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Comment: Re:The Navy sucks at negotiating (Score 2) 93

by Richard_at_work (#48673225) Attached to: US Navy Sells 'Top Gun' Aircraft Carrier For One Penny

It isn't in pristine condition, its full of heavy metal contaminants, asbestos, oils and other problem materials, and requires maintenance just to remain afloat in decent condition - a huge amount of effort is required to do anything with the ship, and the Navy doesn't want it on its budget any more. If the museum project had raised its money, they would have got it.

Having watched a documentary on another scrapping a few years back, the metal in these ships do not command a premium on the scrap market, and any scrapping company takes it on with complete uncertainty as to whether they make a profit or loss as they also have to deal with the toxics and those cost a lot these days.

Comment: Re:WTF UK? (Score 1) 336

by Richard_at_work (#48671649) Attached to: UK Man Arrested Over "Offensive" Tweet

We aren't punishing him for swearing, we are punishing him because his actions have a negative effect on people around him. Just like playing music, having sex, talking etc etc etc. All are fine when they dont affect other members of society in a negative manner, and again all have cases brought because of them.

I dont see why people around him should have to put up with his swearing.

Comment: Re:WTF UK? (Score 4, Informative) 336

by Richard_at_work (#48669141) Attached to: UK Man Arrested Over "Offensive" Tweet

John Terry was suspended because the FA had a grudge against him, he had already been cleared in an actual judicial court of the same offence but the FA decided that they were better than the Crown Court and found him guilty - but he had been subject to a long running series of issues with the FA regarding captaincies etc.

The Suarez case was totally different.

Also you seem to be deliberately mixing up actions by private bodies (the FA) with judicial court actions. Private bodies can do whatever they damn well please, within reason - there is a zero tolerance approach to racism in English football, hence the action against Suarez and Balotelli.

And the "man threatened with life for swearing too much" had a slew of breached orders behind him, so he escalated that himself.

Comment: Re:Hmm. (Score 1) 290

by afidel (#48661219) Attached to: Hotel Group Asks FCC For Permission To Block Some Outside Wi-Fi

Generally they run ethernet, wifi, and/or some form of DSL (Cisco's LRE used to be a favorite in older hotels as it allowed broadband speeds without the massive expense and disruption of running a new cable plant), though I did just see someone hawking ethernet over powerline to the hospitality sector in a google search, that has got to suck horribly.

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