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by bobrayner
Wed Jan 28, 2004 8:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Freezing/snowy Weather's Latest Victim...
Replies: 10
Views: 1122

RE: Freezing/snowy Weather's Latest Victim...

Eek!
Good to hear that there are no injuries.

Nothing this year, but last winter I had a slight accident whilst experimenting with "vectored thrust" on a long (empty) icy farm road...  Smile

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by bobrayner
Wed Jan 28, 2004 8:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Indians Minor Leaguer: Gay Porn Role "a Mistake"
Replies: 39
Views: 6618

RE: Indians Minor Leaguer: Gay Porn Role "a Mistake"

Why is it an issue?

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by bobrayner
Wed Jan 28, 2004 8:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Assembly Language Programming
Replies: 18
Views: 1026

RE: Assembly Language Programming

Oi! Don't criticise the 80x86... I used to be a 486 floating-point fiend.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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by bobrayner
Wed Jan 28, 2004 10:39 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Texas Church Tracks Adult Store Patrons
Replies: 76
Views: 2411

RE: Texas Church Tracks Adult Store Patrons

<i>And where is the bit it says to persecute minorities</i> Isn't it <acronym title="CSA Czech Airlines">OK</acronym> to take foreigners as slaves? (although this is another area where the bible contradicts itself somewhat) <i>Isn't it amazing how along comes the Quran ~1300 years later and calls fo...

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by bobrayner
Tue Jan 27, 2004 6:38 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: After 2 Years Are You Happy With The Euro
Replies: 90
Views: 2972

RE: After 2 Years Are You Happy With The Euro

England knows better.

The UK, you mean?  Smile

I'm very happy with the Euro; it's made my life a lot easier. It would be even easier if the UK adopted the Euro, but you can't have everything, can you?

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by bobrayner
Mon Jan 26, 2004 6:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Who Makes The Best Chocolates?
Replies: 62
Views: 3032

RE: Who Makes The Best Chocolates?

I have trouble understanding how Cadbury and Hersheys are so popular. It's probably the same principle as vegemite/marmite, or that strange vomit-flavoured yoghurt drink that seems popular in Mongolia, or extra-salty children's sweets in Scandinavia. If you're raised on it - if you eat it from day 1...

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by bobrayner
Mon Jan 26, 2004 5:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Nasa Opportunity Rover Touches Down On Mars
Replies: 42
Views: 3389

RE: Nasa Opportunity Rover Touches Down On Mars

<i>I heard the Beagle budget was not even close to that of the Spirit and Opportunity. If that is the case then the European Space agency should next time spend more money on these Mars missions so such failures could be prevented either by equipment or human work.</i> Indeed. Beagle went on a tiny ...

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by bobrayner
Mon Jan 26, 2004 3:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: International LCC
Replies: 4
Views: 1906

RE: International LCC

An example... <object classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,29,0" width="500" height="380"> <param name="movie" value="http://www.ryanair.com/destinfo03/images/destmap-EN.swf"> <param name="quali...

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by bobrayner
Mon Jan 26, 2004 2:32 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Probabily Tomorrow I'll Buy My First Car
Replies: 66
Views: 9846

RE: Probabily Tomorrow I'll Buy My First Car

Small, cheap, BMW: It fits all your criteria

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by bobrayner
Sun Jan 25, 2004 11:50 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Anyone Took The Trans-Siberian Train To China?
Replies: 16
Views: 2525

RE: Anyone Took The Trans-Siberian Train To China?

If you travel Trans-Manchurian, you will probably have accommodation like this? <a href="http://bobrayner.org/train/Vostok.jpg" target=_blank>http://bobrayner.org/train/Vostok.jpg</a> (679k) Admittedly, it's not the high-quality photography that we expect on a.net... but I'm not a trainspotter. &nbs...

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by bobrayner
Sun Jan 25, 2004 8:57 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: If Life On Mars-is God In Jeopardy?
Replies: 113
Views: 5018

RE: If Life On Mars-is God In Jeopardy?

