4077 posts • joined Friday 19th January 2007 17:59 GMT
The thing is, according to a friend who works in the Middle East, people there *do* drive like maniacs at high speeds with no seat-belts etc.
If you try to point out how dangerous this is they just shrug and say "Insh'Allah" (if God wills it), ie they believe that if it is Allah's will that they have a fatal crash, nothing they do can influence it anyway...!
I hope we're not talking the Stick and Bucket Dance here...!!!
As someone once said...
... Religion was originally mankind's attempt to communicate with the weather!
"Scans like this are a pre-emptive measure"
No, they're just another part of the ridiculous "we have to be seen to be doing something" Security Theatre.
See, for instance, this video clip of Adam Savage from Mythbusters who went through one of these scanners, got off the flight at the other end and then realised he was carrying two twelve inch industrial razor blades on his person..! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3yaqq9Jjb4
Like so many idiots...
... Khomenei didn't actually bother reading the book before condemning it.
Rather like a lot of commentards on this thread...
"hybrid movie, [...] that arguably only worked once for Who Framed Roger Rabbit"
Here's Gene Kelly dancing with Jerry Mouse in Anchors Aweigh back in 1944: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJzYKm1_Bvo&feature=related
Re: "lies and misinformation about politicians"
It does, of course, also allow people the opportunity to check such stories, unfortunately those who are inclined to believe those stories will accept them without bothering to try to verify them anyway..
"All you would need to do is rip out the plastic lining and put the paper outer-casing in the bin or on the compost heap"
Did you not notice that bit or were you already composing your "Meh, it won't work!" response by the time you were half way down the article?
... your head in a pig! ;-)
There's this bloke called Mike Brown...
... he's got a flash PC and lots of other goodies in his house. I think he's a crook.
Why don't you give his place a spin and see what you can turn up...
Ah, so they're *friendly* radioactive isotopes...!
Sure, pretty limited radioactive fallouts.
But the fall out from terrorist revenge attacks and suicide bombers...???
.... And Don't Blink!
I have to wonder whether the author of this article also bitches that nobody's writing stories like those from the Golden Age of SF between the 1930s and the 1950s any more.
Well, oddly, Doctor Who, like all other Sci-Fi, grows and changes according to the times it's in. So much SF is a reflection of the social conditions in which it is written (compare the Cyberpunk of the 1980s with Banks' Culture stories for example)
Each Doctor is different, to expect them to all be the same would be to put the series into a strait-jacket churning out the same old stuff over and over again which would be tedious beyond belief.
Instead we have developing characters and story arcs (including the wonderful "backwards arc" of River Song) and still the Silence one continues. If that's not your thing, please feel free to go back to the three R's of Rockets, Rayguns and Robots, but let those of us who appreciate a bit more subtlety on their SF enjoy what is a great series *now*.
The hidden message is an obvious reference to the Dexter television series
Not "Dexter's Lab"?
All this just goes to prove the old adage...
... that people get the leadership they deserve.
... that several prominent rock musicians (eg Ozzy Osborne to name just one) thought that This is Spinal Tap was real because they had had events like getting lost backstage actually happen to them!
... better get themselves a good patent lawyer...!
"The craft is insured for 1.2 billion roubles (£24.7m)"
I agree with ratfox, this sounds suspiciously like an insurance job...! ;-)
"The unfortunate lass lost control of her car in the treacherous conditions"
"Unfortunate"? Or was is that she lost control because she was driving *too fast* for the "treacherous conditions"?
The recent tragedy on the M5 shows the dangers of driving too close together and too fast for the conditions, yet still idiots do that and then consider themselves "unfortunate" when they get involved in accidents.
... household chemicals have warnings printed on them, so do cars "Objects in the mirror are closer than they appear", plus you have to take a driving test but not a firearms test, hot tubs have warnings and thermostats...
@Driving is a shared responsibility
And car drivers etc need to actually *LOOK* properly before making a manoeuvre rather than thinking "ok, I can't see another car, it must be safe".
"Sorry, Mate, I Didn't See You" just means that the driver didn't look properly in the first place.
it's written into law...
... that the burden of proof is on the bank, not the customer.
Right, and that's guaranteed to stop banks from trying to fob customers off with "It's your fault, we're not paying out" claims...!
... don't save lives so much as good observation and proper riding plans do, they just piss off other people *after* you've gone past because they'll be hearing you for the next mile.
The only problem I see with electric drive is that makes it harder to judge your speed "by ear" simply by knowing what note your engine makes in which gear.
Oh and as for "88 mph that will get you little cred from the local two-wheeled community" that's bollocks, as long as you can flick it through the twisties, that's what matters!
Da da dum...
... Da da dah dum!
(I actually had the Captain Scarlet uniform when I was *very* young!)
Don't the Vatican...
... have a Patent on the God Particle...?
"It is a mechanism for...
"...making it look as if we give a damn what the public wants and let's them think that by signing a petition something will actually change."
There, fixed it for you.
Seriously, though, if you want to at least have a chance of anyone paying any attention to you, write to or e-mail your MP via http://www.theyworkforyou.com
"trace those whose online activity might endanger social security"
ITTM "trace those whose online activity might endanger the positions of a bunch of arrogant and corrupt despotic dictators who know that they will be the first against the wall when the revolution comes...!"
@Thats ok then
Yep, let's hear it for Weasel Clauses! "You have these rights, apart from the times when we decide that you shouldn't be allowed them"
"Oh, whenever we feel like it..."
This is what worries me about the idea of this country having a written Constitution, it's a great idea, but unless rights are stated as absolutes, this sort of weaseling means that rights are only granted at the behest of the state and can be taken away at their whim :-(
I have a fax machine...
... in fact the exact same one shown in your image, *with* the same stickers on it!
And you know what? It works! Why the hell would I, running a one-man business, need to faff around with (let alone pay for) "clouds", smartphones, fondle slabs or any other such "OMG it's shiny, we have to have it!" nonsense?
As for "there is a real business need for these solutions", whose business is this, exactly? Mine, or the people trying to flog the stuff?
... more pork and empire building, then...
"I can get anything I will ever need in life within a two hour's round-trip from where I sit as I type"
Do you have nothing better to do than spend a couple of hours driving to buy something when, instead, you could get it with a few clicks of a mouse?
And how much petrol (or diesel) do you burn whilst doing that? And how much does that item cost? Are you really willing to spend extra time and money buying something from someone with a steady gaze and a firm handshake (something which any con-man worth his salt naturally practices carefully) when you can get it cheaper and more easily and delivered to your door just so you can avoid using cards?
And I was just about to upvote you for what seemed to be an amusing post...!
So TomTom gives you the ability to report map errors, but instead of doing so (by activating the button that lets you record the position of a map error), you choose, instead, to bitch about the fact that it's *their* responsibility to fix the mistakes.
Of course given that you won't *tell* them where the mistakes are...
BTW You might try installing TomTom Home on your PC, in which case you can connect your Sat Nav up to it, click on the button that runs a simulation of the device on screen and then access the locations of the map errors and type in details from your keyboard at your convenience.
Technology, it's wonderful if you actually try using it properly...
"A Scottish Government team...
"... has met with cabinet officials to discuss the reviews of major contracts and to share what they have learned."
And found out that a) politicians cannot write a sensible contract or bring in a project on time or on budget, but b) that doesn't matter because a few years down the line there'll be a lucrative directorship available...
... "go thermonuclear"
Erm, so what were they doing beforehand...?
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