Re: When will this spate of Brexit hoodoo economics ever end?
when someone comes up with something even sillier
I think Douglas Adams had a preface to one of the Hitchhiker books that would be relevant.
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when someone comes up with something even sillier
I think Douglas Adams had a preface to one of the Hitchhiker books that would be relevant.
not sure what the gradient would need to be.
obviously planets in original orbits arent going to spontaneously fall apart - they wouldnt have formed in the first place if there wasnt some kind of stability and attraction..
any force sufficient to push a planet out of a stable orbit into something that approachs its primary close enough to pull it to bits - is probably enough to shatter said planet anyway.
Stellar expansion due to aging wouldnt do it - no change to the masses involved. Besides, I have a vague memory of the article i read 5 minutes ago mentioning it being an F type star, which I believe is similar to our G type ... who doesnt remember WOBAFGKMRNS as the catchy sequence of star types, doesnt even need a mnemnomic.
for when you REALLY need to blow your nose ?
1. load phone with pictures
2. hand to stranger
The purpose of statistics IS to be mis-used.
never mind odour molecules, it needs to be able to kill things.
is to disqualify politicians who make profoundly stupid comments from re election.. ever.
Imagine how the world would improve.. slowly, true, but eventually we could hope for a government free of complete retards.
as for sexting, cyber-bullying, kids doing stuff their parents dislike.. well thats a societal issue. Parents dont have the survival strategies to pass on to their children relevant to the 'threats' said children are encountering. All the old behavioural rules that made up a culture are actually proven survival techniques in the environment that culture operates in. The environment has changed, the threats are different, and the people raising children need to come up with rules and cautionary tales, a basic toolkit of responses appropriate to whatever we are calling this modern age.
"the internet is not your friend", "anything written/recorded/transmitted will be broadcast to the world", "Other people will record you - regardless of your wishes", "Even if you change your mind, your original posts remain"
its not just the review, the manufacturers page it links to also avoids mentioning any useful details.
How much memory? does it have a card slot?
Removable batteries probably arent a major issue, but i would definitely prefer one.
Airlines are specifying battery capacity limits now, I cant remember where the threshold sits off the top of my head, but it is another headache to afflict the traveller.
The speakers only need to be good enough - for phone use, I use bluetooth speakers for music playback.
"Dont Ask - Dont Tell"
With corporal punishment such as caning if they still insist on telling.
The propagation strategy of fruiting plants is for animals to eat the fruits and discard/excrete the seeds...
The plant actually benefits from feeding the animal by helping it spread the seeds further.
working as intended..
Any ideology that denies reality is going to fall foul of reality.
No problem with the ones who follow their beliefs without trying to impose them on every other person in the entire world.
Its the radical militant true believers that cause the issue to become polarised, adopting a position that the majority of people can see is frankly fucking stupid, and discrediting any moderates.
I finally tried Linux Mint as dual boot on my home desktop - then promptly wiped 2 windows laptops and installed it on them as well.
Now, I only boot to Windows (7) when I need to use work related software, yes, you have to pay me to use it.
There isn't a game enjoyable enough to compensate for the aggravation of microsofts poisoned system.
This news will probably lead me to booting windows again and trying to get the update to happen, because at present, windows is a non-operating system.
Fosters is the 'beer' so bad we sell it to Americans,
Americans are so ignorant about beer they buy Fosters.
Described martian atmoshere as
'almost thick enough to be poisonous'
being a sci-fi story written back in 1966 it may be subject to exaggeration for effect, and inaccuracy, but it has stayed with me since the (much later) time I read it.
It is also possible I am mis-remembering or mis-attributing the quote, as I dont have access to the source material while at work.
Already forgotten the article, was the sample actually random, or just consisting of people stupid enough to respond to an online survey?
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Anytime I see a banner ad saying "your machine has a virus !!1!!",
it makes me consider how to re-implement crucifixion. I know its too good for them, but at least with their arms nailed up they wont be writing more ads.
As for the Malwaristas, a relatively quick drowning head down in a septic tank should be sufficient.
.. or all the time really, is assuming "the Media" is on their side.
Same thing during the Australian elections (though smaller scale of course)
The only thing the media love more than a circus
is a train wreck.
which is why they love elections so much.
Promoting good government is not in the interests of our media moguls, any sane, honest, competent elected official - if such things exist - will fail to generate the spectacle that feeds the media frenzy.
If the news feeds were interested in promoting responsible government, they would just walk away from the nutters and clowns.
Count to 12 using the finger bones of one hand - touching each with the thumb of the same hand.
I was originally told this as something from Papua New Guinea, but a quick search has it going all the way back to Babylon.
Personally, i find it useful to count to 14 by including the thumb joints as well - just something to work through a 2 week swing at work.
.... or it didn't happen
' the job description asks candidates have the "ability to reduce chaos, increase simplification and reduce stress for the team." '
So once the team leader convinces everyone involved to not give a shit, their work is done.
Out sourcing to a non-english speaking sweatshop will do the trick.
