John Hughes

John Hughes

  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Making them change the country's name to "Upper Normandy"It's already called big Britanny....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    On the other hand, if we can pour a million* tons of soda into the oceans (after doing the proper research) and bring down the acidity to "normal" levels, I'm all for it. I like eating (sustainably harvested seafood.) In...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    _Moz_: Wow, thank you for the article on France's CFA Zone / Colonial Pact scam. I didn't know most of that, only about Paris's tight control over the CFA Franc.Oh, it's a great article. Total bollocks, but a great piece...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    I said that you had to supply a valid UK postcodeYes, but you don't have to supply a valid UK postocde. You have to supply a postcode. It was perfectly happy with my postcode, 94500, which is not even the...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Yeah, I know, I did that. I was just correcting the claim that you need a UK postcode....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    I think the maps shows who the petitioner is represented byMakes sense. And, stupidly, if you're British and live outside the UK then you're represented by nobody. Anyway, there's a nice button to download a JSON dataset with the numbers...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Scotland gets possession, England gets the launch codes.And the US keeps its 5-year option on removing them from service....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    MAP of signatures HERE for info.The maps are irritatingly incomplete in that they only show the UK....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    that the Petitions site is in fact hosted from a data centre in Ireland. $ host petition.parliament.uk petition.parliament.uk has address 63.35.2.251 petition.parliament.uk has address 52.209.144.75 petition.parliament.uk mail is handled by 10 inbound-smtp.eu-west-1.amazonaws.com. $ host 63.35.2.251 251.2.35.63.in-addr.arpa domain name pointer...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    You have to supply a name, active e-mail address and valid UK post code, and then confirm the vote by responding to an e-mail. Nope, a country + a postcode. Amazingly not all UK citizens live in the UK....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Hah. It's ruined mine for nearly three years now....
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Actually, you don't need to encrypt a document to sign it cryptographically.To sign a document you compute a hash of its text then encrypt that with your private key. Anyone who has your public key can then check that you...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Jail Poettering, say, on St. Helena.Lock him up! Lock him up!...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    And, no doubt, the official documents will all be in an encrypted binary formatsIn the "future" (i.e about "now") all official documents *will* be partly in "encrypted binary formats" -- i.e they'll be signed. Meanwhile and totally off-topic, the "systemd...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Second, pace the 2nd law of thermodynamics, it's a myth that you can't transform high entropy into low entropy. Entropy is generally reversible temporarily and on a local scale, even if not long-term and globally. Any system that uses an...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    systemd : sysvinit as EU : Brexit. :-)...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    In Canada riding size varies between 18k and 90k, which is a pretty big variation. Is there anywhere in the world that runs elections were each elected representative represents about the same number of voters? In the UK theoretically all...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    is kind of terrifying. I can't see how we will avoid having the choices selected in such a way as to make the inevitable result a Silly gain with the Sensible vote being split. Easy -- ask Debian to organise...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    But your comment about the sun reminded me of a possibly genius solution: David Brin, in "Sundiver", proposed that you could use solar energy (either photoelectric or thermoelectric; don't recall) to generate enough electricity that you could power a laser...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    You can't. The blog software/platform more or less predates emojis and assumes you're using ISO 8859-1 (Latin-1) Like slashdot. How quaint....
  • Commented on The crazy years
    But, apart from, of all magazines "Punch" ( The editor took a dislike to Lincoln ) the majority of the press & the voting public were stoutly anti-slavery & pro-US. Punch? Of Abraham Lincoln's rule we can never speak, except...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Most communists of my acquaintance would probably support Brexit after the Revolution Why? Are you planning on a revolution in only one country? How pessimistic. Any revolution worthy of the name should aspire to be at least world wide....
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    I'm having difficulty comprehending this level of stupid.Yeah, how could anybody be so dumb that they don't know the post-apocalypse money will be based on the stable value of the bottle cap....
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    "Are you a Jew?" asked one egg. That one made me laugh out loud -- got some funny looks in the office....
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Guess I'm actually asking what, if anything, is the underlying fundamental difference between human and AI languageIf there is such a difference then it's not AI....
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Sendmail as a Turing machine....
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Ok, if I modify your comment to: where the programmer can select the category of garbage collector and where it is better integrated with the hardware; Algol 68 allowed that, for a secondary stack.I still don't get what you're talking...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    ((*) for versions of Fortran = 90). Should, of course, read ((*) for versions of Fortran <= 77, I know nothing of Fortran >= 90). Fucking HTML....
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    A better solution would be a much better design of memory management, where the programmer can select the category of garbage collector and where it is better integrated with the hardware; Algol 58, Ada and Fortran all allow that, for...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    However, the Dutch lost Indonesia. The French lost Vietnam and Algeria (the latter with a VERY vocal settler population). I'm not saying that an AK-47 guarantees that the rebels win [..]Complete absence of AK47's in all three examples....
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