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2976 posts • joined 25 Mar 2008

Medical scan record that the NHS says will cost £2k to retrieve: Detail

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Re: Just a thought

Uh...how do you know that old scans are not medically important?

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Judge denies move to ban ad-skipping DVR

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Levels of subscription?

Why not just let people pay for the service they want:

No fee, 100% ad funding (no skipping allowed); or

Small fee, but still partly ad funded (no skipping allowed); or

Bigger fee, but still partly ad funded (skipping allowed); or

Fat fee, no ads (a bit like the Beeb really - and my preferred option as I hate adverts).

Either way, advertisers are screwed once we move to 100% V.o.D. as there will be no gaps to put adverts into and they'll have to find a way to insert them into the shows (which probably means product placement - something else that totally hacks me off).

We record just about everything to we can fast-forward through the adverts at 32x. If MythTV worked with my service, I'd probably use that and have it nuke the ads for me.

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Microsoft offers cut-price Win 8 PCs and fondletops to UK schools

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Wait...

...are these cheaper than a RasPi? You know, that little thing kids can actually learn how to do actual computing on? And if they manage to break it...no big deal? And it's a UK designed device? And...and...and...

I know the RasPi would still need a keyboard etc, but it strikes me as being a lot better than the latest MS "push the buttons and don't think" crap-ola.

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Widow lost savings in Facebook stock, sues all concerned for $1.9m

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"she's disappointed by illegal activity"

Were any laws actually broken? if not, then it's not illegal and that would be for a court to decide,

Sharp practice? Sure.

Dishonest? Sure.

Immoral? Sure.

And if the conspiracy theory is true, then the laws might need to be changed to cover this situation. Certainly, the ability to weasel out of this due to the lack of any governing body is staggering.

But I wonder why she isn't going after Vanguard? Surely they are guilty of negligence or malpractice if what she claims is correct?

Of course, just like in the UK when the banks collapse, the rich can afford justice that simply isn't available to the rest of us.

And if you are losing at blackjack...you need to practice more memory and counting games. Ahem. Cough. Cough.

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Virgin launches TV Anywhere streaming

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Re: All your eggs in one basket

"What would you do in a power cut? (Serious question)"

WTF? In a power outage your biggest concern would be TV and Internet? Good grief. Someone has their priorities the wrong way round. In such a situation the steps are as follows:

1) Secure your property (lock all windows etc)

2) Proceed to nearest pub that has power.

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Shame it doesn't work on PC

According to their site (and I quote): "All you need is a PC or Mac, laptop, iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch..."

Well there's the first alarm bell, a Mac is PC or a laptop and when they say "PC" they really mean "a computer running Windows". Nice.

At least the stupid OS-block is gone and it at least lets me log in and even list the show. But work? Nah. No worky-worky, fails at "Detecting device, please wait". And how hard is it to "detect"? The information is in the User Agent FFS! All rather odd as iPlayer is just a Flash app and that works perfectly (as doe Demand 5, 4od etc). So there is no real reason why it couldn't work on GNU/Linux and it's Virgin (and maybe Sky?) that seems to be screwing this up.

Runs nicely with the OS-block by-pass trick though (VM Forums post).

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Nvidia heralds Steam for Linux debut with 'double-speed' drivers

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Re: Question

I can't follow why a simple question got downvoted...but the explanation that the game engine pays attention to the frames coming through and thus a higher framerate (even above what the monitor actually can display) may give better/smoother response is interesting.

Are there any authoritative sources on this?

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Question

If I have an LCD screen which claims to be running at 60Hz, is there any benefit to my GPU firing out data at over 60fps? Won't I just see tearing? Or do LCDs not work like that?

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Ten... Apple iPad Mini alternatives

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Wot, no leftfield?

What about the Pengpod or the Vivaldi or just anything but the same staid crap from the predictable vendors.

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One in seven North American home networks full of malware

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Re: WTF

@Christian Berger - Android is not "GNU/Linux" as it has no GNU components. It does run a patched version of the Linux kernel (and I believe those patches are being mainstreamed). This makes it "a Linux" or, to give it its full name "Android/Linux" or possibly "Goog/Linux".

