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Comment Re:Hammerheads in Vermont (Score 1) 561

Yeah. Must be awful to have to admit that your civilisation's future lifespan will only be measured in centuries.

Or maybe there were political reasons for building the wall, and it was in fact a tremendous success.

To be fair the historical records aren't terribly informative on the matter, but your description does sound somewhat grasping.

Comment Re:Hammerheads in Vermont (Score 1) 561

Also, does anyone know of any time in history--any time--when building a wall at the border worked out well for the wall builders? I honestly can't think of even one example.

Hadrian's Wall. Two and a half centuries of use suggests it was working pretty well.

Comment Re:How about this (Score 1) 661

I did pay $50 a year to a site because I supported their business, even though I didn't view much of the paywalled content.

Then they showed me a preview of content and asked me to log in to view the rest. I logged in. They removed access to the preview and the rest of the content, on the grounds that by logging in I'd confirmed I was in a country to which they couldn't share that content.

Obviously I just went to another website and enjoyed the same content, in full. I also cancelled my membership. Fuck them, fuck their business and fuck giving them $50 a year.

Comment Re: Ok. (Score 1) 661

Nonsense. I have requested that the site sends me some information. I can choose how to process that information - e.g. I can render some of it visually for human readability, and I can choose to ignore some of it such as links to additional content in which I know I have no interest.

At no point have I agreed to view everything sent to me, let alone request and view additional content the server provider may want to push at me.

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