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  • 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...
  • Commented on Schroedinger's Kingdom: the Scottish Political Singularity Explained
    So... I hesitate to bring this up, but what happens if you get a Yes vote, but the government fobs you off with excuses about how the referendum was unfair because the rest of the UK wasn't given a vote...
  • Commented on Some news about the Hugo voters packet
    "The decision to give away free copies of our novels is simply not ours to take." Well it bloody well should be. Apologies if I sound like a naive utopianist neophyte here, but it seems to me that publishers ought...
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    Maybe so, though whether that's necessarily a disadvantage is up for debate. But the fact remains that the main reason gold has any value is because a large group of people have made a collective decision to assign one to...
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    Doesn't make much less sense than embracing currency that consists of rare, aesthetically pleasing but not ultimately very useful metal, though. Not if you're deluding yourself it's any less of a fiat currency, anyway....
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    I actually don't have any particular issue with the underlying concept behind Bitcoin; in fact I think at least two of Charlie's points (the underlying ideological basis being dubious at best and the mechanism for determining its worth making no...
  • Commented on CMAP: "Why do you use Microsoft Word?"
    That's quite a bit more than respectable, I reckon! Though of course it raises the question of whether just hammering it out as fast as humanly possible and worrying about quality afterwards gets the book into a publishable state faster...
  • Commented on CMAP: "Why do you use Microsoft Word?"
    Thanks. My favoured fiction-writing tool to date has been gedit; most of what I've written to date gets posted to various forums so it's easier to just work in plaintext with a little BBCode. I'll give Scrivener's free trial a...
  • Commented on CMAP: "Why do you use Microsoft Word?"
    All that being said, then, what would you suggest to an amateur who isn't averse to the idea of professional publication but can't really justify the up-front cost of MS Office?...
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