Bellinghman

Bellinghman

  • Commented on I ain't dead
    That's almost worth inciting riots to get hold of - the tech in that could be worth something. (Perverse incentives and all that.)...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    To be fair, you were the one who mentioned Draka on Mars, with reference to Stirling, and Damian's comment does appear to refer to that. At just under a thousand comments on this iteration alone of the never-ending thread, it's...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    Not the same, but also weird: the Microsoft Basic where a subroutine call didn't use the CALL instruction, it pushed firstly the required continuation address on to the stack, and then the address of the subroutine. It then executed a...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    True: it'll only be indicative of immunity if reinfection doesn't take place. Last I heard the tests that appeared to show reinfection turned out to be false positives, so there's hope. (Lack of evidence being, as always, not evidence of...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    0.2% false positive and 0% false negative (according to that article now, no need to go elsewhere) is pretty damned good. The next question is how fast Roche can crank up production. They're not a small company - their campus...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    Eucla? That's a decent size population compared to Cook, 5 hours drive away, which claims 4½ - the half being the dog. I think Eucla is the closest sizeable population centre to Cook. Contrariwise, Cook is the closest railway station...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    First! (Is that too old a meme?) In possibly better news, it turns out that Lord of the Flies was overly pessimistic about human nature Short summary - 6 (Tongan) boys got wrecked on a tiny island. Outcome: by the...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    At which point you wonder whether taking up vaping is a good idea1, or whether it's some interactions with other components of tobacco smoke that are happening. I'm taking this with a couple of snow shovels of salt for now....
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    It's the same sort of distinction that occurs when differentiating between 'grocer' and 'greengrocer'. When I'm buying potatoes at the latter, they better well not be green! In this case, it's a term that you and I are less used...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    Then all 'muricans would have somewhere to go so that they can "love their British accents" without having to get a passport My wife lived for a while in Minneapolis/St Paul, and got this a lot. She and her then...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    because biscuits are something else ... US biscuits appear not to be cooked twice, for one. I'd be mildly interested to know how they ended being so named...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    And you could vent the steam into the envelope to use it as lifting gas, instead of hydrogen You don't want to do that with a Stirling engine — you can perhaps use steam as your working fluid in your...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    It was, and she was, indeed a joy to watch. And now I need to check to see where those DVDs are available from....
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    There are definitely things I prefer done sous-vide, and others that, well ... It's a tool, and like all tools, some people try to use it for everything, which doesn't help. But for taking a really tough cut of meat...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    You can also cook this way. Also known as water bath cooking. I believe that Nojay is an enthusiast of sous-vide since before the advent of consumer equipment, and that he would be slightly horrified by the implication that you...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    Followed by the usual chorus of 'But why does he get tested?' Because he's the head of the government you dimmocks! Same as Charlie boy being the backup Head of State....
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    Aaand it was in the air again today. At least I heard it, and a friend reported it from his end of town. Seems to have been the same aircraft....
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    CERN is one thing, but the border at Basel runs through the built up area. That'd be interesting to see. (And people bathe in the Rhine, which has France, Germany and Switzerland on its banks there.)...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    We're no longer under the Heathrow flight path (and I don't miss the BA 747s heading to Paris that used to shake our house), we're now under either the Luton or Stansted flight paths, depending. All I can see right...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    The UK/France border is easier to close than that between France and Switzerland, for example, but crossing it can still be as little as getting on a train and off again. You don't have to take a plane or a...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    There was something doing aerobatics on Monday or Tuesday. Sounded right, and the wing shape was Spitfire, but with D-Day markings....
  • Commented on Infomercial Interlude
    One of the printers was mis-set. The font used had very similar characters for 8 and 9 and nobody had seen it. I looked right at it and missed it; so did the line manager. A classic case of seeing...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    We've put down a deposit. If we lose it — no, when we lose it — well, we're able to eat that cost. We know that others won't be so lucky. I suspect the next convention we'll get to will...
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    To update: EasterCon is cancelled (and has been for a while). As of last night, WorldCon in Wellington is not going to happen as a normal WorldCon - the chairs have concluded that postponement just isn't logistically possible. What they're...
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    I was last in central London about a fortnight ago, and it was already perceptibly less crowded than usual. Not empty though, but there were seats available on the Tube. A week ago in central Leeds seemed about what I'd...
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    I note that Viking Cruises has cancelled all cruises, both river and ocean, till 1st May. I don't blame them at all. (I've been a customer of theirs, and they're very health conscious. Before every meal, you pass your hands...
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    We'll miss seeing you two. Damn. The gig we went to last night in Cambridge is likely to be the last I buy tickets to for a while. It was relatively empty compared to most performances in J1 — less...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    Ah, 125 mph is roughly 200 kph, not 225! 225 kph is roughly 140 mph I've been on ECML trains peaking just over 125 mph, so it wouldn't surprise me that the maximum allowed speed is a smidge higher....
  • Commented on COVID-19
    In contrast, looking at a typical East Coast Main Line train from London Kings Cross to Newcastle, it takes ~3 hours, it stops at 7 intermediate stations, and is 432 km in total. The top speed being 200 kph. So...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    My wife and I caught a slightly slower Hikari Shinkansen from Kyoto to Tokyo, probably about the same period as you. Because we had to wait for the right train, we watched as the Nozomis passed through the station. 16...
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