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Comment Re:Only the earthworks are visible (Score 1) 147

One hypothesis was that these (Brit) structures were seen as 'stairway to the underworld' / '...to the stars' or omphalos-like as navel of the universe, a point where the world turned inside-out. So it made sense to defend against things that might emerge if the spells worked.

Comment Evolutionary? (Score 1, Interesting) 152

I get furious just when eating. (This tendency is well-constrained by a vanishing tradition called 'table manners'). My theory (watch wildlife) is that creatures are most vulnerable while preoccupied with eating/drinking, so paranoia and watchfulness naturally rises then. If so, objecting to others audibly too close alongside is probably a simple displacement of an instinctive trait.

Comment Not exactly (Score 1) 143

What the Tribunal found was that the two drivers involved were effectively employees. Uber's attempts to have every party sign disclaimers had had no effect on the substance of the employment relationship, judged on quite traditional criteria. It is entirely possible that people who drive with Uber introductions in different circumstances do not have employee rights.

Comment Re:No no no. (Score 1) 275

In my youthful years of building valve-audio, with the faithful Mullard book, the biggest issue was usually mains hum. Rectifying heater current was not a total solution, and the big AC around seemed to jump any gaps however careful the wiring. Anyone remember 'humdingers'? Does the best valve kit nowadays really not hum when no-input is turned to full volume?

Comment Re: Rationale aside... (Score 4, Insightful) 1592

There was an attempt to write a 'Constitution', which the UK vetoed as an attack on natonal Sovereignty generally. But most of the words in the big draft were then imported into the Lisbon Treaty with its 'ever-closer union' ambition on page 1. (I know because in the job I had then I had to compare the two texts word-for-word, then get on Eurostar). This time, Cameron got the promise of a derogation on the 'Union' bit, but it wasn't enough to persuade us Brits who only had ever voted for a 'Single Market' (and didn't get even that, at least in my sector). Today we're celebrating with (French) champagne.

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