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  • Commented on On hold
    "...advanced civilisations can be reasonably resisient once they are established." But can you reasonably call a civilisation "advanced" when it is still at the level ours is at - essentially an expression of the same blind territorial drive, with the...
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    "...how to get the high level of agricultural skill if the environt changes too fast." One buffer that nobody's mentioned yet is to convert prolific but inedible plants into food by keeping livestock. Preferably of several different species so one...
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    "There's enough work needing to be done getting trees planted and carbon back in the ground that people who are able and willing to do it should be able to..." ...go and do it without having to worry about "earning...
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    And also ensure that in future all giant werewolves are firmly instructed to bite BOTH hands off, not just one....
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    It's probably Cthulhu, so that might be... interesting....
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    "Google's possible duplicity doesn't affect whether or not a more secure socket is a good thing." Of course, but you're still missing the point that the problem is not with the socket per se, but with the nature of the...
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    When using a USB 3G adaptor to get internet access when the ADSL went down, I found T-Mobile doing exactly that. They were using it to (a) block people who don't have a credit (not debit) card from accessing sites...
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    You're missing the point, because you're dismissing the importance of how it's being sold - ie. in such a way as to imply that "to be resistant to man-in-the-middle attacks" and "to be secure" are the same thing - apparently...
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    Oops, that's reminded me... [quickly changes password for nuclear missile launch control system in shed]...
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    "Google (and other search engines) interpret multiple distinct URLs pointing to identical content as spam." Oh how I wish their search results reflected that interpretation......
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    "I really don't understand what you're complaining about" I'm complaining about the Google-led PR/propaganda/blackmail campaign to plug HTTPS under the banner of "safety" in such a way as to make yer average user on the Clapham omnibus miss the important...
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    Why not just leave SSL access optional instead of forcing it? That way the question doesn't arise. I get the problem re. Google's interest in misdirecting people to think that transport security is the be-all and end-all so they forget...
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    Possibly some kind of CSS caching glitch going on? Had a look last night and it was all in serif with quite a small font size and a much wider main column. Had a look earlier today and it was...
  • Commented on Test Case
    "And if I were smaller, I'd fit better into the seats." Sorry to disillusion you, but no, you wouldn't. You would need both legs amputated above the knee. I am "smaller", and I still don't fit. The problem is that...
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    Calling all cats "she" is just weird. I've seen it in Victorian novels but it was by no means universal even there. More weird than even calling boats "she", because it's not just inappropriate, it's completely wrong half the time....
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    Na, the chair is the thing they sit in. That's what makes using it to refer to the person an abomination. "Also note that "they" is often more correct in this age of nonbinary gender." I think that's about the...
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    "wonder if there are any unintended consequences in there?" There will be infuriating popups and banners about sharing data that piss you off whenever you visit a website, and you can't get rid of them unless you share data....
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    Even more so in the many cases where it isn't anything like 3 times as many resources but more like 1.03 or less - which is what makes it so bloody infuriating. Most of the item has nothing to do...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    Uh? A/C already acts as a dehumidifier - moisture from the room air condenses out on the evaporator coils, and has to be provided with some kind of drainage. Some people use that condensate for purposes that have a not-too-stringent...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    That would be the plutonium for Canada's nuclear weapons programme, I take it? :) The main advantages of the CANDU design are safety and simplicity. Yes, it needs lots of heavy water, but then you are dealing with the easiest...
  • Commented on Test Case
    I'd have thought the "obvious" tourist route from Mallaig to Inverness would be to go to Kyle of Lochalsh - either boat to Skye and then bus, or boat all the way - and then the Kyle-Inverness railway....
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    Careful with that one, you'll have people accusing you of using social engineering to force people to use cars... :)...
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    I find it odd for a couple more reasons... Why does it even have a power steering pump at all? Most power steering these days uses an electric motor geared directly to the steering mechanism, to eliminate the standing losses...
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    So, to put it briefly... Glocks don't have a safety, they just pretend they do. Blegh. I've heard of this "safety on the trigger" thing before and never understood how it's supposed to be significantly different from the guy in...
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    OK... but as far as I am aware the only one which is actively balanced is the Brennan type, and that has by far the simplest track, since the balance and support functions are completely separate systems; the balancing function...
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    "Tapiola Park"... I can quite imagine a little-used underground car park attracting a name like that for humorous reasons, precisely because it isn't a pleasant open area with grass, flowers, trees etc. The joke would be that while affluent areas...
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    I've heard of an English visitor to New York being shot at by a cop because he ran for a bus. Once they had got it through their heads that he was just a harmless tourist, it was explained to...
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    Sorry, I don't get you. The basic structural technology is the same in all cases - standard bridge-building stuff - so the maintenance requirement depends principally simply on how much structure there is, and the less elaborate structure requires correspondingly...
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    "the big nose angle is probably caricature of actual faces rather than Nazi imagery." Is it? To me it seems that there are two distinct versions of "looking Jewish" - the offensive big-nose caricature (or its verbal equivalent, see the...
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    The thing about the "no dissenting voices" bit that gets me is that it seemed to apply not just to commercial media, but also to Twitter. The reaction on twitter was just like the reaction you see (well, probably not...
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