Clive Feather

Clive Feather

  • Commented on The ends of education
    "I mean, I write fiction. Nobody would believe me if I came up with a character like that, right?" Isaac Asimov said that he liked writing non-fiction so much because he could never get away with things like that in...
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    @262 I completely disagree. Latin was no harder to learn than French. On the contrary, by the time we started doing formal stuff in French like "third person", I already knew what they were from Latin. My only big problem...
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    I learned Latin at school (I went to a public school - UK sense). I actually found it useful because it taught me formal grammars and syntax in a way that we didn't learn in English lessons. Highly useful for...
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    @173 There's been an increasing trend for "democratic" leaders to put what they want into a treaty, sign it, then say "oh no, we have to do this, our hands are tied" specifically because there's no popular support. When I...
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    @111 "103 - Reasons why MtW is no longer a satirical show include Bloody Stupid Johnson, Demonic Raab, Rishi Rich, Liz 4x2, Kier Stammers..." "Political satire became obsolete when Henry Kissinger was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize." - Tom Lehrer,...
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    @100 "Since we're trashing HR (or whatever they call themselves this week)" In the case of my employer, "The People Team". Really. However, having said that, they are really good people who have helped me through some really bad events...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    No electoral system can be completely fair, but here's how I would modify our system to get rid of the worst problems without introducing the problems of (e.g.) party lists. Halve the number of constituencies but not the number of...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    270: no, leap years are to do with the length of the year, which is not an integral number of days at the moment. Leap seconds are a result of integrating the difference between the theoretical length of day (86400...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    210: from a recent visit to the Harry Potter studios, and possibly slightly misremembered: crows can learn in a morning what it takes an owl a month to learn. But the problem with that is that crows don't want to...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    The Asimov story is "Sucker Bait", was written in 1953, and published in 1954. It can be found in "The Martian Way and Other Stories"....
  • Commented on Abolish the monarchy!
    Re James IX - I doubt that any monarch would be James, as it would raise the question as to whether > James III/VIII should be recognised as in the list given he wasn't an undisputed monarch. Oops, I...
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    Re: "nonce". The OED has two different words spelled like that. 1: (earliest citation around 1175) "For the particular purpose; on purpose; expressly. Frequently with infinitive or clause expressing the object or purpose." and various derivative meanings. Origin: A variant...
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    Okay, I'm against Charlie on this one. I think the most important role that the monarch has is they are the head of the armed forces. When you serve, the oath/promise/affirmation of loyalty and obedience is to the monarch, not...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    @426: "I was trained to use it in writing because my handwriting is execrable and when I was transcribing radio messages it was important there be no confusion between a letter 'Ƶ' and a number '2'. Does that make me...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    "There are all kinds of issues with railroad compatibility." Too true. "That 1" of overlap between cars and platforms can be pretty spectacular if no one notices till the overlap "hits the fan"." This is known as "Loading Gauge" in...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    "the price charged for electricity "in" is about 10x times the price paid to you for your solar input to the grid." Our supplier charges just under 30p per kWh "in" and pays out 7.5p "out". So more like 4:1....
  • Commented on Yokai Land Q&A
    @52 "As Yet Untitled" The magazine of the Cambridge University Science Fiction Society was/is called "TTBA", which initially stood for "Title To Be Announced". It then turned into a system where every issue had its own title but always with...
  • Commented on Yokai Land Q&A
    I remember some years ago discovering to my horror that my flight from Taipei to Hong Kong was a "Hello Kitty" service, with an all-pink gate area and an all-pink plane interior (at least, that's how I remember it, though...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares: spoiler time!
    @208: I'd always associated "Black" in "Black Pharaoh" with evil rather than anything to do with race. For that matter, I'd assumed it was a translation rather than anything to do with Egypt. But, then, I've never read Lovecraft. https://www.royaltynowstudios.com/blog...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares: spoiler time!
    @168 Now for an example of "time-travel" that does something vaguely useful: factorial. I am given a number n. I check that n is not zero; if it is I return 1 as my answer. Otherwise I place n-1 in...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares: spoiler time!
    @90 @105 Not today. Quite apart from the fact that 1956+70 = 2026, you have to extend it to the end of the year. So the date you're looking for is 2027-01-01....
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares: spoiler time!
    Here's an interesting variant on the legal discussions going on here: polygamy is legal in the UK. There are lots of strings attached, but under certain circumstances it is. See, for example, The Tax Credits (Polygamous Marriages) Regulations 2003....
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    @559 How did you get the fourth? I was part of the original CovBoost trial in the UK. It turned out that the one I got at the dose I got (Valneva half dose) didn't work well enough, so I...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    @385 Sorry, but I don't know if anyone's looked into that. Stock traders tend to have dedicated lines to the relevant places no matter what they cost, because every microsecond counts....
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    @205 Nonetheless, I'd wish everyone a cromulent 2022. May the vaccines get to you well before the viruses do I had four Covid-19 vaccinations in 2021. The first week of 2022 I went down with Covid-19 (bad enough I couldn't...
  • Commented on Obligatory Hugo eligibility post
    Nothing, I'm afraid. My first book was published late 2020 (thanks, Covid) and the next one in the series has been drastically delayed (as in, I haven't started) by other life events. http://www.davros.org/books/ (Not fiction, though there's some drama in...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    Concorde on the other hand could sustain Mach 2 for the entire Transatlantic crossing without needing to be refuelled. Its actual maximum speed is comfortably over Mach 2 but structurally and thermally it couldn't maintain really high speeds for any...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    /me attempts to explain calendars. The Roman calendar was originally lunar-solar: it was based on lunar months with an extra month being added from time to time to keep the start of the year in sync with the solstices. However,...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    I'm confused. If I want the Kindle edition and for OGH to get the biggest royalty, what should I do?...
  • Commented on Empire Games (and Merchant Princes): the inevitable spoiler thread!
    When I was last involved in such things, the UK had three main clearance levels: CT, SC, and DV, with DV being the highest. I had an SC clearance and I definitely knew some things which the powers-that-be would not...
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