Re: (e)to donate blood;
As long as both teams are all members of your household, yes.
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From that setup, it looks like it's going to be pretty limited in terms of reaction conditions.
I read about this on the Beeb and was singularly unimpressed. Part of that was the claim that this will "allow chemists to discover new wonder drugs" or similar, as if chemists actually just throw stuff together in the hope that it'll a) react and b) produce something useful. Nobody with half a brain does high-throughput screening anymore.
Changing the law in the way you suggest may have unintended consequences, e.g. making anyone who grabs a kitchen knife off their own kitchen counter defend themselves from a burglar a murderer, without any wiggle room to argue self defence. The law is already pretty strict on that; the act of opening a drawer to retrieve a knife, rather than it being on a counter, makes it far less likely that a plea of self defence will be accepted. Same goes for stabbing someone if they're not actually facing you.
It's like something out of Black Mirror.
So, one day my habit of keeping the GPS of my phone off to save the battery will get me in hot water? Great.
Presumably anyone who gets hauled before the beak and is found to have put their phone on airplane mode will be hanged immediately, just in case they did something naughty while the state couldn't see them.
Certain parts of Russian (and neighbouring) society suffered very badly under Stalin, yes. But then other parts suffered very badly under the Tsar. Overall that whole region has suffered and become brutalised over the course of hundreds of years.
My point was, that engaging in a bit of socialism is not going to cause Western society to descend into a Soviet-like nightmare.
Ah the old joke that socialism == the Soviet Union. Never mind that the way Stalin treated his people was pretty much the same as how they'd been treated by the Tsar, going back hundreds of years. Or that the way Soviet Russia treated its neighbours was entirely consistent with how Imperial Russia had treated them. Obviously, ensuring staff are paid enough to live and that wealth is somewhat distributed throughout society, must surely result in a brutalised Soviet-like state.
Windows 10 being "awesome" is still a matter of opinion. On the whole I like it (love it, compared to 8), but there's still plenty to hate. The Start menu is still awful, so now I never even open it. I could do at home, where I have Start10 installed, but I've just got out of the habit. Also the new settings "app" is terrible; it's a massive pain to find the right options page to do anything. Thank God the old control panel is still buried in there. Cortana is utterly pointless, and is killed with RegEdit on any PC I work with. The notifications page might as well not exist, since I never look at it. Basically any of the bits that Microsoft are adamant should work the same on touchscreens and with a mouse are total rubbish.
Apple will be fine merging iOS and OSX, so long as the touchscreen mode looks like iOS does now and the desktop mode looks exactly like OSX.
Agreed. To be representative you really need to sample everywhere. Otherwise there are always going to be big gaps in its applicability domain. In this case Scandinavia is over represented, so it's going to be over trained on Vikings, while they've got just three really distant countries representing all of Africa.
@tfewster: The Watch books don't have too many of those though.
I don't tend to think "CSI: Ankh-Morpork", but rather "A Touch of Frost: Ankh-Morpork" but with even more humour. Unlike every other Discworld TV adaptation (of which The Hogfather is still the best), The Watch needs to actually be quite dark (as well as funny) and definitely aimed at adults.
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