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UK Seeks To Hold Terrorism Trial In Secret

slowLearner Re:Not The First Time (240 comments)

Wrong the Act of Union was 1707 which brought the united kingdom of Great Britain into being which is long after the Star Chamber was abolished (1641), just saying like!

about 4 months ago
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UK Takes Huge Step Forward On Open Standards

slowLearner Re:And? (67 comments)

Just because someone has done something before doesn't mean they are some constant boogeyman in the background. Again, everything is not Microsoft conspiracy. Just like Islamic terrorists are not behind every corner trying to blow you up.

Would you trust a recidivist drunk driver with the keys to your liquor cabinet and your Porsche?

I didn't realise I wasn't logged in, oops!

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

slowLearner Re:Widespread religion (1142 comments)

No points to mod this up, shame on me!

about 2 years ago
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How Does the Tiny Waterbear Survive In Outer Space?

slowLearner Re:Ummm.. (119 comments)

So it had to survive a catastrophic event that threw it on a piece of rock out of the atmosphere of Mars into an orbit that brought it to Earth within the allotted number of days for it to survive and then survive entry into the Earth's atmosphere, which no matter how you spin it would involve the subject going from very,very cold to very, very hot, very, very quickly. To survive all that and land some place where there is food and beside a mate.
I really think it would need an infinite improbability drive to do all that.

about 2 years ago
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The UK's New Minister For Magic

slowLearner Re:I propose... (526 comments)

Roughly only 30% of the population seems susceptible to placebo effects, and it is not possible to determine ahead of time whether a placebo will work or not. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Placebo)
So if you want drugs that work only 30% of the time then go buy some herbal water, if you want something that works more often then go to the pharmacist and buy something that has passed a double blind test, which should work with considerably more reliability than 30%.

FYI I really do not think that the placebo effect is not real, I don't have an explanation for it but it is definitely real.

The problem with the pill that causes a direct chemical action is that the body tends to detect this sort of manipulation and develops tolerance to it.

That seems like broad brush, non-verifiable claptrap that one gets from Naturopathy

about 2 years ago
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The UK's New Minister For Magic

slowLearner Re:I propose... (526 comments)

And your suggestion for a replacement is what?
Seriously, how are you going to judge the effectiveness of a drug, if you don't test it in humans and how are you going to discriminate the placebo effect from the real effect?
At present we cannot totally rely on animal testing or computer models, so just what do you want to use?
If we didn't use humans in testing in a double blind test then we couldn't say for sure that the drugs are effective and then we would be open to the same empty promises and shenanigans of Homoeopathy.
It is truly unfortunate that this has to happen but until someone can come up with a reasonable working solution to the problem then the double blind is the best that we can do.

about 2 years ago
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US Gov't Says They Can Still Freeze Megaupload Assets If the Case Is Dismissed

slowLearner Re:Yeah Okay (530 comments)

I am full of irony, I am!

more than 2 years ago
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US Gov't Says They Can Still Freeze Megaupload Assets If the Case Is Dismissed

slowLearner Re:Yeah Okay (530 comments)

Yes, tax is an unfortunate reality of ownership of many things. One of the ways governments raise money is to tax the ownership of vehicles and property. If the government didn't tax those things then they would tax something else in stead, like petrol or bibles or babies or baby bibles. Governments do this ostensibly to pay for bombs, bomb delivery devices and uniformed marchers. If you want to have the benefit of being able to bomb who you want and have your marching people march in foreign places then you will probably need to have taxes, bombs don't build themselves you know! Uniformed marchers tend to make more uniformed marchers but they take a while to bake and some-one else has to make the uniform, usually some stinky felon who has be remanded in a lovely quiet private residence/workplace that has free food, bed and washing facilities.

