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Re: You takes your chances..........
With respect, I believe the point you and others in this forum are missing is that no crime has been committed in the case mentioned in the article. This is a civil case. The plaintiff is seeking redress, not punishment. Of course, I agree that the 'pint' example was a reductio ad absurdum to illustrate the point of law. I did not mean to trivialise the sexual harassment aspect of this case, although, again, there was no crime here...
According to William Geldart, Introduction to English Law 146 (D.C.M. Yardley ed., 9th ed. 1984),
"The difference between civil law and criminal law turns on the difference between two different objects which law seeks to pursue - redress or punishment. The object of civil law is the redress of wrongs by compelling compensation or restitution: the wrongdoer is not punished; he only suffers so much harm as is necessary to make good the wrong he has done. The person who has suffered gets a definite benefit from the law, or at least he avoids a loss. On the other hand, in the case of crimes, the main object of the law is to punish the wrongdoer; to give him and others a strong inducement not to commit same or similar crimes, to reform him if possible and perhaps to satisfy the public sense that wrongdoing ought to meet with retribution.”
Re: You takes your chances..........
@Mark, let's say you bump my elbow and spill my pint down the pub. You admit it was your fault and offer to buy me a replacement pint. I turn this offer down, and get Carter-Fuck solicitors to sue you, dragging you through the courts. The court then awards me the price of my pint. Are you saying that you should also be liable for my legal costs?
These are civil cases, not criminal cases. There's a big difference. They have admitted 'culpability' simply by offering to settle.
Re: You takes your chances..........
The law sounds fair enough to me. If someone takes you to court but you then offer to settle out of court, then if that offer is rejected, and then if the court awards an amount lower than the settlement offer, why should you have to pay the the costs of the court case? You already made a fair offer which would have avoided those costs had the offer been accepted. If you had to pay the costs no matter what, then anyone and everyone would be prey for vexatious litigants. Of course, if the court awards more than the offer, it is clear that costs can be payable, as is provided for in law.
Re: "Human penis are bigger than the great apes."
Humans are the only primates without a baculum, or penis bone.
"The popular science writer Richard Dawkins ...speculated in 2006 that the loss of the bone in humans, when it is present in our nearest related species the chimpanzee, is a result of sexual selection by females looking for honest signals of good health in prospective mates. The reliance of the human penis solely on hydraulic means to achieve a rigid state makes it particularly vulnerable to blood pressure variation. Poor erectile function betrays not only physical states such as diabetes and neurological disorders but mental states such as stress and depression."
Smell my cheese...
Re: Springfield, Florida
FWIW, organisms' reproductive systems seem to be pretty resistant to radiation.
"Birth defects among the children of atomic-bomb survivors (1948-1954)
No statistically significant increase in major birth defects or other untoward pregnancy outcomes was seen among children of survivors. "
Re: He's very good...
@Tyrion. You might like to try this, I found it interesting. YMMV!
He's very good...
...at all that literature stuff. I enjoy his shows on subjects that he understands to a very high level, and I'm grateful to learn from them. If only he'd stick to that and leave the science to Jim Al-Khalili.
"Have you read Harry Potter Stew? No, I haven't because I'm a 40 year old man. But I have read the complete works of William Blake, so Fuck Off!" - Stewart Lee.
In his DVD, "If you prefer a milder comedian, please ask for one", Stewart Lee relates how, when they were at school together, he went orienteering with Nic Napalm and the original line up of Napalm Death. Of course, Nic Napalm wasn't the singers real name. His real name was ... Ian Napalm.
Apparently they performed in front of a banner proclaiming "Punk is a rotting corpse." at Dorridge village scout hut.
Re: Why not just build a solar panel that covers half the world....
If you use breeder reactors and harvest uranium from the sea, then nuclear power is 'sustainable' by any reasonable definition of the word.
Talking of blind, be a good chap and fuck off and read The Blind Watchmaker. Thanks very much.
Or try a God book. Jer. 5:21 (King James version): "Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not."
Even God tells you there are none so blind as will not see. If you do a bit of looking at the evidence, and you'll _see_ there's no need for faith.
P.s. Sorry for feeding the troll.
@FB, your post reminded me of this. So, to be technically correct, the best kind of correct, it's a Van de Graaff generator. However, your spelling is better than Peter Hammill's, who named his band Van der Graaf Generator, which was also an accidental misspelling. Ah, the majesty of prog rock!
Indeed the charge carriers here are electrons, and are negatively charged. However, it's still OK to talk about transferring charge, both positive and negative. A positively charged body can be thought of as a deficit of electrons relative to some other object. Whatever, I gave up on the physics of the article after:-
"while flowers, which are grounded, have a negative charge"
The ground is the reference point of an electrical system, and so doesn't have any charge per se, by convention it's at a potential of zero volts. The ground can sink and source charge, but it doesn't make sense to say a grounded object has 'negative charge'.
Paris. She's been charged more than once.
Other PDF readers exist.
Rather than a laser...
...wouldn't it be easier to use an electromagnetic cannon on the moon to shoot the free supply of lunar rocks at these asteroids? c.f. "The moon is a harsh mistress." Probably need an ion thruster or two on the missiles to keep them on target. I'm pretty sure none of them would miss and come back round and hit us.
I get it right most of the time...
...because the flat metal side of the USB type A connector without the join showing is the 'up' side. Look carefully at a USB type A connector and you'll see the join on one side where the metal shield has been welded together. For vertical USB connections, the up side is the side furthest from the motherboard. In my TV the 'up' side is the side furthest from the screen. That covers most of the USB connections I come across. The others I get wrong every time!
