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Comment Re:Early to bed... (Score 1) 82

Lack of sleep puts you at risk for just about everything in the way of illness.

Might be related, but when I get sick I tend to sleep a lot. The last bout of Man Flu I got I only emerged from bed to seek food and sometimes medication.

But for me, the number 1 reason that I get sick is the fact I work in the middle of an open plan office (AKA an incubator). I get subject to every airborne illness that any other worker carries in, I swear they're actually fighting in a battle royale to determine which one will infect me.

Comment Re: "There are no comments." (Score 1) 388

So..here we go with Obama and the PC folks, basically needing to re-write history again. No more old symbols, if it is something a white guy did, gotta take that down, etc.

Geez...why are we needing to tear down everything old or rename it in the name of political correctness or whatever. Let things be and build from there, eh?

every time i see someone whine about "political correctness", i notice what they're really asking for is continuing permission to be a jerk to others.

Denali was originally known by that name not only by native peoples in the area, but also locally by the state of Alaska.

so not only are you really asking, "hey, why can't i continue being disrespectful to native Alaskans?", you also hate states' rights. good work there.


I'm sure when the native Alaskans claimed changing the name of Denali was political correctness, they got a rifle but to the face.

I firmly believe that anyone who whinges about "PC" needs the same. After all, that is the world they're so desperate to bring back.

Comment Re:Muslims will find this offensive... (Score 2) 606

Pretty sure Muslims worldwide will claim these findings are offensive and disrespectful to Islam and as such we will put them aside and pretend they don't exist. Which is pretty much the modus operandi from the West for anything that might offend Muslims.

Pretty sure most Muslims wont give a shit.

But people who watch Fox News wont have a clue as they'll only show some obscure cleric out in Bumfuckistan having a big old rant about it.

If Al Jazera was like Fox news, they'd claim a Klansman was the average American.

The average Muslim takes their religions as seriously as the average Christian these days. If you look hard enough, you'll find nutters in every faith.

Comment Re:pros and cons (Score 3, Insightful) 475

The astronomical cost of the F-35 means that 1) we won't make that many of them and 2) we won't deploy that many of them.

The F35 is a peace time fighter. Same with the F22 and Eurofighter. Too expensive and complex for a proper shooting war. Even the Russian and Chinese offerings will need to be put through some simplification before they're ready to be mass produced on the scale needed for war.

If the shit really hit the fan (and somehow no-one dropped the bomb) then the current crop of aircraft will be radically redesigned to be cheaper and simpler to manufacture. WWII demonstrated that with Nazi Germany producing vastly superior tanks but because of their complexity, they were swarmed by cheaper, mass produced tanks. So in a shooting war against an enemy that can defend itself, the fighters we have dont matter as much as the fighters we can build.

The British had the same problem in WWII, their existing bomber force consisting of Blenheims and Wellingtons would be wiped out in 3 months. So they started designing new bombers, such as that thing they knocked together out of balsa wood and glue which became one of the most famous fighter-bombers of all time.

Comment Re:Turnabout is fair play? (Score 1) 572

Oh, I lived - and worked - in Belgium and Chile for 2 years each.

I know for a fact the Belgium one is a lie. When you get a working visa for the Schengen countries you're automatically registered with the governments of the Eurozone. That's the purpose of getting a visa and you cant work without a visa.

You dont register with the local police, if the local police need to know anything about you they can look you up.

Lesson 1 about lying on the internet. Keep your lies believable.

Now that we've established the Belgium part is a fabrication, I'll wager good money the Chile and China parts are also fabrications. I've got a working visa in Hong Kong, no need to register with the police there. Shortly I'll have one for the UK, done a crapload of research, again no need to register with the police.

