320 posts • joined Friday 12th February 2010 13:13 GMT
Re: It's all about the money
I can assure you the electrical standards in the average Thai house fall somewhat short of British standards.
Not sure about sticking your finger in a socket much either, still have a couple of small burn scars from touching a live socket by mistake - that was in the UK.
Re: Sort of related
Wait till one walks across your bare foot when your standing in the bathroom, good job I was going to the toilet cos I widdled myself anyway.
Sort of related
For those wondering what spider and similar bites might feel like some with rich descriptions.
I recommend the Arachnoboard bite reports,
Giant Asian centipedes.archive
Just about everything else.
Re: The status of Engineers.
Its quite a surprise abroad when you tell someone you are an engineer they actually treat you with some sort of respect.
Over here, say you're an engineer and they may just think you fit washing machines, for all the devaluing the name has got in this country.
Re: Psychology is a nice, easy subject
No it won't be, but are you seriously telling me that what every psychology student does? Because that's not true.
I disagree as well, where I studied had a large psychology dept, and a large engineering dept. Engineers could keep up/ grasp concepts in psychology discussions far more than the reverse.
There's absolutely no way that psychology is as hard as an engineering degree for a student both in complexity and sheer workload, the excuse of we have to do a lot of extra reading which is why we get more free time and do less lesson time trotted out by social sciences is crap as well.
I have this vision
Of little egg like pods zooming around like some 60s sci fi.
And I like it.
We double hunt, we set up an auction to hunt the whomever wants to shoot the Rhino so much that they pays the astronomical fee.
1. "There is no hunting like the hunting of man"
2. If they care about conservation enough to pay all that money, I'm sure they'll understand when we tell them how much extra we raised on the price of their head.
Re: Robot out-performed by pensioner. We're safe for a while yet...
It still is taught as a martial art here and there, but I agree its taught by a lot of people now who don't have a clue to its origin and just see it as some low impact excercise.
Re: Where does one find these energetic, adventurous cats?
Our cat used to do something similar each summer with Magpies, except it would let them taunt it.
The birds would get close each day, and then near the end of the summer there'd be a smug cat and a lot of magpie feathers everywhere.
Re: Cost effective .....
"They will make a synthetic version of the active ingredient if it is useful as a medicine. That way there would be no risk of junkies stealing things to get their next fix."
Actually they've tried synthetic versions before with AIDS patients to stimulate appetite, they tended to wipe the patients out, make them feel ill etc and be no way near as effective as the herbal variety.
Also Junkies stealing..your talking shite
Re: For me it;s simple
Except I'm not happy to and I don't, as far as I'm concerned its none of their business.
With the possible exception of turning on locations for the odd time I use the phone as a sat nav.
I don't have any problems tbh with the gov tracking my location for emergency calls, we just need to make sure that the rules are drafted properly with no leeway to allow other concerns to get their sticky fingers in.
Re: Rain, my arse
Its a lot of rain, over a shortish usually predictable amount of time, and if its anywhere like the rest of the tropics its warm.
Re: "loss-making postal service"?
Have there not been accusations though that they can claim tax credits for all of the previous years of loss, so effectively not having to pay tax on any profits for several coming years?
139 people (killjoys?) rather than zillions.
Just goes to show
Whether Scotland chooses independence or not, they're still going to end up with politicians as shit as the rest of us have.
Re: Waitrose FTW
Aldi staff used to beat EPOS software.
I worked for a company years ago who tried to sell EPOS software to them. They lined a cashier up against the software saleman and he was beaten hands down by the Aldi cashier. Aldi also paid their staff way more than the other supermarkets did per hour, (dont know if they still do).
I mean on the one hand "Were getting rid of you because we aren't making enough" and on the other "I'm awarding myself a huge payrise because we have made enough", all from the same financials for the year.
Re: Chessington Marketing Dept. Plays a Blinder
There was a guy who tested the theory that sharks were attracted to bright colours (see yum yum yellow for WWII life-jackets) by diving in a clown suit, with chain-mail on underneath.
It seems they like bright colours, or they really hate clowns.
Hold on I have to issues with your Paragraph
1. The animals are not happy though. Why do you think so many captive breeding programs fail? The animals know they are safe and no longer feel a need to reproduce?
Which likely by definition means they are less stressed, although I'd argue that there's all sorts of factors that effect breeding programs - some animals need stress, some don't some need the right temps all sorts of things.
