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Re: Size estimate based on single tooth
Thanks. Exactly the sort of answer I hoped for.
Re: Over excitement much?
Taking any of these figures, it seems we need a ship capable of supporting many generations of crew, producing its own energy, food, etc. Once we can do that, we don't need the other planets: just stay on the ship.
Size estimate based on single tooth
How valid is it to extrapolate the length of an unknown animal based on a single tooth? Could they not have discovered, for example, a standard sized platypus with enormous teeth? Or something entirely different with at least one tooth uncommonly like that of a platypus?
It makes grammatical sense:
* Orange was known as France Telecom.
* Orange has customers in Europe and Africa.
* Orange has no customers in the UK.
* Orange remains part owner of EE in the UK.
"Remains" is a strange choice of word, appearing to imply that it was formerly part-owner of EE outside the UK, but is so no longer.
You just know...
I'm not necessarily pro-bullfighting myself, but making comments like "I know that there is nothing remotely entertaining about stabbing bulls to death in bullfighting arenas.", when apparently a lot of people are entertained by it, shows a good deal of self-importance. "I believe there is nothing remotely entertaining..." or "I don't know what is entertaining..." would be more rational.
Re: Youtube broken
An upvote for (almost) pointing out that scooter riders are not bikers.
"enticing prizes or in this case, Apple products"
Trend Micro aren't fanbois, then?
I take on board all the comments about an obnoxious git bluffing about the law, but when the EJ rep asks ‘What are you, some kind of lawyer?’, I wouldn't deny him the satisfaction of saying "Yes, actually", given that it was true-ish.
Re: Thats strange...
Well, reportedly people have driven directly into the water when they should have waited for a ferry, so yes.
(Possibly an urban myth of course)
Re: For all the chilli jokes
There's always someone who'll spoil everything by using facts...
Re: Lefthand mice
Like you, I use a right-handed mouse in my left hand. However I hold it between thumb and third (ring) finger, left-click with the second finger and right-click with the index finger. Hasn't caused me any strain.
Incidentally, I'm right-handed. I use the mouse with my left hand to keep the right hand free. It seems obvious to me, though nobody else seems to think so.
Re: Rule of thumb.....
There was a non-Dilbert cartoon on our office wall for years, featuring a CEO type saying "Our staff are our greatest asset. I vote we sell them."
Re: The "Wooow" juror comment
I can't vouch for this personally but I'm given to understand that a typical reflection from a jury member is "I hope I'm never tried in front of a jury like that".
Re: Only a matter of time
Well, if the radiation interferes with their DNA so much that they grow fins, I guess that's punishment enough in itself...
And another parallel with the porn-search-filtering nonsense: even if we accept that one shouldn't view porn or make functioning firearms, there are valid reasons to search on "dodgy" terms, and valid reasons to print something that looks a bit like a gun. Novelty cigarette lighters, umbrella handles, water pistols...
ISTM that any benefit is outweighed by the inconvenience of false positives.
Re: Better get busy
...and the RSPB website. Full of tits and shags.
Re: re 'There is no scientific consensus' on sea-level rise, say scientists
There is no scientific consensus on gravity - it's just that the earth sucks.
I don't think "strain blocking" means anything. I parse the sentence as "this strain of ransomware blocks..."
he had to, as he'd superglued the original to himself...
Re: Plague ....
Not sure, but I seem to remember an incident where building work opened a plague pit that was coincidentally next to somewhere that had been an ice house for centuries*, and there were serious concerns about frozen bacilli having survived.
*That part seems implausible now I come to repeat it...
This might be apocryphal
if not downright untrue, but when I was first taught Lotus SmartSuite, the tutor swore that he'd just done a class where all the students turned their mice over and tried to move the ball around with their fingers. This was apparently their second-ever training session: the first had used a trackball.
Re: I hereby declare...
"anyone else get annoyed by the dumbing down..."
Yup. Don't tell me it's superfast (and no doubt ultrafast, hyperfast and various other meaningless terms in future): tell me how fast it is. And preferably without using the phrase "up to".
Further pedantry alert:
"a motor" not "an motor"
Perhaps it's just prejudice, but the word "Studies" in the title of a degree or other academic course makes it seem less worthwhile to me.
Re: Desire for a brand new combine harvester
Indeed. "I've got a brand new combine harvester" seems to imply that I've got one, not that I want one.
Check out the photo of the home in the Sky News link. Somehow, it just fits the story perfectly.
"Lets users search for recipes on their Android phones and then transmit them to the cooker"
And then what? The rice cooker reads the recipe, assembles the ingredients, skins, chops and browns the chicken, peels, slices and adds the onion... (depending on the recipe, obviously)?
