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by Quercus
Fri May 24, 2019 1:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1402
Views: 233265

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

gd1 wrote:May leaving in June? Yeah, that works.


Yeah, except the front-runner to replace her is fucking Boris Johnson, so we're probably going from bad to worse.
by Quercus
Tue Apr 30, 2019 5:15 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Purpose of a Healthcare System
Replies: 58
Views: 2977

Re: Purpose of a Healthcare System

"The purpose of a healthcare system is to provide healthcare i.e. treat diseases." Leaving aside the "treat diseases" part for a moment, it's worth addressing a syntactic issue here. It would be very hard to argue that the purpose of a "healthcare system" is not to &qu...
by Quercus
Wed Apr 24, 2019 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8588
Views: 809363

Re: Trump presidency

And insulting swing voters is the worst possible political strategy: As I say, it'll result in nothing but "Oh, really? Fuck me? Well, fuck you!" - and a loss of power for a generation. Thesh is posting his rant on a tiny internet forum that hardly anyone reads rather than somewhere with ...
by Quercus
Sun Apr 14, 2019 11:46 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6839
Views: 1092253

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Cop "mistakes" gun for taser, shoots inmate . Officer not charged, obviously, but retired from department. Forgetting the lack of punishment for the moment (which is sadly not unexpected) what would the charge have been here? The person didnt die. There was no intent to kill. Would it hav...
by Quercus
Fri Apr 12, 2019 1:55 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90165
Views: 8923850

Re: Thoughts for ships

Being Odo, the shapeshifting head of station security from DS9 would make being genderfluid a *lot* simpler, but then I don't really want to be a security officer. I guess if I'm him then I can put in a transfer request to the engineering section, which would be much more my cup of tea. Also, while ...
by Quercus
Sun Mar 31, 2019 7:14 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90165
Views: 8923850

Re: Thoughts for ships

Thesh wrote:I think they are confusing headlights with daytime running lights.

Seems likely. My car ain't fancy enough to have those!
by Quercus
Sun Mar 31, 2019 6:08 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90165
Views: 8923850

Re: Thoughts for ships

You could just risked the stern complaint from the cops, and just drive home until you get to the mechanics tomorrow. It wasn't so much the stern complaint I was worried about - it was the many miles of unlighted motorway at night on the way home - only being able to see obstructions on one side di...
by Quercus
Wed Mar 27, 2019 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1402
Views: 233265

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

elasto wrote:Schools would be a good place to start, but that won't get through to the majority.


Government controls the curriculum, so it will never happen anyway (outside of a few maverick teachers)
by Quercus
Sat Mar 23, 2019 6:45 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1402
Views: 233265

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

Felstaff wrote:I'm going on the march tomorrow, if anyone wishes to join me (and at least, like, 47 others), PM me. You get to score 10 points on the 'meet-a-mod' scoreboard we have at the xkcd office.

Thanks for the offer. If I wasn't moving house at the exact same time I'd likely be taking you up on that.
by Quercus
Fri Mar 22, 2019 7:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6839
Views: 1092253

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Personal property isn't the same as private property. Not exactly. Personal property is private property that belongs to a person. There is private property that does not belong to a person--land belonging to a church congregation for example--so private property is broader than personal property. ...
by Quercus
Fri Mar 22, 2019 5:40 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4502
Views: 680188

Re: The Darker Side of the News

The notion that we're stripping away the right to vote from citizens who are subject to our laws -- and have a tremendous interest regarding the function of our penal system -- is deranged. (Emphasis mine) Agreed. I also seem to recall that that very grievance precipitated a certain revolution a fe...
by Quercus
Fri Mar 22, 2019 5:33 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6839
Views: 1092253

Re: Police misbehavior thread

My experience is with actual human behavior. Um, no it isn't. No-one magically gets direct experience of stuff like that. Your experience, as everyone else's, is of a small sample of human behaviour, produced under very particular circumstances dictated by where you happen to live and what gets rep...
by Quercus
Fri Mar 22, 2019 5:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6839
Views: 1092253

Re: Police misbehavior thread

I have news for you, the courts are broken in virtually all other countries too. In Singapore, it's de facto a crime to appeal a court decision, Japan's legal system is basically guilty until proven innocent, France has a serious problem with its minorities, etc. The main difference being that in s...
by Quercus
Tue Mar 19, 2019 3:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1402
Views: 233265

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

That assumes that people won't change their vote as they get here older. That's far from obvious - after all, the elderly of 2018 once voted to join the EC back in the seventies. That's very true - I had thought that the independent article I saw had used a more sophisticated methodology involving ...
by Quercus
Tue Mar 19, 2019 1:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1402
Views: 233265

