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    Apple refuses tech support for smokers

    OK. This can be put down to my lack of knowledge about asbestos. Although based on what datafast69 said, I suspect you are sing a more extreme scenario to try and lend validity to Apple's actions. A few points come to mind. Your source is only for the first quarter of 2009, right? Well, we are a ways past that, so is it not fair to assume there will have been more than 3 cases? OSHA laws may not be simple, but they are well detailed. Almost all of the other discussion I have read on this story indicates that using an OSHA violation as an excuse is poor form, and that it would not be a violation if gloves and a mask were used. I would not think a build up of tobacco smoke would be the only situation techs would have to wear protective material. What about an abnormally dusty house? Or a buildup of pet hairs for those with allergies? In any case, they still have the option of replacing the unit if they decline to work on it. Indeed, if their stated reason not to honor the warranty is for a OSHA violation and not because the unit is damaged, then they should replace the unit. Based on a quote from the article: It seems simply having used the computer in a house where there was smoking voided the warranty. Surely you can't consider that to be reasonable or fair? In fact, going by the article, they apparently declined to replace a faulty burner under the warranty. A case in which tobacco build up would seem less relevant, and their actions less excusable. Even if these are special circumstances, there is nothing in the warranty, or at least not that would have been clearly explained to customers, that using a computer in a house with smoking would void the warranty. If these are extreme cases, then replace the units and alter the warranty as necessary. I think what this comes down to is to what extent should our behaviors and environments be able to void a warranty? Do you really not think there is a problem with voiding contracts and not fulfilling legal obligations to force people to quit a voluntary and legal behavior because a subset of society disapproves?
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    Child murderers to avoid jail

    I know you don't think the intention of this judge is to harm the well being of the majority, so I'm struggling to understand your point. I interpreted his point as being that the majority is harmed by allocating more resources than necessary to an 'evil minority'. Not sure if that is correct or not.
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    Apple refuses tech support for smokers

    That's pretty unreasonable. If you can't see why, then there's nothing I can say that's going to change your mind. Just out of curiosity, are you a smoker? Why do you consider it to be unreasonable? Because you used asbestos as your analogy? Apple claimed that they can't repair such computers due to OSHA violations. Which is crap. It isn't a violation if they provide proper protection for their employees, or replace the PC. Arguing whether or not if these cases should be considered damage and if the warranty should be upheld is one thing, but they way apple is going about this is completely shitty. They should state that they won't repair the PC because it is damaged, not because of health concerns which can easily be mitigated. I smoke sometimes when drinking, which is about it. I wouldn't consider myself a smoker in the context of this discussion.
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    Child murderers to avoid jail

    I actually agree with this somewhat. I think it is rare that a child will perform a premeditated murder with clear intent. More often than not, things probably got out of hand and they have to live with the consequences for the rest of their lives. Placing them in jail for the rest of their lives helps no one. We should instead be trying to help them, as opposed to seeking retribution. I found this article interesting: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2000/oct/30/b...imonhattenstone It is talking about how Norway dealt with child killers as opposed to other western countries.
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    Apple refuses tech support for smokers

    If the computers were contaminated with asbestos as a result of being used on construction sites, would you argue the warranty should still be honoured? If the components/PC did not fail as a result of the asbestos, than most certainly. Apple don't have to repair the PC, they can replace it. They should honor the warranty, or make the exceptions to the warranty more apparent.
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    Apple refuses tech support for smokers

    Bullshit. The media wouldn't care if it was a PC vendor its only because Apple have pushed the market so much in the last 2 years that people try to shoot down the company at any chance they have. Its called tall poppy syndrome. This is about a company screwing customers, not about bashing Apple. If it were any other major PC manufacturer, then there would be similar reactions.
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    Apple refuses tech support for smokers

