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Comment: Isn't that what taxation is for? (Score 3, Insightful) 227 227

Or, y'know, they could just pay an appropriate level of income tax and let educational professionals decide how best to invest that money. Of course that wouldn't boost their collective ego nearly so much. Still. Once you've made enough money from stock market bubbles to reduce social responsibility to charity who are we to argue?

Comment: Re:Don't ask for advice online. (Score 1) 698 698

You're a dick. Or a troll. Or both. No wonder you're posting as AC. The only rule in life is that there are no rules. You make your own path and the wisdom others seek to enforce on you isn't worth shit against the wisdom you earn for yourself. I've met plenty of people of all ages, male and female, who for one reason or another haven't had access to the same life choices as the rest of us. The best people the OP's daughter will ever meet will be people who don't fit in, who make mistakes, who have regrets, and I choose to post that not as an AC because that's how the world works, not how you're bitter little worldview makes it appear.

The best advice I would give to her is to live her life. Make her mistakes. Don't be like the rest of us and don't be told that's the only path she can take. The worst sin in life is follow in someone else's footsteps. I did and it certainly didn't make me happy.

Comment: Attack? (Score 1) 576 576

Heh, you're assuming they'd attack in space ships as if they'd escaped from some 1950s B-Movie. If they've travelled this far to 'attack' us (Whatever that might mean in this context) their technology would be so far in advance of our own we wouldn't even know we were being threatened. Hell. We might have fought and lost that battle already and you'd never know.

Comment: Re:Simple (Score 1) 481 481

Heh, if only they stopped at renationalising. The East Coast Mainline was brought back into public hands and returned £1bn to the taxpayer while also maintaining some of the highest customer service ratings in the UK. The obvious thing to do then is to sell it back to the private sector to regain it's status as an utter fucking shambles. At which point we'll bail out the clowns that are in charge, run it ourselves for a while, make it successful, sell it back to the clowns, wait for it to fail, bail out the clowns and run it ourselves for a while. It's like a very expensive wealth transfer Groundhog Day, except not as funny.

Meanwhile, the main privatised commuter line between Brighton and London, a journey of only 40-odd miles, failed to arrive on time ONCE in an ENTIRE YEAR. You can thank Southern Rail for that. Douchebags.

And don't get me started on the omnishambles that was Hinchingbrooke Hospital.

Fact is, there are some things that cannot and should not be privatised because the drive for profit is diametrically opposed to the quality of service they're intended to provide. Only libertarian wingnuts and the halfwits running this country seem to think differently.

Comment: Impressive (Score 0) 192 192

Well. Congratulations America on finally fucking the internet. You've spent the last thirty years trying to undo and legislate against a technology you designed to withstand a nuclear war. Now you've succeeded. I'm not sure whether to be impressed or appalled. If only the Soviets attacked with lawyers rather than warheads you wouldn't have stood a chance.

Comment: Re:May they burn in hell. (Score 4, Insightful) 510 510

Well, you say child porn websites. I guess if you overlook the inadvertent blocks of Wikipedia and the wayback machine then yes, probably most of it isn't very pleasant. Given that the IWF is something of a law unto itself though I guess you'd never know. Down the memory hole we go.

As for 'fabulous web-filters'. Yes, we do. One of them is called Cleanfeed. And that started as child porn block. And now it's blocking links to downloads of copyrighted content at the behest of the MPA. I'm not sure what it'll be blocking tomorrow, or next month, or next year. Or why. Oh well. At least it's not a opaque, commercially provided entity with little in the way of oversight or transparency with the power to silently fence off content the powers that be don't agree with. Ah. Hang on...

Comment: Quelle Surprise (Score 5, Informative) 142 142

Of course they're at war. This is one of the most incompetent and scientifically illiterate governments in living memory. It's packed full of lunatic ideologues like Ian Duncan Smith and Teresa May who sideline professional academic advice time and time again in favour of their own prejudices stupidity and ignorance. I just wish their misguided, harmful and plain unworkable policies wouldn't wreck this countries social and political fabric for generations to come. It would be funny if the human cost wasn't so high

And you know what? In spite of this, the main opposition is still unable to differentiate itself as a better alternative than this shower of charlatans, bigots and liars.

I despair at this country. I really do.

"Ninety percent of baseball is half mental." -- Yogi Berra