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Comment Re:Not always true... (Score 1) 737

And you think someone on a suicide death dive with 200 people into a mountain is going to sit there quietly, breathing *normally*? Unless they are a complete and utter psychopath they will surely be in a heightened emotional state, crying, screaming, blaming anyone and everyone, not casually watching the altimeter spin down.

Comment Re:You have your own brick wall (Score 3, Informative) 1051

Of course it "helped". Its a "theatrical placebo". The more theatrical the placebo, the stronger the effect. Trials have shown that sticking pins in the accepted "acupuncture points" is as effective as sticking them any old place. So all the mumbo-jumbo about "chi" energies is just that.

Surely if it "helped tremendously" you wouldn't be still going after ten years. And TCM was invented by Chairman Mao anyway

Comment Re:There is no vaccine for the worst diseases (Score 5, Insightful) 1051

Anyone who has bad reactions to vaccines should be *promoting* the use of vaccines (alongside research into how to predict/prevent bad reactions). Then if you can't be vaccinated because of bad reactions, you benefit from herd immunity and the decreased amount of disease floating around that might kill you because you can't be vaccinated.

Comment Re:What is the guy saying here??? (Score 1) 97

It'll be Java on the server to replace the PHP on the server. Nobody writes Java applets any more. If they do it will be the end - do Java applets even run on phones? I've not seen one (by which I mean a "You need a Java Applet Plugin" placeholder) for years.

I just take issue at the "Most Importantly". How is that most important? Because the end-user shouldn't care. The only people to whom its most important are the Java devs getting the gig. I suspect the PHP devs getting their final wages might be a bit upset. But then again, maybe Y! don't bother maintaining the code and retaining any PHP expertise.

Comment Re:Hipsters. (Score 1) 98

The problem with concrete is that it doesn't get enough love and attention, and dirty concrete does look terrible. Maybe in countries with less grime and rain its less of a problem than in the UK. Good clean concrete architecture is amazing though. Why do so many modern buildings hide their concrete and steel behind a skin of brick?

Anyway, get a load of F**k Yeah Brutalism for the best of it. Although a lot of it doesn't exist any more.


Comment Re:Have you seen Gedit lately? (Score 2) 402

A Pedant Writes: A learning curve is a plot of amount of stuff learnt on the y-axis against time on the x-axis. A steep learning curve means you learn quickly. I avoid using "steep learning curve" which I know in common usage is often taken to mean the opposite of its original meaning and use "slow learning curve", since "slow learning" is less ambiguous, hopefully..

You'll thank me later.

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