106 posts • joined Tuesday 28th August 2012 14:22 GMT
Is it in stereo?
At last, an excuse to listen to music all day instead of the boring office chatter. I think i shall get deaf about the time this comes out.
Re: shock horror!
.... whereas all the South wanted to do was continue with slavery - pig ignorant conservatism clashing headlong with far from perfect enlightenment. Oh the humanity.
Re: all those Chinese
The French also like to claim that they are lactose intolerant but they also water their orange juice so that it is not so acid and sweet. I consider that they are just intolerant, and their idea of tea is an insult to humanity. Their coffee is strong, caffeinated, black and very good however, even if Italian is better.
By the way, all the Chinese I have met consider that English tea is blended for drinking with milk and happily drink it like that or, if they still don't like the taste, drink Chinese tea - which is not blended for drinking with milk.
Re: What a performance!
Yup, that's the way the system has been shaped into operating. It's up to people like you to reshape it into something a bit better.
Where's the boring old fart icon?
@: Pascal Monett, Re: Tim Brown 1
Tim Brown 1 made a perfectly reasonable comment. I imagine that the Harvard-Smithsonian astro boffins considered the same possibility before they published their report. Boffins are constrained to use today's theories unless one of them comes up with a better one - at the very least, someone needs to look at how the exoplanet could get into the orbit they say it is in.
Re: mythbusters, gun calibres, stopping bullets .....
That coat icon just saved you from a right old flaming.
Re: "Everyone ... gets intercepted"
Utterly, utterly useless.
Happy medium (cup size?)
But it's not Cameron that is stopping us seeing all those breasts - it's Zuckerboob.
History is bunk unless you learn from it.
Just off the top of my head, the death penalty for steeling a sheep has a fairly rich history but is no longer practised and skateboarding is modern and somewhat dangerous.
I think the real truth is that succeeding generations decide what they want to do and what they do not want to do. If they choose to do something purely because they feel the weight of history on them - more fool them.
Yes, Australians do lay into each other with flair and grace.
I've just upvoted him. Full marks for style, downvotes and other comments take care of the technical aspects of his argument.
Re: "despite being the most abundant life form in the universe"
@Geoff Campbell. Nice one - and to take it to it's only currently provable or disprovable limit "in the more carefully studied parts of this earth".
Nice to see an astrophoto...
... which hasn't had the colour screwed up to the max.
But Mercator was a Belgian !
Re: CFO says "There won't be one atom of carbon emitted ...."
You are not supposed to figure out anything from Apple - you have just to believe and consume. Repeat after me - 'Believe and consume ...'
(Disclaimer - this is just a rant after buying an Ipad - beatifully made piece of kit , but you can't actually DO anything on it. Believe and consume.)
@ Eradicate all BB entrants
"If I had to define my political stance I would have to say I am right of centre yet I fully believe in personal responsibility, unlike those left of centre who prefer someone else to make the decisions."
Have you been bogarting the joint ?
I didn't downvote you and have no quarrel with your posts, but please don't remind me too often that Word has gone through three bloody releases since Word 2007.
Progress is wonderful, and a business needs cashflow and all that - but my wordprocessor requirements are simple and stable.
Re: seriously though..
What's behind the "7000V can kill you from 3 feet away" remark? I've been much closer to much higher voltages than that.
Re: Old East/West German border.
Why did he get the downvotes?
Re: Dover Ferry
The Dover port French police box is usually manned but they don't seem to consider passport checks as a normal part of their duties. On the other hand, whenever I turn up earlier than booked (to cadge a lift on an earlier ferry) the car is systematically pulled into the customs inspection shed for a chat and a look in the boot, so at least the UK customs has a working database at Dover.
The federal government ....
.... was elected by the American electorate. So you are saying that the American electorate voted against your vital interests. Good luck with that one.
Re: ANY government
Churchill came out with a neat remark about democracy. It seems appropriate here.
Re: Under Investigation by Law Enforcement
Tortuous thinking leads to the conclusion that Dennis Dayle was a (reluctant ?) recruiting agent for the CIA.
Re: ... like all their allies
Steady on old chap, we're talking diplomacy here not 'liberté, égalité et fraternité'. It's a dirty business, if you want altruism you'd better find a bloody good reason for it, eg the Marshall Plan was preferable to leaving Europe completely broken after WWII.
Re: "nothing to worry about"
I think some people have become paranoid, VERY paranoid. I wouldn't trust the paranoid with anything - recent events seem to support my opinion.
