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  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    I have concluded that bad writing is like politics, in that you need a multi dimensional classification....
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    Doesn't that also imply that states can legislate the result they want ahead of the election and the federal government can't make them be democratic?...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    This proves beyond reasonable doubt that computers only exist to support the mag tape industry. I knew Boolean logic was just a flash in the pan....
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    IIRC there is a national emergency exemption to IP treaties, previously used for things like HIV drugs. If anything qualifies then this does....
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    If I remember correctly the actual statement he made was along the lines of new discoveries being found after the fifth decimal place. He was absolutely correct. That's pretty much where they are until you get very good at purifying...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    The story of Temple OS was not a happy one. The creator Terry A Davis suffered from schizophrenia and ended up homeless in the months prior to his death. Attracting the attention of the wrong parts of the internet did...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    I foresee an Archers RPG. The players are already in one. They are the livestock....
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    There was a reason for that. It was a deliberate decision to reproduce a bug in lotus-123 for compatibility reasons. https://www.joelonsoftware.com/2006/06/16/my-first-billg-review/...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    It is? Heat treated milk is available everywhere, and there is filtered stuff that adds about a week to the (refrigerated) shelf life but I don't recall ever seeing anything irradiated in the shops....
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    I was referring to electrically powered radiation sources. X-rays and neutrons can both be produced fairly cheaply, as can various flavours of fast moving electrons etc. Actual physical radioisotope sources are dreadfully 20th century....
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    If I was designing a facility to irradiate clothes I would use an electric source rather than muck around with radioisotopes. Safer to handle and arguably cheaper to run once you account for security and disposal costs....
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    For some reason Voltarol gel makes my skin fall off. I'm pretty sure it's not the diclofenac as I have had that before with no ill effects. A pity as I could use something stronger than ibuprofen for the first...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    I was referring specifically of the kind of people who would take Trumps latest medical advice and HMGs early "herd immunity" strategy....
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Well, In the US Trump is trying to kill his core voters (gullible people). In the UK the tories had a good go at killing off all their core voters (elderly people). The obvious conclusion is that they feel they...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    Consistency is the hobgoblin of small universes :)...
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    It's a bit trickier to keep warm in Scotland than somewhere like canada because of the humidity but once you have the right gear it's not too bad. On balance I would rather have cold and wind than midges....
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    The climbing forum I frequent is full of people trying to rationalise why driving half way across the country to climb hills doesn't count as inessential travel. I suspect that in about a week they will stop trying to bargain....
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    Well, most of them are. I know one lecturer who is being prevented from delivering lectures because someone in the uni doesn't like paying for software licenses....
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    Not a headline I was expecting to see outside the daily mash: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/isis-issues-coronavirus-travel-advice-terrorists-should-avoid-europe-5m89dvjjw...
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    Sounds very promising, and the ability to do that stuff is more important than the ability to do it all on autopilot. I'm going to be unimaginative and echo what vulch said, except for the bit about the gift card....
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    Hot sauce, obviously:)...
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    How programmable is it? Can it do things like pressure cook, drop the temp and slow cook? I love my pressure cooker but have a space problem so anything that lets me get rid of multiple bits of equipment and...
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    I find pressure cookers are great for dried beans. Chickpeas and black eye beans drop to about 30 mins cooking with reduced soak times. It's not quite the same but energy and time savings are substantial....
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    Considering that all the current evidence suggests that the US experience is going to be an absolute shitshow I doubt even Boris can make that fly....
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    I'm wondering how long before fresh fruit and veg starts getting scarce, given that so much of it comes from Spain....
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    A question I can actually answer! Tinky Winky is a character from the Teletubbies, a dystopian sci-fi drama aimed at toddlers and student stoners in the 1990s. The actor who played TW was replaced after the first season, allegedly because...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    TBH the centre on foot thing is usually a bigger deal than the cycling one. Where I currently live the road layout and consequent likelihood of getting killed is far more of a deterrent than distance. Covering ground on a...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    I have a preference for towns that are practical to cross by bike, with centres that are a reasonable size to get around on foot. London fails badly. Manchester is a bit too large. Places like Sheffield, Bristol and Leeds...
  • Commented on A serious question
    You should be able to perform that calculation in 3d just fine. Forget about using angles directly and think in terms of normalised direction vectors and their scalar products....
  • Commented on A serious question
    Tidal werewolf paranoia is a good enough reason for the police to press the rack back into service. Waterboarding is sooo 2005!...
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