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  • 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?...
  • Commented on Let's put the future behind us
    I can't remember the exact volume or title off-hand (even with an assist from Wikipedia), but I think it was in "Before the Golden Age" or "The Early Asimov" that I first read something similar, written by a Martian archaeologist...
  • Commented on Let's put the future behind us
    You would be a good fit with the archaeologists I know, who are wont to talk of such things as "Atomic Age trackways" and the "ouch school of archaeology"....
  • Commented on Let's put the future behind us
    Bad analogy Charlie - in big storms, well designed small boats, such as lifeboats, can do quite a bit better than large vessels. As long as they don't ship water and you're protected from the wind and the rain (which...
  • Commented on Let's put the future behind us
    Why build something that looks like a Death Star taking a bath when ou can build somethign that looks like a Death Star? Now, will anyone else recognise the reference?...
  • Commented on Oh dear
    Alsa @guthrie #152 It so happens that I'm one of the people who can experience nausea from a strobing flourescent (usually one that's starting to fail). I've never experienced this from a CFL, but that doesn't mean that it can't/couldn't...
  • Commented on Oh dear
    Except LEDs are all freakin' BLUE, and they don't take long before they give me a screaming headache. I'm partially color blind, and I can't tell any difference between incandescents and flourescents, though the people who claim to see this...
  • Commented on Let's put the future behind us
    "The Culture" as an "absolute militarist dictatorship" rather than a "libertarian communism" (where "from all according to their means to each according to their needs" actually works?...
  • Commented on Oh dear
    Likewise, and AFAICS the issue was the igniter electrodes (well, that's what I was told they were called; hopefully it's clear enough that you can educate me if required) having burnt out. This does square with CFLs having a shorter...
  • Commented on Let's put the future behind us
    Why particularly? Ok, if you add a "floor" every 3m or so to a volume with a present "ceiling height" of 90m you do get 30x more "floor space" than the atruim offers, but the structure is going to be...
  • Commented on Oh dear
    Irrelevant, unless you assume 0 fiscal inertia after project end....
  • Commented on Oh dear
    So this is the sort of accounting where you only count Govt expenditure once, instead of allowing for the fact that 1 unit of Govt expenditure tends to generate about 3 units of support expenditure in the national economy? Obviously,...
  • Commented on Oh dear
    Hint 1:- 1973 - Vietnam War ends. Hint 2:- 1973 - Project Apollo ends. So that's 2 major capital projects ending in the USA just before the period you're saying that high-growth, high-inflation stopped working....
  • Commented on Leading question
    Well now, there's lovely for you. :-D...
  • Commented on Leading question
    Particularly para 3 - You mean like the USian habit of addressing people as $job $surname?...
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    This isn't an actual defence, but as a statement in mitigation, the only reason that #283 wasn't me is that I was having a good day and couldn't be bothered to sign in just to say something similar. Yes, he...
  • Commented on Leading question
    Ah, I've got where you'er coming from now, and I think I agree. Side-note that the SNP as it exists at Westminster is effectively a lobbying group for Scottish interests who are on the inside rather than the outside....
  • Commented on Leading question
    Part of the issue with the SNP is that you don't get a conventional narrow split on right-left or libertarian-authoritarian lines. On defence, since you cite it, we'll all agree that you need a defence policy, and even mostly that...
  • Commented on Leading question
    Not sure if anyone remembers the Yes MInister episode on a similar topic, introducing genuine representation and the impact on party power as a result - it amuses me how much of Yes Minister remains topical after 30 years. I...
  • Commented on Leading question
    "establishmentarianism" - You keep using that word; I think it does not mean what you think it means. Seriously:- establishmentarianism means "appointing members of a church of religion to positions in the legislature for no reason other than them being...
  • Commented on Leading question
    I see where you're coming from, but surely PSCs are filled by members and/or appointees of the HoC?...
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    Having said which, I've jsut heard an interview with Ray Brooks talking about Cathy Come Home (filmed and first shown 1966) where he was describing a research visit to the East End of London where they found 5 people living...
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    As Arnold says in #242, Larndarn is "different" in this respect. The best reference I can come up with is http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dam-Builders-Power-Glens/dp/1841582255/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1415612437&sr=1-1&keywords=power+from+the+glens which discusses not only how little electricity there was in most of Scotland, but how a state-owned business expanded...
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    It may not be hugely relevant to "most people" but you could say the same of Bayesian statistics until it was realised that it had applications in, for one thing, reducing the uncertainty of radio-carbon dating....
  • Commented on Unwelcome reality excursion
    What energy does an incandescent bulb waste? Any electricity that doesn't come out as light comes out as heat, and most places when you need lights you also need heating....
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    Wales did away with Prescription Tax first actually, on the same argument as Scotland subsequently applied. And here #219 comes in:- The argument was that administering a system where about 1 prescription in 6 was taxed (and some of those...
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    I was specifically nominating a set of plants where most (maybe even all) presently cropped species are the result of genetic modification techniques. This in no way makes Monsanto's development of species that won't crop except in the presense of...
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    I wonder how many "watermelons" grow roses and/or fruit, or drink cider or wine? I think you see my point?...
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    True, but you might want to look up the history John Brown and Co's Hull Number 534, aka the RMS Queen Mary, before arguing that ships can not be left on the ways for a period during construciton....
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