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Comment: Re:BBC is a payed for service (Score 1) 137

Dear amaurea,

This is the BBC. Our hearts are warmed by your love for our broadcasts, and your wish to gift it to the rest of the world. You are both gracious and generous.

Now that we no longer sell it abroad, but provide it for free, you will have two options next year;

- Pay a 20% increase in your licence fee to replace this lost revenue.
- Not get another series.

Thanking you.

Comment: Re:First principle - who pays? (Score 1) 137

But technically you could argue that they are double dipping, since it should be payed though UK TV licenses.

Why should it?

If I produce something for a customer, and can then also sell it to another, does my second customer have an expectation that it should be free for them? Or would my first customer not expect that profit from subsequent sales be factored into the price they pay?

The BBC is public funded by UK residents. Those who fund it have every right to demand that the BBC squeeze every penny they can out of foreign sales. This money goes back into the BBC and supplements the public funding.

Comment: Re:But they help also (Score 1) 366

by gsslay (#49292623) Attached to: Uber Shut Down In Multiple Countries Following Raids

If only taxi companies had access to this new fangled gizmos!

Do you really think it's beyond a taxi driver to own a GPS Navigator? Do you really think no taxi companies have systems that track their drivers and can notify their clients?

Uber is not what is making things better here. Technology is.

Comment: Re:A Language With No Rules... (Score 1) 667

by gsslay (#49266559) Attached to: Why There Is No Such Thing as 'Proper English'

For example, British English is non-rhotic (r-dropping)

Not it's not. There is no such thing as "British English" pronunciation. English as spoken in Britain varies a great deal in pronunciation. You are comparing just one variation with American English.

Scottish English retains the historic vowel pronunciation better than both British and American English

Scottish English is a sub-set of British English, they are not distinct.

something I think most Brits would be loathe to admit. ;) )

What, even the Scottish Brits?

Comment: Re:The day the music died (Score 1) 386

Instead of living off the talents of others, his kids need to go out and get jobs.

Could the same not be said of Thicke and Williams? The point is that someone is making money from this music, why should it be Thicke and Williams when all they've done is rehash someone else's talent?

Comment: Re:Uh ...wat? (Score 1) 467

All these things happen. Yet you are worried most about people being worried about offensive comments on twitter? Just think of the wonderful observations you could have made about the world's problems, but instead you chose to post about this.

Life isn't all either/or. It is possible to care about more than one thing.

Comment: Re:Don't be lazy (Score 1) 124

by gsslay (#49170783) Attached to: Google Backs Off Default Encryption on New Android Lollilop Devices

I truly have no idea what point you are trying to make. Where do I say that "society" should be asked on proper spelling? What the hell has Ebonics got to do with it?

Different dialects of English pronounce words in different ways. Attempts to get a unified spelling based on pronunciation would be fruitless. This is why we have spelling as it is now; often archaic and often non-intuitive. But it's a standard that can be used by all to ensure accuracy and ease of reading.

If we decide, on the other hand, that certain words are exempt from that standard, then the first thing we need to do is determine which are the certain words. Then I'd be interested in what logic determined which words.

Otherwise we may as well give up on spelling and say you can spell all words however you like. Just don't complain if people can't follow you.

Comment: Re:Don't be lazy (Score 2) 124

by gsslay (#49170217) Attached to: Google Backs Off Default Encryption on New Android Lollilop Devices

It's funny, but I never realized how fucking pointless it is to ensure certain words are spelled correctly until now.

So which certain words don't need to be spelt correctly?

Do wee gett to desside owrsef watt words? Or do we need some kind of standard? Otherwize who nos wat problems mite be cozzed.

Aren't you glad you're not getting all the government you pay for now?