    Where did you get those figures from? I don't think this is specific to Apple, it is about what seems to be on the surface, a company not upholding a warranty without good reason. If this were Acer, it may not be as noticed, but if it were Dell or HP or such then you bet it would be.
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    Apple refuses tech support for smokers

    It's bullshit, plain and simple. If Apple are that concerned about employee health, then they can provide masks/gloves etc. If they have a problem with smokers computers, then they should outline this as a condition in the warranty. To arbitrarily refuse to honor a warranty and claim it is because of a health and safety violation is a dick move.
  9. Ahh, I am sorry. Like I said, I'm quite ignorant about the whole issue and came across that pdf, which I thought might be interesting to others. edit: I'm still not getting it. I just reread the discussion, and I don't see the difference between state/federal funding coming into it. The fact that private schools get around 2/3rds of the federal budget seems wrong to me on the surface though.
  10. I'm rather ignorant about this whole issue, however I am currently trying to read up on it to get more of an idea. I did however stumble upon this factsheet: http://www.aeufederal.org.au/Debates/factsheet3.pdf Which shows that the funding to public schools has been steadily decreasing in favour of private funding, with private schools receiving 67% of the funding in 2006. On the surface that seems quite poor to me. Regardless of if private schools should receive funding or not, I believe a government should have more of a duty to it's tax payers and citizens, most of whom send their children to public schools.
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    Windows OEM licencing

    The link you provided is specifically for windows vista, or so it seems. The point made was that Windows 7 had a different system builder license to previous versions, and from what I can tell this seems consistent.
  12. That was an amazing post! Very well said.
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    The Commonwealth

    It means absolutely nothing to me, nor did it mean anything growing up. I feel it is antiquated, left over from the colonial days. I also think the concept of a monarchy is antiquated, and as societies and people progress, they should be done away with. I would like to see Australia become a republic one day with a democratically elected head of state, even if the effect is technical/symbolic rather than practical.
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    GOTY 2009 ?

    I found B:AA to be a huge disappointment. It was very short, somewhat repetitive, with a silly cartoon storyline and simple bossfights. I would have loved for the game to have been set in Nolan's universe with some actual detective work. That it was not seems like a wasted opportunity. At the moment, I am hoping the force unleashed may be GOTY, although I have not played it just yet.
  15. thats it. thats all atheism is. People disagree, and wikipedia is hardly an authoritative resource for something so contentious. As such, one purpose of a convention would be to work out and establish(and perhaps promote) a common definition. atheism has been defined for millenia. there is nothing new to define. Well, many people disagree, and many people have their own versions of what atheism is. Even if you disagree that a common definition needs to be agreed upon, then perhaps you can at least agree that good could come from promoting a common definition.
  16. thats it. thats all atheism is. People disagree, and wikipedia is hardly an authoritative resource for something so contentious. As such, one purpose of a convention would be to work out and establish(and perhaps promote) a common definition.
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    List of Services disabled in Vista Safe Mode?

    According to http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows...ed-in-safe-mode Everything except the following would not be started Windows Event Log Plug and Play Remote Procedure Call Cryptographic Services Windows Defender WMI (Windows Management Instrumentation) I don't believe safe mode actually sets any to disabled other than what would normally be set, it simply doesn't start them.
  18. in what way? what can you talking about at an atheism convention? you all more or less agree, so what exactly is there to discuss? your new revelations on how god cannot possibly exist? What exactly atheism is. How to encourage and promote understanding (as opposed to everybody just using their personal definitions) Discussing any new findings related to various religions or in other fields that may reinforce the atheist point of view. I don't see the need to attend such a thing myself, but that doesn't mean it would not be interesting and beneficial/educational to those attending, rather than the "lets diss religion for the sake of it"-fest that everyone seems to think it will be.
  19. It's not funding for religious events, it's funding for conventions. It's meant to encourage events of all kinds of take place in Melbourne because it's good for the local economy. I wasn't aware of that. In that case there really is little excuse for this behavior, at all. I could perhaps understand them not approving every convention if not every convention was considered good for the local economy, but that does not seem to apply in this case with the amount of people attending.
  20. I can see a small justification in this in that an Atheism Convention would ideally be more scientific than religious in nature. Of course, if enough people want to claim it as their religion and treat it as one, then it should get the same support as any other. Perhaps it depends on whether or not Atheism is considered a recognized religion in Australia?
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    Windows OEM licencing

