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  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    The collapse would be due to wreckers. The disagreement would be over who the wreckers are....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    They have been ignoring 48% of the people who voted since the referendum. Ignoring a few million people online is easy peasy. First it is less than the number of the people who voted leave. Then it is less than...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    The year long immunity only applies to removal attempts within the Conservative party. It doesn't apply to parliamentary confidence votes, but they are really hard to pull off as ruling parties tend to come together in the face of outside...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    It's tempting but the hard part always seems to be getting the hangings to stop....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    I don't think anyone seriously expects the petition or Saturdays march to make a difference. As a thousand to one shot it is still worth a go though. Payoff matrix says "sign"....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    I'm willing to accept it as mostly genuine. My reasoning is that the voting patterns are tracking the referrendum results reasonably closely. There's a population density aspect for sure, but areas that were strongly remain in 2016 still are, and...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Well, the powers were granted as part of the withdrawl act on the understanding that they wouldn't be abused too much. There is nothing beyond good manners to prevent them from being abused....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    That was when the penny dropped and everyone who hadn't been paying attention though "Holy shit! there isn't even going to be an attempt to resolve this!"...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Well I'm sure that everyone would agree about the legitimacy of that approach, and winning debates by shutting inconvenient legislatures down always goes so well....
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    That is the sensible reading, but I have given up on the idea of people behaving sensibly. I am thinking of opening a book on the exact timing of the incoming no confidence motion....
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    TLDR is it's all procedural maneuvering on top of an n-way game of chicken over desired outcomes. It looks asthough N has just been decremented. Wonder what happens next....
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Eldritch geometry not of this universe, like all good ancient temples....
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Stephen Baxter's "cosmology" came in a couple of versions, but iirc the Xeelee one is: "Every single wildly speculatative physics idea that makes the cover of New Scientist is true! Especially the contradictory ones!"....
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    FWIW the only thing I know about City is that they seem to produce reasonably good comp sci types, judging by the alumni I have dealt with over the years. Beyond that all I know is that it is in...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    On a similar note, when I was drunk at uni I once wrote a "fairy genocide" program that consisted of an infinite loop that printed "I don't believe in faries!". That'll learn em!...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Submitted by accident before mentioning "reopening hurricane production lines" bit :)...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Greg @ 936 The WTF was related to their relevance to the news report, not a query about their identity :) My personal theory is that the RAF are planning to get rid of those nasty eurofighters and other foreign...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    A bit of brexit WTF from the BBC news department. Apologies for twitter link. https://twitter.com/FroggySimon/status/1090679937479180288?fbclid=IwAR3VlC13UH7uSwpjC9AbvWLKAGGjHoPelWqCw6oYbcSiIyrAsgAhjohZ15A...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    First rule of panic buying: Don't buy anything that you wouldn't be prepared to eat under normal circumstances. I have eaten a lot of freeze dried hiking meals over the years and can report that some of them are somewhat...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    This outcome is not news. The fact that this was not up for renegotiation has been known for weeks. Debating and voting on such irrelevancies only makes sense in the context of deliberate time wasting or extreme denial. I used...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    You can hurt your throat if you shout in CAPS too much. It's far more efficient to go straight to the shooting....
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    If you think the politicians are nuts: I have just been told, with an apparently straight face that there are advantages and disadvantages to martial law and that such things should be evaluated on merit after things calm down. The...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    From your perspective, what actually happened to the moderate unionist parties? They were there, and then they weren't. I accept that I should have been paying more attention....
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    The main issue I have with the wealth tax concept is that the truly wealthy people won't have to pay it. Of course this applies to income tax and every other tax, and is a consequence of who gets to...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    Parliament have decided to reflect the will of the people and vote for a clean brexit, or something....
  • Commented on What I published in 2018
    Almost as though the worlds game designers don't have an original idea between them and spend all their time mining popular culture for other peoples. Makes a change from zombies I suppose....
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    That's just an engineering problem, not a political one. Easy! '-)...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    I believe that the main reason is that the EU frown on member governments spending unlimited amounts to subsidise unprofitable industries, and it's about time we stuck two fingers up at Thatcher and reopened all the coal mines....
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    My view on thorium can be summarised as "Uranium already works. Let some other mug take the hit on the R&D". Having said that, a period when other fuels are used to generate enough U233 to make pure throrium breeders...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    2. How can you trust that your AI won't get caught in someone else's cloud? That ones easy. If it's running on someone elses hardware then it aint your AI. Question 3 is rendered moot by 2, and question 1...
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