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  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    I'm very far from considering myself an expert, but I seem to remember the early part of the Bible wasn't written in Aramaic, because Aramaic only became the 'common language' of Asia during the Achaemenid period (Note: 'Asia' in this...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    ...from the Strange Case of Charles Dexter Ward, perhaps?...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    In essence that's a problem the old Greeks did already worry about (as usual). Plato made famous the 'ship of the state' analogy and asked his readers if, should they be on board a ship close to some shoal during...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    First of all, explain to me where is the racism in saying quite a few recent PMs, Chancellors and Foreign Secretaries were born in Scotland... because for the life of me, I can't see it!...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    In other order of things I have been trying to discover exactly what would Marine Le Pen do about the European Union and I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here! - She wants the franc...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Myself, I don't think that's feasible. If the UK is abandoning the single market and forbidding the free movement of goods&persons that goes with it, that's not compatible with having no borders on Ireland. Without border controls a huge host...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    "their claim on Gibraltar is based on contiguous borders and history..." Not really. In a 'I never found a problem, no matter how complex it seemed at first sight, that duly examined didn't become even more complex' spirit, Spanish claim...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    My patience is at an end: the joke is, Macduff is into retrocomputing; he keeps an old Sinclair ZX and can move a word into a byte!...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Same over here. According to Catalan secessionists Catalonia 'is a nation' and whatever a nation is, that means they wouldn't allow any portion of Catalonia to reject independence, not even if they voted 99% against. To misquote a famous air...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    I'd say that's terribly simplistic. Any new member accession treaty would probably include a blurry compromise to adopt the Euro in some undefined future moment, but that's not 100% sure: after all both Great Britain and Denmark opted out of...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Regarding Spain & hypothetical Scottish independence, I would advice against assuming anything, because of the very same contradiction already mentioned, namely, Spain would have to opt between supporting two sets of secessionists: British seceding from Europe, and Scots seceding from...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Be lion-mettled, proud, and take no care Who chafes, who frets, or where conspirers are. Macbeth shall never vanquished be until Great Birnam Word to Byte Dunsinane Hill Shall move against him....
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    And Assembler assumes the programmer is none of woman born......
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    In other words, software engineering/programming should become like Herman Wouk's Navy, "a master plan designed by geniuses for execution by idiots"? I agree; I don't much like it but I agree. Software has become too big, too important and above...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Still what you are describing is in essence a big mortar. That's a lot easier and cheaper than an ICBM, I'd say... and you don't really need suicidal trigger-pullers, that's what remotes are for! Anyway, the basic point stands in...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Well... if you were Kim Jong Un and you wanted to nuke, say, San Francisco just because you are the villain of this movie and you are supposed to, I think you wouldn't invest years, resources and prestige building ICBMs...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Now that you mention it, South Korea is very clearly a possibility (and Israel a lesser one). But I was thinking of Russia. If a Shiite terrorist did a suspiciously convenient Gavrilo Prinzip, it's too easy to see Trump giving...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Also, Ludwig II of Bavaria teaches that there was a mechanism to remove a monarch in case of need. Ad hoc and sloppy it may been been but it existed (and I don't mean murder; Ludwig was declared insane and...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    I have read lately several books on the Great War, and I found the comparison disturbingly accurate. The narcissism, the theatricality, the infantilism, the pathological lies, the military fetishism, etc. It's terribly easy to see Trump giving a blank check...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Also, in my humble opinion the relation between the Security Council and nuclear weapons is a myth. At the start only America had them. France and Britain were members for long before acquiring them. Taiwan never had them. China had...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Sigh... If we are going to play like this, following to the letter the rules of the Marquess of 4Chanberry, what you have done is building a tall, strong, beautiful strawman, you know? Sad! Once again: When the other four...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    I think you are missing the point... and quite spectacularly so, I must say. The point John Hughes is making (and I made some posts before him) is that back in 1971 Taiwan/ROC wasn't allowed to veto the resolution that...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Just for history's sake: Both Ukraine and Belarus were U.N. members from 1945 on. That probably made a bit easier for them to accept Russia as the only possible heir to the USSR seat at the Security Council... not that...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Let me hazard a guess: if you ask them if they want to keep the expensive, obsolete Trident submarines most will be against it. If you ask them if they want Great Britain to scrap the nuclear deterrent and forfeit...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    However, a big container ship can carry 20,000 standard containers or more (the exact number is not a fixed amount, depends on total weight and distribution i.e. if you are lucky enough to know details in advance you can plan...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    We in Spain have got that covered: the MPs from radical parties swear/promise adding 'by legal imperative' or 'forced by legal imperative'. It's a very convenient solution, I'd say. However, a few years ago some loonies decided that's not enough...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    I have to say, that would be a sure sell. 'The Pirates of PenSanS', the story of Free-DereK, a young cyberpunk that's going to leave his band, change his ways and get a job in a bank because he has...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Well, the court refused to reinstate Trump's ban, but I'm far more worried than before. The White House really had the gall to maintain that the president's national security orders were “unreviewable” by the judiciary! No wonder the judges didn't...
  • Commented on A Surfeit of Emeralds: Healthcare in the Middle Ages
    'Trepanning is... a no-brainer'. I see what you did there....
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    I think you can't be more right. Actually it's already happening, fertility rates in Muslim countries are plummeting to European levels hard and fast......
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