    You don't have to register as anything to be classified as a system builder. You just need to build PC's..... I don't think that's the case for Windows 7. They modified the agreement. Nope. The definition of a system builder remains the same still. Microsoft do not define a system builder as simply someone registered with them, it's a specific definition. "To distribute the Software or Hardware in this Pack, you must be a System Builder and accept this license. “System Builder” means an original equipment manufacturer, an assembler, a refurbisher, or a software pre-installer." Actually, it's : "Authorized Distribution and Acceptance. To distribute the Software or Hardware in this Pack, you must be a System Builder and accept this license. “System Builder” means an original equipment manufacturer, an assembler, a refurbisher, or a software pre-installer that sells the Customer System(s) to a third party. " Emphasis mine. Which is a good thing. It always annoyed me when people would twist the previous agreement into selling themselves systems, convincing themselves and others it was legal.
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    mininova goes "legal"

    The loss of mininova is a shame. It was a decent public tracker and torrent index, with torrents being released there almost as soon as other sources. At the moment, there isn't an ideal replacement, although ISOhunt and Kickass torrents seem quite ideal, or various filesharing sites for newly released stuff. Private trackers are overrated, except for older/harder to find stuff. Considering the broadband situation in Aus, being required to seed a certain amount isn't really ideal. Agree with Rybags though, Axxo was largely overrated. FXG is quite a nice replacement, but it depends on what is being torrented. Girvo: Newsgroups should be free with most ISP's, however most ISP's also tend not to provide access to the more notorious binary groups, which is why some people pay for access. Kimmo: ISOhunt is definitely an aggregator, it lists the dsites where it gets torrents from for each torrent.
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    mininova goes "legal"

    ISOhunt is an aggregator, with many results having coming from mininova. Indeed, a sad day.
  24. Why? Before and under the law he is, which is what he was getting at. No he isn't. Hypothetically if I was a man and he were a woman and we were both teachers who slept with an underage student - he'd get a reduced sentence. Replying again because your example was not there when I responded last. Your example would depend on many factors such as age, circumstances, coercion, local customs etc. Our society still places a higher value on women being harmed than men. As such, men and women will be considered equal before the law, but men will have been considered to have committed a greater offense, and punished relative to that offense. Even in principle we're not equal under the law. The law was never designed to be bias-free or objective. It's a subjective system that attempts to enforce justice - not so much enforce rights. The only thing you and I have equal is the opportunity to be equal to the law. Even if we strive for another 1000 years, that is still going to be the only value equal between us. And you know what? I'm fine with that. I think a world where we are all equal in any way shape or form by default, without requiring us individually to strive towards achieving that "equality", is a sad world for individualism. The law was most certainly designed to treat all people equal. Keeping in mind the definition of people was not as all encompassing as it is today. Even if it was not an original goal, it has certainly evolved to recognize the necessity of it as a goal in the last few hundred years. The law...the justice system must be the better man, than any one person, and treat all people equally and objectively. It does not, and will not always succeed, but having people being considered equal before the law is a basic step towards that.
  25. Principles aren't reality. They're like the square root of a negative number - useful for a process, not actually real. Because I'm either wealthier or poorer than he is. We are all equal before the law, but some of us are more equal than others. Money and political influence make the difference. OK, I see where you are coming from. However, I still disagree. Everyone remains equal under the law, although everyone is not equally represented under the law. Which is a different thing practically, and in principle. It is a problem, and something that I hope we will continue to work towards rectifying as society progresses.
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