Jake

Jake

  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    And it's not the Leave voters who've been stockpiling emergency supplies of food, putting solar panels on their roofs and so on in anticipation of everything going tits up, is it?...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    That doesn't just apply to Ireland. I'm sure the application process for "settled status" for EU nationals is going to be efficient as any other part of this process, so on B-Day +1 a lot of people will have missed...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    I'm too young to remember any of this, so correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm fairly sure this country didn't have an existing "lost generation" of disaffected casualties of a previous economic crisis in the Seventies. How many foodbanks...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Here's another cheery thought for you all. Everything our host just said about the police (redundancies and budget cuts, personnel having their own families to worry about when things start to get bad etc) also applies to the Army....
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    My one issue with this is that there's several practical advantages to going the sustainability route from day one. The equipment needed to extract and process oil is going to take up a large chunk of their mass budget, and...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    I was thinking more that fistfights breaking out over who got a hood and who had to make do with holding their breath would create at least as many problems as they might have theoretically solved....
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    The problem with smoke hoods is twofold. For one thing you'd have to have a blanket ban on residents having guests in their flats to be absolutely certain there'd be enough to go around, which would be not just hugely...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    So... Anyone want to guess how the still in-progress eruption of politics in Kensington is going to affect Mrs May's chances of retaining Number Ten, leadership of the Conservative party and indeed her life and bodily integrity? Because it seems...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Nobody I've ever heard of, but this is the list: Ronnie Campbell (Labour - Blyth Valley) Ann Clwyd (Labour - Cynon Valley) Paul Farrelly (Labour - Newcastle-under-Lyme) Jim Fitzpatrick (Labour - Poplar and Limehouse) Clive Lewis (Labour - Norwich South)...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Would you please attempt to explain what you're driving at in plain English?...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    You are Otis Eugene Ray and I claim my five pounds....
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    If we condemned every party on the strength of one badly thought-out piece of legislation that was struck down in court before it could do any actual harm then none of them would last a single term in office....
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Well, yes. But one could quibble over the fact that we have an entire infantry brigade stationed in and almost entirely recruited from Scotland. And Scottish squaddies probably won't like the idea of rolling back devolution and more than the...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    I'm fairly confident that even the Tories must be dimly aware that trying to roll back devolution would carry a non-negligible risk of tipping Scotland over the brink into outright armed revolt. I'm rather less confident that this would stop...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Also, scooters are somewhat limited in what roads you can ride them on; definitely not motorways, and I'm pretty sure not dual-carriageways or other A-roads. At the very least I've never seen them being ridden anywhere but in a city...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Probably not, to be honest. But the alternative is to quite literally set the UK on a slippery slope towards full-blown civil war, and we can afford that even less....
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    They might make a better antidote to the groupthink (which I don't think is really all that bad, personally, but then I'm a lot more than merely quasi-autistic so may not be the best judge of these matters) if they...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    I for one am stocking up on tinned food and bottled water, buying a solar power kit and joining a Home Office-approved rifle shooting club......
  • Commented on Duelling - Essentially a Bloody Stupid Idea
    A small, cynical part of me can't help but feel that the kind of hot-headed posturing idiots who got themselves into these situations were probably not a great loss to society....
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    Another aspect of British grocery shopping that's worth mentioning is the abundance of home-delivery options. Most UK chains (newcomers Aldi and Lidl being prominent exceptions) offer online ordering and delivery anywhere within n miles of one of their supermarkets. Typically...
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    That might not be seen as a major issue in Scotland: I seem to recall our host mentioning that Alex Salmond expressed the opinion that Scotland could use some new blood, the implication being that in the event of a...
  • Commented on It could be worse
    They'd have to be a bit more proactive than that, because a searchable "Citizenship Score" database could just as easily be utilised by low-scoring individuals to find people in the same situation so they can band together for mutual support...
  • Commented on A product review, and some musing
    Huh. I wondered when we'd see a really portable Raspberry Pi. Thought I'd have to kitbash one out of an old briefcase or something. And I second Mr McAnley's points; I made the mistake of buying a universal battery brick...
  • Commented on Thoughtcrime
    No, but I'd very much like to read up on it....
  • Commented on Thoughtcrime
    "The government has interpreted the peacefulness of the movement as weakness; our non-violent policies have been taken as a green light for government violence. Refusal to resort to force has been interpreted by the government as an invitation to use...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    I keep thinking about writing to the SNP and asking if they'd send a few senior organisers down here on secondment to help me set up a Midlands Nationalist Party....
  • Commented on A major ebook announcement
    I'm not sure how this is better than Clean Reader, save for the fact it will really annoy the sort of people who think Clean Reader is a good idea... Actually, now I come to think of it that's a...
  • Commented on Oh dear
    Well, never attribute to malice that which can be explained by stupidity and all that, right?...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    You could always replace the Woolies with a QD Stores. Or are they a Midlands-only phenomenon?...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Violation of Inter-Agency Cooperation Policies with regards to matters of jurisdiction. Cases where jurisdiction may overlap should be referred to the Liaison Officer, not settled with a dance battle. (Handwritten note from Mr Angleton) And if you must resort to...
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