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  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    I'm sure it's what number 6 would have wanted. Having said that, fully functional autonomous rover would be handy to keep cats out of the garden....
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    I disagree RAM is not fast, it is slow. In order to get decent performance out of a modern computer you have to use the same sort of strategies people used back in the day when they had a couple...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    You might need a mountaineering jacket with a hood designed to fit over a helmet. Costs more and probably sickeningly brightly colored....
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Electricity is usually piped in so it's covered by other peoples planning regulations. Given that the issue seems to be that it is nigh impossible to get permission to change the buildings it's obvious that the solution is a city...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    To summarise: Calling people sheep in order to change their minds is a baaaaad strategy....
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    The article seems to have been taken down. What did it say?...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    I used to see a lot of DOE groups in the hills when I lived in the Peak District. Lots of 16 year olds risking joint injuries by carrying twice as much weight as they needed. A line of lost...
  • Commented on Official Announcement: April Fools Day is Cancelled
    I'll agree with that, but all the other knowledge about the little practical details that weren't written down will have to be rediscovered. That takes time. See the state of the UK civil nuclear program for a worked example. We...
  • Commented on Official Announcement: April Fools Day is Cancelled
    That sounds ideal for my needs. Thanks. Essentially I mostly type and rarely write longhand, but if I need a diagram or schematic to help me think something through a ballpoint and sheet of A4 is the only method that...
  • Commented on Official Announcement: April Fools Day is Cancelled
    If they really stopped in the late 80s then saying they have experience is a bit of a stretch. If you stop doing something for 30 years then most of all the expertise in the field will age out and...
  • Commented on Official Announcement: April Fools Day is Cancelled
    We are nearly at 300 so here's an off topic question for ogh: A couple of threads ago you mentioned a smart pen that you can use to record and upload handwriting. Is 5he tracking good enough for drawings or...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    In retrospect that character really is a nasty little bar steward. It was amusing when I was 14 though....
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    There is a decent chance that it is already on the internet. If not, then video capture cards are a thing so it should be possible to find someone able to make a copy. 10 years ago that would be...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    50p says the anomaly goes away as they collect more data....
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    I remember I got randomly beaten up on the way home from work once. It happens that I was carrying a very sharp knife at the time, but to me it was just the tool I used to cut nylon...
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    If you used vanadium redox batteries you could fill your electric cars up from a tank to avoid scaring the petrol heads. Energy density is crap but there's something to be said for energy you can move around in a...
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    I think that comes under "Keeping BAE in business" expenses. IIRC (and it was a few years ago) we were talking about the carrier project over a few beers at the time....
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    Seems pretty meaningless unless they also order more submarines to put them on. A mate of mine in the defense procurement field once told me that submarine construction is the single capability that HMG are determined to keep in country,...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    Thanks, but it gets more unwieldy the more you think about it. Thinking about what can be inferred from information that is unavailable, and how to prevent such inferences in such a universe is the path of madness....
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    Forgot to mention, it started with someone sitting in arrivals for 6 months as they waited for causality to sort itself out so they could interact with passport control....
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    Apropos of nothing, you just reminded me of a ridiculous story idea I was unable to persuade to work years ago. Premise was essentially: ftl practical, ftl implies ctcs, causality violation disallowed due to censorship hypothesis. You can send someone...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    I know I'm late to the party but welcome back....
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    If you want to see invasive Rhododendron then W Scotland is the place to be. There is loads of it around Knoydart....
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    It's fun when you have a 100m rope and you're not sure how much you have left. You guys do know know you can get rope markers, right? There's no good reason to not have a fairly good idea of...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    This may seem like nitpicking, but it is a holographic conjecture, not a principle. Mathematically compelling it may be, but there is no evidence for it whatsoever....
  • Commented on A Quick Infomercial
    The dreaded reviewer number 3?...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    This stuff all hit the mainstream media this morning. The point is that a bunch of randoms on an internet forum have decided to boost the price of some worthless shares in order to bankrupt a hedge fund that was...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    Sinus trouble ensured that my diving career ended after a 2m pool taster session but I do engage in a couple of dangerous activities. I'll add that a protocol involving "shutting the fuck up" when someone else is doing something...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    I'm gonna say "checklists" again. The simple, proven technology to prevent people from fucking up. The key to making it work is that everyone needs to be empowered to call anyone out for missing a step. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6667514-the-checklist-manifesto is an easy...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    And the "We don't need to legislate that because you can trust us" line guarantees it will be up for sale within 6 months....
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