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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

rich_hudds Re:FP? (796 comments)

Why should people change? I'm English and we happily use metric for any financial transactions or scientific purposes but the Imperial system is more human friendly for things that matter. It developed over the centuries because its scales fit their purpose rather than being dictated by irrelevant physical phenomenom.

A tall person is over 6 foot. that has a nice ring to it. 1.8 metres is not human friendly. A foot is about the size of an adult foot, it makes sense.

We still use stones for weight. You end up at a nice number. 10 stones is a slim man, 15 stones is a porky man, 20 stones is a fatso. The equivalent range in Kg goes from around 60 to 120. We don't normally use numbers that high in every day life.

Time is still an imperial system, we just don't think of it that way. The French tried to metricise that too but it was crap. Using 60 minutes and 24 hours makes sense as they divide nicely into quarters and thirds unlike 10.

Also, our language, literature and petry is full of imperial words. We would lose a vital link with the past if we abandoned their use.

Metric has its place, but using it everywhere makes no sense.


New Research Casts Doubt On the "10,000 Hour Rule" of Expertise

rich_hudds Re:Gladwell (187 comments)

Some people cannot sing in tune. Most people do not need to be taught to do this, they can just do it straight away. If you can't sing in tune there is little point trying to be a singer.

2 days ago

UK Seeks To Hold Terrorism Trial In Secret

rich_hudds Re:Dear UK (240 comments)

What a load of shit.

Most Muslims in the UK are quite happy with the way things are. You really think they want to turn us into Pakistan?

The 'UK School Trojan Horse Plot' is some hyped up nonsense based on a fake letter. Reminds me of the fake 'elders of Zion' hoax that still causes grief to Jews.

Some nutters blew up a couple of buses 10 years ago and as a result of peple like tyou playing into their hands by over-reacting we have awful legislation like this.

Islamic Extremism is not surging in the UK and don't bandy about your 'We' as if you represent me you ignorant arsehole.

about 4 months ago

Belief In Evolution Doesn't Measure Science Literacy

rich_hudds Re:Wait a sec (772 comments)

that doesn't mean those folks are any more intelligent or sophisticated

I'd agree with you on the intelligent part, but I think it does show a greater degree of sophistication. Sophistication means not being naive about how the world actually works. Understanding evolution therefore makes you more sophisticated.

about 4 months ago

The Rise and Fall of Supersymmetry

rich_hudds Re:LHC Purpose (138 comments)

All the stuff you listed happened in the first 60 or so of those 100 years. Nothing much has happened since then.

about 7 months ago

High Court Rules Detention of David Miranda Was Lawful

rich_hudds Re:Of course it's "lawful" (169 comments)

Why shouldn't prisoners be allowed to vote? Unless a person's citizenship is stripped, they should always retain the right to vote.

To be clear, I'm aware that the US has the same laws, but I've always felt them antithetical to a free and democratic society.

This is especially true in a world where no citizen can be aware of all of the laws and in many cases the laws actually conflict.

Well our elected parliament has decide they shouldn't.

Seems to me that elected representatives should make the law not judges.

Prisoners voting in the UK also poses specific problems as we vote in relatively small constituencies and some of our prisons are very large. You might end up giving prisoners a disproportionate amount of influence if they were in a swing seat.

We also send far fewer people to prison than the USA so the ones that are in there are almost certainly toerags.

about 7 months ago

High Court Rules Detention of David Miranda Was Lawful

rich_hudds Re:Of course it's "lawful" (169 comments)

What do you mean it didn't happen?

He was arrested and held for 6 months then allowed to go free by the UK government.

about 7 months ago

Man Shot To Death For Texting During Movie

rich_hudds Re:Only in America (1431 comments)

Can only get latest figures for both countries from 2008, USA has 5 times the UK population:

UK fatal stabbings 270
UK fatal shootings 53

USA fatal stabbings 1,897
USA fatal shootings 9,484

Seems like the UK stabbing rate is quite a bit lower than the USA even though we are really frustrated by not being able to shoot one another.

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Are the Books Everyone Should Read?

rich_hudds Re:Thoughts on the Koran (796 comments)

Thanks for that. David and the Foreskins, great story. I shall teach my son that one so he can mention it at school when David and Goliath is brought up.

I expect it will surprise his teacher.

about 9 months ago

Is the World Ready For Facial Recognition On Google Glass?

rich_hudds Re:As an organiser of events. (469 comments)

Humans aren't designed to have full recall, even actors generally dislike watching their own performances.

Imagine being able to watch you whole life, it could cause massive mental problems.

How would you ever get over a broken heart if you could replay all of your happiest moments alongside the mistakes you'd made.

