, and don’t try and spin and lie to imply things that won’t, will.
Can they not just say “This will cost a bollocks load of money, but it will be useful and good for the country!” ?
Re: Political life might be saved now
It doesn’t delete the photos until after the photo has been viewed in the app and the time limit set has expired, you get a list of the photos have to open the app to view the list of images sent, and once you click on an image to view that’s when the ‘timer’ starts and deletes after a time limit set by the sender.
Not that I use it, no one wants to see dodgy photos of me
I feel sorry for the CIA and NSA
According to the Onion, they have only just realised they have been using black highlighters on documents for years…
Re: Surprise! @AC STOP SPAMMING
>>>So "AC STOP SPAMMING" was just a red herring, you actually wanted to get my attention?<<<
*headdesk* it got your attention, and addressed the issue, and drew attention to the issue, therefor it worked, or rather, is working.
>>>So you think it's lots of identical posts from different AC users?<<<
No, I thought it was the same un-original and inaccurate spam post by the same un-original and inaccurate spam poster, you are the one who introduced the idea of it coming from a different inaccurate original poster.
>>>I'm sorry, I can't tell the difference between total nonsense and your posts.<<<
The difference is my posts are factually accurate.
Sorry, I may have misunderstood that, did you mean to say
“I'm sorry, I can't tell the difference between total nonsense and MY posts”
>>>>But I'll surely think twice before posting that hilarious "stop using MS" comment you like so much!<<<
Let me help you
hi•lar•i•ous (hɪˈlɛər i əs, -ˈlær-, haɪ-)
adj. 1. arousing great merriment; extremely funny.
I think the word you wanted was ‘pointless’.
But at least now I understand why you kept posting the same un-original and inaccurate crap, I thought you just didn’t care, turns out that un-original and inaccurate crap makes more sense and is more accurate than anything else you are able to type!
Mr An Unnamed
I think you will find Mr Anloyoshenkaivaiak Unnamed (pronounced U-Nahmed) has been working for Apple for a long time and is well placed to give information.
Growing up in rural Turhabeskistain, An (for short) became fascinated with technology when as a young boy he first saw a MiG 27 strafing his village.
He set off at the age of 12 and travelled the 9,000 miles to Moscow by following telephone lines, along the way he met a number of engineers and after 3 years was employed as a member of the Soviet state telephone company.
He quickly showed promise and understanding of technology and was drafted by the KGB to reverse engineer a number of western devices found hidden in rocks in parks around the city.
After the fall of the USSR he left and moved to the USA working for a number of tech companies looking to invest in Eastern Europe. he moved to Apple in 1997 and has been there since.
Re: Surprise! @AC STOP SPAMMING
>>>So you're going to stop me spamming by spamming an even bigger message in reply? That'll definitely work!<<<
Yep, got your attention = worked
>>>Maybe you should have a little think about why I post this message all the time (surely in all your research you noticed that I wasn't the original poster of this comment....)<<<
I'm sorry, I can’t tell the difference between one AC and another, as for all my research, a Google search and pressing Crtl+C on the first couple of relevant links is not ‘research’
>>>but here's a clue for the hard of thinking, it's not because i think microsoft are the only company making software with security bugs<<<
I'm sorry, I can’t tell the difference between one AC and another
>>>(I post on ariticles about flash, linux, iOS etc....).<<<
I'm sorry, I can’t tell the difference between one AC and another
Re: Sacre, Fear, Money Dare! @YAAC
“The first development, called Al-Hussein or Project 1728, with a range of 400 miles, allowed the Iraqi army to attack deep inside the Iranian boundaries. The range was extended by reducing the original 945 kg warhead to 500 kg and increasing the propellant capacity. The warhead carried HE, although it had Chemical, Biological and Nuclear capabilities. According to UN inspectors reports, the Iraqis were able to produce all the major components of the system by 1991. The Al-Hussein was 12.46 meters long and had a diameter of 0.88. The guidance was inertial, without terminal phase. The altitude where the motor burnt out was 31 miles, while the trajectory highest altitude or apogee, was 94 miles. The accuracy for the impact, or Circular error probable, was estimated in a radius of 1,000 meters, and the missile launch weight was 6,400 kg. Its flight time was of about seven minutes for the maximum range.[ “
People forget Iraq managed to ‘scud’ Iran (killing 2000 +) in the 1980s Israel and Saudi around 40 times each and (accidentally) the West Bank in Gulf War 1 and hit Kuwait with long range missiles in 2003, if it wasn’t for the fact most of them had been blown up, either on the ground or in the air and they were a bit crap at accuracy. Not to mention Saddam used chemical weapons on the Kurds in the Al-Anfal Campaign, while the claims may have been ‘sexed up’ it was not complete BS
Or, as US comic Dave Chappelle once said “We know they have chemical weapons, we still have the receipts”
Re: Sacre, Fear, Money Dare!
>>Nothing new. It's like the Iranian Nuke that will be ready in a few months since the 1990s.<<
True but since that assertion in 1984 that Iran was only 7 years away from beginning to start building nukes the Iranian nuclear program has seen
1) Nuclear sites and reactors bombed and blown up by Iraq
2) Argentina, Russia, China, France and Germany all withdraw support, contracts to sell equipment and frozen payments towards it.
