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  • Commented on A Wonky Experience
    The trouble is the crap catches guppies but not whales. So it's giving the greatest grief to the greatest number for the least significant result....
  • Commented on A Wonky Experience
    "But is it perfect ? Absolutely not!" Even so, lists like yours and Troutwaxer's are handy means for deriving UK crappiness ratings based on whether it is closer to Scandinavia/the EU or to the US on the various points....
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    "One interesting thing is that Paypal and other "not banking" services are exempt from this law (or perhaps just above it as they are with so many other laws). Or at least I've never knowingly done a KYC check for...
  • Commented on A Wonky Experience
    "Bene Gesserit" Is that "it will have been borne well" or "[that] it should have been borne well"? Or is the ambiguity a deliberate choice? I'm not sure that reading a translation really conveys the reason for using Caesar to...
  • Commented on A Wonky Experience
    "How is the 'leave school ... unlearn everything' different from the 'people typically forget about 95% of what they learned in school'" In that the second refers to the things you learn by being explicitly taught them, as the subjects...
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    "so... slab of glass polished flat then silvered... plausible as high end item in luxury trade" Nowt so elaborate - you're not trying to form a precise image. Just a flat piece of metal polished shiny will do. "maybe someone...
  • Commented on A Wonky Experience
    "hydraulic telegraph" Seems a tremendously heavy and cumbersome way of obtaining a pair of (nominally) synchronised timebase sweeps. After all, it's just a water clock, and ordinary ones were usually quite a bit smaller and neater than that - which...
  • Commented on A Wonky Experience
    If it's a sunny day you don't need a telescope; a mirror will do....
  • Commented on A Wonky Experience
    Everyone forgets the librarian, but that's the function which is most important (next to retaining the data to look at in the first place).The situation in broad isn't really new at all; "learning how to tap it for knowledge when...
  • Commented on A Wonky Experience
    "testing the batch of support rods remaining in Hawthorne showed the manufacturer had been skimping on testing" ...which will be remembered for a very long time? But the past is a foreign country, and besides, the engineer is dead....
  • Commented on A Wonky Experience
    Musth does seem to have missed the point about remotely recording sensor outputs and suchlike techniques. The idea is that if the machine does end up exploding, then at least you've still got some data out of the effort and...
  • Commented on A Wonky Experience
    Someone on another site has as their avatar pic a photo of the station name board with icicles dangling from it and snow wherever it can stick. That's the Norwegian one, though, so it's probably brighter than the Michigan one...
  • Commented on A Wonky Experience
    Note to Charlie re potential spammer attack surface: You've closed comments on "Worldcon in the news", but they're still open on "Same bullshit, new tin" before that, which is pretty dead now. Memory glitch?...
  • Commented on A Wonky Experience
    That was about 10 years later. I said at that time, ie. the period when C&CTF came out and Charlie was of an age to be reading it, when AFAIK RD was known simply as a popular children's author, and...
  • Commented on A Wonky Experience
    Where was it apparent at that time? I have read C&TCF, plus the sequel and a few of his other books, and I don't remember any such content, or even just the word "Jew". I thought that, along with him...
  • Commented on A Wonky Experience
    Conlang creators: they are in basically the same position as your language teachers at school. They know the rules, you don't. So if you cock up what you think you've learned the rules are, telling you what you did wrong...
  • Commented on A Wonky Experience
    See #507 - it's not Gaelic, it's what was English before it was English. Lune (the river the town is on) + ceastre (used to be a Roman fort) gets you Lancaster; Lancaster + Shire + a bit of tidying...
  • Commented on A Wonky Experience
    In modern French it's Benoit, so that last one is at least sort of comprehensible as a snapshot of a very early version of the French fork....
  • Commented on A Wonky Experience
    Cheers, this was jolly interesting: "Magdalen takes its name from the Greek Magdala, the name of the town on the Sea of Galilee (from an Aramaic word meaning 'tower'), from which Mary Magdalen originated. In the Middle Ages this word's...
  • Commented on A Wonky Experience
    (What a horribly unreadable site...) Sorry, don't get you. Viriconium to the Romans was apparently Wroxeter, near Shrewsbury. I've not heard of the one on your link, but the word "Worcester" does not seem to appear on the page. I...
  • Commented on A Wonky Experience
    That's not Worcester......
  • Commented on A Wonky Experience
    "Plus I learned in high school Latin "castra" means CAMP, so all those city names ending in "cester", "chester", "caster" ... date in some way from the Roman occupation of Britain." They're from the Anglo-Saxons renaming them some time after...
  • Commented on A Wonky Experience
    The only one I ever knew was Feather-stun-haw......
  • Commented on A Wonky Experience
    @ 474: Fair selection of nightmare fuel though... @ 477: Quite. Plenty of schools were single-sex. There simply weren't any girls. Girls were either sister's friends (if you had one) who were outside consideration due to age difference and being...
  • Commented on A Wonky Experience
    D came out in the late 60s, and was entirely electronic, analogue, all done with discrete transistors, and with several resistors made up of series/parallel combinations of E24 parts selected during assembly by trial and error to give the precise...
  • Commented on A Wonky Experience
    "it's how Shakespeare told the thing that turned it into a work of art." That's more or less what they tried to teach us, but without your reasoning behind it. So far as there was any reasoning it was pretty...
  • Commented on A Wonky Experience
    I'd have gone for "1492 2/2", just to really do people's heads in....
  • Commented on A Wonky Experience
    My default response would be to try imagemagick, since it says it has a Mac version. http://imagemagick.org/ I don't actually know if it will do what you want, but it does batch processing from the command line and you seem...
  • Commented on A Wonky Experience
    "In my experience, a lot of electronics engineers want to work on the latest and coolest stuff, and don't think much of the long term unless forced to. And also tend to avoid simple low-tech solutions." You may be glad...
  • Commented on A Wonky Experience
    I don't think Robert Prior's original post was talking about "magic numbers", and my reply definitely wasn't. The point wasn't R&J's ages in relation to modern arbitrary legal limits, it was about their ages being the same as those of...
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