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  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    I am quietly happy to see the newly added seagull avatar/icon :-)...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    "Far too much of Britain loves signs. They are everywhere, they are often huge, and they are very often trivial, down to the "this is a sign" level. And they set seed; where there is a large sign, there is...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    "...NZ tried the "one leetle exemption to the rules won't hurt, really" thing and they ended up with a infected British couple driving most of the length of North Island..." Minor correction, just for the sake of accuracy... If I...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    For those of you in the US, this is worrying: https://www.emptywheel.net/2020/07/16/trumps-rump-coverers-other-mission-militarized-voter-suppression/...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    Greg @346: Yes this was in England. The plumbers/fitters replaced and upgraded the entire heating and hot water system for a 4 bedroom bungalow in about 3 days, including replacing all the underfloor pipes with flexible plastic as described, new...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    Had a complete central heating system replumbed in flexible plastic pipe, around 25 years ago. The plumbers added short stubs of copper pipe for the last few inches to the radiator valves, for appearance. Otherwise all plastic. This was for...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    Seriously but for a very limited audience, I've seen "Maintain social distance of one wavelength at 146.52 MHz." Social Distancing for Audio Engineers: Keep one wavelength apart at 140-165 Hz....
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    To JBS at #666: Seen on Daily Kos today. Not sure if it answers your question. "BREAKING: Treasury now says Social Security recipients who don't normally file tax returns will NOT have to file to get the $1,200 check. Treasury...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    Seen earlier this week on weixin/wechat. I thought the audience here might appreciate an alternative viewpoint from inside China. I cannot judge how accurately this captures the feelings of typical locals, but it rings true. ( ---3 months ago China:...
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    Reply to Allen Thomson #306: What you are missing is that in China there are still many preventative measures in place, even if the lock down is relaxed. Our factory only reopened two weeks ago. We were closed for five...
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    It should be just a throat swab, quick and simple. I was tested last Wednesday, together with several of my other "foreign" colleagues (i.e. not from China). Took all of 60 seconds including completing the forms and labels with my...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    I'm very much enjoying the relativity / FTL discussions ;-) A couple of comments. 1) If I remember correctly my undergraduate physics, the simple cases described by the Lorentz-FitzGerald equations only apply to reference frames moving at a constant velocity...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Greg @623: This is almost identical to the US "opposition" to what they call "transit" ( And we'd call metro or light rail ) in their cities by Rehuglicans, usually using "It only benefits THAT narrow line, what about the...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    You're right, paragraph styles can be created. However from memory I believe the number of paragraph numbering styles available for any paragraph styles is fixed. For me it is the obscure interactions between numbering, tabs and indents that makes them...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    Already happens with ANPR and mis-identified number plates. Straight to automatic penalty notice....
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    > Such as changing all the section numbers (and cross-references) to a different numbering scheme (see paws4thot, #122), or standardising. This^ is one of the major reasons why I used to use FrameMaker for large technical documents (>600pages), instead of...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    Off topic - Splinter has ceased publication as of yesterday. Now where will I find my daily dose of trumpocalypse-watching?...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    > Heteromeles @108: >>I discovered the history of the Opium Wars even later, and I'm still shocked. > Well, mate, as I grew up in the UK school system in Hong Kong (one of the few Yanks attending Peak School...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    > Carnegie Mellon had FrameMaker running on workstations, somewhere around 1990. A few years later I got stuck using Microsoft tools on PCs, and began to venerate FrameMaker's memory. My preferred document editor in more than 30 years of using...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    (I'm going to stick my neck out here and assert that the typical commenter here is middle-aged-to-elderly, male, white, somewhere on the ASD spectrum, has a STEM background, and doesn't have children—or has adult children but no/limited contact with teenagers...
  • Commented on Normal service will be resumed eventually
    My condolences. Doesn't seem to be enough to say, somehow. Losing parents is hard. Be glad that your career allows you time to rest and recover....
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    #10 > As a question: Glenfiddich, Glenmorangie, or something more exclusive? Personally, Talisker, Lagavulin or Laphroaig :-)...
  • Commented on Story time!
    #1113 > But thinking about it now, I watched when they were replacing the water & sewer lines and I don't remember them hooking the "transponder" up to any observable source of power. Now I wonder how it gets power?...
  • Commented on Story time!
    #989 Some of the stories I enjoy the most start in a way that seems familiar at first then later morph into something unexpected. Greg Bear's Eon being one of my favourites. OGH's Laundry series and to some extent the...
  • Commented on Story time!
    I remember that design. It was utterly shit for left-handers like myself (as were numerous other laptop designs: HP Omnibook 300, Toshiba Libretto range, and so on) that put mouse buttons on the rear-right of the screen or case and...
  • Commented on Story time!
    You see this a lot in SE Asia. Many apartments (especially the ones that you get automatically with any factory job, that are literally perched on top of the factory) are too small to have a usable kitchen (you...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    > Actually, Can we please agree the only movies based on Revelation worth watching are "Altered States" for the unintended humour and "Good Omens" when it's released? ;) Also "Dogma". Not seen "Altered States"....
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    Please post brief summaries of the interesting stories. The FT web site is paywalled. Thanks...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances
    From what I have seen of Greg's previous posts and sense of humour, I'd guess he's referring to one of these... http://car-from-uk.com/ebay/carphotos/full/ebay60944.jpg...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    This discussion has me thinking of getting out my power meter and seeing what my newer big stuff does when "off" vs on. I'm thinking TVs and such that don't really completely turn off. Most modern electronic equipment for...
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