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Forum: Urban Legends Contest 15 December 2017, 11:40 AM
Replies: 506
Views: 65,652
Posted By Richard W
I can't comment any more because I've been...

I can't comment any more because I've been looking at maps, and so can't say anything about the actual answer! Bah.
Forum: NFBSK Gone Wild! 14 December 2017, 12:30 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 107
Posted By Richard W
I have much the same reaction as to the story...

I have much the same reaction as to the story about Siri:



Artificial intelligence is a million miles from that at the moment, and the problem here is building this object and then trying to...
Forum: Amusement Bark 14 December 2017, 12:27 PM
Replies: 399
Views: 87,522
Posted By Richard W
Yes, I sometimes think that David Braben must be...

Yes, I sometimes think that David Braben must be in a constant battle with his developers - left to himself he'd just write a universe simulator and make you fly from one end to the other using...
Forum: Rantidote 14 December 2017, 03:12 AM
Replies: 951
Views: 66,803
Posted By Richard W
I'm glad the company I last worked for (in its...

I'm glad the company I last worked for (in its various later iterations) isn't the only one that does this. It's almost like management are trying to justify their jobs with a lot of inconvenient...
Forum: SLC 14 December 2017, 01:39 AM
Replies: 158
Views: 4,965
Posted By Richard W
Another, related, stupid question would be why he...

Another, related, stupid question would be why he thought prisoners or felons were less likely to vote for Moore than the average voter. Did he think criminals have better morals than the average...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 14 December 2017, 01:06 AM
Replies: 155
Views: 7,189
Posted By Richard W
In the UK we have to be a bit careful about...

In the UK we have to be a bit careful about declaring people the laughing stock of the world, because to my mind (because of Brexit), so are we - the laughing stock of Europe, at least. And yet I...
Forum: Rantidote 14 December 2017, 12:20 AM
Replies: 928
Views: 131,259
Posted By Richard W
Thanks! I shall consider that... I haven't looked...

Thanks! I shall consider that... I haven't looked at the cost of the books lately though, so it might be that there are better deals available. When I did buy them, I think I managed to find some...
Forum: SLC 13 December 2017, 11:54 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 4,965
Posted By Richard W
I meant, "they're not street legal in the UK" -...

I meant, "they're not street legal in the UK" - I'd hoped it was clear from the context of my post that I was talking about the UK. I don't know what kinds of tyre are street legal in the USA, but it...
Forum: Crash and Burn 13 December 2017, 11:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 245
Posted By Richard W
I've been in a helicopter twice, and therefore I...

I've been in a helicopter twice, and therefore I know twice as much about it as you do.

But both times were in New Zealand, in civilian helicopters owned by Kiwi companies, so I suppose I know the...
Forum: Rantidote 13 December 2017, 11:30 PM
Replies: 928
Views: 131,259
Posted By Richard W
Yes, the Royal Mail is still generally reliable....

Yes, the Royal Mail is still generally reliable. I don't know what happens at the other end, though.

And shipping charges between the USA and the UK can be silly - I would have bought all of the...
Forum: Urban Legends Contest 13 December 2017, 11:03 PM
Replies: 506
Views: 65,652
Posted By Richard W
(Without looking) I'm fairly sure that's further...

(Without looking) I'm fairly sure that's further north than the consensus answer anyway. Think of the shape of Africa. It's certainly further north than the two island capitals we've mentioned.
Forum: Crash and Burn 13 December 2017, 06:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 245
Posted By Richard W
I suppose it depends how you define "normal" and...

I suppose it depends how you define "normal" and how many incidents establish a pattern. According to the story,



So lately it's apparently been a weekly occurrence for parts of US helicopters...
Forum: SLC 13 December 2017, 06:12 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 4,965
Posted By Richard W
I have no idea what sort of tyres people tend to...

