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

Postby sardia » Tue Dec 18, 2018 11:27 pm UTC

Soupspoon wrote:NASA roboticists, eh. They all seem to have creative itches to scratch.

His videos ends with the last thief admiring the device, and promptly selling the 4 (admittedly cheap) phones inside.

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

Postby Soupspoon » Thu Jan 03, 2019 8:26 pm UTC

Apparently Just-Eat/UberEats/Deliveroo is contracted to provide passage across the English Channel. (Which one is it with the flying-mopeds ad on telly, ATM?)

*facepalm*

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

Postby CorruptUser » Thu Jan 03, 2019 8:38 pm UTC

In fairness, no one reads the EULA. No one.

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

Postby Soupspoon » Thu Jan 03, 2019 8:40 pm UTC

CorruptUser wrote:In fairness, no one reads the EULA. No one.

Or, as it may shortly have to be, the LA.

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

Postby Coyne » Fri Jan 04, 2019 3:30 am UTC

CorruptUser wrote:In fairness, no one reads the EULA. No one.

Life is too short to read most EULA's.

(No, I didn't leave out any words.)
In all fairness...

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

Postby CorruptUser » Fri Jan 04, 2019 6:02 am UTC

Are you a bunch of Social Justice Warrior snowflakes? Come join the army!

British recruitment is weird. They want compassion now. And the day I finally get around to watching apocalypse now, no less...

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

Postby Mutex » Fri Jan 04, 2019 9:39 am UTC

I guess compassion is required when the army have to interact with the locals in, say, a foreign country where they're deployed such as Afghanistan or Iraq. I think they're saying they need a huge range of skills and attributes. They also seem to be pushing the idea that seemingly negative attributes like being a phone zombie can actually be useful ones in certain roles in the army. Although that's a bad example, I don't think people who are on their phones all the time necessarily have focus, probably the exact opposite.

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

Postby pkcommando » Fri Jan 04, 2019 1:14 pm UTC

Soupspoon wrote:Apparently Just-Eat/UberEats/Deliveroo is contracted to provide passage across the English Channel. (Which one is it with the flying-mopeds ad on telly, ATM?)

*facepalm*

From article:
On Wednesday, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said the government had "looked very carefully" at the business.

I picture a group of middle-aged guys in suits, standing on a sidewalk, staring at a building for several minutes.

"...Well... it's a business alright."
"Yes, I'm quite satisfied it does exist."
*Various harrumphs of agreement.*

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

Postby SDK » Fri Jan 04, 2019 3:02 pm UTC

Mutex wrote:Although that's a bad example, I don't think people who are on their phones all the time necessarily have focus, probably the exact opposite.

I don't know if that matters. All that matters is they think they have focus, leading them to think they might be good for the army, leading to more potential recruits (which is the goal of these posters).
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Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Postby ObsessoMom » Fri Jan 04, 2019 3:39 pm UTC

CorruptUser wrote:Are you a bunch of Social Justice Warrior snowflakes? Come join the army!


FPS EXPERT?
YOUR ARMY NEEDS
YOU
AND YOUR FEARLESSNESS

WANKER?
YOUR ARMY NEEDS
YOU
AND YOUR PERSISTENCE

TROLL?
YOUR ARMY NEEDS
YOU
AND YOUR MOTIVATIONAL SKILLS

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

Postby CorruptUser » Fri Jan 04, 2019 3:54 pm UTC

I feel like this one from Oglaf (one of the few SFW) is relevant...
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Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Postby ObsessoMom » Sun Jan 06, 2019 6:07 pm UTC

You know what they say about old age and treachery beating youth and skill?

Cyclist, 90, stripped of world record after failing drugs test

Spoiler:
Okay, to be fair, he may have eaten contaminated food. And the world record was just in his age group. But hey, a joke's a joke.

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Postby idonno » Mon Jan 07, 2019 3:58 am UTC

The anti-doping rule violation was “more likely than not” to have been caused by the consumption of a contaminated piece of meat the night before the race, according to Usada. A test undertaken the day before had returned a negative result.


Isn't epitrenbolone just used to promote muscle growth? If he didn't test positive for it the day before, I don't think that would have helped his performance. It seems pretty unfair to take away his record for something that didn't help him and probably wasn't his fault.

