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Man Caught Trying To Sell Plans For New Aircraft Carrier

fremsley471 Re:What in the hell was he thinking? (388 comments)

Apparently, when Chile play Bolivia at football, the Chile fans delight in singing, "Vamos A La Playa" ("Let's all go to the beach") at the Bolivians.

about two weeks ago
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What is your computer most often plugged into?

fremsley471 Re:Are they REALLY surge protectors? (236 comments)

Are surge protectors a 110 V USA thing? Can't say many Europeans I've met have ever had one, except the super-cautious.

about a month ago
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Millions of Spiders Seen In Mass Dispersal Event In Nova Scotia

fremsley471 Cricket pitch (81 comments)

This year, I sat on camping chair at the edge of a cricket pitch on a fine July evening in the UK. Over the 90 minutes I and the other couple of dozen spectators were repeatedly brushing tiny spiders off our heads. Average height of grass, 1 cm, cf 1 m for those previously comfortable humans.

Only question is did we arrive in a normal migration cycle or did the appearance of a hundredfold increase in launchpad height stimulate the spiders?

about 1 month ago
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Electric Shock Study Suggests We'd Rather Hurt Ourselves Than Others

fremsley471 David Hume, A Treatise of Human Nature, 1739-40 (123 comments)

"`Tis not contrary to reason to prefer the destruction of the whole world to the scratching of my finger."

about a month ago
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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

fremsley471 Re:The law comes to Deadwood. (489 comments)

My worry is that this is laying the foundations for criminalising the obfuscation of your online identity. "You used encryption? You must be a Twitter troll trying to avoid detection".

about 2 months ago
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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

fremsley471 Re:see a dictionary (489 comments)

"...where entire debates have been erased on Tony Blair and Gordon Brown's watches"

Let me think, what's more likely? The established parliamentary record compromised or your memory being fallible? Tricky one for Ockham's Razor.

Although I'd be seriously interested if you have some proof.

about 2 months ago
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Maps Suggest Marco Polo May Have "Discovered" America

fremsley471 Re:John Cabot? (276 comments)

Not offended, just curious at the use of a quote for one term. Apologies if it came across that I was affronted in any way.

about 2 months ago
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Maps Suggest Marco Polo May Have "Discovered" America

fremsley471 Re:John Cabot? (276 comments)

Thanks for the correction- but why is Spaniard in quotations? It's not derogatory or euphemistic. It's the name for people from Spain!

about 2 months ago
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Maps Suggest Marco Polo May Have "Discovered" America

fremsley471 John Cabot? (276 comments)

If the journey were reversed, Columbus would have discovered the Azores. The first exploration by Europeans [who recorded their discovery] of continental North America in 1497 was led by John Cabot. He was always thought of as the discoverer of America until the early C19th (why would a bunch of British immigrants credit a Spaniard?).

Then came the War of 1814, burning of the White House, etc. and a wave of anti-British sentiment. Suddenly, the US's founding father became good ol' Christopher.

about 2 months ago
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UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

fremsley471 Over-eager Press Office (391 comments)

The London Metropolitan Police Press Office released this statement. When challenged by a lawyer, they could only point vaguely to anti-terror laws and say things like "Do you want people to watch it". So it's PR people, probably with no legal training, who are making up laws on the hoof (and with no apparent correction from their superiors).

Fuller story here (free reg required):
http://blogs.ft.com/david-alle...?

about 4 months ago
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Australian Exploration Company Believes It May Have Found MH370 Wreckage

fremsley471 Re:Tech used? (293 comments)

They are using a vary basic form of technology called bullshit. 100%, unrefined. It's impossible to do what they say from 'satellite images'. If they had a large fleet of low-flying aircraft with extraordinarily sensitive magnetometers, it may just be possible. From orbit? Complete and utter bollocks.

about 8 months ago
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China Censors "The Big Bang Theory" and Other Streaming Shows

fremsley471 Re: So? (166 comments)

Sigh. Roughly 40 free to air channels, not including shopping, subscription or timeshifted, on UK TV. Nine BBC channels, variable quality (fair to excellent), but easily superior to any other main English-speaking nation in the world, and I've been to them all for periods > a month (plenty of time to absorb the shock).

