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  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    "I wasn't aware that any major sect of the Christian faith had disavowed the old testament or was even dominated by a gospel-following theology. Can you link to some?" I've got a school friend who claims to be Christian and...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Oh, it looks like you were composing while I was playing with thermometers and cups. Your measurements and mine don't agree. I don't know why. I calibrated against slush -0.3, boiling water 99.3/6 and had a quick sanity check with...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    More fun with 'coffee'. I just got out a builders mug. Boiled the jug, and slopped it in. Stirred quickly for 15 turns with a teaspoon (about 4 seconds), did the traditional tap tap with the spoon on the side...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Just pulled out my Sous Vide kit... My 300 dollar digital thermometer said that as I poured the coffee into the cup it was at 78 C (third digit was all over the shop. I carried the cup out to...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    "everyone who served a guest a cup of coffee at home should be equally liable (as the coffee would be at least that hot)" Please remind me of this if I'm ever over at your place. A simple "I ruin...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    "The coffee was 82-88 degrees C in the cup. Which is fairly standard for takeaway coffee." Urgh phah. American's shouldn't be allowed to import coffee if that's what they do to it....
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    If you can tell that it's faked, then so can machines. All it will need is a bit of adversarial training. Machine one makes a porn video. It gets jumbled up with a bunch of other porn videos and shown...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    "Processing that takes the logical place of the chemicals is inevitable, but if it is going as far as altering wrinkles then that has way crossed the line" Both film developing and digital *require* that some decision be made about...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Of course any one bank being hung out to dry by any one central bank doesn't mean that the system isn't roughly as you described in most cases. Nor does it mean that it's not in a way even worse...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    It was pretty old, over 10 years, and almost certainly would never have seen action again. Well 10 years old doesn't seem much these days, but there were huge advances over that period. They didn't even make the shells for...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    According to ebay, under 300 dollars for a clutch kit....
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    What an amazing chunk of history. I had literally no idea. Thanks heaps....
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    It wouldn't matter how strong the A pillars are here in Oz. Sometimes the roos don't touch really anything other than the windscreen. This from last week. http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/kangaroo-goes-through-car-windscreen-and-dies-on-the-back-seat-20171130-gzvwag.html...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    Yes, it certainly wasn't the clean break that it has been portrayed as. Very much a drifting away, with lots of minor disentanglements along the way. Still not complete of course. Our head of state happens to also be the...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    The car I learnt to drive on, I did all that, plus I gave hand signals out the window. Yorkshire And I had to get up before I went to bed /Yorkshire...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Hehehe. Audi Quattro! Hehehehee You have no idea how bad cars can be. My Mum who was a non-driver bought me cars in order to drive her around. The first of which was an EJ station wagon. It was given...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Yeah, I'm sure it's just me, no-one else has a problem. Also my formative impressions of autos came from 1960's V8 cars that had... two speed transmissions. (Two! count them!) They probably were out of oil or had loose widgets...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Hats off to the vast majority of drivers who seem to be able to herd around an automatic with gears. I've driven a CVT auto and they're pretty good, almost like an electric (almost), but the autos with gears... I...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    Minor quibble with your minor quibble. "If there had been no Federation movement, or it was defeated at the polls in some colonies, then the original states would certainly still be independent sovereign states today, much like New Zealand." Well...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    Oh... writing error messages. As a lowly user, the best one I ever saw was when trying to save a form "Hidden Field is empty. Field must contain a value" So whoever wrote that message knew that there were hidden...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    "The sheer bloodyminded ignorance of the history is making my eyes cross. Tackling absolutely nothing else, Ireland didn't gain dominion status like Australia et al until after we 'won' a shooting war with Britain, so the Statute of Westminster wouldn't...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    In my limited career in the sciences I never once heard anything described as "proof" or "proven". I heard "disproven" a lot. "Proof" in physics appears as near as I can tell to be entirely confined to popular press and...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    Oh yes, the 'troops' are clearly morons. I just have some hope that the people in charge are doing these clearly stupid things for their own evil ends. I had a nice chat with an IRA bloke many many years...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    "Here goes my rant, again, about terrorists and generals working from *exactly* the same playbook, "terrorize the populace, and break their will to resist", when 100% of the time, the effect is the reverse of that. Therefore, it's *worse* than...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    Something no-one seems to have mentioned, and which I won't describe in too much detail for obvious reasons, is that the ultimate asymmetrical warfare drone wouldn't target people, but infrastructure. In doing so it wouldn't need explosives at all. A...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    As others have said, no apologies needed. For about a year after my Mum died, the only creative thing I managed was finding new places to burst into tears for no clearly identifiable reason. One thing to remember is that...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    Oh as well as money laundering... "Austrac, the financial intelligence regulator, claims CBA failed to monitor or report large cash transactions, including millions of dollars being laundered by drug smugglers." See also the declared offence: "Drugs Misuse Act 1986 section...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    Heteromeles, please delete this if inappropriate. Well we already have these laws in Australia. Well Queensland, which is part of Australia. https://www.legislation.qld.gov.au/view/pdf/2016-09-23/act-2013-047 "In this Act — association means any of the following— (a) a corporation; (b) an unincorporated association; (c)...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    "Difficult, very difficult" You're not wrong. I'm able to exclude the possibility that I'm lying, but I'm not able to exclude the possibility that I've been fooled or that my memories are faulty. You on the other hand can't even...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    Oh, and certainly, the idea that it was cooked up by someone in the family certainly crossed everyone's mind. Having someone in the family suddenly become a world class illusionist out of the blue is certainly *possible*, but also pretty...
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