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  • Commented on On hold
    In a series like this there was always going to be Cthulhu....
  • Commented on On hold
    I make my own leather by tanning thin slices of spam....
  • Commented on On hold
    Case Nightmare Green = Cthulhu hosts a dinner party....
  • Commented on On hold
    Everyone knows Cthulhu doesn't exist......
  • Commented on Test Case
    I do most of my flying from an airport in the provinces, where there is relatively little in the way of visible security. All the usual checks of course, and I'm sure there are plenty of armed police who could...
  • Commented on Test Case
    A disreputable language for disreputable countries....
  • Commented on Test Case
    I await a diatribe explaining that the English language is in the wrong....
  • Commented on Test Case
    Why do you assume stupid has to involve antisocial behaviour? Never really my thing. Ill advised solo ascents of collapsing shale cliffs on the other hand......
  • Commented on Test Case
    IIRC googles tests suggest it takes about 10 seconds for an average human to regain control of an automomous vehicle. This makes the whole idea of a human overseer who will take over in emergencies a bit of a non...
  • Commented on Test Case
    That's pretty special. I saw one forget about the existence of a 20 mile section of the A3 once but it was about 10 years old so we just put it down to flash memory bit rot....
  • Commented on Test Case
    The word "Bristol" explains everything for 3. Messing around with road layouts and one way systems is something of a local obsession in those parts. Satnav maps become obsolete within minutes....
  • Commented on Test Case
    I, and most of my peer idiots only performed idiotic stunts likely to kill ourselves. Not to detract from our hormone driven idiocy, but even as teenagers we knew that stunts like dropping bricks on cars were crossing a line....
  • Commented on Test Case
    I expect that knowing when to ignore instructions from the satnav is more important. There have been far too many stories of people turning down the dirt track with "unsutitable for motor vehicles" and "danger! cliff edge!" signs because the...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    So given that the military hates towers, which severely limits updraft towers and wind, what is their likely reaction to vortex engines? Would they tolerate them as they don't screw up the radar or treat them as an unacceptable hazard...
  • Commented on Test Case
    When I lived in the north of england snow wasn't a big deal. People saw it several times a year and knew how to drive in it. Living in the south is very different. Getting on the road in snow...
  • Commented on Test Case
    Rarely is an understatement. I have never heard of it being enforced once. Presumably it's one of the things they add to the charge sheet if a driver manages to run someone over or cause a pileup....
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    Here's a conspiracy theory: Bitcoin was created as a distributed alternative to a numbers station. The whole "money" thing was just a smoke screen to make sure that lots of people regularly grab the block chain and the message recipients...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    I have already seen half a dozen conspiracy theories about governments doing it so they can make bitcoin illegal. One of them might even be true....
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    Dunno what happened there. Was supposed to say "I was not..."....
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    And calm... The conversations certainly are important. Not I was advocating staying home every day, just 2-3 days per week. I completely agree that you need to see people face to face and that it is impossible to keep track...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    Making use of all that shiny modern telecoms infrastructure and not insisting that people go to an office every day would make a bigger difference. A laptop and home internet 3-4 days per week can easily cut your average office...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    I think Asimov covered one possible end point of that kind of thinking....
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    Apparently it is just one of those things that happens to traitors from time to time. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-43330498...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    And of course the pentagon pretends to take the bluster at face value and uses it to justify raising the ratio to 10:1 next year....
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    If you were bombed with an undetectable nuke then how would anyone ever know?...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    You don't even need to collapse the hierachy down to p=np. Finding an efficient classical algorithm to simulate quantum gates would do it. On balance I think the long term gains from that would offset the short term wailing and...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    Bitcoin was designed as a long term marketing strategy for a fake quantum computing company. The idea was that bitcoin would be moderately popular, then they could sell their coins and use the publicity to sucker investors into buying all...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    That's easy - bitcoin is nuts....
  • Commented on New publication dates (and audiobook news)
    We need someone with a nasal voice for the audiobook....
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Heavy metals that are also alpha emitters are very bad news if you ingest them. There's not really much more to it than that....
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