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Comment Re:Golf Diesel (Score 0, Troll) 576

Older cars were so economical because they were so light. Newer cars are far more robust in an accident.

Safety or economy, choose one.

Absolutely false.

Older cars were heavier than new ones AND new ones are safer.

This is because of a number of improvements - new alloys, plastic internals, seatbelts, airbags, roll-cages and crumple zones.

How on earth did the parent get a +5, insightful?

Comment Well, I'm not so sure 'won' as 'competed well' (Score 1) 133

I know that Americans feel it dents their national pride to admit it, but the Russians categorically won the space race.

America achieved only a single victory - the first man on the moon - and then decided that was enough so just sat back from there.

However, the Russians had already done all the rest - first animal, first orbit, first man, first woman, first moonwalk.

So if you're happy as a nation to believe you 'won' because of a single victory, go ahead.

However, the rest of us know the truth.

Comment Yeah, 25 potential years but... (Score 4, Interesting) 241

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is a progressive, irreversible muscular disorder where the muscle cells literally pull themselves apart due to the lack of a key membrane-stabilising protein, Dystrophin.

So now this boy's heart can't give out for 25 years, you're then only consigning him to die of suffocation as his diaphragm does.

Oh no, ventilator. Well, let's wait for his oesophagus, colon and eye muscles to go...

But he's still alive, just locked into an immobile, artificially ventilated body with a heart that will never stop.

That seems worse than the natural alternative to me.

Comment Re:Guns and chains... (Score 4, Informative) 1141


High voltage discharges create intense UV radiation - and because your retina doesn't detect UV it doesn't trigger your blink reflex.

So you'll end up with corneal burning and irritation if you're lucky, cataracts or permanent blindspots if not.

So these idiots intentionally reproducing these things to see the pretty colours deserve all they get. Unfortunate pylon workers, welders and high voltage researchers do not.


Comment New Dark Ages (Score 1) 1027

Mark my words - we're entering a second 'Dark Ages'.

With the rise (or perhaps backlash) of religious doctrine against the progress made by modern science over the past few hundred years, we will eventually have the more reasoned voices in society drowned out by the clamouring of idiots.

Creationism/Intelligent Design vs. Evolutionary Theory was the first battleground, now Heliocentrism. What next? Alchemy? Flat-earthism? The stork theory of human reproduction.

This is a disgrace to modern society.

Comment Re:2000 pages... (Score 3, Informative) 191

No, no - it's even nicer than that.

Hang - As you say, hanged by the neck until loss of consciousness but still alive.
Draw - Then they'd wake you back up by cutting into your abdomen and pulling out your intestines. Occasionally, for added fun, they'd burn them in front of you on an open brazier.
Quarter - As you say, pulled apart by 4 strong cart horses.

Lovely people.

Look up 'broken on the wheel' for truly awful torture.

Comment Re:Their equipment, their choice. (Score 1) 450

What's wrong with just checking on their output.

As in 'Is this person doing the job I pay him/her for'?

Do you really feel you're entitled to see whether your top programmer is also a chronic alcoholic with a porn and crack habit?

If he's getting the work done and bringing in the clients, why do you, as an employer, give a shit about the rest?

Again this is a clear example of Europe's insistence on individual workers' rights vs. the US' corporatist approach.

Comment Re:Good grief! (Score 1) 284

I've got to say - elections throw up the funniest things.

Take a look at us here in the UK, where there was a massive swing away from Labour (13 years in big-brother promoting and education ruining government) towards the middle ground (LibDems).

Then the best possible outcome happened - no party won an overall majority so the LibDems and Conservatives had to become strange bedfellows for the first time in a century (I believe)...and things have gone from strength to strength since - demolishing the database state, introducing locally-responsible education policies and promises to be greener amongst other things.

Basically, a coalition has worked so far despite our first-past-the-post parliamentary system being rigged against such a thing - its tempered the more extreme voices on both sides of government and left us with an intelligent middle-ground.

Hope you guys are left with the same!

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