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  • Commented on Thoughtcrime
    Thanks. I didn't actually care about the name of the person or her party, but had to call her something in order to make the point about how negative I think her campaigning style is, and my point that I...
  • Commented on Thoughtcrime
    Greg, my point was that the un-named individual in @Latro's #65 is using the negative politics of fear-mongering as well as being economical with the truth....
  • Commented on Thoughtcrime
    Either way, the base point still stands that any politician who's saying that is trying to scare you out of voting for someone else rather than that you should for their party because $positive_thing....
  • Commented on Thoughtcrime
    the ruling party candidate for Madrid, has basically set up, with the help of her media partisans, a whole narrative that voting for the left candidate is voting for ETA. Is anyone else thinking that this sounds a lot like...
  • Commented on The Ultimate Tech Frontier: Your Brain
    This was in Ayrshire in Scotland, not in the NE of England, and I'd suggest perceptions of "working class" vary with region as well as over time. Your definition appears to relate to "getting your hands physically dirty", where the...
  • Commented on The Ultimate Tech Frontier: Your Brain
    Arnold #226 and Greg #227 You're both only part-right. My grandfather was a bus driver (later inspector). My father passed the 11+ and went to the local grammar where he got his highers, but not with grades that got him...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    I find good lager in 500ml units in measure glasses to be quite acceptable....
  • Commented on The Ultimate Tech Frontier: Your Brain
    Most word processors (including Wordpad) are guilty of this "inserting CRLF" behaviour, and actually I think so is Notepad if you set it up to automatically word-wrap, and then save with a string longer than your viewing width....
  • Commented on The Ultimate Tech Frontier: Your Brain
    I know or know of a number of people who think that "mass market" manufacturers (which includes BMW and Mercedes) are trying to move towards a vehicle life of SEVEN years, between small buzzy engines that make great ECE15 fuel...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    Everything you say is correct as far as it goes. You might want to check on the effects of Tallboy and Grand Slam on railway tunnels (photos in the hard cover of Paul Brickhill's "The Dam Busters" for one reference),...
  • Commented on The Ultimate Tech Frontier: Your Brain
    I'd agree, particularly about the computing history and OS aspects of the argument....
  • Commented on Aftermath
    Also Charlie #353 Yeah, for anything other than over-pressure and possible O2 depletion effects, a rucksack bomb isn't going to cut it. I was thinking more in terms of a literal truck bomb. As earlier, some of the Alpine tunnels...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    Agreed, well except that I want nachos, salsa and pickled chillies for snacking....
  • Commented on Aftermath
    Consider also that the failure mode of a tunnel through a very large chunk of rock is probably different from that of a tunnel under a very large body of water... I'm going to guess that you'll be just as...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    £10_600 as of the start of this tax year. It's about enough to buy another paperback every month....
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    Never assign to chance that which is a product of blatent pockling! My grandfather once (working in what is now "Royal College Building, University of Strathclyde") got "nonsense results" from a lab, and pockled up "good data" using his textbooks....
  • Commented on Aftermath
    Ok:- Dear Cain, This is what you get for stabbing your brother in the back and looking like a character in a Nick Park Claymation. Thank You, Paws....
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    Ok, I don't know how old you are, but at 52.75 I'm old enough to remember the 1970s, when with 20 seats of 720ish the SNP got a devolution referendum and the Barnett formula. I wouldn't argue that Scamoron is...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    Current guesses of % of vote vs seats are something like: Conservatives with 36%: around 325 seats. Labour with 30%: around 260 seats. UKIP with 12.4%: 1 seat LD with 7.9%: 8 seats SNP with 5.1%: 56 seats Greens with...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    Thanks; that does explain a lot, since Manchester is not part of "The North" to Scots....
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    I'll accept your statements, but it would be helpful if you could point us to some information as to what was on offer in 2004 rather than saying "The North didn't want that so they want the status quo". After...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    That seems to work; certainly it addresses most of my concerns, and I'm coming at this as a frustrated federalist who sees independence as the next best option....
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    You haven't addressed my concern with EVEL; that it creates a 2-tier Commons, with some MPs being excluded from the right to vote on matters that affect budgetary matters in their constituency. My comment about the Con party reflects on...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    How much of this spending has gone on stupid ideas like replacing asphalt concourse floors with polished terrazzo skating rinks?...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    the interviewer knew of many Tory activists and politicians who are sick of Scottish special pleading etc and would be quite willing to let Scotland go and yet Salmond refused to believe this . The interviewer felt he viewed all...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    Some form of EVEL needs to be brought in I await your plans for how this can be implemented fairly (which requires allowing non-English MPs to vote on matters that affect budgets for devolved services) with considerable interest....
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    Gonnie no do that, just gonnie no? Seriously, there are pubs in the east end of Glasgow where saying that is likely to shorten your life expectancy to a few hours....
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    That's pretty much exactly what I meant; if you don't get in our faces about "where you're from is great and here isn't" most people won't be bothered....
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    Also may relate to #215 and #216 Here in Scotland, the FPTP system only relates to Westminster elections. The Scots parliament uses a mixture of TPTP and Additional Member (and still returned a single party absolute majority, something that is...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    This is not meant personally. Greg, your accounts of your informant make it sound to me like he is guilty of "being English at people" and complaining that they don't like him as a result. Having met you, I think...
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