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Re: Timely

If the analysis is accurate, report the supernodes and have the ISPs block them until resolved.

If the analysis is accurate...

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Re: WTF

Massive assumption: the results are accurate and not "45 minutes" sexed-up bullshit.

It's not just the USA, it's everywhere. Computers are like cars, almost everyone uses them but very few understand how they work or are capable of even basic maintenance. The analogy with cars goes even further given than it is increasingly difficult to do work on a car without access to specialist equipment, and in the computer world it is increasingly difficult to replace parts without access to specialist equipment.

The other big issue is the homogeneous nature of most networks. Windows all the way down and suffering all the ills that brings. Although it is interesting how Linux is now being infected (Android is a Linux, remember).

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Classic game 'Elite' returns … on Kickstarter

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Re: Multiplayer game based on Elite?

@SoaG - Do you even have the most vague clue what you are talking about?

Didn't think so.

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I predict failure

Just about every incarnation of "Elite" after the first few originals has been dreadful. "Frontier" was barely acceptable and "First Encounters" was an utter abhorrence.

It's a shame this is going to over-shadow the likes of the excellent Oolite and I wonder if the gameplay will be any better than Diaspora? Probably not given Braben's past form.

And Elite is nothing like EVE. FFS people...

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Virgin close to releasing long-delayed TiVo app

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Re: I already have a working [MythTV] app...

You made a point that one piece of software/hardware(not Virgin's) did a thing that Virgin's doesn't and wondered why Virgin's didn't. I made a similar example with Ford and a remote control car. I could have made it about, say, LinuxMCE. Why doesn't Myth let you control your house? LinuxMCE does. What is keeping those work-shy Myth devs, eh?

My point was, that unless your software/hardware can do the fundamental most important thing (decode the encrypted Virgin media TV streams) then it is useless in this context and you are comparing apples and marmots.

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Re: I already have a working [MythTV] app...

Oh...so you system which has nothing whatsoever to do with Virgin and can't even interface with it, can do things that Virgin can't. Hmm...this is relevant why?

"Hey, I can't control my car from my phone. Why not Ford, why not? I've seen radio controlled cars that do things like that Ford, why not you? What's holding you up?"

I think you just wanted to show off a little. I'm kinda surprised you didn't mention that you run Arch.

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At most you'll probably get a "Your OS is not supported" message, just like their website. Feckin' eejits.

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Re: I already have a working [MythTV] app...

Can it decode Virgin and record cable channels?

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Welsh council's unused mountain of 2,400 laptops

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"Educational and Council licenses are not the same so they wouldn't be able to shift a bunch of latops from the Corporate side into Education without sorting that out with MS."

So MS control councils' use of assets? One more reason not to use MS in that case.

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What the hell?

So these "bargain" laptops weigh in at £1,400-ish? Really? Why the bloody hell to kids need laptops with that level of juice? I'd say give 'em all a RasPi (plus peripherals) but I doubt RaspPi could deliver until next year. Still, there are heaps of vendors who could sell kit for much, much less than what the council paid. Even allowing for on-site support etc.

Although I question the children needing a latop at all.

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Dell Latitude 6430u set to be first Ultrabook with gigabit wireless

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What's stupid is that the Dell UK site is listing Ubuntu 11.10 as being supported, but the sales site does not list it as an option. In fact, Dell do not seem to ship any Ubuntu boxes in the UK judging by their sales site.

PITA.

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They list Ubuntu 11.10 as being supported. 12.04 is the LTS (i.e. the actual one you'd use for business) and 12.10 has dropped. So that's a fail.

And, of course, there's no guarantee you'll be able to order the Ubuntu variant (they are usually only shipped in certain territories).

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Best wireless...

...worst OS. Yin, meet Yang. Balance must be maintained.

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Lindsay Lohan storm over Hitler, Hurricane tweets: 'It was hackers'

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Pray?

Why waste your breath? Get up and do something practical, something that will actually make a difference.

