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  • 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...
  • Commented on Story time!
    Sysadmin. Figures. You are aware that keeping sysadmins happy is rarely the ultimate motivation for computer ownership?...
  • Commented on Story time!
    That's the one. I remember that it seemed like space magic at the time. I don't remember it well enough to have an opinion about the keyboard, but we'll made keyboards are one thing I am prepared to spend lots...
  • Commented on Story time!
    Is that necessarily a limiting factor or can you work around it with clever design?...
  • Commented on Story time!
    Better than no computer but you wouldn't have it back... I remember using a z80 based portable with BBC basic back in the late 80s. It had something like a 40x10 character lcd display and could hold an essay or...
  • Commented on Story time!
    Personally I find terminals ok because I am used to them but a properly designed ui can be far more powerful. A good example is the ms debugger - the ability to see your code, call stack, memory contents etc,...
  • Commented on Story time!
    Let me guess. Young people today don't know their Bourne. The days when running a GUI took a significant, or even noticable fraction of a computers resources are long gone. I mostly do number crunching with mine, and os overheads...
  • Commented on Story time!
    Knocking over power grids is the sort of thing that will invite serious retaliation in the near future, particularly when these high temperature events become common....
  • Commented on Story time!
    Officially they are allowed to unionise but every time they try this lunatic in bat themed body armour turns up and starts breaking heads....
  • Commented on Story time!
    Flammable things, notes....
  • Commented on Story time!
    This is why we have Mithril!...
  • Commented on Story time!
    When a dragon burns your village down because an invisible adventurer stole one of its trinkets it isn't acting out of anger, it is protecting the reputation of the family firm....
  • Commented on Story time!
    The storyline I am waiting for is Scottish Batman vs The Gorbals Vampire....
  • Commented on Story time!
    The Riddler is obviously a teacher who has been pushed over the edge by one too many standardised tests, and has embarked on a life of crime in order to teach the world how to solve real problems....
  • Commented on Story time!
    Unrestricted FTL is the only type of FTL in relativity, as such restrictions are beyond the scope of the theory. If you want to postulate limitation effects that prevent closed dimelike curves then you are free to do so, but...
  • Commented on Story time!
    Anyway I agree with you, much as Glasgow is the best model for Gotham City that Scotland has to offer, if you wanted an old money aristocrat in a city with spectacular and gothic architecture to brood on and dive...
  • Commented on Story time!
    They obviously wouldn't have resorted to caning unless staying inside the lines was essential. If there are any gaps in the lines then it is reasonable to argue that you are using flood fill and the entire page is fair...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    So she can ask prince Charles to execute him with nuclear weapons? Seems like overkill but it would do the job. Does nuking people infringe their rights at all?...
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