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  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    You got the same thing in alt.destroy.the.earth. Every year there would be an influx of people who would either question the necessity of the project or post whiny diatribes about how we were destroying it already. Asteroids and vapour!...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    If god is real and has all the attributes traditionally associated with the job then the ancient principle of "might makes right" makes divine blackmail OK. In the sense that objecting will achieve nothing so you may as well deal...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    File the industry coming to its senses under "Signs of the Apocalypse"....
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    British conservatives are not noted for being particularly enthusiastic about digging up coal......
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Dutch, Danes, same first letter. Same number of letters even. Obvious innit!...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Quite. Note that I didn't say that being clever was the same as being smart :)...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Reading code is harder than writing it, therefore if you are writing code to the limit of your ability then you aint going to be able to read it again. I learned this and stopped trying to be clever shortly...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    A doctor friend of mine keeps telling me that death is actually one of the harder things to diagnose. I find that a a bit concerning really....
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Do you think they would stop if they knew you get to read them all for free? :) @127: Silly? I see something similar every time I buy something from Amazon. Maybe they just think I have poor impulse control...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    It's the grail, but right now the implementation is lacking. "I see you just bought a new washing machine. People who bought washing machines also looked at washing machines. How would you like to buy a nice new washing machine?"...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    That myth again. Target knew someone was pregnant before her parents did, which is not the same thing....
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    I can't watch Grand Designs without thinking of the Mitchell & Webb "Cellists" sketch these days... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DaaHGAB8yTY...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    My excuse is that I don't have a filter on this browser so I was leaning a bit hard on the page down key :)...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    The point who is making? I think you used the wrong window....
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    I always found it hard to take the neutrino detector vs mobile reactor suggestions seriously, as detectors have good reasons to be huge and less than sensitive. On the other hand: We must not allow a mineshaft gap!...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Anything air launched isn't a deterrent, it's an invitation to a first strike on the air bases. The question is: Would HMG be reckless enough to take that path just so that they could keep claiming to be a world...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    That is an obvious motive for killing him, but there must be something else going on. If you just want someone dead then there are plenty of ways to do it quietly, but nerve gassing them in an international airport...
  • Commented on Placeholder? Placeholder!
    The "projections" in the E. E. Smith "Skylark" books is the earliest I can think of....
  • Commented on Placeholder? Placeholder!
    Of course an alternative interpretation is that the models used to predict how much of the drugs consumed end up in sewage are incorrect, and the amount of drug use is overestimated. One of the two interpretations can be used...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    It's not easy to ignore CD, but it is always worth making the effort....
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    At which point you wave your arms around, claim that "degrees kelvin" is the convention south of the equator, and that was how Kelvin originally described his temperature scale. Accuracy be damned, nobody will ever bother to look it up...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    You could have claimed you were working in K....
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    I will take a look but I will never make the mistake of exploring godfall again :)...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    My guess was the Dawn Machine as well. I really ought to check for updates and fire up the boilers again....
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Of course if you have the production lines and the AI up and running then you may as well deploy killer robot wasps everywhere. It's not as though anyone is going to go out and protest after all....
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    It is certain that the fnords have been deployed in record numbers recently....
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Are you sure? Could have sworn it came from the other trilogy. Clearly I'm getting too old and my memory is fubar....
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    I think you will be looking for a while if you try to find those in the eye in the pyramid - I'm pretty sure they came from Schrodingers Cat :)...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    I forgot c. reminding me that this IS WTF time every time I visit the site. Must not accept this crap as acceptable or normal....
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    I'm finding this a handy daily digest of Trump related news. It has the advantages of: a. providing a timeline and b. letting me get everything over in one hit b is quite important as drip feeding bad news thoughout...
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