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Comment: Re:Republicans do not believe "space" exists (Score 1) 181

It seems funny that "Pirates! In an adventure with Scientists!" had to be renamed for the US release since Science is seen as some sort of swear word over there. And that the BBC documentary "Frozen Planet" had to have its seventh episode withheld from some areas since it mentions climate change, and the other episodes dubbed over.

Comment: Re:Im a mexican ex-resident (Score 1) 417

by pommiekiwifruit (#39545255) Attached to: DHS Will Now Vet UK Air Passengers To Mexico, Canada, Cuba
I think you may be double counting some of those countries! The people who have lived on the Falkland islands for 180 years might say that South Georgia and South Sandwich islands are not that independent, and you have France in there three times (St Pierre et Miquelin, french guyana and guadalupe all send deputies to the french parliament and are EU citizens) :-)

Comment: Re:heart's in the right place, but (Score 1) 427

by pommiekiwifruit (#38814021) Attached to: Why We Should Teach Our Kids To Code
Are US schools really that bad? At schools I went to they tried to stop students from taking drugs, not put them on some! (this was years ago though).

I went to a few schools when I grew up, some of which did not have good academic reputations, and they just let me take the class (and exams) a year higher for subjects I was good at. Admittedly the time-table confusion for one year did mean for some classes I was sitting in a desk in the corridor, but at least I didn't have to resort to time travel like Hermione did in the harry potter books.

Being good at maths is quite common I would have though (compared to e.g. being good at History) but perhaps not as common as being good at a language (if you are bilingual). Do Hispanic kids get put in the same year in Spanish classes as beginners or do they get a more advanced course?

Comment: Re:Scaled Tariff (Score 1) 761

by pommiekiwifruit (#38813881) Attached to: Apple Announces Most Profitable Quarter in History
Is this some post from the future, where Italy, Germany, France, Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg all have their own currencies that they are manipulating? I know the Euro is a bit weak but it hasn't actually split up yet! And an attempt to impose different tariffs on different members of the EU is just asking for middlemen to work their way around that (and piss off the commission obviously). I will refrain from commenting on the merits of protectionism itself.

Comment: Re:Yeah...but (Score 1) 1303

by pommiekiwifruit (#38783193) Attached to: How the US Lost Out On iPhone Work
You are building/repairing historical reenactment stuff that uses different measurements from modern (19th century) English or modern American units? I am surprised it does not have the tolerance to use standard tools! Some "American Customary Measurements" do have the same names as "Imperial Measurements" as used in England (pints of beer and milestones on highways), but are not the same. For example volumes (pints, gallons) are noticeably different between England and America. An English pint is bigger of course, since it will hold beer not some sort of brewed rice drink. Also distance (inches, miles) are very slightly different since the US statute mile and the International mile were defined (in terms of metric of course) at different times. I think they are out by an eighth of an inch over a mile, which you would need decent GPS and long distances to notice.

Comment: Re:14 years?? (Score 1) 329

by pommiekiwifruit (#38701784) Attached to: UK Green Lights HS2 High Speed Rail Line
I apologise. It seems I am wrong about that; I am sure I read at the time that they were involved but it seems they were not, at least in a major way. However, Bin Laden group has been awarded the contract for the "Kingdom Tower" which is taller than the Burj Khalifa, and is building the very tall mosque clock, and has a joint venture with a company Arabtec (Dubai) that helped Samsung (Korea) and Besix (Belgium and Egypt) build the burj.

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