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Comment: Re:Clever. (Score 1) 358

by Cederic (#49152843) Attached to: Verizon Posts Message In Morse Code To Mock FCC's Net Neutrality Ruling

What fucking relevance does that have? You appear to have a blind hatred for one individual and the party he represents and lazily ascribe all ill in that direction.

Try not to be a bigot, the world is not red and blue, and there is nuance, subtlety and compromise in most things.

Maybe you dislike this policy. Fine. Tell us why, don't be an ignorant twat going "d'uhbama bad, it's all his fault, we should nuke iran"

Comment: I want this (Score 1) 55

As an employee of a large organisation, I want us to have this capability to determine aggressive action against us ahead of it happening.

We lack the ability (legally and technically) to take action against the aggressor; the value comes from being able to strengthen relevant defences, if necessary close off access to vulnerable services and prepare the response teams in case something does get through.

Accurate and responsive systems monitoring lets you there's an issue quickly, so you can resolve it fast. This merely accelerates that resolution.

Comment: Re:This made my day... (Score 1) 318

by Cederic (#49135699) Attached to: Use Astrology To Save Britain's Health System, Says MP

Given that people on minimum wage get tax credits, benefit from health and education services they can't afford and generally make a net gain from the Government it's pretty clear that they aren't paying an equal share. Someone has to fund all of this and you seem to think it's that tiny pool of people on over £100k.

I'd love to earn that much, but I already make a sizeable net contribution to the government to cover the benefits that lower earners, the disabled, the unfortunate and the feckless get. Taxing the rich more won't reduce that burden and won't intrinsically benefit the economy. I'm already treated as a cash cow by politicians from all parties who use my money to buy votes from parents, pensioners, public sector workers, people on benefits et all.

I'm still confused by your thoughts on pollution. Which pollution is holding back the economy exactly, and what are you proposing to do that will resolve this?

Comment: Re:This made my day... (Score 1) 318

by Cederic (#49131745) Attached to: Use Astrology To Save Britain's Health System, Says MP

Raise minimum wage (=less benefits and more tax).

You'd have to raise it a fuck of a long way before it offset tax credits.

Tax the rich more.

The current government raises more tax from the top earners than the previous one. Who do you class as 'rich' anyway? Are you calculating this by assets or income, or both? I think dual-income families are rich.

Raising taxes is a shit way to boost the economy.

Close tax loopholes.

People will find and exploit more. The current government has already closed many, and made it harder to legally exploit the ones that remain - you now need to declare them to the Inland Revenue.

Or did you mean things like Premium Bonds and ISAs?

Put an end to the double Irish.

Again, the current government are already working to increase tax revenue from companies that try and siphon earnings overseas. This is an international problem and if you have a way to solve it that actually works, then HMRC would love to hear from you.

Invest in high quality sustainable housing.

Where? What do you class as 'sustainable'? What's 'affordable'? Surely 'affordable', 'high quality' and 'where people can get a job' are mutually exclusive.

Any capital investment in social housing would largely be a waste of money anyway, unless the 'right to buy' legislation changes; you're just giving cash away. That's not necessarily bad for the economy but it's a kick in the teeth for people that pay taxes and don't get government handouts - and we're already subsidising over half the country anyway.

Deal with pollution.

Hmm. More detail needed.

No crazy spending or crazy borrowing necessary, but the rich and stupid wouldn't like those policies.

Only the stupid would put them forward and think they're workable, without providing rather more detail.

The rich would indeed resent being treated as a cash cow by the lazy, the ignorant and the stupid.

The Tories aren't screwing the poor? You are blind.

How? Maybe I am blind, or maybe I'm not poor because I make personal sacrifices to assure my financial security. Forgive me for expecting other people to make similar compromises.

Comment: Re:Live by the sword... (Score 1) 186

by Cederic (#49130301) Attached to: Jury Tells Apple To Pay $532.9 Million In Patent Suit

You come up with an idea and patent it, I get you might not have the money. A company shouldn't be able to do that.

Why not?

Why can't I set up a company whose job is R&D, and earn income from licensing the inventions I come up with. This is surely a sensible choice for people that can't be arsed with supply chain logistics, sales and all the shit that comes with it.

What's different to that in setting up a company that doesn't do R&D, but does purchase rights to the inventions that other people create. Same business but this time we've also cut out the people and facilities management necessary for R&D.

If a patent is legitimate, is innovative, represents a technology advance that people want to copy, then it has value. That value can be realised through licensing or through manufacture. Why should manufacturers be the only people allowed to profit from patents?

Comment: Re:This made my day... (Score 1) 318

by Cederic (#49130125) Attached to: Use Astrology To Save Britain's Health System, Says MP

the Tories austerity policies which are causing stagnation

So you'd have done what? Continued to spend money profligately that we just don't have? Raised taxes to fuck over middle income earners even more? Done a Greece or a Cyprus?

Get a fucking clue.

they do everything possible to widen the wealth divide / screw the poor for every penny they have

That's just bullshit.

If you want to argue that they favour "big business" too much, I'll agree. If you want to challenge the integrity and honesty of senior ministers and how their policies benefit the public, the UK as a whole and their group of friends, then I'm happy to join you. But they're not screwing the poor and they're not trying to increase the wealth divide.

There are plenty of solid reasons to complain about the current government. Try and pick some of them instead of making shit up.

Comment: Re:Hmm, maybe (Score 2) 213

by Cederic (#49093363) Attached to: Sony Offers a "Premium Sound" SD Card For a Premium Price

If you've been working for 40 years then it's generally a safe assumption that any random other person is probably younger than you, especially online.

Rather than referencing your lawn though you should be highlighting that "We solved that one 30 years ago, why are you reinventing the wheel?"

When the weight of the paperwork equals the weight of the plane, the plane will fly. -- Donald Douglas