Children, on the other hand, are registered so that Santa can keep track of them on his naughty/nice machine and the registry of marriages are an extension of Santa's policy of tracking children's parents to make sure they don't move to some sinful godless place like Canada, where the gays can get married, or someplace as awful as Europe, 'cause we all know its full of sinners there, Santa doesn't even stop in most of those countries.

more than 2 years ago
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US Gov't Says They Can Still Freeze Megaupload Assets If the Case Is Dismissed

slowLearner Re:Yeah Okay (530 comments)

I probably shouldn't do this but, what paranoid corner of the realm did you crawl out of?
Here are some of the benefits of all this control

Land is registered to stop it being stolen out from under you.
A car is registered so that police know who to call if you burnt body is pulled out of it.
A child is registered in order to make sure that you treat it properly, see that it gets taught to read and write real good and protect it from the possible harm of being brought up by a complete wing-nut.
You register you marriage so that you don't go and marry your sisters again and again so we can keep our gene-pool nice an healthy!

Now I like a good poke at "The Man" as much as the next left-wing freetard, but there are benefits to all the things you have ranted on about (it was a rant you can tell by the CAPS).
But in saying all that you DID reference to articles written by David Icke (AKA Jesus) who thinks that the world is run by reptiles that are six feet tall and disguise themselves as the UK Queen and you take him seriously?
To be concise, I don't feel that your lift goes all the way up!

more than 2 years ago
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Nukes Are "The Only Peacekeeping Weapons the World Has Ever Known," Says Waltz

slowLearner Re:One small caveat (707 comments)

Hell Pakistan is a hotbead of terrorism and what do you know, they are in bed with the US.

The government, yes, the people not so much!

more than 2 years ago
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Nukes Are "The Only Peacekeeping Weapons the World Has Ever Known," Says Waltz

slowLearner Re:One small caveat (707 comments)

It is probable they non of your FCF's have been persicuted quite as thoroughly as the Palestiniens and therefore may not be quite as desperate as the unfortunate people who blow themselves and their victims to oblivion.
Obvious disclaimer about never condone violence etc.

more than 2 years ago
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In America, 46% of People Hold a Creationist View of Human Origins

slowLearner Re:Really? (1359 comments)

And if/when science comes up with the a workable theory on how the big bang occurred then I am pretty sure that there will be another reason not to give up your faith.
Since your god lies in the gaps of human understanding you will never know enough to let go of you superstition.

more than 2 years ago
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Pollution From Asia Affects US Climate

slowLearner Re:I laught at the western countries when I look (209 comments)

I think you are being more than a bit disingenuous, I think what the post is saying is that free trade without the level playing field of emission standardisation can only lead to corporations who are morally ambivalent to move to countries where one of the major attractions is to circumvent emissions policies in developed countries.
You are comparing Apples with Oranges.
Environmental legislation is generally in place because there have been issues in the past which have lead to new legislation to prevent accidents re-occurring, in a similar fashion to workplace safety laws.
When corporations side step these laws in order to make a buck then I think it is fair to say that Free Trade is directly endangering both the environment and peoples lives and quality of life.
Maybe Free Trade needs to reflect the imbalances in Environmental and Labor laws to protect the peoples of countries that do not value their citizens rights to freedom, fresh air and protection form morally bankrupt corporations.

more than 2 years ago
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Police Charge News of the World Editor Over Voicemail Hacking

slowLearner Re:Just another reason... (131 comments)

This is the reason why FOX news should not be trusted, http://www.projectcensored.org/top-stories/articles/11-the-media-can-legally-lie/
specifically

During their appeal, FOX asserted that there are no written rules against distorting news in the media. They argued that, under the First Amendment, broadcasters have the right to lie or deliberately distort news reports on public airwaves. Fox attorneys did not dispute Akre’s claim that they pressured her to broadcast a false story, they simply maintained that it was their right to do so.

(my emphasis) So really should you trust ANY news from this media empire?
other info on this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Wilson_(reporter)

more than 2 years ago
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Not Just Apple, How Microsoft Sidestepped Billions In State Taxes

slowLearner Re:what about slashdot? (595 comments)

How about in 2007 and 2008 then?

