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  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I used to be one of those cyclists, but the truth of the matter is that I was mostly motivated by the prospect of getting to the top and going down....
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    But that dilutes the marmite! In recent months I have moved away from marmite to this stuff: https://www.meridianfoods.co.uk/Products/Other-ranges/Natural-Savoury-Extracts/Natural/Yeast-Extract-340g Slightly more marmite than marmite. Main downside is that it's a bit runny....
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    Contemporary artwork also regularly shows humans and buildings as being the same size and considers perspective to be a lie, so it's one of the weaker arguments :)...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    I think compiler writers got upset when silicon overtook them and compilation seemed too fast. Undecidable compilation with Turing complete compilers was a bit of an extreme reaction but it did the job of getting compile times up again. Most...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    The stuff I run on a laptop or desktop is stuff I use. The stuff that runs on my phone is mostly for the benefit of shadowy corporations who don't have my best interests at heart. I don't consider myself...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    Do things like evidence count as a defence there, or are you just screwed because computer says no?...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    Many years ago I saw a scan of a speeding ticket that included a photograph of the offending car on the back of a tow truck. Jobsworths the world over have spent decades proving that you don't need computers for...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    Not the same. GPUs are good at GPU stuff and CPUs are good at CPU stuff. GPU: SIMD. High throughput, minimal branching. Simple logic. CPU: Complex logic, lower throughput. GPUs aren't quite as horrendous for complex logic as they were...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    As a programmer who is too lazy to build machines and just buys laptops off the shelf I'm not sure I belong here. Yeah I run linux some of the time when I'm doing worklike stuff but I am unable...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    Three words: Kerbal Space Program....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    It's not a proper seagull apology until you have been told that YOU'RE FUCKED at least twice....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Thanks for the tip. I haven't managed to persuade it to work on my phone yet but as I'm also running chrome I think it ought to with a bit more fiddling....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Off topic but this is the point where I really start wishing for a "link to bottom of thread". Scrolling through that lot on my phone was painful....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    I don't see how that's possible, after all the prorogation had nothing to do with brexit. Boris said so....
  • 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...
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