* Posts by CYMinCA

7 posts • joined 23 Dec 2014

Planet 9 a captured alien, astroboffins suggest


Re: It could be...

No it's socks, the pens constitute one of its moons

Spied upon by GCHQ? You'll need proof before a court will hear you...



So they are asking if there's a reason why they might spy on you or they will dismiss the case, but if there is a reason why they might spy on you then you've justified their defence so no way to win.

Well, what d'you know: Raising e-book prices doesn't raise sales



its the value thing that gets me, I won't pay for an ebook what I would pay for a paper book. If they don't want to undercut hardback sales (yes I've seen $35+ fiction ebooks) then don't issue them.

Interesting since the apple deal and the reappearance of deals on ebooks I have bought a lot more, in fact I looked back at my purchase history and have spent 20% more on ebooks the last year or so than the previous 3 years as there is much more available at my impulse buy points. This is generally effective for series, any series where first book is cheap vs one where 1st book is same price as latest book it's a no brainier as to which to try.

Petrol cars are dead in the water, says Tesla CTO waving numbers on the back of an envelope


Re: Is it really cheaper?

And once govt starts seeing a dip in that fuel tax revenue there will be something along to replace it, road pricing would seem to be the leading candidate though they could vary rates for electric vehicles vs petrol/diesel to create some saving advantage.

It is good that someone is at least being honest that electric will only take off when it's cheap enough for consumers, having recently replaced a car I looked at electric and the costs were just not at the right point in terms of taking on the higher debt of the purchase difference to achieve future savings

UK.gov spied on human rights warriors at Amnesty International



when dictatorship rises out of democracy it first presents itself as a protector - Plato

Seems like another quote says we are doomed to repeat history's mistakes despite warnings

Sir Terry remembered: Dickens' fire, Tolkien's imagination, and the wit of Wodehouse



met him at hay on wye festival where he gave a great rambling talk. Took my son who remembers it even now and treasures his signed copy of colour of magic.

As my wife said what the hell is she supposed to buy for my birthday now she can't rely on a new discworld book, a sentiment I'm sure would amuse sir terry

Blind justice: Google lawsuit silences elected state prosecutor


US only?

dont the new trade agreements rung negotiated allow corporations to compensation for democratically elected governments passing laws which restrict their profitability. Seems very similar.

Imagine an arms manufacturer suing because governments outlawed land mines which were part of their product range or pharmaceutical rules were tightened causing some drugs to be withdrawn


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