My only experience of the Tube was on a holiday a long time ago..( at the very time they brought in the no drink bottles on airplanes, Getting through Heathrow as they tried to implement the new security theatre was traumatic, so timestamped quite thoroughly), and I recall noticing nobody speaking on the tube was using english - or at least any version intelligible to me.
Simply combine the tube-chat badge/logo with the red circled diagonal slash negation symbol (Ghostbusters-like), Variants could include the raised middle digit or a stamped FOAD in the style of MASH. Other designs will emerge as entrepreneurs get hold of the idea.
Make these available printed on buttons, Tshirts, backpacks whatever. Dodgy street vendors can selll them from the station entrances, adding to the local ambience.
Space between Earth and Mars is going to be littered with human corpses. ...Yuck.
Not to mention Russell's Teapot
So doing it someplace different has to be worth something.
Seriously, getting humanity onto more rocks has to be the most meaningful goal possible. Even better if we arent rock-dependant but thats probably further down the track.
World peace and cures for cancer only count as waypoints or aids to that aim - they would be extremely helpful but I really hope they arent pre-requisites.
"anal or genital region"
so chicks can still do poachies
Thank irrelevant deity for gender inequality.
They could call it
.... This Land.
immediately prior to a sudden but inevitable betrayal!
From the news article I read, even though he was acquitted (query - different to 'found not guilty'?) the guy (not interested enough to track down his name) still convinced all of the judges he has faced that he was an asshole,
"I have found Mr O’Neill to be a vain, manipulative and grandstanding individual who sought to persuade me that black is white and used the valuable time of professionals to describe sexual fantasies he may or may not have. There is a narcissistic streak to Mr O’Neill, who does trouble me in terms of further contact he may have with other people."
-with a similar attitude to women as SatNad to Windows users, and although he couldnt be locked up the judge required measures to be in place to make it easier to apprehend him once he did get around to raping/murdering some woman.
Obviously this isnt satisfactory to any of the parties involved,
- the guy is inconvenienced in his sexual predations,
-the police have to spend resources monitoring him,
-the woman still gets murdered.
Even the retrial judge agrees the SRO is "frankly unpoliceable", and something different will be worked out as the circus proceeds.
Given its single shot capacity and arms length range, is hitman style executions..
This is predominately a pastime of the criminal fraternity and I wouldnt want to interfere with their cultural traditions and rituals. Also it beats the hell out of drive-by shootings.
Smooth barrel eliminates ballistic tracing, and the entire 'disposable plastic' concept makes it even more attractive.
So the police forensics departments will probably have a whinge about the gun, but I would imagine the bullet, rattling down the 2 cm barrel, will scrape and collect some of the barrel material which could be analysed by said forensics boffins. A chemical 'fingerprint' -such as is used with industrial explosives- could be included in the plastic 'ink' which would allow police to trace the purchasers of that batch.
Not going to be easy, but all stuff which is achievable.
Airplane hijacking just doesnt seem feasible, not enough ammunition to be a credible threat, and probably not enough power to even shoot through the hull (probably the most effective threat you could make with it)
- on the other hand, airport security and credibility went their separate ways a long time ago -
As far as using it as a murder weapon, thats what pistols are meant for. If you want to kill things effectively use a long gun.
Not a particular fan of the ultima series ( gave up when I migrated from my apple][ to PC ) but I consider kickstarter somewhat similar to a charitable lottery with an inverted reward table - with the lottery you probably wont win but the money goes to a good cause, with the kickstarter you probably will get a return (unless you back something dodgy), but even if not it's something you chose to support anyway.
Contribute what you think its worth - to you - and what your budget can afford.
According to Heinlein, "You're competing for Joes beer money, and Joe loved his beer"
What kind of friend lets a friend do Windows 8 ?
I bought a kindle for the missus when they became usable in Oz, (where ebooks ARE cheaper than dead tree books ) but half the time i use it myself - we both work in remote areas with abysmal to nil net coverage. She has moved backwards? to using the kindle app on her laptop, leaving me in possession - the perfect sort of birthday gift....
The main gripe I have with the kindle (apart from the missus filling the library with vampire porn/ paranormal romance) is that there are authors whose works I want to buy who are not available through amazon. Baen provide ebooks in users choice of compatible formats, but penguin, barnes and noble.. seem to be fighting the old proprietary format war.
few years back, before the GFC, the mining company I worked for was taken over by Norilsk Nickel .. big russian mining company. According to their welcome-to-the-family presentation, as well as being one of the largest nickel producers in the world, they were also the top producer of platinum.. purely as a byproduct from their nickel mines. At the time they were using the profits from the platinum to cover the production costs of the nickel, but you can see how easy it would be for them to crash the price of platinum if they felt threatened.
From an investment point of view, there is no point spending money on something if it costs more to produce than people will pay for it.
Personally, the sooner we get our arses off this mudball the better, and I do wish them luck
as the "Special Olympics"
You will look pretty stupid if you try to use one in a bar fight
.. but I vaguely recall there was something about a wall in there
any chance we could nail him to it ?
any or all of them, for that matter.
