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Comment: Re:The Perfect Phone Feature For Safety (Score 1) 184

by Drishmung (#46738293) Attached to: The Case For a Safer Smartphone

Have a small amount of C-4 explosive in the phone. If the phone is switched on when the velocity is greater than 30 mph *BOOM*.

The TSA will just love that.

And instead of airbags, we should also have daggers sticking out of our steering wheels, poised directly at our hearts. That way people will only be able to drive like assholes once.

Shame about that child stepping out in front of you.

Comment: Re:best pepper? (Score 4, Funny) 285

by Drishmung (#46580797) Attached to: I prefer my peppers ...
FOAF story:

My friend was in a restaurant where a diner was complaining LOUDLY that the curry was not hot enough, and the chef didn't know how to cook.

The chef emerged from the kitchen with a bottle of clear liquid and a spoon.

"Your curry not hot enough sir? That's OK sir, we can make it a bit hotter if you like sir. I can put some extra heat in sir. Here sir, try this and see how much you think you need."

Hands teaspoon of clear liquid to customer.

Customer (egged on by drunken mates) sips liquid.

Customer is carried out of restaurant by his friends—to the applause of the rest of the patrons!

As the chef returns to the kitchen, my friend intercepts him and asks what is in the bottle.

"Pure Capsaicin. We use it to make the curry as hot as we need to" says the chef with an evil grin.

Comment: Re:Common Examples (Score 3, Insightful) 285

by Drishmung (#46580693) Attached to: I prefer my peppers ...
Peri-peri is about my limit, though Habanero stuffed with cream cheese is tolerable (and delicious).I also really like the taste of peri-peri, which is quite different from the somewhat smokey taste of Habanero.

That seems to put me at the ludicrously spicy level, yet that is only 'hot' according to the local shop.

It also depends on the cook. I'm not just into endorphin rush, I like food to taste rather than inflict. I've had 'medium' curry that was literally painful and not much else; the hottest curry I ever had was so perfectly balanced it didn't taste particularly hot at all---and then I swear my eyeballs were melting! I kept eating the delicious meal through the streaming tears and then enjoyed the buzz afterwards. And no ring of fire either.

Comment: John W Campbell clean car test (Score 1) 330

As I recall, the sf author John W Campbell proposed a simple test for a 'clean' car. The designers would be locked in a room for an hour with the engine running.

I suspect that an electric car would pass that test easily; I'm less confident in the Mazda vehicle.

Comment: Re:One man's terrorist (Score 1) 250

by Drishmung (#46520301) Attached to: UK Government Wants "Unsavory" Web Content To Be Removed
No, I'm saying you don't know. You can't trust the papers, and you can't trust your friends. It may well be that Internet censorship has wide support. It may equally well be true that it lacks massive popular support. Unless you, or someone else, does a properly conducted (and reproducible) survey, what you've got is no more than an opinion.

Comment: Re:One man's terrorist (Score 1) 250

by Drishmung (#46519259) Attached to: UK Government Wants "Unsavory" Web Content To Be Removed
So you are taking the sample of people you speak to, your friends and colleagues (I'm guessing), and assuming that they are representative of the UK population as a whole.

That's not statistically valid. Tempting though it may be to assume that because the circle you move in appears to support something, doesn't mean that

practically everyone [else] welcomes government Internet censorship.

Nor does it mean the opposite. Without a proper statistical sample you really can't tell, one way or the other.

Comment: Re:One man's terrorist (Score 4, Insightful) 250

by Drishmung (#46502801) Attached to: UK Government Wants "Unsavory" Web Content To Be Removed

There is massive support for this kind of policy among the UK population. Perhaps not among young people in London, but practically everyone else welcomes government Internet censorship.

And you know this, why? Because of what you read in the papers or see on TV?

It all depends on the questions you ask. "Do you want to protect children from predators?" "Of course I do!". "See sir, another supporter of Internet censorship."

Comment: Re:They can but SHOULD THEY (Score 1) 168

by Drishmung (#46385419) Attached to: The Mammoth Cometh: Revive & Restore Tackles De-Extinction

I mean if they do this sometime they are going to recreate something NASTY.

Do we really want to have something that you would need to hunt using an AA12 or M60??

No, I want something you need to hunt with a Challenger 2 because anything less is suicidal.

C'mon, are you up for a real challenge?

(Why, yes, I may have been watching too many sf movies.)

Comment: Re:Understanding (Score 1) 453

Plus ça change... I recommend C P Snow's The Two Cultures from 1959!

A good many times I have been present at gatherings of people who, by the standards of the traditional culture, are thought highly educated and who have with considerable gusto been expressing their incredulity at the illiteracy of scientists. Once or twice I have been provoked and have asked the company how many of them could describe the Second Law of Thermodynamics. The response was cold: it was also negative. Yet I was asking something which is the scientific equivalent of: Have you read a work of Shakespeare’s?

I now believe that if I had asked an even simpler question — such as, What do you mean by mass, or acceleration, which is the scientific equivalent of saying, Can you read? — not more than one in ten of the highly educated would have felt that I was speaking the same language. So the great edifice of modern physics goes up, and the majority of the cleverest people in the western world have about as much insight into it as their neolithic ancestors would have had.

Note however the valid criticism of the essay (see the wikipedia entry).

And personally, I want artists and engineers thanks. I prefer my engines to be beautiful---most especially my engines of mass destruction :)

Comment: Re:Where did he pass away to? (Score 1) 57

by Drishmung (#44750887) Attached to: Sci-Fi Great Frederik Pohl Passes Away At 93
Currently modded down to -1. Sigh.

It's a valid point. Death is a great, scary taboo. So we avert our eyes and say he "passed away", or even "passed".

Fred Pohl has died. Mincing words does not help. My sadness at this is not helped by such euphemisms. In fact, like the AC OP, I, personally, find "passed away" slightly offensive---and "passed" more so.

So, let's accept that Fred has died. Let's rejoice in the life he led, the books he wrote, the pleasure he gave to so many. Let's celebrate him living a ling life, and being productive to the very end.

I read his latest blog post, and then, the next day. saw he'd died. Way to go!

Comment: Re:Accountability (Score 1) 524

That doesn't sound like Gandhi to me, not the man who said:

I believe that all life is one. Thoughts take definite forms. Tigers and snakes have kinship with us. They are a warning to us to avoid harbouring evil, wicked, lustful thoughts. If I want to rid the earth of venomous beasts and reptiles, I must rid myself of all venomous thoughts. I shall not do so if, in my impatient ignorance and in my desire to prolong the existence of the body, I seek to kill the so-called venomous beasts and reptiles. If in not seeking to defend myself against such noxious animals I die, I should rise again a better and fuller man. With that faith in me, how should I seek to kill a fellow-being in a snake?

As for civil disobedience against the Nazis:

In a post-war interview in 1946, he said, "Hitler killed five million Jews. It is the greatest crime of our time. But the Jews should have offered themselves to the butcher's knife. They should have thrown themselves into the sea from cliffs... It would have aroused the world and the people of Germany... As it is they succumbed anyway in their millions."

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