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Postby elasto » Mon Jan 07, 2019 7:53 am UTC

The problem with that logic in general is that some prohibited but non-enhancing drugs can be used to mask the presence of others that are enhancing.

And the problem with ignoring accidental contamination is that athletes could deliberately obtain contaminated products and dose alongside them, knowing they have a ready-made excuse if caught.

(The crazier one really is when an athlete gets disqualified for taking a recreational drug that could only have retarded their performance...)

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

Postby SuicideJunkie » Mon Jan 07, 2019 4:40 pm UTC

SDK wrote:
Mutex wrote:Although that's a bad example, I don't think people who are on their phones all the time necessarily have focus, probably the exact opposite.

I don't know if that matters. All that matters is they think they have focus, leading them to think they might be good for the army, leading to more potential recruits (which is the goal of these posters).
The control panel's slider goes Focus <==> Situational Awareness, and the most elite of the focused people walk into street lights.


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

Postby Soupspoon » Mon Jan 14, 2019 5:55 pm UTC

Someone now ought to post a picture of a chicken, to establish the true ranking.

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Postby pkcommando » Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:17 pm UTC

There's also merch now.

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

Postby dubsola » Thu Jan 17, 2019 2:49 am UTC

Fuck the egg. They should have done it with the big cow.

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

Postby addams » Thu Jan 17, 2019 3:01 am UTC

dubsola wrote:Fuck the egg. They should have done it with the big cow.
Nah...
The egg has elegant simplicity.
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Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Postby pkcommando » Thu Jan 17, 2019 11:48 am UTC

addams wrote:
dubsola wrote:Fuck the egg. They should have done it with the big cow.
Nah...
The egg has eleggant simplicity.

FTFY


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Postby Zohar » Wed Jan 23, 2019 3:01 pm UTC


That's wonderful.
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Postby addams » Wed Jan 23, 2019 5:34 pm UTC

Zohar wrote:

That's wonderful.
Yes.
A beautiful way to display frustration.
And; A way to donate to others.

The woman gets a Big Juicy Hug!
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Postby Angua » Wed Jan 23, 2019 6:28 pm UTC

Crabtree's bludgeon: “no set of mutually inconsistent observations can exist for which some human intellect cannot conceive a coherent explanation, however complicated”
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Postby Angua » Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:31 pm UTC

Double post for amusing typo.

This bill simply put it is about safe schools and protecting vulnerable children we are currently in the midst of a totally preventable musicals outbreak which illustrates the importance and timeliness of this bill over the last ten years Washington has had three large measles outbreaks and one of which included the death of an immunocompromised person exposed to measles in a clinic waiting room.
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Postby Soupspoon » Sun Feb 10, 2019 1:11 am UTC

Some people just make a great song and dance about such things...

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Postby addams » Sun Feb 10, 2019 1:42 am UTC

Soupspoon wrote:Some people just make a great song and dance about such things...
Yey!
You found it!
Spoiler:
I knew there was something to say...
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Postby ObsessoMom » Sun Feb 10, 2019 2:24 pm UTC

Angua wrote:Double post for amusing typo.

This bill simply put it is about safe schools and protecting vulnerable children we are currently in the midst of a totally preventable musicals outbreak


We should be concerned about children's exposure to gratuitous sax and violins on t.v.

Spoiler:
From the Centers for Disease Control:

One dose of MMR vaccine is approximately 93% effective at preventing measles; two doses are approximately 97% effective. Almost everyone who does not respond to the measles component of the first dose of MMR vaccine at age 12 months or older will respond to the second dose. Therefore, the second dose of MMR is administered to address primary vaccine failure.
https://www.cdc.gov/measles/hcp/index.html#immunity


My daughter was hospitalized at 15 months for something weird that a large team of doctors couldn't identify. They could neither confirm or deny that this life-threatening fever was related to her first MMR dose, received shortly before all the medical excitement began. So years later, when it was time for her second MMR dose, they gave her a blood test to see if the first dose had already given her immunity. The blood test showed that my kid was in the 93% who don't need the second MMR dose. Woohoo!

So laboratory evidence of immunity is sometimes an acceptable substitute for following the full vaccination schedule.

