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Comment Re:Nasty flashback when he's knighted (Score 1) 324

As Stewart kneels down to get knighted:
The Queen: Are you offering yourself to us?
Steward: Offering myself...? That's it, I remember now! It wasn't enough that you knight me... I had to give myself freely to the United Kingdom. To you!
Queen: You flatter yourself! I've overseen the knighting of countless millions. You were no different!

Comment Re:Nothing but praise here (Score 1) 223

People like myself with extremely limited bandwidth see the difference. When I load a page from wherever, that is loaded with adverts (often enough, flash powered) it might take a full minute to load a page. All that bandwidth wasted, just to read a few lines of text, that should load so fast that I don't actually SEE it loading.

One way to stop all that trash loading is to use your HOSTS file, or some other proxy that filters out the advertising, since most of the advertising doesn't even come from the site you're trying to load.

I know - since much of the world has fiber optics, most site developers simply don't CARE that loading their page takes 3 minutes in the less developed world. Believe me, I don't use their site, if I can't block the garbage.

Comment Re:Changed the way people listen to music? Sorry, (Score 1) 346

and forever changed the way people buy and listen to music.

Really? Everyone was already downloading and listening to MP3s

See, and that is what Steve Jobs has done - he turned the meaning of "everyone" from "a moderate part of the computer geek community" to, well, "everyone". Somebody who was part of the old "everyone" may have a problem of recognizing that.

Comment Re:This has been an issue for quite awhile. (Score 2, Interesting) 420

Yeah, i got stung by an automated anti-fraud system when i tried to book a flight ticket (relatively large purchase), had to call up the card provider and explain that i really did want to go there..
Then when i arrived, my card again got suspended because i was using it out of my normal country, in the place i had just bought a ticket to and told them all about it. I then had to pay exorbitant phone charges to call them and explain again.

Comment Re:Spin (Score 1) 420

That's global smartphone market share. Show a graph with global market share of ALL wireless handsets, not just smartphones.

http://forum2.mobile-review.com/showthread.php?t=85840 Apple had 2.5% world-wide marketshare amongst mobile phone handsets in Q3 2009. When the iPhone was released in 2007, Jobs announced they were going for 1% of the market - and people here laughed their asses off.

Comment Re:Libertarians -- foot in mouth yet? (Score 1) 596

I take issue with the extension of a generalization (the poor are lazy) to justify a frak them all attitude. While I tend to be libertarian leaning myself, I can't help but be deeply disturbed by the mentality that poor => lazy => frak them. Reality isn't the ideal; there's going to be some deviation from both of the extremes and frankly, I think that there are a hell of a lot of people that don't seem to understand that on either end of the political spectrum.

Comment Re:Headache? (Score 1) 273

Because Paracetamol isn't just paracetamol; it's also called acetaminophen and on occasion Panadol. Technically the proper chemical name for it is N-acetyl-p-aminophenol so why not use any of those names instead?

Paracetamol is the Official International Non-Proprietary name as given by the World Health Association (as it does for all pharmaceuticals) and is therefore perfectly valid in official international use for a pharmaceutical standpoint. The International Union for Pure and Applied Chemistry name (the official name used in chemistry, and generated according to specific rules is N-(4-hydroxyphenyl)ethanamide and is considered the official chemical name for it.

Anything with acet is the United States Adopted name and is not official in anyway on the international scale, and goes back to a naming system that chemists threw out years ago with international standardization and a chemist would only use it as a name for acetone now just because it's shorter than it's actual chemical name and doesn't include the eth carbon grouping that all other acet did it was confusing and so acet was thrown out in favour of true systematic naming.

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