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Declassified Papers Hint US Uranium May Have Ended Up In Israeli Arms

rainmouse Re:Figures (165 comments)

The Israelis would use a nuclear bomb as a last resort to keep what they have, a tiny strip of land.

The real concern though is how far are they willing to go these threats. People who believe a higher purpose guides their destiny have a diminished sense of responsibility and should never be allowed to possess nuclear armaments.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S...

about 7 months ago
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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

rainmouse Re:wait, what? (467 comments)

80 percent think outsourcing has been positive? They must not be working with the resources we do... They lie, lie and lie some more. Shirk responsibility and ignore questions.

I repeatedly warned him against doing it, but our fearless leader decided to outsource all the menial work in our office to Eastern Europe. Of course when the bosses up on high realised it was only the menial work that was actually making any money, we didn't need to come into the office any more.... ever again.
At least when our entire office was closed down, the manager that screwed us all for a Christmas actually screwed himself out of his own job too; and hence also his Christmas bonus.

about 8 months ago
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Homeopathic Remedies Recalled For Containing Real Medicine

rainmouse Re:Sarcasm (173 comments)

> And if you don't believe in homeopathy, there is no point in buying the medication in the first place.

So homeopathy is one of those things that requires faith to work? Very scientific indeed.

So, could I in theory make a homoeopathic bomb. As it becomes more powerful the more it's diluted, eventually I could just rid the world of stupid people.

about 9 months ago
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Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

rainmouse Re:Who'll spit on my burger?! (870 comments)

So it is about costs.. just the reduction of costs from increased efficiency and production rates caused by the automation

A minimum wage worker will typically have to get some kind of governmental support just to survive. Technically then the government is giving the corporation who employs minimum wage workers the hand outs. Is raising the minimum wage really encouraging companies to employ more high-tech solutions? Or is it about reducing subsidisation of big companies by forcing them to actually pay their employees a survivable wage?

The alternative obviously becomes replacing them with robots but I'll bet people who have to maintain these machines and replacement parts don't come cheap. It wont always cost effective even if it seems cheaper at a glance.

about 9 months ago
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Record Wind Power Levels Trigger Energy Price Fall Across Europe

rainmouse Re:bfd (226 comments)

Not sure the wholesale price accurately reflects the complete picture.

Soaring energy bills in the UK is little short of a crisis but with little correlation to the wholesale cost of the energy, I the prices here don't fall at all.

http://www.theguardian.com/money/2013/nov/16/energy-prices-rise

about a year ago
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Govt. Watchdog Group Finds Apple Misled Aussies On Consumer Rights

rainmouse Re:Sadly, not the first time (85 comments)

BTW I am European. "Sad" is perhaps a strong word, but yes, in general my satisfaction is pretty high (App Store and all!) so while they do a lot of things right in my experience, it is irritating that they do this so obviously wrong.

My apologies, I misread your post and made myself seem a little bit dafter than usual. I mistakenly believed it made you sad that Apple were being strong-armed into following local laws, rather than sad that they had to be forced to comply with local laws. Hence my rather unfounded sarcasm in the previous post. My bad.

1 year,11 hours
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Govt. Watchdog Group Finds Apple Misled Aussies On Consumer Rights

rainmouse Re:Sadly, not the first time (85 comments)

I have several Apple products and in general I like them. Still it is sad for such premium products that the maker has to be strongarmed into agreeing to local law.

Thankfully, with the ugly exception of worldwide tax avoidance, it's only in the USA that Apple appears to be above and beyond the law. Because you love them so much, this genuinely makes you sad?

1 year,12 hours
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NSA Collect Gamers' Chats and Deploy Real-Life Agents Into WoW and Second Life

rainmouse Re:Of course (293 comments)

It's not as daft as you might first think. This is a genuinely serious avenue that many will believe should be monitored.