Avoiding taxes is nothing new for General Electric. In 2008 its effective tax rate was 5.3%; in 2007 it was 15%. The marginal U.S. corporate rate is 35%.

http://www.forbes.com/2010/04/01/ge-exxon-walmart-business-washington-corporate-taxes.html

And just what do you think the original article is about? is it payroll and local taxes or is it corporate taxes?
I think you will find it is a the latter and not the former.

more than 2 years ago
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Not Just Apple, How Microsoft Sidestepped Billions In State Taxes

slowLearner Re:Who makes the tax laws? (595 comments)

The flip side of this is that when Ireland was having to deal with some of the worst issues of their recession, they were unable to leverage the corporation tax to increase revenues as a group of American Corps informed them that they would leave if there was any change in threshold. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financialcrisis/8148882/US-firms-warn-Irish-over-tax-move.html

more than 2 years ago
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Not Just Apple, How Microsoft Sidestepped Billions In State Taxes

slowLearner Re:what about slashdot? (595 comments)

Is that one of the reasons for Beatification?

more than 2 years ago
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How Apple Sidesteps Billions In Global Taxes

slowLearner Re:Why does Apple hate America? (599 comments)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Privilege_tax
I could be wrong but I believe that the US position on Corporation tax is that the tax is being applied for the privilege of operating a corporation and that it would be illegal to apply a tax on profits otherwise. (IANAL)

That said, even if you are correct and it is a basic right then surely with rights come responsibilities and one of the responsibilities of "doing" a business is to pay appropriate tax on any profits gained and to not evade taxation. The result of tax evasion is sometimes a fine and sometimes a custodial sentence, but I am pretty sure the Tax dude will have the power to stop a company from trading if it can be proved that the company evaded taxes.

more than 2 years ago

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Possible solution to Apple, Google, GE et al. and their devious ways

slowLearner slowLearner writes  |  more than 2 years ago

slowLearner (2498468) writes "There have been at least three articles posted on Slashdot this week about Tax payments, or lack there of, made by major corporations. I have commented on a few of those, but got tired of the constant repletion of the same issues. I think the fatigue got to a lot of people.
Anyhoo I thought this article supplied an interesting way forward.
"that freedom of information laws should be extended to the private sector" Please read the whole article before shooting me down in flames.
I know that this is not a technical article, but given the level of postings on previous topics around this there may be demand to see this on the front page.
http://apple.slashdot.org/story/12/04/29/2152230/not-just-apple-how-microsoft-sidestepped-billions-in-state-taxes , http://apple.slashdot.org/story/12/04/28/2330225/how-apple-sidesteps-billions-in-global-taxes , http://tech.slashdot.org/story/10/10/21/1627220/how-google-avoided-paying-60-billion-in-taxes"

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Bombs inside terrorists

slowLearner slowLearner writes  |  more than 2 years ago

slowLearner (2498468) writes "So the next big thing in terror is to implant a bomb into a willing host. Does this mean that we will have to "harden up" to X-ray scanners at airports now. Or can we blame Christopher Nolan for this?
In some respects I am thinking this is a logical step forward for the wood be terrorist, but I am also thinking that it is also a good excuse to track everybody and not allow any people form those pesky terrorist countries onto a plane without checking them for recent scars. I still remember Dick Cheney banging on about how there were weapons of mass destruction AND that there were bunkers in the Afghan mountains that were equipped like a Bond super-villain lair.
The next question is when will they start putting them into unwilling hosts?"

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Megaupload co-founder extreme risk of flight

slowLearner slowLearner writes  |  more than 2 years ago

slowLearner (2498468) writes "According to the crown the "Mega Conspiracy'' are an extreme risk of flight, probably due to them not being terrorists or murderers and all. So they face being held in prison for an indefinite period while the US submits extradition papers.
I am pretty sure you can tell where my sympathies lie in this one, but I think we should all be watching this one quite closely.
The group has been portraid as some sort of criminal gang with the Mr. Dotcom as being the mastermind/evil genius figure, at least the media here have stopped frothing about guns being found, they were locked in gun safes. They are still trying to going on about the parties and lavish life style. What would they have done with $60M? Spend it on their grans? nah, I've seen journo's out for drinks and it's not pretty, fun, but not pretty! I did use my great big brush of generalisation at the end."

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India to build Thorium reactor

slowLearner slowLearner writes  |  more than 2 years ago

slowLearner (2498468) writes "India will build a working Thorium reactor.
Officials are currently selecting a site for the reactor, which would be the first of its kind, using thorium for the bulk of its fuel instead of uranium – the fuel for conventional reactors. They plan to have the plant up and running by the end of the decade."

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