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  • Commented on Sitrep
    I know you can put non nuclear payloads on ICBMs, but you can't tell what they are loaded with from the outside so a non nuclear missile may very well provoke a nuclear response....
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Court cases may all fail in the short term but longer term I would expect hearsay to make a comeback in a big way. Laws would probably have to undergo a radical simplification to the point that normal people understand...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Just the printed/engraved word or digital data as well? It would be interesting if this superpower became common or known. What are the implications of oral history and memory being known to be more reliable than recordings?...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    That is exactly the point I was clumsily getting at....
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Your superpower caused me to briefly empathisw with politicians. What can I say?...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    An ICBM would only make things worse in the long run - we all know that ATOMIC MUTATION is how these things get started!...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    This is why we have drones and artillery....
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    That's going to happen to any heat engine if you make the cold side too hot. Failing to anticipate future temperature rises is not a new phenomenon....
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    editing failure. "can't afford them."...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    They know people aren't going to boycott their products because the alternative is to buy British. /snark. More to the point, there is no point in trying to sell to people who can't them....
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    I'm not convinced it will work. We all saw how long Switzerland held out when the americans decided to get medieval on their privacy laws. Having a large and powerful neighbour that really doesn't like your tax laws is a...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    I have a very small wood gasifier stove for the purposes of lightweight backpacking. It's not actually that useful as most of the good walking in the UK isn't in forests, but it certainly works. I have enough seasoned wood...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    Who needs forced abortion when you have contraceptives in the food supply* and you have to go to the clinic to apply to have them turned off? *or some more practical magic wand to keep the babies away....
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    I think educated people can get behind that if there is a good reason and the ruling class isn't cheating....
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    I suspect after a few generations cultural drift will render them mutually semi-incomprehensible — their preoccupations will be wildly divergent because their life experiences will deviate. There's probably a story in the question of how much of an effort people...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    The downside being that you can be tracked wherever you go by the trail of urine. A problem when the cat based super villain turns up....
  • Commented on Holding Pattern
    Everything I have seen in the Laundry books suggests that the inhabitant will be a reasonable chap....
  • Commented on The Pivot
    I agree with both. When it is necessary then nothing else will do but I can count the number of people I have blocked over the last 20 years on the fingers of one hand....
  • Commented on The Pivot
    i meant to say at first... It helps to see some really bad management early in a career for calibration purposes......
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Sounds like a much better than average manager. In my experience most people only recognise them in retrospect....
  • Commented on SF For Nothing, Stories For Free
    Depends on what you are into really as there is quite a range. Personally I think "A word for heathens" is well worth a read, and I have a soft spot for old horror movies so I always have time...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    You say "mycophopia", I say "recognising that I don't have the necessary skills". I have no problem with eating wild fungi provided that someone who knows what they are doing has identified them for me. I am not that person....
  • Commented on The Pivot
    My impression of Teller is that there wasn't a problem in the world he didn't want to solve with nuclear explosions. I remember a Panama canal proposal that was particularly special....
  • Commented on The Pivot
    ...and the BBC will still be denying that it has anything to do with brexit....
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    They can't type anyway. I'll give you that....
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Of course. Thinking as much sharper in the good old days. These younh people are just a bunch of incompetents. They are both big differences. The effect is that the benefits of being able to simulate before commiting to manufacture...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Don't forget the engineers who routinely run finite element simulations in a few seconds on their laptop these days. Makes a huge difference to productivity when optimising designs....
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    So the secret to a successful genocide is promising everyone a cut of their neighbours stuff. In Charlies scenario you just accuse them of cheating on benefits and claim there will be more to go around once they have gone....
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    The pools of water are short term storage for when the waste still has s lot of short half life isotopes that are generating a lot of heat. After they mostly go away the fuel comes out of the water...
  • Commented on GDPR compliance notice
    Somewhat off topic but tangentially related, Google has finally stopped paying lip service to not being evil....
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