Re: You have gotta be SWATting me.
@LybsterRoy - I think you are referring to the case of Kiera Bell (girl>"boy">girl). There's plenty online about her.
Later poster - no, the case hasn't been overturned, but the Trust is appealing.
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If a bug is discovered once it is in production, the cost is largely borne by the user/customer. It becomes very close to an externality for the producer of the code. If software producers were liable for bugs discovered, they would ship with far more robust code. I know that there is no such thing as perfect code, but some of it is terrible.
As a quick look at my past posts will confirm, I am largely against the very concept of masks, for a number of reasons. Indeed, I have a condition fir which I have an exemption from wearing one. However, I have persevered and practiced until I can wear one for about 30 minutes at a time - long enough to go shopping. This is because the evidence does show some benefit *to others*, and, whether I like it or not, it is the new polite - like not wearing pyjamas to the supermarket. However, the outdoor venues that insist on masked really annoy me (not football grounds full of shouting, screaming people - definitely shown to be a risk), but, for example, the boat-trip I took to Staffa last week, or the outside spaces on the very large ferry from Mull to the mainland. There is absolutely no need for these to have such a requirement.
I sort of agree with you, but nothing else in society revolves entirely around children. Adults should be allowed to to do adult things - the alternative is continuous infantilisation. Rites of passage are important, and we certainly need more if those in Western society, but keeping everything at a "think of the children" level prevents people becoming adult.
If the current attitudes had been prevalent circa 2000 years ago, how different would the world be now? Saul's conversion on the road to Damascus would have resulted in him being punished by everyone, and one of the major characters in the formation of Christianity would never have been heard of*.
I really detest this current attitude that people can't change. For what it is worth, he has my support and best wishes for the future.
* I make no comment on my opinions on that.
I was just thinking how wonderful it would be if we had a system - say, a reusable spacecraft designed to repair things. It could have a large area for things to be taken up or to provide a base for repairs, and maybe a powered arm to hold things or provide a platform for astronauts to work from. Specialists could be selected for each mission, flown up by dedicated flight-crew. At the end of the mission, the craft could reenter the atmosphere and land on a runway. Of course, that's just science fiction, isn't it?
"He was interviewed in a BBC radio documentary a few years ago - and was apparently unrepentant."
If he thought he was right, and could justify it, why should he be repentant (assuming, of course, that he didn't advocate the wholesale murder of people who didn't fit a certain mould)?
" It is interesting that after the war the local Salvation Army always requested for him to drive the hired coach for their annual Sunday School seaside trip."
Political views don't make people untouchable (or shouldn't, in a free society). He might have been a very nice man who drove carefully.
I personally know a couple of people who have lived/are living lives such as @jake describes, so I'm more than happy to believe. They do what they enjoy, and every day is a pleasure for them. They are usually really nice people, too - unless you pretend to be something you aren't.
It's probably a waste of time to say this, but why don't we all step back and wait for further information? This is a weird story that is apparently being investigated by the police. It may be true in full, in part, or not at all. The original article simply states what has been alleged with no corroborating evidence at the moment. Sit back, keep an eye on the headlines, and wait for more to come.
I have to confess that I didn't think Sarah Brightman was still performing after about the mud-1990s, if not earlier ("I fell in love with a starship trooper" and something with an opera singer being all I was aware of, other than her marriage to Andrew Lloyd Webber). I was astounded to find that she is a really successful singer (that "something with an opera singer" was one of best selling singles ever, the opera singer being Andrea Bocelli, who even I have heard of). It seems that she also began training to go to the ISS less than 10 years ago! (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarah Brightman)
I may not like her style of music (I hate operatic sopranos with a passion), but I've learned something today.
"Why on earth would anyone want to [use] something that is alien to most of the population?"
That was a commonly stated opinion when metric measurements were really introduced in the UK. I was taught in both Imperial and metric at school in the late 60s through the 70s, at least in part because some of teachers did not want to teach metric. I still know e.g. the speed of light in both miles per second and metres per second, because my physics classes taught both.
As mentioned previously, we have a hybrid system in the UK anyway - pints and miles are still the measurements used every day.
"For some reason -- thinner doorposts? bigger interiors? -- There was much less problem prior to about 2010."
For at least some cars, it is the addition of airbags in the A-pillar that has worsened the problem. Our two cars are the same manufacturer but different models. One has no A-pillar airbag, and I never have any trouble with vision*. The other can hide an entire Transit-sized van coming up to roundabouts.**
* Just like every other car I've driven in the last 40+ years.
** I am tall enough that I need to have the seat as far back as possible. This seems to make a difference because of the relative angles.
I know one happy corporate lawyer (used to be a student of mine), but, in general, once any lawyer gets into the big cases (public, criminal or private law, it makes no difference), the effect on personal life is huge, and leads to all sorts of unhappiness and ill-health. The happiest lawyers I know are those that stay in small, local firms.
"... didn't even appear on their copper network diagrams."
During my recently-ended regular visits from OR engineers (I'm on first name terms with some of them now) to sort out recurring line problems, one of them mentioned that about 100m of line from the cabinet to the house went missing from the map a few years ago and has never been put back. Of course, it isn't an obvious missing bit - it stops at another cabinet put in decades after the one were connected to...
For reasons I do not recall, I actually wired some lights on one of my cars many, many years ago using co-ax - positive on the inner core, negative outer. I suspect it was one of those "nothing more permanent than a temporary fix", though what possessed me to do such a temporary fix in the first place I do not know
@Schultz - "... nice colored insulating tape... makes the remote stand out from the crowd..."
I have labelled our very few* remotes with different colours of reflective tape. This has the advantage that once child-induced Brownian motion has taken place, there is a chance of finding the matte-black thingy in the crevices of the matte-black furniture by shining a torch around.
*TV (which doesn't work now anyway - I think the IR receiver has given up), DVD player, Fire stick, and Android STB for Eurosport that needs so many updates I never get to see what I want anyway.
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