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  • Commented on Updating a classic
    Routinely block access to all generic online help sources with the company's firewall. Stack Overflow, php.net (or equivalent) for your tools. Disable all search engines. Implement, grudgingly, partial mirrors of certain resources - make sure they're not for the currently...
  • Commented on Updating a classic
    Not based on actual practise AFAIK, but a comment from a well known 1% from his startup days. On a random day per month, any one not in before the boss or leaving before the boss will have their employment...
  • Commented on Updating a classic
    As a variation to a comment I heard from Bill Gates on Desert Island Disks, implement a policy that anyone arriving after the CEO or leaving before him on one day per month will be fired (even if they are...
  • Commented on A purely theoretical dilemma
    I think you want to look at ecosystems and interacting populations, which we do model somewhat successfully I think, rather than modelling the immune system for your stochastic system. Novel groups, either in the form of new mutations within a...
  • Commented on A purely theoretical dilemma
    I don't recognise your model of the group mind but I can play in paradigm. 1) Is relatively simple, at least to describe. You simply require variable awareness of others and a mean level for everyone over a set period...
  • Commented on A purely theoretical dilemma
    I guess I am. Like you I've seen big differences within English-speaking cultures too. For a small (but decidedly not trivial) recent UK-based example you only have to look at how the news of Margaret Thatcher's death was received. Everything...
  • Commented on A purely theoretical dilemma
    As for the rest of your comment, I'm not sure you can have a homogenous world culture without a single language. The example I have best, albeit really very limited, experience of is British-speaking and French-speaking Canadian cultures which are...
  • Commented on A purely theoretical dilemma
    I was on my ancient iPhone with struggles to open 1 web page let alone a second and couldn't remember which was the larger of the two Chinese languages. Sorry for pressing your buttons, it was a function of bad...
  • Commented on A purely theoretical dilemma
    Having just read my RSS feed and then read the comments it seems one of Charlie's acceptable definitions of a hive mind is, in essence, functionally indistinguishable from a single human global culture. Given the readership of the list, it's...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    The non-vote on the EU was almost certainly not a factor for anyone. Maybe one or two people, literally, amongst the electorate. Labour had been in power for 13 years by then, and had run out of steam very much....
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    I suspect you're right, in part. You can add to that if he wins, he can tell the awkward squad to STFU the public have spoken. If he loses, he'll just resign early. He's already said he's not going to...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    More or Less the Radio 4 programme did a piece 3-4 weeks ago about a lovely piece of rhetoric where you hear someone declaim about the number of words in the Lord's Prayer, the National Anthem and EU regulations on...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    Yeah, you need to be quite careful about how you read the data about people killing themselves with methadone. Some people on methadone die of overdoses and other drug-related problems but you need to poke the data quite carefully. Last...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    That could well happen. It's not necessarily going to stop Callmedave living up to his threat/promise to initiate the exit process too. He will have a mandate (however much he doesn't want it) and he'll leave a mess for whoever...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    I can't be arsed to google the name, but he's kind of stuffed. Basically you file for divorce (it's got a different name but it's a close enough analogy) and there's a two-year clock that starts and after two years,...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    Well the 10 years to negotiate a trade deal number has been floating around for a while in quite a few other contexts. The Brexit voices claim it's a shibboleth, denouncing it on the grounds "How can it possibly take...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    Naked short-term opportunism by Nick Clegg (the then leader). He had a chance for his moment in the spotlight and far more influence than any LibDem (or Liberal) leader in, well a lifetime essentially. He took it and either gambled...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    I think we're probably too close to actually answer if the EU actively works against the "Strong Man" model but I would argue it probably does. This is part of why the Tory Right with their dreams of Empire hate...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    It depends on how long it will take to fix the house and how much it will cost. If being in the EU is only slightly more expensive than not, and it can be fixed in a reasonable amount of...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    The only reason I haven't really talked about it (although I did mention it) is that it's not been part of the overt discourse. Reading it into their covert discourse as part of Brexit is, I think, a mistake: the...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    Bookies aren't always right - a huge bet on one side or the other skews their odds for obvious reasons - but because punters put their money where their votes are going for obvious reason, they're usually more reliable than...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    I hope it doesn't. Last year's general election suggests opinion polls can get it wrong but the last few I've seen suggest that Remain has a small lead over Leave but there's currently a huge undecided camp. Even if they're...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    That's easy. The Brexit campaign will be over in 9 weeks. If the vote is to leave we might have 2 years of pain sort that out. I was bored of the Presidential campaign before Super Tuesday and you don't...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    The trouble is, you won't vote against Cameron by proxy later. I'm pretty sure you've never voted for him. You won't be switching your vote from Scottish Conservative at the next election, and even if you were, it wouldn't be...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    It's reporting a Parliamentary Select Committee meeting. It's a matter of public record. You can watch it for yourself at parliamentlive.tv tl;dw the facts he presents are accurate. You may or may not agree with the interpretation of the facts...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    While they're doubtless all lying (they're politicians after all) every time a pro-Brexit campaigner trots out the party line about paying the EU ~£360M/w they are just lying through their teeth. Thanks to the great heroine of most of them,...
  • Commented on Some notes on world building
    It's worth pointing out we don't only get WEIRD with low fertility and low child mortality. China for quite a long time and some states in India for a decade or two have had both (some states in India definitely...
  • Commented on Follow the money: Apple vs. the FBI
    Until sometime "recently" (for not computer tech versions of recently) you were certainly offered the option to create an email address and an apple ID together, that's what I did. But while @icloud.com works for me, my original apple ID...
  • Commented on Follow the money: Apple vs. the FBI
    While I don't wholly disagree with this analysis, Apple is making market share from those who don't like the Facebook, Google and Twitter policy of "apparently free but we sell all the data we glean to marketing analysts" business model....
  • Commented on Defining space opera
    I think one of the things that makes it Space Opera in my head, and promotes at least some of the clichés in the previous post, is a sense of exploration and being out of touch. That gives quick parallels...
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