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  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    The issue, as far as I have seen, is more that they get publicly funded research at a low price then keep all the profits, although obviously some effort is made to keep some of that for the university and...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Yup, I read Private Eye too, and if their figures are accurate there is indeed too much cost in the tidal lagoons. Many of us older folk remember that building tidal barriers across the Severn has been an idea for...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    To expand, although I don't recall reading about your example, we have a mixed experience of wave/ tidal up here. There was for instance a giant yellow installation that couldn't stand up to the waves, utilising the kind of turbine...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    The OP has a long history of flying in, dropping some silly nonsense containing lots of talking points and dog whistles, then leaving rapidly without engaging with critiques of their comment. So whilst sensible replies to them are welcome, I...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Indeed. Scotland is still quite a few years away from energy self sufficiency, because for some reason we don't yet have lots of wave and tidal power turbines around our coast. The wind building is ongoing, but we don't have...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Richard Gadsden broke down the numbers, but to add to that, the simple fact is that the UK is indeed an elective dictatorship. We plebs simply don't have any direct routes to influence politicians and parliament, especially when most of...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    But what if the opposition tory candidate for mayor is a baby eating lizard person? I mean that's pretty much what the party is nowadays....
  • Commented on On hold
    No, I don't think so. The UK has a monarchy because nobody else wants the job, much too public, and it's a good way of conning the rubes and getting tourist money. What does happen in a workplace when the...
  • Commented on Test Case
    Well, it's complicated, and I'm not an expert, but yes, in some areas housing is getting sensible in terms of building high rather than spreading out. Unfortunately what it also means is that developers are making the flats as small...
  • Commented on Test Case
    The paper that Lara is talking about may be this one: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41539-018-0019-8 Note that one of the co-authors is Toby Young, one of the bunch of stupid tories running rampant just now with your money and their privatise public schools...
  • Commented on Test Case
    POssibly you are not familiar with the USA? This is the country in which in the 1930s or so, Los Angeles, the car companies and related one bought up the tramways and deliberately shut them down. That they would go...
  • Commented on Test Case
    Never. Unless they are rich white males, in which case anything goes. People with darker skin need not apply....
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    It's more that you have to have the bales a proper distance off the ground so they don't rot from the bottom up, and put the correct layers of plaster onto the outside and inside of the bales so they...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    It did occur to me that, if Putin et al are really interested in building RUssia back up to how it used to be at some point in the past, they are going about it in the wrong way. Boosting...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    I do wish people who claim expertise in an area would make it clear when they are typing using Expert language and labels rather than mere commonly used language and labels. That way arguments over definitions can be reduced and...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Further upthread, I'd forgotten about geology denialists. They have a point, why believe an intricate and difficult to understand theory that is backed up by a network of observations based upon the fundamental workings of the universe, when it's so...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    They warp entire planets and you are concerned that acorns don't have gluten? ;) It's a while since I last read lotr so I can't recall whether any other nut or such came up. Was any fruit or seed of...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Roslin isn't weird; the weird thing is that it managed to survive whilst so much else was lost. It's definitely unusual, basically a rich mans piece of fantastic architecture....
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    I assume you mean the ropes book. Just put the title into bookfinder.com and up it comes. By a Richard Ritti....
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    The concept of 'police' is also not as definite originally as people think it was. There was a societal / cultural difference between England and Scotland, the latter seeing the job of the police as not just catching people accused...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    I disagree with you completely. Moz #296 answers you a fair bit. As for your other points. If you have an actual working UBI, then the fact you earn a pittance from amazon for your work is irrelevant. Also, see...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    Some of us have been doing this for years, insofar as we work to live and have entire complex lives otuside work. It helps not being USA'ian and having to work 3 jobs or die of starvation of course. The...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    Actually, 14 was old enough to be expected to reproduce, or rather, a long as they were menstruating that was the expectation. If the marriage was dissolved early enough, like aged 8, there wouldn't be a problem, or rather, the...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    You are correct about pipe bands, but regrettably horribly wrong regarding number of tartans. The number of tartans for a family or clan is correlated only with how many tartans the makers think might sell to the public. The setts...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    I can't say I've ever heard of any such Celtic rules. This isn't my main topic of interest, but I do keep an eye out for things and the first issue with your comment is, what is the definition of...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    Also a quick check of the internet to reassure me indicates that the definition of a kilt include the word 'pleated'. James #390 - as far as I have read, and also I just checked with a Jacobite friend, no...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    Nah, I am Scottish and have a kilt, as well as varios books. If it isn't pleated, it's not a kilt....
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    I'm afraid that if it doesn't pleat it isn't a kilt, it's just a toga or sari. A Welsh Stewart sett sounds interesting, do you remember more?...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    No, there's no need to suggest that. Schoolgirls rolling their skirts up by the waistband has been a thing for decades. I know of it personally from the 1980's and 90's, through speaking to people and my own observations at...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    So in the future we might get people trying various physical and chemical hacks of hteir own body in order to lead an individual life? from wearing eye patches to being permanently sozzled to special ear plugs, probably sold on...
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