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Comment: Re:It's finally time (Score 1) 203

by Chrisq (#49570461) Attached to: Feds Say It's Time To Cut Back On Fluoride In Drinking Water

and our daughter has orthodontic treatment without charge

I have to be "that guy". You were charged - and quite a bit for it, they just didn't hand you a bill after you received the service. When you factor in all taxes (VAT, fuel tax, TV tax, income tax, NHS tax, etc) even the lowest tax bracket in the UK is paying roughly 50% of their income in taxes.

Rubbish The lowest tax bracket is zero and accounts for income up to £10,600 in 2015/16, from £10,000 in 2014/15. In terms of indirect tax, VAT is not charged on children's clothes or "non luxuary" food, and is 5% for domestic heating and electicity. There are a number of other exemptions and it is on 20% for the rest.

Comment: Re:It's finally time (Score 4, Insightful) 203

by Chrisq (#49568947) Attached to: Feds Say It's Time To Cut Back On Fluoride In Drinking Water

Britain has better dental health than the USA. But keep peddling that century old myth if it makes you feel better.

My wife is American and finds this particularly funny. When she came to the UK she had a lot of treatment that she could not have afforded in the USA, and our daughter has orthodontic treatment without charge - and some of her relatives who have had teeth removed because they could not afford treatment still make jokes about British teeth

Comment: Re:That whole area is intolerant to different folk (Score 2) 488

by Chrisq (#49556313) Attached to: Woman Behind Pakistan's First Hackathon, Sabeen Mahmud, Shot Dead

The whole area in the middle east is intolerant to accepting people of different faith, ethnic back ground and culture. They claim to be so holy but offer little as examples of peaceful people. They act like the world is thousand of years in the past. No the US is not perfect and the example of perfect will never be achieved because we are human. This is just another example of how little these people have advanced in hundreds of years.

That's islam for you

Comment: Re:This won't pay: system in London closed in 2003 (Score 1) 117

by Chrisq (#49495683) Attached to: UK Company Wants To Deliver Parcels Through Underground Tunnels

There was no congestion charge in 2003.

True, but since they say it cost five times a much to send things by the rail compared by road this would only swing the balance if 4/5 of the cost were the congestion charge. In other words it would have to cost four times as much as the driver's salary, fuel, maintenance, and vehicle costs - which it obviously doesn't

Comment: This won't pay: system in London closed in 2003 (Score 1) 117

by Chrisq (#49491669) Attached to: UK Company Wants To Deliver Parcels Through Underground Tunnels
Until 2003 the royal mail used an underground mail railway. Even though the costs of building the tunnels had been paid off it was five times more expensive than using road transport for the same task. I can't see how any system involving new tunnels could possibly be viable.

Comment: Re:Typical Muslim response to the truth (Score 1) 249

by Chrisq (#49476539) Attached to: Turkish Hackers Target Vatican Website After Pope's Genocide Comment

Typical Muslim response to the truth. Ban it, bar it, become the victim.

No, it's a typical nationalist response to the truth. Your clumsy attempt to involve Islam proves that you hate the truth as much as they do. You are exactly like them, and are therefore one of them.

Thank you for reminding me of the Muslim's other typical response - ridiculous equivocation. Drawing a picture that you don't like becomes the moral equivalent of killing people. Raping children becomes the moral equivalent of protesting about the rape. And in your case of course someone who points out that Muslims try to ban truth about a genocide becomes "exactly like" the people committing the genocide.

Comment: You probably could tell looking close up (Score 1) 152

by Chrisq (#49468409) Attached to: Sharp Announces 4K Smartphone Display
You probably could tell the difference looking close up (A person with 20/20 vision at 4 inches - the closest a healthy adult can focus - can see up to 876 PPI) , but:

If the average reading distance is 1 foot (12 inches = 305 mm), p @0.4 arc minute is 35.5 microns or about 720 ppi/dpi. p @1 arc minute is 89 microns or about 300 dpi/ppi. This is why magazines are printed at 300 dpi – it’s good enough for most people. Fine art printers aim for 720, and that’s the best it need be. Very few people stick their heads closer than 1 foot away from a painting or photograph.”

Comment: Lets hope they don't try to automate it (Score 1) 279

by Chrisq (#49462781) Attached to: Researchers Developing An Algorithm That Can Detect Internet Trolls

It also observes that higher rates of community intolerance are likely to foster the anti-social behavior and speed the ban.

If automated an intolerant core could try to get users expressing opinions that they don't like banned. The fact that they are subjected to intolerance would make the algorithm more likely to ban them.

"Ada is PL/I trying to be Smalltalk. -- Codoso diBlini