70 posts • joined 20 Oct 2009
Re: Parental involvement
What you seem to have missed is that this is *not* really about parental responsibility. This is about a group of loud-mouthed 'we know best' rabble rousers. If it was about parental responsibility the parents would have been asked if they thought this was a good idea; with a clear explanation of exactly what was being proposed and what this entailed
Re: I agree with BT's statement 100%
Sorry, but I had to downvote your post.
Stop shouting at me! I am a parent and I did 'Take some fucking responsibility' with my daughter. Not by installing filters or blocks, or constantly monitoring her; but by being open, honest and frank about any and every subject, including sex.
As a result, I had no worries when, at 14, she was using the 'pute in the back room when I was watching telly in the front room; nor when she was in her room with her own laptop on 'tinternet at the age of 16.
I realise that some people like to pidgeon hole, but for bogs sake don't fall into the gubbmints trap of thinking that all parents are either 'moral upstanding upper middle church goers who support this' or 'low life mouth breathers with no parenting skills whose kiddies need protecting'.
Icon because I did 'think of the child'
My partner has been very inconvenienced by this but, as she wasn't left financially out of pocket, will pobably not get a bean. She works away from home and, as of last night, she was still unable to withdraw any money from her NatWest account. This didn't mean that she starved, as a work colleague loaned her some cash but she is still unsure if she will be able to pay her hotel bill and had a sleepless night because of it. Thanks a bunch RBS you useless bunch of overpaid 'Bankers'
Re: US$74 Million
Ah, but the Jubal soup tastes like long pork
Re: there's a quote about motes and beams .. If only I could remember ,,,
'I look forward to the (correct) use of "thee", "thy", "thine", "thou" and so on, along with archaic subjunctive forms.'
I would include in this the correct use of the 'your' archaic form, just for completeness of course :-)
Re: Basic questions for DARPA projects
"How much in the world of medicine has its roots in military R&D do you think?"
Reconstructive Plastic Surgery
Pretty useful hey?
@ AC Re: As a motorcyclist
As a chavved-up Nova/BMW owner (brain donor) I have the right to overtake on blind bends and hills and on single lane roads with oncoming traffic. Those solid white lines in the middle of a road do not apply to me and safe distances on motorways are only there for me to use as a guide when I squeeze between two cars moving at 70mph on a congested motorway. My tyres must wear faster than everyone elses, otherwise it shows I haven't been spinning the wheels enough and when I start off from lights I must accelerate so fast that I have to fight to keep the back end under control. Under no circumstances must I accept any blame for any accident, it is always the other drivers fault. Motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians are a target, and shouldn't be on *my* road anyway.
Shouldn't that be a fluury of 2 stroke Kawasaki glory?
My mate had one of these with a quick twist throttle and you could stand it on it's back wheel at 70! (not a cafe racer obviously)
Re: Waspy Waspy Police state
Your use of such terms as 'sheeple' and attempting to belittle anyone who doesn't agree with your own personal agenda by calling them ' Leftie Sheep' does nothing for your personal rant driven cause. In fact, it stops me reading further as you seem to have no rational arguments, but merely rely on ad hominem attacks - childish.
Re: RE: Atheism isn't a faith
An Atheist says "There is no evidence for the existence of a God/Gods, therefore I believe that they do not exist".
A Theist says "The evidence for the existence of God/Gods lies in my belief in them".
An Agnostic says "There is currently no evidence in the existence or otherwise of God/Gods, but this might change".
Therefore, Atheism and Theism are both belief systems, whereas Agnositicism is an open minded approach.
As for those who say Santa doesn't exist.....
Oh yes I do!
Icon for the Children at Christmas :-)
Dammit, just had to break a cardinal rule and gland some 'Up' at work to get over this down.
Re: Do not want, and in fact this kind of thing is a fucking 'orrible idea.
@Jake 27/3/13 08:27
"Yes, in many "built up areas" pedestrians have an easement, allowing them to freely meander about in cross-walks ("zebra crossings" to you Brits) & the like, without fear of being at fault in an ensuing collision."
Actually, for us 'Brits' a zebra crossing is not an 'easement', that is what you have when you have a dip in the pavement to allow access to your driveway and you have *no* right of way on the pavement either.
