* Posts by Graham Dawson

1651 posts • joined 5 Mar 2007

To BALDLY GO where few have gone before: NASA 'naut twin to spend YEAR IN SPAACE

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Re: Baldly go?

Yep, that's what I thought.

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Re: Baldly go?

Right. Show me where I allegedly copied it from.

I'll wait.

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Re: Baldly go?

Cut and pasted? Which part?

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Re: Baldly go?

The entire concept of the split infinitive is derived from languages in which tenses are conjugated with suffixes and prefixes and the infinitive form is a single word. By contrast, the English infinitive includes the particle "to", a separate word.

The concept of a split infinitive is nonsense in most languages - you can't split a single word. The application of the split infinitive prohibition to English originally rested on the belief that because Latin - seen as the ideal language at the time the rule was invented - did not split infinitives, therefore no language should do so.

The problem arises, however: English is not Latin. Its grammatical rules are very different. The split infinitive does not apply and has not applied for perhaps a thousand years. To boldly go is grammatically as valid as to go boldly. Avoidance of the so-called split infinitive leads to clunky and occasionally confusing language structures, similarly to the prohibition of ending a sentence with preposition - it is unnatural to our language and needlessly pedantic. To so loftily and haughtily proscribe a linguistic form, merely because a latinist a couple of centuries ago decided such a form was inferior to the pure language of his study, is something we should no longer be required to put up with.

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Belgium to the rescue as UK consumers freeze after BST blunder

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Re: Don't away with BST, don't blame farmers

Daylight savings time wasn't invented for farmers, but as a way to save energy (by shifting work hours to times of day when less artificial light would be required) and to give office and factory workers more access to daylight in the evening. It was first proposed by a new zealander and first implemented in germany and austria-hungary during world war 1.

It is entirely a myth that it was created for the farmers. That's an excuse politicians use to justify its continued existence.

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Web geeks grant immortality to Sir Terry Pratchett – using smuggled web code

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Re: Going Home

The Largo from Dvorak's symphony no 9 isn't about death. Going Home was based on it, but that was written by one of Dvorak's pupils.

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Attack of the Digital People: The BBC goes fully Bong

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Re: bbc + digital = fail

Because internet radio appliances are known to have a built-in web browser...

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In assault on American values, Lockheed BLASTS PICKUP with RAYGUN

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Re: @4ecks - If we can solve the power supply issue…

... and I think I'll just nuke the lot of you and drive over the crumbling remains in me jeep.

LASERs. Feh.

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Lost WHITE CITY of the MONKEY GOD found after 500 years

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Re: Primeval rain forest?

" In Australia, eucalypt trees rarely exceed 350 years of age due to frequent fire disturbance."

By which they mean "exploded due to bright sunlight".

Australia. So deadly even the trees are bombs.

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Re: Threepwood!

The prophecy has come true!

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Didn't the Left once want the WORKERS to get all the dosh?

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Re: Stupid

Thing is, Lars, she calls herself a socialist - though in practice she's much more of the social democrat that is the norm in Sweden. In fact she out-capitalists me sometimes... :D

But she calls herself a socialist and she knows all the talking points. I'm not going to argue with her about that, not unless I want to have my half of the bed redistributed between the cats.

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Re: Stupid

No, he's pretty much right. Marxism is a pile of sophomoric rubbish thought up by a man who sponged off his rich parents and only got jobs to show "solidarity" with the working classes. Marx, the affecter of poverty who spent most of his working life as a piss-poor "journalist", would fit right in at the Guardian. He's even got the racism disguised as paternalistic "concern" for the poor oppressed foreign sorts down pat.

Socialism is a different matter, though as a righty I'm reflexively against the idea anyway (which leads to lots of interesting debate with the swedish socialist I find myself married to). And before you argue that socialism and marxism are the same: They aren't.

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For pity's sake, you FOOL! DON'T UPGRADE it will make it WORSE

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Re: bébé

Compose + e + ' produces é, compose + e + ` produces è. Simple. I don't think I've encountered a keyboard yet that doesn't have the ` key on it somewhere.

You can also, if you're wondering, get a ´ by typing compose + ' + ' which is... well it's `interesting´ I suppose.

At least that's how it is on debian. I'm going to assume it's the same on OSX.

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'Camera-shy' Raspberry Pi 2 suffers strange 'XENON DEATH FLASH' glitch

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Re: Look at the plus side....

Custom linux with buildroot, approximately 3 seconds to desktop. Well... xorg. Loading any DE on top of that would double the time at least.

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They've finally solved it: Schrödinger's cat is both ALIVE AND DEAD

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Everyone always seems to forget that Schrödinger's Cat was a thought experiment he devised to demonstrate what he believed to be the absurdity of the conscious observer effect, which holds that a particle is in a superposition of states until "observed" by some mysterious "observer", which has led to the silly idea that the universe doesn't exist until someone looks at it.

