Damian

Damian

  • Commented on Server upgrade coming
    I think your time is definitely better spent writing novels. I'm not trying to make suggestions, just reliving misadventures. I keep finding myself wanting to write things that are too long as arsebook posts or as comments on other people's...
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    BTW and FWIW, I can get onto the site via https just fine, but the CSS doesn't load and all the the internal links I've tried are http only. In my increasingly distant experience both those things could be apache...
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    I've toyed with the "if you can't beat them, join them" model of using one of the several blogging platforms built recently around node.js. But it's a broad field, I'm pretty time poor and the way through it that appeals...
  • Commented on Test Case
    As I've grown older I've grown less generous and less patient with this sort of thing. For me, anyone who earnestly complains loudly about political correctness gone mad is someone whose opinion on any subject is probably suspect. In practice...
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    all self-driving cars will be owned by limited liability shell companies Sorry, I paused halfway through the OP to comment, I promise I'll read the whole thing next. But... didn't you write this book 13 years ago?...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Loads for me (in Chrome). Given the below I've no expectation it would be a browser issue. damian@hertz:~$ ping crookedtimber.org PING crookedtimber.org (208.113.206.0) 56(84) bytes of data. 64 bytes from ds6535.dreamservers.com (208.113.206.0): icmp_seq=1 ttl=48 time=221 ms 64 bytes from ds6535.dreamservers.com...
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    One of the few things Howard did that I really admire was take the Tasmanian shooting as a reason to clamp down on gun nuts. I sometimes wonder what would have happened after Port Arthur with a third Keating government....
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    With PV we have the skills and we even export PV researchers to China. Ditto with thermal solar except the researchers go to the US and EU. Sorry, venting. No need to apologise - to me this comes across as...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Hopefully this explains my antipathy to the nuclear industry. Oh, it does and I completely agree. Whenever anyone argues in favour of nuclear, they always seem to be talking Swedish style geologically stable on geological time scales bunkers for waste...
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    Well I did an English double major, so... well actually I also did first year maths, applied maths and geology, a mix of Latin, ancient history and Greek, and an interdisciplinary stream called human ecology... and then a sub-major in...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    As long as people are being called "consumers" it won't be "liberating" In healthcare there is a lot of variation about what to call the people the care is for. You still get away with "patient" in most settings that...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    They are bartering goods of equivalent value (unless she is not a willing participant!) I think you're positing that either she is willing, in which case the transaction must be fair, or she is not in which case it's not...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    ITYM Surface Detail. The ship's avatar later casually remarks to a player involved with the small fleet that the ship had destroyed in microseconds that they'd jumped it and it had to "off them"....
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    I haven't watched the Netflix series and might not for a while. I did start re-reading the novels, back about when I mentioned here that I'd seen Richard Morgan tweet about a trailer. I'm only about halfway though Broken Angels...
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    Just the generic "is anyone in charge of monitoring the supply of dishwashing liquid" stuff makes life flow more smoothly. It's Zigzag Street by Nick Earls where a character's partner takes him to task for purchasing 6* jars of Tikka...
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    I'm afraid that the answer is that most writers are English majors Hey - I resemble that remark! Well not quite... I'm not really a writer....
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    US National Transportation Safety Board has published Sinking of US Cargo Vessel SS El Faro. That's a really fascinating document and thank you for posting the link....
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    What's your criterion Well, I'm Australian. It makes superficial sense to talk about how the Australian accent is different to the American accent, but you can't sensibly talk about how it diverges from it - you have to consider how...
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    Are you familiar with the attempts to perform Shakespeare using a reconstruction of "Original Pronunciation"? I have heard of projects like that and I think they are worthwhile. That isn't what the RSC does, though, and I think what the...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Something to do with the way you pronounce the letter 'r'? Being rhotic is main feature of the American accent, and it's a feature of the accents from Ireland, Scotland and some bits of England* and India. It isn't so...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    I think, Greg, that you have a slightly overly specific idea of what murder for even just these specific concepts would look like....
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    We have an arm of the govt that consists of professionals devoted to investigation of crimes, and apprehension of those who break the law and gathering of evidence so that they can be brought to trial. I suspect the concept...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    The Berlin Wall has now been DOWN for as long as it was UP. I find this sort of observation really interesting as I'm seeing a similar pattern all over the place, all the time. For example: The movie of...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    "Should we just accept that as unchangeable, permanently set in stone? Or can we try to improve the situation? " There's a bit of "well duh" about this, but the larger issue is to distinguish carefully between the descriptive mode...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    "Economists have this idea that if transactions costs are low enough the market will necessarily produce an optimum arrangement of resources" That would be "pareto efficient" rather than optimum (unless you specifically want to optimise for pareto efficiency). It doesn't...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    "You'd better beat it; I hear they're gonna tear you down and put up an office building where you're standing. You can leave in a taxi. If you can't get a taxi, you can leave in a huff. If that's...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    You're confusing the point. The Soviets were certainly in a position to buy infrastructure development and many Western companies had very profitable dealings with them. This does not support a claim that the Soviets benefited from the largesse of Western...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    I can't speak for Pigeon, but from my perspective you're on the wrong track there. Have a bit of a read about economic rent and how specific circumstances and regulatory environments force the use of various sorts of middlemen. Consider...
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    Greg, repeating an assertion, no matter how belligerently, just doesn't make it so....
  • Commented on The crazy years
    "Imported technology? Sure, lots of that. But that is totally standard for a late-industrialising country. " Exactly... it isn't that people were just giving them stuff. While surely the speed of industrialisation of agriculture and the political isolation (or genocide)...
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