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Comment: Re:Year old story (Score 1) 169

by Bruce66423 (#49362077) Attached to: Prison Inmate Emails His Own Release Instructions To the Prison
My guess is because it's just emerged in court probably at his trial. The article states he will be sentenced on 20th April, implying that the pre-sentence reports are now being prepared. Before now the prison service probably kept it quiet; and hopefully will have improved their procedures by now.

Comment: Finland uses your declared, taxable income (Score 4, Interesting) 760

What REALLY different about them is that your tax returns are a matter of public record; if I want to know what my neighbour's income is, then if I lived in Finland I could find out on line... And it's income that's used to generate the level of the fine.

Comment: Stupid, ignorant or over exposed to politicians? (Score 1) 447

by Bruce66423 (#49246221) Attached to: Homeopathy Turns Out To Be Useless For Treating Medical Conditions
Whilst for us geeks it's 'obvious' that a healthy dose of scepticism and a demand for evidence is de rigeur, if you were never taught to think like that, then it's not entirely your fault that you fall for the latest internet fad. Blaming the victim of a well constructed scam for being deceived is usually unfair. And we do have to remember that 'science' has made some howling mistakes in the past, only to recant later.

Comment: Fair comment (Score 1) 447

by Bruce66423 (#49246147) Attached to: Homeopathy Turns Out To Be Useless For Treating Medical Conditions
As someone who is resistant to 'alternative medicine', I assume that people will do the mainstream route first, and so receive mainstream care. Only if that has failed would I expect them to go off to more 'interesting' possibilities. But you're right, people don't follow that route, and it could be a serious problem. Thanks for making me think!

+ - NY Times removes ex President Bush from Selma Bridge picture-> 2

Submitted by Bruce66423
Bruce66423 (1678196) writes "In a move worthy of Orwell's Ministry of Truth, the presence of President Bush in the group crossing the Selma bridge was expunged in the version of the picture published by the NY Times. Defence counsels everywhere rejoice; you can present this as evidence that your favourite politician was also committing the crime your client is accused of — but his presence in the CCTV footage has been removed."
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