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Strictly speaking the correct term for a longbow is "Nock! Loose!" since no fire was involved and all they were really doing was letting go. "Shooting" is what you do with a crossbow, possibly because it has a distinctive "shout", though my etymology in this instance is not very reliable. In this case perhaps they should loudly shout BANG! when they want to fire.
*spends 15 minutes drooling at the sight of a plasma shockwave*
... you just wasted an entire article on something written by PRAVDA? I mean, really, who takes that rag seriously? The only time anyone ever believed what pravda published was back in the days of th soviet union, and even then it was only the loons who thought the USSR was some sort of paradise.
Is Paris a vegetarian or a vegetable?
Bass Ackwards as usual?
Would it not be more likely that jihadist types would try and recruit people who actually know how to make bombs?
The bigger question is, what proportion of jihadis raise funds from downloading music?
Terse and impenetrable, sure...
But not exactly creative. My favourite still remains Commodore's "Guru Meditation Error". It was very zen.
Tux, because the other day I actually was able to read a kernel panic and understand why it was panicking.
@I don't think even MS is stupid enough to try and trick people by making the page a special case.
Oh, they are... remember when they put a massive bug into Hotmail's CSS just for Opera users? At that point Opera users made up about 0.000000001% of all browsers or something similar. I wouldn't trust Microsoft to draw a straight line with a ruler.
"There should be a law"
If there's *anything* that should strike terror into the hearts of the average man it's when someone speaks those five words, since they mouth often spill from the mouths of people who haven't a clue how to go about it. It's as if legislation is some sort of magic bullet that solves all the world's ills.
Let them explain how it will be done, in detail and in language that anyone who isn't a lawyer can understand, before they're allowed to submit even a green paper on the subject. Then when everyone's finished laughing the edjit in question can go away and cry in the corner.
The EU factor
See, if this was just a regular border problem we wouldn't be having this mess. The problem is the EU: if the French, or anyone else, decides they want to mess in their neighbour's affairs they just have to go the ECJ and say something about human rights. I grant this works both ways in theory though, given France's record on obeying EU rules, regs and judgements, it might not be so easy in practice...
If the EU wasn't there we could simply tell the French to toss off and carry on protecting our borders with any number of high power radiation guns.
That shark jumping moment...
Everyone hits it sooner or later.
If they offered the same level of service I wouldn't *have* to go to these dodgy outlets.
The long and the short of it.
The advantages of mo3sparks:
Full previews of the entire album
THEY DO OGG AND FLAC. That one alone makes it worthwhile...
You can't pay em. Ruddy Visa, they don't cut off payments to kiddie porn sites but they'll stop them to "questionable" music sellers.
Sure, you can get just about any music off p2p but most of it is mp3, and pretty crap quality mp3 at that in my experience. As a rule I don't like mp3, I prefer ogg or flac, and I like to have high bitrates so there's more option for transcoding to other formats or burning to CD.
I'm not an audiophile, I just like to have the choice. :)
What people forget
People tend to forget that the shuttle is actually an experimental craft. It was never meant to be flying for so long and if Nasa's budget hadn't been repeatedly cut all the way up to the late 90s it would have been retired and replaced already. Anyway that's why they take so long over everything; replacing parts in an experimental craft is a lot more involved than replacing parts in a mass-produced craft.
I did in fact experience a problem!
I was only using Maestro over christmas since I don't like buying on credit - and all my cards are full anyway... so I experienced plenty of problems. A particularly long wait for my payment to be processed got me some free chocolate in a well-known chocolatier's shop, though the most common problem was having my card rejected and having to try again. It usually worked the second time.
Edison and Swan
Actually both men invented the light-bulb independently; not one nor the other, but both. Edison and Swan went into partnership in Great Britain and Europe because Swan held British patents.
They both invented it. Great minds and all that.
Nothing good can come of it.
Where will these people be when the first old lady dies because some twit on a "visit" to their new socially cohesive fire station got in the way and tripped up a pump's driver, delaying their departure by 30 seconds?
It makes all the difference...
It's possibly ironic...
It's very likely that the clay tablet in question is a receipt or bill of sale. A large number of the tablets dug up in the middle east are receipts, stock lists, shopping lists and inventories.
Might even be a receipt for a dodgy auction...
@Aristotles slow and dimwitted horse
Alternatively you can use the old English colloquialism "self aggrandising, arrogant, money wasting retard"
Round here I think they're starting to call em Oldhams, after our erstwhile council leader (or maybe the nearby town, who knows?) who likes to name EVERY DAMN THING in the borough after himself and recently got in the paper for putting his house on a list of notable and famous places in the area. Right little stalin that one is...
The rabbit must ahve given good advice...
Workbench was miles ahead of just about anything out there when I was using it. Windows? Mac OS? Bah, amateurs compared to Workbench. Unfortunately, like so much superior technology, it simply didn't catch on.
