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  • Commented on Holding Pattern
    Everything I have seen in the Laundry books suggests that the inhabitant will be a reasonable chap....
  • Commented on The Pivot
    I agree with both. When it is necessary then nothing else will do but I can count the number of people I have blocked over the last 20 years on the fingers of one hand....
  • Commented on The Pivot
    i meant to say at first... It helps to see some really bad management early in a career for calibration purposes......
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Sounds like a much better than average manager. In my experience most people only recognise them in retrospect....
  • Commented on SF For Nothing, Stories For Free
    Depends on what you are into really as there is quite a range. Personally I think "A word for heathens" is well worth a read, and I have a soft spot for old horror movies so I always have time...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    You say "mycophopia", I say "recognising that I don't have the necessary skills". I have no problem with eating wild fungi provided that someone who knows what they are doing has identified them for me. I am not that person....
  • Commented on The Pivot
    My impression of Teller is that there wasn't a problem in the world he didn't want to solve with nuclear explosions. I remember a Panama canal proposal that was particularly special....
  • Commented on The Pivot
    ...and the BBC will still be denying that it has anything to do with brexit....
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    They can't type anyway. I'll give you that....
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Of course. Thinking as much sharper in the good old days. These younh people are just a bunch of incompetents. They are both big differences. The effect is that the benefits of being able to simulate before commiting to manufacture...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Don't forget the engineers who routinely run finite element simulations in a few seconds on their laptop these days. Makes a huge difference to productivity when optimising designs....
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    So the secret to a successful genocide is promising everyone a cut of their neighbours stuff. In Charlies scenario you just accuse them of cheating on benefits and claim there will be more to go around once they have gone....
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    The pools of water are short term storage for when the waste still has s lot of short half life isotopes that are generating a lot of heat. After they mostly go away the fuel comes out of the water...
  • Commented on GDPR compliance notice
    Somewhat off topic but tangentially related, Google has finally stopped paying lip service to not being evil....
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    Silly human. If you want hell you will have to invent and build it yourself. Thanks for letting us know where to find the fun people. Maybe they will be worth talking to....
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    We burned Cthulhu....
  • Commented on On hold
    I have seen some research that suggests that road traffic accidents correlate strongly with low level corruption. People drive better when they know they can't just slip the traffic cop a few notes to forget that they were speeding....
  • Commented on On hold
    Believers in that kind of predestination never seem to realise that it absolves them of any obligation to behave. On blinkers, I haven't played around with life for decades so I will believe you :)...
  • Commented on On hold
    It may sound like religious bullshit but is sadly true once you have a logical system capable of encoding arithmetic. It's uncontroversial these days. Essentially the incompleteness theorem gives you a choice - your mathematical system is incomplete or it...
  • Commented on On hold
    They do, but I was responding to what I took to be a suggestion that this was a brain breaking problem rather than an annoyance. One thing that is interesting is that as far as I know there are no...
  • Commented on On hold
    You seem to be missing my actual argument. The point is not that human brains are superior to computers at all. You appear to be arguing that because in principle brains can be mathematically modelled there are limitations to what...
  • Commented on On hold
    Misread that slightly. The incompleteness theorem applies to formal systems. Things that have axioms and inference rules are its domain of applicability. The underlying maths describing the physics that runs the world will contain truths we can never prove, but...
  • Commented on On hold
    That doesn't necessarily follow. You can simuate lots of things that aren't themselves capable of being computers. I don't believe that brain simulation is particularly close or even likely to be practical but so far I haven't seen anything that...
  • Commented on On hold
    My view is that the human brain is not subject to being broken by such things because it is not a turing machine. This isn't the same as saying that it is magically superior and can't be emulated because reasons....
  • Commented on On hold
    Of course people who go to Waitrose are scum. Classy northerners go to Booths! :)...
  • Commented on On hold
    This prediction will be proved wrong if we can figure out how to feed 10 billion people on a rapidly changing planet I do not think your hypothesis would be falsified in this case. All it would demonstrate is that...
  • 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. [[ said spam now removed - mod ]]...
  • Commented on On hold
    Case Nightmare Green = Cthulhu hosts a dinner party....
  • Commented on On hold
    Everyone knows Cthulhu doesn't exist......
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