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Wheeee! BT preps for FIVE HUNDRED MEGABIT broadband trial

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Re: If....

They do if you wrap them in a suitable cable armour, which likely wouldn't be much different to the armour used for conventional twisted pair.

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Switch it off and on again: How peers failed to sneak Snoopers' Charter into terror bill

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Re: Experts?

By and large, the hereditaries werent' all that wealthy - yes, I know, they often had a lot of land, but they didn't have much income from it. They also didn't receive a wage for attending parliament. Most of them had jobs of some sort, and a fair number even worked in industries relevant to the legislation they were scrutinising, or were hobbyists or passionately involved in some other way.

It wasn't perfect of course - you had your usual collection of imbeciles and wastrels that you'd expect in any hereditary system, but for the most part they only attended for as long as it took to get to the various bars and private dining rooms in Westminster Palace.

The end result was that the Lords tended to act as a brake on the profligate excesses of the executive and forced Parliament to pay attention to the detail of proposals before sending them for scrutiny, even after attempts to stuff it with appointed life peers. Naturally it had to go.

Nobody can legitimately argue that what we have now is in any way better than what we had before. I'd even go as far as to argue that very few alternatives would be better given they all rely on political patronage of some sort. An elected upper house, which has been proposed a few times, would probably be the worst solution of all. The only real alternative is to take the original principle of the Lords, which was essentially a sort of severely restricted jury service based on property and title, and generalise it to to the entire population. Appoint members to the Upper House by lot, have them attend for a fix period with suitable compensation. That way you can avoid the problem of appointed patsies, perpetual election campaigners and party-political ideologues (though you do potentially risk replacing it with a different set of ideologues) and instead you get a relatively reasonable cross-section of the population, with a higher chance that someone proposing or scrutinising legislation has some idea of what they're talking about.

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Opera Jon weaves a brand new browser

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He means in terms of visible user interface, not the blobs of code behind it.

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Snoopers' Charter amendments withdrawn – FOR NOW ...

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@John G Imrie Re: I blame 18 years of socialist government.

Blue and Red, Green and Purple.

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This could be a case for Mulder and Scully: Fox 'in talks' to bring back The X-Files

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Re: Blech...

It could work. An x-files sequel with the lead played by a. actual cannibal? What's not to like?

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I'll build a Hyperloop railgun tube-way in Texas, Elon Musk vows

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Re: Pure Genius

The difference between HS2 and the california thing is that HS2 has an extra political dimension to it. Viewed purely in terms of Great Britain it's entirely pointless, replicating lines that already exist and that travel at almost the same speed, but it was never meant to be merely a line between London and Edinburgh. It's part of the European high-speed rail network. Viewed from that perspective it makes sense - at least politically, if not economically.

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Paris terror attacks: ISPs face pressure to share MORE data with governments

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Of course the fact that the perps were well known to the authorities and had a prior history of crime and violence will be conveniently ignored.

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SpaceX in ROCKET HOVERSHIP PRANG: 'Close – but no cigar,' says Musk

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The benefit is in allowing reliable refurbishing of the engines at low cost instead of hoping that the engines survive immersion in sea water, which in turns cuts the cost of launches, as the engines can be re-used reliably instead of having to be built fresh for each launch.

On the capsule side, having it land at a designated landing site instead of splashing down would slash the recovery costs to a fraction of their current level. Instead of having to keep a bunch of ships and aircraft on standby to find the capsule, you can just walk up to it and open the door. And you can refurb and re-use it without much effort too.

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Enemy – Eerie double trouble from indie doppelganger chiller

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Re: Frankly ...

It was his smile.

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BOFH: A miracle on PFY Street

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Re: Another reason to skip secret santa

How about having it very clearly explained that being a temp doesn't excuse you from taking part and then being let go right before Christmas - and right before the gifts are handed out.

If I knew then what I know now, that place would have stunk for weeks afterwards.

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Space Commanders lock missiles on Elite's Frontier Devs

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I don't like a thing, do I'm going to try and ruin that thing for everyone else! Nobody should be allowed to enjoy a thing I don't enjoy!

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Brit GUN NUT builds WORKING SNIPER RIFLE at home out of scrap metal!

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Re: Scrap metal?

No, scrap metal is metal going for scrap. It can be perfectly useable but no longer useful - like the old cast iron radiators we used to scrap all the time when I was a builder. They worked. They didn't work well, so they were scrapped. That made them scrap metal, even though they were fully functional.

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Furious GTA V gamers seek similar ban on violent, misogynistic title: the Holy Bible

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Re: Not as silly as it sounds.

