* Posts by James H

9 publicly visible posts • joined 11 Feb 2008

New cig peril: Third-hand smoke coats puffers in poison

James H

What is the real issue at hand?

What I take away from most of the anti-smoking comments here is that people don't like smokers because of the smell of the cigarette. Cigar smokers are detested (except for Clinton?) because the smell is strong, but pipe smokers (hetero) are thought upon fondly. Same substance, different smells.

I'd imagine the acuteness with which smoke assaults one's nose causes the person to think "oh my god, I'm breathing in the poison!", but what are the actual parts-per-million and exactly how bad for said person is it actually?

Granted, some people have family that has died from smoking. My grandmother died at 70... from smoking? And that stings, but as others have stated, cars are probably far more dangerous, they just don't (most of the time) stink quite as much.

Is smell the real issue here? If they legalized marijuana, would that be okay because it smells better?

And what others have said about smokers funding a lot, don't belittle it. It is an expensive habit with about 70% of the price as tax. I think even tobacco companies are required to support anti-smoking campaigns.

The clear solutions: Make a cigarette that doesn't stink!

Defense-contract discs sold in African market for $40

James H

But Seriously...

Who pays $40 for a used hard drive in Africa??? Bargain much? Their parents must have paid their way there

Cops collar Russian punting dog dressed as lamb

James H

Re: Big sharp pointy teeth

I believe the reason we tend not to eat those who eat others is because the taste tends to get a bit gamy. That being said... you got game? Most in the East find it an acceptable dish. Be that they have had less time in affluence or that they think it a delicacy... The more power to them.

Though, as mentioned, when a group resorts dog-napping or raising them in tiny cages, well, that deserves a good, swift kick to the bullocks!

Spam spurt fuelled by booming underground economy

James H

50 Pence

I'd imagine the price has gone down because everybody's credit cards are maxed out!

US outlines secretive international piracy deal

James H

France reneged

I believe I recently read that France decided to postpone the three strikes and work on the bill some more.

Perhaps they should consider changing there agenda to that of finding the malware writers and organized online crime which is surely costing people and companies a lot more money than the alleged revenue from pirated movies and music.

It's also worth noting that in some countries, the common person cannot afford the music and movies (even at discounted rates). Should they not be allowed those things that make life a little more enjoyable. Actually, that reminds me of a certain North Korean dictator.

NASA: Clean-air regs, not CO2, are melting the ice cap

James H

The problem and the cure

Adding *more* of a (wo)man made (mass produced) element into the air to counter balance another (wo)man made (mass produced) compound seems to me to be simply silly.

I have, just now, come up with the two solutions that, when used in tandem, will save the world!

Lightly sprinkle baking soda on the clouds and get some snow blowers to the arctic!

Spinning the war on the UK's sex trade

James H

The downfall of society?

Who would have thought that the downfall of society would come about thus? Not from drugs or violence (though there is plenty of violence... how wars are operated these days is getting a thorough reaming too). What's going on here? Bans on consenting adults, bans on literature (even written pr0n stories are literature) and cartoons, bans on et all.

I have an idea, why don't we take the router ACL approach, deny all permit by exception. Would I be wrong in saying religions are responsible for most of today's problems?

Where's the reset button on this damn thing?

Getting my coat and moving elsewhere.

New trojan in mass DNS hijack

James H

Holy Shiite, that sucks!

All the more reason to check the certificates. Do as I say, not as I do!

Germans to blast fish into space

James H

Smoked oysters as well?

Room service in orbit has certainly improved since the days of toothpaste style rib-eye.

All those fish with marble sized helmets, that's the way to save on water weight.