If some guy wasn't a leeching petty-bourgeois leech type person. But thanks to private ownership of housing Catherine and me will have to find some other place later, another reason to use nationalisation of housing to bring the market down to Earth.
Image from local.live.com who now have really good resolution stuff of Caerleon and Bristol Zoo, I couldn't find Catherine and me walking around in any of the images though. :(
I noticed on the CPGB website they had a little clip from a Radio 4 interview with their national organiser Mark Fischer, who I met a couple of years back, I don't agree with everything he says, I think the Trotskyist remarks are somewhat unfounded. But its good for people wanting to get a overview of some of the insults (and adjectives) that are used on the revolutionary left, people do ask me whats the difference between a Stalinist and a Leninist quite often hopefully this will help answer. Download it here, 5MB.
I know I've posted the banana one up on Portal Forums, but I'd thought I'd cover it again here, as well as a new video. Simply because they're so dumb, you couldn't be any dumber if you tried. This is, frankly, in my opinion the finest work "creation science" has ever done, they moved into "creation comedy" so seamlessly. It is disappointing that some people have taken these seriously and have used them to re-enforce their beliefs, I look forward to a world where people, all people, will be educated and intelligent enough to laugh at how ridiculous these guys are.
There's one small problem with this argument. It assumes that god created the banana in its present form. Guess what? He didn't. We created the banana over the last ten thousand years. God's wild banana looks something like this:
In fact this proves evolution. We changed that thing into the bananas we eat today. Like almost everything else connected with agriculture, we produced the species we have today, crops of all kinds, cows, pigs, you name it we've changed it. We selected which varieties could reproduce and which could not.
The banana and all domesticated species are proof that evolution works.
There's one small problem with this argument too. It assumes the early Earth was a giant peanut butter jar. The early Earth was rich in hydrogen based gases, methane, ammonia, water vapour etc. A peanut butter jar is not the right conditions.
It also confuses evolution with spontaneous generation, nobody is saying you'll magically get something like an insect in there, it took the Earth four billion years to do that. Evolution explains why we have so many different species in the world, and how we get new species, evolution assumes you already have life. It doesn't deal with how life started, that's where abiogenesis comes in, and you don't start out with anything remotely resembling a modern single celled life form, something that took four billion years to evolve.
You start off with methane, hydrogen, ammonia, water vapour etc, a few sparks of lightning and you'll get amino acids, they self-assemble we've watched it happen in only a few hours. Amino acids go on to build proteins, nucleic acids form which can make copies of themselves and so on. Sure there is much more research to do, but all the bits are there and the number of gaps god has to hide in is progressively shrinking.
It shows the intellectual dishonesty of the creationists, they've made these points for decades and no matter how much evidence, no matter how many times they're told that evolution doesn't deal with the origin of life, or how many times they're told that a banana is a domesticated plant they just carry on parroting the same utterly nonsensical arguments because they need to keep the faithful inline.
"Evolution is a fact not a theory, it really happened" - Carl Sagan.
It seems Command & Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars has a major issue with running as a standard user. Symptoms include standard users not being able to run the application, with the system reporting that it does not have permissions.
In my experience this is due to the update application not setting the proper permissions on files after modifying them, it basically removes the users group from the CNC3.exe and other files.
To resolve this issue navigate your way to the Electronic Arts folder. Right click on the Command & Conquer 3 folder and click Properties.
That will open up the Properties window, you'll want to click on the Security tab and then click on the Advanced button.
You'll then need to click on the Edit button near the bottom (you'll notice its got a little shield icon meaning you'll need to elevate at this step), you'll then be presented with this window, which at the bottom has a check box next to 'Replace all existing inheritable permissions on all descendants with inheritable permissions from this object' you'll need to check that box, and then OK your way back out.
It will then go and set the proper permissions on all the objects inside the Command & Conquer 3 folder. That should resolve the issue. However unless EA fix their update application it could well happen again when they next release a patch.
Other than this oversight the application otherwise runs fine as standard user, and installs fine from a standard users' desktop while elevating using UAC. So it is only a relatively minor fix for EA to apply at their end.
Katie Melua in her song Nine Million Bicycles had a bit of bad science in the second verse:
We are 12 billion light-years from the edge,
That's a guess, no one can ever say it's true,
But I know that I will always be with you
Anyway, after a tongue-in-cheek article appeared in the Guardian about this she did another cut with some more accurate lyrics:
We are 13.7 billion light-years from the edge of the observable universe,
That's a good estimate with well-defined error bars,
And with the available information, I predict that I will always be with you
Yes, it runs Windows Vista, including Aero and it features a 7 inch touch screen. The specs are as follows:
VIA CPU (the one we tried had a 1.2GHz chip).
Windows Vista Business Edition.
7-inch sliding, tiling wide-touchscreen.
Tri-band UMTS / HSDPA, quad-band GSM / GPRS / EDGE .
WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0.
Biometric reader, front-facing camera.
Microsoft pushed the development of the Ultra Mobile PC devices over the last couple of years, as a sort of mini-Tablet PC. With a number of manufacturers releasing models. Its definitely good to see more manufacturers join in with such a wide array of devices to try and push the price point down, hopefully to the point at which I can afford one.