Elderly Cynic

Elderly Cynic

  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Actually, Spain has said that it would support Scotland rejoining the EU. Whether it would .......
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    You really don't know? Israel, of course. Probably not all that much money, but one hell of a lot of covert pressure....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    1952, actually. I remember having to colour pieces of thick, rough, dark paper with chalk to make a union jack, and stand by crossroads waving them as a (single) car drove past. I was baffled for years why we did...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    On your first paragraph, I really don't understand Question Time's stance. My suspicion is that their antipathy to the Greens is because the BBC dare not be seen to be even tacitly supporting pressure on the government to actually DO...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    W.r.t. the last, exactly the same would be true with a 'pure' Conservative government or even a minority one with enough low cunning and sympathetic independents. They have already said that they intend to emasculate Parliament, make us subservient to...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    It's just the "sex in chains" case, revisited....
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    No, definitely NOT. We know who the decision takers are within the Conservative party, what classes of decision they can take and, usually, when they meet and what they decide. NONE of that is true for Sinn Fein. I accept...
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    The Sinn Fein behaviour is actually part of the point. They are the same party - and, as I implied, major decisions are still taken behind closed doors and possibly not by the people that are the public face of...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    Interesting. But my guess is that there is a link, via the way that blood volume is linked to salt levels, unless diuretics have been debunked, too. I know that salt increases my need for water by a VAST amount,...
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    I am afraid you are missing a few things that are played down in the press. The first is that the UK is dominated by 'Middle England' (whatever that is), and that would have been happy to get shot of...
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    Benn was a nasty piece of work, and one of the worst hypocrites in Parliament; I knew people that had to work for him, and that's excluding the Milton Keynes affair. Powell was merely a bigot....
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    Yes, I am another. But that puts too much emphasis on the art of politics, and not enough on the science - which is about building a solution that will work....
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    That's not how I read it at all, and have looked at the documents to confirm (though I have NOT studied them properly, and may have misunderstood). The only changes are (admittedly radical) ones to the customs etc. rules for...
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    That's why I said a straight answer, not a simple one. "I don't know", "I don't understand" etc. are all straight answers, as well as the one you gave. Several minutes of largely irrelevant verbiage is NOT a straight answer,...
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    Personally, I have always favoured the larger bombards. None of this new-fangled nonsense - a ton of rock has authority just by itself....
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    Those examples are bizarre - I had nothing like it, though I have plenty of horror stories. But it's NOT just in childhood and school, and it's extremely common for 'management' to assign people to tasks they are completely unsuited...
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    Have you ever had to rely on getting a straight answer from people, even on factual issues, let alone social ones? What's more, a lot of those who won't answer get seriously offended when you press for one. And that's...
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    See #326. Feel free to blame me for confusing you :-)...
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    Yes, I agree with most of that. But see also Bill Arnold (#367) - the compulsion to think logically and to reason from facts is a handicap, as well as the inability to read social cues, but it is also...
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    Right. Being retired helps a lot, too :-)...
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    I wear sandals all the time, made for me by a local cobbler, and wear socks with long trousers but not without. This is not a holdover from my childhood, where long socks and sandals was common, but could have...
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    Yes. It still flabberghasts me that so many people read their assumptions into text that clearly says something different, and then refuse to see it when it is pointed out. Giving a higher priority to connotations from their own, er,...
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    Perhaps I should have spelled it out, though I think it was pretty clear. No, I don't expect that, and never did. Most of the time, I just gritted my teeth, but sometimes raised it to the person at the...
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    I have never had a diagnosis, but it is evident to everyone who knows about it and knows me well. When I started in computing, it wasn't actually a requirement, but quite often covered the majority of the people who...
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    Which is both offensive and scientifically misleading to the point of incorrectness. As I said, it is NOT a disorder, except as viewed by those with (low functioning) Blair's syndrome, as shown by the disproportionate number of leading mathematicians, scientists...
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    Make that "over the top", even "offensive". Anyway, it was bollocks. No, such issues are NOT being over-diagnosed - what they are is being misclassified, not least by being forced into black-and-white categories and into a single dimension. That's unmitigated...
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    As someone who ran the second-largest supercomputer in the UK at one time (a tightly-coupled cluster), that's the primary (NOT only) measure for specifying them - but it is NOT a good measure of their functionality. For that, the number...
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    No. I have been saying it for ages but, even in the IT community, most people favour the Bozo solution to Northern Ireland - a technological magic bullet. The current one is 'program proving'. It would make a very good...
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    Yes. All of the above, and more. They are proportional to the number of interactions, which is anything up to factorial in the number of 'components'. And some will be essentially unfindable/insoluble - Turing/Gödel again. A good example is the...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    Are you sure? And, if so, how do they work? Conventional ones of that size are impossible....
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