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    Traditionally they're convicted then deported. But since in this case almost anywhere is safer from covid than the UK, Australia is out and you might have to ship them off to some third world hellhole like the USA. Or you...
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    n many organizations, to 'advance' their careers the best programmers stop being programmers and become managers One second order effect is that you end up with a lot of senior technical staff who are what's left when all the smart...
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    Bet I could have a shorter one. Shorter than 28 seconds from the start of the first media appearance of your candidacy? That's a higher bar than I think you appreciate, and assassinating you that fast would definitely require a...
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    Court is someone I actively try to avoid reading about and I can't really remember why. IIRC she's more objectionable than Germaine Greer without the intellectual foundations to be sensibly objectionable. Much better to work on my submission to the...
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    I don't think politics is really a good place for antisocial misantropes. But OTOH I might break Mal's record for the shortest political career ever: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dt--SGmIKIQ...
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    Order of Australia awards. Kerry has said if the selection process is such that this horrible person gets an this award, he'd rather not have it thanks. Indeed. Although didn't someone disgusting give one of those awards to a filthy...
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    You just keep trying until you get an answer you like....
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    I fear we could do old programmer stories all day :) One of my less favourite recent experiences was a multithreaded Delphi program. Back when the Windows event loop was relentlessly single threaded Borland introduced a keyword meaning "run this...
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    anything cooked long and slow in red wine is "very good" To eat a boot, simmer in water/wine until soft, discard boot and drink water/wine?...
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    over 2000 lines of code to just over 600. I have been there. A barcode scanner that had basically run out of persistent storage because the code was so big. I run through and cleaned it up, mostly applying the...
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    Surely a cow can choose their preferred pronoun? In which case they're all moo. Presumably that's where the expression "moo cow" comes from....
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    I took it as "cows and cattle are the same thing" because terms like "male cow" are common. Wikipedia even has a disambiguation page for it. So you think the mistake is semantic rather than factual - probably sexism, because...
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    no reason for this link, but fuck it. All I can think of it that cows with udders are "she", not "he". But maybe cattle are different in the USA....
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    As my wife reminds me all the time when we walk together The combination of gait and size makes for a wide variation, even before you consider motivation. I'm tall and impatient, so normally walk just this side of jogging....
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    Spend some time thinking "what if this goes wrong?" assume that if it can go wrong it will, assume people are tired or confused or simply mistaken. My rule is: what if both things go wrong. You might not...
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    You're right, I misspoke: protective clothing will be required, but much less often than on Earth. I'm thinking of all the various "primitive" native people in non-icy areas who generally ran round naked or nearly so. But for industrial work...
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    eschew music, dance, and drugs/alcohol Speaking of things that are lightweight and easy to manufacture... I can't imagine those things even being on the list of things to discuss banning. Except the latter, where I wouldn't be surprised to see...
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    If the heating fails, you freeze -- it's Mars If the heating fails a warm jumper isn't going to help, it's space suit or die. Your idea that the only alternative to European clothing is a beige jumpsuit is interesting...
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    One of the fun things will be all the devices that technically aren't locked to google search but in practice changing it is a job for tech support. I expect google to break that stuff and break it hard, but...
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    The negotiations between search engines and news will be fun and exciting, and I hope that in the end google has to pay tax. To the news media, the government, whatever, the point is they pay. The whole "we'll cut...
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    You run on self-modifying hardware, what's the problem? I remember back in the good old days when self-modifying code was a common way to shave some bytes out of your assembly. It made memory dumps so much more fun when...
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    They can't go outside. They will absolutely have to have air conditioning to stay alive. Clothing is the last concern. Tool belts, definitely, a cock pouch or booby bag maybe, but lots of people never bother with those things. Just...
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    2m of string and a bit of tape, you have a sling. Sure, it'll only work for lightweight projectiles... if you limit people to only having weak string. A couple of hours practice and the average teenage can throw a...
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    That's why I said "For a government I think it would be easier just to not hellform this planet, and that's what the Chinese seem to be attempting." I expect China *could* build a giant fleet of rockets, but it...
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    I expect Apple may disagree with you. My impression is that Apple would like to disagree with me, but currently they make a consumer stack and some niche business products. When I worked in a Mac-heavy company they still relied...
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    Thinking about the actual topic at hand, I keep coming back to digital contamination being as serious a problem as biological. We're all used to wetware needing to be cleaned and looked after, and that's trained into us from a...
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    long term technical diving Yep, I remember the JC sea hab misery, and I'm also thinking that gasdive's "long term" and Mars colony long term are different things. Unless gasdive is writing to us from 20,000 leagues under the sea...
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    Viz, I suspect that the entrepreneurial approach to this wouldn't work for China and India, and I'm not confident that their governments are up to the task. Not that the US government is, either. For a government I think it...
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    A lack of very specific people is often the reason, though. Jack Ma is having a very different experience to Elon Musk, and even if he wanted to I suspect he wouldn't be able to build his own fleet of...
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    Yep. I do wonder whether some of the people pushing the various sea habs were space fans who wanted to see whether the rugged individualists could actually make a semi-closed system work (answer: no). I also wonder whether some of...
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