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Comment Re:Headline Is So Very Wrong (Score 5, Insightful) 1193

Who's "they"? And, assuming you're referring to google, how are they shafting you?
It's not your money.

I disagree. The taxes they are avoiding paying would be used to pay for infrastructure, services, etc, so, in a very real way, it *is* his money because without those taxes, the system is not as well funded and projects/services/infrastructure have to be cut


Israel was enforcing a blockade, a number of countries do and have done for centuries.

Israel boarded ships in international waters by force, which is an act of piracy. They also practice apartheid (which we have shunned other nations, like South Africa, for in the past) among many other things.

Comment Re:Who cares? (Score 1) 353

When starting on 3G and moving out of 3G coverage area, it will try to keep a signal by shifting to a less optimal signal.

However, it may not work the same in the opposite direction. If it starts a call on Edge/2G and moves into an area where both 3G and Edge are available that it might *not* try to switch to the better service, but instead stay with what it's currently on.

This is, of course, just a guess, but it would explain the behavior.

Comment Re:That's just Western prejudice (Score 1) 403

Yup, right up there with leeching

Actually, leaching *does* have medicinal benefits. Doctors have learned that leaches can be used effectively in the reattaching of severed body parts. They've also found benefits in the use of maggots (they eat infected flesh, but don't bother the healthy flesh surrounding it)

Got a headache? We'll drill a gaping, untreated hole in your head to release the "bad spirits"!

Hate to break it to you, but this is used by modern medicine too in order to relieve cranial pressure caused by fluid buildup.

So, despite your cries of "it's all bunk", "new" discoveries involving old techniques are not uncommon. That's not to say that *all* old cures and treatments work, but just because someone scoffs at something as unenlightened doesn't mean it really is.

Comment Re:Green, no turkey day for us (Score 1) 272

We /are/ resigned to not getting to eat out at a nice restaurant for a long time without finding a sitter first. :)

I would just like to say thank you. I like kids as a general rule, but parents who insist on taking the kid everywhere with them and who make no effort to quiet the child or make him/her behave (provided the child is old enough to understand) drive me up the wall.

Comment Re:But it goes both ways (Score 1) 652

His IQ is indeed rated at 160 or 180 depending on where you look. However, I'd say that his intellect is much higher than that score would indicate. Among other things, distraction caused by pain would throw the test score off pretty dramatically judging by the difference in scores I got when I did it in a normal manner and while working on other projects at the same time.

Xue and I both test in the 140-145 range. However, we both have areas where our aptitudes would, in all honesty, put us rather above that.

Comment Re:But it goes both ways (Score 1) 652

And yes, of the two of us, my IQ's higher. ;)

Yeah. Yeah. We're in the same 5 point range so it's debatable whether or not there's any real difference in scores :P

Though to get a woman *twice* as smart he'd probably have to drink a hell of a lot of alcohol and kill a fair few brain cells since we're both rather high up on the scale.

Not to be immodest, but to get a partner twice as smart as either of us, we'd basically have to find someone on a level with Hawking and even that might be debatable...

(This would be bladesjester's girlfriend of... shit, how many years has it been now? are we up to four?).

Probably, yeah. Possibly a little more.

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