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Postby CorruptUser » Sun Oct 28, 2012 11:42 pm UTC

That's somehow more horrifying than the mob scenario I initially envision.

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Postby Adacore » Sun Oct 28, 2012 11:49 pm UTC

I think it's unlikely, given that it's talking about London sewers, though. Disposal units are very uncommon in the UK - I've never seen one.

EDIT: According to wiki, they're at 6% usage in the UK. That's higher than I expected - maybe it is plausible, then.

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Postby AvatarIII » Sun Oct 28, 2012 11:53 pm UTC

yurell wrote:Are those disposals common? I've never seen a house with one.

me neither, apart from on TV and in movies, apparently 50% of US households have one, in comparison to 6% in the UK, so I guess it varies a lot country to country.
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Postby oxoiron » Mon Oct 29, 2012 12:05 am UTC

I've never seen a disposal that would allow something as large as a finger, let alone an entire hand, into the drain. It would defeat the purpose of the disposal if large chunks of material ended up in the pipe.
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Postby poxic » Mon Oct 29, 2012 12:07 am UTC

I'd think they would go down storm drains and similar, rather than home plumbing.
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Postby Iulus Cofield » Mon Oct 29, 2012 12:21 am UTC

They've become ubiquitous in suburban homes around here. No idea if they're common in London or they just hve a lot of yakuza.

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Postby Magnanimous » Mon Oct 29, 2012 3:56 am UTC

I remember hearing about how eventually dumping food into a sink disposal will become just as good as composting, since water treatment plants are getting good at removing useful nutrients from waste water. Food for thought. Pun intended.

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Postby emceng » Mon Oct 29, 2012 1:13 pm UTC

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/28/fashi ... anted=all&

So don't want to start a new thread for this article, but it really irritates me. Their social anthropologist seems to have the attitude 'I do this, so it's 100% ok for everyone forever to do it.' The whole tone of the article encourages people to pretty much cyberstalk friends and acquaintances.

I'll freely admit I have googled people, including girls I have met online for dating. That said, no I don't bring this up in conversation. No, I don't look up friends or acquaintances.
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Postby Iulus Cofield » Mon Oct 29, 2012 1:34 pm UTC

It is strange to think that we're going to live in a world where, in a situation where you know you're going to meet someone new like a coworker, you can look them up online and introduce yourself by saying, "So you married your high school sweetheart, graduated with honors from Cornell, are a diehard Tea Partier, get sad when you're drunk, really like videos of animals being cute, and hate Bob from accounting?" And it will perfectly normal.

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Postby Chen » Mon Oct 29, 2012 2:54 pm UTC

Iulus Cofield wrote:It is strange to think that we're going to live in a world where, in a situation where you know you're going to meet someone new like a coworker, you can look them up online and introduce yourself by saying, "So you married your high school sweetheart, graduated with honors from Cornell, are a diehard Tea Partier, get sad when you're drunk, really like videos of animals being cute, and hate Bob from accounting?" And it will perfectly normal.


Only the scope has really changed with the newer technologies. Imagine you met a co-worker (or somehow learned their name prior to meeting them) and asked a friend of yours if they knew them. If they did you could get all sorts of information from them before meeting said person. The only change now is that you have technology available to allow you to do this on a wider scale.

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Postby philsov » Mon Oct 29, 2012 4:57 pm UTC

That said, no I don't bring this up in conversation.


Same. It's a matter of etiquette more than anything else, I think. Even if I half-know the answer (say there were in colorado for 2 years) it'll let me ask the question of "Have you always lived here?" or something. This way, they can keep thinking I know only what they've told me, and vice versa -- even if that isn't always the case. If nothing else is makes for better conversation.
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Postby Zamfir » Mon Oct 29, 2012 5:13 pm UTC

To get that level of information, you usually have to become facebook friends or something similar, or you have to do the online equivalent of peeking through their home windows.

