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Fridge freezer = geezer. I'd egg and cress.
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Fridge freezer = geezer. I'd egg and cress.
"But you can turn it off."
Doesn't matter. As anyone working in the media or politics will tell you: If you're in front of a microphone, always assume it is on. Always assume a tape is recording. Always assume a camera is rolling.
It applies to Google Glasses and it applies to smart TVs. If you're not happy to live with the assumption that everything you say in your living room is being recorded, don't buy one.
I seem to recall the telescreen could be turned down (but not actually off) as well.
This is probably why it is so difficult for dark-skinned people to break into certain industries. Everyone is terrified that if they hire a black person they'll use the wrong word to describe their ethnicity on the wrong day of the week and invite a tribunal case or just the shame of being like a character in a Ricky Gervais sketch. So they solve this problem by only hiring whiteys.
In that case, reintroduce the passenger cabins infinite money bug and just let everyone who wants to cheat cheat. Think of all the satisfaction it'll give the really good players in their legitimately-earned Eagles blowing up all the rubbish players' ill-gotten Pythons ;-)
While they're at it, bring back the wormhole bug and make the autopilot crash your ships on docking 9 times out of 10 unless you turn on fast forward. This whole thing is basically a nostaliga trip anyway so why not have all the old bugs?
It's actually kind of heartwarming to know they're being sufficiently true to Elite's history to include a new version of the Frontier bug where you try to sell your ship while you have passengers in the cabins, which would result in a message saying you couldn't - but credit you with the money for the ship anyway. All you had to do was keep clicking the sell button for infinite free money.
Heartwarming, but this is why there's no chance of me buying it if there isn't an offline mode. Even if they've fixed one, there will be others. In a single-player game this kind of bug isn't that important, you can choose to exploit it or not. In an online game, being blown up by players who are cheating is a pain in the arse, and the frustration and paranoia it causes is evident from the forums. I just can't be bothered with that sort of thing anymore.
"Traditionally the fork, as far my parents led me to believe anyway, is held in the left hand, I prefer the right as I feel it is the most articulate/agile/precise hand. "
The most precise hand needs to be used for the knife, because cutting with a knife requires more precision than stabbing with a fork. If you never found it difficult to cut food with your left hand then you are probably ambidextrous - well done.
Better alternative: If you're rich, join an angel investment network. If you're not rich, stop wasting your time.
80% of those were probably written by the Tumblr authors themselves. 
People have asked whether the crossguards wouldn't just be severed by the light blades. Isn't there a metal in the Star Wars universe that can block lightsabres? In the "Knights of the Old Republic" games, some non-Jedi characters carry swords which I'm sure were able (or seemed to be able) to block lightsabres. Your own character has to use them before they find out they're a Jedi. They were called "vibroblades" or something like that. Perhaps the crossguards are made from the same material.
No, TANSTAAFL - "Ain't No Such Thing" is correct. "Isn't No Such Thing" is ridiculous. If you are going to be grammatically correct you have to do it all the way, and it should be TIASTAAFL.
"Technically true, but the #1 premature killer in West is heart disease."
That's primarily because fewer people are dying from infant mortality, war, malnutrition and contaminated water, so they grow old enough to die of heart disease.
People who quote this stat in this particular way seem to be unaware of the fact that /something/ will always be the "#1 premature killer". If we eliminated heart disease it would be cancer (I'm guessing). That wouldn't be evidence of a cancer epidemic.
Ah, what a lyrical genius that Morrissey is. To rip off Betjeman. Badly.
Or you could set it in the same way as the petrol tax, the alcohol tax, and in fact every other "externality" tax are set (more accurately known as sin taxes).
Set it as high as you can get away with. Then award yourself a 20% pay rise and pension increase, before buying another investment property and putting the mortgage on exes.
Trebles all round!
Far Cry 2 and Far Cry 3 are both great games. Far Cry 3 is a much more accessible game, in many ways more fun than FC2. But having finished it I doubt I'll ever play it again. Tried once, put it straight back down. Replaying it just isn't that appealing.
