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Remember those scatological jokes you thought were so funny in the third grade? How about the locker room humo(u)r when you were 14? Ever compare a classmate to something nasty, or laugh at a "funny" accent, or the way someone in another country does things?
Read the other day that some singer called Billie Ellish --- of whose works I would avoid like the plague, no offence to her --- is being taken down for having used the word 'chink' when she was 13...
Yeah, 'bout that...
KDE PCLinuxOS has been giving me a new kernel about twice a week [ rolling-release, though I am not thrilled with that concept ( personally preferring to re-install every six months ) --- yet it works perfectly ] --- so I think I'm covered.
Plus, with Pale Moon --- xul for the win ! --- it looks exactly like 2012, after which UX and UI unutterably devolved.
If a screaming mob of fans led by a vulgar set of agitators board a bus and steer it into a wall, causing unfathomable damage, it seems singularly stupid and condescending to smugly admonish victims to 'Get Over It' five years, or fifty, years later.
Why the fuck should anyone 'get over' anything just because told to by the satisfied ?
Americans apparently believe the YMCA was founded in America.
As they assume most inventions/discoveries such as electricity, radio, telephony, cars etc. etc. were their's. I've even read on an internet webpage that the native Indians taught the European invaders how to wear shoes.
As a great sociologist, George Gorer observed on this Yankee misconception after the second world war: Suppressio veri, suggestio falsi..
I'm not that concerned about various governments looking at my computer use; I am though very concerned about ghastly marketing firms and things like Microsoft reading my data.
Selling someone an operating system does not include the included right to check what the buyer is doing with his computer for ever more.
Yet KDE still refuses to bring back different wallpapers for each Virtual Desktop *. Good luck finding a cure for that **.
* I've always had 16 virtual desktops, and I'm still bitter.
** There's a kind application on Pling, Vallpaper, but a/ it didn't work for me, and b/ it's something that should be integral for KDE to provide.
After the referendum, the four main UK operators were noncommittal about whether they would re-introduce dreaded roaming charges, which saw punters rack up massive bills without even realising. In 2018, each said they had made no concrete plans, but their protestations were worded in a way that gave sufficient wiggle room for future changes.
I rather remember excitable quitters stating it was part of Project Fear and that our good British operators would never go back on their non-imposition of roaming charges.
They always were gullible.
To keep that competitive edge they have in native intelligence, America spends crazy stupid money on all forms of Education. State schools; private schools; universities; community colleges etc., whilst also keeping costs down by not paying staff much --- in a great tradition reaching back to British Public boarding schools where the headmaster paid himself ten times as much as his average master.
American reverence for Education surpasses its reverence for God --- but not so much as that for Money.
You'd think they could afford to pay for back-ups.
True. Just yesterday I didn't answer a phone call that merely displayed Restricted Number, supposing it to be another delightful robotic This is Amazon, calling about your accounts scams.
A txt from my surgery then asked me to make another appointment for some phone consultation missed. I pointed out that Restricted Number sounds like Room 101 calling rather than inspiring confidence, and the girl apologetically explained they'd recently improved their phone systems.
Actually Scranton Joe is his own choice, and adopted to demonstrate he's a plain working man from the grassroots who has led a modest life of ordinary folk since the day he want into politics.
Irish too, he says. Having had an Irish ancestor who came to the United States in, I think, 1849.
Oddly, the Opt-Out page[s] has a quite confusing lay-out, leading to doubt as to what one has agreed to, until the very end. Quite unlike what one would expect.
Went right on to the end of the road though, guided by the explanatory document regarding this venture:
Just as written:
We are not going to sell your data
NHS Digital does not sell data. It does however charge those who want to access its data for the costs of making the data available to them.
Partisan appointments of judges --- Supreme or lesser --- and civil service appointments existed since the minute the United States was created. And was a feature [ to the parties and their presidents ] and not a bug.
Don't know about other countries, but certainly in Britain judges were appointed by party from the 17th century creation of Factional Party Government. It may or may not be the case now, since judges are appointed by the legal system itself rather than by parliament, no idea --- but as late as the last century some on the Left were under the impression that British judges veered to conservative views.
(and Germany is not far behind the UK w.r.t. deaths now).
Though it spoils the glee of anti-europeans, rubbing their hands in anticipation of millions of further deaths in Germany to emphasize their alleged vaccination failures and beastliness --- starting back early last year when some clod in government dismissed the statistics on the grounds 'we don't know how this will change' ---
Germany's Death-Rate per million is: 1060
Britain's Death-Rate per million is: 1873
The reliable https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/ ( though all foreigners are lying all the time of course, since non-Britons lack the essential integrity of our prime minister. )
“We heard how lots of people were visiting the unit at different times of day, lots of wiring and ventilation ducts were visible, and a police drone picked up a considerable heat source from above,” the statement said.
Can't say I am au fait with the state of industry today --- and I avoid Industrial Estates like the Covid, on general principles --- but I would have thought a vast number of legitimate enterprises had these characteristics.
If they were tipped off, the informer was evidently wrong about the cannabis; and once upon a time in England ( and maybe still in the USA ) one could get a warrant thrown out if misstated [ even if a name was misspelled, if the jury/magistrate was sympathetic ].
It started off in the 18th & 19th centuries as a mainly British and French thing, but soon found it's natural home in the United States from the start, as heriting so much from both political regimes; flowering in the Gilded Age, and reaching it's final delirium there in the mid-20th century to now decay into it's ultimate mania.
No. When you look, even briefly, at a webpage, you have implicitly signed a contract in blood that for evermore they --- and their designated agent, mostly Google --- have the right to track you ( and show you adverts ) until one or the other parties is dead.
Otherwise the Internet will die.
I rather understand both side's points of view, but why is America's Economy and future use of technological 'brilliance' entirely formed of Big Computer Tech Firms and their needs; and the Internet; and the Internet's propagation of Big Advertising --- being reliant thereon --- ?
I'm obviously fond of both computers and the Internet --- up to a point, and not when it includes Fat Slab Style --- but there is more to life. A future where the most productive non-extractive ( since those things are as finite as we ourselves ) industry is people writing endless apps is quite bleak.
Nor is there any reason why the Big Tech firms swallow half the wealth of the world...
Buses look very different in different places, and the word "bus" is not well defined in many places (particularly non-English speaking). Is a taxi a bus? What about a minibus taxi? What about one of those long wheelbase tuktuks that fit 8 passengers with people getting on and off at all the traffic lights?
And what of Pui Pui Molcars ?
Google should incorporate these.
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