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Comment: Re:Regardless of any 'sensitivities'... (Score 2) 53

by Drishmung (#47251283) Attached to: Humans Not Solely To Blame For Passenger Pigeon Extinction

Apparently they were fairly awful creatures—flocks of a few million birds blackening the skies, decimating crops and crapping on everything.

Couldn't we direct our sympathies to a more like-able creature? Wooly mammoths or great awks, perhaps?

Because the thought of a few million woolly mammoths blackening the skies, decimating crops and crapping on everything is even more terrifying.

Comment: Re:Sorry, destruction is not proof of claim (Score 5, Interesting) 269

Keeping the US safe is a clear and compelling interest that takes priority over a measly civil claim.

Ah, yes, "The ends justify the means". The trouble with that is that the means determine the end. If your means are corrupt, lawless and arbitrary, just what sort of outcome do you expect?

I believe this has been discussed previously: Matthew 7:16, 1 Samuel 24:13, Matthew 12:33, Luke 6:43, James 3:12

Comment: Re:BFDâ¦. (Score 1) 208

by Drishmung (#47071557) Attached to: NSA Surveillance Reform Bill Passes House 303 Votes To 121
Right now, voting for someone named Malcolm Peter Brian Telescope Adrian Umbrella Stand Jasper Wednesday Stoatgobbler John Raw Vegetable Arthur Norman Michael Featherstone SmithNorthgot Edwards Harris MasonFrampton Jones Fruitbat Gilbert 'We'll keep a welcome in the' Williams If I Could Walk That Way Jenkin Tiger-draws Pratt Thompson 'Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head' Darcy Carter Pussycat 'Don't Sleep In The Subway' Barton Mannering Smith could only be an improvement.

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.

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