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The Mathematics of Obesity

dances with elks Re:Junk food is the problem (655 comments)

Have you considered competing with someone else about losing weight, I find petty one-upmanship quite motivating. Perhaps you could do this with a with a short northerner of some description.

more than 2 years ago

What Is Your Beverage of Choice In the Morning?

dances with elks Re:I'm from the Midwest... (209 comments)

I'm from Britain, and we've always refered to it as such too.

more than 2 years ago

Leaked Memo Says Apple Provides Backdoor To Governments

dances with elks Re:How Not to be Seen (582 comments)

But if everyone could understand the Law you wouldn't need as many lawers.

more than 2 years ago

Do Online Educational Badges Threaten Conventional Education Models?

dances with elks Re:Illegal to experiment without a licenes (294 comments)

I can only speak for my experience in the UK... Animal experiments require a home office licence to comply with various parts on animal welfare regulation. Chemistry and physics experiments do not (as far as I'm aware, as a university researcher) require any licencing. But on a more practical level, chemical companies such as Sigma-Aldrich or Alfa-Aesar would be very reluctant to ship to a non university/company address, and I have had to sign declarations for certain specific chemicals promising not to synthesize drugs with them. Interestingly one of the most annoying things to deal with is buying ethanol, due to stupid customs and excise rules.

more than 2 years ago

Huge Amounts of Oil Found On Gulf of Mexico Floor

dances with elks Re:No one's surprised. (426 comments)

I'm sure they'll care exactly as much as the US government did about Bhopal.

more than 3 years ago

UK Police To Get Major New Powers To Seize Domains

dances with elks Re:Just the UK? (161 comments)

Most (all?) countries now seem to have big problems with corruption, terrorism hysteria and growing state power. You only hear about the US and UK most on slashdot because the site is US based so it has every US story. It has UK stories to make them feel less bad about their own issues. It seems especially bad in the UK because slashdot reports any suggestion by a police chief, MP, or tabloid news paper as incontrvertable fact when its frequently just a suggestion.

more than 3 years ago

UK Police To Get Major New Powers To Seize Domains

dances with elks Re:A big deal (161 comments)

I think your view of history might be a little over simplified. The american revolution wasn't like hollywood, it was essentially one group of mainly british and irish people fighting another group of british and irish people. The colonists were fighting for their rights as englishmen, and many people in the british isles supported them in their struggle, at least until they invaded canada.

Parts of the empire that were settled by colonists (New Zealand, Austrailia, Canada) were gradually encouraged to become more and more independent by britain. Developed areas gradually conquered by the british such as india and egypt (or more accurately, by indians with a few british and irish commanders) were exploited and post war nationalist movements got them to leave. Undeveloped unsettled areas such as the afican colonies britain was eager to get rid of in the 1960's as they spent far more money developing infrastructure than they ever extracted. Most of the colonial wars they fought they won (Malaysia, Kenya) but they didn't want to hold on to the colony, they usually just wanted to stop it being communist after they left. Ireland was partitioned after a successful war of indenpendence after WWI as it was effectively half settled (North Ireland) and half exploited.

more than 3 years ago

Which service is the last you would let lapse in a cash crunch?

dances with elks Re:Current account with non-pharma drug provider (637 comments)

When I asked my non-pharma drug provider about getting credit, he said as I had no collaterol he'd have to break my legs in advance :-(

more than 4 years ago

FBI's Facebook Monitoring Leads To Arrest In England

dances with elks Re:Excellent (329 comments)

It saddens me that so many people on slashdot seem quick to defend it.

more than 4 years ago

FBI's Facebook Monitoring Leads To Arrest In England

dances with elks Re:Echelon this!!! (329 comments)

I spent an hour playing about with this and now 'dances with elks' is one of the keywords!

more than 4 years ago

Where Does a Geek Find a Social Life?

dances with elks Re:Learn to dance (1354 comments)

If it flies, floats or fucks. Rent it!

more than 5 years ago

Royal Society of Chemistry Slams UK Exam Standards

dances with elks Re:The main problem... (408 comments)

I prefer to think of it as constitutional Moronity

more than 5 years ago


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