Without wanting to be flippant...
I can't read GWT as anything other than Global War on Terror these days.
Yes, the one with the american flag on the lapel, please...
Mythology? Well, I suppose a mythos would have to be called that wouldn't it?
Anyway, the best explanation I ever heard for the Trinity was in Nuns on the Run, when Robbie Coltrane's character relays the way his Father (priest, not biological) used to describe the trinity. "It's like a clover. Tree leafs, but one leaf." Which later got translated in to "small gree and split three ways"...
Damn good film.
It's not quite apt, of course. The church fathers spent almost a century in the 200s AD (or CE if you prefer) defining what the words meant before they even started trying to describe the concept to each other (and consequently it's not a surprise that the word most often used for legalistic, impenetrable hierarchies is "Byzantine", since that particular empire was where about half these word-wibblers lived at the time...).
Like quantum theory, anyone who claims to understand it hasn't really grasped the implications.
Everyone calls em chavs now for some reason. The media seem to love the word. Problem is, round here they used to be townies. Anc scruffs. And mostly just wankers in hats. This "chav" thing annoys me.
Nobody knows where the chav came from but I've developed a theory. They're actually a fungus. A highly mobile and aggressive fungus, but a fungus nontheless. The first clue came from those puffer jackets they used to wear in the 90s though, apparently, evolution has made them less obvious now. Anyway, these puffer jacketed townies are the mobile adult stage, and usually one will travel to a new area, sit down and then explode overnight. The next morning all you'll be able to find are filter papers, manky looking socks and emtpy cans od cheap cider littering the area. These are the fungal spores, and new townywankers will grow out of them. Once an area is infested with these spores the fungus is almost impossible to eradicate, and even if it appears to have been driven out it's usually left behind enough spores to rise again, as if from nowhere.
Several species have been identified. The "classic", or Original Townie of the mid-90s, or Lycoperdum nylumpolis, wearing bright nylon tracksuits, puffer jackets and peaked caps with the middle pushed in so it sits right on top of the shaved head; the "Burbury breasted chav" or Lycoperdum pledipolis, and it's subspecies the Essex Burburry, Lycoperdum Pledovalis; and the Common Hooded, or "Hoodie", Lycoperdum fibrocolilpolis. There are probably many more species out there. The fungus is highly adaptive and evolves very rapidly.
The only known treatment is a swift whack on the "head" with a stick, which kills the fungus without releasing its spores. They can also be temporarily immobilised by liberal application of alcohol in solution with lemonade.
One nitpick: Norway is in the EFTA, not the EEC. Technically speaking the EEC doesn't exist and, again technically speaking, the EFTA is a seperate entity to the EU. However the EU has a lot of clout on the EFTA and, in any case, has bilateral agreements with Norway and Switzerland (another country that is starting to wonder if its relationship witht he EU is really worth it thanks to the EU's attempts to interfere in their tax laws).
At least you lot have the option. There isn't a single party in the UK that even mentions the EU anymore, despite the fact that it's doing most of the work now.
You just paraphrased about half of the New Testament. Just thought I'd mention that... :)
I find it odd that Dawkins has railed against the christians in particular and not met with much more than blank indifference, a lot of shouting and... not much else, and now the supposedly secular government of Turkey is talking about banning his book. The world has gone insane. I think I might just buy a copy out of spite now.
Oh yeah, because americans are so good at sarcasm...
A Hunter has it right. We need an effective navy. The Type 45 destroyer is a one-trick pony, as the americans say. It does air defence. It's designed to play that role as part of a strategic carrier group. Unfortunately we have no carriers, and it's looking increasingly likely that we will not get them either, nor will we have the other components necessary to form a strategic carrier group because we've sold most of our mine-sweeper fleet to the Estonians and mothballed most of the support tenders and other ships in order to pay for the Type45s...
We could buy a second-hand american - or even russian - carrier, a few of the russian destroyers, keep our support fleet, fit it out with top-of-the-range equipment from Germany and still be quids in. Hell we could even buy the entire Australian Royal Navy for less than the type45s and the carrier, and still come out on top.
That's because switzerland is landlocked.
They don't NEED a freakin navy. They have mountains and lots of guns.
Our own naval need is greatly reduced, for sure, but it's still a necessity to maintain some semblance of a fleet considering the size of our merchant fleet, and the rising level of piracy in areas where that merchant fleet operates. Or should we just rely on the Americans to solve that for us again? Our European "partners" certainly aren't going to do anything about it, they're too busy spending our money on vanity projects.
Starving because of... overpopulation!
It's quite hard to claim that polar bears are dying off when their numbrs have increased from approximately 5000 in the 70s to around 25,000 today. They're considered vermin in a lot of areas now. And, to top it all off, they have no fear of man and like to invade villages and eat people. If they're starving it's because there's too many of them.