Hey ask Madonna

Madonna is barely an authority in the musical field; certainly not an authority on religion, metallurgy, or brain surgery.  Smile

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by bobrayner
Sun Jan 25, 2004 6:47 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Anti-spam Law: It Doesn't Work...
Replies: 5
Views: 1981

RE: Anti-spam Law: It Doesn't Work...

Prevention is better than cure; just don't let your address be visible anywhere a bot could find it.  <img src="/discussions/graphics/winkani.gif" ALT="Wink/being sarcastic"> My normal mailboxes only get 1 or 2 items of spam per week, max. I have a few spamtrap addresses that rarely get read; i...

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by bobrayner
Sat Jan 24, 2004 10:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: If Life On Mars-is God In Jeopardy?
Replies: 113
Views: 5018

RE: If Life On Mars-is God In Jeopardy?

<i>Could you explain to me any other way that I can sit here typing on a laptop in the perfect environment for my physiology on a rock ,93million miles from a star, which is at just the right angle to sustain me for the next 40 years without frying or freezing me. Can you explain, why everything in ...

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by bobrayner
Sat Jan 24, 2004 6:17 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: If Life On Mars-is God In Jeopardy?
Replies: 113
Views: 5018

RE: If Life On Mars-is God In Jeopardy?

Thanks, Gc. I'm not sure how pasting <a href="http://www.anointed-one.net/quotes.html" target=_blank>http://www.anointed-one.net/quotes.html</a> en masse (no credit for their content?) is an explanation, but we can go with it for now. It's an impressive act of selective quoting. <i>Lack of Identifia...

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by bobrayner
Sat Jan 24, 2004 1:06 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Did The British Govt. Betray Their People?
Replies: 16
Views: 3708

RE: Did The British Govt. Betray Their People?

<i>I don't wanna start anything, but after hearing a report on the BBC that the 18.8bn dollar contract with Airbus will cost BRITISH jobs, I had to start this.</i> I dislike the idea of awarding contracts to whoever promises to create the most local jobs. Apart from that - it doesn't make much sense...

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by bobrayner
Sat Jan 24, 2004 12:23 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Anyone Took The Trans-Siberian Train To China?
Replies: 16
Views: 2525

RE: Anyone Took The Trans-Siberian Train To China?

<i>It's Russia, the Russian embassy's number over here always seems to be engaged and their collegues in Paris never return calls</i> That's a shame... Won't the travel agency offer to arrange the visa for you? (presumably for an extra charge) Alternatively - visit in person? Consular opening hours ...

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by bobrayner
Fri Jan 23, 2004 10:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: If Life On Mars-is God In Jeopardy?
Replies: 113
Views: 5018

RE: If Life On Mars-is God In Jeopardy?

It's an interesting line of argument. I wouldn't claim that modern science precludes god (although it does reduce his workload somewhat). However, it <i>does</i> contradict many of the verifiable science-related arguments in the text that's supposed to be the principal word of god / description of h...

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by bobrayner
Fri Jan 23, 2004 9:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Anyone Took The Trans-Siberian Train To China?
Replies: 16
Views: 2525

RE: Anyone Took The Trans-Siberian Train To China?

If <acronym title="Dublin (- Collinstown) (DUB / EIDW), Ireland">DUB</acronym>-<acronym title="Moscow - Sheremetyevo (SVO / UUEE), Russia">SVO</acronym> is too expensive - try looking for bargain flights to some other eastern/central-european destination (Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius, St Pete, Warsaw, Ber...

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by bobrayner
Fri Jan 23, 2004 9:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM Back In The Black Numbers
Replies: 9
Views: 4124

RE: KLM Back In The Black Numbers

<i>Though that will be a disaster only for KLM and the Dutch economy as jobs and money will be quickly siphoned away to Paris leaving Schiphol an empty shell.</i> If you could try to concentrate on logical and factual statements, that would be great. <acronym title="Air France">AF</acronym> might be...

