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Comment Re:11 rear enders (Score 1) 549

Twice, I have been at a red light turning right, started to go and stopped, (having seen vehicles coming too quickly for me to pull out safely) and been rear ended by people who thought I was going. Clearly I was not at fault but that start-stop action was definitely a factor.

Frankly, it sounds like US drivers are just fucking terrible. I guess it's because you have very lax driving tests and never ban anyone from driving (in any kind of serious way), but I've NEVER been rear-ended in the UK because of something like that. People just fucking well pay attention.


As a motorcyclist in the UK, I really wish your post was accurate, but it isn't. I have had way too many close calls because people, mostly car drivers, fail to pay sufficient attention to what is happening around them, or even worse are distracted by using their mobiles when driving. I always ride my bike defensively, I ride with the expectation that the other road users are not paying attention.

Comment Re:Simple answer (Score 1) 942

Actually, in the UK, it has become common to refer to the temperature in Fahrenheit when talking about warm days, and centigrade when talking about cold days.

The large number gap in the middle means it is easy to refer to a temperature and know if it is hot or cold. It's like they measure two different things - hotness or coldness.


Except amongst older people, it is common to use Celsius..

Comment Requires a definition for Toys (Score 1) 209

One person's Toys may be another person's hobby equipment.

I have no toys from my childhood, but I do have a fair amount of hobby equipment, A couple of decades ago I used to juggle fairly seriously, so even though I stopped practising over 15 years ago I still have some juggling clubs, balls, rings and knives around the place. I also have 6 guitars, a ukulele, and a mandolin. So are they toys? Not to me.


Hulu Blocks VPN Users 259

New submitter electronic convict writes: "Hulu, apparently worried that too many non-U.S. residents are using cheap VPN services to watch its U.S. programming, has started blocking IP address ranges belonging to known VPN services. Hulu didn't announce the ban, but users of the affected VPNs are getting this message: 'Based on your IP-address, we noticed that you are trying to access Hulu through an anonymous proxy tool. Hulu is not currently available outside the U.S. If you're in the U.S. you'll need to disable your anonymizer to access videos on Hulu.' Hulu may make Hollywood happy by temporarily locking out foreign users — at least until they find new VPN providers. But in so doing it's now forcing its U.S. customers to sacrifice their privacy and even to risk insecure connections. Hulu hasn't even implemented SSL on its site."

Comment Re:Double bind (Score 1) 1431

The local reports state that the movie hadn't even started yet when this happened.

They also say that it was in the middle of the previews, and that the shooter was a 71 year old man who was physically assaulted by the texter after the 71 year old had reported the texter to the theater management. If something were escalating to a physical altercation with someone 30 years younger than you, and you were a little old guy with a gun, would you take the beating, or would you shoot?

Interesting, that does not tally with the following, which I presume is from the same witness :

In that he states he did not see who through the popcorn.

Comment Re:Its counter productive (Score 2, Interesting) 934

Another study just came out showing that increased gun ownership actually lowers the murder rate and lower gun ownership does the opposite. We have multiple points of confirmation and there are a few skeptical politicians that are starting to come around.

The old truism is confirmed. Outlaw guns and only the outlaws will have them.

Does Chicago have a violence problem? Yes. Gun bans are not the solution.

What study? Can you please provide a link to it.

Comment Re:Only moose and squirrel have them (Score 2) 220

Saddam considered the Iranians to be a strategic threat to Iraq and discounted the possibility that the West & UN would act against him in a forceful manner. As a result Saddam had his government continue to act as if they still had WMDs to fool the Iranians after they had secretly disposed of their VX nerve gas after previous fooling the inspectors. (It sounds stupid, but that was Saddam.) Saddam's strategic deception was such a success that he was invaded for it.

That was not the reason for the invasion, it was a political decision, that was merely the excuse for the decision. That is all beside the point, I was referring to the report that the UK Government revealed to the Members of Parliament and the UK people to justify the war, all the cautions that the security services had about the evidence were removed. Alistair Cambell, Tony Blair's spin doctor was heavily involved in that process, despite having no knowledge of either the security services or WMD.

