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Comment Re:Comparison? (Score 1) 252

I am not really sure that biology counts as a hard science either. I know of eminent biologists in the life science field that consider the idea that "if it ain't reproducible it ain't real" to be nonsense.

In my view anyone who does not consider that to be the cornerstone of experimental study is *NOT* a scientist.

Comment Re:The cars can detect gestures. (Score 3, Interesting) 236

Don't know about where you live but failure to stop for a Police man/woman is an offence in the U.K. That is if an officer of the law indicates you should pull over you better dam well pull over otherwise you are facing a 5000GBP fine and a discretionary ban. Why on earth anyone thinks that a self driving car should be any different to a human driven car is really beyond me.

Comment Re:In "oil" country no less! (Score 1) 314

Really, highest load is during the heat of the day??? What heat is that??? Where I live the highest load is sometime in the evening during winter when there is exactly *ZERO* solar power available.

Not everyone lives in sunny warm locations you know. That said solar should be a big part of the energy generation equation in most parts of the world, even if it means shipping it in on power lines.

Comment Re:kid driven decisions (Score 1) 46

Really, with a copy of get_iplayer a bit of patience you can grab Furchester Hotel, the new clangers, Dinopaws, Charlie and Lola, Shawn the Sheep, Timmy Time, Chuggington, In the Night Garden, Alphablocks (my 3 year old nephew is teaching himself to read with that one), Numtums and a whole bunch more. Head over to YouTube and there is a bunch of English language Masha and the Bear as well that youtube-dl will grab for you. Load onto tablet and/or install Plex. That's for the under 5 year market, and it's hundreds of hours of content.

Comment Re:Gambling but not the way he thinks he is (Score 3, Insightful) 361

Rational and sensible policies out of the SNP, please pull the other one. This time last year they where telling everyone just vote for independence and we will all be swimming in oil money. Then they wanted full fiscal independence, then when that had a £7 billion hole in it, it was going to be phased in over a period of years. Funny because this time last year when they where saying vote for independence they had set a date of May 2016.

Why would I believe a bunch of racist (the anyone but England mentality is racist plan and simple), tax dodging (yep if you don't like the tax the SNP thinks that it is perfectly fine not to pay it - aka the Poll Tax) closet Tories, yeah the I am all right Jack now we have oil money we don't want to share with the rest of the UK, despite hundreds of years of the rest of the UK sharing with Scotland much to Scotland's benefit, especial through trade with essentially English colonies. Socialist my ass.

Even their Socialist policies like free University tuition for Scottish students in Scotland simply means *FEWER* Scottish students go to University (loads of EU students out competing them for those free places), especially those from poorer backgrounds. Way to go.

Comment Re:completely wrong (spoilers) (Score 1) 182

There is an easier and very safe way to dissolve a body. All you need is a week or so, and a tub full of water at around 40 Celsius and a good dose of biological washing powder/liquid. The enzymes will breakdown the tissues of the body leaving just the bones and teeth. You could always dispose of the bones in the good old fashioned way of a bonfire (its a corruption of bone fire).

Comment Re:It is what it is (Score 1) 332

Japan surrendered unconditionally. It was the only offer on the table. Before their unconditional surrender they where offering a *CONDITIONAL* surrender.

Given the appalling history of conditional surrenders in the 20th century with aggressor nations there was no way in hell the allies where going to accept a conditional surrender again.

The defeated nation needed to know they where utterly defeated so they never tried it again.

Comment Re:False dichotomy of the guilty conscience (Score 2) 332

The allies wanted unconditional surrender because the history in the 20th century of conditional surrenders with aggressive nations (see WWI and Germany) had proven to be such catastrophic failures. There was no way on earth the same mistake was going to be made again.

It had nothing to do with wanting revenge, it was making sure that they understood they had been utterly defeated and that to ever risk it again would be stupid beyond belief.

Comment Re:False dichotomy of the guilty conscience (Score 2) 332

The decision was taken by the leaders in WWII than unlike in WWI the enemy (aka Nazi's and Japan) had to be utterly defeated. There was going to be no repeat of what I call the "Pershing Effect" that is unless they are utterly defeated they don't believe they really lost and you end up doing it all over again.

History had proved with Germany that a ceasefire and negotiated peace had been the biggest mistake of the 20th Century costing tens of millions of lives. They where not going to make that mistake again, unconditional surrender and occupation was the *ONLY* option on the table from the allies.

The nuclear bombing of Japan provided that total and utter defeat of Japan while risking the fewest possible allied lives, and bringing to an end the Japanese death toll across Asia in as short a time as possible.

The idea that the nuclear bombs didn't have an effect on the Japanese war cabinet is pure and total revisionist fantasy.

For starters it is in direct contravention of recorded testimony given by surviving members of the Japanese war cabinet after the war. There are TV documentaries with these interview in for the whole world to see. Neither you or any other person who was not in the Japanese war cabinet can argue with their testimony.

Even at the 11th hour there where attempts by factions of the Japanese military to stage a coup and stop the unconditional surrender.

Comment Re: Who cares? (Score 2) 272

You are right about the distance thing as the majority of crashes take place getting to and descending from cruising altitude.

However if you take terrorist incidents out of the equation the chances of surviving a plane crash is from memory *OVER* 50%. So take the two worst disasters in the UK in the last 30 years. The British Airtours Flight 28M on 22nd August 1985 where 137 people on board, 55 died. Or you could take the British Midland Flight 92 on 8th January 1989, 126 people aboard 47 died.

Basically people vastly over estimate the likely hood that they will died in an air crash. Further the simple expediency of turning all seats around so you back is against the direction of travel would dramatically increase the chances of survival in the event of a crash.

Comment Re:Who cares? (Score 2, Insightful) 272

Wrong airplanes are seen as a "safe" mode of transport as a consequence of how the statistics are generated/reported.

Almost all airplane crashes occur during take off or landing. Once at cruising altitude the number of crashes are very low per mile/km travelled. In effect a flight from London to Paris is almost as dangerous as a flight from London to New York. The statistics however are presented as the number of fatalities per million km/mile travelled.

On other modes of transport such as car and train the chances of an accident are much more evenly distributed along the length of the journey.

If you took these differences into account air travel becomes much more dangerous than is portrayed by the airline industry.

Comment Re:Cool (Score 4, Insightful) 363

It is different. If and it is a big IF you had the consent of the woman undergoing the procedure then it would probably be O.K. to make and distribute the video of the abortion.

In the absence of such consent it is highly unlikely to be permissible to invade the privacy of the woman. In addition there are issues around patient confidentiality for medical procedures. There is also a lack of a public interest waver around an abortion because it has no impact on you personally and is not in contravention of any laws.