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  • Commented on Sitrep
    In the second case, we have the same control scenario, but with an outnumbered and outgunned force such as terrorists hiding among a civilian population and releasing these things against more numerous and better armed invaders of their turf. Consider...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Oh, and if you want to be clued in[1], Merkel just gutted her revolting right-wing. He resigned, she didn't. No, he didn't. Not yet. Yes, I know: thatsthejoke.døc, isn't it? And here's a link, just so....
  • Commented on The Pivot
    JBS wrote: I'm not opposed to the death penalty per se. There are some crimes that are so heinous that the death penalty is really the only appropriate response. The problem I have with it is I don't trust the...
  • Commented on SF For Nothing, Stories For Free
    HPMOR loses a lot of its rationalist appeal once you realize that it's basically an Author Tract preaching the gospel of transhumanism, and for that reason the author (or his avatar Harry) never once applies scientific scrutiny or rationality to...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    The other thing is that memories of the hyperinflation in Germany 1914 to 1923 persist… And the other other thing is that memories of the currency reform (sorry, no English version) in 1948—which ended the inflationary post-war shadow economy (and...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Half the weight problem is just sheer bloat, and the answer is Morris Minors. A Morris Minor is about 750kg and I used to get 40mpg out of mine, with its 1950s-design engine and carburettor and points ignition and all....
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    I theorise that:-Chocolate comes from Beans, Beans are vegetables therefore Chocolate is a vegetable and can form one of the 5 a day Close, but no cigar (which is—incidentally—itself made of leaves). Cocoa "beans" are the seeds of a fruit—whose...
  • Commented on Empire Games Black Friday promo (UK only)
    It surprises me a little that the UK participates in black friday (since as far as I know it's defined as the day after (american) thanksgiving). … How global is it? Like, is it limited to anglophone countries? In Germany...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Since we're over 300, did anyone else read David Brin's prediction of war with Iran? Now that you've pointed us to it, I've read it. I'm not sure about it. A few weeks ago a US-North Korea war seemed inevitable;...
  • Commented on Excuses
    Of course the usability of clothes lines depends on (a) the climate/weather and (b) the availability of space in your place. And that's where the attic comes into it. As Martin already mentioned, in Germany practically all housing has both...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Just wondering in general why European history doesn't have more mercenaries in it - during any era. Where did you get this impression? European history is full of mercenaries. Basically all wars at least from the peasants' wars in the...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    The founding fathers didn't want a large, professional standing army. Their experience with the way the government of Britain used their standing army in the colonies left a bitter taste. The original idea was to have a small cadre of...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    re the Second Amendment: My understanding of it as an uninvolved non-USian is that it's basically about national defense, which at a certain time required the existence of (state) militias, because there was no big national army, and the land...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    For example, something as simple as a refugee camp can suffer (as in Rwanda) if a local militia group decides that "inside the refugee camp" an excellent place to get fed, find recruits, and not get bombed. However, that's not...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Sorry, got distracted, therefore only a late response. Hope you're still reading. Not true. It's a subject of great interest in government; as witnessed by the arguments between FCO, DFID, and the Armed Forces in Afghanistan. Oh, I absolutely can...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Re: F-35 How many drones can you buy for the same price as one F-35? However, the real question, which the military wonks are never asking—not here on the board and certainly not in the governments who make their citizens...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    In the UK you cannot refuse cash. It's a tad more difficult than that, however. I distinctly remember a scene on a trip to the UK in the 1990's, which led me to Edinburgh and Cambridge, among other places. I...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Biblical signs in the sky? Will the sky on September 23, 2017 mirror “signs” from the Book of Revelation in the Bible? An astronomer responds. There is also the big hint that—as a general rule—headlines phrased as questions always have...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    re Charlottesville, here's a dumb question from a non-USian: Why isn't the Ku Klux Klan (a) illegal and (b) featuring prominently on every official list of terrorist organisations?...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    back then, a month's wages and two days in a stage coach would get you a hundred miles in some discomfort; today, a month's wages and two days on airliners will get you from London to Australia and back, in...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    About Harvey, Mumbai is hit about as hard, I think, bot the coverage is so insufficient. More people died. About coverage. First off CNN and it's kin are TV based. Without video there's not much for them to do but...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    Transhuman Police Coordination Force (the superheroes-turned-crimefighters led by Mo with assistance from Mhari and Ramona in The Annihilation Score)...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    Okay, so here are my proposals for some interconnected carbon sequestering scams: Plan A: STEP 1: Get CO2 out of the air. STEP 2: Break it up into carbon and oxygen. STEP 3: Use the super pure carbon to manufacture...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Somehow I'm glad that paying-with-card has never arrived in this part of the world (Germany). In any kind of shop cash payment is still the standard, with the option of using your ec-card (maestro) becoming more widespread over the last...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Leaving aside the issue that King Arthur's Court as envisioned in the myths/books/movies never existed anyway…...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    In other news, the German Bundestag just voted for marriage equality. (English version.)...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    As far as orbital mechanics, ellipses and parabolas go, I found Kerbal Space Program quite helpful for myself. Once you've managed to get your space ship into orbit you clearly see that it's in an elliptical orbit that you can...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    I could also have added these two, but that probably wouldn't be fair....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    So gay politicians are not necessarily having better policies than straight politicians. Who would have thought......
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    It's not just California. At least it's only the United States (who seem to be confusing themselves with the universe—again). Who cares about listing the wedding laws of different US-states, while at the same time there's not a word about...
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