Recording our lives is just asking for a tsunami of unforeseen consequences.

about 9 months ago

Is the World Ready For Facial Recognition On Google Glass?

rich_hudds Re:are google glass users ready for... (469 comments)

Yep, no thought about the grieving widow, children, parents. BLAM, look at ME! I can pull a trigger.

Gun nuts are like tweeny boys waiting for their bits to grow.

about 9 months ago

Life Could Have Evolved 15 Million Years After the Big Bang, Says Cosmologist

rich_hudds Re:This is frightening (312 comments)

Surely you'd expect there to be lots of civilisations at different stages, not just one that is ignoring us and hiding.

The idea that there are only two civilisations in the universe is far less likely than there being just one in my opinion.

Also, although it is probably unwise to extrapolate too much from ourselves, any civilisation is likely to be made up of beings that either evolved via natural selection, or were designed by beings that evolved. As such they are likely to have a sense of morality, as we do, and to be interested in the welfare of other creatures, as we are.

I don't think a civilisation that could mine stars would just hide from everyone else.

about 10 months ago

App Detects Neo-Nazis Using Their Music

rich_hudds Re:Sounds so wrong (392 comments)

No one is arguing that some Japanese did terrible things before and during the war. It doesn't justify dropping nukes or fire bombing their cities.

I'm British and we are (mostly) pretty ashamed of the way we bombed German cities.

I can understand how we ended up doing it but that doesn't excuse it.

about 10 months ago

Anonymous Member Sentenced For Joining DDoS Attack For One Minute

rich_hudds Re:No, the worst part was joining in the attack (562 comments)

You don't get fined $183,000 for throwing a brick through a window though.

It's supposed to be a justice system, and that fine is clearly unjust.

about 10 months ago

Getting Evolution In Science Textbooks For Texas Schools

rich_hudds Re:News for Nerds... (710 comments)

If you look at scientific scholars you will find a diverse array of religious beliefs

Strictly speaking that is true. However scientists are much more likely to have no religious belief than their native population.

Even in the USA, that weird outlier of religiosity amongst the developed world, only about a third of scientists claim to have any religious beliefs.

about 9 months ago

Military Drone Lost Over Lake Ontario

rich_hudds Re:And then... (258 comments)

We haven't forgot 1812

I've noticed that. Hardly anyone in the UK has heard of that war.

I think it's because we were still in the middle of a much bigger war with the Frogs when it happened.

about a year ago

SnapChat Turns Down $3 Billion Offer From Facebook

rich_hudds Re:So this must be the commercial advertisement (188 comments)

I don't really see why selling to Facebook woulb be morally reprehensible.

Also, you have to consider what good things you could do with the money.

The hundreds of thousands of dollars you airily dismiss could have done a lot of good.

about a year ago

Edward Snowden Leaks Could Help Paedophiles Escape Police, Says UK Government

rich_hudds Re:May they burn in hell. (510 comments)

Doesn't that back up my implication that they're a bad idea then? They're so difficult to change that you force the elected representatives of the current population to bend the rules. Better to allow flexibility in the first place and allow everyone to scream if a bad change is proposed.

The second amendment to the US constitution seems destined to cause huge problems in my opinion. Cheap weapons / guns are going to be designed that can take out an entire room with the press of a single trigger. Will these be allowed? If not why not?

Setting down your position in stone is always going to be caught out by changes in technology, society and so on.

Part of me wants a constitutional right to Free Speech here in the UK, but in practice we do ok with a tradition of Free Speech that informs our current lawmakers. I admit some of our more egregious laws to do with hate speech are an abomination but I suspect they'll be repealed should they ever be shown to genuinely curtail proper debate of issues.

Any kind of set in stone right is bound to butt up against another supposed right, a constitution just causes paralysis.

Of course I may be wrong, the USA is doing pretty well although coming from an Old World country I'd have to say that it's still early days for the US.

about a year ago

Edward Snowden Leaks Could Help Paedophiles Escape Police, Says UK Government

rich_hudds Re:May they burn in hell. (510 comments)

The inadvertent blocking of Wikipedia was quickly reversed though. Surely a sign that the system has checks and balances?

The blocking of individual ISPs has been authorised by individual court decisions. I may (in fact I do) disagree with most of these but it is fully transparent.

When you say you are not sure what they will be blocking next month then, yes that is true, but when they do block it you'll know about it and have a chance to complain.

We have plenty of stupid laws, when they get too annoying they get reversed, that's the way the system works.

about a year ago



Best books about climate change?

rich_hudds rich_hudds writes  |  more than 5 years ago

rich_hudds (1360617) writes "I'm not a sceptic, but the scientists I have real respect for rarely speak out about climate change. What books would Slashdotters recommend to get a good overview of the actual evidence and possible consequences? I'm bound to end up arguing with an ill informed relative this Christmas and would like the facts."


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