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How Sony, Intel, and Unix Made Apple's Mac a PC Competitor

shilly Re:Lol... (276 comments)

And? Is there a problem with that, morally? If so, can you please articulate it?

yesterday
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How Sony, Intel, and Unix Made Apple's Mac a PC Competitor

shilly Re: It helps to actually use the thing. (276 comments)

A "girly" UI? What, are you eight and stuck in a playground where that's actually a cutting insult? Grow up.

yesterday
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Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

shilly Re:Yo Semite (354 comments)

With that finely honed wit, I think it's fair to say that the Catskills would never have come calling for you...

about a week ago
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Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

shilly Re:Apple Pay vs. Google? (354 comments)

Strikes me as a clever and interesting idea

about a week ago
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

shilly Re: Telsa's lobbiest crashes (294 comments)

It's excellent rhetoric, but it's rubbish policy. If we elected governments that imposed no restrictions on the production of anything, then we are allowing the unrestricted trading of every product imaginable: polonium, abuse images, human body parts, unsafe cars, to name just a few examples. Many products cause harm in their production, or cause harm in their usage. And your ability to sue the, say, auto manufacturer who sold you a dud is a bit restricted if you're in a vegetative state. Thus, we elect governments who impose regulations to mitigate the harms.

Ayn Rand's libertartian wank-fantasy would be a pretty horrible place to live (and die).

about a week ago
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

shilly Re:Telsa's lobbiest crashes (294 comments)

You don't need legislation to deal with this.

The hassle of a repair will figure into people's purchasing decisions. Other businesses will spring up, who make money from facilitating the repair process. Etc

about a week ago
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Who's In Charge During the Ebola Crisis?

shilly Re:*sigh* ... Lack of problem. (279 comments)

Where is "there"? The whole of Africa?

Are you proposing that you can create an impermeable land and sea border for the whole of Africa? A border that can be maintained in the face of the breakdown of multiple societies due to the combination of Ebola, other current and very severe problems in these countries eg Boko Haram, malaria, etc, and the economic embargo you're effectively imposing through the border?

Yeah, well, let us know how that works out for ya.

about two weeks ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

shilly Re:Hoax (986 comments)

Why do people talk so definitively when they are verifiably wrong about stuff (and why do they get moderated informative)? "Nobel prizes are never given posthumously" is just not true. You only have to look at the Nobel Prize Foundation's own website to see this:
"From 1974, the Statutes of the Nobel Foundation stipulate that a Prize cannot be awarded posthumously, unless death has occurred after the announcement of the Nobel Prize. Before 1974, the Nobel Prize has only been awarded posthumously twice: to Dag Hammarskjöld (Nobel Peace Prize 1961) and Erik Axel Karlfeldt (Nobel Prize in Literature 1931).

Following the 2011 announcement of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, it was discovered that one of the Medicine Laureates, Ralph Steinman, had passed away three days earlier. The Board of the Nobel Foundation examined the statutes, and an interpretation of the purpose of the rule above lead to the conclusion that Ralph Steinman should continue to remain a Nobel Laureate, as the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet had announced the 2011 Nobel Laureates in Physiology or Medicine without knowing of his death."

I would also be interested to see if you can point to any actual rules that stipulate the Nobel Physics prize may not be awarded for pure theory.

about two weeks ago
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Texas Ebola Patient Dies

shilly Re:21 day incubation period... (487 comments)

What would a trivial dismemberment look like? Losing only your little toe?

about two weeks ago
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Texas Ebola Patient Dies

shilly Re:The Conservative Option (487 comments)

What the fuck are you talking about?

1. Ebola has already reached several large West African cities.
2. "Down there"? Are you on Mars?
3. Reaching a city does not inevitably mean pandemic. Cases were reported in Lagos, which is really quite a large city what with its population of 5m+, and yet containment and tracing worked and the city is Ebola-free once again.

about two weeks ago
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Texas Ebola Patient Dies

shilly Re:The Conservative Option (487 comments)

All that indignation and yet you don't appear to know why a 72 hour quarantine is not hugely helpful for a disease with a 2 to 21 day incubation period.

about two weeks ago
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Texas Ebola Patient Dies

shilly Re:The Conservative Option (487 comments)

We should neither over- nor under-play the issue. Ebola is relatively hardy, it is spread through sweat and saliva which can be sprayed through the air, prevention is not at at all as simple as practising basic handwashing hygiene (there's a reason people wear full protective gear), etc etc.

about two weeks ago
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Texas Ebola Patient Dies

shilly Re:The Conservative Option (487 comments)

You're right about the virulence of course, but you're correct in evolutionary terms. It won't kill 100% of us. But plenty of infections kill a material fraction of their host population from time to time, ie 5%+. Hundreds of millions of deaths would be a bit of a problem even if it were nowhere near an extinction event.

about two weeks ago
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A Garbage Truck That Would Make Elon Musk Proud

shilly Re: At last a good idea (174 comments)

You're conflating lots of things.

