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Barack Obama Retains US Presidency

nibbles2004 Re:Tweedledee won ! (1576 comments)

The Greek economy collapsed because it didn't do austerity, they have massive tax evasion, bribes and corruption are the norm and they pay inflated wages to public service workers
Why the economy in Greece is down the pan, is no one, the IMF, the EU has any faith in the politics or infrastructure of Greece, if Greece had been serious and made serious cut's, tackled Tax Evasion, then the world would off been more willing to play ball.
The whole austerity question, is like a gambler who's down, do they cut there lose's or hope to make good by putting more money on the table. In short Austerity is the least worse option, the countries more serious about Austerity have tended to retain higher credit rating's hence cheaper credit when suitable in the future.
In the 30's government's could roll out big infrastructure project's like highway's, rail, ports to boost the economy, they don't have that option now to the same extent.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Richard Dawkins About Evolution, Religion, and Science Education

nibbles2004 Re:Why do we need an origin story? (1142 comments)

the biggest misconception regarding Darwin, Theory of Evolution is that the Established Church at the timeCoE, didn't have an issue with and Darwin received a lot of support from the clergy ,(even Stephen Fry , big time atheists recognized this fact) .
  It just those nutty US type's , and to be fair it does tend to be American's, the land of Ron Hubbard and more cult's than apple pie. Pretty much every Christian I've met has no problem with Darwin, there again I've met atheist's who have no idea how Plane's, Computers work and equate it to some form of magic.
I'm not religious but i grew up in a Christian environment and most of them are not whack job's and usually quite nice people to be honest, doesn't equate religious = good, atheist = bad, but to be honest i've likewise met a number of atheist who where complete twats

about 2 years ago
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Below-Expected Earnings For Google Posted Early, Trading Halted

nibbles2004 Gmail Recall (275 comments)

yeah about that email i sent out my bad, i could never get that gmail recall thing working, did i miss anything!

about 2 years ago
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Hiring Smokers Banned In South Florida City

nibbles2004 Smokers are a benefit to society (1199 comments)

why in the UK the NHS for instance relies on tobacco tax, secondly smokers tend to die earlier,they pay tax and spend a far lower proportion of there life not paying tax's thus eliminating the costliest part of healthcare, it's the healthy 80's year olds, that get Dementia and require 10 years of specialized care that are the finanical problem for healthcare.

Plus how many people who go on about passive smoking, drive, car's produce far more pollutants in a timespan than a smoker.

about 2 years ago
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The Text Message Typo That Landed a Man In Jail

nibbles2004 Re:I can only assume (547 comments)

hmmm, the religious fundamentalists went to America, and the convicts to Oz, all we got left with was Charles Darwin and Alan Turing

about 2 years ago
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The Implications of Google Restricting Access To Anti-Islam Film

nibbles2004 Re:Will Google block access/disable (727 comments)

once again gullable uneducated muslims being played, my money's on the Iranian's, at any rate , the people who profit most from this film , are Islamist's , and they know how to play the Children of Allah,

about 2 years ago
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Following FEMA's Zombie Preparedness Plan Could Land You On Terrorist List

nibbles2004 not sure if any has made the point (527 comments)

Hey i love zombie movies, can't get enough of them, but some say sadly, the earth is not going to face a zombie Apocalypse, so while it's fine and fun to come up with survival scenarios, you don't need to actually put them in practice, no individual needs a AR15

about 2 years ago
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'Wiki Weapon Project' Wants Your 3D-Printable Guns

nibbles2004 Re:Why give something like this the publicity ? (570 comments)

"Control the criminals and the mentally ill, not household cleaners, not knives, not firearms."

your Logic is flawed, James Holmes (batman premier) had only a summons for speeding previously. So how exactly are you meant to control him, the majority of these mass shooting's by definition usually occur with individual's with no serious priors. They tend to only get to do it 1 time. So for these crime's to be prevented you would need in effect 'minority report', you would to incarcerate individuals based on traits that could lead to that kind of behavior, i.e all Kids who are cruel to animals would become serial killers. So aside's from the obvious civil liberty issue's , how do you enforce that on a whole population, any suspicious behavior and your in jail.