The hungry terrorist is often the most committed to his cause.
Which is why nearly all terrorist attacks since the 1970s - what you might call the dawn of modern terrorism I guess - have been carried out or organised by educated and relatively affluent men. I include the IRA in this assessment.
Poor people can't afford the equipment to blow shit up. It's as simple as that. Remove the funding and you remove the ability to blow shit up. It's as simple as that... the Palestinians weren't able to blow stuff up until they started getting huge funding from Iran and Saudi Arabia, the IRA weren't able to mount effective campaigns until they started getting large monetary donations from wealthy east-coast Americans, and they ceased to be able to do so when those same americans suddenly stopped funding them in the aftermath of 9/11, which forced them to finally acquiesce once and for all to the Good Friday agreement. The Taleban was completely bankrolled by Saudi oil money through Bin laden. The attacks in the Maldives began after Saudi oil money started pouring in to the country through third-parties and "charities".
Take away the money and the large-scale terrorism stops because they can't afford the equipment to blow shit up.
It's really that simple.
But I suppose that makes me a bigot...
As a christian...
... I would, of course, love to jump on this as proof that God exists, that the world is designed for us speshul people and that everyone should get down on their knees and beg, BEG for forgiveness for ever doubting that.
It strikes me that these scientists are making rather firm pronunciations with very little evidence to back it up. So far we've only observed one planetary system with such a planet-moon configuration of the type they're pronouncing on: this one. Ours. Consequently they're working with a very limited set of data and that will inevitably prevent them from forming a rational theory. Basing a theory on a single data point and a few simulations is not science. It's not even a joke.
@Nuclear blast proofed?
How on earth are they going to test/accomplish that?
Easy. Put it on a south-sea island and wait for the French to get itchy again.
@At least with ID card data, there's no financial records or bank account info present.
Ahh, but you neglect that an ID card scheme would inevitably become *the* single means of identification for all financial transactions of any kind. It already is in countries with ID cards; open a bank account? Need your ID card. Make a large money transfer that needs a special permission? ID please... setting up a new credit card? Can we see your ID please? Claiming your pension... got your ID card with you sir?
You get the idea.
If someone breaches the ID system once it's in place they will not simply have your bank details, they'll have your entire life. You will be screwed in ways that are not imaginable to even the continental systems, because those at least have the virtue of admitting that the card only identifies the holder as the one holding the card, and they don't keep all your identifying details in a single, easily manipulated central location.
Not content with tying the economy in knots while chancellor with his convoluted taxes and money-grabbing schemes, he's now going to issue the coup de grace by basically making just about every sort of productive work so costly in this country that every sane industry will either leave or shut down and on the say-so, not of science or necessity, but bloody loudest most incoherent scaremongers around.
This is one of the dafter ideas I've heard...
Everest, believe it or not, still kills people. There's a corpse *sitting* on the final slope of a guy who sat down and couldn't get up again. From what I was told he spent almost four hours on the phone with his wife pleading for him to get up. I think he's still holding it.
Of course that was before the phone masts. Those satellite phones get pretty good coverage. Now it'll be "Yeah, I'm on Everest! EVEREST! THE MOUNTAIN! No, it's crap!"
More integration. Same old story...
An EU telecoms regulator that "oversees" the national regulators, who get most of their cues from the EU already through technical directives. Anyone who thinks that this new centralised regulator will be any more responsive to people's needs than the current local regulators is in serious need of a head examination.
What sort of world...
What sort of world is it where a liberal (in the classic sense) party that calls for reduced government powers can be called fascist? SD want to return immigration control to the swedish government and let the swedish people decide on it, rather than have it dictated to them by the EU. That's it.
Studies like this are scientifically worthless simply because they massage the numbers and then massage them again, splitting things up and boxing them off into smaller and smaller sample sizes until patterns start to emerge. The problem is, these patterns are false.
Lets take an example, following the sort of methodology used in these studies. Take a group of 100 men and split them up into people who have cancer and people who don't. Now start to split them up by age and look for apparent factors. Already you're experiencing a problem, because you won't have an even spread of men across your age groups. You'll have another problem too; your samples are tiny. Still, you press on, because it's for the greater good, right? So eventually you find out that a lot of your men who do have cancer in specific age groups are also bald...
Baldness MIGHT cause cancer!
Probably not going to fly though, but you persevere... and then you also find out that a "significant" number of your men in specific groupings were wearing nylon underwear (god knows why, but they do).
Nether-region exposure to nylon MIGHT cause cancer! What's the mechanism? Who knows! But feeding lab mice large amounts of the chemicals that are used to make nylon gives those mice cancer so it must be true!
Anyway, of the women I know, all the smart ones have narrow hips... not that I'm looking, you understand.
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