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  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Hopefully a joke....
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Maybe the idea is to provoke the EU enough that we get to find out what no deal looks like before January. The BBC are already commisioning "How the Europeans stole Christmas"....
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    The DUP he threw under a bus the moment he got a real majority? I'm not sure why he finds appeasing them necessary again. I wonder what else is going on. The DUP have to be really, really thick to...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    I wouldn't serve a mere Curator....
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    According to an acquaintaince of mine, this delightful bit of propaganda went out on a Conservative "information" mailing list yesterday: "Dear NAME Last night I voted to protect the United Kingdom, as any Prime Minister would do. Unfortunately, I was...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    AIs are getting in on the act too: https://www.theregister.com/2020/09/11/openai_gpt3_brainwashing/ In the next Terminator film Skynet will trigger WW3 to rid the world of satanic cannibal elites and deep state child traders....
  • Commented on Dead plots
    And what mechanism enforces this relative velocity condition? Please refer to the equations, in bold if necessary....
  • Commented on Dead plots
    I'm not sure I would trust any of the left behind sinners with my dog......
  • Commented on No comment necessary
    I quite like wine corks. You can use them for all sorts of things. Sealing bottles of wine isn't the job they are most effective at though....
  • Commented on No comment necessary
    You need to bear in mind that people are not rational. This is worthless anecdata but in my experience it is fairly common to find people who simultaneously believe that Scotland MUST NOT gain independence, and that they should be...
  • Commented on No comment necessary
    This is the problem. I don't believe anyone important will tell them to go fuck themselves. The evidence from history suggests that people never do. People will bitch and moan and talk about how irregular things are but important necks...
  • Commented on No comment necessary
    Prediction: The believers will never put the blame where it belongs, because doing so requires them to accept some of it themselves. It's the EUs fault, your fault and my fault but never theirs....
  • Commented on No comment necessary
    My goodness that thread was hard going. Does that forum always have such a low SNR?...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    I was going to suggest rosetta code but you beat me to it. Your mention of fizz-buzz reminded me of this abomination though. https://github.com/EnterpriseQualityCoding/FizzBuzzEnterpriseEdition...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    The Victorians even had a design for the cabin: https://retrorambling.wordpress.com/tag/sensational-emotions/ The original source of the text was one of my favourite books when I was a child, sadly long out of print but still available second hand: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Victorian-Inventions-Leonard-Vries/dp/0719550068...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    Coincidentally I was reading an article about the design of domain specific computers yesterday. The short version is that if you know what you want to calculate and have the chops to design an accelerator for it, and it's worth...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    I worked it out for myself years ago. In happier times when I was expected go to the office I would be charging up maybe once a week. I need range maybe twice a year, which is why we have...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    They were really nice machines for the time, and really pushed the envelope when it came to performance. The machine in question was a very early 32 bit box at about the time that support for 64 bit alpha was...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    I had an alpha on my desk with a 6 year uptime (and 5 year idle time) when I shut it down. It was there when I started the job, I never needed to use it, nobody knew exactly why...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    They do make decent neutron sources though. You can buy them off the shelf for that, subject to the usual restrictions on moving tritium across borders. Back of the fag packet calculation I did a while ago suggested there isn't...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    I have concluded that bad writing is like politics, in that you need a multi dimensional classification....
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    Doesn't that also imply that states can legislate the result they want ahead of the election and the federal government can't make them be democratic?...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    This proves beyond reasonable doubt that computers only exist to support the mag tape industry. I knew Boolean logic was just a flash in the pan....
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    IIRC there is a national emergency exemption to IP treaties, previously used for things like HIV drugs. If anything qualifies then this does....
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    If I remember correctly the actual statement he made was along the lines of new discoveries being found after the fifth decimal place. He was absolutely correct. That's pretty much where they are until you get very good at purifying...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    The story of Temple OS was not a happy one. The creator Terry A Davis suffered from schizophrenia and ended up homeless in the months prior to his death. Attracting the attention of the wrong parts of the internet did...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    I foresee an Archers RPG. The players are already in one. They are the livestock....
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    There was a reason for that. It was a deliberate decision to reproduce a bug in lotus-123 for compatibility reasons. https://www.joelonsoftware.com/2006/06/16/my-first-billg-review/...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    It is? Heat treated milk is available everywhere, and there is filtered stuff that adds about a week to the (refrigerated) shelf life but I don't recall ever seeing anything irradiated in the shops....
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    I was referring to electrically powered radiation sources. X-rays and neutrons can both be produced fairly cheaply, as can various flavours of fast moving electrons etc. Actual physical radioisotope sources are dreadfully 20th century....
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