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Botched Executions Put Lethal Injections Under New Scrutiny

grainofsand Re:Use confiscated drugs (483 comments)

Why not stop killing human beings in the name of "justice"?

about 4 months ago

The Myth of the Science and Engineering Shortage

grainofsand Re:Shortage of people or people with degrees? (392 comments)

If only I had mod points today .

You have hit the nail on the head - no investment in growing and developing exactly the people that are now in short supply.

about 6 months ago

Lord Blair Calls for Laws To Stop 'Principled' Leaking of State Secrets

grainofsand Re: Government vs terrorists (395 comments)

I understand the point you were trying to make, but British Prime Ministers are all in fact Lords.

Historically, the title "prime minister" was not used (other than as an insult) and instead the most senior elected leader in the UK was known as The First Lord of the Treasury. Whilst that remains today, the title prime minister is widely and popularly used instead.

Henry Campbell-Bannerman was the first elected leader (1905) to popularly use the "prime minister" title.

1 year,23 days

Ask Slashdot: Setting Up a Computer Lab In a Developing Country

grainofsand Companies (172 comments)

Based on my experience doing very similar projects across China, my advice is to approach the many foreign firms doing business in your target country. Ask them for donations of hardware, expertise and / or cash.

We receive around 1,100 used laptops per year from the Fortune 500 companies doing business in China as well as thousands of volunteer hours (and occasionally cash). We send out emails twice a year and arrange collection of donated hardware.

I also agree that "teaching the teachers" should be the first step.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Ideas and Tools To Get Around the Great Firewall?

grainofsand Re:Breaking laws (218 comments)

It may not be where you come from, but it is here.

about 2 years ago

CSIRO Develops 10 Gbps Microwave Backhaul

grainofsand Re:csiro? new tech? (121 comments)

You say "socialism" as though it is a bad thing.

Many many countries that are not the USA don't agree.

more than 2 years ago

UK's Largest Specialist Video Games Retailer Enters Administration

grainofsand Re:Not a surprise (172 comments)

The hammock district!

more than 2 years ago

Iran Deleted From the World's Banking Computers

grainofsand Re:The people will be the ones who suffer (667 comments)

"Next attack"? Care to point me in the direction of a time since 1709 when Afghanistan has invaded or attacked another nation? Why threaten with annihilation a nation that has never harmed you or your country?

Afghanistan has been invaded by hostile forces repeatedly since 1709. The Afghanis have resisted those invasions as any nation rightly would.


more than 2 years ago

Bring Back the 40-Hour Work Week

grainofsand Re:That's what America needs to be competitive! (969 comments)

The "American Dream" = money? Not much of dream then.

I do not want to live in an economy. I live in a society. I agree that an economy is important but do not accept that money / profit should come before all else.


more than 2 years ago

FBI Tries To Force Google To Unlock User's Android Phone

grainofsand Re:Ars Technica Lnk (385 comments)

My point remains, the overwhelming majority of your post consists of allegations and on these current charges he has yet to be found guilty.

more than 2 years ago

FBI Tries To Force Google To Unlock User's Android Phone

grainofsand Re:Ars Technica Lnk (385 comments)

"Asshole"? Really? My limited understanding is that he is an innocent person until found otherwise, no?

It is all too easy to cast allegations around. At this stage he is not an "asshole" but instead a wholly innocent person accused of serious crimes.

more than 2 years ago

North Korea Agrees To Suspend Nuclear Activities

grainofsand Re:Still in violation (221 comments)

The agreement you refer was a bilateral agreement that would have resulted in North Korea receiving a light-water reactor in exchange for its undertakings not to proceed with a heavy-water system.

The agreement you refer to was unilaterally broken and not by North Korea.

more than 2 years ago

The Dark Side of Digital Distribution

grainofsand Re:Beyond the DRM dilemma (270 comments)

Not necessarily. There are often significant tax advantages to leasing.

more than 2 years ago

Damaged US Passport Chip Strands Travelers

grainofsand Re:Bad summary: the airline, not the government (624 comments)

If only that were correct. The US government can and does withhold the issue of passports for a range of reasons including the ones you mention above.

more than 2 years ago

Damaged US Passport Chip Strands Travelers

grainofsand Re:Bad summary: the airline, not the government (624 comments)

The grant of a passport is not a right and the United Declaration on Human Rights is silent on the issue of travel.

Both of your assertions are threfore incorrect.

more than 2 years ago

Damaged US Passport Chip Strands Travelers

grainofsand Re:Bad summary: the airline, not the government (624 comments)

Not at all. You are right that only US citizens are able to be issued a legitimate US passport but it is not true that all US citizens qualify for the grant of a US passport.

A US passport is not a right in law, but a privilege.

more than 2 years ago

The Destruction of Iraq's Once-Great Universities

grainofsand Re:Play ball ? (444 comments)

I agree with all you say and I commend you for arguing it as well as you have.

But you have forgotten the centerpiece when it comes to understanding the relationship between Iran and the rest of the world.


Add that complexity to your points above and you have a much fuller picture.

more than 2 years ago

In Xhengzhou, Thousands Vie For Foxconn Jobs

grainofsand Please correct the headline (386 comments)

Can someone please change the headline from "In Xhengzhou, Thousands Vie For Foxconn Jobs" to "In Zhengzhou, Thousands Vie For Foxconn Jobs".

The name of the Chinese city in question is Zhengzhou not Xhengzhou.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Are MAME ROMs now 'Free Game'?

grainofsand No (1 comments)

The answer is no.

more than 2 years ago



Australia to implement R18+ for games

grainofsand grainofsand writes  |  more than 3 years ago

grainofsand writes "After months of back and forth between the various Australian states over a new classification system for games, the Federal government has today decided to introduce a national R18+ classification regardless of what the states and especially New South Wales chooses to do."
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