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  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    And to be useful in the timescales we are talking about you would only need to start the selective breeding and planting programme a few hundred years ago....
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    So if it is too expensive to replace all the sewers, and people are idiots then how good can we make the water treatment plants?...
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    So if I understand the thread correctly the Australian government have imposed unreasonable restrictions on drinking real ale while operating a fusion powered bicycle......
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    Quite a lot of our environmental clean-up seems to have been moving polluting factories away from where people complain effectively and building them where people can't complain effectively. Eventually that stops, especially with a demographic transition, when there are...
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    In a "serious but survivable climate change" scenario like the one you outlined I would expect things like UNESCO status and restrictions on listed buildings to be forgotten as soon as the "serious" bit starts. As soon as the focus...
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    That sort of size is likely to be a bit more maneuverable than a mile wide floating golf ball. The idea of going high enough to avoid the weather may work but you would need pressurised houses. Pressurising the habitat...
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    A flying done would be a courageous option in the kind of weather we can expect. You could promote the idea as a way to rid the world of the more gullible rich though. Having said that I always assumed...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances
    The hardest parts of the lands end to John o Groats cycle route are all in Cornwall, where you never get more than a couple of hundred m above sea level....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    That works fairly well. I'm quite keen on sticking with established standards and just using Planck units everywhere myself....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    It should read 10^20 of course. Surprised nobody told me off for that....
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    Looks clear enough to me. Now in base 7 you get: 244021451361036, or 2.44*7^20. Much better obfuscation....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    I'm sure there is a spinal Tap reference to be had there....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    We tell the voters that they are getting their old money back but we are actually planning a new base e system....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Trump eventually going down because he was too stupid to realise he was being exonerated would be glorious....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    They told me that the trade agreement with R'lyeh wouldn't include freedom of movement....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    A firm belief that the lawnmower is worth more than the access is sure to help with negotiations....
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    They have already assassinated one. It didn't seem to make much difference....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    There are a couple of problems there. The first is that the people who most need to be hung from lamp posts are the ones with followers who are most inclined to do the hanging. The second is that it...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    At this point I think the UK is most useful to the EU as an object lesson. As a denizen of the UK this isn't particularly comforting....
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    Of course they are extremely pissed off with the UK leadership and I'm sure that they will happily give us the boot on the grounds that we are more trouble than we are worth....
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    Also, why isn't the EU position, "we will ignore the British tantrum until they come to their senses?" I'm pretty sure that was their position until recent events reminded them that half the people in the UK are not keen...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Why not just build dams around Antarctica and Greenland? We could make them out of transparent material to allow ice inspections and build a sunshade over the top to save the remaining ice. Then when Cthulhu rises we can distract...
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    bad SyFy weekend movie Isn't that a tautology? ;-) They paid good money for that 3D shark model. You wouldn't want it to be wasted would you?...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    I agree. Same applies to other isms. Various friends have standing orders to kick my ass if I step out of line. Life long social conditioning is hard to see around....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    So Theresa May has offered to resign. I'm not sure that it changes very much in the short term, but I think it's time to start making plans to emigrate to the moon if Boris or JRM get the top...
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    Being almost unwatchable was what he was aiming for, so mission accomplished. Personally I enjoyed it on balance but it did test my cringe endurance at times....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Well this is entertaining: https://twitter.com/peterwalker99/status/1110521942350721024 Organisations made up of "Grand Wizards" and "blueshirts" are just the sorts of things that make me think "democracy"....
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    Change them to match the laundry files timeline. Mass human sacrifices here we come!...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    1. Unknown but her husband is in an excellent position to capitalise on the situation, particularly with advance warning. It's not insider trading if it's a whole country is it? 2. That is certainly the aim of some of them,...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    The collapse would be due to wreckers. The disagreement would be over who the wreckers are....
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