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2019年06月25日 11:33:41来源:快问养生

A law banning women from wearing trousers in Paris may finally be lifted more than two centuries after first being enforced。  The curious rule was first introduced in late 1799 by Paris' police chief, and stipulated than any Parisienne wishing to "dress like a man" must seek special permission from the city's main police station。  But a group of ten French MPs has now submitted a draft bill to parliament to remove the law, which has survived repeated attempts to repeal it。  The latest attempt to remove the outmoded rule was in 2003, when a Right-wing MP from President Nicolas Sarkozy's UMP party wrote to the minister in charge of gender equality. The minister's response was: "Disuse is sometimes more efficient than (state) intervention in adapting the law to changing morays." /201005/103239。

  • The growing popularity of electronic books could offer hope for newspapersTHINGS are suddenly hotting up in the rather obscure field of electronic books and their associated ing devices, the best known of which is Amazon’s Kindle. A new, sleeker version of the Kindle was unveiled on February 9th. Just days earlier, Google said it was making 1.5m free e-books available in a format suitable for smart-phones, such as Apple’s iPhone and handsets powered by Google’s Android software. Amazon said it was working to make e-books available on smart-phones as well as the Kindle. Plastic Logic, the maker of a forthcoming e-er device, said it had struck distribution deals with several magazines and newspapers. The iPhone, meanwhile, has quietly become the most widely used e-book er: more people have downloaded e-book software (such as Stanza, eReader and Classics) for iPhones than have bought Kindles. Might e-books be approaching the moment of take-off, akin to Apple’s launch of the iTunes store in 2003, which created a new market for legal music downloads?The analogy is informative, and not just because the Kindle is often described as “the iPod of books”. Before Apple moved into music downloads, consumers faced a bewildering array of incompatible and incomplete services, none of which had critical mass, thanks in part to the record companies’ inability to agree on a common format. Apple, not being a record company, was able to broker an agreement and define a standard. At first, there was widesp scepticism that anyone would pay for music downloads, given rampant piracy of music on the internet. But being able to find music quickly and easily, rather than fiddling around with file-sharing software, proved far more popular than expected, and iTunes took off. That has not stopped piracy, and download revenues have not been anywhere near enough to compensate for falling CD sales. But iTunes provided a new model for a troubled industry.Book publishers are in better shape than record labels. Far from harming sales, the Kindle and the iPhone seem to offer incremental revenue, by making it easier for avid ers to buy more titles. Yet if e-ers do take off, the real beneficiaries could be the ailing newspaper and magazine publishers.The print media are in an awful state—and not just because advertising revenue always dives in recessions. Thanks to the rise of the internet, much of their business, notably classified ads, is migrating rapidly to the web. Meanwhile, most have failed to find a decent online business model. Giving news away on the internet, as most newspapers do, and selling online advertising alongside it, is not sustainable because the ad rates are so much lower online. Attempts to charge subscription fees or set up “micropayment” schemes have failed. But consumers treat phones (and Kindles) differently from PCs. People pay for text messages, even though e-mail is free. Apple has sold millions of iPhone applications through the iTunes store. Several newspapers and magazines are aly available, by subscription, to Kindle users. As with iTunes, people are happy to pay once it is made easy.So it is not unreasonable to suppose that someone could step in, as Apple did with music, and introduce a comprehensive and easy-to-use shopfront, through which books, newspapers and magazines could be supplied to paying customers. The convenience of having content delivered to devices automatically overnight, and being able to flick quickly between stories at the breakfast table, when underground or on an aeroplane, might be something that people will pay for. If this approach took off, newspapers would no longer depend on advertisers and could wind down their paper editions. (They could also quietly scale back their free websites.)How Apple could kill the KindleAmazon clearly has designs on this market with the Kindle, even though it is primarily intended for ing e-books. But Apple is arguably in a much stronger position. There are aly millions of iPhones and touch-screen iPods in circulation, and the company has long been rumoured to be working on a larger “tablet” device. Selling e-books and newspapers via iTunes, which aly has millions of paying customers, would be simple. True, Steve Jobs, Apple’s mercurial boss, has expressed scepticism about e-ers, claiming that “people don’t any more”. But Mr Jobs has a record of insisting that Apple is not interested in making a particular product (a iPod, a mobile phone)—right up until the moment when he unveils one. Might e-books soon be the next example? /200902/62996。
  • Owl The owl has a weird hooting or screeching call that sounds very ghostly in the silent night. So some people associated it with death. In the Middle Ages some people called the owl "night hag"; it was said to be a witch in the form of a bird. The owl is still associated with witches in the symbolism of Halloween.猫头鹰 在寂静的夜里,猫头鹰古怪的叫声令人毛骨悚然。所以人们将它与死亡联系在一起。中世纪,人们称之为“夜之巫”,据说是女巫变的。直到今天,猫头鹰仍在万圣节前夜众多妖魔鬼怪之列。【题外话】有人说在西方猫头鹰是智慧的象征,此话不假,因为它是智慧女神雅典娜的圣鸟。但在西欧民间,雅典娜属外来文化。猫头鹰不吉利,中西民间看法大致相同。 /200906/73869。
  • A Japanese company and an American company had a boat race, the Japanese won by a mile. The Americans hired analysts to figure out what went wrong. They reported that the Japanese had one person managing and seven rowing, while the Americans had seven managing and only one rowing. The American company immediately restructured its team. Now they had one senior manager, six management consultants and one rower.  In the rematch the Japanese won by two miles. So the American company fired the rower. 一家日本公司和一家美国公司进行了一场划船比赛。日本队赢了一英里。美国人便请来了分析家探讨问题出在哪里。他们的报告说日本队有一人掌舵七人划桨,而美国队是七人掌舵一人划桨。美国公司立刻对队伍进行了重组。这次他们有一个高级舵手、六个舵手顾问、一个划桨员。  在第二次比赛中,日本队赢了两英里。因此,美国公司解雇了划桨员。 /201108/147329。
  • A swine flu soft toy has gone on sale on the internet--to help educate and reassure children about the potentially deadly virus.近日,一款貌似猪流感病毒的布绒玩具在网上出售,其目的是用这一具有潜在致命性的病毒对儿童进行教育和抚慰。The stuffed toy has been designed to represent a "cuddlier" version of an H1N1 microbe, complete with a pig-like nose and eyes.这款毛绒玩具根据H1N1病菌的模样设计,但它十分可爱,有着猪一样的鼻子和眼睛,让人一看就想摸。The 7inch novelty is the latest creation of US-based doll company GIANTmicrobes, which specialises in producing huggable viruses and pests.“猪流感”玩具身长7英寸,是总部位于美国的“巨型微生物”玩具公司生产的一款最新产品,该公司主要生产以病毒和害虫为原型的可爱毛绒玩具。 /200909/83228。
  • That being kind is more important than being right.善良比真理更重要。 /201109/154083。
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