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The Famous Druid

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Icon 1 posted May 03, 2006 14:43      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
There was a cave-in at a gold mine here in oz last week, and against all the odds, 2 miners have been found alive. Although there's still 12 metres of rock between the trapped miners and the rescuers, they're able to pass small items to them through a narrow tube.

So far, the items have included food, drink, warm clothes, and an iPod to help the men while away those long hours underground. (CNN version here)

Nice geeky touch, I thought.

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Icon 1 posted May 03, 2006 15:54      Profile for Mochan     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
That's really funky, but the iPod will run out of batteries in like 5 hours.
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I can run my mini for almost 12 hours.


Besides, they could just pass it back up to be charged.

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Icon 1 posted May 04, 2006 07:19      Profile for drunkennewfiemidget     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Rescue guy: "Alright, we've got the tools we need to get you out."
Miner: "No, I'm good. Just send down a charged battery, and someone get me a cheeseburger."

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Icon 1 posted May 04, 2006 16:45      Profile for stringlion     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Rescue guy: "Alright, we've got the tools we need to get you out."
Miner: "No, I'm good. Just send down a charged battery, and someone get me a cheeseburger."

yeah External Batery And A Copy Of The Wall Street Journal.
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Nah... by that point I'd be wanting toilet paper.

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Icon 1 posted May 04, 2006 19:33      Profile for GMx     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Rhonwyyn:
Nah... by that point I'd be wanting toilet paper.

The Wall Street Journal is pretty close. [Big Grin]
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quote:
Originally posted by GMx:
quote:
Originally posted by Rhonwyyn:
Nah... by that point I'd be wanting toilet paper.

The Wall Street Journal is pretty close. [Big Grin]
Touché! [Roll Eyes]

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Icon 1 posted May 04, 2006 21:10      Profile for dragonman97   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
/me grumbles at that statement. I rather like the Journal (WSJ). Yes, I'm aware of its political leanings, but that's not what I read it for...I'm interested in the business/tech news in it. For regular news, I'll take the Times (NYT). [Smile]

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quote:
Originally posted by dragonman97:
I rather like the Journal (WSJ). Yes, I'm aware of its political leanings, but that's not what I read it for...I'm interested in the business/tech news in it.

I have to agree. The articles generally have a pretty high signal to noise ratio. I actually find it less politically leaning in any direction than most papers. Of course I don't actually read daily newsprint based news sources any more though...

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quote:
Originally posted by Geordie:
quote:
Originally posted by dragonman97:
I rather like the Journal (WSJ). Yes, I'm aware of its political leanings, but that's not what I read it for...I'm interested in the business/tech news in it.

I have to agree. The articles generally have a pretty high signal to noise ratio. I actually find it less politically leaning in any direction than most papers. Of course I don't actually read daily newsprint based news sources any more though...
I would agree about the leanings...but some people I talk to scoff at it and go at me with "How can you read that Republican rag?"

So...consider my previous post a bit of a disclaimer. :shrugs:

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Free at last, free at last, thank Bob almighty they are free at last !

After 14 days trapped in a tiny cage in a collapsed mine, the 2 aussie miners are free (and they get to keep their iPods).

/me does the happy-dance.

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This is good news indeed. [Big Grin]

Nobody should have to go through sh*t like that in this day & age.

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Well hooray to that

Mining has always been a tough and dangerous job, but in today's world at least you can have cheeseburgers and iPods while you sit in the cramped cold wet collapsed mine hoping to be rescued...

Seriously though - great news... especially for them!

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I still like the fark.com headline for this story some time ago.

"Trapped miners sent cheeseburgers, magazines, iPods, and RIAA subpoenas via small tube while awaiting rescue."

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