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Comment: Re:hunting (Score 1) 346

by ross.w (#44954171) Attached to: My favorite season:
And being herded into endless Hotel Miramars and Bellvueses and Bontinentals with their international luxury modern roomettes and their Watney's Red Barrel and their swimming pools full of fat German businessmen pretending they're acrobats and forming pyramids and frightening the children and barging in to the queues and if you're not at your table spot on seven you miss your bowl of Campbell's Cream of Mushroom soup, the first item on the menu of International Cuisine, and every Thursday night there's a bloody cabaret in the bar featuring some tiny emaciated dago with nine-inch hips and some big fat bloated tart with her hair brylcreemed down and a big arse presenting Flamenco for Foreigners.

Comment: Re:hunting (Score 1) 346

by ross.w (#44954165) Attached to: My favorite season:
Yes I quite agree with you, I mean what's the point of being treated like a sheep, I mean I'm fed up with going abroad and being treated like a sheep, what's the point of being carted around in buses surrounded by sweaty mindless oafs from Kettering and Boventry in their cloth caps and their cardigans and their transistor radios and their 'Sunday Mirrors', complaining about the tea, 'Oh they don't make it properly here do they not like at home' stopping at Majorcan bodegas, selling fish and chips and Watney's Red Barrel and calamares and two veg and sitting in cotton sun frocks squirting Timothy White's suncream all over their puffy raw swollen purulent flesh cos they 'overdid it on the first day'!

Comment: Re:Don't try (Score 1) 726

by ross.w (#40392855) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Science-Fiction/Fantasy For Kids?
I'd like to add my vote here for Orson Scott Card and John Wyndham. My son who is now 13, enjoyed "Ender's Game" and "Ender's Shadow". John Wyndham's novels may start a bit slow for a young reader. In this regard "The Kraaken Wakes" is one I found hard to get into as a child. The "Midwich Cuckoos" or "The Chrysalids" are two that I would recommend, although some background explanation of the latter might be necessary for someone born after the Cold War. "The Day Of The Triffids" is perhaps, a bit dark. His short stories are great if you can find them.

Comment: Re:billions of worlds with life (Score 1) 64

by ross.w (#39625215) Attached to: Search For Earth-Like Worlds Focuses On Sun's Siblings
Is this something we really want to do though? I suspect that advertising our presence, our location and the fact that there is a habitable planet here, to random civilisations that will thus know about us before we know about them? I think it's safer to stay hidden and keep listening.

Comment: Re:Oh Frack! (Score 1) 377

by ross.w (#39194309) Attached to: US Wants Natural Gas As Major Auto Fuel Option
A lot of modern sewage works use the methane to run the heaters that keep the digestion process going. Sometimes they use it to run modified IC engines that power generators. The heat from the engines is then used to heat the digesters instead of using a standard radiator. There is at least one plant in the UK that has used this system for over ten years.

At the source of every error which is blamed on the computer you will find at least two human errors, including the error of blaming it on the computer.