JayGee

JayGee

  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    And you’re absolutely right. I have no damned business taking out my personal frustrations out on an entire population in a situation which is the result of several hundred years of alternating neglect, malice, and crass stupidity on the part...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    I’m sure the majority of NI citizens are perfectly decent, reasonable people with the same hopes and aspirations as you or I. However, over the years they’ve colluded (actively or passively) with and given their tacit support (through ballot box,...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    “Prince Charles may be a bit of a div but fucking with the succession is serious shit” That depends on whether it’s an external or internal agent doing the fucking.... There has been speculation that The Monarchy (as hive mind...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    “Pigeon @ 1016 Thank you for expanding on the problems - you are entorely correct - I was not aware that the "designers" of electric cars were being that stupid. I suppose they will learn, eventually” What? They’ll learn not...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    “I think the problem with cars is that designers have been seduced by the ability of electric motors to produce torque at zero revs into getting rid not only of the clutch and gearbox, which does make sense, but also...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    “Teresa May is getting rid of the feed-in tariff for solar, meaning that the 800k households would be giving their excess power to the grid for free. I did not know that 800k households had installed solar. How many households...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    “Re: Nuclear storage. The big problem is the time periods involved. Tens of thousands of years absolute minimum, hundreds of thousands to really get into the 'this isn't a lot worse than some natural deposits' range.” I occasionally wonder whether...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    “20 moving parts in the engine, maybe, but the engine is a very small proportion of the complexity of a modern car. It may seem plausible that you could also abolish the clutch and gearbox (or automatic transmission), but then...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    My understanding is that a lot of Greek debt was incurred effectively buying off holdovers from the Junta with unofficial/unspoken guarantees of high military spending and lots of well paid public sector jobs (and sometimes non jobs) to maintain the...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    On our last visit to (Greek) Cyprus a few years ago we hired a boat from a beach resort a little way down the coast from the infamous “Ghost City” of Famagusta. Our attention was drawn to a line of...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    “More realistically, a second Referendum is getting more likely ...” Too late. Enough of the fundamentalist Brexists would regard a second referendum (regardless of result) as (in their warped terms) a betrayal that it would simply redouble the bile-spitting hysteria....
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    “It's academic in that Maybot "won" (for certain values of won that is).” It’s also academic (in the context of Brexit) in that whoever found themselves “winning” the musical chairs competition which is the Conservative leadership election process would be...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    “...could those Brexiters try to turn the UK into tax haven ("The wealth will trickle down to the community!")? Turn it into Panama 2.0, maybe (but more respectable)?” If it’s not actually the plan then I think it’s probably high...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    “I'm reminded again that what North Americans mean by "liberal" and "Liberals" and what people from the UK mean, are two entirely different things.” I have to keep reminding myself that for many USAnians it’s a term of abuse rather...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    For the avoidance of doubt I’m taking the “51st State” thread of discussion entirely in the spirit and context of Charlie’s original post. On the other hand if somebody did want to make the ongoing clusterfuck of Brexit look more...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    So, all this “51st State” talk? Is this actually some kind of project fear operation on the behalf of hard-line Brexit promoters to convince us that their vision is some kind of lesser evil....?...
  • Commented on What do you know about my inner demons?
    “I've suggested this before and it attracts responses which are mostly more verbose variations on "it's not done that way now therefore it never can be done that way"‘ Actually the correct answer is “we tried it, and it didn’t...
  • Commented on What do you know about my inner demons?
    Nissan Leaf owner here. My car has exactly that functionality built into it, and to be honest for most owners it’s pretty much an essential if you’re going to use an EV for extended trips given the current state of...
  • Commented on What do you know about my inner demons?
    So, assuming that for the moment at least not carrying a smartphone, not owning any IoT gadgets, not activelyparticipating in social media, etc, etc is enough to stay under the radar... How long before phones and social media become sufficiently...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    I promoted JRM from harmlessly eccentric and largely irrelevant young fogey to outright dangerous when I heard him arguing against mitochondrial DNA treatments. He can camouflage it as concern over unforeseen long term effects of novel treatments all he likes...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    “Option 2. Find a survivable beta site through a gate and get a sizable chunk of the population there.‘ Because that went so well in A Colder War didn’t it... :-)...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    “When you meet someone from Them, they typically spend their time avoiding the subject, being suitably vague, or denying their membership. Anyone who claims to be in UKSF (or even nods, winks, and implies it), almost certainly isn't. ” My...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    That would be a hell of a Checkov’s gun to leave randomly cluttering up the narrative scenery, but on the other hand there’s plenty of dramatic potential In somebody *not* being pregnant, particularly given the allusions we’ ve already had...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    “I'm pretty sure that Spooky the Cat is just a cat...” Right. Just a cat... As in “just a strongly god-like AI” or “just a multi-megaton thermonuclear device”, or “just a functioning FTL drive”......
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    ...and The Last Starship From Earth by John Boyd....
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    “So it must follow that a tiny, tiny percentage of Culture humans, which might be a substantial number of people given a total population of trillions, may be sociopaths. It's a shame Banks never lived to explore what the Culture...
  • Commented on "I doubt me an it be commercial."
    The smaller (800-ish up to 1275cc) BMC/BL engines were the A Series which, while sharing a common ancestor in the form of Ye Olde Auftinne A40 Devonne Lumpe, and having a very similar (Harry Weslake designed) combustion chamber arrangement were...
  • Commented on "I doubt me an it be commercial."
    ...and finished. My god that’s dark and twisty. Be assured that the time spent writing that wasn’t wasted as far as I’m concerned, and I’ll be recommending it highly to a carefully chosen selection of acquaintances I think will appreciate...
  • Commented on "I doubt me an it be commercial."
    Just finished the first chapter. So far it’s simultaneously exactly what it says on the tin and not at all what you might expect from the title, which is a neat trick... :-)...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    “So it's comparatively easy to go towards or (more sensibly) away from London, but particularly by rail, going crossways is a monumental pain in the arse, and you find yourself having to go into London and out again to get...
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