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Does Grammar Matter Anymore?

benito27uk Grammar, (878 comments)

The difference between knowing your shit, and knowing you're shit.

more than 2 years ago

TSA Defends Pat Down of 4-Year-Old Girl

benito27uk Re:Of course. (1174 comments)

And those unfortunate children brainwashed into carrying out suicide attacks are typically teenagers living in abject poverty and not four year old girls living typical suburban lives.

more than 2 years ago

TSA Defends Pat Down of 4-Year-Old Girl

benito27uk Re:Of course. (1174 comments)

Whilst the story in itself is deeply distressing, so are some of the comments from the Washington Post's article on it: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/grandma-tsa-agents-forced-crying-4-year-old-to-undergo-tsa-pat-down-at-kan-airport-after-hug/2012/04/25/gIQAojLohT_allComments.html?ctab=all_&#comments One prime one being: "In this case, however, the child had completed screening but had contact with another member of her family who had not completed the screening process. This absolves the TSA entirely. I do not want ANYONE (muslim or christian or young or old) passing through a checkpoint after making contact with an unscreened passenger."

more than 2 years ago

Is Siri Smarter Than Google?

benito27uk Re:Wait a minute (366 comments)

If you use Google's 'Verbatim' option in the 'More Search Tools' option you don't even need to put quotes in to get the flight status at the top of the response.

more than 2 years ago

British Police Accused of Stealing Software

benito27uk Re:copy... (76 comments)

yes they were... From TFA..."but the force went on to repeat alleged infringement in 2007 when it updated the software, now named OLIVE, and made it commercially available."

more than 3 years ago

Playstation To Restore Services This Week

benito27uk Re:Wakeup call US? (174 comments)

PCI DSS does allow the PAN to be stored, but it must be stored encrypted. The sensitive authenticastion data - mag stripe data/ cvv2 and pin cannot be kept.

more than 3 years ago

Wisconsin DA Threatens Arrests Over Sex Ed

benito27uk Re:Sex (703 comments)

Come on, this is slashdot - what is this earth thing you call 'the clitoris'?

more than 4 years ago

China To Connect Its High-Speed Rail To Europe

benito27uk Re:A high speed railway (691 comments)

Well I suppose technically Germany was France's number one trading partner in 1940, but that was only because Germany occupied much of France at that time. For much of the world the Second World War started in 1939, not 1941.

more than 4 years ago

Ben Stein's 'Expelled' - Evolution, Academia and Conformity

benito27uk Re:Can you please link to the CNN article? (1766 comments)

The Daily Telegraph Talks about this, two thirds of the way down this page... http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/main.jhtml?xml=/opinion/2008/04/13/do1307.xml

Reprinted below:

A talking point among "climate sceptics" on both sides of the Atlantic has been the bizarre tale of how the BBC's chief reporter on climate change censored an item on the BBC website after being harried by a "climate activist".

On April 4 Roger Harrabin posted a story on the fact that world temperatures have not continued to rise in the past 10 years, and this year will fall to a level markedly below the average of the past two decades.

Citing the World Meteorological Organisation, Mr Harrabin accurately reported that "global temperatures have not risen since 1998, prompting some to question climate change theory".

This was a red rag to Jo Abbess of the Campaign Against Climate Change (Hon President, George Monbiot), who emailed Mr Harrabin demanding that he "correct" his item.

Mr Harrabin insisted that what he had written was true. There are indeed eminent climate scientists "who question whether warming will continue as predicted".

This only angered Ms Abbess further. She said it was "highly irresponsible to play into the hands of the sceptics", to "even hint that the Earth is cooling down again".

Mr Harrabin, though he has led the BBC's tireless promotion of warmist orthodoxy, stood firm. Even in the "general media", he replied, "sceptics" highlight the lack of increase since 1998: to ignore this might give the impression that "debate is being censored".

His item had, after all, added "we are still in a long-term warming trend".

This was too much for Ms Abbess. She responded that this was not "a matter of debate". He should not be quoting the sceptics "whose voice is heard everywhere, on every channel, deliberately obstructing the emergence of the truth".

Unless he changed his item, she said, "I would have to conclude that you are insufficiently educated to be able to know when you have been psychologically manipulated". She threatened to expose him by spreading his replies across the internet.

At this point the BBC's man caved in. Within minutes a new version appeared, given the same time and date as that which he had consigned to Winston Smith's memory hole.

Out went any mention of "sceptics" who question global warming. After a guarded reference to this year's "slightly cooler" temperatures, a new paragraph said that they would "still be above the average" and that we will "soon exceed the record year of 1998 because of the global warming induced by greenhouse gases".

Of course we have long known where the BBC stands on climate change. But it is good to have such clear evidence that, even when one of its reporters tries to be honest, he can be whipped back into line by a pressure group.

In the end, Ms Abbess still circulated the exchanges on the internet, to show the great victory she had won for the "emerging truth".

more than 6 years ago


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