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Submission + - David Cameron says Brits should be taught Imperial measures (

00_NOP writes: Children in the UK have been taught in metric measures in school since (at least) 1972, but yesterday British Prime Minister David Cameron suggested that they should actually be taught in Imperial measures (which are still in use officially to measure road distances and speeds but not really anywhere else). Is this because he has not got a clue about science or because he is trying to buy off his right wing fringe (who object to "metrication") or because he might be a bit stupid, Oxford degree not withstanding?

Comment Re:Languages not for everyone (Score 1) 752

And I singlehandedly repelled the Nazi invasion of Russia while simultaneously impregnating 10,000 good Russian peasant women with the next generation of scientifically correct socialists.

The moral of the story is that my story has just as much to do with the topic as yours does - except mine is true!

Comment ... other forms of banditry (Score 1) 280

I was actually looking for another Discworld quote when this one popped up. I think it's appropriate:

One reason for the bustle was that over large parts of the continent other people preferred to make money without working at all, and since the Disc had yet to develop a music recording industry they were forced to fall back on older, more traditional forms of banditry.


Submission + - The 5 Stages of Grief over Global Warming (

lystrata writes: "NASA EOS investigator, Dr. Steve Running of the University of Montana, has penned a corollary to Elizabeth Kubler-Ross' "5 stages of grief" .

"I recently took a fresh look at the widely recognized concepts on the "5 stages of grief" that Elizabeth Kubler-Ross defined back in the 1970s to summarize how people deal differentially with shocking news, such as being informed that they have terminal cancer. It seems that these stages of grief provide a very good analogy to how people are now reacting to the global warming topic, so I have formulated my "5 Stages of Climate Grief" as follows""


Submission + - Microsoft is financing ( 1

swatje writes: found a quite exceptional way to fund for their activities, they started to sell a copy of "Windonws vista Ultimate Edition". From the article: 'The story behind this original boxed MS Windows Vista Ultimate Edition is quite exceptional. With, we had a booth at a conference on IT in education. One of us, François, started talking to the people at the Microsoft booth and received this box as a gift (carrot/bribe?) from a Microsoft employee.'

Submission + - Wrapper flavors food! (

Chris.Nelson writes: Advertising corrupts even the very young and disadvantaged. mcdonalds.preschoolers.ap notes:

The study had youngsters sample identical McDonald's foods in name-brand and unmarked wrappers. The unmarked foods always lost the taste test. ... Study author Dr. Tom Robinson said the kids' perception of taste was "physically altered by the branding." The Stanford University researcher said it was remarkable how children so young were already so influenced by advertising.

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