Comment Re:Turnabout is fair play? (Score 2) 572

I know when I travel to Asia, South America, or Europe, I need to present my passport at all hotels I stay at

Sounds like you've never travelled to Asia, South America or Europe... Because you only use your passport as a method of ID at hotels. A Hotel needs to know that you are the person you claim to be. I travel to a few places in SE Asia on a regular basis. They know who I am and dont bother asking for ID any more. So much so I've even got a rapport with a few customs officers at Perth. Also, I was also required to present ID at every US hotel I stayed at. The most convenient form is the Passport as they're fairly standard from country to country. I had more than a few US bartenders squint at my Western Australian drivers license for a while before they served me.

When I worked in Belgium, Chile and China, I had to register with the Government and provide the local police station with my information

When I travel to the United States, I have to Register with the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation in order to board a flight to the US. No ESTA, no entry. It costs about $4 and there are a variety of middlemen who charge upwards of $20 to do the same thing (so make sure you go to the DHS website). This form asks for a variety of information, not just for ID purposes, but personal questions as well (like "Do you have gonorrhoea") feel free to go through it yourself. At least they've stopped asking if I'm a Nazi.

Also when I was coming back to the US from South America a few years back I had to provide proof of an outgoing flight and my hotel prior to being permitted to board a flight in Panama.

I don't think that tourists need to provide their passports at hotels, nor do visa holders need to register with the local police station.

Next time, stop writing after "think".

As an Australian traveller, the US is an oddity. There are few places in the world where I need to fill in an application form to visit.

Comment Re:Yeah, nah. (Score 1) 572

Oh well then, just drop in to your nearest police station or FBI department every morning during your stay to say howdy. Nothing wrong with that.

The equivalent took place in former communist countries. I remember visiting the DDR (East Germany) and having to turn in my passport every night. Get a little perspective here, please.

I know 3 people from the former DDR and I've never heard any of them refer to it as "the land of the free".

A little perspective indeed sir.

Comment Re:Idiotic Summary (Score 1) 417

in-vehicle concierge (43%) - that means that 57% do use it

No it doesn't. It would have been faster for everyone if you had of said "I dont understand surveys" because that's what you said.

Remember there will be a large percentage of people who answered along the lines of "I dont have this feature", "I dont know" and "I'm not sure".

Comment Re:It's the interface, stupid (Score 1) 417

We do not need Apple for this. What we need is an interface that is porgrammable that can do all of this and do it regardless of Apple or Samsung.

What we need are head units that are replaceable.

Head units will become obsolete faster than brakes, suspension or radiators, yet all of these are easy to replace.

In 5 years, your head unit will be horribly out of date, not just in software but hardware which cant be fixed by a firmware update. A $150 head unit will be more advanced than a $1000 head unit from 5 years ago. Even if the manufacturer has bothered to update it.

Comment Re:The Homer! (FP?) (Score 1) 417

"I'd be happy if folks would just bother to use their blinkers, instead of fiddling around with other hi-tech in their cars."

I'd be happy if people would go forward when the light changes so I can get through the intersection before the light turns red again. instead of texting, or updating Facebook, or whatever the fuck they're doing with their stupid phones.

You have a device fitted to your vehicle for use in these cases. Its usually connected to the steering wheel (although old SAABs liked to put it in strange places) and when engaged it will make a loud sound.

I give people about 3 seconds before I do this, for those with a difficulty in perceiving time, this is long enough to say "wake up Jeff, we need you for the show".

BTW, as the owner of a loud car, when I see someone on their phone at the lights in my rear view mirror, I generally give it a bit of throttle to wake them up. Its fun to watch them drop their phone and panic. The death stares they give me after they realise I'm doing it deliberately are priceless.

Comment Re:Who cares (Score 1) 193

what keeps you up? the noise, the awkward body position?

I wish it was that simple an answer.

I simply do not know, it's definitely not noise as I've slept through a cyclone before. Once asleep, I am a very difficult person to wake. Probably not vibration either as I can sleep in cars and trains.

Could be the atmospheric conditions (dry air, pressurised to a higher altitude) but I cant say anything for certain except I dont sleep on planes.

When a fellow says, "It ain't the money but the principle of the thing," it's the money. -- Kim Hubbard