Re: stupidity out of ignorance or avarice
It's not at all unreadable.
Although there is an interesting spelling of "intents and purposes".
1077 posts • joined 15 Jul 2008
The only planets that change shape, "much like the moon" are Venus and Mercury, because they are between us and the sun, also "much like the moon". The shapes seen are explained by the fact that they are round "much like the moon".
The other planets we can see (yes I have several telescopes and have verified this) are always seen as round, because they are.
It seems that many people don't wear watches these days because they think it's quicker to get their phone out and view the time than tilting their wrist. These people may not agree that this kind of device is useful as you said.
But these people probably would just use a smartphone app.
My issue with this is that I don't leave Bluetooth on all the time.
I met Douglas in a bookshop in Birmingham when I was a student. He was there with co-author Mark Carwardine for a signing of Last Chance to See. A group of us from the RAG society heard he was there and decided to go down dressed in suitably menacing attire and flan him with a plate of shaving-foam, as was the habit back then, as part of the charity fund-raising we did.
To his huge credit he was well up for it and afterwards signed my copy of the book "with deep hatred and resentment".
2. Ask the product designer, not the end-user
3. That would have spoiled the story. By the way what's the difference between an "apartment" and a "flat" in your world? In mine, apartment is an up-market (or left-pondian) word for flat.
5. I wouldn't bother reading any more of SFTW if you don't get satire.
"Fast charging stations are for the development version of electric cars. Production electric cars will have easily replaceable battery packs constructed to a universal standard."
That's the sensible solution but it doesn't seem to be the actual case. As far as I know, no production electric cars have this type of battery pack nor are there places to do so.
Unfortunately the focus, in the UK at least, seems to be on increasing charging points rather than changing to replaceable batteries.
The problem is a lack of basic computer literacy like the whole concept of files, folders, saving, applications, desktops, icons and so on.
In the early days when only experts used PCs, everything had real manuals, but it seems that the more everyone else has to use them and the corresponding need for more manuals, the fewer we get, if any.
And there seems to be an assumption of basic understanding that users don't have.
Despite you putting quotes around it, that is not a correct quote from the article.
Here is the actual quote, pasted from the article:
"a suspicious large plastic tote bag"
ie. it wasn't that having a bag was in itself suspicious. But it was "suspiciously large"
I don't know what the size limit is for a bag not being suspicious!
I don't think that the Earth's magnetic field counts as *electro*magnetic, does it?
Maybe it does, seeing as E and M forces are aspects of the same EM force,
But I think the MPs are concerned about RF not EM in general.
And they are still wrong.
When the term "flat-screen" first started appearing it was referring to the front of the tube being less curved.
Then when actual flat screens came out, it began to be used in that sense.
Now all TVs are "flat-screen" unless you are talking about an ancient CRT.
But still various media use the term as a prefix, usually and bizarrely to denote some form of luxury, eg. when complaining that prisoners have "flat-screen TVs".
Hmm, actually I think I've seen new curved screens in the shops now, so maybe "flat-screens" is coming to mean "old-fashioned"?
Being sick is not "time off" in the usual sense. You can't help being sick and limiting sick time and counting it like holiday is immoral. By all means require doctor's notes and the like for more than a couple of days but to have an allocation of days when you are allowed to be sick makes no sense.
Also encourages people to pull fake sickies because they think they're entitled to them.
Why quote the actual truth when some made-up anti-BBC half-truth will serve your presumed purpose better?
What the BBC defended was the right to make provocative jokes about battery acid and indeed stated explicitly that they were "not intended to be taken seriously"
They did not defend a battery acid attack as your comment suggests.
How is a movie review "news", fake or otherwise?
If a reviewer is wrong about the origin of a term, then they could be genuinely mistaken or perhaps a bit dim (I don't know who wrote the review you mentioned, so no accusations).
In any case a review is opinion and I don't see much scope for being fake unless it outright lies about what the movie depicts.
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