Damian

Damian

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    Pretty sure that the MSG stuff was all 70s and 80s, and not evidence based and the underlying cause was anti-east-Asian racism. What “MSG” is actually in cross cultural cuisines is an effect rather than the specific sodium salt it...
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    Sort of following the theme of the OP here, but one other characteristic of the group here is that it’s almost as much a Banks and Pratchett group as a Stross one. As evidence I offer that everyone here knew...
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    Three-round bursts sounds much more reasonable. That would work well enough even without the extra monster size magazine in the picture (otherwise you’d be wanting some sort of belt mechanism really). I can see that sending three times the mass...
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    While my first glance reaction was “holy crap, what madness is this”, on reflection I can see there’s a sort of gun enthusiast variation of Rule 34 - if you can imagine some kind of gun, it exists....
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    Yes - see my later comment. I suppose I really thought that referring to sub-machine guns would date my reference to the 40s. I didn’t include enough context....
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    Just following on, it goes to show that you really do need to be careful and supply enough context to make it clear what any random thoughts concern and to identify any historical references unambiguously. Anyhow what I meant here...
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    1940s France...
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    The term anti-fascism, much as it has a load of mystical-romantic overtones also brings with those very overtones a bunch of linked images of people with greasy hair, trousers 2-3 sizes too large (optionally secured with rope), and waving around...
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    Oh, that’s one of Bernard Woolley’s irregular verbs, isn’t it? I have an independent mind, you are an eccentric, he is round the twist. Similarly - I give confidential press briefings; you leak; he’s been charged under section 2a of...
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    There are a few things going on here. Both formal and informal rules exist and the distinction is pretty blurry, it’s not even a continuum just a sort of mish-mash. The more formal the rule, the more some concept of...
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    For many, many things, improvements in reporting rates are often mistaken for increasing prevalence. Add to that a lot of myth and misinformation and it's a wonder people express strong views without doing the appropriate deep dive first. A lot...
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    “And that’s why it’s called cyber... — oh hang on!”...
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    Yeah nVidia is pretty committed to Linux support, so much so it makes preferring laptop with one of their boards as the discrete GPU, if one needs such a thing these days (the integrated chipset is good enough for most...
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    ..and the reason they are loud is they make a lot of heat, which the loud fans are there to extract into the "hot aisle" in the datacentre. If there's no cold air coming in from the other end, the...
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    "Gough Street (rhymes with cough, I kid you not)." That's how the name is usually pronounced, Shirley. (Edward) Gough Whitlam, Australian PM from '72 to '75 is the main example here. Most people also pronounce Vincent van Gough that way...
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    Oops - 190 is supposed to be a reply to EC @130...
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    I have suspect there are there are other reasons it is probably a bit arse anyway, but I think what you're looking for in terms of coding in the word processor is available in Word and has been for a...
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    totally eaten Quark Publishing System's lunch For a finite number of years, Quark Express and Aldus Pagemaker were the Chevy/Vauxhall/Opel/Holden and Ford of desktop publishing. Adobe acquired Aldus, but I had the impression Quark was already in trouble and fading...
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    When I was 12 or so, I used to walk in to computer stores, or the computer sections in department stores, ask permission to try a demo computer and type in something like the listing below, using whatever the graphics...
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    "experiment with VirtualBox and a macOS X VM" I still haven't done this, and need to. Though the easier path is probably to replace the Windows laptop with a MBP next time around....
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    Windows actually works quite nicely in VirtualBox. I had a pretty decent run of several years in a former workplace where my "work computer" was the corporate Windows image, complete with Office and especially Outlook, running in a VM on...
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    When I was in high school in inner Sydney in the 80s, a kid in my class commuted every day from Katoomba (at least, from Katoomba station, I believe his dad dropped him there from even further out). And yes,...
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    Are we still thinking a conviction would lead to an automatic pardon by a presidents Pence? So doing all that is possible to affect the 2020 election, hopefully yielding a Democrat presidency, house and senate, followed by another investigation with...
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    This gets into how in geography OZ and NZ are in no way representative of much of the world that people live in. That’s really funny. In some ways it’s sweet, and I want to say that it’s okay, Americans...
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    Bit like people who move in next to a music venue, then start making noise complaints when, after a few months of lounge punk, a properly loud band does a gig there. A version of "why we can't have nice...
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    Outside of the east and west coasts, 2 hour commutes are seen as ludicrous and not even considered as an option You know, places exist that don't fall into either of the categories you have in mind here. But point....
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    Gotcha - thought you may be saying something quite different. I totally agree. It has a lot of interesting parallels in (or isomorphisms with) general thermodynamics: patterns of homeostasis, systems with measurable inputs and outputs, network effects, entropic losses. The...
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    That kind of thing pretty much kills any "self-sufficient" claims. That's got to be the most impressively barefaced non sequitur in this thread so far!...
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    "In ratios. Yes there are stupid ones. but there are also hard working people who get fed up being called stupid" This is where we are in one of those arguments about categorical generalisations. You basically just repeated my point....
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    he OS itself felt a bit like classic MacOS (circa MacOS 6.x) Yes, that was my experience too and part of the reason I liked my first Palm so much (the second, work issued Treo ran Windows Mobile). Even the...
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