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Comment Re:Who pays for the electricity? (Score 1) 112

I would imagine not. However, Virgin Media customers are going to be paying substantially more for their service than the extra electricity cost, so I don't think that's going to be a major problem and there is the opt-out if that is a problem to you.

As a Virgin Media customer myself, I think this is a good thing and am perfectly happy with footing the electricity cost (not that I've worked out what that is) if it provides a useful service. Then again, I've been running my wifi router with a secondary unencrypted network for years anyway. It saves giving out keys to friends and I think of it as a kind of pay-it-forwards thing - there's times when I'd want to have access to a free wifi network.

Comment Re:Complacency (Score 1) 119

Yup - the lack of citations is a valid criticism. I just dislike the way some people think that signing in means that their opinion is any more valid. There's also the whole issue that free speech requires anonymity in some situations so I try to educate people not to automatically disregard anonymous comment (it's fair enough to disregard them for talking rubbish, though).

Comment Re: Cool (Score 1) 363

To be honest, I wish people spent more time worrying about the children that have already been born rather than arguing about what woman should or should not be allowed to do.

There's plenty of starving, poor children throughout the world and the U.S. is obsessed with arguing the pros and cons about abortion. If it's not your body, then PUT YOUR FUCKING MOUTH SHUT!

Comment Re: Cool (Score 2) 363

Nope, it's only murder if it's unlawful. As abortions are generally allowed by law, it cannot be murder.

I'd probably also dispute the "living" bit as that would imply independent life and abortions are not generally performed when the baby/foetus is breathing unassisted.

Also, "torn apart"? Where the hell do you live that allows medical procedures like that?

Comment Re:It's coming. Watch for it.. (Score 1) 163

Yielding the road to a faster vehicle? I've never heard of that being a rule of the road. As far as I'm aware, all vehicles have exactly the same priority on public roads (except for emergency vehicles when they've got their lights turned on).

It's not particularly easy to judge the distances in the video due to the wide angle lens (most helmet cams use wide angles), but the UK Highway Code specifies "give motorcyclists, cyclists and horse riders at least as much room as you would when overtaking a car" (

IMO, a motorist who doesn't politely share the road with other vehicles isn't doing himself or his community any favours.

Comment Re:I spent a few days biking around Munich in the (Score 2) 163

Here in England, the only roads that were built for cars (motorways) don't allow cycles (or horses or pedestrians) on them. The other roads were built for general pedestrian (we don't have a jay-walking law) and vehicle use. The first "modern" roads were paid for by cyclists groups, so it's ignoring history to claim that the roads are built for cars.

Have a look at for a really good examination of the early history of roads and cars. Most of the car pioneers were also cycle enthusiasts (the earliest cars were pretty much tricycles with a motor fitted).

Comment Re:"Rap" (Score 1) 298

So, let me check that I've got this straight. Are you saying that the way to deal with the issues of inner city ghettos, gang violence, gun crime, drugs and police brutality is to ban rap music?

As I recall, hip-hop/rap music sprang out of a need for disenfranchised youth of low-income areas to have a "voice" and speak out about the social, economic and political realities of their lives. However, it appears that rap music doesn't agree with your sensibilities and you somehow think that it's the music that the issue rather than being a symptom of a major problem in the U.S.

I wonder how you would want "Black" people to respond to negative outside influences? Maybe tip their hat and say "Yes Masser"?
Your attitude reminds me of the Christian right back in the late 70s when they were complaining about backwards satanic messages in rock music. The problem isn't the music and trying to ban freedom of expression is part of the problem.

Comment Re:"Rap" (Score 1) 298

I don't think I can play a Race card as I'm not a member of a minority. So, assuming that I wish to subscribe to your views, what would you suggest? Maybe ban rap music? Also, we could introduce segregation so that rap fans have to sit at the back of the bus and aren't allowed to use the same toilets as non-rap fans.

Comment Re:"Rap" (Score 1) 298

I don't dispute your opinions (opinions are like arseholes - everyone's got one and they all stink).

You may have got your cause and effect mixed up. Maybe it's that people who are placed at a distinct disadvantage by "greater society", (not to mention a greater risk of violence by the police) have chosen to participate in a sub-culture as a way of dealing with the inequities.

Anyhoo, whether you're right or wrong, your opinion sounds racist and is not a helpful sentiment to be expressing (unless you enjoy belittling minority cultures).

Comment Re:SLAPP? (Score 0) 401

I always thought that Moscow was in Russia

***runs off to check an atlas***

Yep, it's still there.

Okay, so you're not happy with specific examples of UK and Germany (for some strange reason), so here's a link to a Guardian article comparing various other countries (for you to arbitrarily discount)

Apologies for using facts against you like this.

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