Far Cry 2 I have replayed all the way through several times. I think the difficulty balance makes it much more replayable. FC3 goes so far out of its way to be accessible that it is great fun the first time around, but after you've got used to it, it becomes too easy. You are pretty much invulnerable if you choose to fill your backpack with health syringes, for example (I didn't). The enemy-spotting system is great fun on your first playthrough, scanning camps then trying to stab-combo your way through the whole thing without being noticed. But the second time you're going through that camp, scanning it and murdering your way through it is just too easy, too mechanical, too predictable.
FC2 is much more of a fair contest between the game and the player on the higher difficulty levels. You have a very limited number of syringes. Combat is difficult but if someone kills you it is usually from carelessness and running into an exposed area. I like to play it on a self-imposed semi-hardcore mode without quicksaves, so that if I die I have to start from the last safehouse. Travel can be bloody annoying and tedious with the constantly respawning enemies, but I actually prefer that to FC3 where the island is nearly devoid of threat until you approach a mission area (and totally devoid when you take over the camps).
I don't think the OP is saying that Facebook is acting out of political motivations, simply that the Heil Hitler brigade get lots of clicks and therefore make money for Facebook, whereas Optical Express Ruined My Life doesn't get many clicks so they are disposable.
If it was the Optical Express campaign getting all the clicks and the brownshirts getting hardly any - and if the brownshirts were making embarrassing claims against Facebook advertisers - I've no doubt the jackboot would be on the other foot.
I had laser eye surgery. It was a disaster. I can't fire even a single laser beam from my eyes. Total crock.
If Ian Curtis was such a great poet he'd've known that "move" doesn't rhyme with "love".
Oh look, another Kickstarter "project". I can't wait to ride my hoverboard while playing Mythic: Of Gods And Men and eating Kobe beef jerky.
You're doing it wrong.
Not to mention fat pipes, bandwidth, etc etc.
I assume freezing your eggs has an ongoing cost. (The first website I glanced at says $500 a year.) So imagine you're 35-40, you want to leave Facebook, you don't have enough saved up to meet the cost yourself until you find a new job - or when you get a new job, you won't have the disposable income to pay the egg company --- it's basically "work for Facebook and do whatever we say or we'll kill your babies".
Now obviously I am being hyperbolic. Quite frankly it shouldn't be that hard to make sure you can meet $500 a year out of your own pocket, a lot of people could find that simply by not going to Starbucks every day. But these days people spend everything that comes in and if they need something they put it on the credit card. Which means they are not able to meet the cost of a lost company perk, and I can see company-funded egg freezing creating a real personal crisis if that person leaves or is sacked.
My inhaler has a dial which tells you roughly how many are left. It clicks down each time you twist the bottom to release a dose. Much cheaper...
Nice try. The most-read paper in France is Le Parisien. While I don't speak French, a glance at its website suggests that while it's not quite The Sun, it isn't The Guardian either. The top three most popular articles are all about last night's football match. And according to Wikipedia its writing policy is that "items must be short but well written with simple words so that the reader understands everything and never tires. The illustrations, especially the photographs accompanying the text, will take on average one third of each page editorial." What was that about intelligence?
And if I can make an assumption about your country of origin, "Hans", the less said about Bild the better.
I never really understood the bit about the Mirror. Perhaps it was different when Yes Prime Minister was written, but for as long as I've been buying newspapers, the Mirror is for people who are too left-wing to read the Sun and too thick to read the Guardian. They don't actually ever think about politics, they just know they are left-wing in the same way that Liverpool and Everton fans know they are Liverpool and Everton fans.
The rest is still largely true. (Except the Morning Star joke doesn't quite work anymore - the implication is that Morning Star readers wanted the UK to be part of the USSR.)
Fair enough. If all the info I've provided Facebook with is actually worth £140, then since I signed up to Facebook I've paid £20 per year, or £1.67 a month. For that I get a convenient place to communicate with my friends and people in my sports club, organise social events and show off my amateur efforts at photography. Seems very reasonable to me.
