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Comment Re:Glad this can't happen in the U.S. (Score 1) 255

I feel I need to expand upon this for people who have not studied the Westminster System. Unlike the US or other countries with a written constitution the UK only has a set of prior laws passed by Parliament and a set of traditions to guide it - or in other words their is no document to define how the government works. Now as far as modern history is concerned Parliament has been supreme - that is to say that Parliament makes its own rules, the rules for the country, and no check exists upon them other then popular support with respect to elections. Now to the UK Human Rights Act - Parliament could do away with it overnight because it was enacted by an act of Parliament and Parliament can repeal its own acts, what stops them is tradition. As a side note I should note that Comparative Politics is my field of study, and this is a horribly succinct explanation of the UK's parliamentary powers.

Comment Re:Facebook and divorce, it writes itself! (Score 1) 189

Email yes - and that was used, the other two options however that you list were not practical, in large part due to the time zones and the low amount of bandwidth (Skype uses comparatively low bandwidth for calls, but even that was more then the available bandwidth). All that said, I'm 22, and among my friends its almost sad how little email is used compared to texts/facebook/skype. As much as I hate to say it, when the user-base is as high as Facebook's, sometimes its the most practical way to keep in contact (least til a better option shows up).

Comment Re:Facebook and divorce, it writes itself! (Score 1) 189

I took a different approach - needed one to get in contact with friends while out of the country... That was three years ago. Now I check it about once every month and a half to re-lock all my privacy settings -- so yes; I have one, but its effectively the same as not, with the added 'advantage' that should I need it the account is made.

Comment Re:See ? (Score 1) 204

I'm willing to give the GP a little credit - mostly because I'm willing to guess he has his terms mixed up (or I am having a bout of kindness). Now I would like to point out quickly that their is a relation between the governance structural (liberal democracy, monarchy, etc) and the political economy of a given nation. Overarching trends tend to be that the more a government resembles a unity government the more the political economy will be dominated by the government (for example the UK in the 70's) - and I'm not going into the hotbed of communist countries and their political economies. Now what does this have to do with the populations interaction with the government? None (except that in a state led economy the average person 'interacts' with the government a lot more), the populations interaction (and the power over) is only based on how the political culture functions - which changes based on the rules and norms governing a given society

Comment Question on athority for EU Courts (Score 1) 171

I dont know how the EU courts work - is the ruling binding in the same way that the US courts work with respect to the idea of president cases (or cases of first impression) for civil law. At least in the US the judge(s) verdict is binding and fully law until such time as a different judge in a higher court modifies it, or the legislature changes the law - so I'm wondering if this verdict is handled in the same way?

Comment Re:Strong Usernames should - (Score 1) 308

And if we want to get really twitchy we can shift every character x characters to the left or the right... OR you know, just set up your web browser to block adds, and use throw away email accounts (thank god for gmail)...Hell this is the Internet, most major websites keep their services for free by selling add space...

Comment Re:Weather in Oly WA USA (Score 1) 439

Try moving up to Bellingham from Seattle (about an hour and a half north on I-5) - the temperature difference is not much (it was a nice brisk 30ish this morning as I rode my bike to school) -- but I swear this whole town is one big wind tunnel - to the point were I have stopped carrying my trusty umbrella when its raining -- because the wind will brake it...

The World's Smallest Legible Font 280

hasanabbas1987 writes "From the article: 'Well 'technically' they aren't the smallest fonts in the world as if they were you wouldn't be able to read even a single letter, but, you should be able to read the entire paragraph in the picture given above... we did. A Computer science professor called Ken Perlin designed these tiny fonts and you can fit 500 reasonable words in a resolution of 320 x 240 space. There are at the moment the smallest legible fonts in the world.'"

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