Chrisj

Chrisj

  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    That description is missing one vital point about smartphones though, isn't it. Yes, I have a more powerful computer I bought a couple of years ago for rather less money sat on my desk. But it needs to sit on...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    The most likely answer is that it'll get bought by one of the existing private agencies, who'll then be able to crank their prices back up since they'll no longer be competing with a non-profit-making alternative. That is, what matters...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Well, there's the curious case of the NHS' internal staffing agency, which well-known leftie news sources like the Financial Times report is being prepared for privatisation (paywall); a more recent story from Sky names bidders and says that "[the] sale...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Perhaps it is not to be wondered at that people with heads so full of soup as to even consider such a fucking ridiculous idea in the first place are stone blind to the existence of people who just won't...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Apparently, lost deposit money goes to the Crown, which is surreal. It must have made a bundle this year...) Crown as in central government treasury, and ha. Estimated cost of having the snap election was around GBP130 million, so to...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    The EU neither needs to stall (the UK is transparently quite capable of stalling ourselves at this point), nor does it have any desire to do so. All the wavering and uncertainty is bad for everyone; they'd like to know...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    There is quite a bit of variation in constituency voter count, yes. The smallest constituencies (in terms of eligible voters) are various Scottish island groups - I think the very smallest is Na h-Eileanan an Iar (Western Isles/Outer Hebrides in...
  • Commented on Bad Writer Dad?
    Does Peril Panda wear Joo-Janta 200 Peril-Sensitive sunglasses?...
  • Commented on PSA: The Delirium Brief
    Alternative alternative is that someone in US intelligence is leaking Manchester stuff because they think it'll shut down all non-vital sharing from non-US agencies (to the US) before someone else gets burned the way MOSSAD did. (And while sharing suspect...
  • Commented on PSA: The Delirium Brief
    Likewise, in case that wasn't clear. "Terribly convenient" is in large part shorthand for "No editor in their right mind would let you get away with this in a novel unless it was (going to turn out to be) a...
  • Commented on PSA: The Delirium Brief
    I worry a little about my cynicism levels occasionally. But yes, terribly convenient that just after May screwed up her u-turn on a screwed up policy and suffered a huge drop in the polls, everyone else stopped campaigning for a...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    There are also some utterly terrifying proposed cuts to things like preventative medicine, disaster management and epidemiology. When the first external emergency hits the Trump administration, everything so far will look like a slideshow of kitten photographs....
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Or fit it to the back of a passing Spacewhale and make Sophie Okonedo queen :)...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Since we're well past 300, and to provide some light relief from the grim overnight news have a link. Apparently a kipper has tripped across one of this blog's usual attractors, and is proposing that "Brexit provides a major opportunity...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    I'd assumed that a past wreathed in shadows was rather difficult to achieve these days Let me rephrase that; I'd assumed that the prerequisite condition is rather difficult to achieve. The actions leading directly to being awarded the achievement (provided...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    To return to a discussion and metaphor from some time ago (sorry for dropping it at the time; disabilities limit my keyboard use rather)... I'd assumed that a past wreathed in shadows was rather difficult to achieve these days, at...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    I will wonder how the huge number of Soviet tanks is a much better solution to being invaded than, say, the Maginot Line. If the attack comes from an unexpected angle, tanks are rather easier to move to new defensive...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Well, it isn't as though any of the UK media is owned by shifty right-wing billionaire tax exiles who would benefit from that kind of thing and not want too much attention paid to it, is it? (Add sarcasm tags...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    .cn can't afford to demand the trillion btw, their currency is massively under-valued I think you may be out of date on that one - it certainly was true a few years back, but reputable authorities (eg Krugman) now seem...
  • Commented on Laundry summer madness sale!
    I'm very much with Charlie on that one; I wouldn't use a vehicle (of any kind) operated by a company that permitted smoking in them. Frankly, smoking should be banned in all enclosed public spaces (and preferably all open public...
  • Commented on Laundry summer madness sale!
    Most car journeys are short, predictable, and an unpleasant dangerous chore for the trained monkey behind the wheel. Driving is one of the most cognitively demanding tasks most humans will ever perform. It is also insufficiently recognised as such. (I'm...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    I should probably have checked I wasn't rounding by habit when I was pedantising someone else's rounding, shouldn't I? :)...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    You may actually find that it's closer to one ton than two - while concrete's density is about 2, a cubic yard is much smaller than people tend to expect[1]. Specifically, a yard is 0.9m, so a cubic yard is...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Um, the UK doesn't have the tornados that tornado alley is famous for. The UK has a higher density of tornados per square mile than any other country in the world. (And higher than many of the states that make...
  • Commented on Random excuses
    a noun that isn't "whisky" for whatever that was Miruvor? (With apologies to the Tolkien-averse) Which, by extension, would mean the USAian abomination with added charcoal flavouring is the alcoholic "Orcish drink" forced on Merry and Pippin....
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    ...claiming that the ration of 20lb was a "fifth of what was required"... You've misread it - they assert that 20 lb is "a fifth LESS than recommended", ie 20% below, making a 25 lb recommendation. That's not implausible for...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    The Germans, however, managed to invade Russia and still fail to supply adequate winter clothing. Which was indeed caused by logistic incompetence, but has nothing whatever to do with their soldiers being surprised that the western allies weren't using horses...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    A final thought for you, on the logistic competence of the Wehrmacht. Several of the German soldiers captured on D-Day noted that they couldn't understand the logistics of the invasion - because there were no horses being brought ashore... Which...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    "Determined Wilful Ignorance: British policy for over a hundred years, and now also available in America!"...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    Of course, the Hebrew version is "no other gods before me", really driving home the fact that this is a claim of primacy among deities, rather than of being sole godhead....
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