Chekhovs_Gunman

Chekhovs_Gunman

  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    You're probably aware that New Zealand doesn't have senators. It was far more likely to be a Member of Parliament, although a quick search reveals no such incident in the last few decades....
  • Commented on Placeholder? Placeholder!
    Citation needed. I had a MRI last week, no heavy water or IV lines were involved. All I had to do was lie very still for 20 minutes....
  • Commented on A reminder
    Not a European, but from a New Zealand perspective I'd agree. Although our libertarian party quietly died a few years ago, we still have raving right-wing loonies on our political scene. You know the ones, absolutely unelectable, even by the...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    Most of the bikes I saw when I lived in Japan did have bells, at least. The standard configuration "mama-chari" has a sturdy steel frame, integral lock, load-carrying facilities front and rear, a unisex design, two or perhaps three gears......
  • Commented on It could be worse
    No anime fans around here, then? When I first heard about this citizenship score idea, the first thought that occurred was "Oh, hello Psychopass. How's my hue today?". The first series has some interesting ideas (don't bother with the second)....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Rhesus Chart
    Someone needs to grow up, but it isn't dpb. You're one of the most prolific commenters around here while I rarely stick my head above the parapet, and I usually agree with a lot of what you say. But your...
  • Commented on Competition Time!
    Act 2 of "The King in Yellow" is NOT on the required reading list for new inductees....
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    Nothing is certain in terms of ultra-secret military surveillance systems, but I'm fairly sure there isn't one in the region. My masters was on security issues in South-East Asia, and although there's a certain amount of cannoning-up going on there...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    "...while I know most criminals have all the long-term planning ability of sociopath weasels..." This mostly applies to the criminals that get caught. My father (a defence lawyer) used to collectively refer to these clients as "disorganised crime" precisely because...
  • Commented on Introducing Hugh Hancock
    It seems clear that the great advantage enjoyed by these aviators will be the fact that they need little in the way of infrastructure to support their travels. An open field, and a little gasoline, are all they need to...
  • Commented on The cult of justice
    Speaker of NZ English here: I concur. In casual language I would append the word 'freak' to something to refer to a person who was extremely enthusiastic about it, perhaps to the point of mild obsession. It can - but...
  • Commented on A deceptively simple question
    I'm not sure how you get an 80kt yield from 50 tonnes of conventional explosives. Unless RDX is 1600 times more powerful than TNT (and Wikipedia says it's only 1.6 times), the blast should have a yield on the order...
  • Commented on Snowden leaks: the real take-home
    "You can certainly argue that we are dominated by ruthless megacorps and sociopathic top executives, but the likes of BP, Enron, etc don't fight their way free from government fines with helicopter gunships and ninjas." They don't need to. The...
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