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  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    I know someone who is night blind, I'm going to ask them more about what they can see at night. I think some people who are dismissive of seeing at night without light and don't have my medical issues just...
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    I've never seen anyone imagining that the 1920's are coming back. Brexiters are often stupid and/ or mad, but the 1920's aren't reasons given for voting that way. Rather it's about nebulous concerns of sovereignty, thinly or undisguised xenophobia with...
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    Well that's the thing, if you'd like to come with me to visit the actual real person who told me this, I'm sure you could interrogate him to your satisfaction. History is easier to study when everyone involved is safely...
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    THe pundits do like to second guess politicians, it's one of the things that keeps them in their jobs. The problem being, is there any evidence at all that May et al would do that? None that I have heard...
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    I do find it odd how your reply is to a person who is so knowledgeable about some topics but totally clueless about others. The three blades for a wind turbine thing was worked out over 80 years ago or...
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    The other important point is that we twit brexiters about going back to the 1950's, but certainly most I have observed have no such definie ideals. It's simply about taking back sovereignty (as if all the other abrogations of sovereignty...
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    Just to be clear, you mean "They" as in the ruling class. Other "They"'s in use in this sort of conversation include older right wing people, who do want to take it back to the 1950's/ 1947, when you could...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Call me a raving ideologue, but I'd say ethical stuff should be inculcated into children and young adults long before they get near an actual job....
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    But if their social interaction capabilities are as bad, then it won't make much of a difference, although they might manage to murder a few more people. The important thing is to alter the rest of society and remove the...
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    The simplest problem with autonomous vehicles used many times across a day is that the previous user could have left it in a state, whether just crumbs on the seat and floor or bad smells or worse. This is somewhat...
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    POinting to recognition of a problem is not the same as it massively impacting the future. As for green places and the garden of Eden, one for those of us interested in dodgy history stuff is that some such researchers...
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    Nile, that is rather worrying about the bankers and such being completely shut out of the decision making process. So has that been made public anywhere? Are the media that much in the tank for brexit and the toxic billionaires...
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    On the topic of transport, this nice graphic popped up on my twitter feed today, showing isochrones of travel from Berlin: https://alternativetransport.wordpress.com/2016/12/20/isochrone-map-of-berlin-1819-1906-and-2015/ Naturally, the introduction of trains made a massive difference in achievable distance. Sfreader #371- if turbulence was that...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    One of the points about technological change is that the job turnover gives opportunities for the capitalist owning class to make sure none of the productivity gains go to the workforce. Of course globalisation also helps in that. But also...
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    That really does seem to be an open question; not enough seem to have survived to answer it. Have you read "take these men" by Cyril Joly? He arrived in the desert a year or so into it and vividly...
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    A brand of whisky called Claymore? I think I saw that once. Maybe it was in the Whyte and Mackay bottling plant in Leith, which bottled a lot of vodka and cheap fake label whisky that would indeed have been...
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    Most of us meatspace humans had noticed that Martin is British, posting on a British blog. So your original comment was wrong given that context. Here in the UK here was a great reluctance​ to mechanise the cavalry....
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    Hundreds of years. History of economics/ economic history needs to be much more widely known....
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    Ideally it would be more like Soma, since the actual opiates thing turns out to be quite dangerous, e.g. in the USA: http://www.asam.org/docs/default-source/advocacy/opioid-addiction-disease-facts-figures.pdf...
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    That's true, so many hardback fiction books have huge type, it would be much easier if they were smaller. The other reason I like to have normal paperback books is that it means I can fit the fiction onto the...
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    Trade paperback is a term used, seemingly from America, for the ones that are large format like hardbacks but are paperback. For instance, I have a number on my shelves, one of the most recent is 235 by 155mm in...
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    Since we can't edit our posts, I feel obliged to add that the publishers are reducing their chances of selling to me by producing the huge trade paperback books, because they are too fucking big, I like nice neat packages...
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    I'm well past 5k books, but only about 850 are SF. I'm finding it harder to find SF I want to read these days, because so many stories seem the same. A similar number of books are fantasy and normal...
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    That's not exactly accurate either, insofar as the ruling class have always intermingled with the rest of the country, London is merely their cockpit of governance. And ordinary Londoners have to go along with them, although it is usually in...
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    If you want to dump 700 years of history and total integration of legal and other systems for three or four hundred years, sure. You might also like to ask Berwick if they would rather be in Scotland or England....
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    People keep bringing that up, bit it's nonsense. There's no history or anything behind it, the Scottish islands can't even claim a long history of local government like the Isle of Man....
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    Yup, stupid Anglo-centric autocorrect got the name wrong. I admit i have heard of Kenny dalgleish. Fortunately as technical, not production, i didn't have to fit into the footie following groups, in a factory in Bellshill. The football was related...
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    I keep pointing out that as far as i know, the Scottish office building on Carlton hill has a bunker or very strong basement, and Carlton hill is an extinct volcano........
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    My mother carried on teaching after marriage in 1970's Scotland, but her mother had had to stop working for the post office in the 1940's after getting married. Martin #115- who?...
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    Exactly. I was going to jokingly type that you work for them in your spare time, but that would be an insult. Also phone utocorrect is annoying. I don't know who Beckenbauer was, clearly i've not been in Scotland......
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