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  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Presumably some are aiming for 1947. And given there's a minority of brexiteers convinced Ireland will follow the UK out of the EU and join in their glorious whatever, there seems a fraction definitely aiming for before the 1920s......
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Some people believed punishment inevitable, yes; if you look at it game theoretically it is - the UK has betrayed their partner in a Prisoner's Dilemma and the only rational course for a betrayed partner is to punish pour encourager...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    "3.) [...]When we stop using carbon the "nuke Mecca" crowd will gain political power with a speed that surpasses c by orders of magnitude. [...] 5.) There will be a general decline in prejudice in the WEIRD countries." Your posited...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    The one cow product I have heard serious angsting about replacing? Fetal calf serum, without which much biotech grinds to a halt, and replacement of which seems ...non-straightforward....
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    We already have vat-grown meat; your point about muscle structure means that it's served as the world's most expensive hamburger. Cheap vat-grown *cuts* of meats imply your first byproduct, but we eat a lot of processed meat anyway. Your second...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    You will note that Bjork sings almost entirely in English, despite being Icelandic ... *cough* Sigur Rós *cough*. :-) Your point stands, of course....
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Is this the explanation for the source of Edgar's scalp injuries?...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    And I accidentally drop a word in a conversation about the future of language. Excellent. :-/...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Think about metadata -- each emoji has an underlying concept. You could have culture specific emoji that mean the same thing just displayed differently. We already the beginnings of that....
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Seamless computer translation of written and spoken word could mean that you don't need to speak the proper version of your own language -- for example, you could be listening to a person with a thick African American dialect speaking...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    I mean, imagine everyone in sales replaced by a sales robot: "Beep. Would you like to buy a... car? Beep beep. We have the best cars for... HU-mans."...
  • Commented on Random excuses
    The old Groklaw nickname for IBM legal was the Nazgul, traditionally followed by the phrase "with whom IBM can blacken the sky."...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    Nor do we have the tradition of the Angry Shouty Rentamob appearing (on cue, as if by magic, totally spontaneously) outside the relevant Embassy any time the world doesn't work the way that our politicians want. Yeah, it's not like...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    Unlike Iran, Russia doesn't stone women to death for being raped Neither does Iran. Surprise! "The Islamic world" is not a monolith....
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    I don't see the British Government supporting any Basij-like organisations to suppress or prevent peaceful protest. 40 years ago the Shah's secret police were in full swing....
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    Here, Greg, read Lawson abolishing it in his 1988 Budget speech. You owe Jules an apology....
  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    This is one of those "separated by a common language" things, isn't it?...
  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    An "it gets worse the more you think about it" entry: the Serial Peacemaker from Howard's Tayler's 'Schlock Mercenary' webcomic....
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    the foreign interests that have been pushing Europhobia for 30 years Boris Johnson?...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    https:& #47;& #47; (with no spaces after the ampersands) works....
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    There are procedures for removing an incapable monarch. Of course, once they're removed they become a pretender to the throne; there's procedures for dealing with those, too......
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    I'm afraid you have - just maybe - missed the joke....
  • Commented on Placeholder? Placeholder!
    Now I will grant you much of Ursula LeGuin's work or the Gateway trilogy, but seriously, how many books don't have guns in them? [...] How often are the heroes being clever at disarming weapons or having their weapons You're...
  • Commented on Placeholder? Placeholder!
    MRI has the problem that you need facilities to do head X-Rays available, unless you're willing to accept welders suing for eye injuries sustained in the machine....
  • Commented on Placeholder? Placeholder!
    That inkjet model, I'm surprised it hasn't disappeared up its own arse yet. I surely can't be the only one to have noticed that in many cases it's cheaper to buy a whole new printer with ink included than to...
  • Commented on Placeholder? Placeholder!
    Yeah?...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    I'm not suggesting the British were standing behind the Free Staters, prodding them along the whole way. I'm suggesting the British re-invading was a spectre in many pro-Treaty leaders minds, threats of British action were part of the decision to...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Is it "war planning" if you order the attack? It didn't happen only because General MacReady knew it would restart the war and asked for more time for the Free State....
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Stormont doesn't require MLAs to swear allegiance; I must admit I don't know anything about oath-taking at local government level. I only brought it up to point at an example of the impact of "contractual detail." :) Re. your second:...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    "We Ourselves" could easily take their Westminster seats - if they wanted to .... All they'd have to do is swear allegiance to the Queen. Which is exactly my point. The rest of Britain already decided, back in 1922, that...
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