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JayGee

  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    I tend to concur with Martin on the validity of the "always within earshot of a drone" idea, but suspect that reality may be less important than perception. The fact that there are nowhere near enough drones to go round,...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    "Another point here is that it would be trivial to make an ultralight runabout (basically a fully-faired electric quad bike), which would actually meet most urban and many suburban requirements, " Indeed it would, and Renault have sold tens of...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    I've always assumed that the restraint systems and boarding procedures for a hyperloop type system would look more like those for a high-energy, white-knuckle theme park ride than an airliner. This would go double for a hypothetical short-hop implementation....
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Not my experience from either side of the recuitment process. I entered employment as an engineer with my current employer aged 52 (after about 20 years of contracting, which I was regulalrly informed made me unemployable on a permanent basis...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    " All we get is crap slogans like "no deal is better than a bad deal" (with its implication that they're not actually going to bother getting a deal), and a general sense that nothing matters, everything to do with...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    True, and the Alfar would do well to take note of the fact that HSS has a wide range of technical options for slaughter and destruction on scales from the persoanl, via retail, to wholesale... What I was mainly trying...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    Errr... You don't need a BSc in Physics to have seen before and after pictures of Hiroshima/Nagasaki and have at least a vague idea what caused it....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    No strange goings-on at the bottom of Lake Vostok this time round then?...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Seconded. I've got a Fuji X-M1 which is very much the entry level "my first proper camera" model in the X range. In spite of the absence of a proper viewfinder it still handles/feels very much like a "real" camera,...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    So, are we back to "101 Other Uses for a Falcon 9" then?...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    "What's CRAZY BEYOND ALL REASON about the whole thing is that if 200,000 Black people in Flint Michigan and 100,000 white people in Flint are drinking leaded water the far-right counts this as a victory!" But they're mostly poor white...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Are we talking about the same (VW Golf/Ford Focus sized) Nissan Leaf and the same (VW Polo derived) Skoda Fabia? The same Nissan Leaf which comfortably carries a couple of 6' tall adults in the rear seat and which can...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    The undetectable stealth spaceships were a bit of a stretch (see http://www.projectrho.com/public_html/rocket/spacewardetect.php ) and I'm also more than a bit dubious about the idea of massively increasing acceleration tolerance through the use of drugs too... That said, The Expanse taxes...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    We're in the process or sorting out my late Father-in-Laws affairs. Only one name on the deeds to the house or any of the contemporary paperwork. As I understand it from what his wife tells me (with a certain undercurrent...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    If nothing else it's providing an answer to my earlier puzzled wondering as to whether it was really possible to deliver a gigantic "Fuck You" to 48% of the engaged electorate without some political consequence. I'm actually quite gratified (and...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    As far as I'm aware the fixed term parliaments act only covers Westminster, given this, if TM really does block IndyRef2 what's to stop NS and the SNP simply calling an early election in Scotland and campaigning with Independence before...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    I think all this is crediting May with far more integrity and commitment to *anything* than she deserves... For my money (which as the payer of non-trivail amounts of UK tax it is) TM is and always has been on...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    England is looking less like a place I actually want to live every day. This is not to say there aren't an awful lot of far, far *worse* places because there are, but, well, lets just say Not My First...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    "C assumes that a programmer should be able to do anything he wants to do, and makes it easy." There's a common misconception that C is a high level language. It's actually more of a machine independent assembler......
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    "But the TCP/IP/UDP performance and recovery strategy weren't designed for such a complex transport system, which leads to some truly weird effects. "Nah, that guy who knows said it's not mysterious at all. You can't both be right, I think....
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Absolutely. I think it's possible to simultaneously be a mediocre programmer and a pretty good engineer. I own up to the former, aspire to the latter, and like to think that my career indicates I've not done too badly in...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    I'm a programmer. Here are a few words on the subject of good programmers, mediocre programme, and their place in the world... If you go by the sort of industries I've worked in, the sort of companies and brand names...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Oh yes? Is he any good then?...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    As the (very happy) owner of a Nissan Leaf I can confirm that the silent electric car issue is very real and at times quite worrying. One of my hobbies is playing guitar with a quite busy local rock covers...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    There's a particularly lovely and very impressive example of timber framed buildings lasting a very long time just down the road from where I live... https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cressing_Temple "Cressing Temple is the site of three Grade I listed timber-framed buildings; the thirteenth...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    On the other hand it's capable of generating its own oxidant in flight, so, if you operate it in airbreathing mode you've got room for a whole lot more fuel within the same airframe. Hypersonic cruise missile anybody?...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Like I said. Naive......
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Since we're a fair way down the thread, and there seems to be at least some tangential interest, a quick question on post-Brexit UK politics... Perhaps naively I'd always assumed that a big fat "Fuck You" to 48% of the...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Just imagine how proud I felt this morning clocking in to work for a company that's looking to do business with the NSA and the DHS. If I were 5 years younger I'd be looking for another job right now,...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    How much nuke could you fit into a standard shipping container? Given that electric power transmission is starting to be A Thing in maritime applications already a magical box which you can winch into place, plug in the cables and...
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