Pray indeed. Yeesh.

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MULTICOLOURED TARANTULAS found UP TREES in Brazil

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Re: genuine question

Venom...possibly their silk? Venom has lots of compounds which can be researched to find new drugs.

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Virgin Media spanked for 'we've already cabled up your house' mailshot

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Re: Virgin Media Let Down By Tardy Staff

@AC - I selected my current place because of fibre and proximity to the exchange. Perhaps the other poster is like me - a telecommuter and the need for reliable broadband is a high priority.

Luckily VM has reliable broadband (when the SuperHub isn't shitting its pants). In the 18 months or so I've had about 2 days of down time; which is more reliable than my corporate ISP! The only flaw in the VM service is that fookin' SuperFlub.

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Can they be put on the nawty step...

...for the "SuperHub" that isn't "Super" and barely a "Hub"?

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Disney buys Lucasfilm, new Star Wars trilogy planned

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There's only one response to this

Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

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UK's Intellectual Property Obliteration office attacked by Parliament

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It's not long enough.

Copyright should be life + 5,000 years.

Patents issued in one country should be recognised (and enforced) globally.

TradeMarks issues in one country should be recognised (and enforced) globally.

Any attempt to by-pass any product protection system or any modification of any product (e.g. rooting) should be a specific offence carrying unlimited fines and jail terms.

Distributing tools that can be used to by pass any product protection system should be treated as an attempt at economic terrorism, carrying the death penalty (yes, even in Europe; the Europeans are far too soft these days).

It is only by these measures that we can continue to gouge the consumer and make the rich richer...err...I mean...protect our investment. Oh, did I mention tax? Yes, none of that please. It stifles innovation and only peasants should pay it.

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Freesat downs own website after Downton quickie

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"If you're going to cough up for a subscription you owe it to yourself to see what else is out there."

Err...how about saving on the subscription and seeing what else is out there? There is a life beyond the goggle-box.

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Previous owners left an old Sky dish...

...when I get the time, a Freesat PVR is getting set up. So long as you are not emotionally immature and need to see the new thing right now, you can save a bundle.

In fact, use the saved money to get a subscription LoveFile/Netflix/similar or buy boxed sets. A £40+ saving each month is about one box set. You can also rip the box set (warning: this is illegal) and watch it on any device you want for no extra charge!

As the number of channels has gone up, the quality has dropped noticeably. National Geographic is reduced to shows like "Ancient Alien Ghost Mysteries of the Paranormal"; which is pretty pathetic. About the only channels consistently showing anything worth watching are BBC1-3, BBC News and Channel 4. The rest is just so much dross.

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ICO fines council £120,000 for crypto email fail

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And the software is free!

As in price and freedom. OK, deployment and training still cost; but FFS, sort it out already.

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Chinese e-cars to turn London cabs green

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Re: Where will the power come from?

@HeyMickey - got to a proper pub then. Decent beer in the UK is definitely a solved problem.

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Re: Masks

@handle - 'You really think that "cycling masks" protect you from city air pollution?'

You really think they don't? If they conform to BS EN 149 and fit well, they should be fairly good.

Anecdote isn't reliable evidence, but I noticed it much easier to breathe when I had mine on.

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Re: Where will the power come from?

@Snow Hill Island - Hence why I say we'd need to import power. But so long as the city types can breathe easier as they sup their lattes, who cares? Certainly not them it seems. As ever, they expect the rest of us to pay.

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Re: Where will the power come from?

You're missing the massive benefit of improved air quality for people living and working in the city.

You're missing the massive cost of reduced air quality for people living near the dirty stations and the total environment cost. But so long as city wonks can are happy, who cares? Isn't that our economic policy as well?

I wish all vehicles were electric so my lungs could get a rest.

When I used to cycle through a city, I wore a mask and replaced the filters regularly. At an individual level, yours is a solved problem.

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Re: Where will the power come from?

The point is that the power source is getting worse right now - by importing dirty power (and building more dirty power plants). You cannot claim green creds with one hand and spend them with the other.

