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  • Commented on Strong and Stable!
    When the first 33% leads for Labour came out, a few weeks ago, projections showed this leading to the Tories having a grand total of three seats. This might be worse. (Presumably they'd be even less well-distributed than the Lib...
  • Commented on I can't even
    This is really annoying. Every time something like that is posted I think "no, of course not, there's only one reason: OGH has good taste" and then I realise there's another Charles in an important position now and the comment...
  • Commented on I can't even
    Suffering is reserved for "those people" and it is very much "those people" to them, they're mostly nice white middle class property investors who have done very well out of the house price and rent increases they created. Of course......
  • Commented on London Bridge
    128: I was wondering about the speech of monarchy thing. In particular, when a queen dies and is replaced by a queen, the queon emitted must flavour-shift to a kingon in flight, and the opposite happens when a king dies,...
  • Commented on London Bridge
    AlanW@20, bizarrely, the Last Night of the Proms (and the night before) has been cancelled. You'd think a night of pomp and flummery like the Last Night would be just the sort of thing they'd want to keep, but no....
  • Commented on London Bridge
    Charlie@4, personally I'm planning to get a PineTime, the first smartwatch to even slightly appeal to me, because it's not based on mobile-phone-level tech: it's an embedded-class CPU (a Cortex M4 SoC with 64Kib RAM and 4MiB flash), so the...
  • Commented on London Bridge
    I note that the government has stated that until mourning is over, all press announcements and other communication from government will cease, except via gov.uk. Gosh, that really does sound like an excellent way to bury bad news, doesn't it?...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    Heteromeles, the Trump Organization is much crazier than that. Largely because no banks would deal with him otherwise (not even Deutsche), Trump is personally liable for at least the debts incurred by the swarms of LLCs in his (dis)"Organization". And...
  • Commented on Official Announcement: April Fools Day is Cancelled
    Hmm, does the Guardian not count as the Press? because it's up in arms on this, article after rightly-angry article, including an angrier editorial column than I've read in a long time. I mean the Telegraph isn't talking about it...
  • Commented on A Quick Infomercial
    Almost cartoon-villain "capitalists" ... right up to hilarious fights between the still-living Barclay twin and the heirs of his dead brother (while his brother was still alive), including secret spying in the Ritz (when they owned that), flying lawsuits...
  • Commented on A Quick Infomercial
    unless a dinosaur-killer asteroid gets us first Oh why did you have to say that?! asked to investigate why human DNA traces are showing up in the butcher counter produce of a supermarket This is fairly routine, because meat...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    IT could also be that he's lying to the taxman. Honestly, does anyone believe he isn't? He lies to everyone else! (In particular, there are rumours of very large hidden loans to himself to allow him to claim back taxes...
  • Commented on No comment necessary
    The epithelial cells it infects are all over the body, and it infects (and thus disables) a receptor that appears to be a blood-pressure sensor. This also explains the clotting problems: a severe infection causes the body to presume that...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Only two weeks at once? Naaah. My next-door neighbour bought twelve weeks of supplies at once, because she's 96 with no Internet or mobile phone and is self-isolating for all that time. I do wonder how many people did that,...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Paying for stuff works pretty well actually, as long as you have a credit or debit card. The problem is entirely that the whole thing has seized up under the load as something usually used by at most 20% of...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    I personally don't think I'll ever go back to grocery-shopping the way I used to. This new method is SO much better. The new method of desperately dashing to one of a few big supermarkets that remain open, every...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Newspapers that haven't already got a strong online presence (like the Independent) or a strong subscriber base (like the Economist), especially those like the Metro that rely largely on passing commuter traffic, are in catastrophic trouble as well. In some...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    That's not going to work. You can't rely on antibody tests like that: they have a false negative rate (though a low one if the test is not FUBAR), but more importantly the immune system does not detect invaders and...
  • Commented on Infomercial Interlude
    This time round, no single person died—but we got the global COVID19 pandemic instead. Please don't rewrite it again: the Sun would probably go supernova. Oh wait, you've done that one, too... :)...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Could be interesting with regard to endless home computer problems, to find out how much is just marketing strategies like planned obsolescence, which have been around in the car biz since the 1950s, and how much is relatively new based...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    whitroth@80: For another, the ASD spectrum, as far as I'm concerned, is bs. You probably don't have it bad, then. Like most things, if it's strong enough it puts you way out on the fringes of human experience. Sure, unlike...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    You could put that scene in a movie today and the kids simply wouldn't be able to make sense of it. There is an existence disproof of this: season 3, episode 11 of Person of Interest, aired in December...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    Graydon, the fireball probably doesn't leave nothing behind it: it likely leaves less than nothing. It depends how much energy is released by the collapse (likely "a lot"), but if it's enough, its energy density will trigger immediate gravitational collapse....
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    Despite how powerful the elder gods are, they can't live when the stars aren't right. But guess who can? Dumb old humans. Rather than looking at us as bugs, it's possible to consider us to be pinnacles of evolution,...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    Case Nightmare Plaid, Hastur is another name for the King in Yellow: the entity behind the pale violin....
  • Commented on "I doubt me an it be commercial."
    It was only her one-free-weirdness book if you ignore Voyager in Night, which is the earliest-written book I've ever seen to take place entirely in (an alien) virtual reality, and in which almost all the characters don't have names representable...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    The human body does need some radioactivity in order to function. That's the first I've ever heard of that. What on earth for? I can't think of anything radioactivity does that oxidative stress doesn't do better, and that is...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    "Disrupt" the local environment? So, a perfectly good scientific reason to not go into FTL near (near being defined as, say, within the orbit of Neptune? - not sure how big "local" is) a star, or planet. No, Charlie...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    Turns out you can track expansionist interstellar polities by the expanding wave-front of anomalous supernovae ... I'm not sure what you'd do in the resulting system. I mean you just blew up its star. There's not going to be...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    Space elevators would work, but so would a suitable 'reactionless' drive. Fantasy? Not quite, because we have one today - when we are in a magnetic field. I don't consider a similar one that reacts against the structure of...
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