In contrast, my niece's vaccines are all up to date, but she is in that 3% of people who don't respond even after two doses of MMR. She has since received several additional MMR doses, but blood tests still show that she hasn't developed any antibodies for measles, mumps, or rubella. So if she gets measles, it won't have been preventable in her case, except in the sense that her exposure to measles would have been reduced if fewer people were carriers.

One of the anti-vaxxers' most vociferous objections is that the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccines are delivered together, and that delivering so many different antigens at the same time might overwhelm young children's immune systems. Since education efforts have clearly failed to reassure worried parents, the CDC should give parents the option of spacing out the injections. Surely that would be better than the current "Nope, it's gotta be all-or-nothing" approach, in which too many parents are choosing nothing.

The CDC wrote:Single-antigen measles vaccine is not available.

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Postby CorruptUser » Sun Feb 10, 2019 3:33 pm UTC

ObsessoMom wrote:
One of the anti-vaxxers' most vociferous objections is that the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccines are delivered together, and that delivering so many different antigens at the same time might overwhelm young children's immune systems.


Gee, it wouldnt have anything to do with Andy Wakefield owning a patent for a vaccine that is worthless as long as the MMR vaccine exists, would it?

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Postby sardia » Sun Feb 10, 2019 4:16 pm UTC

CorruptUser wrote:
ObsessoMom wrote:
One of the anti-vaxxers' most vociferous objections is that the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccines are delivered together, and that delivering so many different antigens at the same time might overwhelm young children's immune systems.


Gee, it wouldnt have anything to do with Andy Wakefield owning a patent for a vaccine that is worthless as long as the MMR vaccine exists, would it?

The antivaxxer owns a patent for a vaccine?

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

Postby Angua » Sun Feb 10, 2019 4:20 pm UTC

Crabtree's bludgeon: “no set of mutually inconsistent observations can exist for which some human intellect cannot conceive a coherent explanation, however complicated”
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Postby ObsessoMom » Sun Feb 10, 2019 8:03 pm UTC

Spoilered for lack of humor:
Spoiler:
I still don't think that parents who are not persuaded by scientific evidence will someday miraculously be persuaded by scientific evidence.

Aren't there other ways to undermine the greedy, psychopathic Dr. Wakefield's ability to profit from his lies, while still recognizing that some of his lies can't be eradicated forever? (The answer might be no. I realize that the reason he's been able to spread his lies so effectively is that he's really, really good at PR, and could easily re-direct that PR expertise to spreading new lies. I'm just being rhetorical.)

He may hold one patent on one single-antigen measles vaccine, but I have to think there must be other ways of making single-antigen measles vaccines.
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Postby Coyne » Mon Feb 11, 2019 1:28 am UTC

What gets me about about, is the certainty of conspiracy. A thousand scientists say this, one scientist says that, SO, obviously it's a conspiracy to hide the truth in which the thousand scientists are in evil cahoots for profit, and the lone scientist is a paragon of heroism beset by false accusations.
In all fairness...

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

Postby addams » Mon Feb 11, 2019 1:50 am UTC

ech...
We all remember learning about the history of Germ Theory.
That was an example of the experts being Wrong.

To be fair, the Real experts were the Mid-Wives.
The ones put to death for knowing about cleanliness and contraception.
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Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Postby CorruptUser » Mon Feb 11, 2019 1:51 am UTC

addams wrote:ech...
We all remember learning about the history of Germ Theory.
That was an example of the experts being Wrong.


Oh please don't tell me you are going to do that "well the experts have been wrong before" tripe.

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

Postby addams » Mon Feb 11, 2019 1:55 am UTC

Experts HAVE been Wrong.
That's why we have open peer review.

And; We Need higher journalistic standards.
How you get there from here is beyond me.
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Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Postby ObsessoMom » Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:58 am UTC

Spoilered for lack of humor:
Spoiler:
I found this poignant:
Defying Parents, a Teen Decides to Get Vaccinated

At a time of widespread measles outbreaks in the Pacific Northwest, causing Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee to declare a state of emergency, more minors are raising questions about whether they can provide their own consent to get vaccines.

The article mentions one 18-year-old's experience.


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