If it makes you feel any better, there were unfilled chemical warheads found for Iraq's long range missiles. With a native chemical industry that had previous experience making chemical agents they could have been filled in the future. The disarmament agencies also recovered a number of anthrax bombs. I'm sure there is more. And the other causes of action were still true, such as the massacres of the Kurds - a crime against humanity, and Iraq's support for terrorism.

Yes, the remnants of Chemical weapons were found, all of which dates from the 80's and early 90's, and all of which tallied with the UN Inspectors reports about them decommissioned in the mid 90's (from memory I see to recall 1995). am aware of the Anfal pogroms, then again I was aware of them in the late 1980's, but as prior to the invasion of Kuwait, Saddam was the West's "friend" in the region, that was ignored by the Western governments, as were the reports that he used chemical weapons against the Iranians during the Iran Iraq war.

Comment Re:Only moose and squirrel have them (Score 3, Insightful) 220

If only there was proof. At this point the British believe that the Chinese, the Russians, or both, have copies of all the documents that Snowden took.


Who believes that? The security services or the Politicians? I cannot help but remember that prior to the Iraq war the UK's security services produced reports on WMD in Iraq that were full of cautions about the evidence, these cautions were subsequently removed as the report was doctored, or "firmed up" as it was referred to, when the Politicians and their advisor's got involved when trying to make a case for war,

The Courts

Bradley Manning Sentenced To 35 Years 491

An anonymous reader writes with bad, but not unexpected news: "The U.S. soldier convicted of handing a trove of secret government documents to anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks has been sentenced to 35 years in prison. Pte First Class Bradley Manning, 25, was convicted in July of 20 charges against him, including espionage. Last week, he apologized for hurting the U.S. and for 'the unexpected results' of his actions. He will receive credit for three and a half years, but be dishonorably discharged from the U.S. Army."

Comment Re:*Sigh* (Score 1) 284

if the politician already believed it was necessary, there would be no need to pay them.

The money is used for their election... if they don't have money, they don't advertise enough, people don't vote for them, someone who has different views ends up in office.


In the UK, the amount that Political Parties can spend on elections, at local and national level, is a fraction of what the US spends on its elections, so we do not get much in the way of Political advertising compared to you in the states. That being said, it is over 30 years since I became old enough to vote in elections, and during that time I have seen quite a few Political advertisements, in all those years, never once has any advertisement caused me to change the way I vote, at most a political advertisement will cause me to research a point raised during it.

Do people really change the way they vote just because of advertising, or lack thereof?

Comment Re:Perfect is the enemy of good. (Score 1) 1103

they used to do this in the military decades ago. the result was that lots of soldiers would get robbed on pay day. the thieves would wait for them outside the base

Many years ago in my city there was a large construction project that was adjacent to the City's red light district. The construction workers were all paid in cash every friday, and the prostitutes used to line up nearby waiting for them...

Comment Re:Ha Ha Ha (Score 2) 377

Using the UK price of approx £1.40 per liter, and the Sterling to USD exchange rate quoted on, it would cost £95.34 or $147.13 to fill a 15-gallon tank in the UK.

You never had it so good...

You are confusing uk gallons with US Gallons. There are 3.78541 Liters to a US Gallon, whereas in the UK it is 4.54609 liters to a gallon.

Comment Re:Blair made this the law in the UK too (Score 1) 662

Tony Blair made 'silence' an explicit indicator of guilt that could be used as part of the prosecution case.

I believe that is incorrect, that change happened in the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994. Tony Blair and the Labour Party did not enter office until May 1st 1997. The amendment was made under the Government of John Major.

Top Ten Things Overheard At The ANSI C Draft Committee Meetings: (7) Well, it's an excellent idea, but it would make the compilers too hard to write.