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  • Commented on Excuses
    Two other lyrics from the same source that feel appropriate to this thread. Use your wheels. It is what they are for. Statistically more people survive if they think only of themselves....
  • Commented on Excuses
    It's not quite as bad as that. Battery plus electric motor needs to get closer in total output to petrol plus ICE. And there's a big difference in conversion efficiency between electric and ICE. So the energy storage only needs...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    The local secondary school (now an academy, obvs.) in this small market town in SE England used to do foreign exchange and trips for A-Level French students. But it has ground to a halt in the last couple of years...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    And as biplanes swoop down on Trump Tower, David Carradine climbs the Chrysler building to discover that Q - The Winged Serpent has woken from its slumber. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0084556/?ref_=fn_al_tt_2...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    I have this sneaking suspicion (which may make no sense) that if we can't burn all the remaining coal, we'll use it as feed stock for plastic....
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    I think Peter Watts just nailed it. https://seat14c.com/future_ideas/37D...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Greg, when you have a go at Assange and remind us about the UEA emails, I keep wanting to defend him and wikileaks. But then here he is again trolling the world. It's just embarrassing. https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/08/08/assange_offers_job_to_dismissed_google_diversity_memo_employee/...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Pretty much everyone in Fleming's 1950s Bond were permanently-drunk alcoholics (reflecting the author). This tradition has been followed in the films right up to the present day. So I went looking for real life villains who look like alcoholics. And...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    The name's Bond, etc. ;) Some argument about whether Elliot Carver was based on Mr Y or on Robert Maxwell. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomorrow_Never_Dies#Writing It's a shame Cap'n Bob is no longer with us, as the thesis would have worked just as well...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    On cash and its demise: this turned up today. https://www.theguardian.com/money/2017/jul/12/cash-contactless-payments-uk-stores-cards-british-retail-consortium Key points. Contactless now accounts for 1/3 of all card purchases, up from 10% in Oct 2015. And debit cards account for more transactions than cash in numbers and not...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    I've reached the conclusion that there is no hidden agenda or clever plan in the current crop of UK politicians. What you see is exactly what you get. So Corbyn's position on Brexit can be judged by his actions. He...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    There's a strong dissonance here between UK and USA banking. But also between different sections of UK society. There are still plenty of places that offer deals for cash, non-VAT or where you might notice somebody paying for something with...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Sorry, somewhere between deciding to reply, signing in and clicking on the reply link I picked the wrong post. That should of course have been a reply to Greg at 113 not your 116....
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Really? Virgin Care take over £700m NHS contract Which is the tip of the iceberg. #112 The late 70s and early 80s were also the time of Two-Tone and Rock Against Racism (in the UK). Ideas that need to happen...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    How are the Datura plants coming along, Greg? Sage is pretty easy to grow but it's annoyingly hard to get cuttings of the more interesting members of the Salvia family and they rarely throw viable seed. One side effect of...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    If Russia can't join NATO, they should join the EU. I hear the EU is shortly going to be in need of an old imperial power....
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Please note it was Theresa May who switched UK drug policy from a black list to a white list. It's no longer the war on some drugs. It's a war on all drugs with two (barely tolerated) exceptions, ethanol and...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    There's about 5 miles of the M4 around Reading where you get to see a medium sized wind turbine (still big) over the Green Park (home of Ecotricity) and then a fairly large solar farm on flat land. I suspect...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Here we are again. Solar and wind can't possibly work, because. Except that they're being deployed at an accelerating rate and decreasing costs all round the world. So people with deep pockets disagree. Anyway, it's not Either/Or, it's Both/And. Solar...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    I believe there was a view high up in Labour/Momentum that campaigning on Remain post-referendum was political suicide because they would lose the "Labour Heartlands(tm)". Hence the attempt to soften the message and effectively say "Yes, Brexit should happen, but...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    Between where I live and where Greg lives is the Lea Valley, N of London. This is Little Sicily and is the Salad, Tomato and Cucumber capital of the UK. It's run by 3rd and 4th generation Italian immigrants. There's...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    The last (2015) UN population predictions for 2050 are 9.7b and 65% urban. 2/3, 3/4, same, same. http://www.worldometers.info/world-population/#table-forecast That assumes business as usual keeps going. And it's the "business as usual" bit keeping going for 30 years that we keep...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    Suggesting lack of change in the previous 30 years was a throwaway remark. It was really just to give a reminder of how close 2050 is. Lots of us here saw 1990 and have a reasonable chance of seeing 2050....
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    The OP asked about 30 years out, not 100. I remember (vaguely!) 1987 and it wasn't that different to now. 30 years forwards is not that far out. I think business as usual should keep going that long. But >2C,...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Thank you so much for that. The Cosmic Trigger play was wonderful....
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    Does it involve two male actors hitting each other with bare fists? I think we may need a Bechdel-style test based on this....
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    I think there's another one, which is unscrupulous garages, MOT stations and owners who de-cat the exhaust because it's way cheaper than replacing it, or for some notional performance gain. Hence my comment about enforcement. However it happens way too...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Then there's that problem that you're following white van man or an apparently new BMW SUV when they put their foot down away from the lights or on a motorway slip-road. And you can see (and smell) the cloud of...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Be careful of that Hans Rosling Hopium. Every two years the UN demographic unit release their report and every two years they pull the date for 10b back. We had the transition from geometric growth to linear growth around 1970....
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Yesterday was the day we blew through 7.5b people in the world. (according to the UN) http://www.worldometers.info/world-population/ If business as usual keeps going, and barring black swans or LtoG style crash and burn, we'll hit 10b in roughly 2050, and...
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