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England considers cricket ball ‘offensive weapon’

Posted on December 9th, 2006 at 23:03 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ, News


England now considers a cricket ball to be an offensive weapon.

An English cricket fan learnt this to his misfortune when he was stopped and questioned by police in London for carrying a cricket ball in public late last month.

Accountant Chris Hurd, 28, was on his way to work during the first Ashes Test and was planning to join friends that night to watch the cricket at the pub.

After working on his bowling technique in the morning, Hurd was carrying the ball in his hand at Baker Street Underground station when he was taken aside by a police officer.

According to Hurd, the female officer questioned him for 10 minutes about why he was carrying a potentially lethal weapon.

“I told her I was only carrying (it) because the Ashes were about to start and I was very excited,” Hurd said.

“She was completely humourless and showed no understanding of my excitement.

“When she let me go and gave my ball back, she said she was being extremely lenient with me.

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‘In juni een miljoen Zunes over de toonbank’

Posted on December 9th, 2006 at 21:12 by John Sinteur in category: Microsoft


Microsoft zegt een gat te zien tussen het aantal verkochte Zunes en het aantal dat geactiveerd is. Reindorp denkt dat er deze kerst veel Zunes onder de kerstboom zullen liggen.

Wacheffe, een Zune moet je activeren? Moet ik binnenkort ook m’n nieuwe fiets activeren voordat ik er op mag rijden?

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KLM start Bluecast-proef op Schiphol

Posted on December 9th, 2006 at 21:07 by John Sinteur in category: Nederland is Gek!


Reizigers die Bluetooth hebben geactiveerd en in het bereik zijn krijgen eenmalig een boodschap binnen op de mobiele telefoon, zo schrijft De Telegraaf. De dienst is door Lost Boys ontwikkeld.

Momenteel wordt er een bericht verzonden dat reizigers aanmoedigt via internet in te checken om zo lange wachtrijen te voorkomen. “Dat lijkt niet erg zinvol omdat de passagiers zich al op Schiphol bevinden”, zo schrijft de krant. Een woordvoerder stelt dat het momenteel niet om de inhoud gaat, maar om ervaring op te doen met de techniek.

Ongevraagde electronische berichten die verder geen enkel nut hebben… hmmm… hadden we in de e-mail wereld daar niet een woord voor?

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Posted on December 9th, 2006 at 14:42 by John Sinteur in category: personal

I just received the damage assessment. Damage is at least € 5500, which is quite a bit more than the car is worth. Also, the garage told me that mechanically it’s unwise to repair the car..

I guess I’ll have to start looking for a replacement..

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Young ‘turning to cheaper heroin’

Posted on December 9th, 2006 at 14:15 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ, News


Teenagers in Swansea say they are smoking heroin because cannabis is almost impossible to buy.

Yeah, that drug war is really going well over there…

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Twenty years of police work down the toilet

Posted on December 9th, 2006 at 14:02 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ


Police officers in the small town of Hagfors in western Sweden have finally made it through their massive stock of toilet paper, twenty years after a shock delivery first took over the local station.

“There were times when we weren’t sure we’d make it,” said station chief Björn Fredlund.

One March day in 1986 a juggernaut came rolling into town, full to the brim with paper products and plastic bags for the local police station.

Somebody had messed up the invoice and ticked off the box for pallets instead of packets of toilet paper, paper towels, kitchen paper and plastic rubbish bags.

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Illegal immigrants $18 bln boost to Texas

Posted on December 9th, 2006 at 13:58 by John Sinteur in category: News


The Texan economy would have been almost $18 billion poorer in the last fiscal year without illegal immigrants who added to state coffers but were a drain on local government, says a report by the state comptroller.

The report — billed as the first detailed look by a state at the impact of undocumented immigrants on its budget — is likely to stir further debate on the emotional issue of illegal immigration in the United States.


“The absence of the estimated 1.4 million undocumented immigrants in Texas in fiscal 2005 would have been a loss to our gross state product of $17.7 billion,” said Texas Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn.

The report says that would be a loss of 2.1 percent to the state’s gross domestic product, which is the broadest measure of all goods and services produced in the state.

