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  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    They warp entire planets and you are concerned that acorns don't have gluten? ;) It's a while since I last read lotr so I can't recall whether any other nut or such came up. Was any fruit or seed of...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Roslin isn't weird; the weird thing is that it managed to survive whilst so much else was lost. It's definitely unusual, basically a rich mans piece of fantastic architecture....
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    I assume you mean the ropes book. Just put the title into bookfinder.com and up it comes. By a Richard Ritti....
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    The concept of 'police' is also not as definite originally as people think it was. There was a societal / cultural difference between England and Scotland, the latter seeing the job of the police as not just catching people accused...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    I disagree with you completely. Moz #296 answers you a fair bit. As for your other points. If you have an actual working UBI, then the fact you earn a pittance from amazon for your work is irrelevant. Also, see...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    Some of us have been doing this for years, insofar as we work to live and have entire complex lives otuside work. It helps not being USA'ian and having to work 3 jobs or die of starvation of course. The...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    Actually, 14 was old enough to be expected to reproduce, or rather, a long as they were menstruating that was the expectation. If the marriage was dissolved early enough, like aged 8, there wouldn't be a problem, or rather, the...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    You are correct about pipe bands, but regrettably horribly wrong regarding number of tartans. The number of tartans for a family or clan is correlated only with how many tartans the makers think might sell to the public. The setts...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    I can't say I've ever heard of any such Celtic rules. This isn't my main topic of interest, but I do keep an eye out for things and the first issue with your comment is, what is the definition of...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    Also a quick check of the internet to reassure me indicates that the definition of a kilt include the word 'pleated'. James #390 - as far as I have read, and also I just checked with a Jacobite friend, no...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    Nah, I am Scottish and have a kilt, as well as varios books. If it isn't pleated, it's not a kilt....
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    I'm afraid that if it doesn't pleat it isn't a kilt, it's just a toga or sari. A Welsh Stewart sett sounds interesting, do you remember more?...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    No, there's no need to suggest that. Schoolgirls rolling their skirts up by the waistband has been a thing for decades. I know of it personally from the 1980's and 90's, through speaking to people and my own observations at...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    So in the future we might get people trying various physical and chemical hacks of hteir own body in order to lead an individual life? from wearing eye patches to being permanently sozzled to special ear plugs, probably sold on...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    One of the major early applications will be making the daily heil and all it stands for omnipresent in the purchasers life. This technology is clearly also enough to forcibly destroy society, as people are less and less able to...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    *Signs in to upvote Nojay #825*...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Whoa now, the British police are not in thrall to the titled classes, that's such an ancient bit of nonsense. The class system regarding titles etc is basically on its last legs, it's much more important nowadays to have money,...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    WAit, what? Thatcher et al intended to get rid of the Falkland islands? How isn't that common knowledge by now? Yes, that was a rhetorical question. What are the sources by the way? I would have thought embarassing stuff like...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Naughty biographers and historians then, although one has to ask who was doing the airbrushing. Heinlein or them or others? Anyway, I take it that Elderly Cynics interruption into the Heinlein discussion has been demonstrated to be irrelevant? Then onto...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    You mean before Heinlein was well known, i.e. before he got older and grumpy and got his 2nd wife who was rabidly right wing? I.e., decades before Panshin has his brush with him? People do change as they get older....
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    DOn't forget the weight of the engine over the driving wheels. I've seen rear wheel drive cars fail miserably to get up gentle slopes that I am able to grind up slowly in my front wheel drive....
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    You might find it interesting to read Alexei Panshin's article on Heinlein, or was it an entire book? Anyway, should be available on the web somewhere such as Panshin's own website. The gist of it, as I remember, is that...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    The autonomous car/ bicycle thing suggests to me that the first thing cycling organisations will want to do when the government permits self driving cars onto the road, will be to hire or borrow or even buy one and see...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    Whilst we are at it, I thought part of the problem nowadays was that techniques deliberately taught to the military in various countries have been passed into the 'civilian sector', deliberately from the military trainers, or else by the extremists...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    You really are letting your egotistical know it all out to play, aren't you? The licence I refer to is one I only reluctantly got because the government changed the law, as they often do; I have had to warn...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    It depends what level of layman you mean. I have a variety of stuff, and the licence to own them, including potassium nitrate, without any real difficulty beyond a bit of a search online and in real life. It does...
  • Commented on Are VR esports going to become a thing?
    Having tried VR only once, at the weekend playing Robo Recall on the Oculus rift, my opinion is that VR sports will take off fully only when there is a reasonably cheap way of mimicking a treadmill that can operate...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Have you considered having your house electrical system checked by an electrician? Or maybe it's all the radon, he typed jokingly. You seem like the statistical outlier for whome every light bulb stops working after a few months for no...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Ah, the Philips thing I think explains something. My dad moved out of the ex-family house last year, and the CFL bulb in the garage failed around that time. He had installed it when we moved in, about 28 years...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Yes, one of them is a bit poor with darker areas and a hotspot, but the other two are fine. I think part of the issue with LED bulbs, apart from poor buying decisions by companies selling them and a...
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