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

↶ I'm just hoping that the EU 27 grant a good long extension. The nature of such an important deal (or the lack of it) is clearly not best decided by a government in active constitutional crisis. Frankly, I hope they do so only under the condition that there's either a new election or a new referen...
by Quercus
Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1402
Views: 233265

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

Also I am not sure about that, but I wouldn't be surprised if paying for the cost of that election was on them. The part about it being ridiculous would be a joke on them. The guardian live news feed said it would be a cost borne by the UK. Seemed to think it would be about £100 million, but I don'...
by Quercus
Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1402
Views: 233265

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

And if the UK doesn't take part in them, and then revokes A50, then the EU parliament would be constitutionally unable to do anything because the UK wouldn't be represented. I'm not sure what would happen then, we'd probably have to have our elections in a hurry. I've heard that the EU has made hav...
by Quercus
Mon Mar 18, 2019 6:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1402
Views: 233265

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

John Bercow has ruled out another vote on the government's previously rejected Brexit agreement if the motion remains "substantially the same". Maybe some or more of the players are all being extremely clever here, but I can't help fearing that it's one of those movie-climax fights on the...
by Quercus
Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4502
Views: 680188

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Bear in mind that most antisemitic stereotypes are about Jews' supposed superiority, whereas virtually all other racism is about supposed inferiority. I'd dispute that. There are a *lot* of antisemitic stereotypes about supposed inferiority - physical ones, both appearance and capabilities/health, ...
by Quercus
Sun Mar 17, 2019 9:24 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90165
Views: 8923850

Re: Thoughts for ships

My passenger side headlight burnt out last night, so I ordered some new bulbs on Amazon and got them this afternoon. At work, I was looking up instructions on how to change out the bulbs, and I was getting ridiculous instructions like removing the wheel and reaching up through the wheel well to cha...
by Quercus
Thu Feb 28, 2019 10:38 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food fleeting thoughts
Replies: 274
Views: 48303

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

Sungura wrote:Order fish n chips in America you get british chips (aka fries). Otherwise, chips in america are crunchy (british crisp).


Do you get British chips (thick cut) or fries (thin cut)?
by Quercus
Sun Feb 24, 2019 2:27 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food fleeting thoughts
Replies: 274
Views: 48303

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

We also have a lot if asian chestnuts. They are an invasive species. Aha, I didn't know about Asian chestnuts, that's what I was missing And while the chestnut blight desimated the american chestnut, they do still exist and now that the blight long since swept through they are coming back. A friend...
by Quercus
Sat Feb 23, 2019 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food fleeting thoughts
Replies: 274
Views: 48303

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

I can guess what “chestnut paste” is but no clue how to make that either. I dont even know where to buy chestnuts so i guess i have to wait for them to be in season here and grab them off the trails as I hike? It's a specifically French thing - you can find it in larger UK supermarkets if you're ov...
by Quercus
Thu Feb 21, 2019 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28601
Views: 3427640

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Shoes are literally the worst. I’ve never found a truly comfortable pair of shoes (not sandals). Literally every shoe I’ve tried on is way too fucking narrow in the toes. It’s not like I haven’t tried many shoes, either. Why the hell do they make shoes that way? At least on my feet, the toes are th...
by Quercus
Thu Feb 21, 2019 8:33 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90165
Views: 8923850

Re: Thoughts for ships

↶ TIL that that was a thing - it never happened in the UK AFAIK, because our sockets are just too damn big to fit into the back of a PSU Well, not a full wall socket, but a reversed C13 connector: this is one of the few pictures I was able to find . Ohhh! That socket is output (of course it is, the...
by Quercus
Wed Feb 20, 2019 8:48 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90165
Views: 8923850

Re: Thoughts for ships

When and why did computers stop having that neat outlet on the PSU for the monitor? Almost every computer had it around the millenium, probably because it frees up a socket, so there must be some drawback that resulted in its disappearance but I'm not seeing it. TIL that that was a thing - it never...
by Quercus
Sun Jan 27, 2019 4:54 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food fleeting thoughts
Replies: 274
Views: 48303

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

I want to try and cut back on my meat, egg and dairy consumption. What are some good things to easily just add to my diet with little effort while ensuring I meet my dietary requirements? Spaghetti and falafels or other vegan "meatball" is an obvious one. I was going to try making a vegan...
by Quercus
Tue Jan 22, 2019 1:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1402
Views: 233265

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

At this point, the UK (and to some extent the EU) needs to figure out something stable, something that the middle section of the UK electorate genuinely likes. At this point, can that still be EU membership? From what I see there isn't much of a middle ground any more, certainly not one big enough ...
by Quercus
Sun Jan 13, 2019 12:11 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13421
Views: 1690094

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Sableagle wrote:I don't know whether to be more afraid of the guy who strolled down to his punt with that over his shoulder or of the duck that made him think he needed it.


