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Comment Pretty Kawaii for a House Fly (Score 1) 114

Japan is with moe, deal with it

I don't care, I always rated Curly and Larry more highly. :-P

FWIW, the more you look at that picture, the less cute- if it ever was to start off with- and more downright creepy and weird (if not alien) it starts to look.

While that particular image isn't an example, I've mentioned elsewhere that a lot of manga and anime drawings- and especially those seemingly aimed at the fanservice/soft porn market proves (IMHO) that the "big eyes = cute" thing does have its limits when they push it too far, and the eyes start to look less cute and more just downright wrong- taking up most of the width of the face- to the extent that in some cases they start looking more reminiscent of flies' oversized eyes.

Which isn't cute at all. Well, not for me- but if the Internet has shown us one thing, it's that virtually anything has people with a fetish for it... :-O

Comment Re:"Bull" (Score 2) 205

Have no fear - deep in my basement, I am actively working on "Artificial Stupidity".

Very soon my machine will have the logical thinking capability of a leprechaun on acid, combined with the sense of humour of a clockwork mouse.

I am planning an IPO in 2019. Invest now, while it still has credibility.

Comment Re:Govt wants free money (Score 2) 159

Here in Hackney, East London, we regularly get offered 2 for the price of 3 - as I was last week in the local off-licence and the local news agents. "This is an offer you can refuse!"

My mum bought 4 beigels for 25p each, and the girl tried to charge her £1.40. My mum (who used to be a programmer, and can probably add octal in her head faster than a bakery worker could count bread rolls) said "No. 4 times 25p is £1." The girl responded by bringing out a piece of paper and a biro and wrote on in 25p + 25p + 25p + 25p = £1.40 and then said "see figures can't lie!" My mum said "Ok, just give me one beigel" and handed over 25p. Then she said "OK, give me another one" another 25p handed over. Process repeated until my mum had 4 beigels and the girl had £1. - problem solved (and queue of potential customers dispersed).

If you are not good with mental arithmetic, don't ever buy more than one item in East London. And make sure the items scanned in the supermarket are the items that you actually take home with you. It is a regular event to buy two of something and find the till receipt mysteriously shows three of them. (and the shop WILL blame the Mysterons for it).

Tell the above to your kids and explain "that is why you have to study maths at school".

And tell the appropriate idiot at /. that £ is the symbol for GBP and not $AU or WTF.

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