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Comment Tax funded lunches? (Score 2) 631

"'I buy my lunch with after-tax dollars,' said McMahon. 'And I have to pay taxes to support free meals for those Google employees.'"

How exactly do tax dollars go to fund the lunches at Google's cafeterias? Last time I checked, that money came from revenue earned by Google, through its business. You know, from working.

How would the government prove that a given employee is actually eating the meals? Do they have a swipe card that tracks them? What if they are bringing their own lunch?

Comment Re:Nice Political Flamebait (Score 5, Interesting) 1469

I have always been of the opinion that while Christian conservatives decry Islam as evil, they are secretly jealous of it. Afterall, Islam has permeated many governments in the Middle East to a degree which most Christian conservatives could only hope to achieve.

Comment I am not allowed to view porn at work... (Score 1) 187

Adult pornography is not generally illegal, true, but unless you actually work in the industry it probably is not appropriate for the office.

Fairly, however, an employee should be instructed as to what is and is not appropriate for work before they can be disciplined for violating it. I remember being presented with an internet use policy when I was hired, as well as sexual harassment training. So it you are told in advance not to do certain things at work, and you freely agree not to do them, you can then be disciplined for doing said actions.

Otherwise one could argue the old "No one told me porn at work was not allowed!" a la George Costanza.

Comment Re:new form of book burning (Score 2, Informative) 273

Normally with Sony, I'd agree with you. However, the Sony Reader supports more diverse formats than the Kindle.
Although Sony doesn't officially support it, there is software out there that will let you make your own books in BBeB format.
Calibre (http://calibre.kovidgoyal.net/) is one that comes to mind.

Comment Baby with the bathwater mentality (Score 1) 562

Wow, what an idiot!

That's like a banker thinking that nothing good came of dynamite, simply because bank robbers have used it to blow open bank vaults!

This is the absolute perfect example of the mess that SONY has become. "If we aren't using the technology to screw our customers, then nothing good has come of it. Period."

Comment They've been "available" digitally for years! (Score 1) 434

I am not advocating piracy, but the more the two sides drag their feet on this issue, the more their dedicated "willing to pay for the music" fans will tire and just turn to bittorrent to get the whole album at a much more attractive price... free!

The suits are either stupid or don't care about this rapidly shrinking pool of purchasers of Beatles music.


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