Elderly Cynic

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    Yes. From what I read, Malaysia is beginning to doubt it. Why this should be connected to their sexual bigotry, I can't guess....
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    It's a major area of research. One goal is a flexible fabric that acts like a VDU screen....
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    Nope. Monetarism, pure and simple. They are cheaper....
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    No feasible ores left. I defy you to smelt metals from the low-grade or highly inaccessible ores that are all that is left in the UK, for example. A lot of the early smelting (tin, gold and even iron) used...
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    While something new MIGHT have developed since I stopped following that area, I was an algorithmist (*) and knew some top-flight physicists well. The hype and actual results are, as usual, not closely aligned. A good many experts believe that...
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    Yes. And modern software can create videos that are indistinguishable from real ones, at least in that sort of resolution....
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    If the performance they are measuring by that metric was actually useful, we would already be seeing a lot more quantum computers being used....
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    It goes back to the 1960s, and wasn't just IBM....
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    I.e. the following: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/15/us/politics/trump-cyber-russia-grid.html https://mobile.twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1140065300186128384?p=v https://mobile.twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1140065304019644427?p=v It is notable that the UK (and, I assume, USA) press is very keen to spout vitriol about Russian hacking, but has studiously ignored this. You will remember how I was flamed by the...
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    Right at the beginning, there is someone standing up above the others facing the side of the ship and doing something with some object that shows as a blurred white circle. Beyond that, I can tell nothing. I stand by...
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    Merging two comments. Despite the propaganda, derailleurs require a higher level of technology to work reliably than epicyclic hub gears, which is why the latter dominated until well into the 1930s and are undergoing a comeback today. In terms of...
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    There are a zillion ignored crops in most 'developed' parts of the world, but almost all produce less per acre than our current ones do. There are plenty of solutions if the world population drops to 10% (not BY 10%)...
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    I have ridden such bicycles for many decades. Traditional roadsters will last about as well as modern cars, in terms of miles, with some renovation, which can be done by the owner - there is no competition in terms of...
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    No. It clearly showed a person on the boat doing something to the side of the tanker....
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    Which would indicate that the boat in the video was sent there by the carrier - that's definitely well into the 'accidentally on purpose' category, like the shooting down of Iran Air 655....
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    Growing and raising enough food for yourself (and a family) by hand isn't hard in many places, but what most 'survivalists' ignore is that it is a full-time job and you still need to build and maintain a house and...
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    I am saying that Israel would not be as adversely affected by a war in the Gulf as Saudi Arabia and the UAE would be, and has a track record both of trying to get the USA to bomb Iran...
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    Re Collapse, I am not surprised. I was not impressed that he didn't include at least a section on civilisations that collapsed for reasons other than the one(s) he described - the most notorious, of course, being the Roman Empire....
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    It has no border in the Persion Gulf or Gulf of Oman, and would not be DIRECTLY affected by war there. It is unlikely that Iran would retaliate against a USA strike by an attack on Israel, not least because...
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    Both the UAE's and Saudi Arabia's economies are at risk. Iran's would crash if all oil exports from that area were blocked, but theirs would disappear. There is another country that has been trying to get the USA to bomb...
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    Also, the UK is an active (including military) participant in MBS's anti-Shia pogrom in Yemen, so anything our government says has to be distrusted. The evidence seems to be that it was shells, not rockets, unless the rockets were unusually...
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    That is because it was not created to be under the authority of the general government - it was to be under that of the Supreme Leader. I am not absolutely sure of its current status, but I am pretty...
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    Nor does it stop the UK behaving like the subservient toady we are, nor the BBC from promoting the government line - I turned the sound off, because it was so ghastly :-(...
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    I love this thread! The cream of the jest was that the problems described really did exist - in the early ethernets! Token rings were designed to avoid just that problem....
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    But, if it was that, my remark about grovelling servitude applies; at the very least, Javid should have had a personal call from May apologising and asking him to find an excuse not to attend. Ministers of that rank would...
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    Could be. And it appears that the origin of the unit at the UoC may have been garbled as I heard it, because it seems far more likely that it was in units of nobles. http://www.bsswebsite.me.uk/A%20Short%20History%20of/coins.html...
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    This really belongs in the previous thread, but it indicates that both OGH and I were wrong about the absence of Javid from the state banquet. While it COULD be simple incompetence, it reeks of bigotry - though it's unclear...
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    Upon checking, you are right about the mark - thank you - it appears that the University of Cambridge fined/fines in units of half-marks - but your other points are merely what I said, couched in other terms. The point...
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    Sort of. A half-crown was a common coin, and was worth two (shillings) and sixpence. So was a florin, at two shillings. Shillings did divide guineas, but crowns didn't. A mark was six and eightpence - a third of a...
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    One of the glorious things about the old UK currency is that many units did not subdivide the next. You might like to consider that, as a wrinkle. And I like your Tolkein ring joke - but, then, I would...
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