According to the Highway Code for drivers
'Zebra crossings. As you approach a zebra crossing
look out for pedestrians waiting to cross and be ready to slow down or stop to let them cross
you MUST give way when a pedestrian has moved onto a crossing
allow more time for stopping on wet or icy roads
do not wave or use your horn to invite pedestrians across; this could be dangerous if another vehicle is approaching
be aware of pedestrians approaching from the side of the crossing.'
The Highway code for pedestrians states,
'Zebra crossings. Give traffic plenty of time to see you and to stop before you start to cross. Vehicles will need more time when the road is slippery. Wait until traffic has stopped from both directions or the road is clear before crossing. Remember that traffic does not have to stop until someone has moved onto the crossing. Keep looking both ways, and listening, in case a driver or rider has not seen you and attempts to overtake a vehicle that has stopped.
So the onus is equally on the pedestrian and the driver to ensure there is time to stop, but if the pedestrian has set foot on the crossing you commit an offence by not stopping.
Icon, because you have to.
Actually, it's Blue String Pudding.
The Soup Dragon would be very annoyed to find string in her soup mines.
Bah, kids today, they don't teach them anything about the classics
Re: Most people stay with their bank in the UK due to inertia.
'And yet, go a penny over and the bank will "fine" you £25 (because what you want to do to people who can't pay for things is make it harder for them to pay anything at all, if you're a bank), plus interest for the privilege without bothering to consult you first'
Santander go one better than that. They pay out to take you over your limit (and charge you £25 for it), then reclaim the payment, because you are now over your limit (and charge you £25 for doing so), Then charge you £5 for being over your limit for a day!
' (find me a bank account where I *CAN'T* go overdrawn at all, ever, in any way, and transactions just get refused when I have insufficient money - they don't exist).'
Actually, they do exist. The majority of them are for those with bad credit scores, so they charge you up to £15 a month for the privilege of having a bank account!
Halifax Livecash, however, doesn't do credit checks and will also accept discharged bankrupts
Re: Spoiler alert? Seriously.
That Santa actually doesn't live at the North Pole?
Re: Licence agreements
No actually, it isn't the equivalent of you chipping your BMW. If anything it's more the equivalent of you fitting non BMW tyres and them blaming this for a brake failure.
Re: @Steven Roper
I think you might find that the majority of men in a stable relationship wouldn't feel the need to make that demand.
I seriously don't see this as a 'double standard' unless the man has been called upon to conclusively prove his monogamy.
Re: Ah, yes,
No thanks, the baby oil will do
Re: Three simple bits of information:
This is just more bollox a la BMI.
BMI is a rubbish index, as it doesn't take into account the fact that muscle actually weighs more than fat, so according to this index, most rugby forwards, weight lifters etc are Medically Obese.
This is a rubbish index as it is solely concerned with height, weight and age. The Basal Metabolic Rate varies from person to person.
The associated 'calorie requirements' from the same page allows no variability in exercise from the regimes they have imagined are 'typical'.
If you really want to know if you are eating too much for your BMR and exercise regime, talk to a professional! (note, this does not include 'diet clubs'.) Alternatively, ask yourself the questions,'can I do all I want without getting out of breath?' and 'how long do I want to live?'.
Often, just getting onto a better diet (less Maccy D's and ready meals, more fresh food) along with *gentle* exercise is enough.
Re: Why the heck .....
'I therefore see it as a delight that the civil servants should find their own data compromised'
Only an Arsehole would be delighted at anyone's data being compromised.
Re: Longbottom Leaf in Colorado, Calif, etc?
Hmmm, I wonder if HerefordSHIRE, HampSHIRE, HertfordSHIRE et al need worry?
'it could also one day eliminate such social scourges as 50-year-old men on powerful motorbikes'
50 year old men on powerful motorbikes are much less of a scourge than 20 year olds on the same bikes and both are less of a scourge that spotty teenagers in 'souped up' Novas!
Here's the car icon again :-)
Call me Mr Pedant
Actually, Fish was wholly correct.
A hurricane is, by definition, a Tropical revolving storm; England is not in the Tropics, therefore cannot have hurricanes.
Mine's the one with the Met Observers Manual, Ta.
Saw this on Saturday with the missus (who hasn't read 2000AD) and a mate, who's younger than me and mainly accessed Dredd through the graphic novels.
I have to say that it was very reminiscent of early Dredd (I started with him in Prog 2), whereas Stallone (I am a Block of Wood!) was more mid to late 80's.
The early Dredd wasn't the rather more muscular character of the latter period, but was just as uncompromising.
