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  • 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....
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    I disagree. You have an experimental colony in a hostile environment. Detailed technical knowledge is required on a day to day basis just to keep everyone alive. This is not an environment where Real Men prosper. It's the natural habitat...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    What would Cthulhu or the deep ones do with a badly constructed library? I suppose an undersea replica of the oval office could be used for televised briefings....
  • Commented on What happens now?
    Acts of vandalism like protesters maliciously getting their blood on an officers boot, and duties involving vigorously wiping said boots clean on suspects faces I presume....
  • Commented on What happens now?
    My 5 year old sometimes tries that when I don't let her have chocolate. She hasn't worked out that telling people they are naughty and have to go to their rooms only works from a position of strength. Yeah I...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    I am seeing that there are suggestions that the vote might be delayed by 100 days or so in order to give Biden a chance to get some work done. Personally I would either do it immediately to get Trump...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    Not everyone in the capitol was worried. Some of them seem to have been busy: https://www.rawstory.com/lauren-boebert-twitter/...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    My understanding is that you need a supermajority for impeachment, and a slightly bigger supermajority for constitutional amendments. Does that imply that a successful impeachment might be able to make a one shot exception to the cruel & unusual punishment...
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    Although sentient plasma entities are a staple of science fiction I must point out that fire persons have never been observed in nature. On another subject I notice that certain segments of the uk media are starting to remember that...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    I thought most of the true believers were on parler these days. It's easier for them to avoid dissent that way....
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    I was being too negative yesterday I think. My real ire is directed at the molten salt moonshine. I automatically assume people are referring to this when thorium comes up because the internet loves molten salt... More conventional designs aren't...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    Building tiny test reactors is relatively easy. Scaling up to a useful power plant is significantly more difficult. One reason the uk nuclear industry failed is constantly chasing the next big thing. Practically every plant in the country is a...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    Untested and speculative technologies are always superior to real ones because nobody has to actually make them work. You get to talk about all of the theoretical advantages without any of the messy real world issues intruding. Thorium reactors are...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    My first reaction to the news was that brexit had come early....
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    When I was growing up in a fairly poor part of Lancashire in the 80s the locals treated the word "Irish" as a synonym of "stupid". "An englishman, an irishman and a scotsman..." was the opening phrase of many an...
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    Not exactly. The Royal Mail is being gutted for profit rather than election rigging purposes. Not that it makes much difference to people who don't get their mail....
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    I have come across mks (45 year old brit). Pre SI metric measurement system that saw a lot of use in the 50s and 60s. My parents used it. Meters Kilograms Seconds. Conversion constants to/from SI tends to involve powers...
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    No spoilers but I would like to add that Dark Star features the finest alien in the history of cinema....
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    Repealing the fixed term parliaments act is one of the governments priorities at the moment, so that's not a given....
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    I know someone who drives one of those. They are very nearly sensible, but the decision to make windows an expensive optional extra is a bit of an issue in the UK climate. Once you add those it becomes a...
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    I have been installing quite a lot of this stuff recently: https://www.hiline-lighting.co.uk/gb/single-colour-led-strips/479-warm-white-led-strip-3000k-smd3528-240leds-ip00-5060440713538.html I have a few M of D65 that is going to be replacing the fluorescent tube in the attic soon. Problem is that the tube reduces headroom just...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    I should clarify that my local supermarkets are a bit crap and only really carry their own brand stuff, which I think is whatever is currently cheap repackaged. The larger (more distant) stores are likely to have a better range...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Cheap lights that you get at the supermarket usually don't but more expensive bulbs and proper trade suppliers generally do. The units tend to be colour temperature rather than xy (or uv, or ab) chromaticity but that's usually good enough....
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    For the kinds of places you use tubes I'm starting to move over to led strips. If you have space and don't care what the luminaire looks like then you can scale up as much as you like by wiring...
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    Even LN2 isn't that expensive or hard to work with. Gear to create -80 temperatures from scratch is expensive but buying them in from your friendly neighbourhood liquid gas plant is cheap enough....
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    I find SSDs pretty handy for my linux workstation. They revolutionised compile times, and make a noticeable difference when I'm moving my bigger datasets in and out of my software. The thing I'm less keen on is the instantaneous failure...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Portmerion has changed a bit since The Prisoner was filmed. All the buildings from the series are still there, but a few more have gone up....
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