Why is everyone so keen to reformat? Put a fresh build on the same disk if you're so determined to spring-clean. You get all the same benefits (some of them rather dubious in my mind), but: 1. No need to back up your old data (although it's good practice to do so); 2. Profiles can be copied across. ...Jump to post
<i>I also wonder about judges. Merv Grazinski of Oklahoma City purchased a brand new 32-foot Winnebago motor home. On his first trip, he set the cruise control at 70 mph and calmly left the driver's seat to go into the back and make himself a cup of coffee. The R.V. left the freeway, crashed and ov...Jump to post
<i>Even Stephen Hawking has had the open mindedness to say that in all probablility there has to be a creator.</i> Surely, he said that the existence of a creator couldn't be disproven? <i>Not the practising Christians. We practise the same Christianity from the same Bible. </i> The same bible has, ...Jump to post
First of all, why do you immediately want to tax the rich simply for the sake of them being rich? As I said earlier, that is Marxism. Nothing more. Nothing less.
Most countries have progressive taxation (or, at least, that's their intention).
Are most countries marxist?
<i>First of all, why do you immediately want to tax the rich simply for the sake of them being rich? As I said earlier, that is Marxism. Nothing more. Nothing less.</i> Marxism is about control of the production (and organisations, machinery &c). To Marx, taxation was a side-issue. It's not marxism....Jump to post
There's already been a long thread on this... <i>Maglev trains are the ultimate green form of transport, assuming the energy isn't produced from fossil fuels. Cutting the travel time from Shanghai airport to downtown from 40 minutes to just 7 is nothing short of spectacular. </i> The main drag on fa...Jump to post
<i>The problem is that the Big Bang doesnt explain everything. They say the origin of the big bang was that speck I spoke of, but, where did the speck come from? That remains unanswered.</i> <i>If God doesnt exist.....where did all this come from. And if God exists...where did he come from.</i> The ...Jump to post
<i>Eh, the french may be anti-US, but they'll sure drink the coffee. I will bet money on it.</i> That's because they're (mostly) rational. How did boycotting Perrier ever advance the political aims of anti-France bigots? <img src="/discussions/graphics/smile.gif" ALT="Smile"> Anyway. Starbucks...Jump to post
<i>oh, and it is r e y, not e r y</i> You <b>really</b> aren't qualified for pedantry. <i>Currently these vehicles make NO benneficial </i>(sic)</i> impact on the environment.</i> In what way is 30% lower fuel consumption not beneficial? <i>your </i>(sic)</i> a simpleton, and that is obvious.</i> <i...Jump to post
<i>If the author is so incompetent, or irrelevant, in terms of military affairs, why is he invited to work for the Army War College? Logically, if he's incompetent and works for the Army War College, it means this institution as a whole is probably incompetent as well. Then, since most army top bras...Jump to post
<i>So, they throw their hands in the air and cry like babies when the U.S. prefers a homegrown supplier but then do the same thing? It will be interesting to see how this all works out.</i> In this case, the <acronym title="Modesto - Modesto City-County / Harry Sham Field (MOD / KMOD), USA - Califor...Jump to post
<i>The simple truth, is that nothing will ever prove nor disprove the existence of God. Nothing. It can't be proven either way.</i> The bible says a few things about god. If those statements are disproven, and if (per your example) god's only role is to push the first actor onto the stage, and then ...Jump to post
<i>Democracy is the process....how hard is this? You guys surely seem to struggle a lot with the concept lately don't you? What is the problem?</i> Yes, I'm really struggling. Bush seems to be, too: <i>It is no accident that the rise of so many democracies took place in a time when the world's most ...Jump to post
Check again, your sources are wrong. The U.S. is a Republic, not a Democracy
This one again? The whole Bush administration regularly refers to it as a democracy, in countless speeches, press releases &c.
What we need is better quality pedantry.
<i>The Bible clearly states He(God) created Man out of the dirt of the "Earth" and Man was created in His(Gods) likeness....it also says that Man was His special creation......</i> And if an ox could paint a picture of his god, it would look like an ox. <i>They can launch 1000 missions to Mars and o...Jump to post
<i>Besides, if other countries want to go that far into space, it seems reason enough to protect ourselves. From what or who does not matter as it is an issue of national security.</i> Yes, it does matter. Missile defence is very difficult, complex, and expensive; you can't protect yourself against ...Jump to post
Criminals being expected to help funding victim support - this is a tax?
Let me guess... if you're fined for drunken / disorderly outside the Golden Lion at midnight, is that a tax on having a good night out? If you're fined for dropping litter in the street, is that a tax on eating snack-food?