Addressing your first paragraph:
The point at issue was whether reallocating some roadspace from autos to bikes would be a good thing to do, not whether the climate of the US made it inherently unsuitable to ride a bike at all in (a contention I find pretty risible, to be honest). Nor was it a debate about whether or not cycling was inherently risky due to autos, whether in Manhattan or anywhere else. In fact, and pretty obviously, the whole point of cycle superhighways is to encourage cycling by reducing this risk. And I wasn't claiming that this risk was eliminated in Manhattan, I was simply saying that there are in fact routes in a major US city where auto space has been reallocated to cycles. Nor was I claiming that the amount of space reallocated needed to be large. You don't in fact need that many major bike routes with reallocated space in order to effect significant benefits for many cyclists. TfL studies go into this point in some detail, should you be interested. I am well aware of what CityBikes are, given that Boris bikes are common in London, and work on a very similar model.

Addressing your second:
Closing off streets has not happened yet. It is contentious but it will happen (and has happened in NYC too). The congestion charge is not material for cycle superhighways. The two policies are mildly synergistic, but there is no cause and effect. The tube is also not material for cycle superhighways. On culture: well, sure. But you said it was impossible in your first reply to me, not merely that it was difficult.

I don't think it's impossible, as you have been arguing. I do think that it's difficult, that it requires an effort of political and cultural will that is largely lacking, and that it doesn't work everywhere. But it could still be worth the effort.

about three weeks ago
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A Garbage Truck That Would Make Elon Musk Proud

shilly Re: At last a good idea (174 comments)

Well, it will work in London, England, where there are several million people living. It works in many European cities already. And it works in New York City, where there are lots of Class 1 Bikeways. So many tens of millions of folks already have access to these. I'm sure retrofitting may be very challenging in some places, but London is not an especially easy place to do it either, including for several of the reasons you cite (eg our roads date back a lot further than colonial times) and we're managing. So I don't see why you're wanting to dismiss this out-of-hand.

about three weeks ago
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Online Creeps Inspire a Dating App That Hides Women's Pictures

shilly Re:How about... (482 comments)

You think *I'm* an idiot, and yet you used the phrase "*jive* with what you know".

Keep on dancing, big lad.

Anyhoo, I'm glad to know that:
(a) my sarcasm went whoosh. It helps confirm my view of you
(b) you thought that the second way I described you was more complimentary than the first. It helps confirm that you are exactly the misogynistic little wank-badger who should be sitting in a closet, single and using his Kleenex for two purposes, that you appeared to be.

I'm thrilled to hear of your tremendously wide-ranging experience in pretending to be interested in women so that you can find a hole in which to jerk yourself off. Did you know that both melons and liver are quite cheap? Sure, they're a bit more messy for you, but in the end, wiping some melon seed or offal off your prick would be so much less inconvenient than all the emotions that come with a living breathing human being as your semen receptacle. It seems just the ticket for a "man" like you.

about three weeks ago
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A Garbage Truck That Would Make Elon Musk Proud

shilly Re: At last a good idea (174 comments)

It's obvious that taking road space away from cars and trucks won't work everywhere. It's equally obvious that it will definitely work in some places. So I don't really see the point in saying "It won't work in my part of New Jersey".

about three weeks ago
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A Garbage Truck That Would Make Elon Musk Proud

shilly Re: Funny (174 comments)

I think he meant "a non-negligible" number. Aldi and Lidl hold only a few percent of the British retail market, but it's still significant, in that the big four supermarkets are all seeing margins erode, sales drop, and share prices fall. Same may be true here, in due course.

about three weeks ago
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A Garbage Truck That Would Make Elon Musk Proud

shilly Re: 1950.s Milk Floats in the UK (174 comments)

I remember milk coming this way in my childhood. It was great. We had a little milk bottle holder in which we would put the empties and set the indicator to say how many pints we wanted that morning. It was quiet, clean and environmentally friendly (the bottles were washed and reused many times before being recycled, in addition to the lack of pollution from the milk floats). But British retailing is a vicious business and tesco et al were just too fierce for up the dairy companies

about three weeks ago
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A Garbage Truck That Would Make Elon Musk Proud

shilly Re: At last a good idea (174 comments)

Or, you can take road space away from autos and dedicate it to bikes. There's a lot of outrage when you do it, but it's possible. Google London super cycle highway debate to see how this is playing out in the UK.

about three weeks ago

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Apple's European partners for iPhone

shilly shilly writes  |  more than 7 years ago

shilly (142940) writes "The Grauniad is reporting that Apple in on the verge of choosing its European partners. It looks like O2 / Telefonica for the UK and Spain, T-Mobile for Germany, and Orange / France Telecome for the French. Retailers apparently lost out to the operators in their bid for direct sales."

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