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  • Commented on Radio silence
    Fair enough; I've known other cases of names being mispelt and even mispronounced by parents....
  • Commented on Radio silence
    Para 2 - Yes, but what I don't remember is, say, JFK being designated as Nth in line for the presidency when he was commanding PT109....
  • Commented on Radio silence
    Which is all very well and good except that:- 1) Scots and Irish Gaelic are different languages (but clearly first cousins). 2) There are at least 4 dialects of Scots Gaelic (5 if we count BBC Gaelic separately), and 4...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    Well, my argument is based partly on contacts (plural) with actual women named "Mhairi" or "Mhari", and living in an at least nominally Gaelic speaking part of Scotland (which means that pretty much everyone is at least bilingual, and if...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    And, indeed, read Gaelic (at least a bit) than speak or write it. It can be difficult to avoid learning to read it a bit (and maybe pronounce stuff a bit) when you're dealing with place names....
  • Commented on Radio silence
    Trace back the comment chain, and that's the same character been read 3 ways, and with as many different ethnic origins....
  • Commented on Radio silence
    Well it sort of doesn't but then Wikipedia is an encyclopedia, not a pure source of etymological and thesaurus information. I understand enough Gaelic to know that there are variant pronunciations and/or (mis)spellings of a lot of words. Mhari isn't...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    Still trying to figure out why I thought, until reading a post here, that Mhari was Asian/South Asian (in UK/US parlance). Maybe the name? Interesting; I'd been reading her as IC1, and pronouncing her name "Vari", under the presumption that...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    Well, my method of spotting "all the nonsense" is to look for a comment headed "$The_Seagull [said | replied to...]", then assume that it's at least 90% nonsense and make with the scroll wheel....
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    "A Transatlantic Tunnel, Hurrah!"...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    You have realised that the Aral Basin is EAST of the Caspian Sea, which is a lake, and between the Aral and the nearest salt water in the Black Sea? Then we get into issues with probably creating a one-way...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    Agreed, and noted that the "Aral Sea" has now almost vanished, and indeed that I would swear the Caspian Sea is smaller than it was in the 1960s, and maybe even the min-1990s....
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    Landie - Hence my suggestion; they're both national chains but tend to be staffed by people who have been properly trained in working on diesel pumps and injectors. Including "pigeon" as well; I've no objections, but this is at least...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    And DO NOT TALK TO ME about 3rd normal form idiocy. 3NF has its place, for instance when you have thousands of item reports associated with 10s of suppliers each of whom you track a name and address for, and...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    If the Landie has an electronic injection pump, check the health of the battery and alternator since low voltage can cause issues with car electronics. If they're both good, I'd recommend your local Bosch Diesel or Turner Tune as diagnosticians/repairers....
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    For example, in "Greater" London, NOX from gas central heating is about 1.5x that from PLGs, yes? Oh and from what you've said, I suspect your injectors can be fixed by an ultrasonic cleaning....
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    That's exactly backwards; the "Sydney Harbour Bridge" looks like a large version of the "Tyne Bridge" (both bowstring girder construction, but the Tyne Bridge was built first)....
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    You are going to need literally thousands of tons of cement to make a concrete dam, yes. But here's the thing about cement; you need to keep it dry until you put it into the concrete batching plant. In the...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    s/Sea/Lake surely?...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    Since no-one has bothered to point this out yet, the "Pacific Ocean" is NOT an aquifer. Yes, coastal aquifers that have a porous edge on an ocean can become salinated in certain circumstances, but that still doesn't make oceans aquifers...
  • Commented on Book day!
    It was Avro Vulcan XH558 that was restored to flight, and subsequently re-grounded in 2015, this time for good. :-( But anyway, in the Laundryverse 666 Sqdn are still operating their Concorde PR3s and B4 (original source being Charlie himself;...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    I don't know what you Scots are up to that late. We're all tucked up in bed by then. Well, the pubs don't close until at least 11PM, then we've got to get home and make a fry up...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    That's about the same as the 2 Leaf owners I know report: for one of them this means that they need, repeat need, to recharge after their home-office trip in order to get back, and that's without doing any drives...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Of course the EV market is in its infancy what - even counting the Prius it's only 20 years old According to Wikipedia, Alessandro Volta lived from 1745 to 1827, which makes the base technologies for the EV rather older...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    I'm answering #482 and #483. I know more Tesla owners than just yourself, and most of them justify the term EVanglelists because they will try and convince you that the borderline unaffordable Model S is not just a future, but...
  • Commented on Character and Exposition are Plot: Why most pop critical terms aren't useful to writers
    No names, no pack drill (oddly, since the guilty I have in mind are all military SF novels), but when your SF novel includes 30 pages of "Death by Powerpoint" to tell us stuff that some or all of the...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    So the tech is nowhere near as "there" as the EVangelists would have you believe....
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    DRC is shit hole with incredibly high murder rates, a terrible record on human rights and an incredibly low standard of living, yet every year more people die from diesel emissions in Europe, so yo know, net win for electric...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Someplace up thread I asked what a Tesla Model S shell was made from. By asking an owner I was able to discover that it's an aluminium alloy unitary body. So how come they weigh over 2 tonnes kerb weight?...
  • Commented on There is no extra credit in science fiction.
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