I thought that the premise to set it in the nearer future, just post atomic war was perfect, as it gives the sequels a chance to move towards a more dense city block structure. After all, even the Wall wasn't rebuilt in a day after the Sovs destroyed it was it now!
My mate and I spotted the Chopper graffiti, and I picked up on Kenny Who?
All 3 of us enjoyed the film, and my mate and I agreed that it set itself up perfectly for a decent sequel.
Re: Aggravated Homosexuality?
Whilst it wasn't me who downvoted you, you're guilty of stereotyping yourself!
I, for one, 'mince around in drag' but am unashamedly heterosexual. I just happen to love Rocky Horror.
Re: ABS as well?
Actually, ABS can be a real pain to me at times. I regularly drive along a lane which can often have mud at the side, whilst the crown can be clear and dry. The number of times the ABS engages under even mild braking is alarming, as is the times it even operates under acceleration!
Re: Epic Shit
Know what you mean, I gave up most of last Sunday for this, along with
'With the exception of Eddie and myself, whom you already know, we're going to be using aliases on this job. Under no circumstances do I want any one of you to relate to each other by your Christian names, and I don't want any talk about yourself personally. That includes where you been, your wife's name, where you might've done time, or maybe a bank you robbed in St. Petersburg. All I want you guys to talk about, if you have to, is what you're going to do. That should do it. Here are your names... ',
'Because it was a fifty fifty shot on wheter you'd be going left or right. You see we're both going left. You could have just as easily been going left, too. And if that was the case... It would have been a while before you started getting scared. But since you're going the other way, I'm afraid you're gonna have to start getting scared... immediately! '
'.I think you show great talent. And I pride myself on having an eye for that kind of talent. But your status as a Nazi killer is still amateur. We all come here to see if you wanna go pro. '
Another Oranges reference could be -
DR and Quinch's masterpiece Mind the Oranges Marlon!
Re: Imperialistic Americans
Actually, their gallon is spot on, and so is ours.
A gallon is not a fixed amount, it depends on what you are measuring.
The American gallon is also known as the wine, or Queen Anne gallon.
There are/were also dry gallon measures.
Re: Pressure: Nae Proablem.
At that height you will be well above the Tropopause. You will have also well passed the Stratopause. The one to look to at that height is actually the Mesopause.
This gives a decent temperature/height profile, http://apollo.lsc.vsc.edu/classes/met130/notes/chapter1/vert_temp_all.html but the pressures at that height are very variable.
The GPS units in 'sondes are pretty good, but unless they've upgraded them since I last launched one (about 7 years ago) they can be a bitch to get the initial lock. You also need to feed in the surface pressure in order for the ground station computer to work out the altitude, as the GPS is only used to calculate wind speed and direction in the horizontal plane, rather than altitude.
Sorry guys, speaking from experience, time to altitude is very variable and depends on a whole host of things.
As a suggestion for a launch switch, turning things on their mechanical heads, how about an aneroid capsule? This would still expand with height, but will be reuseable and relatively robust. These were used in older radiosondes to measure pressure. Get hold of one of these and you could use it to operate a micro-switch or similar. You could also calibrate it with your hypobaric chamber.
Norfolk 'n' Goode
Right, I've had enough of this one now.
You really have your handle right don't you.
Your constant spinning is no f'ing good to man nor beast.
Firstly, your constant use of the word 'alarmist' does nothing for the debate. Ad hominem attacks are merely another tactic used by those in any debate to try and belittle the other side due to the lack of convincing argument for their own.
Secondly your constant twisting of any article about climate into a purported link to the current global warming debate is feeble and disingenuous in the extreme (incidentally, the debate isn't about whether global warming is happening, the consensus amongst reputable Climatologists is that it is, the debate is about how much influence man has in the acceleration of the warming).
As for being dogmatic, I would suggest that your postings are constantly dogmatic*, peremptory** and indeed didactic***
* (of a statement, opinion, etc.) forcibly asserted as if authoritative and unchallengeable: Collins English Dictionary 2003
** Not allowing contradiction or refusal: The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000
*** inclined to teach or lecture others too much; Random House Dictionary 2012
Re: Paying off your student loan is the worst idea possible MNB
Some do, some don't. You have to apply if you're over 19 with a form, which they than take aaaages to sort out, and you're not guaranteed to get assistance at the end of it.
Re: Paying off your student loan is the worst idea possible
Quote "£785 is plenty for someone to live off of for a year if they are careful and dont blow it on unnessesary purchases" Utter Bollocks!
