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  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Meant to add: And the Regency Act 1937 (as amended) lays out the process to follow when the monarch is incapacitated, or not of legal age....
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Regarding sanity-clause of MPs (and now I have a certain Marx Bros routine running in my head...) In the UK it used to be that an MP who was 'sectioned' for six months or more, and was assessed by two...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    For ultra-violent televised games UK/Commonwealth GenXers also have the memory of 2000ad's 'Mean Arena', set in 2021 Britain (publ 1980 onwards)....
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    I saw your tweets about your massive scanning binge and wondered what your workflow was - scan to OCR'd doc/pdf? and how to tag/organise the scanned docs? I thought it would have made an interesting post (still do). I've got...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    I agree. When I spoke of court proceedings I was thinking of someone trying to challenge the gas/power company. If you intentionally make the smartmeter unreadable, they can remove it, or even cut you off at the street if they...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Except stand-alone scanners are a dying breed. The current multifunction devices have replaced most of them, unless you want negative/slide scanning ability (and even then I'd go with a dedicated machine - the specs are overrated to a Trump-like degree)....
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Re smartmeter/Faraday: Yes there is: ultimately they'll cut someone off - terms & conditions etc (interfering with meter/supply). Granted, any test case in the Courts will be interesting....
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    OK, so here's your exam question from Database Design 101: * Adam is a widower. He was married to Bea (deceased) with whom he had two children: Clive and Doris. * Eric is divorced. He was married to Fiona. Fiona...
  • Commented on A Surfeit of Emeralds: Healthcare in the Middle Ages
    Ahh, the butterflies of the trouserlegs of time. Yes, the July 2007 Analog. Doesn't seem to have been reprinted, though it picked up a Sidewise and an AnLab award. Luckily I've got Analog back to 1950, so I've thrown it...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    'Krokodil'? A reference to that city's drug and HIV problem (which adds fuel to the DV mix)? As for the doubling of callouts, my first assumption would be increased calls, not increased levels, but it'd be interesting to check it...
  • Commented on A Surfeit of Emeralds: Healthcare in the Middle Ages
    It wouldn't be so hard to contrive a West/Islam meeting in the 1340s, or even see Islamic influence. Spain is not so far from England. The work of the Toledo School of translators in the 12th & 13th centuries meant...
  • Commented on A Surfeit of Emeralds: Healthcare in the Middle Ages
    "Re: "The Roman Empire and Indian Ocean: The Ancient world Economy & the Kingdoms of Africa, Arabia & India" by Raoul McLaughlin" Thanks - will add to my reading list!" Ditto, since the only book I have specifically covering that...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    " The White House really had the gall to maintain that the president's national security orders were “unreviewable” by the judiciary! No wonder the judges didn't even try to hide what they were thinking..." Listening to the audio: Judge: So...
  • Commented on The dog ate my homework
    I think that some people don't appreciate the difference between, say, a 10,000 word sole-author paper and a 100,000 word multiply-change-tracked document. To paraphrase one of the regulars "[Scale], you're not good at it"....
  • Commented on The dog ate my homework
    Martin, you'l know this, but for others Shute's autobiography 'Slide Rule', which unfortunately doesn't cover post-WW2, is a fascinating look at an engineer who worked on inter-war dirigibles and aircraft. Well worth a read if you can find it. Shute...
  • Commented on Empire Games
    I spent Xmas/NY on the deck in the sun making inroads into Mt ToBeRead (filling the gaps on my A Reynolds reading, and a couple of N Shute rereads, B Chambers is now close to the top of the pile)....
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    "And if it stays in one solid lump until impact?" Assuming iron, vertical impact, on land, something like Barringer Crater in Arizona. Try the calculator to 'roll your own' disaster....
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    From previously linked Impact Calculator: The 35m projectile begins to breakup at an altitude of 77100 meters = 253000 ft The projectile bursts into a cloud of fragments at an altitude of 13800 meters = 45100 ft The residual velocity...
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    I'm sure some people know about this already, but so the rest can have fun calculating the impacts of different types of comet/asteroid in different places (e.g. land vs ocean) here's Imperial College's 'Earth Impact Effects Program': http://impact.ese.ic.ac.uk/ImpactEffects/ Something caused...
  • Commented on Busy busy busy
    Considering it, the Mandate of Heaven model might be a convenient way to think about Ancient Egypt - sometimes the dynasties (small 'd') come from the south, sometimes the north. Sometimes the southernmost nomes are part of the empire, sometimes...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    Please? "-- just try to be direct and clearer than usual so the folks who don't understand what you're pointing at find it easier to get the message"...
  • Commented on Duelling - Essentially a Bloody Stupid Idea
    "If it is a self-driving taxi -- which is how I expect they will be used, as opposed to privately owned, -- then no, you cannot order it to park itself. It will let you out, then proceed to the...
  • Commented on The Day After
    I don't think the US passport info is publicly available to a county level - you'd probably need to make a request for it. The Atlantic did a piece in 2011 which showed some correlation between percentage of passport holders...
  • Commented on The Day After
    I think it is instructive to see the breakdown of US passport holders by state. It probably says something about the worldview of different areas. http://milecards.com/what-states-have-the-most-passport-holders/ Top 5 states have ~50% US passport holders, bottom five have only 15-20%. A...
  • Commented on Wooden Train Parenting
    And here is the middle class (or even the upper working class?)... Assumptions and presumptions around having a place that has a grassed yard to play in and a nearby wooded (or similar) area to play in. I'm not knocking...
  • Commented on The iron law of development
    Yes, Australian. Talking about the far north IIRC, I came across it during the run-up to their recent elections. Later... found it https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/jul/07/noel-pearson-under-fire-from-all-sides-over-aurukun-school-experiment...
  • Commented on Mendel Acquisition Squares : A Game of Futures
    So, I laughed at 'GAAK' and video killed the radio star, but I'm much more interested in being someone being an innovator in a bureaucracy and how a government job is like a LARP. [currently suffering through another restructuring]...
  • Commented on The iron law of development
    I read an article within the last month or two on the failure of the Bridge Academy's system in Aboriginal schools, problems including primary school classes who are effectively ESL and a lack of localisation of the curriculum (everything is...
  • Commented on What are you reading this summer?
    Well, my winter reading (summer was too many months ago, but antipodeans learn to translate, much as left- and right-pondians do) has been a bit over the place. Reread a couple of Lindsay Davis' Falco novels, before reading her new...
  • Commented on What are you reading this summer?
    At this point in your career? Sure. Anything you choose to write, tho' maybe not the back of an HP bottle. I've enjoyed some steampunk novels though it isn't a go-to subgenre for me, enjoyed a couple of SP anthologies...
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