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Forum: Techno-Babble 17 December 2017, 02:46 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,809
Posted By Richard W
They don't seem to understand basic mechanical...

They don't seem to understand basic mechanical forces and stresses very well for people who build rockets, do they?
Forum: Rantidote 17 December 2017, 02:49 AM
Replies: 945
Views: 133,143
Posted By Richard W
I've not, no. I have to go to bed now (I should...

I've not, no. I have to go to bed now (I should have done so hours ago) but I will look for it tomorrow. I take it you mentioned this because you like it rather than because you think it's awful...
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Forum: SLC 17 December 2017, 01:43 AM
Replies: 214
Views: 13,240
Posted By Richard W
I like that. Thank you for posting it.

I like that. Thank you for posting it.
Forum: Rantidote 17 December 2017, 01:14 AM
Replies: 945
Views: 133,143
Posted By Richard W
... This was supposed to be an edit to my last...

... This was supposed to be an edit to my last post, but I think I missed the window between starting to write it and submitting:

(eta) I'm just listening to it again to re-evaluate my opinion,...
Forum: Rantidote 17 December 2017, 12:43 AM
Replies: 945
Views: 133,143
Posted By Richard W
I don't think you can really judge the songs of a...

I don't think you can really judge the songs of a particular artist by bad cover versions. I've a Leonard Cohen tribute album (from long before he died - I bought it back in the '90s) called Tower of...
Forum: SLC 16 December 2017, 08:08 PM
Replies: 214
Views: 13,240
Posted By Richard W
That sounds amazing. It's always good to be able...

That sounds amazing. It's always good to be able to remind oneself that these conversations are rarely as bad as one thinks they're going to be...

I guess this is one of the reasons I hate job...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 16 December 2017, 03:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,567
Posted By Richard W
"Evidence-based" and "science-based"? Jesus......

"Evidence-based" and "science-based"? Jesus... You could at least make the argument that some of the others might show political bias (although they shouldn't, unless you think that the right wing is...
Forum: SLC 16 December 2017, 01:47 PM
Replies: 172
Views: 5,643
Posted By Richard W
I tried asking on Facebook but I only know one...

I tried asking on Facebook but I only know one actual Maori*. He doesn't seem to be reading, so I got no replies, and I find it a bit intrusive to tag people out of the blue...

*(Sorry, I'm going...
Forum: Amusement Bark 16 December 2017, 01:20 PM
Replies: 403
Views: 88,552
Posted By Richard W
I'm XBox, sorry...! I have thought in the...

I'm XBox, sorry...!

I have thought in the past of getting a Gold account but mostly I enjoy playing on my own too much to think it would be worth the effort. And most of my "real-life" friends, or...
Forum: Urban Legends Contest 15 December 2017, 11:40 AM
Replies: 509
Views: 66,828
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: 162
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: 403
Views: 88,552
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: 973
Views: 68,742
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: 172
Views: 5,643
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: 159
Views: 7,465
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: 945
Views: 133,143
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: 172
Views: 5,643
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: 330
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: 945
Views: 133,143
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: 509
Views: 66,828
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: 330
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: 172
Views: 5,643
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: 509
Views: 66,828
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...
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Forum: Rantidote 13 December 2017, 03:30 PM
Replies: 973
Views: 68,742
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: 973
Views: 68,742
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...
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