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  • Commented on No comment necessary
    Again, IANAL. But who forms the new house? The terms of all the old house members will have expired on 3 January, and since no election took place, there's no one to form the new congress. Maybe........
  • Commented on No comment necessary
    Probably not Pelosi. I am not a constitutional lawyer, but from what I read, the following would apply: 20th amendment specifies the Presidential term ends 20 Jan; but the congressional term ends 3 Jan. All 435 congressional representatives lose their...
  • Commented on No comment necessary
    This should not be a problem. The Democrats have a super majority in the Massachusetts legislature. They can pass a law requiring the appointment of a replacement from the same party without the danger of a gubernatorial veto....
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    What I was interested in was given, say, an integer, could you get the address of that integer? Like in C the & operator would give you a number that you can put in an int * variable and print...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    Need not be from Cambridge at all. Many of its most important ideas stem from the considerably older, but still quite vital, language BCPL developed by Martin Richards. The influence of BCPL on C proceeded indirectly through the language B...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    My knowledge of PL\1 is limited to reading a tutorial on it a *very* long time ago and, perhaps writing one or two programs in it, and knowing that it was used to write Multics. Writing an OS without some...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    Well, I'll be damned!...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    Seriously? Syntax? Pointers?...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    And one more thing--no command line arguments permitted to user level programs. Made batch files pretty awkward....
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    My experience with VMS was limited, but it was based on RSX, which had a terrible command line interface. Each user got one top level directory, no sub directories allowed. User names were numbers, so files were specified as [number,number];version...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    My favourite feature of British signage is labelling crossroads with only one sign, at varying locations (near the ground, on a building, etc.) that is visible to travellers coming from one direction only....
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    ....(and dodging EU taxes) in Malta Of course that makes for dodging EU taxes from inside the EU....
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    The Japanese 'R' exists, but is different than the English 'R'. It's the 'L' that's not there. In fact, they substitute their 'R' for it....
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    Growing up in California I was taught that the 21 missions were spaced a day's walk apart....
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    IIRC it was more like a phonograph record, and they included a stylus for playing it....
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    This one is pretty easy to make: https://blog.japanesecreations.com/no-sew-face-mask-with-handkerchief-and-hair-tie A couple of safety pins keep it together a bit better than without....
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    Here in Leeds I only see about 10% mask wearing. Can any natives explain that? I was listening to a podcast (Guardian, maybe) that said foreign parents considering UK universities for their children were put off by the news photos...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    25th Amendment, Section 2: Whenever there is a vacancy in the office of the Vice President, the President shall nominate a Vice President who shall take office upon confirmation by a majority vote of both Houses of Congress. So if...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    The memory is vague, but I recall seeing a document a friend of mine had, from a California nuclear power plant, that used rankine. I was rather astonished....
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    On a visit to Argentina the Southern Cross seemed to be in the northern sky, when of course it was pretty much due south....
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    Thank you!...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    I'm going to risk looking stupid here, so here goes. I don't understand what these numbers are. The 'legend' above is for how many columns? Deaths registered in England and Wales for the week ending; current death rates as ratio...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    The magazine was the November 1979 issue of The Progressive, and the article was about building an H bomb, not an A bomb....
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    But you must admit, AOC wasn't eligible then.......
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    The Dems have super majorities in the state legislature and can pass a law mandating that the governor appoint someone from the same party in the event of a vacancy. AOC, being 30 years old, is not eligible to be...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Does the constitution detail this designation?...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. I've heard many times that since the US is not officially at war, treason is impossible....
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    I found this article regarding why ordinary flu declines in the summer very interesting: http://sitn.hms.harvard.edu/flash/2014/the-reason-for-the-season-why-flu-strikes-in-winter/ The summary is that the flu really does not like humidity. Summers tend to be humid, winters not....
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    In England (Yorkshire at least) elections are run by the councils, not the national government. I have counted votes and been a poll clerk. I'm recruited and paid by the Leeds City Council. The rules that are followed, however, are...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    OTOH it's written into the US Constitution that the highest-ranked member of the US military (Commander-in-chief, I think you call them?) in the US gets to walk into the Capitol Building every year to give a speech and the elected...
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