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Postby Carlington » Tue Oct 30, 2012 6:08 am UTC

I played a game/interactive-novel recently that was set in the not-too-distant future and covered the idea of personal privacy and how it's an outdated notion. It was called "Don't take it personally, babe, it's just not your story". Not too long, but I enjoyed it. Without spoiling too much, in case people want to play/read it, it left me with the impression that it'll be less a case of us explicitly stating "So you married your high school sweetheart, graduated with honors from Cornell, are a diehard Tea Partier, get sad when you're drunk, really like videos of animals being cute, and hate Bob from accounting?" and more a case of that knowledge being implicitly assumed, and similarly the other party will know things about us. Rather than searching out weird amounts of information, we'll become collectively more aware of how much information about us is available, and so collectively more conscious of what we put on the internet. We won't be surprised when they know things about us, because there's no reason for them to not know it, not vice-versa.
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Postby Adacore » Tue Oct 30, 2012 7:49 am UTC

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Postby Eseell » Thu Nov 01, 2012 7:52 pm UTC

Oh good, I hate those people that call from "cardholder services." I can't believe that people fall for that.
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Postby sardia » Fri Nov 02, 2012 4:05 am UTC

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/02/world ... ?ref=world
In an attempt to keep the political transition in China smooth, heavy regulations have been issued. Anything buoyant, or could carry a message has been banned, such as pingpong balls, balloons, and kitchen knives. Stock traders have been ordered to keep volatility to a minimum. In addition, the all male delegation will be disappointed to find out that the prostitutes have been driven out of town.

While I understand the first and 3rd part, how do you keep the stock market stable?

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Postby Iulus Cofield » Fri Nov 02, 2012 5:30 am UTC

Elephant mimics Korean with help of his trunk

Welp, looks like the Arrested Development movie is going to have to be delayed in order to book him.

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Postby AvatarIII » Fri Nov 02, 2012 10:01 am UTC

Iulus Cofield wrote:Elephant mimics Korean with help of his trunk

Welp, looks like the Arrested Development movie is going to have to be delayed in order to book him.


The Arrested Development movie was cancelled in favour of a new 13 part series, funded by Netflix, which commenced filming at the beginning of August, just in case you didn't know.

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Postby Diadem » Fri Nov 02, 2012 3:22 pm UTC

emceng wrote:http://www.networkworld.com/community/blog/ftc-escalates-anti-robocall-campaign-%E2%80%93-takes-out-5-mass-callers

All I can say "FUCK YEAH!"

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Postby Triangle_Man » Fri Nov 02, 2012 3:45 pm UTC

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Postby AvatarIII » Fri Nov 02, 2012 4:04 pm UTC

Diadem wrote:
emceng wrote:http://www.networkworld.com/community/blog/ftc-escalates-anti-robocall-campaign-%E2%80%93-takes-out-5-mass-callers

All I can say "FUCK YEAH!"

These are the moments I'm happy I live in a socialist welfare state :)

Over here we have a "don't-call-me" database. And it actually works. Admittedly, I had to shout at someone, twice, before I managed to get my number added to it. But since then I haven't had a single commercial call.


we have one of them in the UK too, but companies are still allowed to call you if you give them your number, and permission to contact you, even if it's by accident, for example at the end of forms where it asks "tick this box/leave this box unticked if you agree to be contacted by .... etc.

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Postby Nylonathatep » Fri Nov 02, 2012 4:11 pm UTC

AvatarIII wrote:
Diadem wrote:
emceng wrote:http://www.networkworld.com/community/blog/ftc-escalates-anti-robocall-campaign-%E2%80%93-takes-out-5-mass-callers

All I can say "FUCK YEAH!"

These are the moments I'm happy I live in a socialist welfare state :)

Over here we have a "don't-call-me" database. And it actually works. Admittedly, I had to shout at someone, twice, before I managed to get my number added to it. But since then I haven't had a single commercial call.


we have one of them in the UK too, but companies are still allowed to call you if you give them your number, and permission to contact you, even if it's by accident, for example at the end of forms where it asks "tick this box/leave this box unticked if you agree to be contacted by .... etc.



We had this going on in Canada a few months ago... but $4900 is chump change to a political party anyways.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2 ... ation.html


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Archaeologists dig up oldest town in Europe; Settlement from circa 4,000 B.C. unearthed near salt deposits in Bulgaria

http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/11/01 ... in-europe/

Excavations have also uncovered a series of pits used for rituals as well as parts of a gate. Carbon analysis has dated them to the Chalcolithic age to between 4,700 and 4,200 B.C., he said — more than a millennium before the start of the ancient Greek civilization.

