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Comment Re:Feel so conflicted. . . (Score 1) 559

I would bet money that NONE of his political opponents read his books or didn't understand them.

Trump's books are ghost written. He probably hasn't read half of what went into them. As for understanding them, what's to understand? "I'm great. I have all the best words. I have a YUGE intellect. I'm still great. And rich. The end."

Comment Strawmen and the obvious conclusion (Score 1) 48

"However, in yet another blow to those who believe that genuine consumers and pirates are completely different and separate animals"

Who has ever said that?

"In line with 2015, 43% of infringers said that better pricing would be the factor that would be most likely to reduce their consumption of illicit content."

Well there's an amazing conclusion. Is anyone surprised that if stuff was cheaper, people are less likely to take it for nothing?

Comment Re:The Actual Quote (Score 1) 805

In the United Kingdom, a civic society is a voluntary body or society which aims to represent the needs of a local community.

Why would an American be using a term in the context of a UK society that 99.99% of Americans would have never heard of?

This is a plain and simple code word as used by a racist. I don't know if it's a common one, but expect to be seeing more of it. Basically is means "a mono-culture dominated by christian white folk, that it is so fragile that anything outside that norm is a threat to its very existence".

Comment Re:Trump ask Putin for help securing the vote (Score 2) 209

If surveillance is peace, then Trump could build new relations with Russia by giving them access to all the domestic surveillance data to show we have nothing to hide.

I just choked on my sandwich. Is this a comedy routine you're putting together? Because that's hilarious. You should suggest that to Trump immediately, it is stupid enough for his next speech.

Comment Re:It went beyond debunking (Score 1) 121

Obviously people dislike the guy for falsely claiming to have invented email

I think you'll find the 99.9% of people have a complete indifference of vast proportions. It's not as if he's levying a fee on every email. No one cares. When the history books a written they'll say, like the do for so many other inventions, that there are competing claims to being the inventor and they all built upon existing inventions. Which claim you believe makes very little difference to anything.

Comment Re:Unwanted Competitor (Score 1) 139

It's your third point that would, you'd think, be the most telling. Governments generally do not collect taxes through prepaid stored value cards from retail stores. I'm sure these scammers can be very convincing, but the moment they ask victims to go buy some iTunes gift cards, does that not raise just the slightest suspicion?

Comment Re:UBI or a similar mechanism is inevitable (Score 1) 917

If you are producing something at a price that your unemployed population can't afford, you will either stop producing it or utilise technology to make it cheaper.

If there is a demand, or indeed need, for what you produce then it will get produced one way or another. If there are people unemployed who could produce it, they will be employed to produce it. If robots can do it cheaper, then it will be done cheaper and people can go do other things.

Your great-great grandfather worked on a farm and spent his days ploughing behind two horses. Modern agricultural mass-production means you don't have to do that. Does that make you unemployed and the farmers no longer have anyone to sell their corn to? No, it means you work instead in a job in IT producing web-sites for companies selling fitbits that people buy to wear in their leisure time. An unimaginable way to earn a living to your great-great grandfather.

It it ridiculous to imagine that the changes brought on by automation and robots will be unique and something never seen before. Like previous automation, industrialisation and mass production, all that will happen is change. What was previously labour intensive to produce will become easy to produce. What was once exclusive and expensive will become common-place and cheap. Jobs that were previously impossible, impractical or uneconomical will become viable. Products for which there was once no demand, will come into demand. So people will go produce other things in other jobs that no-one ever imagined could be a job previously.

Comment Re:What's your point? (Score 1) 146

"Defendant": "I admit I run www.microsoft.com and posted horrible things on it, but I refuse to shut down www.microsoft.com!"

This statement contains three falsehoods. Are you saying it's not the court's job to check or notice that? It's not much different from;

Plaintiff: "Your honor! 'Bob' here represents Microsoft and they owe me $1 Billion!"
"Defendant": "I admit it all. I represent Microsoft and we owe him $1 Billion, but I refuse to pay!"
Judge: "Oh yeah? We'll see about that. I hereby order Microsoft to pay $1 Billion."
Plaintiff: "Cool. I can now go to debt collection agencies, show them this order and collect my money from Microsoft. Kaching!"

Comment Re:Forward in the other direction (Score 3, Insightful) 205

The point of leaving Yahoo is to stop your email going to Yahoo (and by proxy the US government and any passing hacker that would like a look). If I had a Yahoo account, the last thing I'd choose to do is set up another email account elsewhere, and continue to forward it to Yahoo. I'd set up another email account, and immediately start switching to it ASAP. Starting with the important and sensitive stuff.

The only reason to have the Yahoo account still active, and forwarding, is to catch the stragglers and any other email you don't really care about or have forgotten to switch.

Comment Re:Shame it doesn't mention the engineers name (Score 1) 127

"She" is a member of the BBC staff who was there to do the recording for the "Children's Hour" radio programme. Mostly likely a professional broadcaster with a trained voice and an easy familiarity with the process.

You're falling into the trap of assuming that broadcasting of the time was like modern day. 1951 did not put microphones under the noses of common people, who then responded naturally to such an alien object. The microphone was the property of the broadcaster, and she did the talking. You didn't speak until you were addressed, and then, petrified at the very idea and no idea how one addressed the nation , you sounded like a stilted idiot.

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