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  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Nope. Dark energy is as real as dark matter - a placeholder name for "we don't understand these measurements". Proposed explanations for it are pure handwavium. I'll give you that....
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    I have a non-computable phone number. Doesn't everyone?...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    Even assuming that fund managers available to billionaires are no more competent than those available to little people the billionaire still wins. Having a fund manager on payroll works out significantly cheaper than losing a percentage of your profits in...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    When I was a kid the greenhouse effect was considered worth worrying about but we were definitely going to run out of oil and get our power grids all nuclear first....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    The assumption that you can just turn up in another country and fill a ranch full of guns without local government shutting you down is the one I find silliest. New Zealand isn't heavily armed by global standards but Wikipedia...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I used to be one of those cyclists, but the truth of the matter is that I was mostly motivated by the prospect of getting to the top and going down....
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    But that dilutes the marmite! In recent months I have moved away from marmite to this stuff: https://www.meridianfoods.co.uk/Products/Other-ranges/Natural-Savoury-Extracts/Natural/Yeast-Extract-340g Slightly more marmite than marmite. Main downside is that it's a bit runny....
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    Contemporary artwork also regularly shows humans and buildings as being the same size and considers perspective to be a lie, so it's one of the weaker arguments :)...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    I think compiler writers got upset when silicon overtook them and compilation seemed too fast. Undecidable compilation with Turing complete compilers was a bit of an extreme reaction but it did the job of getting compile times up again. Most...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    The stuff I run on a laptop or desktop is stuff I use. The stuff that runs on my phone is mostly for the benefit of shadowy corporations who don't have my best interests at heart. I don't consider myself...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    Do things like evidence count as a defence there, or are you just screwed because computer says no?...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    Many years ago I saw a scan of a speeding ticket that included a photograph of the offending car on the back of a tow truck. Jobsworths the world over have spent decades proving that you don't need computers for...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    Not the same. GPUs are good at GPU stuff and CPUs are good at CPU stuff. GPU: SIMD. High throughput, minimal branching. Simple logic. CPU: Complex logic, lower throughput. GPUs aren't quite as horrendous for complex logic as they were...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    As a programmer who is too lazy to build machines and just buys laptops off the shelf I'm not sure I belong here. Yeah I run linux some of the time when I'm doing worklike stuff but I am unable...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    Three words: Kerbal Space Program....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    It's not a proper seagull apology until you have been told that YOU'RE FUCKED at least twice....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Thanks for the tip. I haven't managed to persuade it to work on my phone yet but as I'm also running chrome I think it ought to with a bit more fiddling....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Off topic but this is the point where I really start wishing for a "link to bottom of thread". Scrolling through that lot on my phone was painful....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    I don't see how that's possible, after all the prorogation had nothing to do with brexit. Boris said so....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    The obvious scifi end point of this is to use a hollow space elevator as your pumped storage reservoir and ride a hydraulic funicular to orbit....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    I have various friends and relatives who were involved in the UK nuclear industry into the 90s. They mostly agree on a couple of things about PWR type designs. 1. They aren't ideal. 2. Enough has been spent on them...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    The real issue is that they tend to use water as a working fluid, which makes boiler issues potentially explosive....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    If you want high power output with a small core and don't particularly care about safety then sodium or NaK cooling are ideal. Massive heat capacily, good thermal conductivity & New Soviet Mans family don't ask for compensation if they...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    They account for that. I have been told that the whole thing was a scam invented by programmers to get overtime & lucrative contracts... This comes as news to any of my friends who worked on it, but maybe they...
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    "back" was a typo....
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    In the UK we still get occasional tabloid stories promoting the idea that global heating will be good as "every day will be a beach day". Worse, i encounter real people parroting them. The fact that the beach will probably...
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    Ebac are brexity? I take my last comment back!...
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    Got to disagree with you there. Their vacuum cleaners aren't bad in my experience. Personally I don't bother with tumble driers as I currently have a room that needs a dehumidifier running 24/7 anyway so I just stick a couple...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    Apparently he had the good fortune to be detained by an armed member of the public, who in turn had the good fortune not to be shot by the police....
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    Nah. I'll turn up to half a dozen different places, while you get to win in one of them as your planes are all in bits in the hangar. That's what turning up means....
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