That equates to £65/month, so far this month my daughter has had to spend £65 on compulsory trips for her course.
Even if she hadn't, unless you propose that she stops getting her prescribed medicine (needed regularly for a skin condition) and stops using such 'luxury' items as deodorant, she has just had to cough up a staggering amount to 'secure' the student house she will be sharing next year. This isn't a deposit, she still has to pay that, as well as rent for the Summer when she won't be there!
It seems that eating properly is a luxury if you're just on the Student Loan.
Re: Announcement now published - 10k chars are back
From the linked article
'we now presenting long posts with a gradual fade out and an option to expand'
Not on my machine you don't!
All I see is a jumbled mess of the end of the post overlaying the next one!
Corporate Firefox RHEL6u2 FF3.6.17
Re: £500 to fix a damaged front door?
Bloody cheap if it was double glazed!
Bands and potions
Actually, Camembert Electrique is better, especially after a nice big bong.
Mushroom tea goes better with the Live Floating Anarchy album, especially Opium for the People, or Hawkwind's Doremi Fasol Latido.
Shirley, the advisor to the MOD should be Lemmy, real name Ian Kilmister!
Icon for the Opium Pipe
Specifically this part.
'(ii) if the work is provided for a fee (including as part of any subscription-based product or service) and includes files in the .ibooks format generated using iBooks Author, the work may only be distributed through Apple'
In other words, if you charge, and have an ibooks edition created using iBooks Author, you have to pay Apple for *all* versions!
Apart from the fact that they conflate the strikers with the Occupy protesters perhaps?
Something of a glaring error/twisting of the facts there
The Illustrated Man - Ray Bradbury 1951, a collection of short stories
The Invisible Man - H G Wells 1897, a novel
Icon, 1984 - George Orwell, another bit of classic (Non) Science fiction
According to Dante he's too late. In the Divine Comedy Satan is trapped waist deep in ice on the ninth level.
CUPS was in Linux loooong before Apple nicked the BSD kernel to build Mac OS X. Apple simply bought the code and now touts itself as the 'developer' because they employed the real developer of the software.
Ooh look, it's a rare spotted title
'The best information we have seems to be that authorised users on Linux boxes can achieve privilege escalation to get root access, and that there is no way of stopping them doing so'
Written by either a Microsoft shill or a moron.
either bugger off or learn about user security in Linux before spewing rubbish!
Here's a Title! Shock Horror
I suspect that you give too much credence to the average (smart) phone user. Most of them aren't aware of the conditions in which their new toy is produced, and probably don't give a damn anyway.
"Insert "nice rack" joke here"
Well, I'd serve 'er
Yeah, the one with the copy of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes in the pocket, Ta
Bottom fermenting yeast is used to produce Lager and Pilsner, ITYM *top* fermenting yeast, which is an ale yeast.
Icon is a little pale for my taste, I prefer porters and stouts.
Quote - 'So we're being told there WAS a radation leak, there were explosions & people are being effected by it..
But didnt I read, as little as two months ago that people pointing out this was happening were crackpots and/or people who were looking for political gains (simply because they werent towing the offical line)'
No - no you didn't.
What you read was that the people trying to imply that *all* of Japan's problems, deaths and injuries were linked to the nuclear plants and that people would die en masse from the fallout were such crackpots etc. The *minor* leaks were admitted when they happened, and the *majority* of the explosions only blew the bloody doors off :-)
There is no 'flipflop'-ing here, just a re-iteration of that point.
BTW, when you are 'towing' the 'offical' line is this similar to toeing the official line, or are you hauling some imaginary boundary by hand?
Great Britain and Northern Ireland
As titular appendage
So, are you saying that your daughter was texting whilst having a driving lesson, or that this guy was travelling too fast?
I've walked into barriers lower than waist height before whilst distracted and not fallen over them. The guy was a numbnuts.
Rollin, rollin, rollin
yes it has just rolled into town, and it's full of Sony execs who think they own the world.
- Bugger the jetpack, where's my 21st-century Psion?
- Something for the Weekend, Sir? Why can’t I walk past Maplin without buying stuff I don’t need?
- Review 'Mommy got me an UltraVibe Pleasure 2000 for Xmas!' South Park: Stick of Truth
- The land of Milk and Sammy: Free music app touted by Samsung
- Privacy warriors lob sueball at Facebook buyout of WhatsApp