“Undocumented immigrants produced $1.58 billion in state revenues, which exceeded the $1.16 billion in state services they received. However, local governments bore the burden of $1.44 billion in uncompensated health care costs and local law enforcement costs not paid for by the state,” Strayhorn added.

The net increase to state revenues came from payments such as sales taxes and user fees.

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  1. What people miss is that when (please God no) they are granted amnesty (ignoring the flood of new ones we’ll get) is that they’ll be given citizenship rights. This amnesty is supposed to be followed shortly by more increased minimum wage laws. As soon as those now-documented, until-recently-illegal immigrants are eligible for these increased mandatory wages, there will be no gain whatsoever. They will continue to come here, refusing to assimilate in the semblance of culture that exists here, bringing in their third-world mentality and demanding that we all learn Spanish. Keep them out.

`Truthiness’ Is Named Word of the Year

Posted on December 9th, 2006 at 13:35 by John Sinteur in category: News


After 12 months of naked partisanship on Capitol Hill, on cable TV and in the blogosphere, the word of the year for 2006 is … “truthiness.”

The word — if one can call it that — best summed up 2006, according to an online survey by dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster.

“Truthiness” was credited to Comedy Central satirist Stephen Colbert, who defined it as “truth that comes from the gut, not books.”

“We’re at a point where what constitutes truth is a question on a lot of people’s minds, and truth has become up for grabs,” said Merriam-Webster president John Morse. “`Truthiness’ is a playful way for us to think about a very important issue.”

Other Top 10 finishers included “war,””insurgent,””sectarian” and “corruption.” But “truthiness” won 5-to-1, Morse said.

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Evil-minded parishioners making life hell for clergy

Posted on December 9th, 2006 at 13:06 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


Churches in Britain are a “toxic cocktail? of bullying and terror, as parish priests struggle to lead congregations dominated by neurotic worshippers who spread havoc with gossip and manipulation.

The “dark side? of parish life is detailed in a report published by the Church of England, which describes how peace and love are in desperately short supply in the pews of churches this Christmas.


It is worse in the suburbs, where Christians can choose between a variety of “gathered? churches, all offering different styles, from tambourines to High Mass with incense. Here, troublemakers indulge in “church hopping?, moving on to the next church once they have had enough of the one they are in.

Dr Savage says that these people suffer from neurotic personality disorders bordering on the psychotic.

But even where a church has none of these in its congregation, other problems arise.

One difficulty is how to motivate the “settled blancmange? of the softly acquiescent majority, described by Dr Savage as “social loafers?. “Bums on pews are often just that,? she reports.

Dr Savage says one of the problems is that churches are hierarchical systems, with all the attendant echoes of feudal society. Thus they elicit bad behaviour such as status seeking, fawning, bullying, passivity, blaming others and gossiping.

Clergy soften the impact of this, while at the same time preserving it, by being “nice?, she says. “The norm of Christian niceness is ubiquitous, despite the portrait the Gospels paint of Jesus as an assertive, sometimes acerbic personality who readily confronted people in order to pursue their spiritual welfare.?

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Posted on December 9th, 2006 at 12:50 by John Sinteur in category: personal

Here’s the back-side of my car:


And from the bottom:


Inside the trunk:


The front is also slightly damaged, but nothing spectacular enough for a picture here…

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Firefox use continues to rise in Europe

Posted on December 9th, 2006 at 9:10 by John Sinteur in category: Free Software, News


ACCORDING TO research carried out by French firm Xiti Monitor, use of the Firefox browser continues to grow in Europe.

Since April this year, the geeky alternative to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer gained an extra four percent of the market across the continent.

According to Xiti’s research, the browser is now used by some 23.2 per cent of European PC web surfers – up from 19.4% in April.

There is quite some variation within the continent, however.


Use of Firefox generally goes up at the weekend in Europe, suggesting that people have the browser on their home PCs and may get what they’re given at work.


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  1. What’s so backwards about The Netherlands that we’re almost at the bottom of the list…???

  2. Try the Microsoft (R) Firefox 2007 Professional Edition, available here: http://www.msfirefox.com/microsoft-firefox/index.html