“New samples of the excavations have been sent to the University of Cologne, Germany, for further evaluation,” Nikolov said.

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I actually don't have a problem with that. So parents bet on a youth football league? What of it?

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Postby SlyReaper » Fri Nov 02, 2012 6:13 pm UTC

Tyndmyr wrote:


I actually don't have a problem with that. So parents bet on a youth football league? What of it?

It was a gambling ring run by shady men! Targeted at childrens football games.

Today I Learned Was Reminded: you can spin the most harmless shit in the world to sound like a heinous crime against humanity.

Edit: oh, they exploited kids to turn a profit! Just like TV adverts for toys! Oh shitting cuntwaffles!
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Postby broken_escalator » Fri Nov 02, 2012 6:28 pm UTC

AvatarIII wrote:The Arrested Development movie was cancelled in favour of a new 13 part series, funded by Netflix, which commenced filming at the beginning of August, just in case you didn't know.

I had not heard of this.
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Postby Eseell » Fri Nov 02, 2012 6:51 pm UTC

SlyReaper wrote:
Tyndmyr wrote:


I actually don't have a problem with that. So parents bet on a youth football league? What of it?

It was a gambling ring run by shady men! Targeted at childrens football games.

Today I Learned Was Reminded: you can spin the most harmless shit in the world to sound like a heinous crime against humanity.

Edit: oh, they exploited kids to turn a profit! Just like TV adverts for toys! Oh shitting cuntwaffles!

Meh, I don't think it's ethical for people who are involved in running the teams to also be involved in running the sports book.
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Postby Tyndmyr » Fri Nov 02, 2012 7:05 pm UTC

No evidence of games being thrown or the like, it says. That'd be the main worry, yes?

Felony charges seem a little harsh for keeping books on what is ultimately pretty casual betting. The guy running the betting ring was the president of the league, so while there might be some possible conflict of interest there, it doesn't seem like any actual harm occurred.

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Postby Eseell » Fri Nov 02, 2012 7:17 pm UTC

Yes, that is the worry. It doesn't matter if any fixing occurred. Professionally, it is unethical for me to accept gifts from people who wish me to make purchasing or other decisions in their favor. It doesn't matter if I let the gifts consciously affect my decision making process, it is unethical for me to do so in every case. The same rule applies in this case; it doesn't matter if the offered odds affect the coaches' preparation, it is always unethical for them to participate in the gambling, both to avoid the appearance of impropriety and to avoid any conscious or unconscious motivations that may cause them to affect the outcome of the games.

I don't think gambling should be illegal, but the guy had $60,000 either in personal or "business" assets tied up in this thing when they closed the trap, so I'm not sure casual is the way that I would describe it.
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Postby Роберт » Fri Nov 02, 2012 7:51 pm UTC

Tyndmyr wrote:No evidence of games being thrown or the like, it says. That'd be the main worry, yes?

Felony charges seem a little harsh for keeping books on what is ultimately pretty casual betting. The guy running the betting ring was the president of the league, so while there might be some possible conflict of interest there, it doesn't seem like any actual harm occurred.

I bet you $10,000 that most people would consider that more than "causal betting". Oh, and not really, because I don't have that kind of money.
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Postby Tyndmyr » Fri Nov 02, 2012 7:58 pm UTC

It doesn't say the coaches bet or profited from the betting, merely that the coaches estimated the spread. That seems fairly reasonable.

One guy had $60k tied up. We can reasonably presume that, this being news, they picked the most important of the nine to focus on. And not all of that money was on the kids games. He did betting on pro games too. I would assume that those were probably more popular, and that the parents swapping money in the stands were entirely unrelated to him(and almost certainly were casual gamblers. Betting $20 on something dumb happens all the time). The article is focusing on the kids games, when there's absolutely no reason to believe that the kids are experiencing any problems as a result.

The bookie having decent profits is different from the individual gamblers betting large quantities. There's a *lot* of casual sports betting. The office football pool isn't really that weird, and can easily result in thousands changing hands.

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Postby Heisenberg » Fri Nov 02, 2012 8:23 pm UTC

Tyndmyr wrote:No evidence of games being thrown or the like, it says. That'd be the main worry, yes?

