I know you're mostly kidding, but seriously YOU try learning a second language. No, scrap that, the TECHNICAL side of a second language. Got that? Ok now, here's a book in that language of software you've never used. Read the whole thing yet? Alright now you're going to have 30 to 100 people a day calling you up, yelling at you for something you don't have ANYTHING to do with and saying that they want to speak to someone named Joe...
...not an easy job my friend. It's why they get paid the "big bucks" to do it, even though it's still peanuts compared to us over here.
Better analogy: requiring Delta Airlines to check the validity of every piece of clothing of anyone who flies in their planes. If they can't prove their shoes were legally acquired, Delta then arrests them (or find someone who will.)
Sorry to double post in the same article, but I have to agree. I can sit on my network watching in plain text what people are sending via AIM*. I just read an article where it's nearly impossible to retrieve texts. I can't find the article now (just spent a few searching) but it was basically saying that in the event a crime was committed, if the perp used text messages it's not easy to retrieve the texts, and that they are rarely stored for more than a few minutes, let alone days or weeks on any "central server."
BTW: for you *nix users, check out Ethereal. It's the tool I use to see AIM messages (handy if you have someone backpacking on your network and they happen to be...dumb)
Cheapest cell phone plan (not prepaid): I've found a 500 minute Verizon family plan. 2 phones, unlimited texting, unlimited Verizon calls, unlimited nights and weekends: I pay $130 a month.
Cheapest internet plan: Currently we have 2 broadband options here, Time Warner Roadrunner and Verizon DSL. RR is $60 a month (which I have,) VDSL $40. I can find multiple sources for $10/$15 a month unlimited dialup.
Cheapest cell: My cousin pays 15 Euro (roughly $30) for a single cell phone, no texting but if he added it it'd be about another $5 a month. Even 2 phones means $70, and that's not a "deal" by any means
Cheapest internet: My cousin HAS to pay for dialup as there are no other offerings. ~$55 a month, THEN he has to pay by Kb used (not sure of the rate, but everyone over there is scared to use it due to cost)
So in conclusion:
America: Internet cheap, Cell phones expensive
Germany: Cell phones cheap, Internet expensive
A: Marvel, yeah...not much literary substance but you have to admit those artists are talented!
B: Americans, Bush, whatever, he'll be gone in a few months and as for Vista? Everyone I know that used Vista has since reverted to XP and everyone I know that currently uses XP has no plans to upgrade. Blame Dell, or HP. Not Americans for that.
C: Comics are just another form of entertainment. No need to hate, just ignore it if it's not your cup o' tea!
By the way, saying any single nationality as "stupid" goes about as far as saying any single ANYTHING is stupid. Feel free to throw me into any box you like, just don't be surprised if I (or any one of us) happens to change your mind.
I share feelings about the Baldwins (who hail from near my hometown.) While I would never listen to any of their advice on parenting, voting or ANYTHING to do with Hillary, I think 30 Rock is one of the funniest shows on TV right now.
Hate the player, not the game.
Besides, I got GTA4 so I'll wait until FXG or AXXO gets a hold of Iron man first anyway ;) ...or not.