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Now The Largest Game Companies In The World Have Dropped Support For A Bill The Internet Hates

Posted on December 31st, 2011 at 11:47 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Nintendo, Electronic Arts and Sony Electronics — some of the largest video game companies in the world — have all pulled their support for an online bill that could encourage censorship online, according to an updated list of supporters of the bill.


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  1. Interesting, they think it might provoke a users’ strike?

  2. The power of the masses.

  3. That’s a really interesting comment. We’ve been sold on the fact that the power of the market necessitates all the evils to which we are heir these days – want, debt, inequality, hatred, misinformation and imminent ruin. Of course the power of the market is the power of the masses. As a civilisation we’ve been sold a pup. Maybe 2012 can be the year we stop buying it.

Bullshit

Posted on December 31st, 2011 at 11:46 by John Sinteur in category: Apple, Google

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Everyone has their bullshit. You can simply decide whose you’re willing to tolerate.


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  1. See the link at the previous post. :)

Programmers

Posted on December 31st, 2011 at 11:43 by John Sinteur in category: Software

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If you are hiring programmers, you should pay them $200/hr.


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  1. So now we know that this guy sells his family 200USD/hour.
    Thanks, not going there. :)

The Texans who live on the ‘Mexican side’ of the border fence: ‘Technically, we’re in the United States’

Posted on December 31st, 2011 at 10:59 by John Sinteur in category: News

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This will be Taylor’s fourth Christmas living on what some Texans call the “Mexican side” of the U.S. border fence. Although she lives in Texas, her home is south of the 18-feet steel-and-concrete border wall erected by the American government. Taylor, who is 84, can see it from her front porch.

The wall was built to satisfy a law, passed in 2006 and 2008, that authorized 700 miles of fence on the southern border, 315 miles of it in Texas. President Bush said the fence would make the border safer and was “an important step toward immigration reform.” Many of the 2012 Republican presidential candidates, with the exception of Texas Gov. Rick Perry, say they want to build a fence that spans the entire U.S. border. The Brownsville area shows just how complicated that project would be.

Because of a decades-old treaty with Mexico prohibiting building in the Rio Grande floodplain, the government built its border fence more than a mile north of the snaky river, trapping tens of thousands of acres of Texas–land in Cameron and Hidalgo counties–on the wrong side of the fence. The border wall is also riddled with miles-long gaps, seemingly placed at random. The U.S. Border Patrol says that illegal crossers are pushed to these gaps, where they are more easily apprehended.

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Bob Lucio, the owner of a 165-acre golf course that lies entirely on the “Mexican” side of the fence, says the thought of Homeland Security using a secured gate to close the one entrance to the course keeps him up at night.

“If that happens, I don’t think we can survive,” he told Yahoo News during an interview in his office.

So, Bob, and who did you vote for in 2000 and 2004?

in 2008, McCain got 55% of the vote with 4,467,748 people, while Obama received 44% and 3,521,164 people – so the odds Bob voted R are only slightly larger than that he voted D


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Former Deutsche Bank CEO Hilmar Kopper: ‘Money Needs Laws’

Posted on December 31st, 2011 at 10:54 by John Sinteur in category: Robber Barons

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Kopper: I’m old school, so to speak. Often, when people are berating “the banks,” they’re really talking about completely different things: derivatives, commodities trading, foreign currency.

SPIEGEL: These are all businesses in which banks are involved.

Kopper: But usually just on behalf of pension funds, very large hedge and sovereign funds and wealthy investors. Never in the history of mankind has there been so much money in circulation, and never before was it possible to trade with it so quickly. And never before has this money used the entire planet as a playing field, as is the case today in the era of globalization. That’s the way it is and the way it will remain. There can be no turning back the clock. How shortsighted people must be when they hold bankers responsible for this development!

Yeah! It’s not like they invented derivatives, commodities trading, (foreign) currency! Oh wait…

SPIEGEL: Have you lost illusions when it comes to your image of humanity?

Kopper: Completely. I used to think that the world was shaped by love. I’m sorry, but that’s nonsense. It’s shaped by money. Money, avarice and greed — these are the three main constants.

You have been hanging out with bankers too much.


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  1. I’ve started that knitting project.

Jonathan Ive is knighted in New Year Honours list

Posted on December 31st, 2011 at 7:58 by John Sinteur in category: Apple

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Apple’s chief designer Jonathan Ive has been appointed a Knight Commander of the British Empire (KBE) in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.


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  1. Arise , Sir Jonathan. Great design is the happy marriage of form and function. Think of a sailboat – the more beautiful and simple the form, the more efficiently it sails. Sir Jonathan has consistently married simplicity and beauty with the highest degree of functionality. This is one knighthood that is thoroughly deserved. The other one was for David Attenborough, another great man. Among the time-servers, functionaries and party donors they stand out like iMacs in a big box store.

Great job if you can get it…

Posted on December 31st, 2011 at 7:55 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Undercover police officers routinely adopted a tactic of “promiscuity” with the blessing of senior commanders, according to a former agent who worked in a secretive unit of the Metropolitan police for four years.

The former undercover policeman claims that sexual relationships with activists were sanctioned for both men and women officers infiltrating anarchist, leftwing and environmental groups.


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