John Hughes

John Hughes

  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Africa is rapidly getting wealthier and is almost as large as Russia For values of "almost as large" that are equal to "much bigger than". Russia: 17.13 million km² Africa: 30.37 million km² Mercator strikes again....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Could just be that your USB cable is broken and you're getting intermittent disconnects. In my experience almost all (wired) mouse problems come down to a broken USB cable these days....
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    We USAians get yelled at for calling ourselves American's As you should. You're Americans, not American's. Unless, of course, you're a grocer....
  • Commented on Omicron
    It could have been worse; I might have found constant integer C4 = 5; There's a guy on slashdot who's .sig is: const int one = 65536; (Silvermoon, Texture.cs) It's not a joke! https://searchcode.com/codesearch/view/9614781/...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    And they're all members of NATO (the treaty, not the integrated military command structure in the case of France). Ahem, France rejoined the integrated military command structure in 2009. https://otan.delegfrance.org/France-and-NATO-presentation-1217 (Although they're still outside the nuclear planning group)...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    Never said it was. Free movement still exists, just not for Brits....
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    Martin said: “London has a low birth rate. A reasonably liberal immigration system controlled by those we have elected, as distinct from the UK system, would be a plus for the economy and the city." The EU does not control...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
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  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    and if you do a 6 year plus sentence you could be released with a university degree. Myra Hindley got her OU humanities degree the same year as my mum. Mum was a bit pissed that Hindley got a better...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Meanwhile, are the statue-topplers protesting outside [ the embassies of ] the African countries who sold the slaves, way back when?How could they? None of those countries exist any more, they were destroyed by the colonising European powers, all of...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    The UK got a different chunk of captured Nazi space tech and ended up using it to put a satellite into orbit somewhat later and less efficiently (then the government pulled the plug on the space program). You understate the...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    It's pure legend. You could not hear a V2 and that's why it was more a terror weapon than a V1. As the story is recounted (and, yes, it's probably apocryphal) it was because they heard nothing before the explosion...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Legend has it that when [ Arthur C. ] Clarke and his friends from the British Interplanetary Society heard a V2 while drinking in a pub, they stood and cheered the space age that was about to begin. https://www.nature.com/articles/452387a...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    I think all programming languages can be used for [write]-only programming... "A good FORTRAN programmer can write FORTRAN in any language"....
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    AI: Turning me off is murder! Human: We do it to ourselves every day, suck it up....
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    (Heat pumps freeze the earth) The story is "The Snowmen" by Frederick Pohl. Thanks....
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Whatever, heat pumps are wonderful things. You get more out than you put in - how can that not be neat? I read a short story once where excessive use of heatpumps had cooled the earth to the point where...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Sorry, but the true levelized cost of energy (LCOE - factoring in all up front construction and operational lifetime costs) which allows for apples to apples economic comparison says otherwise. Renewable energy costs have fallen, but nowhere near enough. In...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Unlike the EU, Canzuk members are culturally similar, with equivalent standards of living and with the same language Il a dit quoi, lui? Même langue. P'tit con....
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Early designs featured a flotation and ballasting system and active motion compensation system to facilitate a controlled transfer of a topsides’ weight from the vessel to a platform substructure. Allseas developed the original idea to include steel jacket installation, jackets...
  • Commented on Official Announcement: April Fools Day is Cancelled
    Don't you just hate it when someone quotes your exact words and makes you look like a complete plonker? Yeah, it might make you think... but no, this is Peterson we're talking about....
  • Commented on Official Announcement: April Fools Day is Cancelled
    Peterson says: Do I really live in a universe where Ta-Nehisi Coates has written a Captain America comic featuring a parody of my ideas as part of the philosophy of the arch villain Red Skull?But actually Coates doesn't have to...
  • Commented on Official Announcement: April Fools Day is Cancelled
    Third possibility - the activity is something that doesn't generally appeal to members of the group or conflicts with some element of group identity. Oh, that's why so few Jews joined the SS. Now I get it....
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    It also benefited from what's probably the most awesome first line in the history of science-fiction "The sky was the perfect untroubled blue of a television screen, tuned to a dead channel." -- Niel Gaiman. (Best joke about best first...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    I don't hold being an alcoholic against anyone (I am one myself), but I think anyone who thinks it would be "fun" to have a drink of beer with an recovering alcoholic or a teetotaler has an odd idea of...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    And what is it with "I'll vote for the man/woman I could have a beer with." Famously said about Bush, who doesn't drink because he's a "recovering" alcoholic and Trump who doesn't drink because his brother was an alcoholic....
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    I'm at 100m (Champigny sur Marne) and 78m (Abidjan). My mother in law is worse off -- she's at 2m above current sea level....
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    but, of late, it has got viciously right-wing political as well "of late"? Supporting Mosley and Hitler wasn't right wing enough for you?...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    See, for example, Lord Copper in Waugh's Scoop....
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    Mr Perry, who didn't know that nuclear power came under his remit as the appointed scion of USA power...No, Perry was so dumb that he didn't know that one of the main jobs of the DOE (Department of Energy) is...
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