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  • Commented on What happens now?
    And of course you have -san which is gender neutral. I must admit I studied the language for years before seeing much use of kare/kanojo. As for boku, I heard it was exclusively used by males, but about the only...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    >>What pronouns there are do not have masculine and feminine forms. Kare? Kanojo?...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    As for the House, yes it is close and subject to gerrymandering, which has no effect on the Senate. But there are 20 Rep seats at risk and only 14 for the Dems. Included with the Rep seats are two...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    Sorry, did not quote the subject. Was about containerization and theft....
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    Funny, about 40 years ago, I suggested this to my twin brother, a labor (or is that labour?) lawyer. He scoffed. I kept my counsel (appropriate) but I've often re-visited the thought. Interesting it showed up here....
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    >> Isn't Bozo a U.K. citizen (or subject) even though he was born in New York City? Did he have to get a Social Security number before he could become Prime Minister? I recall reading that he managed to renounce...
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    >> Renouncing American citizenship isn't simple, and it costs over $2000. Last I checked it was $4000....
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    Unfortunately, his strategy if he doesn't self-pardon is to screw things up really badly in the hope that the Biden administration will have to spend all their time fixing it and not come after him, as happened with Obama and...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    He could renounce his citizenship himself.... You cannot renounce US citizenship without the permission of the US government. Not having your taxes up to date is one of the reasons they refuse permission....
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    Maybe, but he told me the story in 1992 or thereabouts; the car (a 450SL iirc) maybe have been ten years old then.....
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    I recall a friend of mine trying to register a car in Switzerland, imported from Canada. His dual marked speedometer did not pass as the miles numbers were bigger than the km numbers. But I particularly like British temperature scales--...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    I've always thought this was crap. It means you can't use a pardon to right a wrong--say a racist jury or a conviction later proved wrong via DNA evidence. And if you know you're innocent, it's a helluva choice they...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    What I remember most about early shoulder belts from Detroit is how convenient they made them to not use them. They actually had clips to stow them in the roof. Then they had those 'automatic' shoulder belts the moved into...
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    I don't have my first programming text any more, also for Fortran, but I came across something better not so long ago: a listing of the very first program I ever wrote, back in 1968! Green bar paper and all...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    I too have searched for good ways to input kana on various computers. My daughter is happy with what Microsoft provides; I will use that if I have to. But my go-to machine is Linux, a Raspberry Pi in particular....
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    Back in the day I used to recompile the Linux Kernel to get caps lock to be a control key. This was before X terms. Now I find putting this in a file and executing the file works: cat <<EOF...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    I remember when 'McHale's Navy' premiered the press reports on the use of 'Nips' being okayed as oppposed to 'Japs', which wasn't....
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    I was rather surprised to hear the term 'Jap' at all upon relocating to England. Had not heard it in decades in California. But not recently here in England....
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    IIRC, W.C.Fields had a somewhat different opinion--A man who hates children and dogs can't be all bad....
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    A quick web purusal reminds me that Brief eventually ended up at Borland, which killed it. None of the articles I just read mentioned the Rand editor. The user interface and appearance were almost exactly identical....
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Pretty much a clone of the Rand Editor (PDP 11 Unix), itself heavily influenced by the Yale Editor (PDP 10). Brief was good. Was it withdrawn/sold/or something strange?...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    "Packing the courts is more achievable but would be returned in short order. Probably within 2 years." Nope. To 'pack' the court you need the Presidency and the Senate. If the Democrats succeed with Biden and a newly blue Senate...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    However, if you really want to know, I refer you to this: https://www.myretrospect.com/stories/close-analysis-of-a-close-call/...
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    He's a lawyer; I'm a programmer. Does that answer the question?...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    I too heard it as wheelbarrows, straw and a factory guard. First saw it in a book of "Russian Humor" which I received as a birthday gift from my twin in 1968. Funny thing was I sent him a similar...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    I recall my father saying he saw a production of the Mikado in New York; it would have been around 1945-47. The only change, he said, was the 2nd line was changed from 'we are gentlemen of Japan' to 'we...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    I frequently see this type of comment regarding a dead candidate getting votes, like it's irrational. Seriously, should you vote for the other candidate simply because your preferred candidate died? Should a Biden supporter vote for Trump if Biden died?...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    ...unless there are rules about electors changing their votes. Other comments have addressed this better than I....
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    My distant recollection of the California ballot is that it has you voting for a slate of electors 'pledged' to a particular candidate. If a candidate dies, the electors could still be voted on. Then they could vote on someone...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Hmmm. I don't find it intemperate. Incomprehensible, yeah....
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