2. Saying that 25 acres is plenty of room is ridiculous. That's trying to impose Human views onto animals and that just doesn't work.
If you can't impose human views on animals doesn't that negate point 1 about the animals being happy or not anyway?
Biggest shame is that we are likely to be needing zoos to keep wild populations away from extinction
Re: What I would like to know
Maybe its to hide from Godzilla
Re: How to make a big company pay their debts on time
Nice idea, in reality though you just piss off you're big customers who then go to your rivals, Big companies have small companies over a barrel in these situations especially if its a lot of your sales.
Nope I was never fingerprinted or retinal scanned when I went on holiday at the beginning of this year.
Re: Truth or consequences
Your comment about the crossing the line is so true.
I was bullied and was caught by a teacher pasting one of my bullies who decided to push me without his usual back up. In fact I was so gone at that point I looked at the teacher who had entered the room and then turned back and hit him a few more times before stopping and basically standing there not giving a fuck.
I was quite willing at that point to take any punishment in fact it was at the point I felt it might stop it or give me an excuse to out my problem, in a school that had a don't grass culture.
Kudos though to the math teacher though who I'm pretty sure had guessed at the causes me being a mild geeky pupil, and who just calmly asked me if I had finished and then said well "both of you write 500 words on why you think fighting's doesn't solve everything". I probably should have been way more punished considering the lovely cathartic kicking I had given this guy and the state he was in.
Lack of education by the head
"even said that there is an inherent risk that every government is corrupt"
So doesnt that mean that this is putting his thoughts along simialr lines of people such as, Tacitus, Plutarch, Jefferson, Sagan, Nietzche, Bernard Shaw, Lord Acton etc etc?
Seriously is this head an idiot? Some of the greatest minds around have made comments and addressed issues such as this, (not saying the kid is one of them btw), personally I'd be quite worried about the lack of general education and knowledge in the school head.
obligatory Pink Floyd song.
Re: What Holiday? Leave the internet at home next time....
I was in Thailand earlier this year, it was quite handy being able to sit in my hammock and do a quick surf of the web. Do some ID of things I had seen on a dive, look up ferry times for an island hop, check out some recommended places to wander across to, stuff like that.
It didn't detract from my holiday to laze in my hammock for an hour or so doing this, and it didn't mean I wasn't keeping myself plenty occupied during the rest of the days or evenings.
I wouldn't have missed it much either though I'd have just read a book, and I definitely wouldn't have answered an email from work that was work related.
To be fair
I remember as a kid there was an awful lot of shit in the charts then that did well as well. "I should be so lucky" for example. Even then it seemed an awful lot of the good music rarely made it in to the top of the charts.
For an alternative you can always try some of the stuff from Armen Rotch.
Re: Intelligence! @ Phlip
Doxycycline is not a cure.
Its a prophylatic - its works to prevent you from catching it but you have to dose yourself with it all of the time when you are in a malaria infested area, Malarones another one, they can both have pretty bad side effects as well. Can't remember which ones the worst (think its Doxy) but they can be really bad, friend of mine has malaria because they ended up stopping taking the stuff because it was fucking em up so bad whilst they were on it.
While I see where you are coming from.
I think you don't really show much knowledge of why people are being affected by malaria and why its such a killer in poor countries.
Its alright knowing what causes it but affording mosquito nets and being able to eradicate issues such as stagnant water to prevent it aren't that easy in some of these areas.
Likewise knowing that prophylactics are available is all well and good, but that's a lot of cash for someone whose poor to dose themselves with all of the time. (Plus some pretty unpleasant side effects - especially in the older type ones).
Re: Gross stupidity
I have to agree with you and have an upvote. I consider myself an environmentalist and reasonably well informed, and sensible enough to want to analyse the evidence first. Problem is there's a heck of a lot of people who don't and just have a knee jerk reaction or think that because someone works for an environmental lobby group of some sort they are such paragons of virtue that they will definitely and everything written must be the truth, ironically whilst usually assuring us the other side will definitely be biased because they have an agenda.
Clamshells are so much more convenient if you don't take to much care of your stuff.
My V3 used to be in my pocket all the time, and that included plenty of wandering round like a bum in different countries with it just shoved in shorts, admittedly the outside looked like it had been used for ballistic testing for small arms fire at the end with loads of nicks and dints, but I never had to care about it. The thing lasted being mistreated from being bought when it first came out at a stupid price, to last year.
I was a little upset when it died.
Now doing the same stuff I find myself always worrying about keys and coins in my pocket whenever I put my smart phone away.
