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  • 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....
  • Commented on Service update
    Do you think Alistair Carmichael's auditioning for the Arthur Griffith role? :-)...
  • Commented on Service update
    If your country chairs the EU, of course other countries will be interested in what changes you plan, negotiations you make, positions you hold. If it gets a rotating place on the UN Security Council, then of course the major...
  • Commented on Service announcement: upcoming outage(s)
    Some of us have browsers that lie about these things. too....
  • Commented on Service update
    You say we need armies so we can cope with disaster recovery? No, I say they're useful for it, and that we should possibly consider how else to do the parts of the job conducted without gun in hand before...
  • Commented on Service update
    An army's a defensible way for a government to employ a miscellaneous bunch of engineers, logistics experts, HGV drivers etc. without an immediate obvious need for them, which can come in handy in disaster recovery scenarios....
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    A cynic would ask how large a force the Marines were at the point that law passed....
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    They appear to be unaware that the community was defending local businesses against looting. What happened? Well, the cops declared a curfew making it illegal for defenders to be on the street, for one......
  • Commented on Down tools
    They're trying to get rid of the tanker; the US Navy is researching using spare reactor juice to make fuel from seawater and CO2....
  • Commented on Loncon 3: Charlie's worldcon schedule
    See you at "The Ruling Party," at least....
  • Commented on App store annoyances
    This is one of the reasons Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia made me so sad: it permanently turned MeeGo into a niche phone OS. Debian on yer phone, skinned to be usable by even severely tech-challenged people; what's not to like?...
  • Commented on Some rambling thoughts on region restrictions
    maybe this virtual credit card generator could be distributed as freeware. It would need to be picked up by the banks, not the customers; the people deploying it would need access to Visa (or whoever)'s credit card creation API. It's...
  • Commented on Some rambling thoughts on region restrictions
    Lo these many moons ago, there was a company from the Isle Of Man who - after much paperwork - gave you access to a web app which would generate a new virtual credit card every time you ran it....
  • Commented on Some rambling thoughts on region restrictions
    You mean Flattr?...
  • Commented on Some rambling thoughts on region restrictions
    It's possible, in that it's already happened. Meet Inkshares and Patreon (the latter appears short of prose writers, but that doesn't seem to be because the platform prohibits them)....
  • Commented on Some rambling thoughts on region restrictions
    Bandcamp's prices are set by the artist, and "pay what you want" is an option. So the price isn't set per market by someone who knows what the market can bear, but is set by the people who in theory...
  • Commented on Some rambling thoughts on region restrictions
    Can't tell if you want novels to be movies or video games; please disambiguate....
  • Commented on YAPC::NA 2014 keynote: Programming Perl in 2034
    Is there any chance that you could see programming go through the equivalent of what the Industrial Revolution did to textile manufacturing, with lots of it broken down into highly specialized tasks that can be done by someone with the...
  • Commented on YAPC::NA 2014 keynote: Programming Perl in 2034
    I'm reliably informed Erlang is what you're asking about, though perhaps not massively parallel (that's what Hadoop is for)....
  • Commented on YAPC::NA 2014 keynote: Programming Perl in 2034
    There are some objections (Shava Nerad's second comment; Google Plus is apparently too braindead to allow direct links to comments) to Brin's frankly Panglossian attitude....
  • Commented on YAPC::NA 2014 keynote: Programming Perl in 2034
    I suggest you take a look at Karl Schroeder's "Ventus"....
  • Commented on YAPC::NA 2014 keynote: Programming Perl in 2034
    Corn stalks are also used as animal bedding, then fertilizer. Or am I the only one who's forked straw and shovelled manure? :-) Part of the problem with using sewage as fertilizer is that the Victorians only built one combined...
  • Commented on YAPC::NA 2014 keynote: Programming Perl in 2034
    Non-food plants for biofuel implies either a decrease in food grown or more land under the plough - both deeply unrecommended. Incidentally, some algae are an edible crop....
  • Commented on Schroedinger's Kingdom: the Scottish Political Singularity Explained
    Why would an independent Scotland need a border at all (beyond a line on a map and some updated "Welcome to" signs on either side), given its almost automatic membership of the Common Travel Area?...
  • Commented on World Cup: engage Grinch mode now!
    *applause*...
  • Commented on World Cup: engage Grinch mode now!
    Have you seen the kinds of things Roman sports fans got up to?...
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