Simon Farnsworth

Simon Farnsworth

  • Commented on What happens now?
    The Conservatives see themselves as the natural party of competent governance - they believe that they are competent. And, TBF, they always have applied Singaporean style policies - mistreatment of low income workers to generate funds for the elite, focusing...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    Singapore is not actually a meritocracy; it's a Westminster-style democracy with a single house and a dominant party (who effectively form a benign dictatorship, since they never lose power). Assuming this is replicated in the UK, with the Conservatives as...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    The thing is that the bias educated into me says that "he" can be used both for "male" and for "ungendered"; I personally use singular "they" for "ungendered", but I have been trained to read "he" both ways. Someone a...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    I wasn't thinking that far ahead - I was more thinking that a trans person might be "out" to some people and not others, and thus the mix of pronouns used might change depending on who was around!...
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    Because SFReader and similar entities are nice people, and don't want to upset another human without due cause. Simon Farnsworth believes that SFReader would not desire to reduce a person to tears from pure curmudgeonliness but that SFReader would make...
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    Would you mind expanding on why this is transphobic? EC's statement as I read it is "assuming you are not transphobic, one component of the complexity of tracking pronouns is that it is completely reasonable for the same person to...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    One of the things that's noticeable from outside the USA is that much more police were present when BLM marched (peacefully) on the Capitol than were present when the pro-Trump mob marched on the Capitol. This, in turn, implies that...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    So, for context, my experience that means that I don't read "he" as male automatically is based on being educated in England in the 1990s, in a school that focused on trying to get us to use the "correct" ways...
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    I was thinking in terms of jobs occupied by women, rather than things that "ought" to be women's jobs (as there is no such thing as a job that ought to be done by a woman, merely jobs that certain...
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    I have it as an ebook - the fun thing is that if you replace she/her pronouns with he/his pronouns, it stops feeling odd, because use of masculine pronouns in English is so established, even for women's occupations....
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    It is Austen who uses it, though - Mrs Norris is a character Austen created (not a person who existed and whose language use is being faithfully recorded by Austen), and her use of language for Mrs Norris is chosen...
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    That not looking "right" is part of the shift in education, though - what "looks right" is defined by what you learnt when you were young enough that you don't remember learning it, and the shift in question is from...
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    Wikipedia has several examples that cover most of the uses I learnt about in pre-GCSE History a few decades ago. It's been around for a very long time - Canterbury Tales (Chaucer), Vanity Fair (Thackeray), Mansfield Park (Austen) and others...
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    Further, the age of the buildings (my daughter attends a "modern" school, where the buildings are 19th century) exacerbates the funding issue; since 2010, UK school budgets for maintaining and improving buildings have been kept below the level needed to...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    It's worth noting that for a similar vaccine (the V920 a.k.a rVSV-ZEBOV Ebola vaccine), logistics were sorted out to deliver thousands of doses in the Kivu warzone in the DRC. We know how to do this, technically speaking. We've proven...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    The big shifts since the 1950s are in the size of particulates (smaller, so harder to see), and the almost complete removal of sulphur (causes yellowish-brown appearance) from fuels. This results in "smogs" that are nearly invisible while being at...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    I can dock my mobile with the same USB-C docking station I use for my laptop - it then gets me screen, keyboard and trackpad from the docking station. Not sure exactly which protocols it's using on the wire, but...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    The price ratio is fixable, but doesn't shift the energy independence argument, only the cost of production argument - it may well be possible to make solar profitable in Scotland with cheaper methods like solar carports, but utility scale solar...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    That's partly mitigated by having the shadowing be shadowing that's done already - my figures are for rooftop solar embedded in the existing roofing, and the tool accounts for the effects of existing buildings. I could get the tool to...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Oh, and as you'd know if you'd actually tried the tool rather than dismissing it outright, it claims that my chosen location in Perth would get 18.6 kWh of sunlight for 3.2 kWh of electric power in a month. If...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    You're not looking at the same tool as I am, then. The one I'm using is titled "JRC Photovoltaic Geographical Information System (PVGIS) - European Commission". Firstly, the PVGIS datasets take shadowing and atmospheric absorption into account - that's exactly...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    https://re.jrc.ec.europa.eu/pvg_tools/en/tools.html is a good tool for thinking about solar PV in Europe and Africa (plus parts of the rest of the world). Cheap solar panels are around 0.2 kW/m² peak output, so you can go from an area to a...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    Each vote is on a single previous piece of legislation, as amended (most of which is published at https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ so it's easy to find). You can, of course, do rapid-fire votes to get through the legislative list in a hurry,...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    Actually, I *have* really thought about what it means, which is why I believe it's impractical. 1. We still run the courts on an "ignorance of the law is no excuse" basis, so while it's not been true for years,...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    If your elected representatives don't consider them worth renewing, then yes. In practice, I would hope that elected representatives would recognise that voting against the renewal of laws criminalising such heinous crimes is a one-way ticket to being unelectable, and...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    My personal, only mildly impractical, version of that is to have all laws sunset themselves in at most 20 years; the bigger the margin on the vote, the longer the sunset period is (with the shortest being the expected lifetime...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    To be fair, the African use of maize to replace sorghum in ugali (and its many other names - see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ugali for a full list) is because white people took maize from the Americas without asking the locals how to...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    I happened to go through SEA at the same time as the state's first case of COVID-19, so I've been following the drop in mortality rate. There are two issues with the higher number you've come up with (which was...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    In my office block, there's lighting on by the windows anyway - the zones for lighting in this open plan setup are large enough that you can't get enough lighting in the bits away from the windows even in midsummer...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Musk's solar roof is a different matter (Tesla routinely over-promise and under-deliver), and I cannot get pricing out of anyone for them.; Solecco tiles cost about twice the price of the same area in traditional large panels, but on the...
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