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5 posts • joined 17 May 2007

Computer glitch nixes death row appeal in Texas

chris

who is to blame?

>a computer problem meant they couldn't print

I bet they were using windows. While I suppose the EULA would say otherwise, the evil M$ empire takes an ever greater toll on humans... ;o)

@ Jason: >until abortionists renounce their faith in murder of the unborn..blahblah

Until the religious right stops supporting indiscriminate wars all over the world (the Iraqi civilians are not murdered either I suppose, they are just killed, right? BTW, when was thou shalt not kill replaced by thou shalt not murder in the american bibles? I bet it is quite recent) their stance on abortion is laughable.

And I am not even talking about the parody of Justice that leads to so many innocent citizens being legally killed. I am all for the death penalty for confirmed murderers, so I am not quite a tree-hugger. Trouble is, we can never be sure (as so many police setups and trial errors have shown.

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Thailand menaces YouTube - again

chris

offending material matter of choice

Would the brits want to pull a video where for example, the queen gives a bl**job to a horse? As for the spanish cartoon, offense is a local matter, and as much as I despise royalty in general, and while free speech (maybe not the US version) is a cornerstone of freedom, this sort of free speech brings nothing to human kind. Also, bush would have a video pulled in seconds if he said it threatens national security, regardless how groundless his claim might be.

I am unsure what to think about all of this, and I guess my points are:

1) it is easy not to appreciate cultural differences

2) stones and glasshouses... (@ Jim Booth)

3) it is dangerous that almost all the internet is US-based, where local (sub)standards apply

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787 unsafe, claims former Boeing engineer

chris

boeing vs airbus

@ Malcolm Weir

The A380 uses pure composites for the tail and a few flaps. The fuselage is glassfibre-reinforced aluminium. Sorry for the facts being so appallingly anti-american, or whatever, but you are uninformed, and Boeing seems to be wanting to cut nasty corners and hide behind the usual "blame the messenger "tactics (anyone surprised raise their hand). Glassfibre does not shatter or burn anything like carbon fibre does, and the metal sheeting takes much better care of lightning strikes.

We all know this message if purely driven by my jealousy of not having a US passport (hidden behind a canadian passport-like cover), so fell free to disregard it.

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Nepal fixes Boeing 757 with goat sacrifice

chris

ship christening

So the Nepalese repair the plane and sacrifice a couple of goats. How is that different from building a boat and calling a priest to say incantations and then breaking a bottle? Not to mention the numerous superstitions around boats, or the fallacious cell phone use ban in planes, until airlines can charge for it. You guys need to get out more I reckon.

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Surveillance state can't monitor itself, says US

chris

serf not russian

Serf is a French medieval word, from Latin servus, slave. Same root as service.

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