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Agent0090

  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    No, I've missed that. It certainly would be interesting to watch them allocate blame if they walk it back. (We've recently gone through a similar excercise here in the U.S. with "repealing" the ACA.)...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    "Does no-one else think this sums up a good reason to be suspicious of the EU?" Yes, though there have been other reasons as well. (Namely the ringer they've put Greece through.)...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Yes, that's correct. Once the Article 50 notice has been filed, the default option is that a the end of two years the UK is out with nothing to show for it. Any other outcome (including "oops we're sorry please...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Also, that's not how it works from a procedural standpoint. Once the UK files the Article 50 notice to leave, a two-year clock starts ticking. If there's a deal in those two years (and I believe all of the remaining...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Agree with that analysis. Further, w/ regard to Host's (understandable) doubts about the existence of rational adults, I would point to all of the Trump=Russia leaks coming out. Those are really significant leaks that, should they continue, will soon reach...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    You're right, that number (I've seen anywhere from $45-$70/b) is the number at which SA has an overall budget deficit, not just the pure cost of extraction. SA's main problem is that it has used oil$$ to stave off political...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Found it (and it was better than I had recalled): "In the future, readers will not go in search of books to read. Feral books will stalk readers, sneak into their ebook libraries, and leap out to ambush them. Readers...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Regarding all of the analytics work, it reminds me of a OGH's prediction (sorry, can't put my finger on it for a link, but I think it was in one of his state-of-publishing pieces) that one day soon books would...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    Modern equivalent is medical workers. They all have their own strong preferences for footwear and clothing because of long shifts and physical nature of the job. (Veterinarian wife prefers Danskos-sturdy and come in a variety of cutesy designs. Not cheap.)...
  • Commented on Empire Games sneak peek
    Done, Happy January 17th for me. I couldn't get into the Family Trade books (not into knights and princesses), but the new series in a modern timeline seems just about right. Also, I never realized that "May you live interesting...
  • Commented on The Day After
    Importantly (and this may not be true in other countries), "real estate developer" is not like other businesses. For real estate developers, everything depends on transactions that are leveraged through debt. Trump hasn't built a "business" in the traditional sense...
  • Commented on The Day After
    You're white, you'll be fine. To see another example of this principle in action, notice that Trump is gushing about the possibility of a US-UK trade deal, when he just finished campaigning against trade deals. "Foreign"="brown" -> US-UK=good, NAFTA=bad (b/c...
  • Commented on Wooden Train Parenting
    Hoo boy, that's EXACTLY what I needed, somebody else who has an idea about how I should be parenting my kids. I suppose that I'm in the Wooden Train Parenting Club, so here's my explanation of the choices my wife...
  • Commented on Just plain icky
    I'm not sure how much to read into this one. Note from the ArsTechica article: "The authors did not find a significant relationship between parasite stress and social dominance orientation (i.e. beliefs about intergroup equality), nor did they uncover a...
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    "Fufilling work, the duties of a normal life, security, retirement. These are all cruel fictions that the Gen X'ers have had ripped out from them by the boomers, so we repudiate them." Yikes, grim meathook indeed. Also has a bit...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    I rest my case....
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    Iceland and Greece were two very different types of crashes because Iceland has its own currency and Greece doesn't. Iceland had a huge devaluation of its currency that came along with an implosion of its financial sector, but life for...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    So it's about . . . ? That's the part that baffles me. When I listen to people talk about what they get with Brexit, it's very hard to discern any concrete benefits from it. Perhaps sovereignty yields improved governance,...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    Brexit seems dumb, mostly because the UK is trading access to a large and diverse market in exchange for something vaguely described as "sovereignty", which in application seems like a pretty unappealing jackbooted stew of harsh anti-immigration policies with the...
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    I think those posts ARE a multi-person discussion....
  • Commented on Writer, Interrupted
    Punishing indeed. I'm worthless at that hour....
  • Commented on Writer, Interrupted
    All of this rings true to me. First, I have always considered coding to be a particular form of writing. Ultimately you're arranging characters in pattern to create meaning- maybe for for a reader, maybe for a computer, but the...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLOND
    Oh, I was wondering if there was a Wallace & Gromit episode on physics that I had missed....
  • Commented on Cyberpunk 2.0: Political economy, energy, and the future US
    Wonderful article, the kind I keep coming back for. I can't help but apply my own semi-local filter to this, which is that there will be places in the world where this is a whole lot more boring. So here's...
  • Commented on Nightmare Stacks competition results ...
    1. Death Star: fantastic last sentence. 2. CASE LITTLE BLUE BASTARD: As the parent of a 5 y/o and an infant, this made my day. It has all the right elements for an Equoid-length entry into the Laundry universe- secluded...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Annihilation Score
    I like Mo and I'm the fact that we see and hear more about her is one of the reasons that the series continues to appeal to me. Of course I'm married to someone who everyone else calls "Doctor", and...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    I don't know much of anything about Norway due to the language barrier. But I will say that anytime "immigration control" begins to loom large in a political debate, I begin to suspect that the side that beats the drums...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    "Sorry Charlie, but you are generalising from a single nutter, with (apparently) some very unpleasant friends, to the whole nation." Was he a nutter? Maybe, I've seen reports describing him as "obsessed." But given what we know about his support...
  • Commented on A purely theoretical dilemma
    I call bullshit. As it's currently set up, I'm supposed to assume that a vastly superior race of aliens wants us to voluntarily submit to a group mind so that we won't do The One Thing That Would Destroy Us...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    "I'm intrigued to know how this very British lunacy looks from the outside" From the U.S., pretty simple. Conservatives want to be able to do all the things that they want to do (financially and politically) without being held to...
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