Re: Off the net
Electrified copper cages won't work. Faraday shields and all that!
Re: Silver Linings
Turns out BT's sitting on anywhere from £2.5 to £5bn of copper. Guardian.
The Guardian fixed their article (see the footnote). The Register's article is still wrong.
Re: Chocolate Teapot
HMS Dauntless could "take out all of South America's fighter aircraft let alone Argentina's".
I agree that capital punishment is going too far. Perhaps a stairwell nonce bashing would suffice. Especially if they're left quadrospazzed on a life-glug.
They don't need punishment, they need gunishment.
...who cares. I'm still waiting for my monkey butler.
Please ignore LarsG. This person consistently replies to the first post in a thread, even though the post made has nothing to do with the OP, presumably to ensure this crap gets listed higher up the page.
It's not "just above and to the left of the Orion constellation", it's IN Orion. It's Orion's right shoulder. Unless you're 'down under' of course, then it's his leg or something.
Re: Mmm, contibutor name looks well dodgy
There's too much of this shite creeping into articles on the Register.
Redmond instead of Microsoft, Cupertino instead of Apple. Aren't we clever knowing where a company is headquartered? No, you're not.
Then there's 'bird' instead of satellite. It's not big and it's not clever. It's lazy cliched journalism which detracts from the reporting.
Reminds me of Paul Henry.
The Kiwi breakfast news guy corpsing. Towards the end of the clip, a viewer has emailed in saying something like:- "Isn't it great how the Japanese find all these fantastic creatures under the sea, and then kill them." "Yes, they're always bludgeoning something to death".
Re: sue lawley!! sue lawley!! :)
Yes, it's by Sting. The actual lyrics are:-
Re: So, presumably
@Martin, agreed. It's like the Japanese crabs that resemble Samurai warriors. Carl Sagan reckoned that's another example of selection, as Heikegani crabs that look like Samurai get thrown back in the sea! (This may or may not be true.) Anyway, here's some classic "Cosmos"!
Re: The sad part is ...
You are, of course, technically correct. (The best kind of correct). I hope that Mr. Carlin decided that "Think of how stupid the median person is" didn't scan very well!
Re: The sad part is ...
"common sense ... turns out to be not as common as you would hope"
As George Carlin said, “Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.”
Re: Technology advances
"Standing on the Shoulders of Giants"
The story goes that Newton only said that because Robert Hooke wasn't the tallest of men. Apparently, Newton took umbrage at Hooke's criticisms of his work. Who knows?!
Yeah, OK, the chemicals _might_ have some small as yet unidentified risk. But for absolute definite we all live longer and healthier lives by utilising cheap fossil fuels.
"The chemicals in the fracking fluid are unknown,"
Untrue. There you go:-
The Fracken Wakes!
If anyone's interested, you can find out what the 'chemicals' used in fracking are here:-
Did you burn your face with an iron?
"Why not sue Prometheus, the Greek god that invented fire? Or an iron-aged chieftain for having the temerity to popularise the metal." -- Stewart Lee.
Ah, prescience of the man!
"why not just sequence everybody at birth and get rid of people with an IQ of <100 and any genetic defect?"
If you were smart enough, you'd know that an IQ of 100 is supposed to be average intelligence, by definition. If you start bumping off folks with an IQ less than 100, the average intelligence will increase, so the IQ of 100 will correspond to a higher level of intelligence. Eventually, there will be only one person left. The cleverest one.
Re: unless you learn to live with a colder house, you spend more money on your heating
@Andrew Jones. Have you looked at an air sourced heat pump? You can fit it into your current heating system. Their COP is more than 3.5 (3.5kW heat output for 1kW electrical power) when the outside temperature is more than 7C. On days when it's very cold, which I guess you get a few of in the Borders, it's probably best to use oil fired or maybe a wood burner or whatever, but for a lot of the year it's certainly more efficient than burning the electricity in light bulbs!
Re: hum from the fluorescent tubes?
It's really easy to retrofit electronic ballasts to existing fitting. I did it because our supply in the sticks isn't that stiff, and the lights would take an age to click on on cold winter days when the neighbours had their convection oven going. Go on eBay and search for electronic ballasts. They work great, the light comes on within 0.5 seconds, the tubes last longer, they're silent, the tube efficacy is better (more lumens) with the high frequency, there's no flicker, and they use about 20% less power.
Re: Halogens don't like dimmers
The utilities companies don't like it if you take DC out of the mains. One bulb obviously isn't enough to cause problems, but If enough folks did it, the utility company's transformers would saturate. Of course, I'm sure you always used two bulbs with the diodes feeding each one alternately. Whatever, triacs are cheap.
Re: No life on Mars?
Agreed. That's even worse than 'San Fran'. If you're local it's 'The City', otherwise it's 'San Francisco'.
Re: Look at it this way...
@Peyton. To be fair to the Soviets, Tsar Bomba had a yield of about double that of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami and about a quarter of the 1883 eruption of Krakatoa. And that's only because they reduced the bomb's yield by 50% to stop it blasting the drop aircraft out of the sky!
Re: If this is true...
@AC 17:47 GMT
Whenever someone says something along the lines of "my intuition tells me" I refer them to Stuart Sutherland's book, 'Irrationality'. Have look at chapter 20, 'The failure of intuition'.
"Intuition is that strange instinct that tells a person he is right, whether he is or not."
Anyway, sorry for going off on a bit of a tangent, but I highly recommend that book.
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