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silburnl

  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Regarding Pigeon's thoughts on CO2 emmissions of German electric vehicles, actually this is pretty surprising - based on earlier well-to-wheel studies of electric vehicles I've seen you have to work *damn* hard to get an electric vehicle emitting more than...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    My previous comment is wrong the DUP didn't abstain in general just on the No Deal, Common Market 2.0 and EFTA/EEA votes. Looking at a visualisation of the votes, the Confirmatory Referendum motion only failed by 27* votes while 25...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    "Teresa May didn't vote for any of the options, I don't know why." From the breakdown of votes, it looks like the cabinet abstained across the board (as did the DUP and SF aren't seated - so it looks like...
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    On reflection the book series can, like Gaul, be divided into three parts: The first part is 'office comedy' and ends with Bob levelling up and becoming the apprentice Eater of Souls or whatever it is that he is these...
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    It'll be an interesting adaptation challenge if they opt for using the entire sequence of books, since they span nearly two decades time - do they compress the timeline using the tv convention of one season = one year or...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    "On the above theme, I found compelling a recent piece by London-based Aussie novelist and lawyer Helen Dale. I'm wondering what you of Charlie's commentariat will think of it." Paywalled, unfortunately. Your capsule summary of it seems pretty on-point though...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    https://www.heinz.co.uk/en/products/beanz/ranges/flavoured-beanz/heinz-curry-beanz...
  • Commented on Media Piracy and Unpronounceable Names
    "Corporates have huge databases" They do, and some of them appear to be vast and deep. I say 'appear' because I haven't seen up close what sort of things the likes of your Amazons or your Googles have. Those I...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Greg @666: Corbyn & his idiot followers are still doing their best to get rid of ( "deselect" ) my MP - who has a majority of over 20 000 - because she is "too right-wing". The fact that she...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    I don't know Emma Graham-Harrison, but Carole Cadwalladr has been doing sterling work digging in to how the Brexiteers won the referendum; lifting up the carpet and finding suggestive GOP/Russian links all over the place. I'm a filthy remainiac though,...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    What Mikko said - the reason why crypto and cyber security types were running around with their hair on fire a few weeks ago (and Estonia ended up cancelling over 700k of their ID cards) was precisely that there was...
  • Commented on Empire Games gets a price cut in the UK
    'Conspiracy against the US' sounds nastier than it actually is - it's a pretty standard charge in money laundering cases AIUI. The really interesting news is the stuff about Papadopoulos IMO - he was arrested several months ago apparently and...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Correction, the first two episodes went out last Tuesday....
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Greg @808: P.S. Is "the Vietnam series" available here, non-streaming? It does not appear to be so. The first episode was broadcast two days ago (25/9) on BBC4. Regards Luke...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Beats me. But opening up banks to third party payment providers is thought to encourage competition and innovation, so next year it will happen. There's also an account information provision which will regularise the position of outfits like mint.com or...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Hey, when PSD2 comes in next year the supermarket will be able to set up as a payment services provider and take the money straight from your bank account. Just download their app - it'll be so much smoother and...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    No, the charge isn't part of the interest - it's only levied once, when the debt is arranged, so it shouldn't be included in the interest compounding calculation. Principal = 100N, Fee = 10N so initial Debt = 110N. This...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    "Which strongly suggests to me that you are using the same false model as the UK for calculating Annual Percentage Rate. [snip] ...by saying "charges over 1 month are 15% of the loan principal, and there are 12 months in...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Suggestions for the latter gratefully received. I have the Killfile browser extension loaded into my Chrome browser - it's also available for Firefox and Opera, dunno about others. Regards Luke...
  • Commented on What are you reading this summer?
    I have just finished the first part of Ian McDonald's 'Luna' diptych, which was marvellously written but I had some issues with the world building (mining He3 from lunar regolith is the cunning insight that made the protagonist family's fortune?...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    I'm really not the one to judge, given that BoJo's upper class twittery act leaves me cold but if anyone from the Brexit side of the fence could pull off a govt of national unity it's him....
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    What Boris wants and what Boris gets are likely to be two different things. I suspect that his 'loveable buffoon' act won't cut much ice on the other side of the channel....
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    The PM must command the confidence of the house, so a coalition of parties us possible albeit extremely hard to pull off....
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    It *is* subject to interpretation, but I don't think the commission are the ones who do the interpreting. The text is clear that it is the member state's constitutional mechanism which applies for activating the trigger, which means any interpretation...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    I would be surprised if the EU could reverse the polarity of article 50 just on their say so. It seems out of institutional character to go so against the wording of the relevant text like that. But I've been...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    Thanks all for your plugin tips to help with my minor chrome woes. I have some A\B testing to do at the weekend... Regards Luke...
  • Commented on Gratuitous Self-Promotion
    Thanks for an interesting peek into how the some of the sausages get made Charlie (and Ed James also, as your interlocutor). I hope the signing goes well tomorrow. See you on the other side of the *British* political singularity....
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    Since we're in the 600s now, a tech support aside - of late I find that reloading these megathreads bounces my reading 'cursor' up to around post 100. It never used to do that, I could read to the bottom...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    What's BANANA activism? I tried googling but mostly found links to vegan message fora or websites documenting unionisation campaigns in central american banana plantations. Regards Luke...
  • Commented on Holding pattern (part N ...)
    Here's my suggested question: Following on from an article I read on Medium a couple of days ago which postulated a pattern for technology waves in the IT space roughly 10-15 years apart (examples given were PCs, Internet, Smartphones but...
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