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  • Commented on PSA: 5-Point Writer's Block Checklist
    Wong's John Dies At The End is good, but while it is very funny it is in no way satire....
  • Commented on PSA: 5-Point Writer's Block Checklist
    Also, compare the number of Hitchhiker's Guide books to the number of Discworld books and tell me who had the better strategy. To be fair, Adams' apparent belief that the primary duty of an author was to miss deadlines was...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    I prefer the Hanlon's Razor-conforming explanation of the lack of democracy: The EU originated as a coal and steel common trading area whose governance being diplomatic rather than democratic made total sense*. The democratic deficit arose because as the European...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    Less cynically, I think there will be good whatever the outcome. Either we fully commit to the EU project, with ever closer union at its heart, or we leave and let the rest of them get on with it. Voting...
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    *checks TVTropes* *sighs loudly at self* This has not been my best week. Sorry, all....
  • Commented on Rise Of The Trollbot
    The 'evolving malware'/'head cheese' stuff in Watts' Starfish books? Though 'war' implies an organization that pathological organisms evolving to escape the immune system (or a digital recapitulation thereof) doesn't have......
  • Commented on Rise Of The Trollbot
    Boxer's feminism? ("I must work harder!") It is of course raging bullshit you had to go through that - which I get the impression you may know already. :-) And yes, your final paragraph is exactly right. Recently some student...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    the House is a rubber stamping machine for the Senate. Google "EU parliament rejects" for many, many examples of the Parliament shooting down Commission proposals. It has plenty of problems, but being a Commission lapdog is not one....
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    Modesty Blaise, not Immodesty Blaize....
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    As for heroin and cocaine, they were legal most of a century ago in the US. That's why they're illegal now (what do you think was in the original formula of coca-cola?). I think there's a much better case to...
  • Commented on 5 Magical Beasts And How To Replace Them With A Shell Script
    How did I get Modafinil and Adderall mixed up? Sorry, I should have checked. Nevertheless, it was definitely Modafinil I took....
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    Oh yes, but I cheated and picked the operation that doesn't have NATO participation. :-)...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    Serval had airlift cadged from all over, but I can't find any external airlift support for Barkhane. What am I missing?...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    I was poking at "one meddlesome imperialistic superpower," not the CVN. I let being a smartarse override clarity of communication, sorry....
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    *cough* one?...
  • Commented on Rise Of The Trollbot
    It'd probably need to be automated - or at least algorithmic, even if that algorithm runs on a human brain. We perceive a discussion as "balanced" when women speak ~30% of the time and dominated by women above that, so...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    Whether or not the EU impose trading restrictions, if the UK want to stop obeying the regulations they say they want to leave the EU over they'll kick themselves out of the European Single Market and impose restrictions by default....
  • Commented on Rise Of The Trollbot
    There are criticisms of the advice for assertiveness training (I don't know what it's called either, but informally I've seen people debate the "Lean In" book) for women et. al. The one I see used is "neoliberal feminism" - working...
  • Commented on 5 Magical Beasts And How To Replace Them With A Shell Script
    Modafinil's an amphetamine. From experience one of the things it's very good at is making you feel confident things are going well......
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    I said "route" on purpose, thinking of the exports transiting as well. I freely admit to this being backed by no figures whatsoever though. And yes, of course, and the Republic will have to be involved - but can you...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    For example Ireland might want to discuss the status of Northern Ireland before promising not to veto a post-exit trade agreement. You must be bloody kidding. The lid's just about back on the pressure cooker and you want us to...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    I think no-one could possibly reply better than Sir Humphrey....
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    Given the current Irish Foreign Minister is making "don't be so sure the Common Travel Area's secure" noises at Westminster, and that's been bedrock since the 20s... I don't like the odds....
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    That's another one you're falling for, I'm afraid; the ECHR has nothing to do with the EU - it's derived from the Council of Europe, a separate body with 19 extra members. So leaving the EU has no effect on...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    Possibly a purposeful genocide in Australia. Institional child murder by neglect in Canada. Basically just being better at being violent drug dealers than the Sinaloa in China. Firing into a crowd for 10 minutes in India. [Insert stereotypical "800 years!"...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    From my own wildly parochial viewpoint, I'm giggling about the number of "rah, isn't the UK great" politicians who seem to have forgotten about the existence of one of the UK's constituent countries, and therefore that an exited UK would...
  • Commented on Rise Of The Trollbot
    It's interesting to see "students should be challenged in university!" turn up in the mainstream discourse about safer spaces. First of all, those who produce that rhetoric (to be clear: I'm not accusing anyone here of this. This is an...
  • Commented on Rise Of The Trollbot
    Me too, which might be part of the confusion here....
  • Commented on Rise Of The Trollbot
    Greg: I know how you feel about segregating public meetings; I'd be very grateful if you'd discuss what's wrong with safe spaces specifically. You've been a teacher, haven't you? Here's an utterly uncontroversial example of something like a safe space:...
  • Commented on Rise Of The Trollbot
    That's absolutely ridiculous and no way to run a classroom. Glad to hear your friend didn't lose out over it. That one person implemented it terribly is, I suggest, not the best reason to reject it entirely. Though I can...
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