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Aj Mathia
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If you had the power to change the world (or anything) in one way, what would it be?

[ EJFH: I would edit all posts on JavaRanch to ensure they used proper spelling, punctuation and grammar.

Wait, I can do that!

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[ May 17, 2005: Message edited by: Ernest Friedman-Hill ]

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Gregg Bolinger
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I'd get rid of MD.


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Max Habibi
town drunk
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Projected Empathy: I'd force any two differing sides of a given issue to feel each other's situation.

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R K Singh
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Will remove "Father's Name" columns from all forms ..


"Thanks to Indian media who has over the period of time swiped out intellectual taste from mass Indian population." - Chetan Parekh
David O'Meara
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Originally posted by Max Habibi:
Projected Empathy: I'd force any two differing sides of a given issue to feel each other's situation.

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Or get them to watch the Hitchhikers movie?
John Dunn
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oh boy...

I'd grant each person the serenity to change what could be changed, and the ability to accept what could not be changed, AND the wisdom to know the difference.


"No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as the dog does."
Dave Lenton
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Joined: Jan 20, 2005
Posts: 1241
I would ban:

* Any mobile phone ring tones involving frogs, tweeting birds or celebrity voices
* Christmas decorations, songs and television adverts before December
* Birthday cards which play musical tunes
* Javascript
* People who don't know what the indicator in their car is for
* McDonalds
* Flash
* Nicotine
* Big Brother
* Spam
* Reality TV
* Capital FM
* Brussel Sprouts
* The Greek noun-case thingy which must have been deliberately and perversely designed to be incomprehensible.
* CD copy protection
* Eggs
* The stupid multiple clip board thing in Win2K
* Wire coat hangers
* Dust
* The 80's
* Tabloids
* Butlins
* "Y'all"
* "Innit"
* Jack Daniels
* London Bridge station
* Shadwell
* Harry Potter
* Mission statements
* Spanish school trips
* Bull bars
* The South Circular
* The Catford Cat
* ITV news
* The moose
* Anyone who pronounces a non-question sentence as a question?
* Anyone who sings on aeroplanes
* Whoever scheduled the road sweeping machine to clean outside my flat in the middle of the night every Friday
* Clippit
* Coronation Street
* Internet Explorer

But I'm not bitter


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Jason Menard
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DL: People who don't know what the indicator in their car is for

Which indicator? Oil Pressure? Battery? Low Fuel? Seatbelt?
Dave Lenton
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Originally posted by Jason Menard:
DL: People who don't know what the indicator in their car is for

Which indicator? Oil Pressure? Battery? Low Fuel? Seatbelt?


Maybe I should add to my list smarty-pants pedants

Basically I meant the directional indicators, which some drivers sometimes deign to use to give other people a slight idea of the direction that they are about to turn in. What really winds me up is the number of drivers who assume that indicating is only used to inform other drivers of an imminent turn, and the pedestrians are low-life scum who don't need warning. Grrrrrr
Warren Dew
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I'd get rid of web board moderation.

And require everyone to be a smarty-ass pedant.
Jim Yingst
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See from a US perspective, "which indicator?" isn't a smarty-pants question. What you call directional indicators, we call signals. So when you say indicator, there's no one type of indicator which would be obvious.

Of course, Jason lived in the UK for a few years I believe, so yes he probably was being a smarty-pants. But he also knew it looked like a perfectly reasonable question to an American.


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Jim Yingst
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If everyone were a smarty-ass pedant, and that was the worst thing you could say about them, then there'd be no need for web board moderation.
Jason Menard
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Originally posted by Jim Yingst:
If everyone were a smarty-ass pedant...


Smarty-ass Pedant... Yep, that's me.

Jason Menard
bartender and smarty-ass pedant
Member # 5255
Peter Rooke
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I'd get rid of the BBC license fee (or tax). I'm not saying get rid of the Beep itself.

Also - Bull Bars on town/city vechiles.


Regards Pete
Dave Lenton
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Originally posted by Jim Yingst:
See from a US perspective, "which indicator?" isn't a smarty-pants question. What you call directional indicators, we call signals. So when you say indicator, there's no one type of indicator which would be obvious.

Of course, Jason lived in the UK for a few years I believe, so yes he probably was being a smarty-pants. But he also knew it looked like a perfectly reasonable question to an American.


About half an hour after I made my post, I suddenly realised that the word "indicator" may not be used in the same way on the other side of the pond. Woops. Jason: please except my most humble of apologies.

I should have accounted for the fact that America hasn't quite got the knack of the English language yet

Of course you probably say the same about us Brits.......
[ May 19, 2005: Message edited by: Dave Lenton ]
Dave Lenton
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Originally posted by Peter Rooke:
I'd get rid of the BBC license fee (or tax). I'm not saying get rid of the Beep itself.

What?! The license fee is probably the only thing stopping us from being limited to Daily Mail like ITV rubbish, or having to watch Rupert Murdoch's latest offering.

The idea of a TV channel which doesn't have to pander to its commercial sponsors is fantastic. I agree that the method of payment should perhaps be slightly different (I'd prefer to see it come straight from taxation rather than from a flat license fee), but the advantages of a advert-free channel are huge.

Channels like ITV, who rely on sponsorship and adverts, have to produce programmes which people will want to advertise in. The BBC, on the other hand, can provide the kind of educational programmes which, while not trendy enough for advertisers, are useful and informative.

An independent channel would also be less likely to become swayed by the political opinions of its advertisers.

Finally, isn't it great to be able to watch a film, or sporting event, without there being adverts every five minutes?

Also - Bull Bars on town/city vechiles.


Now this I agree with. Why do you need bull bars while driving around Chelsea? Its not like you're going to run into a pack of stampeding rhinos, or plunge through wild undergrowth. The only reason people want bull bars is to try and make them look adventurous, and the only real effect is to make their car many times more dangerous if it hits a pedestrian. Pure stupidity.

Maybe people with bull bars could be taxed to fund the beeb......
 
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