Yeah, and how come with all the modern filmmaking and CGI techniques Hollywood keeps churning out re-hashes of the same old "boy meets girl" or "boy overcomes battle against evil force / himself"?
The problem with this strategy is that if you have a large enough stash of Bitcoins that selling it will affect the market price, the same works in reverse. You will have extreme difficulty buying them all back without causing the price to rocket. Quite possibly it will go above what you sold them for before you've managed to retrieve your hoard.
Successfully making the market believe that there may be a risk that SHA-256 is broken may cause it to fall lower than if you had just dumped the Bitcoins without saying anything. But again, there is the opposite effect - when you try to buy them back it will signal that there isn't a problem after all and everyone should pile back in.
Not saying it couldn't work. But so could betting on the 10-1 at Chepstow. Like all currency speculation it's just gambling.
A book on fighting in Minecraft??
Chapter 1: Swordfighting. Jump and bash, repeat.
Chapter 2: Bows. Hold down fire, release, repeat.
Chapter 3: Creepers. Dig a hole, lead them in, leave them there to starve. Bastards.
I know strategy books are always a rip off for those with more money than ability to Google, but really, surely everyone knows that Minecraft's complexity is in what you do with it, not the game itself. You can probably learn everything you need to know in about the basic game (down to how to get to The End) in five minutes on the wiki.
"...and here we see the jewelled crystalline chamber pot of King Llam-e-dos. This sacred artifact is five thousand years old, and truly priceless. Any questions? Yes, you, the small green boy with the curious skin problem."
"...sssssssSSSSSSSSSSSSSS" *BANG* *crash*
It's not just the Lego aspect. There are two sides of the game which don't get enough credit: the aesthetics and the game mechanics.
By aesthetics I mean the combination of the graphics and the random terrain generator. They create some beautiful landscapes which are a pleasure to build on. In my first go at Minecraft I built a "house" out of an above-ground cave I converted, filled in and added doors to. Dug out the ugly dirt bits, replaced them with stone bricks and lit the place with recessed torches. Hollowed out the top of the mountain, added some large windows and watched the sun set over the trees. Pure joy. It's not just about what you build but how it fits into the world. (Which is why those giant pixel-art creations are very impressive but IMO miss the point a bit.)
Secondly, the game mechanics, the balance between effort and reward. The start of the game where you punch trees until they break is the butt of many jokes. But once you've got wood you can mine stone, once you've got stone you can mine coal and make torches, once you've got torches (and some weapons to defend yourself from the monsters) you can go underground and find some iron, and on and on it goes. It's a classic progression, like the Civilisation tech tree or the RPG get-bigger-sword-to-bash-bigger-monster routine.
The creative aspect gives you the incentive to progress through it. If I want my house to have iron railings I need to go underground and get some iron. If I want to set up something electrical I need to go further down and get some redstone. If I'm bored of torches for lighting, I need to create a portal and go to the Nether to find some glowstone. And so on.
Although most of the praise for Minecraft goes to the Lego-building aspect, there have been games that allowed you to build stuff out of blocks before (e.g. Infiniminer). Minecraft is a work of genius because of the way it marries that with beautiful aesthetics and balanced, rewarding gameplay.
What happened to part 2 of that article?
Good riddance. Did anyone see the Channel 4 'comedy' PhoneShop? One of the least funny comedies I've ever seen, but in fairness its portrayal of their obnoxious sales tactics was too close to the bone for its own good.
That's even sadder, frankly. What sort of person would buy a product because they thought "wow, if someone at the front of an Apple queue is behind it, it must be good"? Well, I can answer my own question: the Rays are promoting something called "VideoMedicine" which lets you talk to doctors via Skype. So it's an app to make it easier for hypochondriacs to moan about their imaginary aches and pains. If you think about it, the Venn intersection between people who spend all their time talking about their iPhone, and the similarly desperate-for-attention people who spend all their time talking about how they might have bird flu, is probably pretty large.
If they have triplets they could name them Alpha, Beta and Gamma.
