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  • Commented on That "Annihilation Score" spoiler thread you're all asking for
    Mo hasn't been quite herself lately, and very busy and so on, but... this isn't even about her failing to read a newspaper in three months. I could buy a regular philosophy prof, in personal crisis to boot, being oblivious...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Equoid
    The dialect is Sheddi Checks for unoccupied bags of Blue Circle......
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Equoid
    See the early Larry Niven "Protector". Where the "Caretaker" ( & his her many-generations sucessors ) lives on the moon (of wherever)& watches the seeded planet. Finally worked out what was bothering me with this comment. The Caretakers for planets...
  • Commented on Second childhood?
    11 years seems to be enough for me not to remember the strips from their first time round, "current" events mentioned in passing can be confusing now and again though....
  • Commented on Second childhood?
    User Friendly and Something Positive. The former dropped off my regular list a while back (and I don't know why Illiad had an attack of real life and stopped updating a while ago, the copyright date on the strips...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    the speaker of the house does actually have a vote that they can use, and it is usually in favour of the government. More generally in favour of the status quo, Speaker Denisons's Rule to be exact....
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    What if a coalition can't be formed quickly and a minority doesn't work or can't be formed either? What if this all goes on not for days or weeks but months? From http://www.parliament.uk/about/how/elections-and-voting/general/ "However, there are two provisions that trigger...
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    I think I understand the relativity light cones and stuff well enough that I could explain this face to face with something to draw on, but not well enough to do it in text comments. I know the feeling. The...
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    Franson's "Shadow of the Ship" which is by the way a fascinating and evocative work and I really wish there'd been a sequel or prequel. Revised edition recently published with a hint of more to come....
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    Again no cite, but I've seen it suggested (along with difficult sums that looked plausible as far as I could follow) that FTL in normal space leads to causality violations but that some kinds of hyperspace/subspace don't give the same...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    The inner planets are probably below the limit of detectability for the current state of either radial velocity or transit photometry. True for radial velocity; not true for transit photometry. Ta, I'll have a read of the paper tomorrow. I...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    Recent planet discoveries have shown that we inhabit a very unusual solar system with no hot Jupiters and small rocky planets in the inner orbits It's still far too early to make statements about how common various types of systems...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    Feels odd to be calling Reaction Engines Ltd a startup after they've been going for a quarter of a century......
  • Commented on Let's put the future behind us
    In practice the whole of the interior is likely to be "open space" and will mostly be arable farmland. No life support engineer is going to want sunlit areas being used for buildings when it can have oxygeneating plants growing....
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    Formerly 2nd Viscount Stansgate, there wouldn't have been a problem for a Sir Anthony, Bt.. The legal theory behind barring peers from seats in the Commons was that they already had seats in Parliament as members of the House of...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    I doubt that European and Caribbean data will be any use to the US states where most of the farming happens. I did say "short term". 24 hours if you're lucky but probably less....
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    So why should any country from another continent launch an expensive satellite to monitor America's weather? European MetSats watch the Caribbean and western Atlantic because that's where a lot of the weather across Europe originates. Eavesdropping on them would give...
  • Commented on Parallel Reconstruction and the new Stasi
    So however embarrassed Hugh Laurie is Err, check your Hughs?...
  • Commented on The morning after
    I came up with a slightly different plan. Reluctantly I included Kernow in Wessex as Plymouth (including attached but nominally separate areas like Plymstock and Saltash) on its own accounts for nearly a third of the population. Kent and Wessex...
  • Commented on Service announcement: upcoming outage(s)
    This month, 1.86% of hits came from MSIE 6. A further 1.26% came from MSIE 7 and 0.94% from MSIE 8 Interesting how things vary, I've got those three at 0.14%, 7.28% and 8.5% for the past month and not...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    There was a referendum around 1970 asking if Tavistock wanted to become part of Plymouth which would have led to a similar situation if it hadn't failed. Plymouth had no room to expand and the surrounding local authorities didn't want...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    If you imagine a town of 21,000 in the middle of Dartmoor you would say it should have a police station and a fire station If you'll take a town on the edge of Dartmoor but where the emergency...
  • Commented on Down tools
    Well *some* of us mentioned the Constabulary in comments back in September, though my suspicions about Inspector Dudley of the Ruralshire Constabulary Mounted Police were never confirmed or denied. I will admit to not having previously read Cold Comfort Farm...
  • Commented on The Rhesus Chart: Chapter One
    but I was always told that "baht aht" translated as "without a hat (on)" I'd agree with that. It's "Bar the hat" with multiple letters dropped. Vague memories of a camping song book having it written as "ba't'at". "Bar these"...
  • Commented on Vacation
    According to http://spaceflightnow.com/tracking/ there's plenty due up, but very little from Florida. A Falcon 9 is due a few days earlier with another just listed as "July" at the moment....
  • Commented on Amazon: malignant monopoly, or just plain evil?
    there is no device lockin and people can read kindle books on whatever physical device they want Marvellous. Care to describe this lock-in free process for buying and downloading the file so I can read it in my chosen physical...
  • Commented on The prospects of the Space and Freedom Party reconsidered in light of the crisis of 21st century capitalism
    Musk jokes about being a Bond villain. "I have an electric car! And an island base with boiler-suited minions from which I launch space rockets! All I need is the chair and the white cat! https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/192701084932907009...
  • Commented on Lighting up again
    Well, I'm not at work today so... http://oglaf.com/blank-page/ (NSFW)...
  • Commented on Implications
    At sea-level, Mexico & New Guinea are tropical, but @ 12 000 feet up, the climate will NOT be "tropical" Indeed. There's a vague rule of thumb of the order of every yard up is equivalent to a mile polewards....
  • Commented on Implications
    My time at secondary school just across the border had me as a member of Tremaine House so that's the way I'd have spelt it as well....
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