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by bobrayner
Fri Jan 23, 2004 9:08 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: If Life On Mars-is God In Jeopardy?
Replies: 113
Views: 5018

RE: If Life On Mars-is God In Jeopardy?

There are some gaping holes in their theories which I'll be happyto expand on when I have more time.

Please do. I'm still waiting.  Big grin

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by bobrayner
Fri Jan 23, 2004 9:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Anyone Took The Trans-Siberian Train To China?
Replies: 16
Views: 2525

RE: Anyone Took The Trans-Siberian Train To China?

On a more practical note, east-west is likely to be cheaper for an Elbonian than west-east.

That way, you can get a discounted return flight (Elbonia-China-Elbonia) but only use the outward leg, which is probably the cheapest (IME. YMMV). Your flight is the largest single cost of the holiday.

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by bobrayner
Fri Jan 23, 2004 10:46 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: I Like Britain's Foreign Secretary, Mr. Straw
Replies: 10
Views: 1278

I Like Britain's Foreign Secretary, Mr. Straw

<i>The same goes for his <acronym title="Tropic Air (Belize)">PM</acronym>, actually.</i> Agreed. Personally, I disagree with Bush & Blair's positions on Iraq; however, I have to concede that <i>one</i> of them is a principled and intelligent leader. Just because somebody disagrees with you on a spe...

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by bobrayner
Fri Jan 23, 2004 10:39 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Anyone Took The Trans-Siberian Train To China?
Replies: 16
Views: 2525

RE: Anyone Took The Trans-Siberian Train To China?

Oops... sorry for killing the thread  Wink/being sarcastic

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by bobrayner
Fri Jan 23, 2004 8:37 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Fake Euro Notes
Replies: 1
Views: 1504

RE: Fake Euro Notes

<i>More reports in the papers of fake Euro bank notes are occurring creating worry for people traveling abroad from the UK.</i> But no great worries amongst the people who actually use the euro from day to day, strangely enough. In total, about half a million forged notes were taken out of circulati...

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by bobrayner
Fri Jan 23, 2004 8:29 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Red Shift
Replies: 15
Views: 1102

RE: Red Shift

<i>Distance is calculated by the apparent brightness of Cepheid variables, quasars, and other objects of constant luminosity. However, the Hubble Constant (the ratio describing how more distant objects recede from us more quickly) has been proven so accurately that red shift alone is also a reasonab...

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by bobrayner
Fri Jan 23, 2004 7:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cheapest Bru - Berlin - Par
Replies: 4
Views: 1404

RE: Cheapest Bru - Berlin - Par

Cheapest?
http://www.eurolines.be/
 Big grin

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by bobrayner
Fri Jan 23, 2004 7:18 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: If Life On Mars-is God In Jeopardy?
Replies: 113
Views: 5018

RE: If Life On Mars-is God In Jeopardy?

<i>On a serious note, geneologists have started to point towards a common female ancestor from Africa or Mid-East as the "mother" of modern man. I found that interesting.</i> They also point to her living many thousands of years before conventional Biblical chronology. Maybe you didn't find that int...

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by bobrayner
Fri Jan 23, 2004 7:16 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Your Thoughts On Suicide?
Replies: 34
Views: 1910

RE: Your Thoughts On Suicide?

<i>You didn't create yourself, who says you have the right to take your life away</i> So, only our parents have the right over our lives?  <img src="/discussions/graphics/smile.gif" ALT="Smile"> Why does this peculiar logic only apply to suicide and not other, lesser things? You did <i>not</i> ...

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by bobrayner
Fri Jan 23, 2004 2:57 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Global Solar Power Chain?
Replies: 31
Views: 1240

RE: Global Solar Power Chain?