No. The main worry is child abuse. When there's $100,000 wagered on a youth football game, I am not worried about the kids intentionally playing poorly. I am worried about adults doing lasting damage to children in order to positively or negatively affect their play.

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Postby Dauric » Sat Nov 03, 2012 12:48 am UTC

Heisenberg wrote:
Tyndmyr wrote:No evidence of games being thrown or the like, it says. That'd be the main worry, yes?

No. The main worry is child abuse. When there's $100,000 wagered on a youth football game, I am not worried about the kids intentionally playing poorly. I am worried about adults doing lasting damage to children in order to positively or negatively affect their play.


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Specifically the part about football injuries, where a high-school football program needs professional athletic experts to prevent serious injuries or -death-. Most pee-we leagues don't have the kinds of resources needed to have that kind of expertise on hand at their games or practice sessions.

It's also worth noting just how 'professional' these high-school leagues are, including sports television contracts. When the price of two high-end SUV's or half a house trades hands over the outcome of a pee-wee football game I'd say it's entirely appropriate that some stops be put on the progression of the child's recreation from turning in to a big money business.
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20192922

The Coptic Church has chosen its new Pope- Tawadros II

May he be able to fully handle all of the insanity he'll have to deal with.

Very interesting election method, by the way.

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Postby bigglesworth » Tue Nov 06, 2012 5:32 pm UTC

Is it Tawadros II then? The Roman Pope chooses a new regnal name.
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Postby Nylonathatep » Tue Nov 06, 2012 6:07 pm UTC

Another atrocities committed within the Gaza Stripe... Subjects were held in captivity, escaped, been on the run for two years, finally captured after heavy resistance, and denied his Freedom!!!

Crocodile on the lam for 2 years finally nabbed by police

After several failed attempts, they drained the pond, leaving the croc with nowhere to hide. Then they used tougher shark nets to snare him.

Al-Sultan said he grew to like and respect the reptile. He named him “sakher,” Arabic for “rock,” in praise of his stubborn attempt to remain free.

The crocodile was brought drugged into blockaded Gaza through a smuggling tunnel under the Egypt-Gaza border four years ago, said zoo worker Emad al-Qanoua. It wasn't clear how it managed to escape from the zoo in the first place.


http://www.thestar.com/news/world/artic ... -by-police

[Sacrasm] Another Crime committed by the Jewish state. There will be no peace in this region until the Zionist are removed from the region! [/Sacrasm]

Trigger Warning!

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Homeless man sentenced to life for beating kindly woman

Her boyfriend, Stephen Wong, found her naked and slumped face-first over the side of a couch with a plastic bag over her head held in place by a shoelace.

She suffered many blunt force injuries to the head and neck, and other injuries to the torso, arms and legs. Some teeth were knocked out. Her blood was throughout the apartment.


http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/crime/a ... ndly-woman


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USS Enterprise, world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, ends 50-year career at sea

Those who have served on the ship have a unique camaraderie. It is the second-oldest ship in the Navy after the USS Constitution, and its age has frequently shown. Sailors who work on the Enterprise have a saying: “There’s tough, then there’s Enterprise tough.”

Things frequently break down, and spare parts for a ship that’s the only one in its class aren’t made anymore.

“She’s just old, so you got to work around her,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Danielle Almarez, an electronic technician. “We have to make our own parts sometimes because it just doesn’t exist.”


http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/11/04 ... er-at-sea/

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Postby Tyndmyr » Tue Nov 06, 2012 9:05 pm UTC

Eseell wrote:Oh good, I hate those people that call from "cardholder services." I can't believe that people fall for that.


Likewise.

That said, there's a reason that obvious scams continue to propagate...like the classic Nigerian prince scam, the thing is, many people can identify them immediately as scams. These people usually promptly reveal that they are not worth bothering with. Therefore, it minimizes the time necessary to find the most gullible people(who can be taken for quite a lot). Sad, but there's a method to all that craziness, and it works.

That said, go FTC! This is exactly what they SHOULD be doing.

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Postby Coyne » Wed Nov 07, 2012 1:09 am UTC

Tyndmyr wrote:
Eseell wrote:Oh good, I hate those people that call from "cardholder services." I can't believe that people fall for that.


Likewise.

That said, there's a reason that obvious scams continue to propagate...

...and propagate they do: Got another call from one of these very jerks, last night.
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