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  • Commented on Because people keep asking me ...
    Google has to be told these things, how better....
  • Commented on Dear Google, am I pregnant?
    I think the blood group argument may be hyperbole, or orthogonal. Events may well depend on what blood transfusion someone had some time ago, however they do not depend on the _record_ of that, they depend on the measurable effect...
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    If one did computation in a building requiring heating, and if the power was nuclear, then it might be a reasonable way to keep warm at low carbon cost. As to the rest, I'm still not sure bit coin is...
  • Commented on The cult of justice
    Our Tories usually more so, and from here it looks that way for Republicans in some of the North American states. I think most of us regard law as pragmatic. I tend to think of the Church of England as...
  • Commented on The revolution will not be hand-stitched
    Hospitals: adjacent district general hospitals (say Exeter and Taunton) may have only one laundry, with transport between. If transport becomes more expensive this may revert. Shoes: I'd expect something more like computer controlled cutting for shoes than spray....
  • Commented on Making history personal
    I've been in Maeshowe https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prehistoric_Orkney#Maeshowe in Orkney (and Skara Brae) so 3000BC or so. Unlike the Vikings who sheltered there and left runic grafiti I was not sheltering from the weather, nor did I sleep there. I've spent considerable time...
  • Commented on Spook Century
    One alarming thing about the Manchester Police story is as reported that they are searching for a way in which the components _could_ be used as part of a weapon, claiming that if so, they would be illegal. This would...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearance: Frankfurt Book Fair
    Books need power. If you want to read them at night. The power could be chemical, but better not really....
  • Commented on Snowden leaks: the real take-home
    In the current British Medical Journal: Perceived job insecurity as a risk factor for incident coronary heart disease: systematic review and meta-analysis http://www.bmj.com/content/347/bmj.f4746/rr/657465 "This meta-analysis found a moderate association between job insecurity and an increase in coronary heart disease incidence....
  • Commented on Who ordered *that*?
    Burning oil to get oil out of shale seems daft. I can imagine sense in generating hydrocarbon fuel and feedstock by using nuclear power to produce the steam and process heat though....
  • Commented on Who ordered *that*?
    Yes. Worrying....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Saturn's Children
    Carbon compounds can be pretty strong. Even the generation zero ones we are built of have a good ratio of strength to mass and so on....
  • Commented on His Master's Voice
    Invisible. Debian; Stable; Iceweasel. I enjoyed the books greatly....
  • Commented on A Bad Dream
    National Ruling Party, or Multinational Ruling Party?...
  • Commented on We interrupt this broadcast ...
    I have it. So far, pleased....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Glasshouse
    Curious Yellow was rather good, as is its serialisation. I like the book....
  • Commented on The Northern Wild: How to Save New York?
    James Blish's idea has merit....
  • Commented on "Fuck every cause that ends in murder and children crying" — Iain Banks, 1954-2013
    The State of the Art. A novella in a collection by that name. It holds a mirror to us, and eases one into The Culture....
  • Commented on Brief clarification
    Good beer in KL (a few years ago at an Open Source meeting) and with no reason to think that will have changed. Enjoy....
  • Commented on "We're going to need book covers. Lots of book covers!"
    I'm looking forward to the content. Any of the covers will do fine, thanks....
  • Commented on Happy Christmas! Here is a flame war in a can
    If you have an armed response unit then they need to be let out for a walk. Otherwise they'll get bored and excitable....
  • Commented on Understanding Reader Reviews
    I didn't like Appleseed. I find Clute's critical pieces useful and interesting. I agree with this piece....
  • Commented on Things that keep me awake at night #1: The end of telephony
    Lat century I wrote a piece for a GP newspaper about anonymous call rejection. http://www.defoam.net/writing/acr1.htm (Since the server is being replaced, here is a Google cache link to it http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:ZKcz1if1hFwJ:http://www.defoam.net/writing/acr1.htm%2Bmidgley+caller+telephone&hl=en&safe=off&gs_l=heirloom-serp.3...17662.25518.0.25763.31.28.0.0.0.2.100.1489.27j1.28.0...0.0...1c.1.-oMhUh733P8&ct=clnk ) Bear in mind that some organisations might have many...
  • Commented on In case you were wondering ...
    I imagine an articulated novel is hard to reverse....
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