As others have said, the whole camping out for weeks on end, followed by the hilarious spectacle of the employees applauding you in as if going to the Apple Store is something worthy of adulation like running a marathon or winning a cup final (congratulations! you're a mug!), is part of the Apple cult image. When something's parodied in an advert for Carlsberg industrial cider you know it's part of the popular consciousness.
Theft is also commonly understood to mean "taking something that doesn't belong to you". A word can have more than one definition.
I was quite tickled by the fact that the obligatory remodelling of the Tardis for the new series included an actual computer display for the first time that I can remember. (Albeit I only started watching Doctor Who since the reboot.) Before they were nothing but dials and gauges and flashing lights, like something out of H G Wells. There's something charmingly Victorian sci-fi about a machine that can travel through all time and space but has an instrument panel from a 1950s submarine.
Anyway, perhaps it's not unrelated...
The idea that people deserve to receive payment for the sweat of their labour, and that people don't deserve to receive payment for someone else's sweat without permission, is most certainly not recent. The simplest organism trying to rid itself of a parasitic amoeba is trying to achieve the same thing as an artist who asserts copyright over his work. Nothing fundamental indeed.
Thanks for quoting that, I must have been making the tea at the time. Great line. Who cares if the lesbians are shoehorned in, that and the "modelling" gag were funny. And you wouldn't be able to get away with either joke if Vastra was a man.
"the characters could have gulped a breath every 30 seconds and gotten away scot free"
Have you ever tried taking a breath only every 30 seconds while you're in fear for your life, full of adrenaline and trying to escape from an underground lair?
Cheers Valeyard, I stand corrected.
I really shouldn't get involved in this. But (correct me if I'm wrong, Whovians) she is not a reptile, she's an alien who in some ways resembles an Earth reptile. There is no reason to believe her species' internal plumbing in any way resembles that of an Earth reptile. They evolved completely independently.
(By the same token the debate over whether lizardwoman can supply breath to her wife via kissing - "no, crocodiles' lungs don't work that way", "yeah, but monitor lizards have air sacs" - is silly. Her species isn't descended from crocodiles or monitor lizards or any other Earth lizard, she's descended from a completely different alien species and she can have whatever biological features the writers feel like.)
If someone into anthropomorphic animals is a "furry", a lizardwoman with a fetish for non-scaled humanoids would be a smoothie, surely.
You think the hoi polloi are healthy now??
Yes, seriously. You always treat a gun as if it's loaded. You always treat a microphone, a tape recorder or a video camera as if it's recording. Even if you've been told it's off. Those who forget this rule end up on YouTube and in the dole queue. Or in the Darwin Awards, in the case of the gun.
I think the rule is that it's unfair to hit someone who *needs* to wear glasses. I think hitting someone who wears glasses for no reason other than fashion has always been obligatory.
(This still applies to Google Glass, since as the reviewer points out, their practical use is near nil. People only wear them as an attention-seeking device.)
@AC: You know perfectly well that there is a difference between someone taking a picture on their smartphone in which you are an irrelevant part of the background, and someone walking up to you, holding a camera in your face and deliberately recording everything you say and do. This is what someone who does not remove their Google Glasses is doing.
Why, because women are precious porcelain dolls and it's not gentlemanly to make running jokes about the thick ones?
Should we stop making "series of tubes" jokes about stupid men because it's misandrist?
It's not so much the concept that is difficult to understand but the wilfully obscure way the text refers to it as if its a person. If you weren't aware that there is such a thing as the "Coriolis effect" you might wonder who is Coriolis and why he is turning things into curveballs.
Although only a small part of the text is quoted so perhaps it doesn't come across that way in the full book.
If you get mugged, tell them the PIN. The correct one.
It may sound extremely clever to give them a false number, or to write a smudged four-digit number on the back of the card, or to enter your number backwards to alert the police (which doesn't work, it's a persistent urban myth). But when you have to explain to St Peter that you got stabbed to death by an angry crackhead because you wouldn't cough up his dope money, no-one at the Pearly Gates will think you're clever, they'll point and laugh at the idiot who got himself killed over a £250 maximum withdrawal that he could have claimed back from his insurer anyway.