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  1. Is there an equivalent offence in the US to our “impersonating a police officer�

    I ask because, as a general rule, I give more credence to a request to a police officer than I do to a request from A.N.Other.

    It seems to me that the parking lot guy, if he was unsure of the details of his legal rights and obligations, was far more likely to incriminate himself than he would otherwise have been due to the apparel of his interrogators.

    F’vo, you make me very sad.

  2. F’vo, quite apart from the points already raised that, I feel, amply demonstrate the flaws in your idea,

    I don’t think that any society can survive if the values it holds are undermined from within. Especially if the undermining process takes the form of an official state policy.

    What? I fear I’ll hear you cry.

    Well some things are so obvious we are wont to overlook them, and I contend that;

    The belief that we are better than murders. Demonstrably so, because we don’t go around chopping bits of people without regard for their wishes simply because we disapprove of their thoughts/actions/looks/what have you,

    Is one of those beliefs we take for granted. I know I do.

    Now were we to start harvesting kidneys and such from lifers we would be eroding the basis of that belief.

    Not only by descending to around their level.

    But, and this is possibly even more corrosive to our sense of wellbeing, by denying them a chance, to donate their organs as an act of recompense, by the refusal of which they do so much to secure us in our sense of superiority.

  3. As a general rule the larger a fan is the more air it will move for a given RPM. So were you to use a 92 mm fan instead of an 80 mm one you should be able to achieve the needed airflow running the fan at a slower speed and therefore lower noise level.

    Note though that the particulars of a fans design can more than outweigh this. So a 92mm fan with an inherently noisy design may well be louder than an inherently quiet 80mm unit, even though the 80mm unit would be spinning faster.

    The 92mm panoflo that spod mentioned is a quiet fan so, were you to get one of them, you’d be getting the benefit of both the larger size and the good design.

    Also, manufacturers dBa ratings should be taken with a healthy pinch of salt.

    Much as with bicycle weights and loudspeaker sensitivities there is a lamentable tendency for manufactures to economise on the truth.

  4. Roadmaps; the rules

    1. If it doesn't say Michellin, Rand McNally(sp?), or Ordinance Survey on the cover its not worth the paper or phospher its diplayed on.

    2. Unless a product is either available to buy or has a release date not further away than one month it does not, to all intents and purposes, exist. (guess who thought they'd have been using a hammer for a while now :( )

  5. when I wake up I'm sure I'll agree woth you.  Until then, so what?

    Bristol Blenheim?

    (that's what the pic says, fool)

    I thought that was a WW2 bomber... :rolleyes:

    Bristol used to make planes (including the Blenheim), when WW2 ended they started on the cars.

  6. Further to what Occupant just said.

    Check out Emy lou Haris and Willie Nelson and too many other people to mention/remember.

    WRT Third Eye Vision,

    Life is a blast when you know what6 you're doing....

    Top notch album, and if you lijke that you really should do yourself the favour of checking out, 93 ‘til infinity & no mans land by souls of mischief, fear itself by casual and whatever it was called by extra prolific.

    Oh yeah, JB live at the Apollo, which volume? And, I've always felt that the interplay between the horns and the piano was the unreasonably good stuff on kind of blue.

    Happy Listening

  7. More or less by definition, the people who frequent this board are going to be fairly aware of what’s going on in computers. But the people who sign the cheques in most major organisations are functionally clueless.

    What relevance does the above have?

    Well, You, me, and googlemeister honold, ;) , all know that at any given time AMD may well have the best CPU for our usage, then again they may not.

    But, often as not, the CWSTC (chap who sings the cheques), knows about Intel and maybe IBM, but that’s about it.

    Now, You may or may not be an AMD fanboy, but even if you’re an Intel stalwart, you have to admit that the existence of AMD has given you lower prices on your P4/Xeon/Itanium(anybody actually bought one of them?). So I reckon its in everyone’s interest that the whole world knows that AND is giving Intel a run for its money, on account of how the longer AMD stay alive, the longer we all enjoy the fruits of a competitive market.

    Which is why I reckon this advert is really good, so long as they put it on TV and in movie theatres.

  8. Things that have been spun in the last couple of days

    Songs in the key of life, stevie wonder

    Sticky fingers, the rolling stones

    Primitive plus, EDAN

    train of thought, Reflection Eternal

    whos next, The Who

    Uncle Jam want's you, Funkadelic

    Art Official Intelligence ptII, De La Soul

    Critical Beatdown, Ultramagnetic MCs

    GP, Gram Parsons

    Bringing it all back home, Dylan

    Desire, Dylan

    Nashville Skyline, Dylan

    Pet sounds, Beach Boys

    Sing of the times, Prince

    The white album, Beatles

    Catch a fire, the wailers

    Best of, Toots and the maytals

    Shades, JJ Cale

    Bad Influence, Robert Cray Band

    and a bunch of twelve’s/singles/stuff I've forgotten

  9. There’re two things that puzzle me.

    1. Is there a reason you can't /won't / don't want to run both an internal and an external CDRW?

    2. Surely, once the Os and firewire burner are installed you'd be able to install any other software from an external burner?

    Because in your situation I'd be inclined to simply add whichever external writer would stretch to the desk.

  10. I almost wrote my usual, overly verbose, wishing it was erudite, reply, but a real conversation intervened.

    What I will offer as a convincing a disproof as any proof so far offered is that despite my repeated, persistent, apparently incorrigible disobedience of scripture I am yet to have a close encounter with a lightning bolt.

    Yadda yadda yadda afterlife, you say. well you can hold your breath if you like( you may even get there sooner) but I won’t.

  11. its improper english to say "in God image he created them."

    very true. ;)

    Seriously though, isn’t this getting just a tad circular?

    Oh well, time for one more spin.

    That the evolution of Homo Sapiens, and the conditions necessary for that evolution, are highly improbable is both true and irrelevant.

    Yes, the odds against are one in an impressively large number, but, given that we are here, the probability that the needed sequence of events happened is one.

  12. I think it depends more on how many drives you want to hook up, and if you anticipate adding more drives in the future.

    Given that current SATA drives offer no performance gain over their PATA equivalents*, and that in future drives will be bigger and faster and cheaper and far more likely to use the SATA interface. I reckon there’s a good argument for keeping the onboard SATA for the drive you’re going to buy six or seven months from now.

    *Because it doesn't have a PATA equivalent the above doesn’t apply to the Raptor.

    to put it another way, imagine that, six or so months from now you want a new HD, and you find that all the best drives use SATA, but all your onboard ports are being used by drives that could just as happily sit on those empty PATA controllers, how pissed would you be then?