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Comment Re:Ask these folks... (Score 1) 110

The medal box is empty at the moment, but we're expecting a shipment any day. Yours will be on its way to you as soon as they come in.

(I also live in the country - in northern Australia - and my water comes from the sky, via my roof and a rainwater tank. There's millions of acres of savannah woodland around here, and very few people, no town water or sewerage. I'm close to 60. And, no, I don't want a medal, thanks.)

Comment Re:Ask these folks... (Score 1) 110

Our future generations will probably not even know about global warming, or that the threat even existed. After all, do you know anything about events, which were averted, 500 years ago?

Tbey also may not know about the deforestation and soil erosion, but they'll live with the consequences of it - just as we do today.

Comment Re:times smaller,,, (Score 1) 60

"Times smaller", "times less" and their ilk are terrible phrases.

I agree - but if i ever express that, nobody understands the problem. I'm glad i'm not the only weird one!

The issue is how small is it to start with? We can easily express how large something is - there are units for that - but there are no units for smallness. So if thing A is 10 times smaller than thing B, how small is thing B? You can tell me how big it is, but you can't tell me how small it is.

Yeah, we all know what it means - but that doesn't make the illogicalness of it grate any less.

Comment Re:Correctly incorrect units (Score 1) 172

I just got back from a vacation in Australia, and was annoyed that the in-flight display thingy insisted
on displaying everything in "correct" units.

Really? Every intercontinental flight i've ever been on (quite a few, but none in the last 5 years) has shown altitude, speed, etc, in both normal and retarded units. Switching entirely to metric must be new - and is a welcome change, because it was mildly irritating waiting for the miles to change to kilometers.

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