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Comment Re:It followed a few of the plot lines, but ... (Score 1) 726

Having not read the book, I watched the film when I was 20 or so.

I personally thought it was a great critique of military tactics, and massively colourful too. I guess the colours were more important.

The massive thing about the film was the stupidity of all the setups, the roundness of the characters, and the entire presumptuousness of the plot. That, and everything was colourful. It didn't matter that it was dumb.

Comment Re:I was a good 360 customer. (Score 1) 254

My PC CPU regularly hits 100 degrees centigrade. My GPU regularly goes over 90. I've got crap cooling. Nothing breaks.

I've had close to 4 months uptime with this computer, which is about 5 years old. It's an E6850, and a newer GTX460 (used to have an 8800GT), if you're interested.

Nothing should break, ever, when it gets hot. It should just turn off.

Comment Re: Flagrant Flatulism Posing as Reporting (Score 1) 449

Try driving a car (or HGV) we may be aware that a bike is there, but it is completely impossible to predict what crazy stunt they will pull next.

What? Motorbike riders are generally the most courteous on the road, IMO... they are just a bit faster than the rest of us. That being said, I think I'm the exception - if I think I'm holding someone up, I'll pull over. I've often done that in my HGV, when there was a queue behind me, and there is somewhere to pull over... an obvious example is the A505 (single carriageway straight for miles at a time)... 40mph limit for trucks, and you can see for miles in every direction (that being said, I rarely actually did just 40mph down there... it's silly).

People have also lost the power to overtake... they can't do it any more. It's not that difficult, but I'm often sat behind a queue of cars sitting nose to tail, obviously getting annoyed with the guy up front. I've overtaken a queue of 10 cars straight in the past, wondering why they're not doing the same thing. Also, they're sitting nose to tail, so that people behind them can't overtake.

Comment Re: LOL Tesla (Score 4, Interesting) 375

I had a minivan that burned a year after I sold it. My brother bought it, and his roommate wanted it--my brother advised against, but eventually sold it. His roommate was taking a church group to a ski resort, and the vehicle leaked oil and caught fire. They put it out, but it reignited. The ski lodge called the fire department and used up several of their fire extinguisher-- after each one, it reignited. The fire truck used up its fire extincuishers-- and it reignited, then burned.

My brother ran into such a fire on the interstatee; a young woman was near the car. He didn't have a fire extinguisher, but he did have a soda cup and there was a muddy puddle near by. So he started scooping water on the fire--it reignited repeatedly, but each time, the mud baked on and sealed the oil leak more. In the end, the car was saved.

There's a lesson there.

Comment Re:Flagrant Flatulism Posing as Reporting (Score 1) 449

Not cabs. That's much more expensive than driving myself.

No one advocates using cabs exclusively instead of your own car. However, if you're using trains and buses (or walking or cycling) mainly, a cab is a lot cheaper than owning a car for when you don't use the trains and buses. It can also be more cost effective if you use your car only a little... my insurance, tax and MOT alone is over £50 a month, which is low in the UK. I'm not factoring depreciation, either, which most should, but my car is ancient.

Comment Re:Flagrant Flatulism Posing as Reporting (Score 1) 449

The trouble is for people who live in rural areas, and work odd hours. I have temped as a truck driver, and live somewhere that gets 4 buses a day. I've had a permanent job that started at 4am. If you have a 9-5 job, and/or good public transport, then it might be for you. You can't get good public transport everywhere, because where I live, there are only 3 or 4 people on every bus funded by the council anyway. Making it better would be more of a waste.

That being said, when I lived in London, I used public transport exclusively, and got rid of my car, because there was no point. I didn't work weird hours in London, though.

Comment Re: As an outsider. (Score 1) 559

Don't let the trolls fool you. We in the US have had socialized medicine since the 20's , and as a result, unavailability of actual service is a common problem.

Because our socialism was more right-wing in nature, limiting who and how many could practice medicine, often -- as by the law passed under Clinton-- solely to increase doctor's alseady sky-high salaries.

As a result of our brand of socialized medicine, prices for medical care have risen fifteen percent per year sinc 1970. That is, prices are about 400 times what they had been, while other things--gasoline, for example, are only 5-10 times the price. So the healthcare sector has seized --mostly from the poor--40 times its rightful share of the wealth of the market.

You can't do that without causing massive destruction. Thus, the AMA is likely going to be THE LEADING CAUSE OF UNTIMELY DEATH in the US in the 21st century. So much for the hypocritic oath.

Submission + - Youtube revamps comment system

Smauler writes: Youtube are changing their comments system Whilst no one denies the current system results in obnoxious chaos some of the time, the solution seems to be a tie-in with Google+. The number one selling point is that "Comments you care about move to the top".

Submission + - Slackware Linux 14.1 Released

An anonymous reader writes: The world's oldest Linux distribution currently being maintained has released yet another version! According to the official announcement, Slackware 14.1 includes the following: "Slackware 14.1 brings many updates and enhancements, among which you'll find two of the most advanced desktop environments available today: Xfce 4.10.1, a fast and lightweight but visually appealing and easy to use desktop environment, and KDE 4.10.5, a recent stable release of the 4.10.x series of the award-winning KDE desktop environment." Installation ISOs can be found here.

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