John Dallman

John Dallman

  • Commented on Updating a classic
    There's a really basic principle underlying most of these ideas. Unfettered egos. So you make it semi-explicit that for morale reasons, all management is about making the senior person look good and the underlings bad....
  • Commented on Updating a classic
    If the suppliers get creative, this can cost a fortune. A friend of mine once applied for a winding-up order on GEC (the UK one) because their repeated failure to pay "indicated they were trading while insolvent."...
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    iOS "suspended" apps are not swapped out. If the system needs the memory they are occupying, it just recovers it, and expects them to recover from saved context when the user switches to them and they get quietly restarted....
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    ... astronomers have touted a way to hide the Earth from potential invading aliens I can't help feeling that any aliens who can actually send probes across interstellar distances will have alternative means of detecting planets, and may regard this...
  • Commented on All that is old is new again (heavy politics dance remix)
    One of the interesting parts of the memoirs is the claim that Cameron knew that Ashcroft wasn't paying UK tax (as a "non-dom") rather earlier than Cameron admits to having known that. This is potentially serious, as an actual lie,...
  • Commented on All that is old is new again (heavy politics dance remix)
    Murdoch's biggest priority is to have every government on his side. He does this by convincing them his media have lots of influence, and he can turn this to their ends. Then they start getting advice that shifts their positions,...
  • Commented on All that is old is new again (heavy politics dance remix)
    No, Murdoch is not at all in favour of being in the EU, for a very simple reason. His multi-platform media empire breaches EU rules on media ownership. Margret Thatcher negotiated an opt-out from those for the UK, as the...
  • Commented on A brief, bitter quiz
    As if trying to understand the enemy was some kind of weakness: To a lot of Americans, it is. I used to read sci.military.naval, which was good for getting some ideas of US political opinions until it got too wearing....
  • Commented on Catching a Blighty
    "commemoration that, like the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, says something about who we are as a people" Which decodes as "A people that sees the past as glorious, and wants to get back to it, via the Conservative and Unionist Party"....
  • Commented on Roko's Basilisk wants YOU
    I recognise that RationalWiki may not be describing the LessWrong memeplex in the same terms as LessWrong would, but this statement reduced me to helpless giggling: "These include the idea that eventually an artificial intelligence will be developed with immeasurable...
  • Commented on The ticking clock, stopped
    Yes, I'd take it. Because I feel my brain aging, and after the drug had taken effect, I'd be better able to make a decision about what to do next. Since I'm in the fortunate position of having a job...
  • Commented on Status update
    Testing, tasting... it works!...
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