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  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Need a like button... Apparently he's not a journalist. He did win the Walkley Award https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walkley_Awards But apparently being judged the most outstanding journalist of the year by a panel of respected journalists doesn't make you a journalist. In much...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    "if you protect law-breaking associates you can hardly be considered an honest policeman" A very senior policeman of my acquaintance was of the firm opinion "that there's no such thing as a slightly bent copper"...
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    On a happier note, and given we're 1200 comments past 300, Greg Egan's Perihelion Summer story drops tomorrow....
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    "They aren't that stupid." I've never found this to be a reliable guide to any human behaviour....
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    It's been good for creativity. https://m.imgur.com/t/Caturday/Zko4tvY...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    "EU gives PM May "flexible" Brexit recess to October 31" It's a shame we can't ask the climate for an extension while we get our shit together....
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    Certainly true that you can mesh other things, better things. But phones are in every supermarket, just sitting on shelves. They're unbelievably cheap. Most people have a couple in a draw that aren't doing anything. We know they work in...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    You should tell my ex......
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    New Zealand (not perfect, but it actually works)...
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    And of course, once you pull the SIM the phone can neither be tracked nor remote bricked. Phones are cheap enough now that you could scatter them like breadcrumbs and set up a mesh wherever you wanted....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Mobile phones can be easily switched to work peer to peer. FireChat (just one example) already does this, just download the app. It's already been used to organise riot/protest action. https://edition.cnn.com/2014/10/16/tech/mobile/tomorrow-transformed-firechat/index.html From the play store description: "========= How does this...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    "not delimited or constrained by equipment" Indeed not. Yesterday was 15 years to the day since the Rwandan Genocide. Mostly done with machetes and clubs....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    The unfolding situation in Britain is getting saturation coverage in the Murdoch dominated press here in Australia. Breakfast news shows are relocating to Britain to provide live coverage and updates. Excited experts are being interviewed. Vox pops are happening. The...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    "Brits get chips from a chippie" Australians get houses from a chippie, built to order, almost but not quite to the design your architect provides....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Yes. Nojay et al had commented that the huff post site had given their browser indigestion. So I added a link to the actual thing huff was reporting on....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Sorry, I didn't mean to say it was your idea, I was sort of replying to the article which made out that it was one amazing trick that they'd just thought of....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    BTW, the linked story is a story about a story. This is the story the story is telling the story about... A natural solution to the climate disaster https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/apr/03/a-natural-solution-to-the-climate-disaster...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Update. Running the figures Annual CO2 emissions are about 36 billion tonnes per year. A cubic metre of wood stores roughly 1 tonne of CO2. A hectare of good arable land produces about 10 cubic metres of wood per year....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    It's nonsense. I have some idea that it's been thrashed out on this very forum. Synopsis: If we give up eating (ie, convert all agricultural land) for 40 years we delay the inevitable by between 6 months and 2 years...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Not just in her position. If I lived in the UK I'd have already established residence in a European country and be well on the way to getting citizenship....
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    Just watched Love Death and Robots due to the mention here. The computer generated humans are so good now that I think Sir John might be a pretty good pick in the role, with a slightly spooky uncanny valley look....
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    If forgotten that! I saw that when it came out. Perhaps that's how I formed the impression of his Bobness....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    I haven't quite caught up but re damming the Med, (given that this isn't my area of expertise) I can't see a concrete dam being the solution. Both because of the difficulty of construction and the way curved wall concrete...
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    Angleton always looked like Sir John Gielgud in my mind's eye. Probably not ideal for the role, being dead and all. Bob always looked (in my head) a bit Arthur Dent, but I think Daniel Radcliff would be a good...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    I remember the same thing. HO gets depleted, CH4 lasts longer. Other effects are that CH4 oxidizes to water and CO2. The water usually ignored but it's water in the troposphere which normally has almost none, so that's a significant...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    "I suspect that if the people paying construction deep divers had to shell out $10-$100 million to get the divers to the construction site, they'd spend years rehearsing what they did too." What do you think it costs to put...
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    I think the difficulty of building shit in zero G has been somewhat overstated. I used to make a living building things in Zero G, but with added Zero visibility. Astronauts make a bit of a meal of building things,...
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    Tangentially related to public transport and bribing selected marginal seats.... NSW Nationals (Tories) just promised rural wrinklies a 250 dollar public transport gift card, (Vote for us!)...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    This is dear old Christopher on sky, which is basically the propaganda arm of his party. This went to air... https://youtu.be/Hc9NRwp6fiI...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    My experience with pork barrels is that they never become unfeasible no matter how absurd. Australia has embarked upon a pork barrel equal to six months wages per man woman and child, to create a fleet of diesel submarines in...
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