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Comment Re:Eurocentric (Score 1) 93

If you have the USA in the middle of the map then surely Europe is in the East and Asia/China is in the West!?! That would be confusing if you were bought up with the usual "Western Civilisation" ideas.

I always assumed that the UK was in the middle because of GMT but then I'm very Eurocentric myself. So, is Europe in the West or the East then?

Comment Re:Don't. (Score 1) 273

Amen to that... However, moving to/living in a tourist resort (whether it be a beach town or a ski town), is different from travelling. Every time you move to a new place it will take a while to find a good place to work from, maybe just a few hours, maybe a day, but if you're moving every couple of days it can be quite a hassle to be online every day.

Comment Re:Start here (Score 4, Interesting) 1145

Moreover, in the case of volumetric measures, not only do you have a real problem, but an easier solution: most of the containers that hold liquids are disposable anyways, and constantly manufactured (i.e. food). All that would need to be done is to make containers that are metric-sized, and printed with metric labels, rather than Imperial.

FWIW, this became a legal requirement in the UK 20+(?) years ago when we joined the EU and we have just about assimilated metric measures of volume and weight when it comes to consumables.

Also noteworthy, the building industry also works in metric these days, although there are many builders who still think in ft/in a lot of the materials are sold in metric sizes, i.e the width of a standard sheet of plaster board (sheet rock) dictates how you space your studs.

However, street signs are still in MPH and most people still measure their body weight in Stones and their height in Feet and Inches.

It takes a while but the ability to trade with neighbouring countries makes it worth it...

Comment Re: First strike (Score 1) 418

Cricket 'strikes' is a terrible analogy to use in this case. Cricket differs from Baseball in that you can face many, many balls before you are out.

You are only out if one of these things happens:

1. The bowler ('pitcher' in BB) hits the stumps behind the batsman, this is called being 'bowled out'
2. The ball is caught directly from the batsman's strike ('caught out')
3. The fielders manage to hit the stumps with the ball before the batsman has finished his run ('run out')
4. The batsman blocks a ball that would have hit the stumps with his body instead of his bat (this is called LBW, Leg Before Wicket)

These are the most common ways to be out, there are other ways to be out, but to get back on topic: to compare the six strikes system to Cricket would seem to suggest that you are not 'out' until they have proved your guilt.

Comment Re:slashdot, come on and speed up (Score 1) 230

I submitted the story after seeing it on the BBC and was surprised to see it wasn't already listed here.

Approx. 2 hours after submitting the story it was accepted.

I guess the lesson here is don't crowd-source if expediency is of the essence. In this case I can't see a few hours making a difference, it's not exactly a 'developing story'.

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