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  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    It's not that obfuscated in practice, because the redundancy in the statement as a whole makes the interpretation of the numeric part obvious. But you could considerably improve the ambiguity by using, for example, AUs per ILO standard working day....
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    My experience of bicycles is that all the threads are some bloody weird size which is exclusive to bicycles, so it is never possible to replace a lost nut with one off some different kind of machine, nor is a...
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    "The first foreign car I "owned" was a Morris Minor - which was neither metric, nor SAE. A girlfriend's father gave me the car. I still havent' figured out whether that showed he liked me ... or not?" Did. Morris...
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    Thought I'd chuck this in: http://brusselstimes.com/business/technology/15050/electric-vehicles-emit-more-co2-than-diesel-ones,-german-study-shows Thoughts: 1) Oh what a surprise, not. 2) The German policy of closing nuclear power stations and burning lots of brown coal is daft. 3) We really do need something better than lithium batteries....
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    Of course, some of the "catching up" took the form of fitting certain locomotives with GWR big ends... >evil cackle...
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    The metric mile, 1600m, is close enough that if you need to worry about the discrepancy you're probably not measuring in miles in the first place :) Same with other approximations such as the metric inch (25mm), the metric pound...
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    Metrication was the best thing to happen to the construction industry. Everything is in millimetres and most of the materials are of such a nature that tolerances cannot meaningfully be specified below a few mm. One inch = 25mm is...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    There is something funny about this. Hydroxyl radicals are produced by UV, and persist for seconds at most before they react with something, usually not something interesting. Very rarely is it a molecule of methane, which can persist for years....
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    "What's missing... are the graves from all the battles..." Similarly, there are no massive piles of red squirrel skeletons from when the grey squirrels turned up. Excluding the mingling/interbreeding part, the two cases are much the same - the invaders...
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    "The real problem for the United States was the documents exposing the names of Afghan & Iraqi informants who had cooperated with U.S. forces." I suspect it was a considerably bigger problem for the informants....
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    I'm not that bothered what my solder is made of, I just hate lead-free solder because it is shite. Both for plumbing and for electronics. Fortunately despite all the noise it still seems to be nearly as easy to get...
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    It's kind of strange to think that mercurous chloride was used medically in large quantities until certainly after WW2. I guess alchemists must have shat like geese....
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    Random note concerning a very old thread: In one of Charlie's past parasitology threads I mentioned that the idea of a Sacculina-esque human parasite appeared in some old SF work but I could not remember what. Found it - it's...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    "Hell, if it is not very obvious for him personally, how would everybody else know?" The whole nature of "reputation" is in what everybody else knows (or thinks they know) about you, not what you think of yourself personally. So...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    "As I understand it, the U.S. - U.K. Extradition Treaty would only allow Assange to be tried on the charges for which he is (hypothetically) extradited." That's my understanding too, but the thing is, will the US stick to that...
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    Thanks for that Diane Abbott link. Those who do agree with her have done nearly as well as those who don't at making her look stupid, as far as I've seen, but that report shows her in reality being pretty...
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    "The long list of accusations (probably authentic)" Gordon Bennett, some of those are hilarious. Genuine laugh out loud at "It is false and defamatory to suggest that Julian Assange stinks". (Miss! Mi-i-iss! ...) "...avoiding conflict with the corrupted official would...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    "My sympathy is entirely reserved for his cat." I thought the cat had been taken into more sympathetic hands a while ago because he let it shit all over the place, and expected the embassy staff to feed it and...
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    The other side of the "like button debate", of course, is that they can result in posters becoming "like whores", posting stuff simply to attract "likes" rather than to provide any meaningful input. The Daily Mail website comments are a...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Ah... Hillal Oil v2, the more subtle remake without the mass paralysis....
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    One of the things UK governments do like to use the EU for is diverting blame for controversial or unpopular measures. The EU comes up with some relatively minor requirement; the UK government instead of simply complying with it as-is...
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    "Serious question: Culturally, just how bad is it to be unemployed in the UK from a social/psychological perspective - like, is there shaming?" There are TV series purporting to be "documentary" which are simply propaganda vehicles designed to paint benefit...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Yugoslavia was a simulacrum of civilisation maintained by force over a disparate collection of turbulent and hostile factions with a centuries-long history of kicking off, initially imposed mainly under the aegis of the largest and most aggressive faction who won...
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    No, no. "Farage" is that proportion of the total content of food substances which is not absorbed by the canine digestive system....
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    We do have (non-TV) adverts for "no win no fee" lawyers but I think it's some kind of regulatory fiddle whereby they aren't really "no win no fee" but they are allowed to have some kind of "no win no...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    It's not the real Durham, it's an American one. This bridge seems to be the one: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/11_foot_8_Bridge...
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    ...I should also mention that there is a "climate of fear" boosted by media articles and television series demonising benefit recipients, and government encourages the attitude, with official "snitch lines" provided for people to ring up and report people they...
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    I don't know what the law actually says but I'm pretty sure it isn't. Even if it was, the people affected are pretty much by definition both medically incapable of going through the court case and financially incapable of paying...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Vicious attacks via the benefit system to the point where people die from the lack of support or commit suicide in despair. So-called "assessments" carried out by a private organisation which is given quotas to fail x percent of applicants...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    I thought that article was a spoof....
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