Elderly Cynic

Elderly Cynic

  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    Yes. Your first point stares one in the face, which makes me boggle when that sort of person misses it! While I am happy to work with probabilistic systems (as you know), I know how much havoc it causes to...
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    Thanks for that analysis. I sometimes wonder if I am excessively cynical, but events usually prove that I am not :-(...
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    I was being unfair, I agree, but I have got seriously pissed off with the way he pushes his fanatical anti-communist line. He does share that with the late unlamented Joseph McCarthy. In my previous post, I was actually referring...
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    Sigh. While communism CAN be a religion and has been, it need not be and, in the form the majority of communists espouse, it isn't - a philosophy is not the same, though I know you are a fervent and...
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    Yes. I like it as a story background, but my mathematical and pedantic soul is less happy. It looks horribly like another example of self-proclaimed rationalists creating another religion. I have been looking at a related situation for other reasons,...
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    Nah, the plan for Mo to be the next senior auditor isn't a spoiler - you made that clear in one place (the Rhesus Chart?) My copies are inaccessible at present, due to our tank leak in June, so I...
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    According to Roman Catholic tradition, yes :-)...
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    Yes, but that's not all that different. My point is that a probability measure is a perfectly reasonable type of value to correspond with a physical quantity. Why should there be any hidden variables underlying it? For some reason, almost...
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    If you can't instantiate it without instantiating the body, and running that, in what sense is it separate?...
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    Yes. As I said "a soul (as an entity that could exist separate from the body)", though perhaps I should have said "separate from A body". That is the normal, modern meaning of the word "soul". Unless Pigeon is being...
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    I have never understood why so many (even eminent) scientists have a religious determination to hang on to the deterministic dogma, despite strong evidence against it. That has nothing to do with the issue of mind, consciousness, soul etc., of...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    It depends. A sane programming language is well-structured, and all objects are either visible and findable, or are garbage. But, if you add garbage collection to a language like C99 without constraining it, then, yes, it IS another halting problem...
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    Um. You are speaking de facto and not de jure, aren't you? The Defamation Act 2013 (another crime to be laid at the door of Cameron and Clegg) definitely allows truth as a defence, though the wording of 2(3) is...
  • Commented on Entanglements!
    Faith is about the 80th most common girl's name in Britain (according to the ONS), and I have known Charitys. Chastity is rarer :-) The word I know that causes most trouble is 'rubber' - I have known people ask...
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    Perhaps their metabolism isn't entirely earthly? If it (especially in the adult form) relied largely on energy from Elsewhere, they might not be dependent on free oxygen....
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    You have read Niven's The Green Marauder?...
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    For heaven's sake, try READING what YOU have posted before talking such bollocks! To quote YOU: "Will C-19 become endemic? ONLY if no vaccine is found. That is simply wrong, and it is EXACTLY what you said. As I said,...
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    Re seamount slopes, I don't see why. They are a known factor of our geology, and were not invented by the author - mentioning them was relevant, but they are much like nuclear weapons (also mentioned). Alternatively, they ARE being...
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    Oh, really? The problems with the complicated crap you seem to favour include: 1) It takes several (often many) times as much effort to reverse engineer its actual specification from its behaviour and bypass obstructive bugs as it does to...
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    Greg, PLEASE, do learn a bit about things outside your field. There are vaccines that give near-complete long-term immunity, and thus can eliminate a disease, but they are almost always associated with diseases that give long-term immunity to people who...
  • Commented on Entanglements!
    It's not a single, well-defined language, true, but it is possible to talk about specific instances (as I did). From when I last looked, rather more than 20% of the vocabulary came from Old English (which is what most people...
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    As I said "not news" - nor is the rest about Ukraine, though many posters here will deny it :-( Boorrring....
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    Sigh. Never mind. I virtually never watch television, haven't watched an American film or similar in more decades than I can care to count, and have watched fewer than a dozen in my life. The same is not true of...
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    As I understand what you wrote, she was an agent but had also 'gone native' to some extent, which seriously complicated the issue - is that what you meant?...
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    At those impact speeds, the material is almost irrelevant, though something that would sublime (eventually) would be better, as it wouldn't leave long-term junk in orbit....
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    For a very limited interpretation of 'sane', perhaps. Remember who was responsible for suppressing the results of Exercise Cygnus, ensuring that its recommendations were not followed, and giving us the highest COVID death rate among health workers in the developed...
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    I don't think that you realise what the membership has turned into, nor just how much of a figurehead Johnson is. The former was dying of old age until the extremists launched a recruitment campaign - though it's still tiny....
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    You are too optimistic. Look at the way even very modest amendments to the Covert Human Intelligence Sources Bill were voted down, and what that implies. Those shits would love Patel as PM. As I posted in 2016: Who groans...
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    Nonsense. H. Biden is not what anyone else means by just "Biden". Her drooling over a self-admitted addict's humiliation is distasteful, but not news. She didn't say that Trump was going to win, but that there would be civil disorder...
  • Commented on Entanglements!
    To David L: I said common American English, and was referring to the language that is understood by the large majority of the country that uses English as a native language, and similarly for British English. Most of the idioms...
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