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  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    " Loving v. Virginia," It may be a death bet, assuming that's it's not going to happen until he's no longer in a position where he cares. It's not a priority for either the Religious Reich or the Repugnant Party,...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    "so the default Shutdown action is the quickest possible, a 'hybrid' Shutdown, which does NOT purge memory, but allows a quicker startup later, by snapshotting the system and writing that snapshot to disc." That is the usual out-of-the-box default, but...
  • Commented on Abolish the monarchy!
    All this Talk about what constitutes consciousness, and nobody has yet mentioned Daniel Dennett's book Consciousness Explained. Dennett being Dennett, you have to do quite a bit of digging to find the actual explanation, which is the penultimate paragraph of...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    Here in Aotearoa, we found out about selenium. Toxic in small amounts, essential in even smaller amounts. JHomes....
  • Commented on Abolish the monarchy!
    "The other obsession we need to get rid of is of course the idea that anything built needs to be optimised for making money with electricity supply taking second place. " COMMUNIST!!!! But seriously, this is the notion that ensures...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    "No matter how much I move the mouse, the "location" of the pointer remains the same" It should be possible to set up key combinations to move the pointer, rather than using the rodent. Not sure how you'd go about...
  • Commented on Abolish the monarchy!
    Whereas here in Aotearoa, I've pretty much only seen it as "to excess", frequently with an implication of "and that's the main, or even only, thing wrong with it." JHomes...
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    "The reality is that it's a pretty naked grab for unlimited power and control by one arm of the government." That was certainly true of what you were offered back then. Whether that would always be the case is another...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    "Poverty-stricken people don't acquire guns to protect property." I think you've misread me. It's the people who want protection from the poverty-stricken who get into gun culture. Or at least, that's one entry point. JHomes....
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    "Very few (in fact I don't know of any) of the people who do this shit go on a spree because their income is below the poverty line." Any connection would run the other way. If there are poverty-stricken, desperate,...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    "Labor would also have to make happy with the new independents (and Greens!), and especially help ensure they get re-elected, at the ones in seats that are not winnable for Labor." If they do that, then they should make sure...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    Greg, Yes I did, and no doubt Charlie and the moderators are grateful. I was just pointing out why, silly though it might seem, they have to be so picky about it. But I think we need now say no...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    Greg, Read what Charlie has to say in his guide to posting about British (English?) libel law. It doesn't matter if the name is all over, until it's officially out, if it appears on Charlie's blog, Charlie can be shat...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    I take it then that the advice "When you are in a hole, stop digging," is much too ancient and time-worn for you to take any notice of it. JHomes....
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    "Yes, Aotearoa, not Crich." QEII Park by MacKay's Crossing, by any chance? If so, you probably know Robert Vale. JHomes....
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    "He said that he was in a position where there was a sat nav in a car he was operating, that he couldn't turn off, and he's unable to drive safely with them." Going back to 533, Greg did not...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    "I'm mocking the idea that some people here find that sat navs are some sort of lethally distracting device, and that being anti them is ~~normal~~ a reasonable precaution for those people to take." My additions bolded. Read "normal" as...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    "Ah yes, those fanatics saying hundreds of millions of people use them successfully and routinely. Yes, it's them that's wrong." Nobody in this thread has said that. Several people have said that they, personally have issues of one kind or...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    "That particular behaviour (in an Airbus A310) has crashed at least one airplane." There will be circumstances when a human operator being able to immediately override what the automatic system wants to do will be all that can avert disaster....
  • Commented on Roe v Wade v Sanity
    Marriage and privacy. Much of the point of marriage is that it is not private, but a public acknowledgement, and even in our society a legal recognition, of a relationship, however much of that relationship might be conducted in private....
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    " what happens if a battery goes bad - one of the batteries or the ONLY battery" And I trust you are also thinking, hard, about what happens when (don't say if) one of the other components goes bad. JHomes...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    "Pigeon says: nope, we never needed it in the past and we're never going to need it." If Pigeon is actually saying the bit I've bolded, he's so far wrong he can't see right with an Overwhelmingly Large Telescope. But...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    "opening a window always works because opening a window always works." I think you're misreading Pigeon rather badly. Possibly he wasn't all that clear, but I took him as saying that opening a window has always worked in the past,...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    "So if NZ wanted nuclear power it would really need to be imported as a stand-alone unit." And then the fuel would also have to be imported (by sea, can't run trucks across the Tasman, let alone the Pacific). Nice...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    "Disemvowelling would be rude, though fine as a personal choice" I wouldn't consider it rude, provided It was signalled in advance that it could be done There are reasonably clear criteria for which posts might receive it (they would of...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    While we are talking about bicycles, I'm sure Moz, at least, will approve: bicycle couriers for the win JHomes...
  • Commented on Bad news day
    "In still air or with a tail-wind, the stationary aircraft will not take off, although it might take off with a sufficient headwind." AIUI the point is that the aircraft will not be stationary. Its engine(s) are running, driving it...
  • Commented on Yokai Land Q&A
    "Between Bob and Mo they sank a couple ships in the second book" Did they? The Mabuse was scuttled by Billington's mooks (or by Eileen) on Billington's orders. Can't blame Bob for that. The last we hear of the Explorer,...
  • Commented on Bad news day
    Regarding bicycles and indicating at night. Has anybody considered illuminated wrist bands for hand signals? It may turn out not to work all that well, possibly for reasons obvious to those of you who still ride regularly at night, but...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    "I would very much expect adblockers to be able to stop it happening without affecting the video itself. Am I to understand that in fact they don't?" The only time I've ever seen ads inserted into a video, I had...
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