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  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    > If you're positing Mandarin as one of the major languages, you should probably also posit Hindi/Urdu? A very large number of people who speak Hindi/Urdu also speak English, albeit a slightly weird version thereof, where you 'do the needful...
  • Commented on App store annoyances
    You would have to give up perl for objectiveC, and I would have to stop puzzling haskell for java, as much as I hate Larry E. It looks like Apple is going for a new development language with roots in...
  • Commented on World Cup: engage Grinch mode now!
    GHASTLY EDINBURGH HEAT WAVE (it's due to hit a peak of 19 celsius this afternoon and the cruel burning daystar has been sighted near the zenith) I am boggling at "Heatwave" and "19 Celsius" occurring in the same sentence without...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    That's true - almost all long distance aircraft I've travelled in over the last 10 years have had built-in satellite phone. Which everyone regards as the single most expensive way to talk. I've been on Thai from BKK (Bangkok) to...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    In Southeast Asia, a GSM phone works almost everywhere. I've been in rural parts of China and had solid 3G signal. Your GSM phone will work from Dingle to Seoul. Satellite phones are pretty rare here - it's unlikely anyone...
  • Commented on Over-Extended Metaphor for the day
    Well I was thinking of more of modern Ireland, France and Germany, where there are long traditions of Catholicism, but most people aren't too keen on the observance, they just follow along for the traditions, because it's what they grew...
  • Commented on Over-Extended Metaphor for the day
    Not really, iOS is a BSD based unix very similar to OS X. They even have the same development tools, and whole bunches of libraries are derived from NextStep. I guess you could describe it as culturally Catholic - has...
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    The Invisible Hand of the Market mowed John Galt's Lawn. With tweezers....
  • Commented on Making history personal
    Been in, considerably older: the passage tomb at Newgrange in Ireland. My device is being balky at the moment, otherwise I'd look up dates - 3500 years ago? Or 3500 B.C.E.? Feeling like a dolt at the moment. But,...
  • Commented on The last refuge of scoundrels
    I like Ken Loach's approach: "How should we honour her? Let's privatise her funeral. Put it out to competitive tender and accept the cheapest bid. It's what she would have wanted."...
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