Her name is Alberta, she lives in Vancouver!
1048 posts • joined 15 Oct 2009
Re: Wanting without paying
"Every tax payer wants certain services to exist and wants them paid for by the other tax payers"
On a national level, with a sovereign currency, that's not really how tax works. Tax isn't raised to pay for government spending although it's often framed that way, the government owns the currency and mints and can spend as much as they like. Government spends money into existence. Tax is a mechanism to remove money from circulation so spending new money into existence doesn't cause too much inflation. This is why a government budget is not like a business or household budget and should not be managed like one.
Non-sovereign governments, however, such as states and cities, do have to raise the money they spend in one way or another. This includes taxes, fines, fees, duties, and direct grants from the national government.
Re: "New York State is run by Democrats. "
"The truth is to non Americans outside America it's very difficult to tell what you call Democrats apart from what you call Republicans."
So far as I've been able to tell, they've got a conservative, religious, big-business-oriented right wing party, and a REALLY conservative, religious, big-business-oriented right wing party.
Re: ElReg: so educational
Named after the insect - "white ants," better known as termites. 'Cos they're fairly ant shaped, and they're, well, white.
Re: Aged Parent
So he already understands lookup tables!
Trump White House mulls nationalizing 5G... an idea going down like 'a balloon made out of a Ford Pinto'
I think I've seen that movie.
Stop us if you've heard this one before: Tokyo crypto-cash exchange 'hacked' for half a billion bucks
Re: Portable gold
"when he decided that protecting the UK's triple-A rating was more important than investing in industry and in training"
Funny, Australia is in the same position for the same reasons. This is looking less like accident and more like a deliberate choice.
Re: Firing up
Stars can shine
People can try
But that's about it
(Apologies to Dan Salvato)
Re: direct entry from interplanetary cruise
Just like my Kerbal missions. Atmospheres make everything so much easier!
Re: You can make some people believe anything if you dumb it down enough
True. For example, that "trickle down" economics works, or that tax breaks for the wealthy create jobs, or that America is the "land of the free".
Re: Too much Daily Mail for my liking
Yep, as soon as someone starts on the "think of the kiddies!" drivel these days I automatically take the whole text only half as seriously, and usually start looking for the hidden motive.
This has been coming for a long time, and those who think it should not have been released have obviously forgotten how the internet works. There is no security through obscurity, once a tool like this exists it is guaranteed to be in the wold sooner rather than later. Yes, yes, you can make your neighbour look bad, child porn uses, etc etc. That's all beside the point. No point in wringing your hands over it. The only thing we can do is adapt to its existence. In fact, release of this app should make stuff like "revenge porn" less of an issue rather than more - if an ex releases a genuine video of you, you can easily point to this app and say "Not me, clearly made up."
Re: Market distortion
For completely optional resources they are. For necessities they are not.
Re: Market distortion
Markets are not always the best distribution mechanism.
90% of the [construction] cost of an FTTH network
...and 10,000% of the ongoing maintenance costs.
Thanks for commenting, Mr Turnbull, but haven't your lot got tired of the "Everything's Labor's fault!" line yet?
Re: Alien? Unlikely
Great. So aliens exist, but it turns out they're Vogons.
Console is not an option.
Re: I ain't Spartacus
The only true doughnut is the cinnamon-dusted ring (shaddup). All those iced or jam-filled... things are mere cakes and no doughnut at all!
Re: Most of the appeal of GoT
"Most of the appeal of GoT is the scheming and intrigue, lifted from European history. Until the most recent series, the fantasy elements have sat on the periphery"
Which I guess is why it turned out boring as shite and I ended up dumping it after a couple of seasons. No I don't care who's screwing who or whose family has a ten generations old rivalry with another. I want magic blowing shit up and dragons setting fire to things.
Re: love-interest for Treebeard
Well the Entwives are long gone. Are there any Entmistresses?
Re: What would be the plot?
A series focusing on the fall on Númenor and the beginning of the Second Age could be interesting. So could many of the individual stories in the Silmarillion.
Re: "Fox News [...] no longer cares about the truth"
Are you implying they ever did?
Re: Policy for Future American Leadership in Space
Bob you clearly have no idea what socialism even is.
Re: Can I vote for Consider Phlebus
I'd prefer Excession myself, or The Player of Games, but I agree Consider Phlebas would be pretty amazing on the big screen.
Re: What "would you do if you found a baby had just fallen on street?"
I hope he has a spare knackwurst to hide it in.
Re: Being logical and reasonable is no guarantee of being right
There was nothing "socialist" in Nazi policies, they were a fascist organisation.
Re: Reasons to be cheerful
For some reason it's been pushing me for the last month to install the damn thing. I'm definitely not a MS Insider, and I don't want the damn thing at all!
Re: "Dude, there is no irony if your assessment of Trump is inaccurate"
That's a DAMN big "if".
Re: Facepalm! Windows 10 1607 Aniversary Update "Defer Updates" setting is back to front.
So I need to set "Defer" to "Off" to make Windows stop nagging me to install a pointless update that I really don't want?
Re: I don't get it...
Apparently it's not even popular, and a very large proportion of the harvest simply ends up being processed into pet food. I think Japan's continued insistence on whaling has more to do with resistance to being told what to do by "the west" than for any genuine desire to continue the industry.
Re: Microsoft account is your Windows login
Mine isn't. I told Windows to get stuffed every time it tried to tell me I should create a Microsoft account instead of a local one, and every time it said I should "upgrade" to one. This means I cannot use Windows Store apps, so it's a win-win really.
Re: Beer into water
I can convert beer into Fosters.
Re: Worst Way Possible
I may vehemently disagree with the vast majority of Bob's posts but on occasion, like this one, he hits it out of the park.
Re: Ruddy Hastings
"Who the hell is this mystical enemy that she has suddenly invented?"
Re: NO gas molecule can capture, store, redirect or amplify radiant energy photons....
Is AMFM breeding?
Re: There's a fix for this
No need for optical counting machines anyway. No need for machines at all. Vote the way we still do it here in Australia: Use a pencil to mark the box next to your candidate on a paper ballot and count them by hand, supervised by officials and representatives of all major parties.
Re: "how can we tell, objectively, what is or is not a stereotype?"
Easy. A stereotype is Sony, Sharp, Panasonic, etc.
I have an idea that is fairer, simpler to enforce, and will be welcomed by a much wider spectrum of society: Ban ALL advertising.
Indeed, Greedo didn't "fail at shooting" Han. He simply talked too long, allowing Han the time to unclip his blaster and shoot Greedo while he was still gloating.
Re: Hans Solo
From the much under-appreciated Swedish remake.
Re: "Miss Marple played by Brian Blessed"
I was unaware until now just how much I want to see this.
Actually, to be really pedantic, Arrakis DID have water like that before the sandtrout were introduced. They locked away all the water so they could safely grow into the sandworms.
Young'uns technically illiterate, don't know how to get high audio quality music for free
"You wouldn't bill me every time I take a book off my shelf"
Wouldn't they fuck. If they could work out a way to do it then you bet your ass they would.
Re: Sir Tim is 62
"Former users of dial-up internet will remember when still images could be imperfectly rendered in a second or two, and then would sharpen with time"
Or even present-day users of Telstra broadband.
Knights of Sidonia
Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199
Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu
Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory
Martian Successor Nadesico
Why can't I just put away my ethics and become rich selling shit to idiots?
Which particular extremist were you referring to? Ted Cruz? Marco Rubio? If you were referring to Bernie Sanders, I should remind you that his views were actually pretty centrist. In fact he could have been any NuLabour candidate, and he wouldn't have been too far out of place even among the Tories.