3) The buildings and plans have had to be updated and changed each time a company pulls out and another comes in a few years later
4) It has been cancelled a number of times by Iran after pressure from the UN and NATO,
5) Iranian Nuclear scientists, and others connected to the project have been assassinated
Re: Surprise! @AC STOP SPAMMING
And why is it you continue to copy paste the exact same comment?
Well, two can play that game; here is my previous response
Posted Wednesday 18th September 2013 16:46 GMT
“Why is it that when we see the word "exploit" or the phrase "security problems/issues", the article is always about Microsoft.
People need to give themselves a shake and stop using MS products!”
Yep totally right, for instance these 16 (is that enough?) links from this site illustrate your point perfectly.
Each time you spam this same comment I can reply in turn, try having something original to say
Re: Why do Anarchist drink herbal tea? @ribsome
The difference is that those parties agree (or at least attempt to) on a direction, aim, view point, or policy, they have an elected figure head who represents them to the rest of the public and is in charge of controlling (for want of a better word) the party/group/organisation to ensure that while they might have disagreements they stay on course to achieve the previously mentioned direction, aim, view point, or policy.
War in 2020
If anyone has read the book “The War in 2020” (the dates are off now, but still a good read) the EMP weapon used in that is far more scary
Why do Anarchist drink herbal tea?
And so it begins!
this is how the whole 'movement' will go, with no actual aims, strategy or ideas about what they want, all it takes is petty mistakes and interior disagreements to bring the whole thing down, the problem with anarchy is you can’t control it, as soon as you do it is no longer the same, all that is needed is for one section to make a stand against something that another supports and they will descend into splinter upon splinter upon splinter group.
Re: If you want to use these products, this is the price you pay. @ RobO
While I understand what you are saying a smart phone is not a car, and they are not asking for your house keys.
The analogy would work if the car dealership required you to allow them to use your personal data if you wanted the car with the leather interior.
there are plenty of other cars without leather interior that do not require your data that you are also free to buy.
Re: If you want to use these products, this is the price you pay. @AC 11:23
Are these products stopping you from using electricity? I fail to see the connection.
That example goes back to the previous analogy, this is not a question of not having power, heating or anything else for a standard of living.
This is like choosing between two types of fridge, one that keeps food and drinks fresh and cold, and one that keeps food and drinks fresh and cold but also lets you order more food using the fridge and has a number of other bells and whistles.
Unfortunately if you want the second fridge you have to allow the fridge makers to use your data.
Boo Hoo, don’t like it, get the first type of fridge.
A smart phone is not a measure of “civilised living”, nor is it indispensable, it is a luxury item.
A mobile phone might be considered ‘almost’ indispensable for modern life, but it doesn’t have to be ‘smart’, the same way a car is a necessity for a lot of people, however having an inbuilt Sat Nav, CD changer, Aux/USB port, blu tooth connection and digital radios are luxuries.
“you're welcome to move out into the woods if you think that works for you better...”
You’re welcome to read a whole comment before replying to it, it might help you understand the point
If you want to use these products, this is the price you pay.
Simple solution if you are worried about them using your data, don’t buy the product, no one is forcing you to use a these products, if Apple made pacemakers and Google performed liver transplants, then it would be an issue, as these are needed by people to live, however this is their product, and by signing up to use their product they can legally do whatever they (legally) want with the information you provide them with so you can get that product, including selling it on.
Not having a Facebook account, an iMac or an Android phone is not going to stop you from getting a job, it will not prevent you from being able to live, it will not impact your freedom, and it will not mean you are breaking the law, if you don’t like it, don’t use it.
Talk about 1st world problems, let’s get some perspective please.
*This is not some holier than thou rant, personally I use all three of the products mentioned.
Re: Before anybody suggests it is confined to the US ...
"You haven't seen the Jeremy Kyle show then?"
Yes I (unfortunately) have, I am also aware that US version of the Jeremy Kyle show was cancelled, because it was a bit ‘tame’.
USA PATRIOT Act - name
I have always thought there is a large US government marketing department devoted to coming up with *cool* names for operations.
Great names for operations from the US include Urgent Fury, Flaming Dart, Praying Mantis, Rolling Thunder, Steel Tiger, El Dorado Canyon, Nimble Archer, Eagle Claw, Mount Hope III, and Golden Pheasant (which sounds like a brand of Ale).
Us Brits meanwhile have a habit of naming things after places or people, sometimes a few make it, like the Police ‘Operation Scorpion’, but sometimes we tend to go for the obvious, like Operation Z-O, which was the British raid on Zeebrugge and Ostend.
The Russians however win when it comes to ‘most obvious and descriptive mission name’ with their entry “Operation Forcing Georgia To peace”
As for the acronyms, I suspect the same department is given a brief description of what they need the acronym for, which they compare against a list of values or pro-American words, and chose the one they can make fit.
However the USA PATRIOT act naming was a stroke of brilliance, don’t like the USA PATRIOT act? Then you don’t like the USA and are unpatriotic! The clue is in the name! ‘Merica!
That made me chuckle...
Re: What a load of British whingers.
That is all.
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