Dave Lester

Dave Lester

  • Commented on WTF
    Adrian Smith @ 1482 She reported him to HR she "felt threatened" when he "attacked her beliefs" and he was interviewed by them. loathsome bit of entitlement, that perhaps supplying a reason was unwise tho Certainly don't do anything like...
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    Flint did his homework as far as technical stuff and official history (battles, dates, ..etc) were concerned, but peopled his 17th century Germany with modern imaginary germans Well, quite! To me -- coming to this without reading the novels --...
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    Greg @1025, I'm curious: which tomatoes were you growing that make cuttings worthwhile? (At 200 miles north of you and with something of a frost-trap, I may not be quite so well placed, but my "Gardener's Delight" were a very...
  • Commented on WTF
    "A frequency of tens of Herz for 14 milliseconds?" Uh? Yep, that's what it says here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_gravitational_wave_observations As I say the event is: S200114f All I can assume is that it corresponds to a half cycle or so. As I...
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    Well, that last effort didn't work out very well, did it? Let's try again (without links, and in summary only). The current issue of New Scientist suggests tracking Alien Spacecraft warp signatures using LIGO, the gravitational wave detector. A proposed...
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    So, back to our original question, posed by OGH: (What's your most shocking find on the internet? No limits!) A few weeks ago, New Scientist had a splash about using LIGO to detect hypothetical alien warp drives. (An accessible article...
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    Ain't Merican English grand. I read that as Mercian, and was expecting a broad Brummie accent from you....
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    But they still politic around saying "fuck me if I can't get off my arse and make something of myself, I deserve to get shafted". Which is classic abused child behaviour. But the step from that to "...therefore no-one else...
  • Commented on WTF
    Your takeaway is that the LGB Alliance, a leading anti-trans hate group, is funded by the same lobbyists as brexit, climate change denial, and the barking lunatics who fed Liz Truss her policy platform. It's even worse than that. Truss...
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    Unfortunately, once lines are on maps in approved plans, it often takes long and costly lawsuits to get them abandoned, because people have invested in making those lines a reality, no matter how bad an idea they now are. Around...
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    It's not implausible: there's a zoo not that far away that has both wallabies (including albino ones) and cassowaries wandering around. Well, that's Christmas dinner sorted out: if you have the cajones to take one on, of course ;) Do...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    Elderly Cynic @ 1490 It's unclear whether they had the intention of sending Putin over the edge, but their actions in the period 2010-2021 (yes, 2010) were a main factor in achieving that. By his own admission what sent Putin...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    Whitroth @ 1462 Please define "the West". I am 100% sure that every Western military-industrial company, petrochemical company, banking, and a ton of others would not only jump in with both feet, but that in covert ways, I assume they're...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    The other danger is that Russia breaks up, whether on its own or with western assistance, leading to local warlords with nukes. I cannot see the West getting involved in the break up of Russia -- at least until it's...
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    Greg @1177 completely honest politicians elected to public office? another "will be never"* - WRONG Like my MP, whom I am very fortunate to know personally ... It does happen, just not too often, OK? And here in the UK...
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    John, For the avoidance of doubt, I tagged my post on to yours for two reasons: your posts often seem some of the most reasonable around here, and my idea was to outline the age rules we have in the...
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    JohnS @948 On age limits in England (Charlie to advise on Scottish variations): Age of Criminal Responsibility: 10+. But different rules apply to the police arresting anyone under 18. Voting: 18+ (Scotland 16+, except for UK-wide elections). This includes standing...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    Greg, But ambulances aren't part of public health - NOT EVEN WRONG Hint: An apology to Paul wouldn't go amiss. Public Health England (I'm sure Charlie can tell you how things are organised in Scotland) is charged with doing epidemiology,...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    I follow a number of authors via Amazon (to get notifications when a new book drops) and I have noticed the output of a number of folks who used to be regular as clockwork dropping off. And I've noticed exactly...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    I follow a number of authors via Amazon (to get notifications when a new book drops) and I have noticed the output of a number of folks who used to be regular as clockwork dropping off. And I've noticed exactly...
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    Heteromeles writes: When someone says "it's a sycamore," it can be useful to ask a bit more to find out what they mean when they use it. Here in the UK a sycamore tree is a maple of the species...
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    The classic was many years ago, now, when the second or third generation of "x86" chips came out, with a horrible fault in them, when some fairly simple arithmetic was done using them. { Can someone else remember which version...
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    Thanks for the clarification....
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    Hint: Technocracy is a totalitarian political movement associated with a bunch of stuff including space colonization, libertarianism (and, probably via the SA connection, "scientific" racism) that advocates for a society organized and run along scientific lines by a self-selected elite....
  • Commented on Strong and Stable!
    "You're assuming that people, given UBI, will sit in front of the boob tube and munch chips, and never be tired of that." I quote the late and much lamented Sun-Earther Iain El-Bonko Banks of North Queensferry. "In a similar...
  • Commented on Strong and Stable!
    Thomas, It turns out that dealing with piracy can be harder for western navies to control than people think. A friend was Master of a cargo ship when he witnessed a pirate attack off of West Africa (Abidjan, I think)....
  • Commented on Strong and Stable!
    I would be amazed. This guy is a serious narcisist, and Twitter fits in with his likely political plans. Big problem for Musk, [...] Not to mention that being born in Pretoria, South Africa, the best he might hope for...
  • Commented on I can't even
    EC, Alan, Yes, I am saying that there is a difference in their treatment of personal taxation. And that is that the IRS insists on knowing about and taxing you on all your assets/actions world-wide, whereas the HMRC has any...
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    Alan, I'm afraid I'm going to disagree with EC (if he claims that things in the UK are the same as the US). I assume this is more or less true in the U.K. too... In the UK the ultra-rich...
  • Commented on I can't even
    Thanks Vulch. So five weeks....
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