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Comment: Re:Wrong Title (Score 1) 499

Speaking from a UK perspective, I am not "making shit up".

I have at various times had UK SC and DV checks carried out for my employment.
DV requires personal interviews and referee interviews.
There are aspects of my past life which are not pristine, but open disclosure ensured that these were not an issue.

Comment: Re:Wrong Title (Score 4, Insightful) 499

I doubt she had any idea that the third group even existed. Not sure what to think, except her response must not have been to their liking.

Sucks to be her.

At the time she filled in the form, she was obviously aware the third group existed as she had written to and visited one of its members in prison.

It is fairly obvious that her relationship with the "terrorist" organisation was very tenuous, but one point of a background check is a test of your willingness to be full and open about your past. In fact if she had given a full open answer, I suspect there would not have been a problem.

Despite conspiracy theories to the contrary, government agencies do not know everything about you. A background check will not necessarily find out everything about your past, but if it detects evasive answers then it is grounds for not employing someone in case there is more the potential employee is not telling or deliberately hiding.

Comment: Re:Do Penny's boobs defy gravity? (Score 2) 226

You're a perv.

One of the things I find makes the show slightly less believable is that Sheldon seems to be completely asexual. In reality, as far as I can tell, most people as smart as Sheldon are obsessed with sex. (Feynman and Hawking, for example.)

Most people are obsessed with sex whether they are as smart as Sheldon or not. However, Sheldon is represented on the show as an outlier in many respects, so what is the difficulty in believing that he would be different in this respect too?

Comment: Speaking on behalf of the Ministry of Defence (Score 5, Funny) 375

by maroberts (#47727679) Attached to: Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

I am delighted to confirm that we have made plans to resite our Nuclear Deterrent. After much consultation and with the agreement of the Legislative Assembly, I am pleased to announce that in the event of a Referendum "yes" vote, the UK will be breaking ground on a new facility in the Falkland Islands.

This is an immensely popular decision that has the full support of all our inhabitants, stated the Chief Executive of the Legislative Assembly.

On hearing this announcement Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, President of Argentina, wept before exploding into flames.

Always leave room to add an explanation if it doesn't work out.