Re: Speck of land....
"Have they discovered fire yet in Wigan ?"
Yes, but no way to control it yet.
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In a foreword to The Hobbit, published in 1937, J R R Tolkien writes: "In English, the only correct plural of 'dwarf' is 'dwarfs' and the adjective is 'dwarfish'. In this story 'dwarves' and 'dwarvish' are used, but only when speaking of the ancient people to whom Thorin Oakenshield and his companions belonged."
But, plus ça change ...
If the cosmic seeding thing is true, it would have started at least 3.7 billion years ago here on Earth. As I'm sure you are aware, evolution through the natural selection of genes is driven by random mutation. It is not directed. So, the chance that anything coming from Mars, or the rest of the cosmos, being pathogenic after billions of years of random mutation is infinitesimal.
Other things from outer space are dangerous. E.g. large rocks, ultra-violet light.
"2020 couldn't get even worse"
A mighty space it was, and scattered about it, in their overturned machines, were the Martians - dead... slain, after all man's devices had failed, by the humblest things upon the Earth. Coronaviruses. Minute, invisible coronaviruses! Directly the Invaders arrived and drank and fed in an Aberdeen pub, our microscopic allies attacked them. From that moment - they were doomed!
p.s. Sadly, "The chance that extraterrestrial bacteria would be deadly to humans is zero. Not just very, very small. Zero."
This is what happens when someone from the west coast of America tries to 'speak British'! There's no definite article when referring to Plod and the word is capitalised because it's a proper noun, coming from politically incorrect* author Enid Blyton's Noddy stories. "Halt, in the name of Plod!"
It you really want to use an article, may I suggest 'the filth', 'the old bill' or 'the rozzers'? Or even 'the labdicks' if you're in Edinburgh.
* FFS :- "No single author has caused more controversy among librarians, literary critics, teachers, and other educationalists and parents during the last thirty years, than Enid Blyton. How is it that the books of this tremendously popular writer for children should have given rise to accusations of censorship against librarians in Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom?"
p.s. Interesting story, thanks!
Back in the day, we got sent to the local poly to attend a DSP course, mainly so the company we worked for at the time could put an 'Investor in People' sign up in the foyer. Anyway, your man is excitedly telling us how DSP finite impulse response filters work, insisting that it's the only way to make a linear phase response filter. So, I asked him how my 1970's PAL colour TV extracted the colour signal from the luminance signal without using DSP. After I'd taught him about surface acoustic wave filters, I was allowed to sign in each week and then go off to the pub for the afternoon. Cheers --->
"just stands there shouting"
Wellington [shouting]: ‘NEVER! There’s only one way to win a campaign: shout, shout and shout again!’
Blackadder: ‘You don’t think inspired leadership and tactical ability have anything to do with it?’
Wellington [pauses, thinking]: ‘NO! It’s all down to shouting! [roars] BAAA!’
The EU? Are you sure?
"Europe’s first Mars rover delayed by two years"
Also, the 1971 USSR one only lasted for 20 seconds, I think!
Yep, any story is improved with those three magic words, as I remember you have posted in the past!
FWIW it's recommended that for any ATX PSU :-
8.4. Catastrophic Failure Protection - Recommended
Should a component failure occur, the power supply should not exhibit any of the following:-
Flame, Excessive smoke, Charred PCB, Fused PCB conductor, Startling noise, Emission of molten material, Earth ground fault (short circuit to ground or chassis enclosure)
As good as the NTNON skit was, it had already bindun!
Superintendent : You are hereby charged: one, that you did, on or about 1126, conspire to publicise a London Borough in the course of a BBC saga; two, that you were wilfully and persistently a foreigner; three, that you conspired to do things not normally considered illegal; four, that you were caught in possession of an offensive weapon, viz., the big brown table down at the police station...
Judge : The big brown table down at the police station?
Superintendent : The big brown table down at the police station?
All : Assaulting a police officer!
Police Constable Pan-Am : No... anyway, I clearly saw the deceased...
Clerk : Defendant.
Police Constable Pan-Am : Defendant! Sorry. Sorry, super. I clearly saw the defendant... doing whatever he's accused of. Red handed! When kicked - cautioned, he said,
[as if reading line by line]
Police Constable Pan-Am : "It's a fair cop, I done it all. Right no doubt about that." Then, bound as he was to the chair, he assaulted myself and three other officers while bouncing around the cell. The end.
"a customer in India" " if there is a power cut you'll lose this"
From my experience working in India, I respectfully suggest that they'd know that already, as the Duke of Edinburgh will confirm. To be fair to him:-
Interestingly, both the Ian Dury song and Joey Deacon's appearance on television were both a result of the international year of disabled persons, which Dury thought patronising. I guess he was proved right by the Blue Peter fiasco.
p.s. "I dribble when I piddle 'cos my middle is a riddle."
...Blue Peter tried to introduce kids to disabilities and had a guy on the programme called Joey Deacon. Mr.Deacon had severe cerebral palsy or, in the contemporary vernacular, he was a spastic. Despite the best efforts of Blue Peter to show how this man had overcome extreme disability, all that happened was millions of kids ran around the playground gurning at each other and calling everyone a 'spaz'. The word 'spastic' became so derogatory, that the Spastics Society eventually renamed themselves 'Scope'. This excellent charity does a lot of great work, and if you've been to a Richard Herring gig anytime in the last 20 years or so, I expect you've given them a few quid. Anyway, the point of this story is that, in the manner of the old woman that swallowed a fly, the derogatory term 'spaz' has now been replaced in the playground with the term 'scoper'.
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