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  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    EU will not attempt to be the the primary foreign influence on any Nation which shares a border with Russia Tricky when five EU member states (and one EFTA member) have common borders with Russia....
  • Commented on Catching Up
    RBK&C Council uses the Leader and Cabinet structure. Apparently it is "more democratic" to have a single cabinet member responsible for something than to have a committee, or so central government told us when they started mesing with things years...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    I think if anyone else wanted the job currently she'd have been packing her bags by now. It's looking like she's been told "You made this mess, you're sticking with it until it's fixed or we need a scapegoat"....
  • Commented on Attention Conservation Notice
    And if a credit card had been used, left the card issuer on the hook for refunds....
  • Commented on Attention Conservation Notice
    not taking the money at the time when I, placing the order, have been able to ensure it's there to be taken, but instead delaying the attempt until the order is ready to be dispatched All payment processors (doing business...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    Not far off. "Blessings" of Registry Office marriages were a common religious ceremony for churches that didn't qualify to perform the whole thing. The current English law version means only one venue has to be booked instead of two....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    It's more a case of location. The official bit of the wedding in NI (and previously in England and Wales) has to take place either in a church of the correct religion (not all Churches are allowed to conduct the...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    One big problem is that if you do your job right and prevent an epidemic you can't prove that it would have happened. oglaf.com has a take on that. NSFW verging on VNSFW as usual......
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    Dangle a weighted line from the drone, or link a pair with a few metres of something, and fly the cable into the main rotor so it tangles in the hub. Bigger target than the tail rotor. And the drone...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    to evaluate for "Pub of the Year" for the London region Cambridge Beer Festival next week....
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    SpaceX have also designed for ease of manufacture and handling rather than performance....
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Cornwall (Apart from the Isles of Scilly I think) is now a Unitary Authority against the wishes of its residents. Some of the District Council offices are still partly open for local services but for a lot of things it's...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    My father was an independent councillor for two councils (town and didtrict) that were firmly independent, I don't think I ever assisted at a count where he was standing but did do a number of other council counts and two...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    with the note that party members (and candidates and their Election Agents) are allowed to attend in limited numbers as Count Agents Being mildly pedantic, candidates may each bring a certain number of observers to the count. The fact that...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    The WWII ration system in the UK would make a good starting point. A lot of people ate better when that was in force than they had done before. Dull, particularly by modern standards, but nutritionally adequate....
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Article 50 has to be triggered in accordance with the constitution of the country leaving. There could be a case made that as one of the constitutional principles of the UK is that no Parliament may bind its successor the...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Mozambique joined the Commonwealth in 1995, the first (but not the last) country with no colonial ties to Britain to do so. Its neighbouring countries are predominantly in the English speaking sphere....
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    In the UK "Rights in The Authorized Version of the Bible (King James Bible) in the United Kingdom are vested in the Crown and administered by the Crown’s patentee, Cambridge University Press." And the extract is more than 25% of...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Original study. There was an informal repeat study done in Cambridge by two researchers, one male and one female, which IIRC added a fake beard to the wig and helmets and came up with much the same results. There are...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    I'm waiting for something a bit taller, wider and with more wheels... look up Top Gear's treatment of the Reliant Robin Seemed perfectly fine to me... (2008? Really? Blimey...)...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    some sort of re-imagined Sinclair Electric Car? From the Nephew branch of the Sinclair family....
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    That's a solution to my findings working with graduates, they've little or no experience of working on other peoples code. A common first few weeks activity round here was "Here's read only access to our bugs database" followed shortly after...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    So in Pascal, it's important to remember not to put a semicolon after the last statement. I mostly remember these days that putting a comma after the last item in Javascript arrays and object properties works for everyone except IE...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    For a start, the EnergySkeptic article is assuming that all reactors only use freshly mined Uranium forever. Any moderately sane programme will be reprocessing fuel rods which drops the consumption by an order of magnitude or two. It's also a...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Who funds EU post-docs doing research in the UK ... an EU-grant agency or the hiring UK uni? Also, what if any living allowances are attached to such grants? Yes and maybe some. In the case of my employer, a...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    No separate TLI stage needed for a Dragon 2 on a Falcon Heavy, it's a single launch. The Russian version is also a single launch, but needs a Soyuz with no Orbital Module launched on a Proton. The Descent Module...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    Nearly 50 years after it was first done, Elon Musk announces plans to send two paying passengers around the moon. This could be to fill in for the proposed 2018 Red Dragon to Mars which has been put back to...
  • Commented on Placeholder? Placeholder!
    Several years ago I bought a colour laser for the cost of two sets of toners, and the two sets were included. Grand total of about 120 quid. 6 months ago it started whining that the black toner was low,...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    Many news orgs, and the Daily Mail. Ummm......
  • Commented on Placeholder? Placeholder!
    There's a paper at http://www.eso.org/public/archives/releases/sciencepapers/eso1706/eso1706a.pdf which mentions the system is not dissimilar to a scaled up Jupiter and the Galilean moons. It also concludes the system ought to be unstable on the megayear timescale, but as it's there the stability...
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