Should be jailed for scam attempt.
The scary thing is that it works, like the Nigerian scam...
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This is like saying to a trader: "If you don't get cell phone calls warning you in advance that the market is about to crash, then you should obviously have a more powerful cell phone"
What use would a bigger computer be, if nobody knows how to make a more complex model?
"If somebody is incredibly stupid, should you try to shut him up?"
I'm afraid I'll go with the idea that people should always be able to say what they want. The first amendment is the only piece of American law I wholeheartedly agree with.
On the other hand, even though Voltaire said: "I disagree with you, but I'll fight to the death to defend your right to say it", I'm not sure I'll ever lift a finger to help Al-Qaeda sympathizers...
This is too complex for me. I think I'll go get myself a beer.
"Renewables have no hope of quenching our insatiable demand for energy in their current forms."
Didn't you know? Some people consider nuclear energy is a renewable energy. This is lifted from New York Times:
"Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, the third-most-powerful Republican in the Senate [...] says he feels that wind should be given tax breaks no different from those for other forms of renewable energy, like nuclear power."
However, I don't much like pointless finger-pointing either.
It says on the Wikileaks page: "Unless otherwise specified the document described here [...] Is of political, diplomatic, ethical or historical significance."
Not that much significance, the way I see it.
Apparently, if the law goes overboard in extreme cases, it is annulled, not just reduced to what it should be.
I don't really get it. Does it mean that if the law against murder is found to go overboard when it asks for death penalty, then murder suddenly becomes allowed?
Anyway. That guy got lucky. Hopefully he won't start again, since he'll probably be under close watch...
The sooner it will be acknowledged they have little legal value. The automatic "Click on I agree" reflex should be considered as non legally binding.
Oh all right, I know the law. But the law is particularly ridiculous in this case. As far as I understand, you need to pay a lot of lawyers to even know if the terms and conditions of an EULA have a chance to stand in court... It's a great way to take the end user hostage.
I do hope that as a president, he'll have people who send e-mail and surf the web for him. If that guy has to go look for information himself, where is the world going to?
The potential vice-president, on the other hand, has shown that she understands about e-mail. At least enough to discuss key subjects with her assistants using her personal account, because it is not subject to disclosure like the official one...
Poor man... Beauty depends on fashion, and like it or not, tattoos are fashionable. Don't like tattoo? Get out, you retrograde!
Apart from that, it's obviously stupid to call the contestants ugly. Did he really think the organizers were going to like it? "Gosh, they're all so cute, it's hard to choose" is what they wanted to hear... And yes, being honest was a bad move in this case.
As if honesty was compatible with media and marketing...
It's clearly the guy who decided this was newsworthy for the Bloomberg information system.
I do hope these guys will try to find more solid information than "some newspaper article on Google news". The people who are paying through the nose for Bloomberg information certainly expect more, at least.
"68 per cent of men and 70 per cent of women with good literacy skills are co-habiting or married, compared to 52 per cent of men and 60 per cent of women who find it difficult".
So if I get it right, there's way more women than men who are co-habiting or married? LESBIANS, ALL OF THEM!
Mine's the one with "probabilities for dummies" in the pocket
Having something like this happen to you is more or less akin to being hit by lightning in the middle of a beautiful day.
Congratulations to the clever guys who managed to buy at $3. The stock is back up at $10, though it's still lower than the previous level of $12.
Indeed, fake bad news might come up more and more, considering it's much easier to halve the value of a stock in one day than double it... Doesn't say much for the system as a whole, though.
On putting a data center on a boat?
I don't have the chutzpah to be a successful engineer, I guess. I could understand a patent on details of the idea, like the wave power generator. But I would have never thought of asking for a patent on "putting loads of computers on a boat".
Doesn't the Navy have a few computers on air carriers? Wouldn't that be prior art?
Wait until they apply for a patent on "data centers in the jungle" "data centers in snowy regions" "data centers in rainy regions" "data centers with solar panels on top" "data centers with a yellow ceiling"...
Honestly, EULA are becoming closer and closer to scientology crap.
We need more EULAs like this one. The more stupid and obviously unenforceable they become, the quicker the world will realize that EULAs do not belong to the domain of law, but fiction, and should not be taken seriously.