Re: IQ tests
@ Def. Thanks for the laugh.
@AceRimmer - mamoth hunter
You forgot one step in your list; add "Collect Darwin Award" just after "Harass herd"
Re: Shot at dawn
you forgot " in front of their family".
Re: Who the hell cares?
"Nobody with a brain buys into over-priced crap."
I just upvoted your post because an entirely reasonable statement doesn't deserve all those downvotes.
Whether Apple products should be considered as overpriced crap is debatable but there is a case to be made depending on your requirements and the way these requirements would be met (or not) by Apple products. So, upvote.
Don't get too excited - pushing Mandarin in schools and state publications, job specifications or whatever may be wrong but it's not the same thing as a pogrom.
Re: living in the daylight
Yeah, I don't mind the spooks (or Google etc) knowing that I have looked at porn, have checked the spelling of Al Qaeda on the internet (my spellchecker suggests Qaddafi) etc. What concerns me is that the spooks (naturally enough) want to have the least amount of oversight and restrictions on their activities and Google considers it's role in life is to snuggle up with Creepy.
Much more informed public oversight is needed before all this snooping is acceptable.
Re: Yet Another Reason
Babies and bathwater - unfortunately.
Re: crippling the signal
I've been in several hotels (real ones at motorway service stations) that completely blocked cellphone coverage inside the building but didn't interfere with cellphone use 5 meters from the building. Mind you they were new buildings and I haven't yet tried to disable whatever it is that blocks the signal, might be a tougher problem in an existing prison.
@xperrioni Re: "wrong question for a struggling business to ask"
The thing is, it's not the business that asks the question. The law sets out the criteria, the business doesn't have much choice (apart from trying to find ways around the rules). This situation is a result of all sorts of political compromises over the decades whereby the ruling classes of France made a comfy life for all of the workforce in return for the ruling classes being left alone to do the ruling.
Changes will be forced into the regulations of the system, but the system will be the same. The be-all and end-all of French political life is not business but "La douce France".
And don't knock it until you've tried it.
Re: dangerous animal...
You are forgetting the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal. I defy you to prove me wrong.
And here on earth the mosquito far outclasses mere humans.
Re: This is just silly
"advertising is the only way"
Commercial TV stations are financed by advertising but don't spy on me.
Google et al just like snuggling up with Creepy.
His and her ages.
On a purely pedantic tangent to the excellent comments so far, may I suggest that the ages of proto-adam and proto-eve must be identical . If not, from where did Roger the lodger originate?
Re: " they can search what they trawl"
Yes, it's obvoius that search would be provided, but proof that it exists reminds me of the Frankenstein moment after the lightning strike: "It lives!" .
The USA is famous for its institutional checks and balances - are they still up to the job? Heaven alone knows what the UK oversight and control procedures are and whether they can cope with the monster that has now been constructed.
It used to be that there was another monster - nuclear deterrence; it was scary and potentially lethal to the whole humane race but it worked (and greatly to the West's benefit). The general principles and mechanisms for managing the beast were well publicised, analysed (and sometimes played out) in public. Nobody seriously tried to downplay (or deny) the dangers.
Practice makes perfect.
I don't think you know how to present a convincing argument to a General who is worried about national security. "As any fule kno" really doesn't work, neither does sarcasm.
Abducted by aliens.
That's their rational self desperately trying to find a reason for why they do the things they do and believe the things they do.
Re: "before you 'bust up' the existing order"
OK, I've thought about it, and I think it would marginally improve matters - when can we start? And, before you ask, no I don't have a cure for cancer either but I support those looking for one using real, targeted, and results based science.
@Intractable Potsherd, Bronze Badge
I think you are confusing 'insane' and 'mistaken' . Lots and lots of people are mistaken - even you.
Brilliantly apposite sub-heading
I had to Google it though. "I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened."
―Obi-Wan Kenobi senses Alderaan's destruction.
Atlatls, Woomeras, throwing sticks and boomerangs.
An atlatl is a woomera and whatever other names the ubiquitous 'spearthrower' is called. A throwing stick is precisely that - a stick which is thrown. Throwing sticks probably predated spears and are effective for small prey. If you use a particularly bent stick with a flatish profile you get a boomerang.
Not as interesting as cricket but someone had to say it.
Kudos for your erudition. I just checked the online version of Johnson's dictionary - he has "disorientated" so it's good enough for me.
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