2845 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009
I've got some explosives. I'll blow them off for you.
Re: This does not make sense
That was a close finish :)
" ...the planet responsible for tugging Earth into its odd orbit ..."
I thought the theory states that a (used to be) nearby star did it?
@EsskayRe: What to do with all the leftovers (ie lawyers)
There can be no justification for giving people, even starving people, food that has been made from lawyers.
You are right; it's the thyroid gland that will absorb (and store) all the iodine it can get its hands on. Iodine exists in very low concentrations in the diet, so the organs of the body that need it tend to grab at it greedily. This is especially true of the thyroid gland which stores iodine for its processes, and also continuously uses it to produce essential hormones.
When exposed to relatively large amounts of radioactive iodine, by drinking contaminated water, the thyroid gratefully absorbs it and fills up its storage areas thus concentrating radioactive material into its own small local volume. This is disastrous, for obvious reasons.
If iodine pills (actually potassium iodide salt) are taken before contamination of the environment occurs, then the thyroid will 'top up' with the non-radioactive iodine and will then not absorb radioactive iodine when the body is contaminated with it. The radioactive contaminant will be gradually eliminated in the urine, as will the excess iodine from the pills. Radioactive iodine has a half life of eight days, so it's necessary to take the iodine pills for a while to ensure that the thyroid gland stays 'topped up' with with non-radioactive iodine and thus has a low chance of absorbing the radioactive contaminant.
I'm wondering .....
.... why they don't make them on the premises. They already have hot fryers running, so the profit on a portion of fresh or recently cooked crisps could be very good.
That is all.
I was waiting for it to tie itself in a knot.
I wonder if they ever do that.
That front access slot ....
.. looks like the worst design ever. You'd twist your leg off before you managed to get ready for splashtime.
(I know exactly what _somebody_ is going to say in reply.)
What could go wrong ?- What would be the consequences?
These, and other questions, were not asked. It's funny how often that happens.
Just a few changes needed
I'd enjoy using this with a USB keyboard and mouse attached - cheap and easy, not a problem. For public use, as a kiosk style terminal, it could do with some device above the screen that sprays and wipes every ten minutes or so. I don't touch my Asus Transformer screen often, but it's still covered in gunge.
If you encrypt it seven times ...
.... it's impossible to crack it. (I read that somewhere on the internet, so it must be true.)
Re: Hey you, citizen! You really suck.
" ... make them pay for treatment of smoking related illnesses."
Some years ago, the back-office people in the UK civil service did some calculations involving the cost of healthcare for smoking related illnesses and also considered the 'benefit' to the state of not having to pay state pension to those who died early from smoking related illnesses. (I'm not sure if they also considered similar benefits to private/corporate pension providers.) According to newspaper reports, this study was shoved down the back of a filing cabinet because the government thought it was an embarrassing subject to be studying.
Their conclusion was that smokers dying early was of overall financial benefit to the state. So, if you're concerned about money, you should call for smokers to be paid to smoke. Is it the money that concerns you?
"... the operators would have to be pretty strange people ..."
Is this true of all people who live and work in northern Canada? I'm just wondering because I've never been there.
Hey, I've got a crowbar. I'll help you get your tongue out of your cheek.
"The relevant commission .." "The relevant report .."
Do they not quite understand how to use the word 'relevant', or have they cleverly constructed a canned statement that can be used in many circumstances? Maybe they expect to have to use it often in the future.
Have you tried varifocal lenses? They take a couple of weeks to get used to (don't get cheap ones), but I've had them for years and I'm very happy with them. An alternative for your particular problem might be carefully prescribed trifocals...?
Re: Oh crap...
Thanks for the warning. I'm going out now, to buy a bigger freezer and begin stockpiling beefburgers.
It's not like that when you're very rich.
She'll hand it to a servant and say, "Have this rooted and reflashed. I'd like to try MoDoCo's latest stable offering."
Re: Definitely need icons for
You're thinking about Apple/Samsung aren't you?
Re: only those books downloaded from Kobo
This is the case for my Glo reader and I think it's to be expected. If it could sync and display all your sideloaded content (which would have to be possible on any PC you logged in from), then it would have to upload that content to the Kobo servers and then download to the PC (or provide page content on demand). Apart from the data transfer and storage burden on the Kobo servers, that might cause legal problems for them.
I can't think of any use for the Kobo PC-app apart from buying books, or getting freebies, from Kobo. As far as I can see, Calibre is the gold standard for management of an e-book collection and gives you the tools to make an e-book suitable for any reader device.
Format and margins
" ...manually loaded books - ... - don’t take notice of margin settings, ..."
I noticed this problem with many .epub books in my collection and .mobi books I converted for my recently acquired Kob Glo. They also did not allow you to adjust font, etc and the Glo often locked up if I tried manual adjustment.
The way to deal with this is to reconvert them in Calibre with the Look and Feel -> Filter Style Information -> Fonts checkbox and Margins checkbox ticked, after which they display properly with full control available to you.
Re: Lotus Organizer, 1995...
Yes, first time I saw it. It even made the 'rustling' sound as I remember. I thought it was 'cool' at the time.
Re: 'the verb "medal" (from the Olympics)'
Me too John. It should be 'medalise', obviously.
@John Colman Re: It's Political Grandstanding, that's all
"By calling in the big firms and identifying their practices, the MPs can then start to close the loopholes starting with the biggest ones through proper legislation."
I fully agree with your sentiments John but I'd say the following:
These MPs are there for the opportunity to look good and tough and hard talking. You don't identify the practices of these firms by modern gladiatorial interrogation in a public arena, (that's just to impress the party bigwigs and the people who might vote for them at the next election.
Any accountant worthy of the job title can figure out exactly how these companies perform their accountancy tricks. Hint: they use opportunities provided by the tax legislation and the standard accountancy practices.