How can it do anything more complex than "Boil the rice currently inside you, using the water also currently inside you."?
Re: I'll admit I'm not as experienced as I'd like to be
"Unless you're a fanboi..." Suddenly it all makes sense. I had read the article as implying you're using a phone while having sex with another human being
Re: Earth is 9,000 years old...
But didn't creation occur in 4004 BC according to literalists? It's AD 2012 now. That's only a touch over 6000 yrs. Where have the other three millennia come from?
Burn the heretic!
99% of contractors say they do a good job
Who'd have thunk it?
And presumably permanent staff wouldn't similarly blow their own trumpets?
Firstly, I'm not convinced that having this thing wandering around the office talking to my colleagues while I'm at home is any better than me phoning or instant-messaging them. But let's accept that it is.
What then if a colleague in the office while I'm at home wants to talk to me? Do they have to find my bot? Presumably they'll bypasss it and call me direct anyway.
Part of my reason for working at home is that I have colleagues in various offices in at least five countries (as, of course, do those colleagues). So we each need a bot in each office. Unless we all decide to work from home and have one central physical office somewhere in a cheap part of the globe entirely staffed by bots and bot-maintenance technicians.
You'd hope the California Science Center knew the difference between "sight" and "site".
Reducing truck mile?
" [The bins] use their embedded phone to call up a truck over Vodafone's GPRS network when they're full, reducing the distance trucks have to drive."
I find it hard to believe in this reduction. Say I fill my bin on Monday, so they send out a truck to empty it. My next-door neighbour fills his on Tuesday, so they send out a truck to empty it. Next-door-but one fills his on Wednesday...
Assuming random bin-filling, they have to send a truck down every street every day, instead of once a week.
Ok, maybe we don't each fill a bin per week, but in a street of any reasonable size, there'll be at least one trip needed per day.
I can only assume they don't in fact empty bins on demand as soon as they are full, perhaps they come once a week and empty only those bins known to be already full, but the saving there would be marginal.
Don't worry, even French courts will give little credence to anyone claiming to be an ancestor of the Paleolithic artist. Unless they can demonstrate that they're really, really old.
"In the tanks that only held one kind of wasp, the second went extinct within a few generations"
That makes no sense at all.
I follow the thrust of the argument: that if one predator goes extinct, its prey thrives, outcompetes another prey species, second prey species either goes extinct or is at least severely reduced in numbers, predator that preys on now extinct prey species goes extinct.
But I don't think the predator that wasn't in the tank in the first place would take "a few generations" to disappear.
The government makes the rules; the companies obey them(1). The rules effectively say "If you're based in the UK, you pay this much. If you're a subsidiary of an Irish company you pay that much. You choose.". Up to the MPs to get the rules right rather than whinge about it.
(1) OK, some don't, but that's a different issue.
Good luck with that
Searching Google Images for my name (even using quotes to avoid hits on only my first or last name and including only those that show a person) gives well into double figures. Especially if you include the ones with several people in one picture. Is a member of staff expected to memorise all of those and associate them with my name just in case any are actually me? One is, as it happens. but were I not in a particular voluntary role, that wouldn't be published.
Re: Depends on the claim
Indeed, and tying in with the DFS comment above, such places usually have a discreet notice saying something like "Higher price charged at our Loughborough store between 31/5/2012 and 14/6/2012".
Cat out of the bag?
@Steve Evans - you might be thinking of buying "a pig in a poke".
a pig in a poke
something that is bought or accepted without knowing its value or seeing it first.
[with reference to the formerly common trick of selling a cat concealed in a bag to someone who was expecting a pig] - OED
Anyway, if one of my friends or colleagues offered to sell me a laptop, I'd want to see it, and see it working. How stupid would I have to be to to buy it unseen, off a stranger? And I guess this is racist of me, but somehow a stranger with a foreign accent is even more suspicious.
Re: Mix and Match
That's a *furlong* long and a chain wide, I think.
Re: Re:Route sucks?
I read it that way too: "Re:Route sucks in [terms of] travel recommendations..."
Re: Didn't take long did it?
Presumably asdf had a knee-jerk reaction to the fact that the article appeared in the Christian Science Monitor and felt no need to read further. It's probably worth pointing out that "Christian Science", in this sense, is well outside anything that could be considered mainstream Christianity.
Re: Do tell again...
And how many does it take to fill:
a) an Olympic sized swimming pool
Re: I suppose it's a bit late to suggest...
"When a police officer ... is capable of calming down the "unruly" subject..."
I don't know the law in Indiana, but it might be as simple as a police officer being allowed to use reasonable force to restrain an offender, but the school teachers not.
Re: Retaining essays
Isn't it a condition of using Turnitin that you contribute to its database?
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