If you sit too close to the screen...
... you'll get square eyes!
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... you'll get square eyes!
"...about NSA spying tactics are assisting authoritarian government..."
... which isn't ours.
a) Too many people
b) Because they're too lazy or stupid to do anything about it.
And you forgot:
c) WHY are there *still* sites out there which, when you sign up, send your password to you in PLAIN TEXT???
Yeah, but at least you don't have lawyers getting rich off it...
Personally I think the Judge should give them both a good slap upside their heads and send them to bed without any supper!
"...four games for free from Microsoft in recompense, along with a year's Xbox Live subscription and $50 (about 30 quid)"
Wow, their generosity is underwhelming...
"Shoot, a fella' could have a pretty good weekend in Vegas with all that stuff" - Major T. J. "King" Kong
... a Snooze button!!
> Presumably you are not elderly and don't know anyone who is.
Well my grandmother was (unsurprisingly) elderly and used to keep her umbrella in the kitchen so if her smoke alarm was triggered accidentally she had a conveniently long item to hand to press the cancel button.
Perhaps you could learn something from her?
> money does tend to trickle down from employers to the community
Ah, sounds like the usual simplistic self-justifying, self-congratuatory, self-deluding right-wing politics in action to me.
"The peasants are getting the crumbs that drop from our tables, they should be happy with our generosity", you say, because it's easier than thinking about the people who are actually affected.
Ah, aka "Fuck you, poor people, I'm alright..."
And they should all learn to behave or SATAN WILL TAKE THEIR SOUL!!!!
What's that in Linguini?
... it will become self-aware and go on a killing spree amongst the crowd...
Yep, that was exactly what I was thinking of when I started reading this :-)
> Why does this question need investigating
There's this little thing called "Science" where even stuff that "everyone knows" is subject to investigation and re-evaluation because sometimes it turns out that what "everyone knows" isn't completely right.
... they can always raise money for their next project by mining Bitcoins...
... before we have the politicians (supported by the bankers) screaming about how this is helping to fund Islamic Paedo Terrerists and saying you can't use it for more than a tiny amount without registering your name, address, fingerprints, blood group and DNA...?
Many a true word is spoken in jest...
... Fuck Yeah!
> ... say stuff it, no more tax for you!
Well the Amazons and Googles and Vodafones et al of this world don't need to say that, because they already have cozy deals with the taxman...
And how many of those are actually Original Inventive steps and not covered by Prior Art or obvious to anyone working in the industry???
All I can say is...
... My name is Mr Pot.
I'd suggest the Star Trek Red Alert siren, but if someone uses that as their ringtone it could cause all sorts of panic...
What about people with signs on their backs saying "How am I walking? Phone..."
... some people are trying to cover their own backsides before the court cases start...
So, as the Dutch realised a long time ago, the solution is to *EDUCATE* not to *LEGISLATE*!
Sex Education for Dutch children starts in primary school and results in much lower levels of teenage pregnancy and rape than countries such as the UK.
Of course the fact is that the Tabloids would explode with apoplexy were any UK government suggest such a thing here since teaching children about sex is obviously a Bad Thing and will only make them want to do it more...
You missed out "If you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear"...
'open access to information is “the birthright of every person on this planet”'
Especially if you are the NSA.
If you are forced to self-censor because Big Brother wants to look at everything you do, then you are still being censored and repressed, just in a different way.
> VAT is not on food yet
ITYM "Not on *all* food yet" :-(
> should the goods and services that a company produces not be taxable?
Originally the idea of VAT was that it would be a "luxury" tax. Unfortunately it's now become a tax added to virtually everything and which affects everyone, rich or poor. However, as with my example above, the poor end up paying a bigger proportion of their income on VAT.
Ah, the classic "I'm alright Jack" argument...
Let me put it another way. Imagine we all had to move a pile of bricks from one place to another by hand. Now imagine that I am six feet tall, well muscled, regularly go to the gym, am well fed etc whereas you are 5 feet tall, not in the best of health and poorly nourished.
Which is better: For the stronger person to carry more bricks or for him to say "No, since you can only carry two bricks, it's fair and just for me to only carry two bricks as well"? Should the burden be placed on those best capable of carrying it or distributed equally so that the stronger and the weaker carry the same amount?
(There's a certain irony that many on the Right Wing of politics are fundamentally opposed to equality, apart from when it benefits them...)
PS And I think you need to look up what a Straw Man argument is, because that other post was certainly not one.
> "The poor do the most consuming? What? How do these poor people afford to consume more than the rich?
You are mistaking the *absolute* amount spent for the *proportional* amount spent.
To pick some simple figures, if you and I both have monthly expenses of £1500, but you earn £1500 a month and I earn £3000 a month, you are consuming 100% of your income whereas I am only consuming 50% of mine and hence have money over to save and invest.
This is why consumption taxes like VAT are neither moral nor productive, but are, instead, regressive and unfair because everyone gets taxed at the same rate, but the poorest have to pay a bigger proportion of their income and are thus left with less left over.
It's "a maker of exoskeleton suits” so I was thinking more of the Caterpillar P-5000 Powered Work Loader that Ripley drove in Aliens.
... how much funding will be withdrawn and how does that compare to the commercial value of the data which could be extracted...?
... in the UK you just get threatened with jail for refusing to reveal your password on demand because obviously you are a paedoterrerist...
... the people who use Flash to run their website...
... tell us another!
Parliament sees its job as passing the laws and then leaving it to the Courts to decide the actual details.
... that laws passed to protect the Music Industry are a good start, so we need more of them.
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Damn, I was about to call my broker...
"...and other uses may be found for the technology."
See icon for details, fleshy ones!
Well isn't it good that I'm still using Word 97...
... Sorry, unable to give a damn.
Not forgetting the idiots yakking on their mobile phones and blocking the aisles whilst ignoring the fact that people want to get past them...
Garbage In, Garbage Out.
As most programers have known for decades...
" and it remodels to support areas of stress."
Sounds like the Chairdogs from Frank Herbert's "Heretics of Dune"
"I hate it when they try to cuddle me" - Reverend Mother Odrade.
> can anyone think of another occurence of a german starting a political party with a specific agenda and ending holding the balance of power?
Erm, was his name Godwin...?!
> watch this fat f**ker try to buy his way out of his extradition with political favour.
You mean as opposed to US Big Media trying to buy his extradition with political influence over a foreign country's judicial system?
This evening, having just got back from holiday, I was catching up on El Reg when Virgin Media decided to go tits up for half an hour and I kept getting messages that Firefox was unable to resolve the address.
After about 30 minutes of this I tried phoning their helpline only to get told that it might take them 5 mintues to answer my call.
Fortunately at this point it started working again, but such events are not uncommon with VM.