Oh really? I accept that I may be mis-informed. I heard some people talking about it shortly after, there must have been confusion over the facts, and I hadn't heard any correction.
Vaccine-skepticism isn't a specific genetic trait that can be weeded out though. It's human nature to look for and see correlations that don't actually exist.
Yes, that was a fake polio vaccination campaign. Loads of people died because they had been told that they had been vaccinated when they hadn't, so didn't get a real vaccination.
The number of slashdotters that bleat about "teh evil corporations that break teh law!"
But support bypassing copyright law and getting their content for free because "information must be free".
It may be the same thing, but it isn't necessary the same people. We aren't a borg collective who all think alike. Some people defend Free Software, which requires copyright law in order to exist. Some people download all the torrents. There may be a cross-section that does both, which is as you say hypocritical. But the existence of that cross-section does not invalidate the opinions of those who consistently hold one position or the other.
Also, not all laws are created equal. Some people may support political measures such as export controls and sanctions, while not supporting copyright. If you broke the speed limit last year, does that mean that you are not entitled to justice if someone assaults you today?
If the USians want to cast it in a bad light, they call it "British Petroleum". It makes it sound sinister and evil.
Who builds the scripts and images? There is effort involved in building an image that has Firefox on it. If Dell feel they need to charge in order to recoup the cost of that effort, rather than offering it free as part of the value of their service, then that's up to them. The market will decide whether that is reasonable or not. I don't see how this could be illegal, they aren't using the trademark in the sense of branding them as "Firefox Laptops".
How is the possession or consumption of cocaine a crime at all? That's a victimless crime?!?! Well no, it's not. People get murdered, kidnapped, raped and shot, purely to get that fine white power into Charlie Sheen's sinuses. Same with Child porn.
Not same. The cocaine trade only causes that kind of side-effect because it is illegal. Child rape would still happen if child porn were made legal, much much more so in fact. Note that I am agreeing with your conclusion that child porn is bad, but not about the side-issue that you brought in to the discussion about the drug trade.
Is it possible to make something illegal if you don't know what it is? How can you fight something if you don't know how widespread it is? How do you find something if you don't try to look for it? If the law requires child porn blocking, then someone has to be trawling the internet actively looking for child porn in order to know what to block. I wouldn't wish that job on anyone.
OK, I totally mis-read the article. Too far in the future.
Linking pay strictly to company performance in an absolute way isn't rational. Let's approach it from the perspective of "what would happen with or without this person". If the right CEO would make the difference between a company earning $12B and $13B, then that person is worth a billion. If a CEO makes the difference between a company earning $17B and $17.1B, then they are only worth $100M. The company itself may be a bigger company, but if it's a company that is easy to run and pretty much rakes in the money by itself with no real effort, then the CEO is not really worth spending a huge amount on if there is not much scope for building up the company to be even bigger. Of course this is a simplified and exaggerated set of circumstances, but the principle is: does this person make a big difference to the company's bottom line? They are worth a portion of the difference that they make, not an absolute fraction of the company's profits.
That's what friend lists are for. I only ever play Counterstrike online if I see a friend online, and *click* I'm on the same server he or she is on.
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