When I worked for another huge online MMO catching exploiters, botters, real world traders and gold farmers, there was a genuine and perhaps justified concern about real life criminality among the player base. The fact is that virtual currency has real world value. Buying very sought after items or mountains of gold and then reselling it in a different currency gives you a perfect way to quietly transfer funds from one country to another or launder it. Even just using in game private messages to pass on information.

1 year,10 days
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Should companies start using drones for common tasks, like package delivery?

rainmouse Re:Interesting (378 comments)

you know what pairs well with drones? shotguns.

No, its cameras. Suddenly we will have millions of cameras in the sky but I'm sure we can comfortably trust our respective governments with that..... right?

1 year,14 days
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BP Hired Company To Troll Users Who Left Critical Comments

rainmouse Re:Dream job (263 comments)

Where do i get a gig like this?

It's possible this gig is a double bluff and is actually a rival oil company or environmental group trolling BP by accusing them of trolling others. Note the lack of direct evidence in the article.

1 year,28 days
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We're Safe From the Latest SARS-Like Disease...For the Moment

rainmouse Can you smell my sarcasm or should I spell it out? (106 comments)

Seen as its not easy to judge a countries health care with limited information, I looked instead at life expectancy instead to get a vague idea and your right... only countries like the USA have real health care. Why on this link the average American male lives two full years longer than the average Saudi male. Imagine that!
Of course the typical American male lives about 3 - 4 years less than someone in Europe due to their primitive health care system so I guess they are also screwed if this thing gets out.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_life_expectancy

about a year ago
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Obama Administration Refuses To Overturn Import Ban On Samsung Products

rainmouse surprise (298 comments)

US politicians, bent you say? Surely not!

about a year ago
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Researchers Discover Way To Spot Crappy Coffee

rainmouse Re:Grande with a shot of poop (184 comments)

"Delicacy" is better thought of as a code word for "look at the crazy shit we just fed to that tourist."

Delicacy tends more to be some horrible crap that poor people would eat to survive. For example haggis, the Scots delicacy is made from all the garbage left over after that you cant sell after you butcher a sheep. It's padded out with oats and has the bad taste of the offal covered up with spices. Seems this coffee started out in a similar way. Poor people not allowed the coffee beans found some they were allowed to use in cat shit. mmmm the taste of culture mixed with the chic of poverty. So now they can't eat them from the trees or harvest them from cat crap. Poor guys lose again.

about a year ago
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DuckDuckGo: Illusion of Privacy

rainmouse Re:FTFA (264 comments)

For those that don't want to actually read the loose blog post (its just an opinion from some unknown guy and backed up with no actual facts by the way. It's not actually news at all).
In the comments is a reply apparently from DuckDuckGo :

"Hi, this is Gabriel Weinberg, CEO and founder of DuckDuckGo. I do not believe we can be compelled to store or siphon off user data to the NSA or anyone else. All the existing US laws are about turning over existing business records and not about compelling you change your business practices. In our case such an order would further force us to lie to consumers, which would put us in trouble with the FTC and irreparably hurt our business. We have not received any request like this, and do not expect to. We have spoken with many lawyers particularly skilled and experienced in this part of US and international law. If we were to receive such a request we believe as do these others it would be highly unconstitutional on many independent grounds, and there is plenty of legal precedent there. With CALEA in particular, search engines are exempt. There are many additional legal and technical inaccuracies in this article and I will not address all of them in this comment. All our front-end servers are hosted on Amazon not Verizon, for example."

about a year and a half ago
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Snowden Is Lying, Say House Intelligence Committee Leaders

rainmouse Re:Of course. (749 comments)

It says a hell of a lot more about the apathy and ignorance of the voters who helped create it.

I must have missed the part when people got to vote on the candidates' policies about the role, powers, leadership and reach of the NSA.

about a year and a half ago
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NSA WhistleBlower Outs Himself

rainmouse Re:Why should Mr. Snowden become the sacrificial l (860 comments)

The problem is that the media has managed to alter the perception of formal democratic protest to be little more than a hobby for jobless extreme left liberals, making it something to be ashamed of and even arrested for.

about a year and a half ago
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Marriages Spawned From Online Dating As Satisfying As From Traditional Dating

rainmouse Re:Why should it be any different? (313 comments)

People don't advertise their mental illnesses in bars either.