We must also consider the batteries which can (in their manufacture and disposal) be highly polluting. So any gains that might be gained are offset by that as we can't just consider the "greeness" at point of use, it must be from cradle to grave.

We already have technology right now that could be put into use, we've had it for decades. But our government officials are too busy helping their pals trouser tax-payer money than deliver an efficient and reliable service. Which would also address your air quality issues.

I am continually amazed at mass transit in other countries. Clean (inside and exhaust), fair (and understandable!) prices and reliable. Meanwhile in the UK unless you book six blue moons in advance on a Tuesday whilst wearing green boxers, you will get gouged and still not be sure which trains you can get on at the station because your ticket might not be valid on that service from A-B, even though it runs on the same tracks from the same operator.

It's a farce and with current tech e-cars are simply an answer looking for a problem as there are still other solutions to personal transport. "Boris bikes" (to pick one). Cure the obesity epidemic and pollution in one!

More joined-up thinking, less joined-up PR puffery and tax-payer milking.

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Where will the power come from?

Certainly not our unreliable wind farms, maybe we'll import it from East Europe?

Taxis powered by old, dirty coal electricity? My yes, that is green.

Boris is just after good news and a bit of greenwash. If he (or any government official) gave two craps about the environment or pollution, they'd be sticking the boot into Virgin, First Group, Stagecoach etc about our shabby and over-priced bus and train services.

But they're not, because all the free junkets and schmoozing is vastly more important than the nation itself.

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TSA fails again with adjustable boarding passes

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Re: The way IATA will want to fix this...

Almost but when you wrote "not your boarding pass but the chip in your passport" I think you meant "not your boarding pass but the chip in your neck"

Why bother with passports when you can just implant a chip and scan people at will. It could be used in shops, stadiums etc for deter thieves and thugs. Used on the tube for automatic billing. No more need for passports, cradi cards or cash.

If you have a problem, the first responders will know where you are to within a few metres. Perfect safety all of the time. No more crime, no more terrorism. Utopia.

Yes, technology will certainly set use free by making us all slaves.

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Microsoft has no plans for a second Windows 7 Service Pack

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Re: I let them know.

Thanks folks - this is Citrix after all, hardly a Mickey Mouse operation.

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If Citrix...

...had a GoTo Meeting client for GNU/Linux, I'd switch tomorrow. Everything else I can do native, in WINE or under virtualisation, but I need GoTo Meeting on the main box and there is simply no GNU/Linux client.

Which sux big, fat, hairy, donkey balls.

If anyone would want this, please let Citirx know.

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BT and Virgin sue over £10m state-funded Birmingham broadband

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I don't see why they are complaining

Like all government projects, it'll be sold off at a massive discount to the private sector and all through a tax haven so there'll be not tax to pay. Then when they don't make as much money as predicted, the tax-paying public will bail them out.

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Windows 8 versions will confuse the punters, say OEMs

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The versiobns are easy to explain...

...as there's only two:

1) Crap; and

2) Vomit

The good thing is, those easy-to-remember labels are interchangeable with any Win8 version!

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They've only gone and HACKED the WEATHER

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"Cracking"

Not "hacking".

Bring on the downvotes you 'tards. I can take it.

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Chinese 'Thunder God' plant could crush cancer

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Re: Bad news for endangered species

"So if an intervention has a positive effect, if you understand how the effect works you call it "treatment", and if you don't understand how the effect works you call it "placebo"?"

Ignoring the minor straw-man you've inserted, you are either being deliberately obtuse or have some axe to grind.

We do something to Group A. We do something to Group B. We do nothing to Group C. Groups A and B show a difference, for the better (just for the sake of argument) compare to Group C.

The difference of Group A and B to Group C is roughly equivalent (confidence level etc etc).

We know for a fact that what we did to Group B was fake because that's how we set it up.

Therefore whatever we did to Group A is no batter than the fake (i.e. the placebo) and is not of any use. Scratch that off the list, try the next thing.

This is obviously grossly trivialised.