You could try something coriolis-based, perhaps. However, that would require some very large masses moving around to get any appreciable effect.
(wind turbines, anyone?  Big grin )

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by bobrayner
Fri Jan 23, 2004 2:54 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: SCO Group Sees Capitalism In Danger To Open Source
Replies: 11
Views: 2428

RE: SCO Group Sees Capitalism In Danger To Open Source

<i>Each Open Source installation displaces or pre-empts a sale of proprietary, licensable and copyright-protected software. This means fewer jobs, less software revenue, and reduced incentives for software companies to innovate</i> Let's assume that there are two possible commercial transactions (al...

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by bobrayner
Fri Jan 23, 2004 1:44 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Global Solar Power Chain?
Replies: 31
Views: 1240

RE: Global Solar Power Chain?

<i>The answer lies in harnessing the rotation of the Earth and using it as a giant generator.</i> Harnessing the rotation of the earth in relation to what? Where would you put your machinery, and how would you link it to non-rotating empty space? Meanwhile, we <i>do</i> have tidal power generation.

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by bobrayner
Thu Jan 22, 2004 10:47 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Are Online IQ Tests Accurate?
Replies: 24
Views: 2327

RE: Are Online IQ Tests Accurate?

If you want an accurate measure of IQ, take a supervised psychometric test.

(Yes, I did. Yes, it's a high number and you'd say it's bullsh!t.  Big grin )

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by bobrayner
Thu Jan 22, 2004 9:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: If Life On Mars-is God In Jeopardy?
Replies: 113
Views: 5018

RE: If Life On Mars-is God In Jeopardy?

<i>You really do not choose to say that everything in the Bible, and I mean everything, is literal fact. Do you? Think about it as a christian before answering please. And when you disagree, read a bit more.</i> Indeed; I wouldn't advise literal interpretation of everything. However, a number of day...

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by bobrayner
Thu Jan 22, 2004 9:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How Do You Fix Alitalia?
Replies: 15
Views: 3531

RE: How Do You Fix Alitalia?

<i>Since everything I've read indicates that <acronym title="Alitalia (Italy)">AZ</acronym> will be swept into the new <acronym title="Air France">AF</acronym>+KL pan-European airline group the question is less relevant.</i> <acronym title="Alitalia (Italy)">AZ</acronym> really wants to join the par...

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by bobrayner
Thu Jan 22, 2004 10:35 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: If Life On Mars-is God In Jeopardy?
Replies: 113
Views: 5018

RE: If Life On Mars-is God In Jeopardy?

<i>Do you presume to know what God told man? I hope not. As the bible was indeed written by man with no interference form God, one might consider that the bible is packed with metaphors, not explicit direction.</i> Well, none of the bible is actually labeled with "This chapter is definite fact", "Th...

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by bobrayner
Thu Jan 22, 2004 10:23 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: AIM Viruses
Replies: 16
Views: 1221

RE: AIM Viruses

#1- Format your HDD and start from new..

And he loses his credibility a the very first suggestion! Is this a new record?  Smile

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by bobrayner
Thu Jan 22, 2004 10:21 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: World Parliament Experiment
Replies: 5
Views: 949

RE: World Parliament Experiment

but imagine to get a significant proportion of the world population to vote via the web. such worldwide "polls" could make a difference.

What proportion of the world's population has regular access to the internet?

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by bobrayner
Thu Jan 22, 2004 10:20 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Prefer Real Boobs Or Fake?
Replies: 70
Views: 4532

RE: Prefer Real Boobs Or Fake?

Fakes might look nice to some people (not me), but they're no use for anything else.

Would you buy an astroturf lawn, the patiently mow it and weed it all year?

Would you try browsing a.net on one of the plastic dummy PCs on each desk in an office-furniture showroom?

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by bobrayner
Thu Jan 22, 2004 10:03 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Anyone Took The Trans-Siberian Train To China?
Replies: 16
Views: 2525

RE: Anyone Took The Trans-Siberian Train To China?

Yes - I took the Trans-Manchurian early last year. Meet strange people, eat too much omul, drink too much konyak (hint: it doubles as drain-cleaner), have torturous conversations with people who only share six words of vocabulary with you, get <i>extremely</i> disoriented by the timetable and timezo...