Agreed, even after getting to know someone it can be hard to spot tell-tale warning signs. People can spend their life hiding things and get quite good at it. It was only after a girlfriend of mine moved in that her schizophrenia became apparent. She was very good at hiding it but put far less effort into that after she moved in. Warnings like when she yelled at me for listening to her thoughts all the time. That said, maybe I was the one that drove her crazy.

about a year and a half ago
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97% of Climate Science Papers Agree Global Warming Is Man-made

rainmouse Re:Yeah... (1105 comments)

I'm simply staggered by the number of nay-sayers posting here and being modded up to +5 who are doing little more than desperately grasping at straws while denying the staggering array evidence in the world around them. Ignoring such overwhelming proof isn't even a matter of blind faith, its just willful ignorance sponsored by parties with a massive financial interest in staving off the inevitable as long as profitably possible.

about a year and a half ago

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Apple ordered to re-write 'inaccurate' Samsung statement

rainmouse rainmouse writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rainmouse (1784278) writes "Apple has 48 hours to re-write a statement on its website relating to its design rights dispute with Samsung, UK judges have ruled.
Apple have asked that they be given 14 days to post the replacement — but the request was firmly denied. Lord Justice Longmore told Mr Beloff: "We are just amazed that you cannot put the right notice up at the same time as you take the other one down." One of the other judges, Sir Robin Jacob, added: "I would like to see the head of Apple [Tim Cook] make an affidavit about why that is such a technical difficulty for the Apple company.""

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Copyright Corruption Scandal Surrounds Anti-Piracy

rainmouse rainmouse writes  |  about 3 years ago

rainmouse (1784278) writes "Anti-piracy group BREIN caught using music without authors permission in an anti-piracy campaign. Composer now suing for 1 million Euros. To make matters even worse, a board member of a royalty collection agency offered to to help the composer to recoup the money, but only if he received 33% of the loot."
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Space Invaders the Movie

rainmouse rainmouse writes  |  more than 3 years ago

rainmouse (1784278) writes "Hollywood, clearly after witnessing the staggering success and endless critical acclaim of other computer game adaptations with their typically engrossing story line and deep, believable character development, have now apparently picked up the rights to make a film based upon Space Invaders. "The classic 1980s arcade game from Taito and Midway, which is ranked as the top arcade game of all time by Guinness World Records, is heading to the big screen courtesy of producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Odd Lot Entertainment’s Gigi Pritzker.""
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Facebook has done it again

rainmouse rainmouse writes  |  more than 3 years ago

rainmouse writes "So Facebook has recently added a new Questions feature which allows your friends to conduct quick single click surveys of their friends likes and dislikes. While this is not exactly breaking news, I have found that since then the few questions I have idly clicked on are now completely open to the public and I can find no mention of this in the privacy settings. Perhaps I have missed something in the birds nest of badly laid options that is Facebooks privacy settings and it is possible to turn them off somehow. A quick search of random people reveals that many people who clearly believe they have their privacy settings maxed out still have some staggeringly intimate private details now freely available through the questions tab such as intimate details about their sex lives and clearly without their knowledge.
Anyone know how to hide these details short of deleting your Facebook account?

On a side note, wasn't Diaspora slated for a sept 2010 release date?"

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iPhones and iPads track users without permission

rainmouse rainmouse writes  |  more than 3 years ago

rainmouse (1784278) writes "It has been alleged at a technology conference in San Francisco that iPhones and iPads secretly track the movements of their users without notification or permission.
This information is then also copied to your computer every time you synch one of the devices and users with specific software can then apparently see your all past movements while carrying the device.
So far Apple has refused to comment."

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