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  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    The obvious scifi end point of this is to use a hollow space elevator as your pumped storage reservoir and ride a hydraulic funicular to orbit....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    I have various friends and relatives who were involved in the UK nuclear industry into the 90s. They mostly agree on a couple of things about PWR type designs. 1. They aren't ideal. 2. Enough has been spent on them...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    The real issue is that they tend to use water as a working fluid, which makes boiler issues potentially explosive....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    If you want high power output with a small core and don't particularly care about safety then sodium or NaK cooling are ideal. Massive heat capacily, good thermal conductivity & New Soviet Mans family don't ask for compensation if they...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    They account for that. I have been told that the whole thing was a scam invented by programmers to get overtime & lucrative contracts... This comes as news to any of my friends who worked on it, but maybe they...
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    "back" was a typo....
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    In the UK we still get occasional tabloid stories promoting the idea that global heating will be good as "every day will be a beach day". Worse, i encounter real people parroting them. The fact that the beach will probably...
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    Ebac are brexity? I take my last comment back!...
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    Got to disagree with you there. Their vacuum cleaners aren't bad in my experience. Personally I don't bother with tumble driers as I currently have a room that needs a dehumidifier running 24/7 anyway so I just stick a couple...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    Apparently he had the good fortune to be detained by an armed member of the public, who in turn had the good fortune not to be shot by the police....
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    Nah. I'll turn up to half a dozen different places, while you get to win in one of them as your planes are all in bits in the hangar. That's what turning up means....
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    #735 - I always took the F/A in "F/A-18" as meaning "Fvck All". It does nothing as well as any of the types it replaced. Except being ready & turning up of course. I'm told that counts for a bit....
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    The amount of critical business logic written in excel is horrifying. I generally approve of dataflow languages but there are limits......
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    I know a surprising number of young people who are into board games. I think they are atypical but what do I know? They were hopelessly unfashionable when I was growing up, usually taken as a sign of being the...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    Bribe the NI loons to vote "not confident" since money & corruption is all they appear to understand .... The first rule of that sort of politics is that you have to stay bought. Anything else is bad for...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    A friend of mine resigned from a job a few years ago after being instructed to cut corners on a safety critical system. Took legal advice and decided the risk of a few weeks unemployment was worth it. He hasn't...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    I will be getting all my information from newsthump until this crisis passes....
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    For those who haven't seen the miniseries or film, it includes one of the more grounded responses to economic problems: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBHHFnUqo5o...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    I cna see employers going for that, but without the screen and with some overpriced and underperforming deep learning system to mine the conversations for anything subversive....
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    A friend of mine is an electrical engineer who specialises in designing exotic power systems. She tells me that she often has meetings with people who sit in silence and ignore her for a few minutes before asking when the...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    If we are doing language wars then can I have ANSI C with modern C++ template metaprogramming? Ta. On a different note, how do I change my pwd here? I have good reason to believe the throwaway one I used...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    Java suffers from coming out during peak OO. People are taught to encapsulate everything and to ignore the fact that there is a real machine underneath. If you take things like memory access costs & caches into account then you...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    I always use barleycorn ounces per fortnight....
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    Money knows no borders so buying tanks from your enemies is the same as manufacturing them. Right?...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    Dinner would be my guess....
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    My guess was c) not that sort of magic....
  • Commented on Downtime coming up
    I think it should be quite obvious that we, along with all Charlies creations are experiencing the ending of "A Colder War". "There is life eternal within the eater of souls. Nobody is ever forgotten or allowed to rest in...
  • Commented on Story time!
    The one good thing about them is that the driver does everything and just passes a stream of matrices to the app, so everything that supports them behaves consistently. Everything else about the experience is horrid. The people who like...
  • Commented on Story time!
    Have you ever been unfortunate enough to use a spaceball/spacemouse? The small, cheap models are symmetrical but fairly useless. The expensive ones look like this....
  • Commented on Story time!
    I'm left handed but use my mouse in the conventional right handed way. My first computer with a mouse was an Atari ST, which had the ports on the right hand side and a short cable so it couldn't be...
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