David L

David L

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    people from Spain and Portugal code as 'white Southern European', and South/Central America might as well be on Mars in terms of how frequently you see folks from that part of the world. As I meant. It gets complicated. In...
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    But it is soooo much easier to fold a piece of paper in half twice then cut it out. :) 60 degree angles are much harder than 90 or 45 with little kids....
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    many of them put their kids in Christian schools where they get an incomplete education Not all get an incomplete education. But for many who do and get to college life becomes a rough ride for a time. Many leave...
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    Th is particular idiocity seems to be enshrined in the mindset of the bureaucrats that run the retail businesses in the UK. What makes you think this is only an issue in the UK? Says he of wide feet with...
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    however personal loans account for most of their business and appear to be of much lower risk. It is sort of baked in. Credit Union members (you are not exactly a customer) have to have a common bond which creates...
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    There's a US comedian, Bill Engvall who has a catch phrase of "Here's your sign". It is a sign that he feels stupid people should wear so the rest of us could act according around them. Here's a youtube of...
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    Nice pivot. EC said it would be nice if people followed the Gospels. You kept talking about the entire Bible and religions that don't follow only the Gospels. First 4 books of the NT. They paint a very different picture...
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    More than past time to change the phone system so that calls from non-trustworthy exchanges are labelled as such so that we can screen them out. Good luck with that. SS7, which the entire planet uses for interconnections between everyone's...
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    If you want to know, why don't you read it yourself. I might. But I was asking for a reference to start looking. It is more than a few words long....
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    But not before computers - the first modern computers date from 1948. OK fine. Before you could in any practical way use a computer in a classroom testing setting. Yes I know the history. That same year I and some...
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    Christian Bible isn't a great historical record, the rules there suggest that somewhere between 5... I'd like too see where you get that. Never heard of that before....
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    Your "clear-cut non-cheating example" absolutely definitely is cheating in an exam, because the rules for exams are that you do it entirely on your own using nothing but what you carry inside your own head. Nope. I learned more math...
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    school should teach us how to think our way through problems rather than getting used to asking someone else to do that for us. Agreed. But at some level people need to understand things like 2+2=4 and how decimal points...
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    Think set design, lighting, costumes, speech, 'actor' skins, music ... I watched a friend make a two hour machinma feature movie a few years ago, and it turns out that having the CGI animation tools is only the first step....
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    to ear-piercings for baby girls. Just to point out how slippery some of these slopes are, this would be considered a racist comment, by your standards, if uttered in the US a few years ago. For a long time this...
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    I wonder if that means anything outside of pre 1960s USA....
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    I was around a lot of unemployed union workers. Some were good and smart. But many were not. (Willingly or not I'll not go into.) People upset that no one would pay them $20 / hour (1984) with no high...
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    While I was in Pittsburgh the local paper wrote a long article or articles on the state of the steel industry. Two big points. Domestic use per capita was cut in half from the 50s to the 80s. Aluminum and...
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    Not a banker but I'm fairly certain that is not how reserves work in the US....
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    I'm not well-read on Hawaiian history around the time of the American conquest. IIRC a cabal of sugar plantation owners got together to call in the marines and oust the Hawaiian monarchy. Some missionary families went over to save...
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    but there have been many violent Buddhist groups Like in a place known for a while as Burma?...
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    Here's a question, though: if you open a facepalm page, then close it, can they still see what tabs you open *not* using anything from them? If you have scripts running and not in a private window I think. But...
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    In the USA....
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    6. I don't know exactly how it still fares, but before the recession US high school kids had a habit of taking after school jobs at around 16 years old. I can't find it now, but before the recession, Republicans...
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    Reagan did the same thing in the Rust Belt/Apppalachia. As someone who moved to the Pittsburgh area in January 1980 then left in early 87, your analysis is, well, wrong. Most Reagan didn't shut down the mills, the owners and...
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    My house is about 80 years old and appears to have been amateur built, so studs aren't evenly spaced on any scheme I can figure out. In some places they'll go from 24 inches apart to 16 inches. The next...
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    Getting very local in this comment. I'm barely one block outside the historic preservation district. ... If I lived a block south of here I'd have to submit architectural plans for approval before I could even change so much as...
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    Whenever a web site asks if I'd like to share my location with them I select NO. Not how it works. The big tracking guys have data bases of IP addresses that will get you down to a block at...
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    Until countries stop making calculations 99% based on profits things like Syria, Somolia, and NK, will not go away. No mater how bad the sanctions get on the elite many would rather go down with the ship than give up...
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    browsers do let you chose to, say, clear your cookies for the last hour, or all the way. Cookies are so last century. Most tracking like Charlie was describing doesn't require cookies. They match you via geo location, screen size,...
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