You have to be a huge twat
to be a Capita boss.
(ah cant be bothered to justify why its all there in the article)
That does not surprise me at all, its always struck me when in SEA that they are very thrifty about stuff like that. I don't know if its cultural because the areas used to be really poor but to me its seems something we lack in a way.
Why not re-use the nails rather than discard them just pay to have slightly shinier ones to use?
You see the re-use of items a lot, I've stayed in places that have basically been built from collected scrap and actually look pretty nice, I've been to all you can eat buffets that will charge you extra if you fill your plate and don't eat it all (but don't care if you make multiple visits) its the waste of food they find objectionable.
It makes them rather nifty at building things from what we would often regard as crap of landfill as well, in a Heath Robinson engineering sort of way.
Nice one nan & parents
Dr Who was never scary for me because you thought Quatermass and the pit, and Sapphire and Steel*, and Hammer house of horror was not only suitable but must have viewing for a young child.
Then again giving me The Rats, The Shining and Cujo to read when about 12 or 13 probably didn't help either. :)
*which El Reg you should also do an article on.
Re: Are you telling me...
There's a few more places that play it than that such as South Pacific islands, Japan even competes in the Rugby world cup, so not all former colonies after all.
Re: No Cookies Please, We're British
Apart from the third party cookies you may need for your shopping cart. I would have thought the blocking of tracking cookies does a favour for the small business. These sort of things strike me as the realm of the companies that can afford big marketing departments and talk of things like metrics. Not some little online shop.
Nice one Mozilla your helping the small business stay competitive.
Before the video even started
I saw the shirt and thought "no fucking way".
Re: Them were the days..
While trying to clear up the mess of a terrible ERP implementation at a company, the MD used to get me to come and copy files across for him from the network to his laptop. since the files he wanted always came from the same place I wrote a little batch file to do it and save me the bother.
He still used to call me in to do it, when I asked why his answer was, "If I have to bother learning about this stuff, why should I hire you?"
Re: Holy s**t
@ I aint spartacus.
Its a practice, could remove contacts lenses after nights out clubbing getting seriously twisted, it becomes automatic. Likewise putting them in I once you do it a few times you learn the muscle memory you don't need a mirror.
Hell i once removed the contact lenses with no bother and I was wrecked enough that I was laying in bed thinking I was going to get lucky with the missus, before I realised I had been stroking my own leg for 5 minutes.
@Ed yep done that. :)
Re: Glad to see (sort of)...
My soft contacts stay on underwater when diving on those occasions I have had to remove a mask, I would think hard lenses would not.
However as the poster above says if you do, its worth taking them out on deco times or when you are back on shore and giving them a good rinse, there's loads of bacteria in see water especially tropical waters. (Same reason you shouldn't dive with open wounds if you dive a lot).
Re: It looks like a 60s council office.
I have to agree I thought that pic was of what they were going to knock down to make space for something nicer.
While I'll agree that the is some issues with some of our laws and the actions of some of our police. I think you'll find we'd be considerable more fucked if with lived in a society without laws or people to protect the others from the worst elements of our society..
" I'll take moral arguments, once someone shows me a credible argument that paying tax is a moral responsibility, and not purely a legal one."
Protection of the populace with laws and enforcement?
Re: >It is really too bad the politicians keep undercutting NASA's budget.
Its worth doing both. As much as doing the hard science experiments is useful, and unmanned missions teach us much. Surely one day we ourselves want to reach for the stars .
If nobody could tell you whether the creek had fish in it or not, then I call bullshit on the fact you did a proper impact assessment.
All of the above movements does seem to imply a superiority from our whole bodies physiology. Thinking of throwing and martial arts moves powers really delivered from us being able to get all the muscles to work in a co-ordination with each other, whether its a whipping action or coming of the back foot I've seen lightly built people deliver real powerful kicks and punches in comparison with weightlifting types who don't train on getting that synergy.
Wasn't there also some research that said that human muscle strength is inhibited to give us better muscular control? Which I would think makes all the difference on fine control for a throw, or snapping out a punch with the hand eye co-ordination to hit where you intend on the target.
Chimps wouldn't seem to have the hips to use some of the kinetic actions we use, or the fine muscle control to hit a target with an accurate punch. Admittedly a chimps more likely to just run at you screaming and bite you with its canines or tear your arm off and hit you with it, so having the brains to think a pointy stick and tactics would be handy has got to be some help as well.