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  • Commented on Service update
    The effect on UK politics interests me too: if Scottish independence would ensure Tory control of the rest of the UK (which is also my understanding, at least for the next election), why are the Tories against it? It seems...
  • Commented on App store annoyances
    I don't know if things are different in the US (or just with Motorola) but on my Samsung Galaxy S2 running 4.1.2, in the Application Manager I can uninstall all updates for built-in apps (even the Samsung ones) and then...
  • Commented on The Snowden leaks; a meta-narrative
    Let us not forget that QDOS originally stood for "Quick & Dirty Operating System" - not something that fills me with confidence....
  • Commented on "Write me something fresh and new, but make it just like the last one"
    On architectural fiction, how about Heinlein's And He Built A Crooked House :-)...
  • Commented on Circumstantial connections
    If all of these thousands-to-one shots came off, I would expect at least a few survivors in liferafts, which I assume would at least have radar corners installed. Secondary thought: with no power for radio, transponders and so on, would...
  • Commented on Rule 34, meet Kafka
    [In the US] a 16 year old can undress in front of her boyfriend, but is a child pornographer if she texts him a picture of herself in the shower. I'm not sure about the age limits here in...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Unfortunately a lot of people do want to build houses in and around London. So what we first have to do is to make other parts of the country more attractive. According to this map the highlands and islands appear...
  • Commented on Why Microsoft Word must Die
    "I think we need a more decisive move to open document standards like ODF" Unfortunately for the the world, officially Office Open XML is an open standard: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Office_Open_XML. To cut a long story short, after governments started to demand that...
  • Commented on Another deceptively simple question
    Re: Books with musical accompaniment built in? I'll second @paws4thot's NOOOOOO!!!!!!, and raise it to a HELL NOOOOOO!!!!!! for laugh tracks in comedy books ;-)...
  • Commented on Another deceptively simple question
    Re: "until we're rearing infants on iPads" We're already there. A year or two back one of my daughter's teachers mentioned that she was starting to encounter children who didn't know how to use non-touchscreen computers. "Keyboard? How quaint!"...
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