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    Robert Prior @ 102: When I was a child, it seemed (from watching American movies and TV) that Americans used their middle initials way more than Canadians (and Brits). So a chap who would be Samuel Steele in Canada would...
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    Bellinghman @ 81: It seems to be a particularly US assumption that names are first/middle/last. That may have come from British common practice, but it doesn't half fail to cope with (some?) Hispanic custom. I spy yet another attempt to...
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    Elderly Cynic @ 1182: I don't think the intention is to invade it - just to blockade it and bomb it to perdition, the way that the Saudi/Gulf/USA/UK alliance has done to Yemen. I am not sure how Iran will...
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    Charlie Stross @ 1180: "What Trump wants is a "feel good" pushover war like Reagan's invasion of Grenada." As a certain Tsarist-era Russian foreign minister declared, "what this country needs is a short, victorious war!" — to distract the public...
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    allynh @ 65: My brother and I have both my dad's first and middle name. I am Allyn Edgar, and he is David Evan. My grandfather, my mother and my mother's youngest brother all had the given name "Marion". For...
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    Charlie Stross @ 29: "it was the edition with the funky mirror on the cover" There was no mention of it being part of a series because the second book didn't get commissioned until two years after that edition was...
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    Rocketpjs @ 18: "I imagine using multiple titles might have a number of organizational issues, though. Someone is going to mistakenly buy the same book under both titles thinking that it's two separate books and then get rather annoyed with...
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    Elderly Cynic @ 1169: As I said, there are a lot of very 'senior' people who have already talked in coup terms. What if one of those manages to bullshit Trump into believing that insiders are planning a coup, and...
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    whitroth @ 1166: I really don't understand the paywall complaints about the WaPo. I read any number of stories from them in a month... which I get to from links on google news*. Note that I'm reading in firefox, with...
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    _Moz_ @ 1153: "all the good, easy wars have already been used up" I also disagree that a "good war" is even possible in today's world, except perhaps a war of resistance against US hegemony (or one of its satellites)....
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    Greg Tingey @ 1098: Or more likely - does not care ... at all.Which may be even more worrying. Never say the U.S. military doesn't care. They do; if only because they know they're the ones who are gonna' do...
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    Elderly Cynic @ 1097: Nor do I. It's a common 'defence' by the USA and UK authorities when they were deliberately (sic) over-aggressive or negligent, innocent people get harmed, and there is a serious public or media backlash. It's rare...
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    Heteromeles @ 1077: More to the point, this also sets up a legal strategy for attacking these laws, not just on the grounds that they rob women of power, but that they override the Constitution's requirement to have a single...
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    _Moz_ @ 1069: Aren't there states that prosecute (some) women who have miscarriages for crimes against the person? I'm pretty sure either Illinois or Michigan put a woman on trial for murder when she had a miscarriage after a suicide...
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    Heteromeles @ 1064: inspiration for the day. There's an interesting topic for the SF writers in the crowd: this perspective essay in the WaPo: If a fetus is a person, it should get child support, due process and citizenship. I...
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    Rocketpjs @ 7: Except in rare cases, I tend to avoid books that are clearly titled as the start of a series. Sometimes, such as with the Laundry Files, I start because I like the author and end up carrying...
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    whitroth @ 952: Haven't seen anyone using bricks since the early 80's, at the latest. Use a a couple of 2l plastic bottles, filled with water. There's a thought....
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    David L @ 946: Your statement also assumes such valves are in known locations and easy to get to and will still operate. All situations I've dealt with were things were not as they should have been. There is a...
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    David L @ 933: ... JBS and I have the same issues. Water is billed at such a large rounding number that there are only 2 choices for a bill for most of us. They meter it down to a...
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    Rlloyd27 @ 927: Having dealt with this problem last year you dont need to dig up the pipe to see if there is a leak. I don't need to dig up the pipe to find out if it's leaking. It's...
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    Charlie Stross @ 925: My next project is to dig up the pipe between the water meter and the house & replace it to make sure there's no leakage on my side of the meter. Suggestion? When you're checking for...
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    Greg Tingey @ 923: Our problem is that we have, very slowly, been cleaning up our (allotment) site & these tyres ... appeared.They've been there since fuck knows when ...Now, we want to get rid of them, without screwing the...
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    JamesPadraicR @ 905: That reminds me of Chabadniks on the street corners of Manhattan (and elsewhere I assume—they’re everywhere), looking for any Jewish looking man to accost with “Have you donned tefillin?”, that’s phylacteries for the uninitiated. I was never...
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    Charlie Stross @ 802: "How the hell does one, in an environmentally-friendly manner, dispose of old tyres, that are not off your car, for insatnce?" Requires government regulations, I'm afraid. I'd favour a deposit scheme, like a bottle deposit: a...
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    paws4thot @ 696: That seems like a very different system to what I encountered in the US. Which used a tank that held 3 US gallons. That was a standard from WW2 to the late 60s; before many U.S. locations...
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    Robert Prior @ 687: "The scale of a bushfire is so far outside most people's experience that almost no-one has good intuition about how they work." If you want to play with a simulation, I recommend Smokejumpers: http://microgamedesigngroup.com/SJ.html Old-school boardgame,...
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    _Moz_ @ 652: "It's not entirely clear to me how long a wildfire would last when confronted with serious urban firefighting infrastructure." The scale of a bushfire is so far outside most people's experience that almost no-one has good intuition...
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    Tim H. @ 647: On the "Convertible Smartphone" thing, I wouldn't be surprised if Apple released an iPhone dock that connected to a keyboard, mouse & monitor and behaved in a very Mac-like way when docked. Microsoft had a good...
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    whitroth @ 632: Yeah, well, in the US, we mostly live in metro areas. People who think they're in the 'burbs, but the difference in crossing a street is none. I'm on a street - I just looked up and...
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    Charlie Stross @ 593: "This bit seems like something Elon Musk's proposed "Hyperloop" technology could help with." Nope! Hyperloop is simply far too small for this job. Both in the capacity of the vehicles and the bore of the tunnels:...
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