Um... That gun ain't for ducks. That gun's for flocks.
by Quercus
Sat Dec 22, 2018 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90165
Views: 8923850

Re: Thoughts for ships

Totally judging you for only having one Adnams beer on that list (not really, it's just that I spent a lot of childhood summers in the town where Adnams is brewed, so it has a special place in my heart). Btw, I strongly recommend Mosaic pale ale if you're looking to expand your Adnams experience.
by Quercus
Tue Dec 18, 2018 10:44 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28601
Views: 3427640

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

I spent an hour in an urgent care center with a deep concern that I had a periodontal abscess and all it turned out to be was some inflammation from a poorly-fit over-the-counter nightguard. I feel stupid now. I once went to the doctor very concerned that I had an unexplained lump in my foot. The d...
by Quercus
Fri Dec 14, 2018 8:24 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8588
Views: 809363

Re: Trump presidency

Which is the greater evil; harm caused through malice or indifference? The one who harms through malice has twisted reasons, but the one who harms through indifference doesn't even need a reason... I would suggest that regarding a well-resourced organisation with a clear duty of care indifference i...
by Quercus
Thu Dec 13, 2018 2:07 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 1101
Views: 219417

Re: Controversial opinions about food

Saw a thing the other day where they made chocolate leave decoratios by painting one side a mint leaf with melted choc and left it to set, then peeled away the leaf. You could experiment with that or with dipping a whole leaf in choc? That's a great idea! My current level of togetherness is more &q...
by Quercus
Thu Dec 13, 2018 7:41 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 1101
Views: 219417

Re: Controversial opinions about food

poxic wrote:Good luck with it. In my experience actually eating fresh mint involves more chlorophyll taste than I'd prefer.

I already know that I love eating fresh mint leaves (to the point that I will graze upon friends' cocktail garnishes), so unless the chocolate makes that worse I think I'll be good.
by Quercus
Wed Dec 12, 2018 10:29 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 1101
Views: 219417

Re: Controversial opinions about food

Mint and chocolate is a dicey combination. Can be good, can be shite. The best mint choc I ever had was a high dollar choccie that was infused with the taste of a fresh mint leaf. I have no idea how they accomplished it but by George it was like eating a real green leaf alongside the chocolate. Cou...
by Quercus
Wed Dec 12, 2018 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 1101
Views: 219417

Re: Controversial opinions about food

Zohar wrote:OK but we all agree chocolate mint is horrible, right?

Depends... After eights are awful abominations that need to be wiped from the face of the earth. Mint aero is quite nice though.
by Quercus
Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:58 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28601
Views: 3427640

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

I spent an hour in an urgent care center with a deep concern that I had a periodontal abscess and all it turned out to be was some inflammation from a poorly-fit over-the-counter nightguard. I feel stupid now. I once went to the doctor very concerned that I had an unexplained lump in my foot. The d...
by Quercus
Sat Nov 17, 2018 11:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15136
Views: 2594012

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

As for taxonomy, that's actually more of a map than actual science. It started as just a way for Linneus to group animals in much the same way a person might organize paints, and when paleontology and so forth came about it turned out that it was relatively accurate in terms of evolutionary history...
by Quercus
Mon Nov 12, 2018 4:05 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food fleeting thoughts
Replies: 274
Views: 48303

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

If I am going to make a large meat pie, what kind of crust do I make / recipe suggestions? I have only ever done sweet pies before with a crumbly sweet butter crust type thing - butter, flour, bit of salt, sugar. (can you tell I dont know my pastries?) ...hot water crust, perhaps? seems like it wou...
by Quercus
Mon Nov 12, 2018 3:41 pm UTC
Forum: Comics/Graphic Novels
Topic: Gunnerkrigg Court
Replies: 158
Views: 59429

Re: Gunnerkrigg Court

I really need to get my comic reading systems sorted out again... it just hasn't been the same since the effective demise of RSS. I've missed nearly an entire chapter! Demise of RSS? I use feedly and my RSS feeds seem to all work fine. Okay, this is embarrassing. It turns out that the only thing wh...

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