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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

gsslay Re:This is bullshit from start to finish (477 comments)

but it would certainly be rational for us to impose one to pay for the cost of maintaining roads to enable good to travel to and from Scotland.

Well this has to be the stupidest idea here.

Does France charge Spain for the cost of maintaining roads to and from Spain? Or do they maybe realise that roads go both ways, as does the goods on it.

yesterday
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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

gsslay Re:stupid fear mongering (477 comments)

Luxembourg, Switzerland , Liechtenstein, Monaco and Norway all have a good credit history. That's all the banks care about. Scotland, on the other hand, would be the equivalent of an 18 year old with no credit history. That makes it, as far as the banks are concerned, an unknown risk. Banks do not like unknown risks.

yesterday
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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

gsslay Re:Scotland third time lucky (477 comments)

In 1914 Scotland voted for independence from the UK

No such thing occurred. All you can say is that some in Scotland voted for a party which had a policy of Scottish home rule. That party then prepared a bill, which didn't propose independence, only devolution. Unfortunately the First World War intervened before it progressed through parliament. By the end of hostilities there was no appetite from anyone to restart the process.

some dodgy rule dictated that at least 40% of the total registered electorate had to vote for devolution, and even though they got the majority winning by 51.62% Yes to 48.38% No the vote was overturned because the vote was overturned because the Yes vote comprised only 32.9% of the total possible vote

I think it's quite a sound policy that only 32.9% of the electorate shouldn't be deciding what happens to the country. Particularly when people were told before the vote that not voting was equivalent to voting no. Think of it like this; 48.38% of those who voted made the effort to vote no, when they actually didn't have to do a thing. And those who did need to make the effort (the ones who wanted a change) only amounted to less than a third of the population.

yesterday
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Astronomers Find Star-Within-a-Star, 40 Years After First Theorized

gsslay Re:Wait, these are for real? (71 comments)

If only there was an answer to your questions. Perhaps some reliable source on the subject could publish details on it that we could link to. We could then RTFA.

yesterday
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NSW Police Named as FinFisher Spyware Users

gsslay Re:Obvious (73 comments)

Coffee mornings. Plotting coffee mornings. Getting a nice cup of tea and a lovely moist bit of cake, not blown up.

I hate it when people get these things confused.

2 days ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

gsslay Re:BTW, this proves piracy is irrelevant for artis (608 comments)

I don't think you can compare the two. Radio play is a degraded, time limited, copy that takes effort to replicate. If you like what you hear there are plenty of incentives to buy your a copy that will suffer from none of these limitations. A copied MP3, on the other hand, is available always, pristine and effortless. Once it is available for free there are no limitations to it and no further incentive to buy a copy.

3 days ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

gsslay Re:Oh noes, I haz been hacked! (608 comments)

Maybe the kind of person who thinks they're in charge of their phone, and can decide what and when it downloads.

Apple just taught them an expensive lesson.

3 days ago
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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

gsslay Re:BTW, this proves piracy is irrelevant for artis (608 comments)

Totally. Because U2 are your typical, just about getting by, rock band.

U2 don't have to sell another album, ever, to remain multi-millionaires. They could give away their work for nothing for the rest of their lives, and still be richer than 99.99% of the planet. They are not, in any way, a template for other musicians.

3 days ago
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UK's National Health Service Moves To NoSQL Running On an Open-Source Stack

gsslay Re:Bullshit Numbers (198 comments)

The article and summary is wrong, and practically every comment in this thread is misinformed.

The system is used by NHS England. It contains patient data for NHS England. Not UK. Not Britain. England.

So the population of the UK has nothing to do with it.

about a week ago
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Responding to Celeb Photo Leaks, Reddit Scotches "Fappening" Subreddit

gsslay Re:All this fuss... (307 comments)

So your argument goes; because "normal" people get stomped on, famous people should get stomped on too. That'll teach them a lesson in what it's like to be normal. Let's not aspire to make things better for anyone, just equally crap.

I'd prefer this approach; famous people make this a big deal, so maybe things will get done that'll help prevent it happening to anyone in future. Including "normal" people. We are not going to put a stop to this ever happening, but that doesn't means we shouldn't try. If it takes a famous people kicking up a fuss to achieve this, then so be it.

about two weeks ago
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Google To Refund $19M In In-App Purchases Made By Kids

gsslay Re:Insane (88 comments)

No, children are not idiots. They are children. That means they lack experience in all things in life. They can be easily mislead (either by design or accident) to do things that an adult wouldn't without appreciating the consequences. Because they know no better.

Unless you want to spend your time familiarising yourself with every app your children use, down to the detail, then you need to trust (your word) the app to play fair and not exploit (either by design or accident) your children's naivety.

That is what this about. Trust in Google and the app makers to get this right was misplaced, it turns out.

about two weeks ago
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Taking the Ice Bucket Challenge With Liquid Nitrogen

gsslay Re:I'm starting to wonder... (182 comments)

Someone would die from it because it has escalated to a game of one-upmanship where people add extra bits.

Like using nitrogen. Or gasoline. Or massive ice cubes. Or while at driving a speeding car. Or in a swimming pool shackled to a sack of concrete.

You get the idea. People think that somehow it's not dangerous or idiotic because it's for charity.

about two weeks ago
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Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

gsslay Wikipedia is not Social Media! (579 comments)

It's an encyclopedia.

If you're going to compare it with Facebook and Pinterest, then all you are doing is demonstrating how how ignorant you are about what it is.

about three weeks ago
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For $1.5M, DeepFlight Dragon Is an "Aircraft for the Water"

gsslay Re:Seriously? (76 comments)

If you'd read on, it gets worse.

A personal submarine is like a sports car, apparently.

about three weeks ago
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Brown Dwarf With Water Clouds Tentatively Detected Just 7 Light-Years From Earth

gsslay Going to Battle (85 comments)

From the article;

"I went to battle at the telescope to try and get this detection," Faherty says. "I wanted to put war paint under my eyes and wear a bandanna, because I knew this was not going to be an easy thing to do."

Who said astronomy was dull? There has to be a TV series to had here. Action Astronomer wields her mighty War Telescope!

about three weeks ago
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New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

gsslay Hardly Nobody (251 comments)

Nobody seems to know for sure

For "Nobody" read "No Journalist".

Unless Microsoft have really lost the plot, I'm fairly certain they know the difference between 'Threshold' and 'Windows 9', and which is heading for release.

about three weeks ago
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Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

gsslay Re:$230 (611 comments)

Maybe he should stop taking his work to his bedroom?

about a month ago
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Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

gsslay Re:$230 (611 comments)

Why are they running a server in their bedroom where they sleep?

Sounds like something a 7 year old living with his momma might do.

about a month ago
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Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

gsslay Re:No it will not. (375 comments)

The whole currency exchange actually increased the share of the "Yes" vote.

Cite?

about a month ago

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gsslay gsslay writes  |  more than 7 years ago

gsslay (807818) writes "Everyone must have noticed a surge in spam recently, particularly for stock pump 'n' dump scams. The Register reports that anti-spam companies have seen a 30% increase in the last two months and, more worryingly, more of this spam is getting through to mailboxes due to the spammers change in tactics. Rather than use unsecured mail relays spammers are using bot nets, making spam harder to identify and eliminate. Bounced spam is also on the up, and some experts reckon it's past time to start worrying.

I know 90% of all email through my domain is either spam or bounced spam and more than ever is evading my ISP's spam filter. It's been predicted often enough before, but is email set to drown in a sea of dross? As one of the experts says; what's needed to stop spam is for people to stop doing business with it. But as the response rate to spam goes down, spammers are only increasing their output to compensate."

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