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  • Commented on Excuses
    Doesn't work like that for me. Answers in order: - Yes. - No. Not an option for me. - Doesn't work like that here. Empties are recycled through local council pickup; cooler box is not a thing I have; bags,...
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    Anyway... That wasn't quite what I was asking (should have been more precise). Those with more money than sense will buy their supercars, no doubt. What about the 20-year-olds? What will they do, when cars are no longer a thing...
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    Well, I was kind of attracted to the E-type conversion, briefly. But then I thought of the Ford Anglia conversion someone tried to sell me, must be nearly 30 years ago, with a V8 in it. I think something like...
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    Thanks for the clarification. I take your point....
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    Personally I can't see Trump admitting to incompetence, even as a defence. It wouldn't play well with his base, either; some patterns might start to emerge....
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Monocultures can be very vulnerable to pathogens....
  • Commented on Excuses
    An open-ended question: I'm pretty sure the acceleration available to electrics will mean that IC cars drop out of that market quickly. So, what do we think will replace the IC car as penis-substitute, when automated electric taxis become the...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Re mercenaries: My understanding is that a lot of the technical specialists, especially artillerists (with and without gunpowder) and "combat engineers" (siege-engine builders, defensive architects), were mercenaries. I am not sure where I have that understanding from, though - wargames...
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    Are American Embassy personnel vaccinated before being posted to foreign countries, especially tropical ones? Room for some nasty tricks (or accidents) there, given the anti-vaxxers' current "eminence"....
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    I suspect the thing you're missing here is that global GDP more than doubled, and US GDP less than doubled. Meanwhile, the GDP of those Americans who aren't very rich stagnated, IIUC....
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    So yeah, bread and circuses. OTOH it would be a convenient way to get rid of inconvenient humans. "Oh he took a job on the No-Return Project. Unexpected, really, his only expertise is in economics. No, we haven't heard from...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    I can't see asteroid mining being any less impossible than going to Mars, TBH. It's worse than going to Mars, time- and radiation-wise. The payback time is enormous, and the project risk of the whole thing going bust or being...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    I still think this sort of scenario is likely to be the source of the first AI. But it will be wild, and we won't notice it for quite a long time. If at all....
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    Yes it was. Thank you. (I test stuff for a living, and one time I was responsible for ensuring that one of my then-employer's publicity flyers didn't go out the door with the word "uranuim" in it... :D )...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    Is "programming dad" a typo, or a piece of jargon I'm not familiar with?...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Shortly after the attacks, I saw that Taliban response as part of a news item on the BBC website. It wasn't there when I went back to look for it; or at least I couldn't find it....
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Which is why I was careful to say "popularly believed". We're talking about pop mythology here, not history. Or at least I am....
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Syphilis? Possibly linked to Henry VIII, who was popularly believed to have died from it? Protestantism and the Virgin Queen also springs to mind....
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    I'm pretty sure that I'm not allowed to borrow money from my boss, to avoid conflicts of interest. It's in the staff handbook, IIRC....
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Completely agree with that. It also leaves France as the only EU nuclear-armed state. Who are you seeing as actors on our side of the problem, if anyone?...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Perhaps I should try to clarify. One of the ways forward from here would be an increase in mobility, so that states competed directly as being good places to live/work/exist; which was always one of the claimed USPs of the...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    A reason to leave the EU, it appears....
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    To what extent are the ways forward you envisage compatible with national boundaries?...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Though I'd probably not be calm enough to manage that....
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Immediate list: Passport. Coat (includes hat + gloves). Boots. Most of my day-to-day life is in my trouser pockets (wallet, keys). Medicines. Toothbrush. Mobile phone and charger. Swiss Army knife. Depending on space available: Mortgage and insurance details. Laptop and...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    I think we may be looking at a US recession here. Florida property prices could well crash after Irma, given that sea level rise is already a problem there. Not being USAian, I'd appreciate a better-informed view....
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    I really don't think you can pin that on Greg, he's strictly a Landrover man :)...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Hm. I wonder if the NK leadership has decided it can't afford to keep all those artillerymen on the SK border any more, and needs them to productive instead? That would be a pretty strong incentive to reduce the manpower...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Yeah, but then people would be all "Ooooh, [i]anyone[/i] can make a cylindrical thing!" Now they can do the "Juche is superior or at least as-good-but-different". My guess is they can't do thermonuclear yet; just getting their fission devices to...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    ... suggest a two-stage device? It's so suggestive I'm suspicious of it, TBH....
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