John Hughes

John Hughes

  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    The Eater of Souls eats souls, OK, but what exactly does it do to them?It increases the total entropy of the universe while reducing its own entropy....
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    And there is also no electioneering allowed within 100' of the polls (or the door to the building), and that's been true in every state (and commonwealth) I've lived in. In France it's not 100', it's 24 hours :)...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    The movie Rhinoceros was released in 1974. The Rhinoceros Party of Canada was born in 1963And Ionesco wrote Rhinocéros in 1959....
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Oh, in Australia and Aotearoa at least, and I hope anywhere democratic, any random can go along to watch the counting.In France if you want you can ask to take part in the count after you've voted. Sometimes they'll ask...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Under systems with no randomisation of order (does such idiocy exist?) In the upcoming Cote d'Ivoire presidential elections candidates are on the ballot in alphabetical order. Normally Ivorians write their names "family name, personal name". For some reason the sitting...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    It should be 12, or maybe 10 if a 1U space is left between each chassis for cooling purposes.Insulation maybe, not cooling. You don't want air in a rack other than that being pulled into the front of boxes and...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    - shard your SQL database and let the drives do your searching instead of firing up a no-sql database which doesn't have solid consistency.So one bunch is making a new DAP and another crew is revisiting CAFS....
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    With easy access to comedy elements for exactly what the inner monologue of various animals sounds like. Just be careful with the squirrels....
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    The ADSL connection went down.. Ow....
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    It also knocked out my broadband every time I turned it on. I don't know what it did to next door's. Just to be clear here, by broadband do you mean your WIFI? Your DSL? Your cable? Crashing your router?...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    I am not surprised that I have not met that as a dystopian apocalypse in fiction. Bacteria causing plastics to decay faster. In John Barnes' Daybreak series one of the weapons used by the (spoiler) to destroy civilisation is a...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Enough air bottles for fifty rounds of fire would weigh a lot more than that and be more encumbering. How many full-power shots did each charged bottle provide anyway? That's not clear.A Girandoni would give about 20 shots per "bottle"...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    (546km in 10 hours, not bad really)....
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Some of us were brought up where roads were like that, and still use similar ones regularly. Yesterday we drove from Koarho (6.65402N, 8.42988W) to Abidjan, frankly the bits on mostly newly graded red dirt were way less stressful...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Coronavirus 'infects brain by hijacking cells to make copies of itself', US study finds Apart from the "infects brain bit" this headline says "Coronavirus is a virus"....
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Why are they sending missionaries to Africa? To oppose decriminalization of homosexuality of course....
  • Commented on Dead plots
    Y'know, it would seem perfectly reasonable to have stories set on stations around Venus, as we attempt to terraform venus by breaking the runaway greenhouse clouds, etc.Pamela Sargent, Venus of Dreams, 1986 (and two sequels)....
  • Commented on Dead plots
    Even better reason to colonise the solar system: https://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/ceres...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    Will his own words do? No. Nothing Trump says has any connection, other than purely accidental, with the truth....
  • Commented on Dead plots
    You'll rip my millions from my cold, dead hands! Well, no. If it were for a fairer society you could have them, no problemo. I'm in a good mood....
  • Commented on Dead plots
    For years, Oath Keepers leadership has speculated about potential armed conflict: In 2015, for example, members of the group claimed that the “Jade Helm” military training exercise was a front for martial law. Interestingly we now know the Jade Helm...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    I resent that. I am *not* a moderate. I'm a leftist, and proud of it.Workers soviets? Popular control of the means of production? Abolition of private property? Nah, you're an extreme right winger. :)...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    Being a centrist (aka moderate) is always hard. Don't be silly. Everybody is a moderate, it's all those other fuckers who are extremists....
  • Commented on Dead plots
    Another bit of interest ... according to that site, the first three digits of my social security number were "Not Issued". You may have just outed yourself as being under witness protection or similar. Ha ha, only serious. :)...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    If you're trying to malign me, somehow two posted vanished overnight.Damn but those guys from the service action have upped their game....
  • Commented on Dead plots
    That's Mr Hughes to you, Mr Tingey. Nah. You've got the brother of a former UK Labour party leader, the president of the USA and the president of Belarus. You should check your bonnet. I think you might have a...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    One of these 3 people is not like the others....
  • Commented on Dead plots
    . Can someone recommend a trustworthy data-wiping program I overwrite the data with zeroes, the physically dismantle them, steal the cool magnets (dangerous -- do not do with children in the house) and destroy the platters....
  • Commented on Dead plots
    Good god, don't say stuff like that, the "once in every 20 years I have to drive further than the range of the lowest range electric vehicle" brigade will pile onto you!...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    [ crickets ]. The gish gallop troll has moved on....
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