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by bobrayner
Thu Jan 22, 2004 9:26 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Global Solar Power Chain?
Replies: 31
Views: 1240

RE: Global Solar Power Chain?

<i>Wire based power distribution is hampered by resistance. The farther away the power needs to be delivered, The more resistance there is, the more loss there is. That is why power stations are built close to the load. If there was a way to eliminate that resistance/loss, you could build 'super gen...

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by bobrayner
Mon Jan 19, 2004 5:55 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: If Life On Mars-is God In Jeopardy?
Replies: 113
Views: 5018

RE: If Life On Mars-is God In Jeopardy?

<i>No one was around, it's all theory so it's all open for debate. Where is the evidence that dinsosaurs did NOT exist at the same time as man?</i> Because radioisotope dating (which you think is flawed but have yet to explain why) consistently shows that all the dinosaur remains - even the youngest...

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by bobrayner
Mon Jan 19, 2004 5:45 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: London 2012 Olympic Bid
Replies: 28
Views: 2226

RE: London 2012 Olympic Bid

Its got to be London, most of the venues are world famous and prestige.

Perhaps prestigious, but...

Triathlon in the Serpentine?
Archery at Lords?
Beach volleyball on Horseguards?
Is nothing sacred?  Smile

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by bobrayner
Sun Jan 18, 2004 2:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: If Life On Mars-is God In Jeopardy?
Replies: 113
Views: 5018

RE: If Life On Mars-is God In Jeopardy?

<i>The Old Testament (especially the Jewish law) talks about germ prevention, good crop science etc. Also, you are assuming that scientist are correct when they age the Earth (carbon dating is very flawed).</i> Germ prevention and agricultural science would not be unusual subjects in an entirely hum...

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by bobrayner
Sun Jan 18, 2004 1:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Nasa Abandons The Hubble
Replies: 23
Views: 1699

RE: Nasa Abandons The Hubble

The ISS still needs completing so the shuttle must go back up. I seriously don't think the Russians can finish it on their own.

The Russians have provided most of the launches, no?

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by bobrayner
Sat Jan 17, 2004 9:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: To Good To Be True - Anyone Done This....
Replies: 4
Views: 2441

RE: To Good To Be True - Anyone Done This....

Our business plan is so good, you can get stuff free, and earn money at the same time! But first, you have to send us some money...

Hmm.  Big grin

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by bobrayner
Sat Jan 17, 2004 7:25 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Clean Vehicle: It Works!
Replies: 122
Views: 3808

RE: Clean Vehicle: It Works!

They do not seem to get close to the advertised fuel mileage.

In some other parts of the world, fuel consumption figures have to be varified; and exaggerated figures are false advertising.

Does this not apply in North America?

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by bobrayner
Sat Jan 17, 2004 7:13 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Man Gets Nude For TSA Screeners!
Replies: 21
Views: 3823

RE: Man Gets Nude For TSA Screeners!

So is taking a dump, though perhaps that's the second most normal thing in the world. Does your country recognize that as acceptable during security screening?

Shhh! Don't say it too loud. The TSA might make it a requirement.

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by bobrayner
Sat Jan 17, 2004 7:01 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: AOL Or MSN Messenger?
Replies: 20
Views: 2043

RE: AOL Or MSN Messenger?

Another Trillian fan here.
Why have 4 different clients for chatting to 4 different people?

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by bobrayner
Sat Jan 17, 2004 7:00 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Men's Plaid Suits: Will There Be A Comeback?
Replies: 40
Views: 5083

RE: Men's Plaid Suits: Will There Be A Comeback?

We can make a concession for kilts, surely?
Kilts are good.

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by bobrayner
Sat Jan 17, 2004 6:51 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: How Many Here Endulge In Alcohol?
Replies: 47
Views: 2584

RE: How Many Here Endulge In Alcohol?

I don't drink (except in dire emergencies). No big deal!  Smile

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