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Kudos for getting a reference to the old Richard Griffiths TV mini series in amongst the more contemporary ones.
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That's why, when building a Shielded Enclosure, you use two different bits of kit.
A SELDS (Shielded Enclosure Leak Detection System) to check for RF permeability in the welds and a LISN (Line Impedance Stabilisation Network) to look for signals being radiated down the power lines.
I actually own both of those, though I have no idea why. I should probably find a gullible doomsday prepper to sell them to.
(a) Many childless people physically can't have kids. Not much choice there, contra those who choose to have them.
(b) By "roll over and accept" you mean "There's more of us than there is of them, so stealing from them is right and proper". The argument of looters throughout history.
There was a time when people paid for their own damn choices, having kids included.
Discrimination against non-parents is not limited to the workplace. Those of us without kids get to pay for the tax credits, education etc. of other people's children. Worse, we pay for it with money that we should be saving for our old age, when we'll need it to pay somebody to care for us. Meanwhile, those with kids get cared for by their offspring, who are doing rather well, thanks to all the childless people's money that was lavished on them.
I live near(ish) a Copper refinery that has a vault which is periodically full of Gold, Silver, etc.
It turns out that the ore processed there contains precious metals in such small proportions that, while it wouldn't be worth mining for the other metals themselves, it is most definitely profitable to skim them off from the massive quantities of ore that are being processed anyway for the Copper.
I have no idea whether or not this source is counted in the figures for the global Au & Ag reserves.
If you have an AmEx card in the UK, they'll give you a US card based solely on your history with them. What's even better is, they'll report it to the US CRAs as dating from when you first opened your UK account, so you can instantly get several years' worth of credit history.
The program is called AmEx Global Transfer, iirc.
You spend $20 buying food for somebody who's hungry, that's charity.
You spend $800 buying a (mostly reliable) beat up old car for somebody without one, so's they can get to work and hold down a job, that's charity.
You give $10 million (incidentally getting a tax break off of it) to a corporatised, statist, so-called charitable organisation that's been captured by bureaucrats and serves only to perpetuate the crony crap that is the biggest problem that we face right now - that's "charity".
"The alleged crime came to light after an Australian bank notified police after an internal investigation that “uncovered some suspicious payments that had been deposited into the bank accounts of two of the bank's senior IT staff, both Sydney-based US nationals”."
So, what's being alleged is, these people took bribes in order to act against the best interests of the bank for which they worked, then deposited those bribes in accounts with that same bank.
I could have mentioned the EU-USA PNR agreement, as somebody downthread did.
Or, I could have observed that, like the person upthread, I feel no pressing need to visit Mexico (despite my living within driving distance of it).
But I didn't do either of those things, did I? Oh, no.
Instead I just had to remark that, at first glance, I read "...the Aztec/Toltec ruins around Mexico City) as "the Aztec Toilet ruins around Mexico City".
And I'm probably going to hell for that.
We were, briefly, forced into the exchange. Once we got out and cancelled that policy, the insurance company fraudulently claimed two further months worth of subsidies, which have now shown up on our tax form.
There is no mechanism for disputing this, so our options are: (a) take the hit and give our money to some crooks who should be in jail, or (b) get one of our congresscritters to raise a fuss and then get audited by the IRS for the rest of our lives.
This is the kind of crap that we used to laugh at banana republics about, but it's happening right here, right now.
... there may be something to be said for half-assed automation. I dropped one of my regular hotels (a Sheraton in Albuquerque, fwiw) when the wierdo night manager's unpredictable oscillations between over familiarity and authoritarian standoffishness became too irritating to deal with.
OTOH, perhaps an alternative to automating jobs to the extent that everyone performs them equally badly might be to hire people who are capable of performing them well?
They were New Old Stock, rather than new production. A few cases came into our warehouse with some other stuff and it turns out that there's a market for almost anything.
AFAIK, the last place that punched cards were used in the wild was knitting machines, which is kind of cool as it harks back to their origins with Jacquard looms.
Here, anybody can walk into their local public library and obtain (at no charge) a flimsy piece of card, called a "TexShare Card". That card, when presented at any university library, gets you a proper library card and full privileges (again at no charge).
Sure, there's a (thin) layer of bureaucracy and there's probably some behind the scenes accounting going on that means that it's all paid for out of my taxes, but it's still a rather fine approach to the system as it stands.
@ Rukario - a recent study found that, if incidents of prison rape are included in the count, more men than women are raped in the USA, every year. All rape is, of course, abhorrent but prison rape (whether of men or women) is doubly so because we incarcerate the victims and then turn a blind eye to it, ensuring that they are repeatedly victimised and have no way out. The last time that I reviewed the literature in any detail, the US prison system narrowly avoided being classified as "State Torture" on a technicality.
That is a disgrace and should shock the conscience. The fact that a mediocre film-maker once made a joke about it does not in any way excuse anybody from the shame that they should feel at repeating that joke today, years later by which time we should all know better.
By way of example: which of these two factors do you think loomed larger in Aaron Swartz's decision to take his own life? The prospect of spending years in prison, or the terror of what might happen to him in there?
In his shoes, I'd have left it sealed in the box and sold it for multiples of what I'd paid. There are plenty of idiots who'd happily have given him silly money, just to get one early.
To be fair, I suppose his change of Twitter handle might indicate efforts in that direction, but he'd still have done better to leave it unopened.
> Think that YOUR laws/rules apply to everybody, if they question it then threaten
> people, to get your way, if people have problem with that, threaten to sue them ...
The post that you're replying to clearly referenced English law. The AC was the only one threatening violence - I merely pointed out the likely consequences. Finally, it dealt exclusively with criminal law and there was no mention whatsoever of any suit under civil law.
All of which makes your little outburst look rather silly, wouldn't you say?
But what really makes all this anti-American bullshit hilariously funny is - I was born an Englishman. Bet you didn't see that coming. Cnuts.
(I'm not touching the last bit of trolling - the NSA can deal with that as they see fit). :-D
In the UK, yes. Other countries (eg the USA) do spell it with an "s", however. It follows that the correct spelling depends upon context. If, for example, one was referring to the UK then it would be correct to write "driver's licence". OTOH, when referring to the USA, "driver's license" would be correct.
Though you could probably lose the apostrophe in both nations, since no cnut seems to understand when or how to use it in either place.
Like many here, I object to the trend of every petty little twat demanding to see ID for the most trivial transactions.
For that reason, when I'm asked for ID in shops etc, while visiting the UK, I show my Texas Concealed Handgun License, then smile smugly as the little oik shits himself.
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