I'm actually surprised the lower-spec diesel is coming to the US at all. It exists entirely because of that 99g CO2 figure, which drops it into the lower (or even free) tax band in most European countries; or at least it does until various countries start taxing on NOx as well (already being touted in the UK). » 10/01/14 11:21am 52 minutes ago

Bear in mind that the crusaders didn't wear plate (generally), they wore mail hauberks that were easier to remove (and access). Plus, they wouldn't crap on their horses because they a. cost a fortune (as did good saddles) and b. were generally treated better than their men. In reality their armour wasn't that… » 9/30/14 9:17am Yesterday 9:17am

My last job was running the ecommerce business for a Department Store chain. PayPal was nearly 20% of our transactions. Its very popular. Having said that, Apple must be regarded as a major threat, and Visa has (finally) started to get its shit together with v.me (although it still needs work). They're both big… » 9/30/14 8:39am Yesterday 8:39am

While a lot of these look absolutely delicious, I don't think many of these are authentic "steaks as cooked in x country". They don't really eat steak in North Africa for example, and the "London Pub" one is just made up. Personally, I prefer it simple; Bife de Chorizo with a nice chimichurri on the side. » 9/30/14 7:21am Yesterday 7:21am

I think "leave 'em wanting more" is generally a good rule of thumb for any creative endeavour, but marketing always seems to win in the end. However, I don't think every long running franchise has to turn to shit; M*A*S*H was generally good from start to finish, and while often uneven, South Park still manages to put… » 9/30/14 4:17am Yesterday 4:17am

There's a very specific piece of increasing racial polarisation going on in the UK, and its got nothing to do with Afro-Caribbean people. I think automatically flagging "race" into the Doctor-Danny dynamic is much more a reflection of American sensitivities than British ones. As soon as I saw it mentioned in the… » 9/29/14 5:51am Monday 5:51am

Smartphones/Tablets. 7-8 years ago I took a trip around the world. Laptop, guidebooks, phone, reading materials, camera, tickets, all in my backpack. Now I'd just take a phone and it would do a better job, and that's happened in an eyeblink, historically speaking. Hell, I could even dispense with a torch and a shaving… » 9/23/14 7:58am 9/23/14 7:58am

All true, but Catholics were a minority in Scotland, and the Stuarts were terrible; there were very good reasons why one got his head chopped off and another was run out of the country. And make no mistake, despite all the romanticism, Charles Edward Stuart didn't give a shit about Scotland except inasmuch as it gave… » 9/18/14 2:08am 9/18/14 2:08am