People will always try to harm others, the key is to try and restrict the mean's to which they can do effectively, especially on a large scale, using you logic individuals' should be entitled to carry grenades, bomb's, chemical, nuclear weapons, why not, there is fundamentally no difference.

Also this notion of the people being allowed to protect themselves against a Tyrannical Government, really who do think would win a country's Armed force's, trained over years, with Air support, Intel, Huge Logistics or a militia with plastic guns.History shows that these militia's only have a chance if there is external armed support, or the government is unwilling to go the extra mile. In this scenario's the US government would go B52 on yer arse, and not pander to popular opinion like in Iraq. If a Government is Tyrannical and fight's it own people, then plastic guns wont help a bit.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_intentional_homicide_rate
look at the countries which the highest murder rates, and they all have easy access to Gun's.

about 2 years ago
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Curt Schilling Fires Entire Staff At 38 Studios

nibbles2004 Re:Needed to sell 3M copies to break even? (137 comments)

the US lost the war of 1812, the US 2 main objectives, they failed at ,Stop the impressement of Sailors, occurred naturally due to the end of the Napoleonic wars and territorial expansion into Canada, they failed at.Basically the US tried to invade Canada generally got there arse's handed to them, and because of that the World has William Shatner and Celine Dion.

more than 2 years ago
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Facebook, Instagram, Ben Bernanke: Thank You For the New Tech Bubble

nibbles2004 Re:We != Mark Zuckerberg (124 comments)

not really if i offer you my 10 year trainers, that have holes in them and smell a bit cheesy, for $200 dollars, but you haggle me down to $150 dollars, who made the good deal.

more than 2 years ago
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Facebook, Instagram, Ben Bernanke: Thank You For the New Tech Bubble

nibbles2004 Re:Easier and cheaper ways to do that. (124 comments)

yep but it is facebook, if anyone with it's 800 million users could create a product and get people using it surely it's facebook, who's brand recognition dwarfs instagrams. Now they are tied into a brand that only a small minority has heard off (30 million), when they surely could make better capital out of the better known FB brand

more than 2 years ago
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Damaged US Passport Chip Strands Travelers

nibbles2004 Airlines are responsible for you (624 comments)

"The major issue: airlines are NOT immigrations officials!", no but i know that when i used to Travel to Asia , if you didn't have the correct visa or was ineligible for a landing visa, the Airline you arrived on was responsible for returning you and they would have to get that cost from the passenger. So Airlines wont will check the validity or eligibility for a visa/landing visa.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dividing Digital Assets In Divorce?

nibbles2004 Re:Blegh (458 comments)

serious i hear sweden also has the same law, apart from being very sexist, what right does the partner have to half your stuff for living with you for 6 months. How does living with you affect her income, she most probably saving money on rent, bills etc.
I'm surprised numerous men haven't taken this law to court over various human right and sexism violations.

more than 2 years ago
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Journalist Arrested For Tweet Deported to Saudi Arabia

nibbles2004 Re:Remember kids (604 comments)

Actually you have that backwards, the Puritan's did'nt escape religious persecution in England, they where the ones doing the persecution, why they left for the colonies was they didn't like that there was religious tolerance in England to an extent and they wanted to create a puritan nation in the colonies.

more than 2 years ago
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Job Seeking Hacker Gets 30 Months In Prison

nibbles2004 Re:How someone can be that smart in hacking.. (271 comments)

sorry didn't see the "L" , i totally got the wrong impression about the type of interview you conduct, my apologies

more than 2 years ago
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Iran Wants To Clone Downed US Drone

nibbles2004 Iran tech is about 50 years behind the west (663 comments)

i think we should agree that Iran can reverse engineer this , they will gather things that you tend to need wings and engines , control surfaces etc to make something like an aircraft and not some pixie dust from the big magic A in the sky.
Seeing as the height of Iranian Aircraft engineering is the Saeqeh-80, which first flew in 2007, i.e a direct copy of the Northrop F-5 which first flew in 1959. So maybe they can copy this by 2059 based on that progress. Remember they having trouble building bombs the west detonated in the 50's

more than 2 years ago
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Was Russia Behind Stuxnet?

