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  • Commented on Generation Z
    Economies are complex beasts, and don't stand alone. Osborne has shackled his plan to a very weird set of policies if the plan is to stimulate the local economy, the US went with the old set of policies and has...
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    That doesn't mean you're not an oligarchy. Just your oligarchs didn't get swayed by the latest bit of (fake) data and believed the old truth that you spend your way out of recession. Our lot bought into a set of...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    Have you looked at the size of the population in China at the time? Compare the death tolls to the populations and compare them to say the English Civil Wars (either of them) as a proportional exercise. Or the French...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    Two winters ago in the UK....
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    Just as a point of information, if you're going to make it a vitamin B producer for a purely vegetable diet, you're unlikely to have to make it a vitamin C producer too, since fruit and veg, certainly fresh fruit...
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    OTOH I'm not supporting your side either. Programming may be an option for some people. But honestly? You're not going to get a full time job without an impressive portfolio or a recent degree. And putting together projects that in...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    if you're going to programme from home you're in an odd situation. You'll probably find you're competing on freelancer.com and other such places. Until you start to build up a reputation you'll be competing with students doing it for beer...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    I think you mean MOOC Multiuser Open-ended Online (Learning) Community....
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    I'm not saying that I want to live in modern China. A more ancient model of Chinese government with modern technology - don't know. Probably not. The whole thrust of my argument is that the structures of government are largely...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    It occurred to me, on reading this, that the Chinese model for governance might be the most sustainable one we've seen. The policies and tools of authority have changed over time, and the labels that get used, but the actual...
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    It's not a randomly picked description (although I didn't know someone had implemented it in Android) but I've thought about what I'd do if I had to and I have enough coding experience and understanding of crypto to write the...
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    Apple is a notoriously poor payer because they're regarded (rightly or wrongly) as a cool place to work and one of the places that the very best "must have" on their cv. There was quite an interesting piece I read...
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    Thanks to Maggie I think a return to the social housing system in the UK that we used to have with council houses is out. However, alternatives exist and continue to work here in the UK. I'm kind of migrainous...
  • Commented on Yet another bad idea
    And by the standards of a lot of those on the left IDS has done a fair number on those on benefits, particularly those with large families, those living in London, those with disabilities and the like. The right-wing of...
  • Commented on "Write me something fresh and new, but make it just like the last one"
    I realise it's a matter of personal taste (and I don't know I've read all of Charlie's short stories but I think I have - I don't know I remember them all) but personally I'm pleased to see the decline...
  • Commented on "Write me something fresh and new, but make it just like the last one"
    Actually no, I don't read much in the thriller/detective fiction area. Sometimes I read fantasy noir that crosses over into it, but not that often. But the locked room mystery is still a well enough known sub-genre that I know...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    To head back towards the original post's thread, anyone out there read Piketty? I'm not an economist and I don't have time to read the full book right now but there's a good summary in yesterday's Guardian that makes interesting...
  • Commented on "Write me something fresh and new, but make it just like the last one"
    WAY off topic, but the follow up to London Falling, The Severed Streets is due out late May...
  • Commented on "Write me something fresh and new, but make it just like the last one"
    Perhaps oddly I don't think of many haunted house stories as architectural stories. All too often the house itself isn't integral - you could move the events to a different house and not notice IMO. Quite a few stories set...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    Ah sorry, I see where you're coming from. Ages ago I'd said central legislation so the UK has interchangeable battery packs by law. The actual pack doesn't have to be, but it must mount in a rack like this, the...
  • Commented on "Write me something fresh and new, but make it just like the last one"
    There are authors who don't hide their magic in modern fantasy settings. For example, Ilona Andrews (who are actually a married couple that write together and publish under her name) have two series that defy that convention. The short-lived "Edge"...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    I think it requires some form of smart tracking of battery packs. I don't know what the Irish petrol stations are (I'm not sure what the current UK ones are actually) but in the UK we used to have Esso,...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    I was watching Masterchef last night, or maybe the night before. One of the former champions (so not a regular member of the public in many ways) was in his 50's) and went to college to train as a chef...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    It strikes me that's quite possibly a reaction to the demand for a monopoly rather than a problem with the business model itself?...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    I'm not an advocate for the electric car above all - but it occurs to me for cases like Charlie's that a hire car chain could easily run a good electric car service for him and the occasional long run...
  • Commented on Yet another bad idea
    Bullet points for the campaign: War on Drugs War on Terror Peace in the Middle East Less illegal immigration and strengthening of the border patrols etc. A return to American values. These are coded policy statements of course. But with...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    You might be an exceptional case for who it doesn't work. Alternatively, if a full pack will reliably get you home and will charge during your working day, you're fine. You drive to work on one pack, charge it to...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    Of course one option if you have electric batteries, depending on how they're fitted, that isn't really an option with petrol batteries, is just to swap the whole fuel-cell. Detach the nearly discharged battery 'cage' swap in a fully charged...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    But we can't piss off the financial institutions Charlie, they're all important, don't you know....
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    I was going to say your back of the envelope must be cheaper than mine, then I started doing some sums... and I'd say you're probably out by a factor of 2 but my initial thought was you were out...
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