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Comment Re:I have a better idea (Score 2) 171

I have a feeling this wouldn't work in America. The basis for government isn't trust, but fear. As someone who's lived in Finland all his life, I have to tell you the reason any of our "socialism" (!!!) and national resident registry with IDs for everybody works, is because people in office aren't fucking around, at least that much, at least yet. There is a strict culture of disdain for screwing up here in Finland, so if you're the chief of police of some town and are caught drunk driving, you're busted, doesn't matter what your status is. People in power are in power because they're servants of the public and have a responsibility, not because they're privileged little kings. This is probably the reason why we come #1 in corruption rankings as the least corrupt country.

If I were an American, and the government introduced a national registry for citizens and gave everybody an ID, I would be very suspicious and would be against it, at least if it were being implemented at a federal level. Here, though, I have no problem with it and honestly it just helps things so much, like not having to waste time when moving by telling everybody about your new address, because you can just change your address online at the population registry, and this address will be updated to all utility companies, etc. whose services you use and also the postal service. That national ID is also used for taxation, voting, medical records, etc. everything useful.

Comment Re:Get a refill.. (Score 1) 1141

As long as the government is intervening in their every day life by providing a safety net for their irresponsible decisions, how is this a bad thing?

Okay, I would agree with you if this was about a law here in Finland or in the UK where I stay most of the time, where that's consistent with the government culture in that country, but NOT in the US. The spirit of the constitution and country is clearly minimum government intervention in private life, including nanny state behavior, regardless of whether it supposedly promotes better behavior.

Comment The unfortunate truth (Score 1) 74

It's unfortunate that so many of my peers seem to blindly allow any kind of Facebook script/application run even if it requires the ability to post under your name, spreading spam like this. I have to admit I've clicked on a few of these links sometimes, those along the lines of "biggest boobs ever! Must watch" out of curiosity, only to be redirected to a malicious app at which point I just left the page.

The same goes for these new, legitimate news readers that tell which articles your friends read on Guardian for example, and clicking on the link leads to an app requesting permission to spy on me. No thanks, I'll just Google the damn title of the article if it's that hard to give me a direct link, ffs.

Comment Surprisingly common occurence (Score 2) 190

I'm not sure who or what the persons are who do this, but as someone with around 300 Facebook friends, I've received at least 5 friend requests from dummy profiles (fake name, fake profile pic, awfully "sterile" personal info) with an oddly high number of mutual friends. I doubt it was any of our teachers as they use their real profiles and friended us if they wished to, including our principal. Could it be some sort of a bot for harvesting personal information that would otherwise be inaccessible to non-friends, or just a stalker from within my/my friends' social circle who's trying to remain anonyous?
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BT Blocks Access To Pirate Bay 360

Barence writes "BT and other mobile broadband providers are blocking access to The Pirate Bay as part of a 'self-regulation' scheme with the Internet Watch Foundation. BT Mobile Broadband users who attempt to access the notorious BitTorrent tracker site are met with a 'content blocked' message. The warning page states the page has been blocked in 'compliance with a new UK voluntary code.' 'This uses a barring and filtering mechanism to restrict access to all WAP and internet sites that are considered to have "over 18" status,' the warning states. It goes on to list a series of categories that are blocked, including adult/sexually explicit content, 'criminal skills,' and hacking. It's not stated which category The Pirate Bay breaches, although the site does host links to porn movies."

Submission + - OSC threatten BBC over Microsoft tie-in (

FireFury03 writes: "After the BBC Trust approved the BBC's development of a Windows-only video-on-demand service in April, the Open Source Consortium is threatening the BBC with a complaint to the European Commission, since it gives Microsoft an unfair advantage and is not in the public interest. They have also complained to the regulator (Ofcom) and the BBC Trust comparing the situation to the BBC only making programmes that can only be watched on one particular brand of television.

As a licence fee payer, I feel that I should have the right to withhold a portion of my licence fee since the BBC obviously feels it appropriate to artificially restrict the content and therefore prevent a proportion of licence fee payers from legitimately accessing it. It is also interesting to note from the article that the BBC seems to consider supporting only Windows and Mac to be "platform agnostic", with no mention of other operating systems."

It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Homer Simpson kidnapped by Malaysian fan (

Cyspeth writes: "Cartoon character Homer Simpson has been kidnapped in Malaysia and Hollywood is offering a reward of 1,000 ringgit for his safe return. Film studio Twentieth Century Fox announced the bounty after a 1.2 metre statue of Simpson was stolen from a cinema display in a mall in the Malaysian capital. It was one of a set of outsize replicas of the family being used to advertise The Simpsons, a movie spinoff of the US television series that is set for release in Malaysia next month. "This guy is really dumb, because he must know that in a mall there are lots of surveillance cameras," said Nor Hayati Yahaya, country manager of the Motion Picture Association that groups major film studios. "We got footage of his car, plate number, his face, everything.""

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