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  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    Prompted by #29 ISTR an early attempt at a p0rn nannybot deciding that pictures of Murray Walker and Telly Savalas' heads were p0rnographic!...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    Of course, there is now also a market for "amateur p0rn", driven at least in part by the thought that this way you know that the actors are enjoying themselves!...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Not quite Sean, no. The Bank of England is empowered to issue "legal tender" on behalf of the Government (Legal tender being coin of the realm and certain currency notes (US bills) which must be accepted in payment for purchases,...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    That's the one. Also, if you watch closely it's pretty clear how marginal the RC's handling is even before Harry notices it chasing him....
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    Bullitt was Steve McQueen (green Mustang) and Robert Vaughn (black Charger)....
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    But curry!!...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Stonehenge is only even "most impressive" for values relating to "biggest individual rocks". Avebury, and the Callanish (Lewis) and Ring of Broadgar complexes all have far more individual rocks (well over 200 in the case of Callanish)....
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    And also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Truck_Acts with the note that the issue is over the original laws allowing workers to be paid in goods, rather than the "Truck Acts (repeal)" legislation that the article mostly discusses....
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    And #248 - Yes and yes. I know I've seen and enjoyed the film, but I can't remember the title either. Still, it absolutely is a thing (the film if not the use of the plot device IRL)....
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    True this - Witness the varying levels of utility against time of the Scottish clearing banks bills of exchange as money when visiting England (and even even varying levels of utility within England)....
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    With the note that I actually enjoy driving; what I do not enjoy is sharing the roads with people who neither enjoy driving nor seem to care how their actions may impact on other road users. The only effect a...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Extend my existing proposal for the candidate group for pedestrian detection systems testing to make them the (recumbent) cyclists test group as well?...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Sorry Greg, that's only even potentially correct if you presume that self-driving vehicles must be part of the "internet of things"....
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    First off, I know enough about blockchain databases to know that I don't know enough about them to comment meaningfully. So I won't, but I am starting to learn more about them. You may find me in other strands of...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    In my case reporting "a device sent a bad packet" is almost 100% useless, I should just silently drop the packet in that case. One of my college lecturers told a tale like this about when he worked in industry...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    I'm all for electric self-driving cars, as long as they're properly engineered with safety in mind (third parties, not just the driver's). May I suggest a mandatory pedestrian detection test where the team leaders of the development team are the...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    I completely agree. As for a political will to create a "soft landing" at least some of them believe the "big lies" that:- 1) House prices are real money. They're not, and you can't even make a profit until/unless you...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    #45 - Nice piece of alt'physics even....
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Given the discussion of cryptocurrencies, people might like to know that the Jeremy Vine show on BBC Radio 2 is doing a discussion on the subject now (time slot 12:30 to 13:00 GMT if you want to find it on...
  • Commented on Empire Games Black Friday promo (UK only)
    Well, I've said this before but books are fungible in that, if TLI (qv) is delayed by 2 months I'll buy something else in the month it was due out. I'll still pre-order TLI though....
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    Speaking as a small shareholder (directly owned shares, those owned through pension funds or unit trusts not considered) I'd like to make some relevant points:- 1) "Limited Liability" does not relate to criminal law but only to bankruptcy law. If...
  • Commented on From Here To The Holodeck
    We don't really want virtual reality. We want virtual fantasy. I'd agree; the sorts of games I play typically have your avatar as a "superhero" rather than a spurtsman, even one capable of world class performances....
  • Commented on From Here To The Holodeck
    OK, I follow all that, but I'd suggest that it's additional to my comment that you replied to?...
  • Commented on From Here To The Holodeck
    Also @Hugh Hancock - "Motion sickness" is frequently caused by your inner ear correctly detecting that the vehicle you're in is moving in roll, whilst your eyes saw that the furthest thing you can see is stationary relative to them...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    Maybe, but even then it could be partly the users' fault rather than the programmers'. Reasoning by analogy - My sis has a wireless network. So do several of her neighbours. She sometimes uses their networks because they've not set...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    So I looked at the Treibflugel piece, clicked on a link and found https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Focke_Rochen ! Are we sure amphetamines are strong and mind-altering enough!!?...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Oh yes!! :-) Does anyone happen to know what the Focke-Wulf design department were on back then? Supplementary - Is it still legal? ;-)...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    #681 Paras 1 to 3 man unix2dos (and man dos2unix). Para 9 And, of course, this was before A Mess DOS 6 "discovered" the move command, yes?...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Which is mostly true, even if it ignores the opposite endianism of Intel and Motorola processors from back in the day. (As an aside I've written code that took DEC 16 bit files with LSB in bit 7 and MSB...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Not just secretaries; pretty much anyone I knew who regularly worked with writing numbered paragraph documents using word processing. In one job I was tasked with being editor of a document that would have 5 actual authors and had to...
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