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  • Nov 3rd, 2015 @ 3:38am

    Re: Lawyer thankin'

    Er no. Ethanol (UIPAC name) is ethyl alcohol (common name)!

  • Sep 17th, 2015 @ 4:18am

    (untitled comment)

    Aren't you misquoting the DHS's motto - Die Free Or Live"?

  • Mar 4th, 2015 @ 6:55am

    Please get the title right!

    Australia does not have a Secretary of Defense (or in Queens English Defence), we have a Minister for Defence, just like the Minister for Health, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Minister for Trade etc. Now he may have some secretaries works for him but I very much doubt he/she/they are called secretaries of defen(c/s)e.

  • Dec 2nd, 2014 @ 4:57am

    Re: Re:

    I must live in a backward country (my username should give it away), we have a law for just that purpose: Suborning Perjury - offering an inducement for a person to commit Perjury. It does not just apply to prosecutors, it is applicable to anyone who offers an inducement.

    We also have another law that may be applicable: Attempting to Pervert the Course of Justice. Of course if you are successful you can/will be charged with Perverting the Course of Justice

    They do work! We convicted a retired State Supreme Court Justice on multiple counts of Perjury, Suborning Perjury and Attempting to Pervert the Course of Justice. He got nailed speeding and then fought it in court, basically lying to the court and getting other witnesses to lie on his behalf, all over a $70 (I think) fine! From memory he got 12 months prison time. Oh how the mighty have fallen.

  • Oct 24th, 2014 @ 6:16am

    Just say no.

    Google should just say no and not display any snippets from any VG Media affiliates. Let VG Media deal with the lost traffic and reduced revenue themselves using their own resources.

  • Jul 31st, 2014 @ 6:32am

    Re: Re:

    There was nothing bad about the series. The "problem" was that most of the remaining, major criminals involved in Victoria's underworld and drugs syndicates (approx 38-40 were killed) were on trial and the the court did not want the jurors to be influenced by the series.

    Of course the series distorted the facts for "dramatic" reasons anyway.

    The ban was useless. It was televised and sold everywhere else in Australia. I bought the series and mailed to my brother-in-law who lives in Melbourne. I really doubt I was the only person in Australia that did that or something similar.

  • Jun 27th, 2014 @ 8:19am

    But, of course

    the NSA and its defenders will keep blaming Ed Snowden.

    But of course it is all Snowden's fault! If he hadn't shined the light on the National Spy Agency's hidden dirty laundry, the public would not know about any of this and the spying could carry on as usual

  • Apr 8th, 2014 @ 5:35am


    Oh yum! The United Sleazebags of Amerika government (not necessarily the people) has promulgated another self serving diktat, please pass the salt, by the ship load!!

  • Mar 29th, 2014 @ 4:12am

    What's DRM?

    I don't ever worry about DRM (Digital Restrictions Manipulation), I just use the products from ( They don't care about all the DRM crap and every time some paranoid arsehole "invents" a new form of "screwing over the buyers/owners" Slysoft releases an update within a couple of days (usually this just involves an update to AnyDVD and AnyDVD HD - you only need one or the other, never both).

    I can, and do, burn and/or rip copies of "protected" CDs, DVDs and Blu-Ray disks without any problems. I get rid of all the irrelevant crap, warnings, threats, propaganda, multiple languages, regional coding etc so I have a clean copy and then make a backup copy of the clean copy. The original gets filed away in a cardboard box in the storage room, the clean copy goes into the original case and the copy gets played multiple times.

    They are based in Antigua and consequently don't care about the monopolists or govt regulations, they just follow Antiguan law.

  • Mar 28th, 2014 @ 3:38am

    (untitled comment)

    Totalitarianism is alive and well in Amerika!

  • Mar 18th, 2014 @ 4:19am

    (untitled comment)

    They also undermine faith in our government [the US govt], and -- more importantly -- its credibility.

    You will have to excuse my ignorance but I didn't realize the US govt had any credibility at all, or integrity, honesty or morality for that matter.

  • Mar 11th, 2014 @ 6:38am


    Strange, they are being chastised for adhering to the treaty everyone agreed to.

    Nothing strange about it at all. The largest PAC of US business (that would be what is laughingly call the US government) is all for enforcing treaties/agreements etc when they are told to by big business, but totally ignore them for exactly the same reason!

    Why should they even consider any new treaties?