nibbles2004 as far as you could throw one (281 comments)

its quite funny speaking from Europe, as the majority of the post's so far seem to portray Russian as some benign country and the US as evil. As a european we distrust the Russian's a lot more than the American's, i.e never accept a cup of tea from a Russian.

more than 2 years ago
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Canadian Firm Gave Libyan Rebels Surveillance Drone

nibbles2004 Re:anti-war protestors? (165 comments)

Obama doesn't get a foreign policy victory from Libya, hate to tell you, the US involvement is minimal and they had to be dragggged into this. the Libyan Rebels, the British and the French get all credit for this, especially William Hague the British FM who was the 1st politician to call for this action and Obama poo-poo it,

more than 2 years ago

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The plastic that can withstand a Nuclear Blast

nibbles2004 nibbles2004 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

nibbles2004 (761552) writes "an article on the guardian website about the plastic called "Starlite", the 20 year plastic that can withstand a Nuclear blast and that no one has heard of.
The Inventor Maurice Ward has never been able to successfully commercialise the Material even with interest from Boeing, BAE and NASA, What are the implication's if "starlite" ever made it to market ?"

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Aliens have deactivated British/US Nukes

nibbles2004 nibbles2004 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

nibbles2004 (761552) writes "According to 6 former US Airmen, since 1948 , UFO's have been tampering with and deactivating Nuclear Missile site's in the US and UK. They are giving evidence to the National Press Club on the 27th September detailing their account's of UFO intrusions."
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Zombie Ants and Killer Fungus

nibbles2004 nibbles2004 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

nibbles2004 (761552) writes "An article in the guardian newspaper shows how parasitic fungi evolved the ability to control the creatures they infect ultimately leading the ant to it's death. The fungus control's the ant's movement's to a suitable leaf and cause's the ant to grip onto the leaf's central stem, allowing the fungus to spore which will allow more ant's to become infected."
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Obama's Legacy : He cancelled the Moon ?

nibbles2004 nibbles2004 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

nibbles2004 (761552) writes "US President Barack Obama cancels the project initiated by his predecessor to send humans back to the Moon, will this be the thing that defines his presidency. NASA for 50 years has been an emblem of US National Ambitions and Spirit, today NASA was without doubt cut short. Is this symbolism for America Pre-Eminence decline, the frontier is somewhere discovered by other Nation’s, or is this the kick start to the commercial sector which has to happen, i.e. space needs to be routine, make's money and boring for it to be a viable Endeavour. Could it now be that the Commercial sector has to take the mantel where NASA left off prove to be the real catalyst for Space Exploration and exploitation"
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long necks, small heads, bug eyes, large foreheads

nibbles2004 nibbles2004 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

nibbles2004 writes "Producers of the new Star Trek movie are to hold an open casting session for people with "unique" features to appear as extras in the film. The studio said it was interested in people with unique characteristics like "Producers of the new Star Trek movie are to hold an open casting session for people with "unique" features to appear as extras in the film. The studio said it was interested in people with unique characteristics like "long necks, small heads, bug eyes, large foreheads and oversized ears". ". http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7083123.stm"
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The Truth of An Inconvenient Education

nibbles2004 nibbles2004 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

nibbles2004 writes "According to the BBC http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/7037671.stm Al Gore's film on the Environment "An Inconvenient Truth" can now only be shown in UK schools if accompanied by guidance giving the other side of the argument after a Judge ruled the film contained "nine scientific errors". What criteria should be in place if schools are to show such films and what precautions should be inplace that all relevant sides of the argument are presented."

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