The legislation and accepted practices have been set in place, and in legislation, by Parliament which is the group of all MPs. The legislation and resulting 'loopholes' were deliberately constructed to be of great benefit to those 'traditional' companies who gave lots of money to political parties and gave directorships to MPs and senior civil servants. I'm thinking banks, large accountancy firms, etc.
Nowadays, there are many new rich companies who are using these loopholes but don't form part of the traditional pig trough for MPs and senior civil servants. That is why the politicians are annoyed.
Re: Popular with consumers? Yes
I'm sure you're right about the 'user experience' with a credit card but we can consider other forms of personal card that might benefit from similar psychology.
Consider supermarket or shop chain loyalty/points cards. If the shopper had a card with a displayed balance that increased after every shopping experience, that would make them feel good about having just spent money. (Yes, I know it's pathetic but many people are like that and they look forward to using their points to buy Christmas gifts, etc. I can cite most of my family as examples.)
Re: Be careful where you leave it
If you could afford an invisible shed, you could afford GPS.
For an alternative analysis ....
... see South Park season: 16 episode:14; available from 'various sources' since last Thursday morning.
"Why was the chief of BBC TV called "Head of Vision" ....?"
It seems obvious to me, but I've always been very literal-minded. (I'm assuming that the chief of BBC Radio is called "Head of Sound".)
Senior politicians and senior police officers have often made public comments that offend me. Can have them arrested and charged from now on?
" ...use the hydrogen to drive a vehicle or in other areas where batteries are less practical."
Compressing and then storing hydrogen under pressure takes energy and infrastructure. It also takes maintenance effort on the compressor and storage containers to prevent them from becoming extremely dangerous, instead of just very dangerous. I'd prefer batteries if at all possible.
"Fellows said it had reduced crime by 30 per cent by predicting where a crime would happen."
This is, of course, impossible. What they actually did was put more plods on the street in areas where there was a high level of crime. They also did the 'community liaison and outreach ' thing in a sensible manner. Apparently, the marvellous computerised system was able to predict that areas with a historically high level of crime would have lots of crimes committed in the near future. It sounds like old fashioned and sensible policing to me. It's a pity they'd lost those skills and needed computers and consultants to teach them about it.
Re: Buy a turd
I see what you did there. Or do I?
A simple way to ensure security ....
If you must take a laptop (for notetaking, e-mail, websurfing, etc), take a brand new one, or one with a brand new hard drive, set up with minimum needs and only communicate from a disposable webmail address to other disposable webmail addresses. Scrub the hard drive after you've taken any needed .txt files off it.
How long before ....
.... a drama-documentary is made, based on all this (and more to come)?
I could put together a rough and generic script, have it registered with the appropriate organisations, then sit back and wait to sue anybody who makes a successful product.
Re: Not that readily
You should try getting them via mail order from internet based suppliers. A rainbow of choices is out there.
Re: And your point is?
"... you only have to offer your code to the people who end up with the end product of your derivative work, which is probably just you."
As far as my understanding goes, (please correct me or give other opinions if you can), this also extends to in-house corporate use. If a company decides to use Linux, or any GPL software, for purely in-house use as part of its internal operations (e.g. process monitoring/control, networking, e-mail, etc), and they develop clever modifications and add-ons; then that corporation does not have to make their new source code available. In asking their employees to operate the clever machines and systems they have developed, they are not actually 'distributing' the code (as specified in the GPL license), they are simply making tools for employees to use.
There are some people who argue against corporate use of GPL code by saying, " .. if we develop anything useful and clever, we have to give it away to the rest of the world, according to the license." I believe this is not true. They also say, " .. at least with Microsoft, we'll get years of product support." Hahaha.
They can't handle change, or anything new.
I'd better contact a solicitor and start making my will.
re. sex doll likeness
I'd feel secretly flattered, but go to court in a huff and demand a percentage of sales to compensate for my hurt feelings.
Cruel and unusual punishment?
If I were Judge Koh, I'd ask to be excused, because one trial already with Apple and Samsung is more than anybody should have to experience during their career.
Re: Elvens Afety
You're getting confused between 'risky' and 'risqué, which is perfectly understandable in this situation.
I'm not an expert, but if you run your eyes along the sinuous and slender body of the python, you will notice the gently undulating curves of its slender body, which may indicate that it has been regularly fed in the recent past, to make it calm and languid.
"The insurance firm also said that it would be improving staff training and updating its processes."
I think that staff replacement is called for. No amount of training can cure stupidity and complacency. (I don't mean the front-end people who took the complaint reports, I mean the managers who make the decisions.)
@Craig Re: Moor accurate tiepin ...
Yes, there is, but I'm not telling you where.
"...1.6 kilometer girth ..."
It's not the girth, it's the radar cross sectional size, which is roughly the diameter of a very roughly spherical object.
Re: US Civics 101
Thank you for that cogent explanation David. The only point I'd make is in respect of point 1); if UK voters were voting for a *European president*, it would seem reasonable to expect the Germans (etc) to have a say in the mechanics of the UK voting process. In such an election, then as a UK citizen, I'd be concerned about reports of flaws in the German voting process.
Was that 2nd April (UK convention) or February 4th (US convention), or 4th February or April 2nd ?
"the one we're not allowed to talk about"
WTF is this pussyfooting around for? When individuals are investigated for 'wrongdoing', their names are splashed all over the papers and they get doorsteped by reporters. Why are the big corporations cosseted in this way?
Wet blanket time:
The Tibetan statue was _not_ of extraterrestrial origin. The material it was made from was.
Will you be able to take on assassination contracts?
You never forget your first assassination :)
(Note: I only accepted contracts on politicians and Mafia bosses; I have principles.)
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