    They shouldn't. It is well past time that all countries negotiated acceptable agreements between themselves and not invite the US to participate of have any input. All it requires is for politicians around the world to grow a spine and tell the US they are not required or wanted. Of course the problem is finding the politicians that will do this.

  • Mar 1st, 2014 @ 8:36am

    (untitled comment)

    I have sympathy for Chris Dodd. I mean how would you feel if you thought you had bought something (like a politician) and when you tried to use it for your own benefit at a later time found you had only bought a revokable, restricted licence?

  • Feb 27th, 2014 @ 4:57am


    The explanation is easy. He is a Liberal (that's the name of the Republicant er Conservative party in Australia) Party member and as such has no interest in facts and well reasoned arguments - ideology is everything. As for working for the people, he does - exactly the same "people" the US Republicant party works for!

    He was not elected as Attorney General, he was elected to parliament (actually re-elected) and appointed as Attorney General by the Prime Minister - another big-mouthed, arrogant, arsehole Liberal Party politician.

    As for ignoring the advice, that happens all the time. Ministers are required (under certain legislation) to seek advice/recommendations from numerous governmental or private bodies, but are totally free to ignore the advice/recommendations they receive.

    In regard to his own ideas, this is not unusual, the Attorney General is a political appointment. The Attorney General is supposedly the "Chief Legal Officer" of the country and as such represents the government in court cases. Thank God we also have a Solicitor General (who is not a politician) to give the government legal advice.

  • Dec 21st, 2013 @ 4:49am

    Re: punishment

    I don't think the company should be fined at all!

    A more fitting result would be for the company to have to pay all costs involved with getting the couple's credit rating fixed with each and every credit rating agency AND to pay compensation to the couple of $7,000 ($3,500 each) per day for every day from the day their crediting rating was destroyed to the day it is "undestroyed" at all agencies - example 2,000 days costs $14 million in compensation, the longer it takes, the more it costs KlearGear. Note the compensation is to the couple, the costs of repairing the ratings is paid to others and is not deductible from the compensation, it is an additional cost on KlearGear.

    If KlearGear goes bankrupt ..... so sad.

  • Dec 7th, 2013 @ 2:55am

    Re: Feds Insist It Must Be Kept Secret Whether Or Not Plaintiff In No Fly List Trial Is Actually On The No Fly List

    The US still has a constitution? Amazing, I learn something everyday.

  • Jun 21st, 2013 @ 6:15am

    Another Fine Speech

    I see Mr Open and Accountable Government has appeared in the media again and spoken through his arse as usual - funny how most people would claim he farted instead of speaking.

  • May 31st, 2013 @ 4:45am

    And Just How ...

    is anyone going to be able to check that the US government actually does/did destroy all of the data they got their sticky claws on?

    Or are US citizens supposed to take the word of some government lackey?

  • Apr 23rd, 2013 @ 6:26am


    Agreed!! The sooner every country in the world is on the list the better.

    Maybe, just maybe, the US will finally realize that all other countries are sovereign identities and have the right to determine their own laws and other countries (maybe not the politicians) don't give a shit about the US and its "Laws".

    As a side benefit, everyone would have a convenient list of all countries, except the US (maybe), on hand at all times.

  • Feb 20th, 2013 @ 6:49pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Mike were initially right about Greenspan...but not here.

    I don't think you have got the entire point yet so ..... you would not print directly on Royal paper as it is, could you imagine a document where the pages are 20" x 25"?

    You could fold it 3 times you get 8 sheets of 10" x 6-1/4" paper, cut along the fold lines and then print on them. This size is called "Octavo" size.

    What printers do is lay out the Octavo pages on sheets of Royal paper, print them, fold them and then bind and trim them which reduces the dimensions to 9-1/4" x 6-1/8".

    I am going to leave laying out the pages on the obverse and reverse sides so that when the paper is folded the pages are in the correct order as an exercise for the reader (read masochist).

    So the self printer needs the following:

    1) A desktop publishing program that recognizes "Royal" paper and knows how do create and lay out "Octavo" size pages on it. I doubt many, if any, commonly used DP programs would fit this bill - so a large print-shop application.

    2) A printer capable of printing "Royal" paper - can you imagine the size and cost of a printer that can print 20" x 25" paper?

    Note: I am assuming that Royal paper is still a common standard size that is readily available in the US, otherwise he is going to need to pay for specially cut paper.

    He should of saved himself the time, money and trees and paid the quoted price. If he was determined to do the job properly himself the printer alone would have cost him more than having the printing outsourced, let alone a commercial grade publishing/typesetting program to accompany it.

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