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  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    The PSA measurement does vary all over the place in generally healthy human males, the baseline average value of about 4 or 5 has very wide error bars. A value of 20 (my first PSA test result from a blood...
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    In the UK, being treated under the NHS. I've got to the point in my life where the family history of prostate problems in males has bitten me personally in the nether regions, resulting in a sequence of an emergency...
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    Kipling took the piss out of US elections in his SF story, "As Easy As ABC". The Bad Guys were cultish Democrats, as in they voted on everything and tried to convince the rather laissez-faire sort-of-Libertarian majority population around them...
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    IIRC it's the very-finely divided foot-bottoms that utilise the Weak Force, yes? Van der Waals force actually (static electricity dipoles). We were taught about this force back in school fifty years ago, explaining how flies could "stick" to walls and...
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    The British electoral system is theoretically a secret ballot but... each ballot paper has a registration number and that number is entered in a log by the polling place officials alongside the name of the person voting. The ballot papers...
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    The spiciest Indian I've had anywhere was in the UK. A while back the UK's teevee channels started doing ethnic comedy shows, a shift from "The Good Life" style white folks sitcoms. One of them was about the family...
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    Back in the early 90s I was visiting Orlando, before the Worldcon held there in 1992. I was taken by some local SF fans to one of the two Indian restaurants in metro Orlando, the larger one they told me....
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    If the Chinese government stopped selling Hong Kong water and power and food and sewage processing and all the other essentials an urban city-state requires how would Hong Kong cope? The city needs about 12,000 tonnes of food a day...
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    But I'd go further...any civilization living in small enclosed artificial areas surrounded by an inhospitable environment (e.g., Mars, Antarctica, Sub-sea communities, etc.) will need to be controlling. Hong Kong city has a population density of 6,300 people per square kilometre...
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    Texas and Louisiana are in a hair-pulling, eye-gouging free-for-all fight in the middle of the street arguing about whose BBQ is better while Georgia stands back, aghast that they are competing so vociferously to merely come second in the BBQ...
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    There were rumours that millions of HK Chinese who had British passports were going to come to Britain under the old rules, all arriving in a year or two after the Territories treaty lease expired and housing, feeding and employing...
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    If we had the space travel we expect from 2019, HKers would be Belters, and we'd steal a church and set sail for Ceres. "A new life awaits you in the Off-world colonies. The chance to begin again in a...
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    A number of caste systems around the world are based on Buddhist teachings about enlightenment. Lower-caste folks are further from Nirvana and are thus less worthy and higher-caste folks are obviously better suited to ruling in this Earthly world....
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    "The working class can kiss my ass, I've got the foreman's job at last!" An old ditty sung, of course, to the tune of The Red Flag. Working-class folks aspired to not being working-class but they and their descendants unto...
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    Craftsmen and inn-keepers worked for a living, they were working-class. A blacksmith that stopped smithing would starve. The middle-class were supported by the rich powerful patrons they served, Leonardo da Vinci painting for the de Medicis and the like. Better-off...
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    That's pretty much the situation that existed in medieval Europe -- a small number (perhaps a thousand or so) really rich people who were absolute owners of entire nations and city-states, a tiny middle-class of merchants, artists, clerks, lawyers, priests...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    All MPs are made redundant when Parliament is adjourned before an election thus all the hangers-on like SPADs and PPSes are also shown the door since their proncipals can't employ them in any official capacity. Ministers like Boris stay on...
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    Blair left a trail of slime behind him from Day One. He's the basis of Charlie's Crawling Horror From Beyond Space-Time, the Mandate. Why you think of him fondly at all I don't know but then again he was certainly...
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    Like Greg I rather like my local Labour MP, she's sensible, educated, and seems to want to do her best for both country and electorate. You know, most folks who have interacted with their local MP would say that....
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    There are a lot of Japanese battleships, cruisers and such and some of them have archaic names so one named Azuma isn't that surprising. What I found somewhat funny was the JMSDF named their second 22,000 tonne through-deck-cruiser-that-can-carry-aircraft-but-its-not-an-aircraft-carrier-really the Kaga....
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    "Azuma" is supposedly a Japanese word for East. The common word is higashi, I'd never heard of "azuma" before I read of its supposed derivation. To the Google mobile... Yep, Google Translate returns "東" when I type "あずま" in but...
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    Do I need to explain why extending the platform in many densely urbanized city-centre stations is impractically expensive? It is actually being done in a few stations but to accommodate longer DMU-type commuter trains, not the high-speed inter-city queens of...
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    Patents expire, the Slashdot article you linked to is 20 years old and the Linux.com article that links to is dead. The lawsuits, yep, up the wazoo as Pantone(tm) vigorously protects its intellectual properties but it's not patents that are...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    High-speed rail can sometimes repurpose older rail tunnels but really they need new borings carried out in almost all cases, double-width to cope with two side-by-side tracks. Yes it costs money to do this, what a surprise. The expected cost...
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    The shinkansen train designers cope with train tunnel entry problems by fitting ever more exaggerated duckbills to their faster trains. They're campaigning a new test train, the ALFA-X in trials to get regular rail speeds up to 360km/h and possibly...
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    So I'm now going to ask: where does GIMP fail? Pantone(tm) colour registration is a killer requirement for the printing industry. GIMP doesn't support Pantone because it's proprietary....
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    There's several groups of traditional Labour voters who support Leave: One group will never vote Tory because, ewww, Tory! but won't vote Labour because they see the leadership of the Party are Remainers at heart, what with their pledge to...
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    Except today's poll in the Observer has 3/4 of Leave voters voting for Boris. Sounds about right. It looks like Labour's clawing back the traditional Labour voters who supported Leave thanks to the Party's careful threading of the needle, giving...
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    Modern high-speed rail rolling stock use multiple powered axles on all cars. This significantly reduces the weight needed to provide drive traction between the wheels and the rail since it's spread over as many as fifty or more wheels rather...
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    The normal operations for high-speed rail over long distance is to have two or more overlapping services running on the same track. The slower service stops at most or all stations with occasional holds of five minutes or so while...
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