I have no idea what sort of tyres people tend to use in the UK, but I've never heard of anybody changing them by season. I don't know whether snow chains are legal here, but even in the places where...
Forum: Urban Legends Contest 13 December 2017, 04:14 PM
Replies: 506
Views: 65,652
Posted By Richard W
You may be right - I couldn't remember the...

You may be right - I couldn't remember the relative positions of Malta and Cyprus without looking. Also wasn't entirely sure of Cyprus's status as an independent nation without looking it up...
...
Forum: Rantidote 13 December 2017, 03:30 PM
Replies: 951
Views: 66,803
Posted By Richard W
Ah, I was looking for it in the place where it...

Ah, I was looking for it in the place where it was in the old screen shots in that article. I don't think those three dots even appeared until I clicked on "News Feed", but they might have been...
Forum: Rantidote 13 December 2017, 02:09 PM
Replies: 951
Views: 66,803
Posted By Richard W
I don't even get that option on my news feed, and...

I don't even get that option on my news feed, and I'd already checked profile settings to see if there was some preference in there, but there doesn't seem to be. I'm sure I did set that, or...
Forum: Rantidote 13 December 2017, 02:05 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,476
Posted By Richard W
When I used Word a lot, the thing I found best...

When I used Word a lot, the thing I found best was to paste any text from another document to Notepad first, then cut-and-paste again into Word. That strips all the formatting and leaves it in...
Forum: Rantidote 13 December 2017, 12:34 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,476
Posted By Richard W
Ha, I get that from Norton (or is it McAfee? I...

Ha, I get that from Norton (or is it McAfee? I have a free version of one as well, that I added for some reason). And the "issue" is that I'm deliberately not using one of their browser plug-ins....
Forum: Rantidote 13 December 2017, 11:18 AM
Replies: 951
Views: 66,803
Posted By Richard W
Facebook's news feed continues to annoy me. If...

Facebook's news feed continues to annoy me. If you accidentally close the window and then open it again, why do you see entirely different posts? I'd understand if they were all the newest posts that...
Forum: Techno-Babble 13 December 2017, 10:55 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 637
Posted By Richard W
I can think of a couple of reasons why it might...

I can think of a couple of reasons why it might be the case that female voices would be easier to follow than male in that situation, one social and one physical.

The social one is that if it's a...
Forum: Urban Legends Contest 12 December 2017, 03:01 PM
Replies: 506
Views: 65,652
Posted By Richard W
I think kitap is right as I'm sure there's a club...

I think kitap is right as I'm sure there's a club named after what she said. There must be several similar dishes, and to know the answer you also have to know which one has the club named after it!
Forum: Urban Legends Contest 12 December 2017, 11:50 AM
Replies: 506
Views: 65,652
Posted By Richard W
Quite a lot of guesses. 1. Chromosomes (in...

Quite a lot of guesses.

1. Chromosomes (in a gamete, strictly speaking, I guess, otherwise there would be 46).

2. (Guess) Hedi Gabler

3. (Guess) Women?

4. I think that's Athens. (If he'd...
Forum: SLC 12 December 2017, 11:41 AM
Replies: 158
Views: 4,965
Posted By Richard W
In the article below, there's a picture of a Ford...

In the article below, there's a picture of a Ford Focus being driven over a bridge. Where is that? Is it Chicago?

http://www.autonews.com/article/20171211/OEM06/171219941/

(It's a stupid...
Forum: SLC 12 December 2017, 11:09 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,615
Posted By Richard W
I read this and saw from your profile that your...

I read this and saw from your profile that your last initial is "W", and for some reason decided that your name must be Bob Wheelbarrow, pronounced "Wilbareau".

I'd been hoping that there would be...
Forum: Techno-Babble 11 December 2017, 07:02 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 637
Posted By Richard W
Yes, but Siri is an inanimate object (or...

Yes, but Siri is an inanimate object (or inanimate piece of software), and Crius did seem to be accusing people who treated Siri like that as having a problem. I know Crius wasn't talking about me...
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