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Comment: Re:This is bullshit from start to finish (Score 1) 494

by gsslay (#47927397) Attached to: Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

but it would certainly be rational for us to impose one to pay for the cost of maintaining roads to enable good to travel to and from Scotland.

Well this has to be the stupidest idea here.

Does France charge Spain for the cost of maintaining roads to and from Spain? Or do they maybe realise that roads go both ways, as does the goods on it.

Comment: Re:stupid fear mongering (Score 1) 494

by gsslay (#47927321) Attached to: Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

Luxembourg, Switzerland , Liechtenstein, Monaco and Norway all have a good credit history. That's all the banks care about. Scotland, on the other hand, would be the equivalent of an 18 year old with no credit history. That makes it, as far as the banks are concerned, an unknown risk. Banks do not like unknown risks.

Comment: Re:Scotland third time lucky (Score 1) 494

by gsslay (#47927239) Attached to: Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

In 1914 Scotland voted for independence from the UK

No such thing occurred. All you can say is that some in Scotland voted for a party which had a policy of Scottish home rule. That party then prepared a bill, which didn't propose independence, only devolution. Unfortunately the First World War intervened before it progressed through parliament. By the end of hostilities there was no appetite from anyone to restart the process.

some dodgy rule dictated that at least 40% of the total registered electorate had to vote for devolution, and even though they got the majority winning by 51.62% Yes to 48.38% No the vote was overturned because the vote was overturned because the Yes vote comprised only 32.9% of the total possible vote

I think it's quite a sound policy that only 32.9% of the electorate shouldn't be deciding what happens to the country. Particularly when people were told before the vote that not voting was equivalent to voting no. Think of it like this; 48.38% of those who voted made the effort to vote no, when they actually didn't have to do a thing. And those who did need to make the effort (the ones who wanted a change) only amounted to less than a third of the population.

Comment: Re:BTW, this proves piracy is irrelevant for artis (Score 1) 610

I don't think you can compare the two. Radio play is a degraded, time limited, copy that takes effort to replicate. If you like what you hear there are plenty of incentives to buy your a copy that will suffer from none of these limitations. A copied MP3, on the other hand, is available always, pristine and effortless. Once it is available for free there are no limitations to it and no further incentive to buy a copy.

Comment: Re:BTW, this proves piracy is irrelevant for artis (Score 3, Insightful) 610

Totally. Because U2 are your typical, just about getting by, rock band.

U2 don't have to sell another album, ever, to remain multi-millionaires. They could give away their work for nothing for the rest of their lives, and still be richer than 99.99% of the planet. They are not, in any way, a template for other musicians.

Comment: Re:All this fuss... (Score 1) 307

by gsslay (#47850835) Attached to: Responding to Celeb Photo Leaks, Reddit Scotches "Fappening" Subreddit

So your argument goes; because "normal" people get stomped on, famous people should get stomped on too. That'll teach them a lesson in what it's like to be normal. Let's not aspire to make things better for anyone, just equally crap.

I'd prefer this approach; famous people make this a big deal, so maybe things will get done that'll help prevent it happening to anyone in future. Including "normal" people. We are not going to put a stop to this ever happening, but that doesn't means we shouldn't try. If it takes a famous people kicking up a fuss to achieve this, then so be it.

Comment: Re:Insane (Score 1) 88

by gsslay (#47833387) Attached to: Google To Refund $19M In In-App Purchases Made By Kids

No, children are not idiots. They are children. That means they lack experience in all things in life. They can be easily mislead (either by design or accident) to do things that an adult wouldn't without appreciating the consequences. Because they know no better.

Unless you want to spend your time familiarising yourself with every app your children use, down to the detail, then you need to trust (your word) the app to play fair and not exploit (either by design or accident) your children's naivety.

That is what this about. Trust in Google and the app makers to get this right was misplaced, it turns out.

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