Bellinghman

Bellinghman

  • Commented on Abolish the monarchy!
    Wow. Three recalls in 4 years, for fire problems? Eek!...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    What about fallow deer? I'd say they're more visible in the English countryside than roe deer are. (I personally have seen more muntjac than roe, but I've not seen wild red at all. Perhaps had I lived in the Scottish...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    It also suggests that bisexuality in men is much commoner ... Except that the rapists don't (usually) think they're indulging in homosexual activity. This is about power, not about sex...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    Hah. There are places in South East England where mobile phone reception is non-existent, or was until very recently. Another commenter's home (until recently) was in one of those blackspots, at the bottom of a Kent valley. As it's a...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    Yeah. My 'research' came up with two different names, the one I expected, and then a different Tory scumbag. I suspect both of them, but I presume only one has been arrested this time. If the other gets named, then...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    Agreed, not due to deafness, but because prat navs have done things like tell me to turn right at a junction clearly signposted "Left turn only". Yeah, like my last visit to Bristol, where the city council had decided to...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    It may indeed be — but that still doesn't guarantee there can't be a collision anyway. Anecdata: about 18 months ago, I was crossing a lights-controlled crossroads in a nearby town named (look away, Charlie) Baldock. A learner driver in...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    It relies on the assumption of shared context that isn't necessarily shared. If I'm facing upstream and you're facing downstream, the meanings we infer from left and right are completely different. You're assuming the direction refers to "facing downstream", following...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    When I was young, we lived in a converted water mill and had some land along the river, on which land grew decent sized willow trees. And willows are quite fast growing, meaning we had lots of tree limbs that...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    Back when I was an Engineering student, I did a summer course in surveying. One of the days my partner and I spent using theodolites to pinpoint a set of survey points round a few acres of soggy Cambridge. We...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    My Covid app has been bitching every couple of hours for the last few days that I was been in close contact with someone who has since tested positive, on both Sunday and Monday. Why yes, I did spend quite...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    Yeah, airports themselves are scary for that. Aircraft are fine - the ability to use the air nozzles to keep you in properly filtered air is great, but those horribly congested checkin queues are nasty. I (we) got CV at...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    local rural hydro, which could be really useful - think of all the old water-mills & weirs, everywhere. When I were a lad, we did that. My parents bought and converted an old water mill on the Great Ouse, and...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    Like air conditioning, only in reverse. Our AC unit, in our main bedroom, will happily work in reverse. In winter it's the cheapest way of heating the room — it's like having a ceiling-mounted fan heater pointing down at us....
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares: spoiler time!
    I'm pretty certain that Charlie has not only heard of it, but is aware of its reputation of being entirely focused on being nutritious without wasting any effort on being actually nice. I doubt it's actively nasty — I suspect...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Not that I'm aware - they're normal Reynardish colours...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares: spoiler time!
    Oh how sweet: they accept donations in Bitcoin and Etherium...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares: spoiler time!
    That's as per design. The phones themselves are powered from the exchange, over the copper wires. The exchanges were designed with sufficient battery backup to run them for a period (and hopefully they've got backup generators for when the batteries...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares: spoiler time!
    Blackpool? There was an Eastercon there, back in 2004, which was memorable in its awfulness. Charlie was there, as was his wife. At one point my wife and I were walking with her back to their hotel, and we were...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Though a little research tells me that the Baltic Fleet may indeed be stationed at Kalinigrad. Which makes me think that the ships at Kotlin are a subsidiary force...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    What if Putin demanded an overland corridor to Kalingrad? After all, is access to the Baltic any less important than access to the Black Sea? They already have a fine naval port at St. Petersburg1, they don't need one in...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Straw is brilliant, structural and insulating, but also a tasty snack for a whole range of things so you need to keep both water and creatures out of it... and it's not very insulating or structural compared to things that...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    there's no excuse for not being able to coordinate schedules better so that neither passenger trains nor freight trains have to wait on the other. It's (mostly) a single track railway. If you've got trains going in both directions, one...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Helsinki to Malmö by train? Now that's an option that wasn't there at any speed due to the Baltic Sea. (Did you confuse Helsinki with Stockholm?) For the Helsinki Worldcon, my wife and I used trains as much as possible....
  • Commented on Brief commercial interlude
    To quote Charlie from the previous thread: Charlie Stross replied to this comment from MSB | January 11, 2022 13:16 | Reply 524: On DRM: Tor and Tor.com release ebooks without DRM. Tor.com is the US publisher. Orbit, the UK...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    I spent a while onsite at the John Lewis Partnership HQ down at Victoria, and ended up chatting to one of the staff that I occasionally encountered on the train. She lived in Milton, one of the villages outside Cambridge,...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    The US edition comes out on the 11th of January, two days before the UK edition drops My UK hardback arrived this morning. No, I've not read it yet, I have work!...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Toyota in the UK are proposing to remanufacture EVs up to three times in a decade—probably by replacing/recycling the battery systems—which implies a major disruption both to after-sales service for cars, and to the second hand market One article on...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    Wonder how this would work over water. You want the pilot to have to be a swimmer as well as a cyclist? I remember when the Gossamer Condor managed a figure of eight course, back in the 70s. A helicopter...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    The Mach Loop?...
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