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  • Commented on Story time!
    Knocking over power grids is the sort of thing that will invite serious retaliation in the near future, particularly when these high temperature events become common....
  • Commented on Story time!
    Officially they are allowed to unionise but every time they try this lunatic in bat themed body armour turns up and starts breaking heads....
  • Commented on Story time!
    Flammable things, notes....
  • Commented on Story time!
    This is why we have Mithril!...
  • Commented on Story time!
    When a dragon burns your village down because an invisible adventurer stole one of its trinkets it isn't acting out of anger, it is protecting the reputation of the family firm....
  • Commented on Story time!
    The storyline I am waiting for is Scottish Batman vs The Gorbals Vampire....
  • Commented on Story time!
    The Riddler is obviously a teacher who has been pushed over the edge by one too many standardised tests, and has embarked on a life of crime in order to teach the world how to solve real problems....
  • Commented on Story time!
    Unrestricted FTL is the only type of FTL in relativity, as such restrictions are beyond the scope of the theory. If you want to postulate limitation effects that prevent closed dimelike curves then you are free to do so, but...
  • Commented on Story time!
    Anyway I agree with you, much as Glasgow is the best model for Gotham City that Scotland has to offer, if you wanted an old money aristocrat in a city with spectacular and gothic architecture to brood on and dive...
  • Commented on Story time!
    They obviously wouldn't have resorted to caning unless staying inside the lines was essential. If there are any gaps in the lines then it is reasonable to argue that you are using flood fill and the entire page is fair...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    So she can ask prince Charles to execute him with nuclear weapons? Seems like overkill but it would do the job. Does nuking people infringe their rights at all?...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    Not entirely sure I want to live in a country where the head of state can have people executed for being annoying. Unless it's The Mandate of course. Great guy. He can execute whoever he wants....
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    I'm told that Singapore is one of the better airports to spend a few hours in. My informant is quite keen on their butterfly house....
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    What do you mean? The nation of Laputa dropping rocks on people who disagreed with them was clearly satirising Obama era foreign policy......
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    Rings and hotplates still exist but seem confined to small portable hob units. Flat ceramic surfaces are preferred these days because they are much easier to clean - every ring I have owned had a load of semi carbonised crud...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    Electric and gas are both common in the UK, with gas considered more convenient. Natural gas pipes run to most houses in towns, less so in more remote areas. Personally I prefer cooking with gas but don't see a future...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    Turning the misanthopy up to 11 I propose using the last of the earths resources to divert a comet into Antarctica. Firstly it will simultaneously melt the ice cap and cause a few years of cooling, which is a delightful...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    And to be useful in the timescales we are talking about you would only need to start the selective breeding and planting programme a few hundred years ago....
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    So if it is too expensive to replace all the sewers, and people are idiots then how good can we make the water treatment plants?...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    So if I understand the thread correctly the Australian government have imposed unreasonable restrictions on drinking real ale while operating a fusion powered bicycle......
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    Quite a lot of our environmental clean-up seems to have been moving polluting factories away from where people complain effectively and building them where people can't complain effectively. Eventually that stops, especially with a demographic transition, when there are...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    In a "serious but survivable climate change" scenario like the one you outlined I would expect things like UNESCO status and restrictions on listed buildings to be forgotten as soon as the "serious" bit starts. As soon as the focus...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    That sort of size is likely to be a bit more maneuverable than a mile wide floating golf ball. The idea of going high enough to avoid the weather may work but you would need pressurised houses. Pressurising the habitat...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    A flying done would be a courageous option in the kind of weather we can expect. You could promote the idea as a way to rid the world of the more gullible rich though. Having said that I always assumed...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances
    The hardest parts of the lands end to John o Groats cycle route are all in Cornwall, where you never get more than a couple of hundred m above sea level....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    That works fairly well. I'm quite keen on sticking with established standards and just using Planck units everywhere myself....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    It should read 10^20 of course. Surprised nobody told me off for that....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Looks clear enough to me. Now in base 7 you get: 244021451361036, or 2.44*7^20. Much better obfuscation....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    I'm sure there is a spinal Tap reference to be had there....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    We tell the voters that they are getting their old money back but we are actually planning a new base e system....
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