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  • Commented on Playtime is over
    Alt-Left might do it if Centre-Left get out the way and let Corbyn actually do their thing. If they don't, the next round here there will be a right-wing establishment and an even better chance for Alt-Left to do it....
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    Sorry, they DO have a mandate. The fact that Cameron was too fucking stupid to think he could lose with the electorate HE chose doesn't mean the result isn't valid. The fact Scotland chose a different age group to every...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    Ironically enough I was sitting down to write a post from similar data but with different conclusions. I'm not sure there's a global conspiracy. I think Farage and Gove (however much they'll hate been mentioned together) cooked up a plan...
  • Commented on Duelling - Essentially a Bloody Stupid Idea
    I agree it's a stupid idea - and as wearing swords as fallen out of vogue so has duelling fortunately. From my increasing decrepitude and lack of testosterone poisoning, the fact it carried on despite being illegal and carrying the...
  • Commented on The Day After
    There's at least one other flaw with your argument. A lot of the refugees from Africa you might think would go elsewhere head for Europe thanks to Empire. A surprising number of even the relatively poor speak one of English,...
  • Commented on Wooden Train Parenting
    I'm partly arguing that, and fundamentally I believe it too. But I'm also arguing that your choices facilitate certain kinds of options, the wooden train parents facilitate others. You, and I, value the options you've taken but it doesn't necessarily...
  • Commented on Wooden Train Parenting
    For tens of thousands (maybe just hundreds of thousands) of generations little H. sapiens have grown up despite the best efforts of their parents - and pretty much whatever their parents do, the data suggest the vast bulk of them...
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    Thinking back, I guess the first few times I reassessed my models of what it meant to be adult were around big, life-changing events. Coming to terms with my sexuality and thinking I wasn't going to grow up to be...
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    Perhaps I have a slightly odd view on this. I blame a large dose of Robert Anton Wilson at various times, and a large dose of Daoism, sometimes at the same times. One would say the map is not the...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    They're both late entrants, they're both trying to break into really competitive markets and although they've both disruptive the old hands are adjusting to it. This is a market that is so competitive Walmart tried to break in and went...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    We have other chains of low-cost grocery stores on a more regional basis. In Liverpool you couldn't move for Kwik-Save. When I moved to York we did actually have one Kwik-Save but it was really hard to find. Apparently while...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    Add in a chunk of people who voted against Callmedave and Gideon as a protest vote, not believing Leave would win or that the prophesied economic collapse could actually make things worse than they already were for them because austerity...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    I had to look this up. The answer is "it's complicated." Through my adult life I've pretty consistently lived in one or another of the more deprived council wards in the UK for various reasons, in one of a few...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    While I disagree with Dirk's reasons and his reasoning, I do accept there were non-economic rationales for a Leave vote. But back to the economics for a bit. The economist who seems to be the poster child of the Hard...
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    Honestly, after the last one, I'd think they might send something like 5 middling complex ones because although Philae didn't exactly fail no one would say it was 100% successful either. You would hope they'd learn from that mistake. It...
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    One thing I didn't mention and I'm surprised no one else did since this was posted originally on the day Rosetta crashed into its comet, is a lot more of that sort of science. You send up a Rosetta-II with...
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    My partner would object to me getting married to someone else (she's very jealous even if she's not the marrying type) and it's not in my income bracket I'm afraid. You need to take some 0's off that for what...
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    I can think of at least two problems to that quite quickly. You have a very hot, fast moving object that ought to be easy to target. You send a relatively dumb kinetic object at it and you have no...
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    Ok, thanks....
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    Between NASA, the Chinese, Russians, ESA and the Indians someone must know about male erectile function in LEO. Unless they all do the modern equivalent of bromide in their tea. Someone might have an idea about the smaller (anatomically speaking)...
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    Bah, we need an edit function. The bigger payload probably makes industry in LEO workable too if there's something that needs the environmental conditions....
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    Application-wise, I don't know of anything outside the realms of SciFi that needs 0g manufacture but all the conditions you've described for a space hotel sound like a lovely pod for workers. Attach it to second pod as an industrial...
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    I don't think $250k for a honeymoon is a 1%-er thing. I mean it's certainly outside my budget and outside the budget of I think everyone I know but you don't have to be in 1%-er territory to be working...
  • Commented on Evolver
    Evolution is basically about spaces in the biome, and normally longer food chains and more complexity are regarded as good for that. Humans are regarded as bad for evolution of big animals, certainly since the rise of mechanisation but even...
  • Commented on Evolver
    In the 50MYa timescale? Evolution of a new class seems like a serious possibility. Perhaps a facultative homeotherm, that switches to poiklithermy when the environment is warm enough for obvious metabolic energy savings. Something totally radically and out of left...
  • Commented on Suspense is the key
    I think both of the original statements can be true (and sorry Charlie, you kind of bought the film and TV shows lists on yourself by talking about Hitchcock). IMR stories can work if they're well written and novel. TV...
  • Commented on Sometimes I don't know why I bother!
    On a smaller scale perhaps, but in a time when women doing science was pretty shocking, she was the first person to win two Nobel prizes was Marie Curie. First woman to win a Nobel, first person to win two...
  • Commented on Sometimes I don't know why I bother!
    Although he doesn't have quite the range of activities one Ernesto Guerva who was a wealthy medical student, went on a motorbike ride across South America to basically drink and screw his way around during his summer vacation with his...
  • Commented on Writer, Interrupted
    If the deadline is not over, it is a horribly gameable system. email everyone you know, tell them the system, encourage them to respond and pass it on... Get close to 100% returns and watch it all fall apart....
  • Commented on Writer, Interrupted
    I suspect it's possible to teach yourself a lot of these skills. Although I think it's at least one, probably more, steps down in order of magnitude of complexity I'm old enough to remember learning to proofread on the screen...
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