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  • Commented on I'm back
    It's the thought of big tough cops having to dress as anime schoolgirls while on duty, instead of as big tough soldiers... You've never seen pictures of the Royal Marines on a "run ashore", then. Given that they are typically...
  • Commented on Shameless Hugo nomination touting
    I just checked my copy, because like tsennyipa it jogged a faint memory - it was Robert L Forward's "Rocheworld" that had a General Virginia "Jinjur" Jones :) ...this, after catching the "Big Bang Theory" episode that notes Stan Lee's...
  • Commented on I'm back
    Nope, Horizon did a program way back. IIRC, the wearable involved hitting a switch twice as an identified handle of the roulette wheel passed the point at which the ball would be released; and then another hit when the ball...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    I can't imagine the US going any month without killing >239 innocents! They're not exactly noted for worrying about civilian casualties. If someone they wanted dead was on that plane, what's 238 innocents? Rather better-than-usual target to collateral ratio, for...
  • Commented on Dear Google, am I pregnant?
    Although other units did deliver bayonet charges in that conflict, the marines included. Nope. Standard practice is to assault a position with bayonets fixed, but that's not a "bayonet charge" (think Camerone as commemorated by the Legion Etrangere) no matter...
  • Commented on Dear Google, am I pregnant?
    I know it's off-topic... Hi Sparks :) Agreed with most of that, although my experience of airports has been almost universally positive (barring the time BA managed to lose my ammunition and bolt for almost 24 hours). Martin (PS it...
  • Commented on Dear Google, am I pregnant?
    There's something about seeing a pair of cops - in *almost* the same uniform as the police you're used to - carrying submachine guns while wandering around a busy airport that makes one feel deeply unsafe... I suppose it's about...
  • Commented on Dear Google, am I pregnant?
    ...Scotland has already implemented a national health statistics database, it just hasn't thrown it open to the world... http://www.isdscotland.org/About-ISD/confidentiality/...
  • Commented on The latest Hugo awards storm
    Oooh, well put :) I deserved that But democracy doesn't require a closed ballot. Votes largely avoid "mob rule" (thinks back to "show of hands" ballots in 1970s/80s) and give equal weight to every vote, not most weight to the...
  • Commented on The latest Hugo awards storm
    I hope that when you say "this is mob rule", that it's an ironic comment or deliberate overstatement. Because it isn't really mob rule at all. AIUI, there's been no personal harrassment; and no-one has been threatened with physical, financial,...
  • Commented on Introducing Hugh Hancock
    I believe that Messrs Martin and Baker intend to avoid the use of rocketry in their mode of escape; and to catapult the seat by the use of a gun, much as a ramrod is fired from a inexperienced musketeer's...
  • Commented on Introducing Hugh Hancock
    I also had heard that Mr de Havilland (the aviation engineer who has chosen to manufacture almost entirely in plywood, without recourse to doped linen) is considered the employment of Mr. Whittle's centrifugal turbines. I am most concerned that the...
  • Commented on How To Survive A Death March
    You're right, I should have made it clear (brother-in-law has worked for Land Rover for a couple of decades now, I've got no excuse). I should have said "Land Rover Defender" (or "County", i.e. they put a radio/cassette in it)....
  • Commented on How To Survive A Death March
    My approach has always been to make sure that my desk takes note of all of those boringly, screamingly obvious, "VDU workstation assessment" courses that the better HR department insists on. I've spent time making sure that my chair fits,...
  • Commented on Introducing Hugh Hancock
    I question the experience of those who champion the use of aviators as a weapon of war. We have seen the vulnerability of such machinery to the vagaries of the weather; a strong wind, or a dark sky, is sufficient...
  • Commented on "The next big thing"
    It might also differ somewhat with francise, I remember some Star Wars fans going against armed confrontations in Star Trek seldom erupting into all-out war, but alway being on the edge of it. I misread this at the first attempt...
  • Commented on "The next big thing"
    Have you seen the 1984 version of 1984? Burton as O'Brien is far scarier than anything in most modern horror films. IMHO the most heartbreaking version of 1984 was "Brazil" by Terry Gilliam... Which means that Robert De Niro has...
  • Commented on "The next big thing"
    Some of your timing is a bit wonky. While HIV/AIDS began to burn through the gay community in the US in the mid to late 70s, it was unseen -- not identified as a disease by the CDC until 1981,...
  • Commented on "The next big thing"
    ...By the time [the New Space Opera] reached the market Neuromancer and IMB's Consider Phlebas had hit a cultural nerve (judging by literature about SF at the time, an unlikely direct hit) Cyberpunk arrived in the middle of an SF...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    "If anyone calls me Rudolf, I'll take their nose off"...
  • Commented on Over-Extended Metaphor for the day
    reminded me of the PAR (parallel, i.e. do the following at the same time) statement in the transputer. That wasn't quite a transputer statement; it was part of a language called OCCAM that was intended to support the parallel mechanisms...
  • Commented on Over-Extended Metaphor for the day
    Since you bring up Rosslyn, I have a somewhat relevant surname, and I drive or cycle through Roslin Glen on my way to or from work. But it's rather an anti-climax. I've never been invited to join any conspiracies, don't...
  • Commented on Over-Extended Metaphor for the day
    Depends whether your Mum lives in/near Dalkeith - have you considered that we're talking about the same location? On the other hand, it would never hold 4k+ worshippers, so given that the nice guy I mentioned comes from Dundee (ish),...
  • Commented on Over-Extended Metaphor for the day
    Not strictly in Edinburgh, but just outside the bypass; we live about 100yds from a fairly large LDS church. One of my colleagues for three or four years was a Mormon; genuinely lovely bloke, didn't realise it for the first...
  • Commented on Over-Extended Metaphor for the day
    No confusion :) I was referring to the micro programming that exists to translate compiled instructions for the CPU in a CISC architecture; it means that each instruction can take several cycles to execute. In a RISC machine, it's one...
  • Commented on Over-Extended Metaphor for the day
    Wouldn't transubstantiation and consubstantiation be a better metaphor? When the bell rings and the compile finishes, you have the actual executing instructions and not some substituted Microcode?...
  • Commented on Over-Extended Metaphor for the day
    I'd have to dig out my copy, but didn't that Prophet, sorry Author, declare support for BeOS within? Speaking as a former Taoist, of course (aka embedded systems running close to the metal - unless that just comes down to...
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    Beg to differ. By way of example... My mother was trained as a Primary School teacher at Jordanhill in the early 1960s (and further at Moray House in the 1990s); the "teaching to read" mechanism was phonics; learning the sound...
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    Which would not necessarily resemble any current schooling model, given that schooling is more about enforced obedience training to indoctrinate the next generation of industrial serfs, with an elite status version to train the next generation of owners Been around...
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    the UK building its little xenophobic surveillance dystopia and acting on behalf of her US masters Many members of the Intelligence community would laugh hysterically at the thought of the French complaining that other countries were abusing surveillance techniques to...
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