Phil Armstrong

Phil Armstrong

  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    but I have no idea where the original came from. Googling suggests Emily Dickinson: There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands away, Nor any Coursers like a Page Of prancing Poetry – This Traverse may the...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    On Ubuntu, this took most of a morning. At one stage, I had to manually edit a configuration file to tell it where to find a repository. Was there some reason why $ apt install r-recommended didn't work, or did...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Annihilation Score
    No. She had a good cry. This was about the *most* realistic thing in the book! It’s perfectly normal for people to “work off” an unbearable build-up of stress and tension by having a good cry in a quiet corner...
  • Commented on What's The Best Medium For A Storyteller In 2015 And Beyond?
    Reminds me of the RSA talk where the younger version of Stallman (I forget his name: open source, anarchist, dreadlocks, smart-but-autistic) starts wandering into... politically dangerous territory. The moderator snaps a quick hushed "not to this audience" and you can...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    oops. flubbed edit there - "don’t get paid enough to make the expense of tax dodging schemes worthwhile."...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    12% NI for employees in the lower threshold & 20% income tax Charlie. So for ordinary employees, you pay 20 + 12 + 13.8 / 113.8 = 40.2% of total income expense to your employer as tax. Self-employment looks like...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    (mere mortals who earn > £42k but < £150k pay 49%)...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    Since the current UK top marginal rate, including all NICS, is about 63.5% and comes into force at about 42,000 PA Careful: Once you start include Employers NI contributions in your tax rate calculations, you have to rebalance all of...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    Yes, Labour + all Scottish seats don’t add up to a majority. Unfortunately, the way the Conservative machine hammered away at the "SNP threat" in the last week of the election tells you that their internal focus group / polling...
  • Commented on Ask the Author
    Petrol powered washing machines existed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXOE0krsPG4...
  • Commented on Ask the Author
    (admittedly the genre appears to be limited to Charlie Brooker writing for Channel 4...)...
  • Commented on Ask the Author
    But I'm not sure I can tell you what genre it wants to be, frankly: there doesn't seem to be a genre category for technologically-informed gothic horror crime fantasies set in the near future. Yes there is, it's called "Black...
  • Commented on Leading question
    (Are you the Tim W I worked with a few years ago? Ping me an email if you want to get back in touch.) Meanwhile, back on topic: if the days of the mass political party are numbered, thanks to...
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