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JayGee

  • Commented on Test Case
    Speaking as a semi-communist who isn’t a member of either Momentum or the Labour Party... That’ll be because it’s not really a thing at all, it’s an enormously successful smear campaign whipped up by a bunch of nut-jobs equating anti-zionism...
  • Commented on Test Case
    “The big drawback with transit in the U.S. is the "You can't get there from here" factor. Routes are often too limited. You can get close, but you're still going to have to walk a long way to your destination.”...
  • Commented on Test Case
    “...there are well understood adversarial attacks against the algorithms, and there are services which are more than happy to help a litigant modify their submissions to take advantage of these flaws.” Or “Lawyers” as we technical people would call them......
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    If there’s a sneaky way of encoding information in the blockchain you can bet multiple people have done it (probably in multiple different, mutually incompatible ways) with multiple motivations, and in the furtherance of multiple agendas. Pick any conspiracy you...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    “ASSUMPTION - that it will fail. Maybe it won't - then what?” The you’ll know it’s a hoax perpetrated by the same people who fabricated the Apollo lunar landing footage, presumably for the same purposes. Because New World Order, the...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    It’s not a view which makes me terribly popular in some quarters but I’m increasingly coming to view the assumed/supposed issues around on-street charging of electric vehicles more as a feature than a bug. If even a small proportion of...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Volvo are pretty ordinary seating-wise. Mercedes were making a fair fist of it (at least up until my last one, which was a W203 series C-Class Coupé - I haven’t tried anything more recent), the Recaros which you used to...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    My personal theory is that Star Trek (in all its forms and variants) is actually a role playing game devised to provide an outlet for atavistic individuals who have problems with life in a genuinely advanced society. Original series is...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Actually I thi k they were both riffing on the “Soft Landing” sequence at the beginning of the Heavy Metal animated movie, which featured a space-suited astronaut exiting a space shuttle in a 1959 Corvette, re-entering the atmosphere, landing on...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    I like world building, I like plot, character development, and all the rest of the stuff that goes to make up good old fashioned storytelling. If either is done well enough it’ll probably draw me in sufficiently that I’ll happily...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    "no technology has done more to expand slavery since the cotton gin than the fuel-efficient jetliner". How about the modern container ship and the highly efficient large marine Diesel engines which make it possible? It’s still slavery when it’s off-shored,...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    No we didn’t. We had a system which selected an arbitrary (and limited) number on a demonstrably flawed basis[1] for an actual education and left the rest to make the best of neglected and largely ignored secondary modern schools. [1]...
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    That would be one heck of a big rifle to leave hanging on the wall unfired. I don’t think we need worry about *that* loose end being left hanging......
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    “what does the moon look like in TL 4 and the TL on the other side of the Gate?” Please tell me it has the face of a historical figure who achieved notoriety as a ruthless dictator just before the...
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    About 75% of the way through. So many ways that so many things could unravel so badly......
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    “...everything above the mating ring[1] on the Trident missile deployed in British subs, from firing circuitry to explosive lenses, re-entry vehicle housings, terminal guidance packages etc. are British made.” But has to be compatible with everything below the mating ring....
  • Commented on PSA: Please don't nominate the Laundry Files for a Best Series Hugo Award (this year)
    Trottelreiner: “[1] Err, I mentioned the Trotzkist I met whose comment about Kronstadt https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kronstadt_rebellion was "anarchists are petty bourgeois nuts"? I used to be in a band with a guy who played guitar in a legendary[1] early ‘80s Southend-on-Sea based...
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    I spent a one year industrial placement in the middle of my Comp Sci degree in a division of ICI which produced modular interface kit and BASIC interpreter extensions to put BBC Micros (or CBM PETS, or Apple 2s) into...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    “I came from a pretty pure motorcycle background and it took a lot of mind resetting to remember how glacially slow you have to go around corners in a car. ” It constantly surprises me how often I hear this....
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    They trouble with that is that as soon as you go away from the rotor tip drive to a mechanically driven rotor torque reaction rears its ugly head and you need to introduce complications like a tail rotor (or equivalent...
  • Commented on Excuses
    Except you don’t pay Nissan £~5K for a replacement battery, you go to somebody like Mike Schooling at Indra Renewable Technologies who (amongst other things) buys in written-off Leafs, strips them for parts, splits the battery packs, checks the condition...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    I tend to concur with Martin on the validity of the "always within earshot of a drone" idea, but suspect that reality may be less important than perception. The fact that there are nowhere near enough drones to go round,...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    "Another point here is that it would be trivial to make an ultralight runabout (basically a fully-faired electric quad bike), which would actually meet most urban and many suburban requirements, " Indeed it would, and Renault have sold tens of...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    I've always assumed that the restraint systems and boarding procedures for a hyperloop type system would look more like those for a high-energy, white-knuckle theme park ride than an airliner. This would go double for a hypothetical short-hop implementation....
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Not my experience from either side of the recuitment process. I entered employment as an engineer with my current employer aged 52 (after about 20 years of contracting, which I was regulalrly informed made me unemployable on a permanent basis...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    " All we get is crap slogans like "no deal is better than a bad deal" (with its implication that they're not actually going to bother getting a deal), and a general sense that nothing matters, everything to do with...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    True, and the Alfar would do well to take note of the fact that HSS has a wide range of technical options for slaughter and destruction on scales from the persoanl, via retail, to wholesale... What I was mainly trying...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    Errr... You don't need a BSc in Physics to have seen before and after pictures of Hiroshima/Nagasaki and have at least a vague idea what caused it....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    No strange goings-on at the bottom of Lake Vostok this time round then?...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Seconded. I've got a Fuji X-M1 which is very much the entry level "my first proper camera" model in the X range. In spite of the absence of a proper viewfinder it still handles/feels very much like a "real" camera,...
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