To achieve a geo stationary orbit there is a very limited altitude range, and specific orbital velocity and path..
the area relevant to europe is desired by anyone from South Africa up to Finland, for Australia, we need to share with Indonesia, Japan, and China.. Merkans dont need to share - anyone in the area just gets their stuff and is supposed to be grateful..
So the satellites that go in GSO are the ones that prevent airplanes from flying into the ground (WAAS) and communications etc.. not enough space for everyone.
Geo synchronous is a bit looser than geo stationary, but still competing for the same area
I wasnt that interested, but went along to humour her, Then she tells me she thought it was a movie I wanted to see, so she was doing it for me.
As a fitting punishment for her offence, I kept waking her up in the cinema and interupting her loud snoring, and making her watch the actual movie.
"Good old American lager" ???
they wouldnt recognise good beer if they were drowning in it
They are so completely ignorant on the subject of beer, that we Australians can sell them Fosters, and they BUY it !!
All i can assume is that "good old American lager" is a code for something else, probably illegal and grown in a third world country.
Beer so bad, we sell it to Americans.
... has had a link to some Miranda Kerr photo shoot amongst its advertising flotsam all weekend.
NineMSN is the default news/homepage for Australian installs of IE, so it tends not to be blocked.
(I havent checked out the link myself, my current PC is fully exposed to an open plan office, so I restrict myself to browsing text articles as far as possible... and when I'm not at work, I dont bother with NineMSN at all)
" even if they visit and attempt to enter data into a known phishing site."
all well and good, but what about unknown phishing sites ?
the price of books in Oz is so artificially inflated that Kindle ebooks are less than half retail mass-market paperback prices.
And thats with currency conversions etc.
I have been a voracious reader and collector of books, ever since I had enough pocket money to buy them, and my collection of paperbacks outmasses the rest of my personal belongs.
But.. my collection would include less than a dozen hardcovers and about the same number of "trade Paperbacks", mostly acquired as gifts or budget/sale/second-hand shop purchases, as I believe oversize books at inflated proce with no real difference in construction quality or content... is an abomination in the eyes of god, a crime against humanity, and just something that shits me intensely.
Mass-market paperback editions would either appear a full year after the initial hardcover/trade paperback release, or when the next book in the series was published.
Recently, it appears that Australian and UK publishers have moved to some kind of larger size mass-market paperback format, I can only guess as to why, but as far as I am concerned there is no good reason, and thus I dont buy those books anymore.
This reduces me to buying American published editions - with their truly trashy cover art - .. or buying ebooks.
I WANT to support my local bookseller, and do spend a couple of hundred bucks there regularly, but as far as I am concerned the publishers have declared war on me, and I am just fighting back.
(actually rant continuing, just message finished.. )
so that their morbidly-obese recruits arent unfairly discriminated* against.
as opposed to being fairly and responsibly discriminated against - for being totally unsuited to the job
like those old pub videogame cabinets, with the display tube mounted vertically, but reflected to be visible from players standing in front.
The entire population of the world should each get one.
Sane people can wait indoors for a couple of days until the debris stops falling, then build a functioning civilisation.
but like most stuff by, from, and about Apple, no where near as creative, entertaining or useful as the author would want you to beleive.
Isnt that what Post-Modernism art is all about?
So, not only arent women allowed to have orgasms, but they arent allowed to even try to look younger.
Someone set the fashion, cosmetics, and all the rest of the real female exploitation industries onto these guys. I would almost feel sorry for them - if they weren't such utter arseholes.
we need a crucifixion icon
teen pregnancy rates in USA have risen simultaneously with the shift in political emphasis towards "abstinence" as birth control.
Sexual behaviour from children will be either hormone driven, or attention seeking - from the adults reaction, same as swearing.. or just possibly, if they are provided with actual facts as opposed to superstitions, they might deal with it without developing neurosesis (however the fck its spelt)
they would all use Osama Bin Ladens cave.
tectonic subduction zones.
Instead of finding the most geologically stable areas for your dump - sorry, storage facility - dump the waste into an area where crustal plates are being driven under.
Encase the waste so it will be protected for a couple of centuries, and let natural processes bury and dispose of it. Monitor the area for security purposes, to avoid the "eco-terrorist stealing some to use a weapon" cliche.
The Earth is naturally radioactive, even enriched waste wont make any difference.
Launching stuff into the sun is just too expensive and bad for the atmosphere unless we had something like a beanstalk/orbital elevator.
Pirates need to get close to board a vessel, so a "less-lethal" weapon that can be used to warn them off at a distance, and melt their eyeballs if they persist, is a reasonable option.
As for Paparazzi, they may be hanging further back, but they would be looking at the vessel through telephoto lenses etc. I can see (heh) laser camera/binocular blasters becoming popular accessories wherever celebrities actually do want to discourage paparatzis -as opposed to the ones who delibrately seek the attention.
And as I mentioned in another post, if the laser itself doesnt scare them away, follow up with a laser guided missile.