21 posts • joined Monday 29th October 2012 08:30 GMT
Not so long ago, and not too far away...
My mother was brought up in the english countryside, no inside loo, no electricity or mains services of any sort. All her food was grown in human excrement. Simple system hut with bucket, man with spade, hole, first year eat crops picked above ground, afterwards it's ok for root crops. Tomatos love it by the way, she's currently eighty-six and counting.
Mind if you took her back to those days she'd spit in your eye, outside loos are cold and nasty, not to mention the spiders.
Hmmm that sounds like a Dr. Who title "Spiders of Mars"
As a UK resident for the last fifty five years I want to know where you are getting your weather forecasts. Mine have been c**p just for the last week. Don't forget all those predictions of a barbecue summer last year. I have come to the conclusion that if you fail in any other government dept they transfer you to the met office, after all you cannot muck up the weather, and you can just ask for a more expensive computer for your models when they don't work...
After all as we all know a faster shinier computer makes you do your job better. So users always claim!
All right. I'll get me coat, and go back on the tablets. As an aside as others have stated, climate is not weather, but we simply haven't got enough data from enough sources (yet) to (accurately) predict either yet. That doesn't mean we shouldn't try, just that we should take all predictions with a sack of salt for the nonce. They are chaotic systems it's like politicians, you can reasonably predict that one or more will be caught with their trousers down, or their hand in the till. The chaotic bit is that you cannot always predict which one will be caught. Right, now where's that coat?
Please let that be intentional irony. Please!
Re: What’s the point?
Well they could just pay the author, and the publisher also, say a fee to have the book originally to publisher, then a 1p renewal fee in Perpetuity to the publisher, on top of the authors fee. (I don't know what the author gets each time a book is borrowed, so this is merely an example.) in the cases above where people have stated twenty to forty loans, I am supposing that those are paperbacks, as I know from my own that they deteriorate faster than hardbacks. So another option would be to assume e-books deteriorate at the same rate as hardbacks, and repay the fee every two hundred loans or so.... Just a thought.
Re: You know on Time Team how they...
No, sorry you have me there, I can understand the value of backups of cat pictures and porn, but Windows system restore?
Re: @Eadon If crap stops radiation in its tracks
Did you not read the post which requested eadon's last post?
Damned if he does, and damned if he doesn't.
I thought it was at least mildly funny, which does make a change.
Now awaiting jokes about last post for eadon...
Re: Nobody biting for this?
Well he did say that they seemed to want to ban internet porn... And isn't that online poke?
Alright, I'll get me coat!
You know I always thought that it was either a measuring device for christmas entertainments, or a way of sorting semi nude piccys on the web
Re: Genetic testing shows ...
That's what adds that delicate flavour, I tried Morrisons savers (I know I'm a tightwad!) they were the sweepings from Shergar's stable. As a tightwad I seldom throw anything away, so I used the rest of the pack to light a fire with in the morning. I swear it took me hours to get the disgusting taste out of my mouth. (No sniggering at the back there!)
My sister used to drink Earl Grey with milk. I've always felt a bit sorry for her! Mind you I don't like it much without, but with half a spoon of honey it's OK. Personally I wouldn't drink any perfumed Teas with milk, however judging by all the comments in this thread so far Tea is like politics or sex. We'll never all agree on what is best but we know what we like!
You swine... I've been trying to forget drinking 'Tea' like this for years, I thought I had, then read this.
Good grief the taste of Tea and Minestrone Yeucck!
Totally off main topic, does anyone else find that Tea tastes disgusting when they have a cold but Coffee doesn't
Re: 200 million office workers gagging for a...
I think they mean the users will gag when they find what it's like!
Re: new psychiatric medications - it's not all bad
As a sufferer from depression myself.. I can't see this helping me when I found that I had been staring at a blank wall for twenty mins. or so, honestly there were times when I swear I had no detectable brain impulses, I'm better now though wibble wibble. Hope this could be of use in testing treatments for mental illness. It would be very interesting to see the changes ongoing after medications were taken, the trouble being having a large enough data sample to say what is normal brain activity for the majority of people.
Three plus years of meds, and finally off them!
Re: Age profile
Are they reporting the 'wallpaper effect' here, my mother (85 and counting) has the TV on all day, a friend's husband used to put it on when he walked in the door, and I've seen him playing an immersive shoot em up while TV was on in the background. Friend's children vary in watching, eldest three are on computers most evenings until bedtime, youngest does her homework on the computer then watches a couple hours of TV before bedtime I generally websurf on and off for hours, but watch about 1 hour of TV a night midweek, with about two and a half at the weekend. (I'm 55) so I would say it's definately age related.
Re: I predict...
Hey, at least at work you get paid to wear the damn things at work, and I have never needed one to go to the toilet. That is extreem IMNSHO unless of course they are monitoring who is in there digging the escape tunnel.
Prediction AKA guessing by professionals
Just jumping the track a bit, I haven't found any long term predictions even across a relatively small area to be too accurate, ie. this year in England in march they predicted a long hot summer due to a sunny first week, cue constant rain for six and a half weeks, followed by another smashing week of sunshine. And all the papers threw out a prediction for a record breaking summer (they were right about records being broken, most rain in July, August and September for decades) with expected temperatures in the 30c area but if I recall correctly, ( which I probably don't) we only got two days above thirty. Then it started again, of course this is weather, and not climate, but with a massive, semi-chaotic system to predict I feel we still have a hell of a long way to go before we can predict anything accurately.
FYI as a test this year I played a game, I predicted the next day's weather based on the weather yesterday. I was more accurate than the met office with a multi million pound computer.. Of course that was a very localised forecast, and when the weather pattern changed suddenly my predictions were rubbish. Usually the met office was too
Sorry for the digression, but cliff notes version: we have a hell of a lot of difficulty predicting anything. Climate change is no different. One day maybe, but not today.. And probably not for fifty years (whoops predicting there!)
Re: @ Film .... there is only one copy of it
Regarding your query about patients attending two clinics on the same day, I have a friend who is a cancer patient, with the NHS, she has to visit three diferent hospitals for seperate scans and treatment, often on the same day and none of them talk to each other, so when she mentions results or medication given by one hospital, that is usually the first the other knows about them. And this with a supposedly central NHS database, that all can access for patient info..
At least you have patient confidentiality, after all even your doctor can't see your records! That is superb data protection. And FYI it has been like that forever as far as she knows, ( she used to be a nurse) each hospital used to store documents in their own formats. Obviously that doesn't happen now (must remove tongue from cheek later)
For the best horror anywhere...
Many moons ago young uns, when the telly used to close down about one thirty or two am. I watched quatermass and the pit while babysitting in a house down a lonely country road in England. After the film finished I had to sit in a wooden hut (old farm workers home) for a further two hours before the parents came home. And there were trees tapping on the roof with the wind the whole time.
I was shivering with fear the whole time. Quatermass had got me like that, and the silence and the isolation kept it that way. (Still there weren't many white haired kids at school when I went back on the Monday, just me!)
Didn't help that all I had to read was the Pan book of horror stories, and that the kid stayed asleep the whole time I was there.
Oh yes and the dad drove me drunkenly home through swirling patchy fog. You know what, I think it may be the ambiance that really makes a good horror film.
Strange, I was under the belief that the EU/EC/EEC (strike whichever don't apply currently) had rules in place explicitly forbidding interferance in internal taxation of members! Looks like they may have lied (again) of course, if it is just for equality, they could say e-books are VAT free, then all would be equal, but as there would be less tax collected I am not going to hold my breath.