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Comment Re:It's finally happening... (Score 1) 124

I remember those ads for HSBC bank (but I forgot the name of the bank as soon as I left the hallway, and I was in that airport twice a week for months).

And I remember thinking "wow, that bank must make a great deal of profit on every customer... I don't really want to be one"

Comment Re:Two changes that could've been made (Score 1) 852

> though easier at the end of the series than the begining

That bothered me too, my best explanation is that the Marines would normally have police-style bullets (slower, emphasis on not ricocheting) to put down mutinies on an aircraft carrier. As the show progressed (especially after meeting Pegasus) they could be replaced with armour piercing bullets when needed.

Comment Re:What about the production? (Score 1) 553

I used to live a short walk from downtown in a Chinese town of several million, and one day my walk to work was blocked because a donkey cart spilled and covered the dirt road. One building I worked in had no running water, a bowl in each room was filled with water carried by hand. This was 3 years ago, everyone had cellphones and plastic shopping bags were slowly covering the entire countryside.

90% of China is so different from the west that comparing city sizes is near-pointless.

Comment Re:Wrong bulbs (Score 1) 553

I had a similar problem, the first "daylight" bulb in 2007 (from is far and away the most glorious bulb in the house (and it comes on instantly). The 3 "daylight" bulbs I got in 2008 from different companies were uniformly cruddy.

I wonder if the me-too vendors of crappy lightbulbs caught on that "daylight" was a word without a clear definition that would confuse people.

Comment Re:Why is this news? (Score 1) 904

I think the key (at least in the public example) is how much good is done by the action. Even if you are offended by public nudity, you'd make an exception to allow a paramedic to rip off a woman's shirt to stop bleeding from a gunshot wound.

And I imagine most people agree that the nutritional needs of babies come above the emotional needs of occasional uber-prudes.

Not that any of that applies to the facebook example.

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