So does that mean they'd cave out?

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Orion: To Mars, the Moon and beyond... but first, a TEST FLIGHT through Van Allen belt

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Re: Architected?

Perhaps they engineered it. Oh wait that was a noun that became a verb (before being a verb that became a noun), I guess we can't use that. Did they oversee the build? Oh wait that's a verb that became a noun too! Why it's almost like language changes over time!

Object if you like (lord knows I do) but don't act like it's some new thing. It's how language came to even exist.

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Re: Bah!

Falling with style, then.

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Man asks internet for $1k for pebbles. INTERNET SAYS YES

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Re: 40%

You've got it backwards. Whisky is legally defined as being no less than 40% ABV because the flavour of the spirit drops off significantly if you dilute it beyond that point.

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Re: missing the point

The reason they stuck at 40 is because the flavour of the drink falls away fairly rapidly if you dilute past that point.

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Pebble: The brilliant stealth wearable Apple's Watch doesn't see coming

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Re: come on people

Too busy getting their rocks off.

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UK.gov mulls three-point turn on three-point turn thanks to satnav. Weeeeeeee. THUD

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And then you can just fence them in and dig out the shears.

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What gets me - having just had a quick drive into town - is this idea that the reversing-around-a-corner manoeuvre is somehow useless as well. have any of these people ever tried pulling a car out of a parking spot? Or reversing into one for that matter. Reversing out of a driveway?

I get the feeling whatever committee thought up this pile of rubbish consists of lazy sods who get driven everywhere and probably haven't been behind the wheel for years.

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How long before they do a u-turn on this?

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Blade Runner sequel might actually be good. Harrison Ford is in it

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I don't remember gold-surfing dwarfs and a giant statue of Thorin's ego in the book...

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Chromecast video on UK, Euro TVs hertz so badly it makes us judder – but Google 'won't fix'

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Re: Apple TV

Neither of them offered any particular points I was interested in disagreeing with, so I went and downvoted UKIP instead.

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I'll be back (and forward): Hollywood's time travel tribulations

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Re: Star Trek

Oh come on, I already erased the third and fourth, what more do you want from me?

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'Snoopers' Charter IS DEAD', Lib Dems claim as party waves through IP address-matching

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Re: Static addresses

Sure, let them have this slice of the salami. There's still loads of sausage left. Just one more slice is fine...

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I need a password to BRAKE? What? No! STOP! Aaaargh!

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Re: Sorry

And yet every citroën I have seen on the road has, without fail, had an entirely non-functional left brake light. Every single one. They may be great cars to drive, but the electrics seem to be universally shite.

Then again I drive an old cherokee so what do I know?

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Want to STUFF Facebook with blatant ADVERTISING? Fine! But you must PAY

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Re: Is Facebook still around?

The influx of obnoxious teens is the reason tumblr has gone to shit over the last year or so.

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COMET lander DRILL CLIFFHANGER as last dregs of power used

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Re: shock absorbers for landing

That's what my general trajectory always looked like when I was playing Lander as well...

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Jony Ive: Apple isn't here to make money. And students shouldn't use computers so much

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When it comes to design, there is nothing truly original, which is why it's so easy to classify architectural and design periods through history - because they tend to trend. Say "Georgian" to someone in the UK and they'll immediately think of tall, elegant frontages, palisters, porticos, delicate sash windows with a dozen or so little panes and panelled doors. Say Victorian and they'll think stovepipe hats, dowdy black dresses, iron frameworks and lots of tall collars.

Design trends.

Ive thinks he led one. He just happened to be prominent and bring together several elements of something that was already occurring, as can be seen by other similar design ideas that accompanied or even preceded his work in various fields.

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VINYL is BACK and you can thank Sonos for that

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You could say the same about people who insist on making tea in a strainer rather than just using a bag. Some people insist that the old way is obviously superior and take great pleasure in the ritual of making their drink. Whether such things are pantomime or comfortable, pleasurable experience is entirely in the eye of the beholder.

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Rosetta probot drilling DENIED: Philae has its 'LEG in the AIR'

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Re: Well, I hope they work things out and can sample the comet!

Don't knock it, those harpoons held him pretty firm to the side of the whale as I recall, at least in the film.

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Boffin imagines Wi-Fi-defined no-shoot zones for wireless weapons

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Easy. Shoot them.

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Murder suspect charged after pics of strangle victim posted on 4chan

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Re: The child

The sort of sick fuck who would murder someone for internet fame, perhaps.

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Russians hear Tim Cook is gay, pull dead Steve Jobs' enormous erection

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Re: Homo i-phones?????????

Deflating an inflatable is "terrorism" now?

Oh brave new world...

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