Happy to help: Chav (or Ned here in Scotland) is a term for working class ne'erdowells.
A Dole Bludger is a term I've not come across before, but apparently it's an Aussie term for people who claim unemployment benefit and never look for a job.
I agree that UK NI should really be added in, but sales and property taxes - which is what Council Tax and VAT are - aren't income based taxes.
To be really fair, I suppose you would have to look at the total tax burden and also try and quantify what benefits you get back e.g. health care, public transport e.t.c.
It's been a while since we've seen people muck around with long-distance WiFi -- not only are DIY solutions like cantennas possibly illegal, sexier technologies like WiMAX have emerged to better serve those long-distance IP needs. WiFi's flame burns on in Latin America, however, where researcher Ermanno Pietrosemoli has managed to shoot an 802.11 signal 382 kilometers (237 miles) between two mountains in the Venezuelan Andes. Pietrosemoli, who is president of Latin American networking association Escuela Latinoamerica de Redes, used some of Intel's long-range WiFi tech and $60 worth of Linksys hardware to achieve throughput of 3 Mbps in each direction and beat the former record of 310 kilometers (192 miles). Pietrosemoli hopes to use the tech to serve developing nations, but seeing as we barely get 3 Mbps in our WiFi-choked apartment building with the laptop sitting next to the router, we're hoping he lets us in on the secret as well.
Read - CNET Article Read - Interview with Ermanno Pietrosemoli
El Lobo writes: A Berkeley watchdog organization that tracks military spending said it uncovered a strange U.S. military proposal to create a hormone bomb that could purportedly turn enemy soldiers into homosexuals and make them more interested in sex than fighting.
"The notion was that a chemical that would probably be pleasant in the human body in low quantities could be identified, and by virtue of either breathing or having their skin exposed to this chemical, the notion was that soliders would become gay," explained Edward Hammond, of Berkeley's Sunshine Project.
Total Recall: Secretary in the fantasy implant place is playing with her nails - changing the colour of them with the touch of a wand. I've ALWAYS wanted to be able to do that (who wants to mess about with messy nail polish?).
Wonder if this could be ported to the manicare sector?