That and the ad-free radio (bliss) on seven excellent channels [pop, easy-listening, classical, news/drama/factual, talk/sport, music, repeats of drama from over 60 years of archives] plus local radio. Costs less than a pint of beer a week.

Please don't listen to right-wingers in the UK that hate the BBC. In my personal experience, the BBC and NHS are the two things people here wouldn't want to see altered.

about 8 months ago
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China Censors "The Big Bang Theory" and Other Streaming Shows

fremsley471 Re:Why is this a surprise? (166 comments)

It wasn't 'banned' as the AC hysterically claimed, it was rejected. Follow the link a sentence or two further, it was picked up by ITV, as stated.

Banning means stopping it being broadcast. They couldn't and didn't do this. The next sentence in your link explains why they didn't pay money to the US for a children's programme, as they were quite happily making British pre-school television, without the letter Zee.

about 8 months ago
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China Censors "The Big Bang Theory" and Other Streaming Shows

fremsley471 Vulgarity rather than political (166 comments)

tBBT is quite rude in places. A repeated episode I saw last week had Penny suggesting that she was picked up by a guy in a bar, who then picked up another girl and they went off to have a threesome. Or Sheldon worrying Leonard about Penny being hypnotised by a male friend to 'make her think she's a chicken pecking seed' (moving his head back and forward). If you listen carefully, there are a lot of pretty close-to-the-knuckle lines like this.

I have no problems with this, but am surprised it's so regularly repeated in the daytime here in the UK. Maybe it's because they don't swear? Perhaps that says a lot about the real concerns of censors.

about 8 months ago
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China Censors "The Big Bang Theory" and Other Streaming Shows

fremsley471 Re:Why is this a surprise? (166 comments)

Sesame Street was never on the BBC. It was always on ITV. Therefore this is a lie.

about 8 months ago
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What Happens To All the Universe's Hydrogen?

fremsley471 Lithium and beryllium (109 comments)

10E-10 levels of lithium and 10E-14 levels of beryllium are usually overlooked in discussions of Big Bang nucleosynthesis. But even minute proportions of Everything still results in rather large amounts of Something.

about 8 months ago
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$42,000 Prosthetic Hand Outperformed By $50 3D Printed Hand

fremsley471 Re:Obamacare exists because... (288 comments)

In the Bronx it was not uncommon for people to call an ambulance when they had a cold and wanted to see a doctor to get some cough medicine prescribed

Could you define "not uncommon" please? Daily? Monthly? She saw this herself, or 'heard about it'? And the ambulance crews just waved them onboard, like wide-eyed innocents who could be duped that way? Yeah, ok. Did your wife enquire further, or just write it off as the feckless poor?

In San Jose, she sees tons of drunks and drug users... after a while the doctors have to prescribe something just to get the person out of the way so that patients with real needs can be seen.

In San Jose, they need to have their alcohol and drug addiction services massively improved. Addicts should know that they will be referred to specialists. Why isn't your wife tackling this, rather than just handing out the pills?

Also virtually nobody in the USA chooses between a $90 doctor's visit and feeding their family.

I'm guessing your circle of family and friends includes a wide number > 21 yrs old on minimum wage? Thanks for the perspective on what someone in the top 1% thinks of the bottom 10%.

about 7 months ago
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Snowden Queries Putin On Live TV Regarding Russian Internet Surveillance

fremsley471 Re:Snowden never had integrity (396 comments)

To anyone who ever says that Snowden told the terrorists about bugging. The 2010 film Four Lions has a scene with the terrorist plotters using a spoof on Disney's "Club Penguin", making it the only safe method to chat to each other (it's a black comedy). Interception was so widely known, it was a joke (see Bin Laden's lack of house-hold comms).

The people who didn't suspect that electronic comms were all thoroughly bugged were the other 99.999999% of the population. They thought the 'goodies' were targeting the 'baddies'.

about 8 months ago

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