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Comment: Re:Figures (Score 1) 165

by rainmouse (#46797109) Attached to: Declassified Papers Hint US Uranium May Have Ended Up In Israeli Arms

The Israelis would use a nuclear bomb as a last resort to keep what they have, a tiny strip of land.

The real concern though is how far are they willing to go these threats. People who believe a higher purpose guides their destiny have a diminished sense of responsibility and should never be allowed to possess nuclear armaments.

Comment: Re:wait, what? (Score 1) 467

by rainmouse (#46772975) Attached to: Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

80 percent think outsourcing has been positive? They must not be working with the resources we do... They lie, lie and lie some more. Shirk responsibility and ignore questions.

I repeatedly warned him against doing it, but our fearless leader decided to outsource all the menial work in our office to Eastern Europe. Of course when the bosses up on high realised it was only the menial work that was actually making any money, we didn't need to come into the office any more.... ever again.
At least when our entire office was closed down, the manager that screwed us all for a Christmas actually screwed himself out of his own job too; and hence also his Christmas bonus.

Comment: Re:Sarcasm (Score 2) 173

by rainmouse (#46594407) Attached to: Homeopathic Remedies Recalled For Containing Real Medicine

> And if you don't believe in homeopathy, there is no point in buying the medication in the first place.

So homeopathy is one of those things that requires faith to work? Very scientific indeed.

So, could I in theory make a homoeopathic bomb. As it becomes more powerful the more it's diluted, eventually I could just rid the world of stupid people.

Comment: Re:Who'll spit on my burger?! (Score 1) 870

by rainmouse (#46582317) Attached to: Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

So it is about costs.. just the reduction of costs from increased efficiency and production rates caused by the automation

A minimum wage worker will typically have to get some kind of governmental support just to survive. Technically then the government is giving the corporation who employs minimum wage workers the hand outs. Is raising the minimum wage really encouraging companies to employ more high-tech solutions? Or is it about reducing subsidisation of big companies by forcing them to actually pay their employees a survivable wage?

The alternative obviously becomes replacing them with robots but I'll bet people who have to maintain these machines and replacement parts don't come cheap. It wont always cost effective even if it seems cheaper at a glance.

Comment: Re:bfd (Score 2) 226

by rainmouse (#45929535) Attached to: Record Wind Power Levels Trigger Energy Price Fall Across Europe

Not sure the wholesale price accurately reflects the complete picture.

Soaring energy bills in the UK is little short of a crisis but with little correlation to the wholesale cost of the energy, I the prices here don't fall at all.

Comment: Re:Sadly, not the first time (Score 2) 85

by rainmouse (#45734477) Attached to: Govt. Watchdog Group Finds Apple Misled Aussies On Consumer Rights

BTW I am European. "Sad" is perhaps a strong word, but yes, in general my satisfaction is pretty high (App Store and all!) so while they do a lot of things right in my experience, it is irritating that they do this so obviously wrong.

My apologies, I misread your post and made myself seem a little bit dafter than usual. I mistakenly believed it made you sad that Apple were being strong-armed into following local laws, rather than sad that they had to be forced to comply with local laws. Hence my rather unfounded sarcasm in the previous post. My bad.

Comment: Re:Sadly, not the first time (Score 1) 85

by rainmouse (#45734259) Attached to: Govt. Watchdog Group Finds Apple Misled Aussies On Consumer Rights

I have several Apple products and in general I like them. Still it is sad for such premium products that the maker has to be strongarmed into agreeing to local law.

Thankfully, with the ugly exception of worldwide tax avoidance, it's only in the USA that Apple appears to be above and beyond the law. Because you love them so much, this genuinely makes you sad?

Comment: Re:Of course (Score 2) 293

It's not as daft as you might first think. This is a genuinely serious avenue that many will believe should be monitored.

When I worked for another huge online MMO catching exploiters, botters, real world traders and gold farmers, there was a genuine and perhaps justified concern about real life criminality among the player base. The fact is that virtual currency has real world value. Buying very sought after items or mountains of gold and then reselling it in a different currency gives you a perfect way to quietly transfer funds from one country to another or launder it. Even just using in game private messages to pass on information.

Comment: Can you smell my sarcasm or should I spell it out? (Score 1) 106

by rainmouse (#45418509) Attached to: We're Safe From the Latest SARS-Like Disease...For the Moment

Seen as its not easy to judge a countries health care with limited information, I looked instead at life expectancy instead to get a vague idea and your right... only countries like the USA have real health care. Why on this link the average American male lives two full years longer than the average Saudi male. Imagine that!
Of course the typical American male lives about 3 - 4 years less than someone in Europe due to their primitive health care system so I guess they are also screwed if this thing gets out.


The Legal Purgatory at the US Border: Detained, Searched, and Interrogated 555

Posted by samzenpus
from the papers-please dept.
An anonymous reader writes "America may be the land of the free, but upon arrival millions of visitors cross a legal purgatory at the U.S. border. It is an international legal phenomenon that is left much to the discretion of host countries. In some cases, this space between offers travelers far fewer rights than some of the least democratic and free countries on Earth. Limited access to legal counsel, unwarranted searches, and questionable rights to free speech to name a few. One of the more controversial — and yet still legally a contested grey area — are the rights travelers have in regards to electronics and device searches."

To err is human -- to blame it on a computer is even more so.