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Comment right idea wrong reasons (Score 2) 258

Sorry someone shouldn't avopid trial on teh basis that they are will commit suicide. However if someone commits a crime they should be tried in teh jurisdiction they were in when they comitted a crime. lets seperate the fact that this involves computers from it and examine a less recent communication method. If i had in 1979 phoned an individual in the us and made credible death threats would i have been extradited to the us, or would i probably have been prosecuted here in the UK. he was not subject to us laws when he commited teh crime, he was however subject to uk laws where what he did was also an offence. Teh problem for me seems to be that the powers that be were concerned that under UK law his aspergers woudl have been ( and IANAL so the precise nomeclature i use may be incorrect) used as a mitigating factor or defence whereas US law pretty much allows people with the mental age of 12 year olds to be executed. therefore rather than prsoecute him here where it may have failed and then ttry to extradite him where the fact he had already been tried for teh crime may have allowed him to invoke double jeopardy, they decided to ship him off to the states. Can we extradite George w bush to the Uk for war crimes ( ignoring the fact we haven't even prosecuted our own politicians for this). basically he comitted teh crime here and should have been tried here and if the powers that be didn't like the result of that trial then change the laws or try to.

Comment Re:Unfortunately (Score 2) 174

They have a process ( perhaps not quiet that formal) in teh uk whereby unless the parties insist on it someone opossing a vote pairs up with someone voting for it and that way they can both go and do more impotrant things like f**king mistresses or going to important meetings to be bribed than actually turn up and vote.

Comment you bey the law or suffer teh consequences (Score 1) 339

regardless of your personal opinion of a law, if you ( individually or as a corporate entity) choose to ignore that law then you accept that you may suffer the consequences. If you are making a moral stand that you beleive the law is wrong and therefore ignore it, you have no-one but yourself to blame when the law enforcement organisations or judiciary punish you in line with that. There are many laws I disagree with as an example for me as a european, Allowing people to vote before they are legally allowed to drink is assinine. However If i choose to supply alcohol to an adult under the age of 21 in teh us I have no-one but myself to blame if I end up in a shower block bending over for Bubba. Hell one of the fonding priciples of America is supposedly no taxation without representation, try cliaming that as a defence as non-us citizen working in the us for not paying tax, and see hwo quickly you lose your case for tax evasion. Regardless of your opinion of the political system of a country, the Law in a democracy ( brazil is a democracy) is the will of the people ( maybe at a slight remove due to the way representative democarcies work) and if you chose to ignore it you run the risk of puniashment.

Comment Re:UK perspective (Score 1) 630

Actually anecdotes aside let me put this more succinctly. 1. BSc graduates make better software engineers than those who are self taught 2. SElf taught people make better software engineers than those with bsc's in software engineering 3. christians are better than muslims 4. atheists are better than agnostics 5. brits are better than yanks 6. sweeping statements are better if you don't qualify them 7. my wife is better than your wife 8. my pe*nis is better than your p*nis - hence why point 6 is true Only none of the above statements is always true without qualification

Comment UK perspective (Score 1) 630

I've been at this for a fair while ( not as long as some however) - In fact my first paid for It job was at 15 installing network infrastructure and a file server for a local law firm - I have never Completed a BSc. BS for you colonials, which incidentally over here is an acronym for bullshit. while I have never experienced the American education system, I Have experienced a small portion of the American Job market. In Britain, A degree is pretty much a binary item you either have one or you don't there is no such thing as far as most employers and recruitment agencies are concerned as partial credit, in fact recruiters often edit my cv to remove any mention of having studied for a BSc in Information Systems and Management and almost without exception until recently even the most basic entry level IT job i.e. 1st level 5 minute max log and flog helpdesk looked for an degree in a computer related field. Apprenticeships however appear to be making a comeback over here again. In America I have frequently seen even senior DBA level jobs only requiring 15 university level credits in a related field and 5 years practical experience or a full degree in a relevant subject and 1 years practical experience. My only problem as we don't use a credit system over here was persuading them how much my two years studying for a 4 year course equated to in credits. As regards buzzword recruiting, sorry that is a problem that is at least 30 years old here. when I left my first proper job as a telecommunicatiosn engineer I spent 6 months out of work purely becuase my employer had its own terminology for types of equipment and methods of high order data transmission whereas every other company in the field used the British Telecom terminology. Due to rivalry going back to when the GPO was handed responsibility for telecomunications systems in the UK despite the railway already having far more experience the railway refused to use the same terminology and I was not fully aware of this. No bit of paper ( cv) can ever really let you know whether someone is competent to do the job but what it boils down to is a cost-benfit analysis if you have 100 applicants for a job and you interview them all then that means at least 1 hiring manager has to spend a minimum 100 hours (2-3 weeks) just doing interviews. or you can filter before that the easiest and most cost-effective way of doing so is on buzzwords or prescence / adbsence of degree on the cv. Personally I have a different opinion having hired for a level 1 helpdesk - my main thing I was looking for was not it experience or but a pleasant demeanour , a wilngness to learn and a baasic understanding of the concept of customer service - the rest they could be taught. Yes I have re-read this and I realise I rambled - but I valued my opinion even if no-one else does

Comment Re:I call BS (Score 1) 1264

As far as I know it is illegal in every us stae, but it still happens, yes there are doctors who will do that procedure in at least one state i am aware of. Be warned I am a Brit (London / Essex Heinz 57) , I have lived in the States, and yes I'm married to a septic, so regularly discuss ( pour scorn on) the differences between the two countries.

Comment Re:from who? (Score 1) 289

Nukes! Especially crazy psychotic dumbasses building them like North Korea and Iran.

Crazy Psychotic dumbasses building them like USA, UK, France, India, pakistan, Russia, China - If you are responsible for builiding them, then you're a crazy psychotic dumbass regardless of your Country of Origin, citizenship, gender or political beleifs.


Submission + - Dungeons and dragons playtest released (wizards.com)

thuf1rhawat writes: for a certain type of geek, nothing is more important than dungeons and dragons, with the announcement last year of the new edition and the announcement that an open playtest will occur. finally it's available ( subject to usual nda's etc)

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