Paris, because nobody takes her seriously either.
Google is advertising Chrome (BETA) on its main page!
What was that about Larry Page not wanting a privacy link on that "beautiful clean home page"? (I know, there is one now)
Shit, how could they add an ugly download link for Chrome on the beautiful clean home page?? I almost can't find the search box anymore in all the clutter...
That I've seen a company so blatantly considering their users as guinea-pigs.
"Put this one in the labyrinth"
"This one seems more intelligent than average, test him"
"We should dissect this one... What? We can't? You sure?"
"Let's yank their chain again"
Paris, because she's yanking my chain...
"Heavy call maker? Pick an 03*** number and enjoy lower call rates when you call out, in return for paying to receive a call.
Heavy call receiver? Stay on the 07*** number and pay more when you call out."
This in turns means that the phone companies, seeing that calls are only ever made from 03*** numbers to 07*** numbers, will heavily augment prices for everything...
On a side note, my Canadian company, who does charge me for incoming calls, also charges 5$ a month for caller ID... Bastards.
Actually, if some terms of a license are illegal, you do not need to follow them...
For instance, if a joker added "by reading this, you agree to kill your neighbour in the next 24 hours" to one of these EULAs you click one without reading, you will not have to do it. Thankfully.
From what I've heard, half of the EULAs contain something which is very probably illegal. The problem is, only a court can decide whether it is legal or not. In that sense, EULAs are only "potentially" legal. Some people decide to obey the EULAs, some do not.
When the outcome of a lawsuit is uncertain, the company itself might even prefer not to sue transgressors, in order to be able to go on telling the sheep the conditions are legal and binding.
Of course, there was no hidden massacre in US or UK like there was in China. That's not the democratic way.
Totalitarian governments say: "SHUT UP! It didn't happen!" (Tienanmen)
Democratic governments say: "Yeah, it happened. So?" (Kent)
Or, possibly, they claim the students had WMD...
Paris, because she's a WM(brain)D
Each side has its own estimation of the damage of piracy:
- Copyright holders pretend that each person who pirated their product would have bought it if they hadn't been able to get it for free. So they estimate their loss by multiplying the number of downloads by the retail price.
- P2Pers pretend nobody who pirated the product would have bought it, even for a cent. So they estimate the damage as nothing.
Obviously, both sides are being dishonest about it.
For one thing, having net access to download is not free, and the price charged by ISPs is a function of how much people download. So people downloading for free are still paying money for that, just not to the copyright holder.
For another thing, many people might actually pay for the product if it wasn't often faster to download it than going through paying for it.
Really, it's just a matter of logic.
The ISP started offering unlimited contracts because everybody said they wanted it. But considering the quantity of comments here rejoicing that heavy users are getting throttled, some ISP should start offering contracts at 1p per Mb (and cheaper during low-use hours). Then we can start paying for internet like we are paying for water, electricity and telephone.
I believe the only reason unlimited contracts exist is that the heavy users are the only people voicing their opinion on the subject, and they are too happy to have everybody pay the same amount.
While I agree that parents should try to keep their children quiet, I also agree that this is not always possible.
If the parents are trying their best to calm down the child, then whoever complains is stupid. The parents probably want the child to be quiet more than anybody else, and yes, they are entitled to use a plane even with a noisy baby. If you don't think so, I'll complain you are a waste of oxygen, and should not be entitled to pollute the inside of the plane with the nasty CO2 you're emitting. And also, you stink, and you're ugly. Please take the boat, or put a paper bag on your face.
Anyway, the point of talking about noisy babies was that phones are by far not the most annoying thing in a plane. What's the US congress doing making laws about the amount of noise you can make in a plane?? I can't wait for Obama and McCain to give their opinion on this oh-so-important issue.
But I must say, not for him.
I have often thought that if the light discontent felt by the millions of people who received one of his mail was concentrated on the spammer, he would be vaporized instantly.
I would maybe not cheer his death, but as for a Darwin award, I do feel the world is not missing much. The fact he killed his family makes him even more despicable. It may be that, as he knew the world would not regret his death, he took his family with him out of spite to make the world feel bad: "Look what you made me do".
Condolences to the still-living daughter.
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