<i>Ever heard of something called Copyright infringement?</i> Indeed; as discussed by earlier posts. They might not use the phrase in each other's territories. If they do, neither might have registered it as intellectual property. If one has, maybe they don't care; or maybe they've come to an amicab...Jump to post
<i>Lord Archer was in a low security prison, completly different than the prisons Shipman was in.</i> Indeed. He was considered a much lower risk to the public (or vice versa). Whoever decided that had obviously not read any of his novels. <i>Mass Murderer Found Dead In Cell</i> Maybe he ran out of ...Jump to post
All this from the person who said "Oh man. It is soooooooooooo easy to get under your guy's skin" and "You guys really have an inferiority complex"? Clearly, you are above the debate.
<i>I'm currently reading Lord Jeffery Archer's Prisoner's Diary which he wrote while serving time the last couple of years. Prison in the UK are completely different than what the US conception of prison are.</i> Treat it with caution; Lord Archer is not known for the factual nature of his writing. ...Jump to post
I hired a large-ish <acronym title="MNG Cargo Airlines (Turkey)">MB</acronym> van to move house, and drove it a little too hard when returning it to the rental agency. Wet road, relatively tight left corner as two sliproads merge to form a mini-motorway as part of the Brussels orbital. At about 120k...Jump to post
<i>The crux of the issue is whether GWB came into office ready to invade Iraq and was just searching for a reason. Getting rid of Saddam Hussein was a laudable goal. I still believe that to be the case</i> N79969, I can't keep on agreeing with you. You'll have to say something outrageous. <img...Jump to post
<i>and, trust me, our trains are just as crap north of the border</i> ...despite generous operating subsidies from the centre. I'm curious how Scottish rail services would cope if they got average, or even below-average funding per passenger-km. <i>no say in foreign policy or taxation even though we...Jump to post
<i>Open a book.</i> Who rattled your cage? <i>This isn't a democracy; it's a representative republic</i> A very brief search reveals: Bush: "It is no accident that the rise of so many democracies took place in a time when the world's most influential nation was itself a democracy." Gore: "...the nor...Jump to post
<i>If so, then you are, in so many words, supportive of a Marxist style system-that is the forced redistribution of wealth. In other words, Socialism, and then Communism. Can anyone other than a Campus Radical, or someone who lives on the dole tell me why this would be a good thing? Many de facto Ma...Jump to post
<i>like what is a kilowatt-hour, why can't they call it a kilowatt, or just go make them into joules?</i> It's the amount of electrical energy (not power) equivalent to drawing 1kW for 1 hour. 1 J = 1 watt-second, right? Therefore, 3.6kJ = 1 watt-hour Therefore, 3.6MJ = 1 Kilowatt-hour. It's an odd ...Jump to post
I recently had to drive the current Astra (an overpriced last-minute rental). It got me from A to B to C and back over the course of a weekend, but that's it. Space, trim, fuel consumption, handling - all competent but not certainly not exciting. The switchgear wasn't intuitive (something you'd get ...Jump to post
The benefits of the Euro are mostly at a distance from the spender/voter. It makes cross-border trade easier, improves price transparency, &c... I think that if you could wave a magic wand and change these benefits into cash that people could feel in their pockets, there would be a massive change fr...Jump to post
Currently, competition authorities (on both sides of the Atlantic) are considering it.
<i>Try the Virtual Stock Exchange at http://game.marketwatch.com/Home/default.asp. You set yourself up with some virtual funds, and you can create a simulated portfolio that you can manage on a daily basis, buying and selling, stops and limits, etc. It's a lot of fun, and all the stock prices they u...Jump to post
Yes; arranged through an agency called Taxiway.
[Edited 2004-01-12 00:08:55]
I think there's enough argument on Britain / England / Scotland / Wales / NI. We don't need to add the EU! Save it for another thread
Heck, why not integrate a turbine engine into the car, they'll use the fuel better.
Will it? Speaking very generally, higher compression ratios bring higher thermodynamic efficiency. How can you get higher compression from a turbine engine than from a reciprocating engine?
<i>What is the point of finding lost gold treasures if it ends up dropping the overall value of the gold in the world?</i> What's the point of <b>any</b> industry, given that increasing the availability of a product tends to lower the price of that product? <i>well, do the people who find that stuff...Jump to post
<i>i understand your point, but the TGV is set to arrive in 2012 in Nice</i> It's already there; the problem is, there's no <i>L</i><acronym title="Riga Airlines (Latvia)">GV</acronym> beyond Marseille yet, hence an extra ~2 hours rolling slowly along the coastline. It's a good point that the LGV wo...Jump to post