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  • Commented on On the lack of cultural estrangement in SF
    I'd say that's more like "acquaintances" or else I could be looking at more like 400 to 500 (150 to 200 work colleagues, similar number of SF fans, bith blogging and con-going, 50some on a car site and 50some people...
  • Commented on On the lack of cultural estrangement in SF
    Ah, we are talking about different things. You're talking about "whole ox tongue", and I'm talking about "lunch tongue" which is a prepaared cooked meat and ready to eat....
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    Ah, we are thinking on similar lines about "detecting and acting on "slippery conditions" then. My car is 12 years old and can't detect other vehicles but does have a suite of sensors that can prevent wheel slip and identify...
  • Commented on On the lack of cultural estrangement in SF
    Jump evasion is a rarely used device even when the World-building physics permits it. IIRC Picard used it about twice and that was commentworthy unusual in the Star Trek universe where they have physics that permits forming wormholes just out...
  • Commented on On the lack of cultural estrangement in SF
    It's my experience that good tongue (any that isn't already grey from age) only tends to be available from butchers. As you say, probably regional variation....
  • Commented on On the lack of cultural estrangement in SF
    Para 2) What do you mean by "rough and ready"? My car has an external temperature sensor, plus ABS and traction control. Para 4) You need a change in the law (and social acceptability) to allow autonomous cars to drive...
  • Commented on On the lack of cultural estrangement in SF
    On offal - OGH is very much stating his view rather than a general cultural view. My Mum and I like liver as long as it's carefully cooked, steak and kidney pie (it doesn't take much kidney to add a...
  • Commented on On the lack of cultural estrangement in SF
    #98, #100 and #142 on Jump (subspace, hyperspace, slipstream, or whatever) drive physics. My impression is that the gravity well restriction is as much about "speed of plot" as it is "good physics". If you can't form an entry/exit port...
  • Commented on On the lack of cultural estrangement in SF
    Ok, I've read or at least skimmed all the comments thus far. At the OP, I think arguments about, say, PFH are arguments about the reader's taste as much as anything else. Case study - I enjoy OGH's works (any...
  • Commented on An age-old question
    Part of Virgin's problems (and not just tech issues either) are that it's a merger of NTL and Telewest....
  • Commented on An age-old question
    I'd agree; to affect everyone in an area where cable and/or satellite tv reception is commonplace you'd have to subvert the satellite uplinks as well as the relevant Regional Terrestrial Transmitter (and even then it's by no means guaranteed; some...
  • Commented on An age-old question
    Who do you fancy to play Bob? Aside from us both probably having too strong Scots accents I'd say that Mad Elf and I both probably have the relevant base skills sets to play Bob convincingly....
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    On that level I'd agree pan-EU; as I say I was thinking that some parts of a single EU nation-state are already much more accapting of immigrants than other parts of the same one....
  • Commented on An age-old question
    Anyone who doesn't think that Banksie was a good traveloguer should read "Raw Spirit". Despite the way it was sold the book is much more of a travelogue and autobiography than a "$single_malt gives a mixture of iodine and mutton...
  • Commented on An age-old question
    I'm not sure what you're proposing, other than a bet that I don't want to win (anything involving MaccyDs I find to be in bad taste, and that's a comment on the food, ok). Do you mean that similar percentages...
  • Commented on An age-old question
    I'd agree that, with the caveat that the acceptance is unevenly distributed....
  • Commented on An age-old question
    Actually I forgot 2/3 of my answer in my last:- On some of these roads sightlines can go out to a mile or more, so a "limit speed to what you can see" view can allow 100mph or more. Also,...
  • Commented on An age-old question
    You can disagree with whatever you like. I'm not going to read 80-odd pages of PowerPoint again, but look up an on-line atlas, enter "Lairg, UK" as a place and put it into roadmap view. Now look at the number...
  • Commented on An age-old question
    No, I doubt it would work, but I can imagine a certain adventurous robotic accountant telling tall tales. Rsdud Adrny? ;-)...
  • Commented on An age-old question
    Did you read the cite? All they're aiming for is "0 deaths in new Ovlovs". Even that target has some issues, such as the apparent failure to consider our "single track roads" (Note for non-UK citizens, and even possibly for...
  • Commented on An age-old question
    OK, at the OP, 52 (and a bit). My brain obviously works differently to Charlie's (not least because I have Radio 2 in the office). I've at least heard the vocal stylings of Amy Whinehouse (sic) and may have heard...
  • Commented on Let's put the future behind us
    {real World} I didn't know what Feorag was qualified in (she never offered the info and I'd no specific reason to ask), but #181 makes it quite obvious to me that you do sometimes hang out with archaeologists, read archaeological...
  • Commented on Let's put the future behind us
    I think you're presuming here that all technologies would reach simultaneous apices. I'll happily agree that Tranquility Site represents an apex in chemical rocketry, but that does not necessarily require that the TS electronics also represent the apex of AE...
  • Commented on Let's put the future behind us
    Why not? We know that the Atomic Agers had basic silicon-based electronics, lasers, and an understanding of the modulation of signals in the electro-magnetic spectrum. Are you going to deny that the depth of dust accretion on the various crude...
  • Commented on Let's put the future behind us
    That's true, but seems to miss a point. I presume that these black boxes which you're associating with the panels have a hilariously large and poorly secured 21-pin data? socket on them, similar to one (or two) on the back...
  • Commented on Let's put the future behind us
    My researches suggest that these C'mbr'dj shields, where present, almost invariably pre-date the SE shields, and the 16:9 panels. Perhaps they may indicate a proto-religion that focussed on a local structure, and they fell into disuse as the national religion...
  • Commented on Let's put the future behind us
    I'm sorry, but that is nonsense. The beige boxes are normally associated 1:1 with 4:3 or more rarely 16:9 panels, or sometimes boxes, which are rarely to never over 500mm in any direction. Furthermore, they may be found in rooms...
  • Commented on Let's put the future behind us
    Can you name a single case where a shield has not been found on the South side or roof of a building and at least one of the 16x9 panels has not been found in a place of prominance within...
  • Commented on Let's put the future behind us
    Referring to the British "Channel 4" series "Time Team", and their format which involved making models of some of the sites they were investigating, I once imagined a future, say 3_000CE, archaeologist's paper on the Atomic Age having an abstract...
  • Commented on Let's put the future behind us
    He's slightly off in the angle (the Astra cluster is more S/E) but I think he's suggesting a relationship between the 16:9 panels and and the shields?...
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