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  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Wehey, free energy and all sorts....
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    The infuriating thing about cars is that as far as the heavy stuff is concerned they're better than they've ever been. Time was when it was only Volvo who bothered with effective (or indeed any) rustproofing or with making engines...
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    http://vimeo.com/128040347...
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    I think the "slime mould" example is distractingly biological, in that its use of a living organism hints at vitalism. Perhaps a better example would be one that I encountered when I was a nipper and has remained with me...
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    "How does one manage, if you have a speech-defect or can only talk in a whisper in Mandarin?" I had similar thoughts on watching some Chinese film (original dialogue + English subtitles) when it got to a scene of an...
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    "Ma[1-8]" - There's one of those in English which consists of nothing but the word "buffalo". I don't get that. Not even knowing that it assumes that you'll think "buffalo" can be a verb meaning "to hassle" (wot?). I can...
  • Commented on The Labyrinth Index: sneak preview!
    "Little by little, their brains tired - computers worked just as well!" - Back cover blurb on "Doctor Who and the Cybermen" (Target)...
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    I have many times read accounts by the offspring of immigrants to the US saying that their parents made a specific effort not to teach them their own native language, deliberately avoiding speaking it in their presence and the like,...
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    I heard "earwig" 30 years ago and it was out of date even then. But they did at least admit that it was a bit of a silly idea to try to make such comparisons in the first place because...
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    Nah. That's already happened and all we get is people who like to say that the Royal Family are Germans....
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    Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not some farcical aquatic ceremony!...
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    The difficulty is the definition of "cleanup"....
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    That ceases to hold at the top end. For sufficiently great values of evil the definition of "greater good" becomes so narrow that it is neither greater nor good....
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    I am now imagining a post-apocalyptic world where all the long-distance high-bandwidth links are fried, the concept of a "tape job" is familiar once more, and the XCAMEL utility monitors the trains of camels marching endlessly back and forth across...
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    I gave up on the programme they are calling "Doctor Who" quite some time ago... Unsatisfactorily short stories, only two-parters by the 25 minute standard; on top of that, crammed into only one long episode, so there's never any looking...
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    Oh, laser printers with every single internal component contaminated... I bet you didn't know that pigeon shit has self-mobile and anti-gravity properties. Had a laser printer that was temporarily surplus to requirements and nowhere to put it, so it went...
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    It's as old as the hills; I can't remember who first used the phrase, but it has been repeated by lots of people who came after, because it has remained a succinct descriptor of a basic strategy of British/English foreign...
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    "YOU TOO?" Me three... And with a threshold for "really can't be worn" that is so low that I am more likely to lose clothes than get to the stage of downgrading them to "draught excluder" / "oily rag" /...
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    One of the things I get fed up with is that when I say that no-one believes me. They then trot out a variety of attempts at refutation, none of which make sense, and all of which in the end...
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    "...the average American 200 years from now will probably have dark, very curly hair, light-brown skin, and the slightest hint of an epicanthic fold." But it won't make any difference because people will just find some other bloody stupid thing...
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    As far as I can make out the long wavelength version does work, but is not useful (for the stated purpose; it might be useful for achieving stealth). I think it's just a special case of the standard radiative heatsink,...
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    Hmmm... Getting rid of something that has worked for 40 years odd, in order to solve a problem that doesn't exist, but which is claimed to exist on the basis of asserting that the good features of the existing arrangement...
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    That's all we bloody need, government by systemd......
  • Commented on Upcoming Appearances
    For different values of "amusing", there is the definition for Free Tommy Robinson....
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    You can't really make such a clear distinction in the UK, since it is a small place and what any given person counts as "near" probably covers quite a large percentage of it. The tendency manifests more in differences in...
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    I too (mis)spent chunks of my youth botanising on golf courses, among other places. Specifically, collecting specimens of Psilocybe semilanceata....
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    Well, that's about one truck every quarter of an hour, which isn't really too bad. If the breach was close enough to the origin, or if you had a locomotive trapped on the far side to use to propel trucks...
  • Commented on Media Piracy and Unpronounceable Names
    I kind of guessed you might not be much of a fan of Khrushchev :) "Not to talk about patronizing transfer of Crimea" Though I do agree on that one. To be fair, it didn't make a whole lot of...
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    N. A. T. O. :)...
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    Re Corbyn: Opinions of posters here vary. Greg doesn't like him. Others, including me, do (though I don't consider him remotely "perfect" and I deplore the personality cult that some people are erecting around him). Re Stalin: He was a...
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