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  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    I think you're overstating the case quite a lot. There is plenty of evidence that diesel cars produce more harmful pollution than petrol cars. The Conversation, a news site written by researchers, has lots on the subject: try this, this,...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Argh. Despite preview, failed to notice unclosed <blockquote> tag. Admin, any chance of a fix? (please delete this comment either way)...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    I think that's a very odd thing to say. If the system is stupid preferences under it shouldn't matter full stop [...] Not at all. It's still a rigorously-conducted poll with a sample of 66.4% of the entire electorate. It...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    The three blades for a wind turbine thing was worked out over 80 years ago or so, more by accident and experiment than by empirical calculation. Basically more than 3 and they cause turbulence with each other, less than 3...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    [...] the English/Welsh Green Party (who weirdly never seem to get equal time with UKIP on the BBC news programs, Question Time, and so on — can't think why In the 2015 general election, UKIP got 12.6% of votes cast,...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    DO READ the article from Norfolk that Coarlie linked to? You're going to have to be more specific than that. I can't find any links Charlie's posted apart from the two in the post, neither of which relates to Norfolk....
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    I've seen (mainly elsewhere) a few comments to the effect of "having a large majority makes negotiating easier". As Alatriste notes, this is complete bollocks. Firstly, no other government cares about nuances of your domestic political situation (see: Cameron whining...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    IMO, civilian nuclear reactors are a fiction. The regulations, decommissioning, and incident insurance puts nuclear power out of reach of any non-state operation short of the kind of megacorp you get in cyberpunk fiction (and those are large enough to...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    [...] I expect we'll see the beginnings of a new age of city states. Not necessarily full independence and primacy for cities and the nation-states all gone. I mean more like a gradual weakening of central authority, in favor of...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    If we see the development of automated video editing software sufficient to alter lip movements [...] Already here....
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    The only alternative would be getting the Republic of Ireland to impose those controls on its own borders, i.e. to abandon the single market too, just because it suits the UK. That is what happened with Schengen - the RoI...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    True, but there's always car hire for holidays - I have several friends who don't own cars (they live in cities and walk/cycle/bus to work) but who hire a car if they're travelling at the weekend. It can be surprisingly...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    I rather like the look of the Renault Twizy: 1 or 2 seats, top speed 28 or 50 mph, 4 wheels, about £7000. For me, it'd be an extravagance rather than a necessity, so it'd have to take a 80%+...
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    How about manually-aimed guns? Self-guided bullets exist in the lab and will be standard sniper issue within a decade. You can currently buy rifles with with technology reminiscent of a CounterStrike aimbot (it was too easy to detect cheaters whose...
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    Compressed air is an awful energy storage medium because so much of the energy used in compressing it goes into heat. Air heats up if you compress it adiabatically. You can deal with this in two ways: store the heat,...
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    It's the controller that can be hacked. Not the freezer. Into the future the controllers will be built into the freezers. Sure. But what does that accomplish? All the controller does is switch the freezer on or off, based on...
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    Distributed generation and distributed storage are not really practical, in the current industry view. It's all about scale. Distributed generation, like micro-wind and micro-hydro, are fine for small communities with low-power interconnections to the rest of the grid, but as...
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    As someone with a little background in smart grids and related tech, I'd like to weight in on the side of Matt at 281. A smart grid is totally different from the internet-of-things, connected-home, wifi-enabled-toaster tech which has been covered...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances, Amsterdam, Seattle and Spokane
    Interestingly, the fabled A1 plate is apparently currently registered to an 8yo. SORN'd Mini Cooper. An investment, maybe? Still seems odd to own something like that and not drive around using it - after all, it's not like it'll depreciate....
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    And I'll add the counterpoint - I'm also a lurker here, posted a maximum of five times over the ten-or-so-years I've been following the blog, and I very much do not appreciate CatinaDiamond's posts. My assessment is very similar to...
  • Commented on Second childhood?
    Personally, I really don't get on with those webcomics that seem to 'forget' that they're WEBcomics. By this I mean stuff like the above-mentioned Gunnerkrigg Court, which may well have great art and nice writing, but which is like reading...
  • Commented on In defence of Traditional (Eurocentric Quasi-Medieval) Fantasy: #1 I'll read what I like
    He's certainly not traditional fantasy, but China Miéville is an interesting author to consider; his stuff is definitely fantasy, not science fiction (I don't think it'd fit into "speculative fiction" either), but it's widely accepted as being "proper" literature by...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    In defence of Nate Silver, he knows he got it wrong last time, so (in his own words): this time we’re partnering with Chris Hanretty, Benjamin Lauderdale and Nick Vivyan, three professors who together run the site electionforecast.co.uk. They’ve developed...
  • Commented on Every [ART] A Painting
    Maybe not to orbit, but pull-out-to-aerial shots are a lot cheaper these days, thanks to drones - see this video (the shot in question is from 3:30 onwards, but the whole video is an interesting demonstration of the possibilities of...
  • Commented on In which I am crabby about viral archery videos.
    The video says he found it from studying old manuscripts, not that that was the only way to find it or that no-one else knows about it. From the description on the video: SHOOTING ON THE RIGHT SIDE There are...
  • Commented on In which I am crabby about viral archery videos.
    The exception I take is not with his trick shooting. [...] It's the disinformation that I dislike. Fair enough - I obviously took a different set of complaints from your post than you intended, sorry. I still think you're looking...
  • Commented on In which I am crabby about viral archery videos.
    Does it matter? Either way, he can pierce riveted mail. So all the complaints elsewhere about it being a pathetically light bow that couldn't possibly work in combat are nonsense....
  • Commented on In which I am crabby about viral archery videos.
    Great article, but I really feel that both your post and the Geek Dad one are a bit... pedantic. He certainly get some of his history details wrong - I'm grateful to you and GD for pointing them out clearly...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    The SNP is a centre-left social democrat party with a pronounced focus on Scottish localism and autonomy; they don't have a defense policy because defense is a specifically non-devolved issue, i.e. they're not allowed to run a defense policy. They...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    As I said, they have a manifesto which covers everything, because that's what you need to be a "real" party. But what fraction of Green voters do so even partly on the basis of their education policies - compared to...
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