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  • 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...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    More recently we had Erasmus... http://www.erasmusprogramme.com/ ...but not for much longer....
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    Regarding the Brexit mandate thing, I have to concede that under the rules the referendum took place under then yes, actually they do have a mandate, admittedly it's to my eyes narrow enough to be pretty well within the noise,...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    Hmm... Not sure about that, the EU membership referendum, the UK labor party's most recent leadership (re)election, and the US election were nominally democratic processes but I'm not seeing a lot of consensus arising from them. I think democracy kind...
  • Commented on The Day After
    "Of course I do ride 500 miles return for dinner with my daughter. (Equal to Edinburgh to Sheffield, have dinner and ride home or New York to Washington, dinner and home.) Don't tell Elderly Cynic that I do it on...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    About that poloitical suicide thing... Wouldn't it normally be considered political suicide to implement a policy which 48% of a 72% turnout have got off their backsides, made their way to a polling station, and explicitly rejected? Basically whether they...
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    "Switzerland gets very significant foreign investment " In addition to the other factors mentioned doesn't Switzerland make quite substantial payment and accept free movement of people as part of its EEA deal?...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    To be fair the TVs can be kind of hard to miss - I can tell what some of my neighbours are watching just by a casual glance out of an upstairs window, I swear some of these beasts are...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    Seven people in the office I work in[1] either had jobs put "at risk"[2] or received notices of their fixed term contracts being prematurely terminated last week. Somehow this bothers me more than the wider considerations, and that's before I...
  • Commented on Cytological Utopia and the rapture of the eukaryotes
    Hmmm... If our simulation is going to be remotely convincing it's going to need to simulate the environment which our resurectees exist within and interact with. Which means all the non-human life (down to the parasites which might colonise us,...
  • Commented on Updating a classic
    Small, subtle, carefully crafted interventions in office seating plans. Someone, somewhere in an organisation I worked in about 10 years ago decided it would be amusing to place three people called Jonathon doing vaguely similiar jobs with overlapping contacts (both...
  • Commented on FAQ: The Laundry Files--series timeline
    What OGH writes or doesn't write and why he chooses to write it or not write it is entirely his business, and I'm not about to second guess or criticise his choices as my own attempts in that direction suggest...
  • Commented on 5 Magical Beasts And How To Replace Them With A Shell Script
    That's not a million miles from what a top-of-the-range premium/prestige car can do now.... Lane departure warnings will shake the wheel and gently nudge it in the right direction if you look like straying out of your lane. Adaptive cruise...
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    Can't speak for the Tesla owners but this particular Leaf leaser went to considerable trouble to source a suitably tasteful "Nuclear Powered" sticker for the rear window... :-)...
  • Commented on The paranoid style in 2016
    Regarding Trump, I know it's kind of straying into the realms of dodgy airport thrillers, conspiracy theories, and an altogether different kind of paranoia, but, is it possible that he might turn out to be not merely the wrong lizard...
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