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  • Commented on Let's put the future behind us
    Phobos' orbital period is ~7 hours 39 minutes, Mars rotates once every 24 hours 37 minutes. So unless we build a skyhook with the fastest railway in existence for the Mars-side end, it's unlikely....
  • Commented on Let's put the future behind us
    "Almost identical" except ours is built backwards and theirs is built correctly, which is a pretty big difference - the effects start with the fact octopus eyes have no blind spot....
  • Commented on Let's put the future behind us
    It appears there was a trolling comment deleted that that was responding to, rather than the concrete point....
  • Commented on Oh dear
    I'm reminded of a legend about a pentester hired to test a particular server's security. They were getting nowhere so they borrowed a truck, backed up to the client's loading dock, and stole the server....
  • Commented on Leading question
    Let me translate that: "since ISDS has been used against us, we no longer think it's the best thing since sliced bread." And Australia no longer seeking ISDS clauses in its treaties doesn't help with a US/EU treaty....
  • Commented on Leading question
    TTIP includes the same arbitration method that has resulted in the Australian government being ordered to compensate Philip Morris for lost profits due to their anti-smoking campaign. I tentatively suggest it's worth worrying about....
  • Commented on Leading question
    You don't even need outside funding; I'm reminded of the Niger Delta resistance to Shell, with tactics like kidnapping Shell employees for ransoms with which to fund attacks on Shell....
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    Yes, but amckinstry was talking about another parliamentary system heading for meltdown that does....
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    Observational evidence from the Irish health system is that nominal charges used to deter wasteful use a) become seen as revenue sources, b) metastasise to follow the 'waste' as people who can't afford the charge clog up some other part...
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    Very minor nitpick: extensively drug-resistant, not extreme. And there are already cases of TDR-tuberculosis in the literature, which stands for exactly what you don't want it to....
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    There's a fantastic piece of political slang in Ireland (where coalitions are the the norm) for the small or unsavvy party of a coalition: mudguard. Being seen as one ended two parliamentary parties in the 2000s. It's why I'd think...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    If you've got a setting where magic behaves according to regular rules and mechanics (and always has), then it seems like you wouldn't really have a concept of "magic" versus "technology". It would all be technology, even if you don't...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    We've passed the point at which humans design modern CPUs unaided; I wonder have we passed the point unaided humans *can't*?...
  • Commented on Parallel Reconstruction and the new Stasi
    I liked the reaction of Feminist Twitter to the leaks: "If you are looking at these photos, you are perpetuating the abuse" - making it explicit that this is not victimless, and that people's desire to see these photos is...
  • Commented on Parallel Reconstruction and the new Stasi
    I disagree with the position that 'We once tried to find a fix but it didn't work, so we should abandon the search for a solution to this problem ...' It is in fact literally impossible to create a Snapchat...
  • Commented on Parallel Reconstruction and the new Stasi
    *Wearily points at Snapchat and the piracy-detecting software that killed the 2012 Hugos stream* These are not new ideas. Unfortunately they don't work. For why, see Cory Doctorow on the war on general purpose computing, and XKCD on detecting what...
  • Commented on Cameron v Churchill
    I wasn't holding out high hopes, but I didn't expect an endorsement of the resumption of transportation....
  • Commented on A brief, bitter quiz
    I specifically didn't. A false flag attack by definition requires an attack, and almost definitely an existing opponent to blame the attack on. I was saying it might be the first time the casus belli wasn't a false attack, but...
  • Commented on A brief, bitter quiz
    It's interesting to see the State Department ripping off the FBI's tactics. Is this the first known instance of a false flag *attacker*? The DHS has been in the business of defending against bad movie plots for years, so it's...
  • Commented on A brief, bitter quiz
    Considering the same article talks about the Chinese version using the translation "iron hooves," which has connotations of trampling and conquest, perhaps it's not a values-free phrase in Arabic? Assuming someone paid to know this stuff is overstating the offensiveness...
  • Commented on A brief, bitter quiz
    Iceland already exports enormous amounts of electricity in a way that minimizes transmission losses - aluminium....
  • Commented on The morning after
    It's Irish history: there's a lot of it, it all relates, and understanding it's like assembling a Mobius strip jigsaw someone's stolen a piece from. The 1798 Rebellion is a little special in that you can go "Strongbow lands->$Colonial_stuff->American/French style...
  • Commented on The morning after
    We won't take it personally. :-) The most immediately relevant events are probably the 1800 Act Of Union and the 1798 Rebellion that triggered it....
  • Commented on The morning after
    silburnl answered that back at comment 70: what happens when a Government that depends on Scottish MPs is elected?...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    I will add that in all three cases there was a very long-standing history of ethnic discrimination verging on attempted genocide in all three cases. Note "verging"; I understand that the famine was deliberately engineered by London. No, London was...
  • Commented on DO YOU 'LIKE' THE SUN? The Content Casino vs. the Long Game
    Google may have put a little too much intelligence into its search algorithm for people who know exactly what they're looking for and merely want to know where to get it; they do an almighty amount of including synonyms etc....
  • Commented on DO YOU 'LIKE' THE SUN? The Content Casino vs. the Long Game
    The monarchs of the mixed reproductive strategy have to be Buzzfeed and Vice. Buzzfeed is a byword for Listicle Cat Giffing, but they've done a surprising amount of very good journalism, and Vice is covering entire wars no-one else seems...
  • Commented on Service update
    I did say "army" on purpose; I was thinking almost exclusively of infantry and associated logistics. I know Ireland (roughly similar population size, theoretically similar roles minus any NATO commitment) has ~8,000 soldiers, no main battle tanks, and 30 aircraft...
  • Commented on Service update
    The Common Travel Area is older than the UN (modulo a break known to most as World War 2). There's no rational reason whatsoever independent Scotland wouldn't join, especially given it was set up to deal with rUK and [other...
  • Commented on Service update
    That grinding, desperate poverty was the norm long before 1923, Greg....
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