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    You could argue Caesar was working out combined arms at Pharsalus, where he had his cavalry withdraw through his (previously hidden) reserve infantry, who there went at Pompey’s cavalry using their pilae like pikes. “Aim for their faces, boys”, based...
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    The Royal Navy's Force Z set sail from Singapore that day to attack the Japanese troop carriers, resulting in the loss of the battleship Prince of Wales on the 10th of December. And the sinking of Prince of Wales by...
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    We've had this discussion here before, and it's gratifying to see that Greg has read something about Dark Emu this time around and is starting to grasp the point. He might even come around on the Dickens-based assumption that all...
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    Meanwhile a package manager for Windows is something Microsoft are reportedly considering/working on, so it'll probably arrive less than 30 years after Linux got them. Then, if we're lucky, Apple will turn out to have invented the idea all along,...
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    Clearly communist libertarianism is a non-starter "the state enforces its complete ownership of all property"... that's just communism. But socialist "communal ownership of the means of production" also doesn't combine well with "personal property is the highest value". I think...
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    feathers and currently seem to think they're ducks Currently the main counter indication for us getting chooks for the same purpose is that my wife believes if we had them she'd no longer feel able to eat chicken. She's probably...
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    I had an old PowerBook G4 that had developed enough bad pixel lines and short enough battery life that it was annoying to use as a laptop. Reconfigured, it ran OpenBSD as a firewall and DNS server for my house...
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    I keep thinking that Maxwell comes before Marx, and while Maxwell died before Marx did, Marx was born before Maxwell so it's more correct to say they were contemporaries. Supposedly Marx read pretty much everything, so it is reasonable to...
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    "Our democracy is being destroyed by people who lost a battle of wits to a leaf blower." For whatever reason, this makes me think of the Emu War. There were definitely indigenous people in Australia in the 30s who thought:...
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    Sorry, my last sentence there is unnecessary and uncalled for. Apologies. But the point stands. Even Trump, the great counter example he is, proves the rule here. He had some obvious skills that he was able to deploy to get...
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    Yes Greg, bless. You give two examples of people who were capable of being elected. It suits you to say they are no good for anything, but that's clearly not the case since the mere fact they got to where...
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    [T]he cynical liars who know what the truth is ... will by and by be replaced by people who have drunk the cool aid because there are very few cynical liars in the pipeline of new talent This is absolutely...
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    I noted that too. It's really fun that the first thing you think is it's a typo, then decide no. I like it and may steal it....
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    How does one get out of this? History provides precedents, but they are not encouraging....
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    There's nothing "dry" about this. Quite. To all the Americans here, I struggle to express the sorrow I feel for what I expect will be happening in your world between now and November and I wouldn't wish it on anyone....
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    Unfortunately the solution appears not to be "we need to make the roads simpler, so fewer signs are required". Instead it appears to be "we need to lower the speed limit so that people can read the signs, and increase...
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    Minor nitpick with your language here: I think the Obama administration did a great job on the agreement and the Republicans who refused to sign it were pretty much insane, but it literally was not a treaty. From the Wikipedia...
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    I’ve started making a default assumption (null hypothesis) that commenters fitting a certain pattern are not even genuine trolls. Hence the astroturf allusion above - we crossed over!...
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    On an entirely unrelated note, I visited a seaside park recently and found they’d relandscaped pretty recently. The turf was thick like carpet, but had clearly been laid quite recently, so recently that it hadn’t been mowed since. This was...
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    David is lucky in many ways: he's alive, he's in his home country, he can afford the fees, and his partner isn't likely to give birth while he's in quarantine. Yes. It isn't like the transition from unsupervised self isolation...
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    H: Saw the comet tonight. But I'm not comatose yet M: I can't digest comatose, it gives me wind. I have been so busy that I haven't even looked up to try to see the comet, so my eyesight...
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    Uh, okay. I tried googling and found OGH tweeted about this very incident about a month ago. That wasn't where I'd read about it, it could even have been one of their wikipedia pages....
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    I remember reading somewhere that he'd got into a fistfight with China Mieville at an SF conference after the two of them were on a panel and argued about politics. It occurs to me that several people here were probably...
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    "Your face was eaten by a grue." Yes, there was a reason I didn't with with "bleen"....
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    Those anthropologists should be classified with the epicycle theorists - honest scientists, who simply got it wrong. But, to repeat, I agree that there was even more pseudo-science written to support bigotry. I partly agree, but I think that in...
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    CVS Why didn't you visit the experts at GNC then? Yeah, I thought everyone was using git these days....
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    In news that some may find encouraging, the University of Newcastle (in NSW) has put on the first public display of its printed solar panels: https://www.theage.com.au/environment/sustainability/printed-solar-panels-a-shining-light-for-saving-energy-20200707-p559po.html?fbclid=IwAR2soFuURuBMWADHc4_sqPEgKLy4DOPIEnrNu0OmxbN09Buu-OZj65y8gG4...
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    I once drew colour seps for a t-shirt print run by hand, using a design someone else in the club had originally drawn. Of course the design outright required 3 colours plus black, so we *could* have had process colour...
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    Oh and I forgot to mention again... I'd meant to include this in my comment above where I referred back to a comment of yours about republics versus democracies. I had written a comment with similar content to what I've...
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    It goes a little further than that. The concept of "race" is pre-Victorian by at least 200 years. It's damn-near "pre-enlightenment." Sure! Some might say that the same historical conditions that brought it also triggered the Enlightenment. There's a shared...
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