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HP Recalls 6 Million Power Cables Over Fire Hazard

quenda Re: Not the PSUs? The actual cables? (125 comments)

How is "Pakis" offensive? It is clearly an abbreviation of "Pakistanis",.

Its offensive because they are probably actually Indians. Like calling you a Kiwi. Apparently the pommy bastards ( a term of endearment) don't know the difference.

13 hours ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

quenda Re: The world we live in. (578 comments)

I made the bad choice to trust my high school girlfriend.

WTF!? Your girlfriend had to drug you to get laid? You gotta be trollin'. How awful for you.
And here is me having sympathy, thinking it was your schoolteacher or something.

Oh wait, BronsCon ... you must be just telling a parable that is going over my head again.

2 days ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

quenda Re:The world we live in. (578 comments)

Would it help to know that it is largely an urban legend?

Drink spiking with Rohypnol and GHB on a large scale that people are imaging is not real.
In my city, a study was done on a large number of young people arriving at the city hospital (free A&E) with suspected drink-spiking.
Not one had any traces in their blood. Maybe some had been spiked with extra alcohol, but mostly is was young women not taking responsibility for their own excessive drinking (or pills).

Similar data from the UK:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/new...

2 days ago
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South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

quenda Re:Mandatory panic! (415 comments)

The point is, you were being sarcastic, but unwittingly stating a truth among the pointless absurdity. Wring "gun" on a piece of paper can be very dangerous - especially in the scenario of a bank.
But not in a school essay - so there is no connection. Context is vital.

3 days ago
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South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

quenda Re:Mandatory panic! (415 comments)

I dunno, I robbed a bank once by walking in, unarmed, writing "gun" on a piece of paper,

Worst analogy ever. Handing the teller a piece of paper with "gun" on it will get you done for armed robbery. It will reasonably be construed as a threat. Same as hands in pockets with finger extended.
Threatening to have a gun or knife is enough to have you locked up for years.

But the kid did not make any threats, so what on earth is your point?

3 days ago
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Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

quenda Re:Does it really matter ? (375 comments)

Sir Humphrey: Russians? Who's talking about the Russians?
Hacker: Well, the independent deterrent.
Sir Humphrey: It's to protect us against the French!
Hacker: The French?! But that's astounding!
Sir Humphrey: Why?
Hacker: Well they're our allies, our partners.
Sir Humphrey: Well, they are now, but they've been our enemies for the most of the past 900 years. If they've got the bomb, we must have the bomb!
Hacker: If it's for the French, of course, that's different. Makes a lot of sense.
Sir Humphrey: Yes. Can't trust the Frogs.
Hacker: You can say that again!

5 days ago
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Helsinki Aims To Obviate Private Cars

quenda Re:Living in the country is an anachronism (276 comments)

> In the city, I have to travel 20 minutes to the grocery store/hardware store,

How is that possible? Are you in some soul-less unserviced satellite town?
Within a 20 minute driving radius of me (in Australia) is the CBD, half a dozen suburban shopping malls, and numerous other supermarkets.
Its hard to imagine anyone living in an urban area more than 5 minutes drive from a supermarket.

about a week ago
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Facebook Tests "Satire" Tag To Avoid Confusion On News Feed

quenda Re:Some people are too stupid (131 comments)

It is a good thing that intelligence is not determined by genetics.

Citation needed --- and not to a stupid failed experiment that drew the wrong conclusion.

I think the GP was being ironic. Pretty sure, but if only there were some markup convention, some HTML tag equivalent to a sarcastic voice tone ...

Or we could just put a woosh tag on the parent post ... unless I am missing Dragon Bait's sarcam? Damn this written communication.

about two weeks ago
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Password Gropers Hit Peak Stupid, Take the Spamtrap Bait

quenda Re:Don't be silly (100 comments)

No, we know "peak stupid" has been reached when the password gropers are getting more intelligent, reversing the previous trend of increasing stupidity.

Either that, or the submitter is too stupid to know the difference between a record high, and a peak.

about two weeks ago
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Enthusiast Opts For $2200 Laser Eye Surgery To Enhance Oculus Rift Experience

quenda Re:Seriously? (109 comments)

So why not install suitable corrective lenses in the VR headset, as is commonly done for scuba-diving masks?

about two weeks ago
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Edward Snowden Is Not Alone: US Gov't Seeks Another Leaker

quenda Re:Snowden and Assange... (204 comments)

Why should the US Government offer any help in an illegal act? That would have legitimised Wikileaks actions.

Why should wikileaks offer any redaction to the US government or its collaborators? That would legitimise their actions.

A bit late to take the moral high ground when you have illegally invaded a foreign country, killed countless thousands, destroyed their infrastructure and covered up the crimes.

about three weeks ago
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Tesla and Panasonic Have Reached an Agreement On the Gigafactory

quenda Re:New Mexico (95 comments)

I think they want to keep it in the United States for tax reasons. And not paying protection money to the drug cartels.

about a month ago
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Tesla and Panasonic Have Reached an Agreement On the Gigafactory

quenda Re:What makes this a gigafactory? (95 comments)

According to Tesla, it will have as much production capacity as all current li-ion battery factories combined.

So, are there currently a billion factories?

about a month ago
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Tesla and Panasonic Have Reached an Agreement On the Gigafactory

quenda Re:What makes this a gigafactory? (95 comments)

Yes, but is it 1000 times bigger or 1024 times bigger? That's the important part!

Thats what I keep telling the USB standards committee.
A micro-B connector should be 15 nanometres wide. But they whine that this would cause mechanical problems.

about a month ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

quenda Re:Radicalization (868 comments)

Actually, the root of the problem was England and France being quick to give the land back to the Jews after WWII.

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History tl;dr: After the Ottoman Empire collapsed, Palestine became a British Mandate. After WWII, in 1947, the brits announced it was all too hard and they were leaving.
The UN tried to divide it between Arabs and Jews, but the Arabs wanted everything and the Arab nations invaded the day the British mandate expired. When the fighting stopped, the Jews had all of Palestine, except for Gaza and the West Bank. And that became Israel.

Not sure why you blame France.

about a month ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

quenda Re:Radicalization (868 comments)

Show me another country in the region that has a single Jew or Christian in office.

Iraq's second-in-command was a Christian, before the US invasion. (Tariq Aziz)

about a month ago
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Australian Government Moving Forward With Anti-Piracy Mandate For ISPs

quenda Re: A nation of cowards deserves no rights (128 comments)

Fellow Australian here. What rights would they be and in what founding document can I find them?

Those rights mostly existed before the founding of the colonies, let alone the federation of the nation.
The documents are many, starting with the Magna Carta.

about a month ago
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Chimpanzee Intelligence Largely Determined By Genetics

quenda Re:So this is how scientists research intelligence (157 comments)

So this is how scientists research intelligence without hurting the feelings of people

No. This is how the commoners discuss scientific results. Scientists have published similar results on humans many times before.
There is a mountain of published data on heritability, and on national, racial, and gender differences.
We might not be able to talk about it in polite circles, but the science is there.

about a month and a half ago
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Chimpanzee Intelligence Largely Determined By Genetics

quenda Re:Intelligence is not heritable (157 comments)

The capacity to become intelligent is.

Pointless word-play. You could say the same about height or hair-colour.

about a month and a half ago

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