But wait....what the heck happened in Group B if it was fake? Maybe it's psychological. Maybe it is some actual chemical change caused by being "treated". Maybe it's pixies. From my current understanding - no one is quite sure, but we know it happens so we have to allow for it. For relative values of "know" (see link)

"As per the link you sent me earlier, the full extent of how the placebo effect works is not yet fully understood, and a lot of different mechanisms seem to be lumped under the same 'placebo' heading, whether they are understood or not."

So what? We don't understand it yet, so why should we try to separate it? All we know is that placebo/nocebo has nothing to do with whatever we are testing. So if whatever we test is no better than placebo, it's as useless as makes no odds.

I'm struggling to understand why you seem to be convinced there is something "other" going on.

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Re: yawn

Umm....belladonna. Just one example.

Can treat many things from muscle cramps, motion sickness and even nerve gas inhalation! I shit you not.

But wait, did I just advocate for some alt-med hippy bullshit? No, I didn't because the extracted compounds have been extracted, understood and tested rigorously. And yes, of course, it's been used in various tinctures by herbalists for centuries, but that does not validate the entire cannon of herbalism.

You are quite correct, we need to wait for more evidence; but it's definitely in the "curious" spectrum of things and whilst the extracted compound might not work on a human, something closely related might.

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Re: Bad news for endangered species

Minor typo: I said "Some alt-med is bullshit".

What I meant to say was: "Most alt-med is bullshit".

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Re: Bad news for endangered species

"My point is more about aggressive dismissal such as the kind you are showing, rather then keeping an open mind and investigating with modern techniques."

I have an open mind, just not so open that my brains fall out. Some alt-med is bullshit and should be dismissed as such. It's the same with many things, some ideas are just so outlandish that they can and should be ignored. Until, of course, actual evidence shows up (see below).

"If uneducated camel riders realised that rubbing the mould from saddles onto their sores helped, just because it was not tested in a scientific way doesn't make it quackery."

That makes it anecdote. When people start to claim that it'll cure cancer or whatever (and that does happen) that makes it quackery. When the claims that underpin the "cure" seem to be at odds with the general understanding of science that that too is probably quackery until proven otherwise (see below) .

In your above example two questions arise. Is is the mould or the rubbing? If one of the other, why? Let's say it's the mould. What are the active compounds? Why do they work? Can they be purified/synthesised? Are there other chemicals that might do something similar? What are the risks? Can it cause infection or an allergic reaction? Answer all that and not only will you have a range of treatments for saddle sore, but probably all sorts of leisons. And that is why we need the evidence. Not hearsay.

"One form of quackery IMHO is the absolute belief that only one method, or thing is right (kinda like religion) which personally I think science isn't about."

But there is only one method, and it is brutally simple: does the evidence support the theory? End of discussion. Actual science requires evidence, testable theories etc. And, of course, science will change its mind when new evidence arises. Unlike religion. Science is "right" because it has the evidence to back it up. It even has the evidence to back-up its evidence! That's all that matters. Evidence.

"In 100 years time who knows they might be laughing at your comments and techniques the same way as you are doing of others!"

Maybe. And you know what? We'll have the evidence for why things changed. But I can guarantee you that we will still have drugs companies and we will not be inserting magic quantum crystals up our butts. Or any other quack alt-med you care to pick.

And one final point. Just because one extract from one herb that happens to be used in Traditional Chinese Medicine does not validate the entirety of Traditional Chinese Medicine or any other ingredients they may happen to use. Why? Because there is not evidence. And when there is evidence we will no longer call it "Traditional Chinese Medicine" but just "medicine".

It really is that simple.

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Craig, Connery or ... Dalton? Vote now for the ultimate James Bond

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Surely the winner is...

...who ever pays the most to win?

Bond drinking Heineken?

Next movie? Bond is actually a Khazakstani ex-KGB double agent; because they paid the most money.

And he always makes sure his Nike shoes are clean. They paid the most money.

etc.

I know there's been product placements in Bond before, but it is getting beyond ridiculous.

"Skyfall"? More like "Skymall"

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