Re: Are we a simulation?
and if we are in a simulation, is it simulations all the way down?
110 posts • joined 1 Sep 2009
"I'll raise you unfair and unjust taxation without representation and the ensuing American Revolution."
Except this is a fantasy dreamt up after the fact. Taxes on tea were actually lowered to allow British companies to compete with Dutch tea smuggled into the colonies, by Americans. The actual rallying cry across New England was the far less wholesome, sectarian cry of "No Popery" - a response to the newly conquered French (catholic) fur traders being granted the same protections by the British army as the American fur traders, thus threatening the business interests that they had assumed would be advanced by the British victory in the French-Indian war that these same fur traders had engineered.
Disclaimer: I've never Facebooked.
Isn't the point of a social networking site to communicate with your social circle? If someone is posting stuff that upsets you, ask them to stop, or drop them from your social circle. I don't see a need to tell people in other social circles what they should be posting.
I did read the bit about electricity sources ... 30% from 'green suppliers'. This is where an electricity supplier that has multiple sources, some green and mostly non-green, pretends that you are only supplied by the green electricity when in reality it is all fed into and out of a single grid. There is no way to transmit just the 'green' energy to a particular consumer.
Even with a notional supply of the green stuff to apple, just means the other customers, get a greater proportion of their supply notionally from non-green. This sort of smoke and mirrors does not really constitute real green energy any more than carbon offsetting does.
However thumbs up to apple for at least generating much of its own power by renewable means, even if the carbon free claims are pr bullshit.
"We are deeply concerned ... could cause irreversible damage to the creative sector on which the United Kingdom’s future prosperity will significantly depend," the MPs warn.
If our future prosperity significantly depends on Harry Potter and the latest X-Factor pop, then we are indeed truly fucked.
While I was wondering when Blake would return to the show, I went on a school trip to the RSC to see Twelfth Night. Disappointed to realise that Gareth Thomas was unlikely to give up his RSC gig to go back to a sci fi show. Cherie Lunghi was in the performance too, so it wasn't all bad.
The ISPs would have no obligation to third parties to provide access to their websites, and can filter whatever they like, with no duty to those sites.
They do however have a contract with their customers - whether this contract requires them to provide access any particular sites or category of sites depends on the details of those contacts.
Yes, you are crazy.
The advantage to the client of buying both hardware and software from a single source is that there is no opportunity for the hardware and software suppliers to blame each other for a problem and neither be willing to fix the mess.
"Give to caesar what is caesar's"
Commonly misunderstood. The pharisees' question was designed to elicit a response that was either seditious or look bad to the jewish nationalist audience. The reply would be understood by the audience - Caesar should be given what is rightfully his - i.e. nothing, without actually saying anything that would land Jesus in hot water with the Roman authorities.
The moral person requires no laws, for he knows what is right and acts acordingly. Laws are put in place for the immoral and the wicked to force them to behave in a minimally acceptable manner. Those bleating that they obeyed the letter of the law and thus have done no wrong are clearly members of the latter groups rather than the former.
It is time to reach for a bigger legal stick with which to beat the wicked back on to the right path.
Yes the press is already governed by laws - those laws that apply to everybody. What Cameron is arguing against is laws specifically to regulate the press.
What we have here is a first. A PM who hasn't responded to a situation where the existing laws are not being enforced with a "We need more laws." I find myself in agreement with Mr Cameron - and that too is a first.
"I'm still trying to get my head around the reason why Talk Talk have jumped at the chance of implementing the "filter thingy"."
Well there will be savings resulting from any reduction in data download, and less need to respond to law-suits against copyright claims which will reduce admin costs.
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