Dan H.

Dan H.

  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Speaking from my safe seat in New Crobuzon, I can see something like this being brought in. "No taxation without representation" to be complemented with "No representation without taxation". Basically, this is a bloody stupid idea and tellingly is an...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    All of this tends to fail if you have a property like mine. I live in a terraced house that is over 150 years old. It is made of local sandstone, which is a fairly good shield against microwave radiation,...
  • Commented on Placeholder? Placeholder!
    Certainly a number of criminals have worked out how to obtain industrial amounts of these illegal drugs, in a way not easily stopped by Customs and the police. The only real question is how this is accomplished. Possibilities include chemically...
  • Commented on Placeholder? Placeholder!
    In the background to all of this was an interesting (to a biologist, anyway) study done in Rome some years ago and copied all over the world with similar results, which aimed to study what amounts and types of illegal...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Wodan, I do hope you realise that the phrase "Science has long predicted..." is such a scientific stereotypical phrase that these days it is effectively a running joke? What you see with science is a phenomenon my former PhD supervisor...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    I rather think that you may be over-estimating the usefulness of bafflegarb. After a couple of run-ins with this character, I simply skip all such posts. Yes, there's probably a meaning there but I also seem to smell a strong...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    To be honest, several of the more evil sides of the Middle East are pretty much taking care of themselves. At the moment, the price that Saudi Arabia gets for its oil is lower than the cost of extracting it....
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Lucky you. Me, I've got the WASP phenotype down pat. Blue eyes, light brown hair, very light skin (which is a bugger anywhere outside of cloudy, murky Britain; in sunny places I become the sunblock manufacturers' chief customer). Go looking...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    What you have to remember with Customs and indeed quite a lot of officialdom is that being a Customs officer or a TSA operative is not very well paid, and is really, stupendously boring. The few officers who actually *like*...
  • Commented on The dog ate my homework
    As a working sysadmin, I would tend to have several comments on issues with a Microsoft product on Apple Mac. So, whilst you are locating the knuckledusters, length of lead pipe, cattle prod and war axe, I shall press on....
  • Commented on Eleven Tweets
    I would myself tend to be more of a pragmatist regarding taxation than anything else. I am unashamedly right wing, but apart from a drastic simplification of the British tax code, I would strongly support greatly increasing the tax-free allowance....
  • Commented on Eleven Tweets
    Andy, do you know how a modern ISP actually operates? I've worked for one and the general idea is that you automate everything you can, and reduce the staffing costs and staff as far as possible in all areas. The...
  • Commented on Eleven Tweets
    The problem with a marginal rate that is so high is that you create a tremendous incentive to avoid the tax. Different people meet this challenge different ways, the simplest one being to simply work less. In this case, congratulations,...
  • Commented on A reminder
    I think what we're seeing here is a clash of understandings about what an allotment is actually for. Those who have them understand that the name of the game is to use that plot of land to grow food, with...
  • Commented on A reminder
    One alternative to electric batteries, assuming you have lots and lots of electrical power, is to use zero-carbon fuels. Hydrogen fuel cells show promise, but hydrogen is evil stuff to handle and store. Recently though, some researchers at the University...
  • Commented on A reminder
    As things stand at the moment, the US is a petro-state. A very great deal of its power and transportation depend on fossil fuels, and much of the transport depends on oil. At the moment though, something very interesting is...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    On the lines of trolling for suckers, the really good one here is climate change. Of all the climatic scenarios out there, one stands out as really, incredibly unlikely, namely everything staying the same. Over even recent geological time, the...
  • Commented on Children and War Toys and Violent Video Games and Action Stories
    One interesting thing about humans is not how violent we are, but how violent we are not. Most military training programmes work to try to make their intake of young people (historically usually young men) think of their unit as...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
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  • Commented on Playtime is over
    To be honest, the best way to learn about this is the legal processes involved when someone dies. In my case, this was my father back in January. What you see is a steady series of official steps and bits...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    Climate change is one that wants looking at really rather closely, because there is more than one thing actually going on. The original narrative, namely carbon dioxide absorbs some thermal photons and then re-emits them, thus having a partial reflection...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    The only times you see really high mortality rates with a disease are when the disease has only just jumped species and where the disease essentially HAS to kill the host in order to spread. Ebola and some strains of...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    One thing OGH doesn't quite seem to have spotted is what the EU looks like from the point of view of a businessman. John Redwood MP is a fairly authoritative source on this front; before politics he ran several successful...
  • Commented on The Day After
    At some point Donald Trump will meet Boris Johnson. Let's just hope they stick to criticising each other's hair....
  • Commented on The Day After
    You do realise that killing isn't necessary if all you want is rid of the man as president? All that is required is a chronic, long-term infirmity of some description, which invalids the man out of office. Such outcomes are...
  • Commented on The Day After
    Looking back at previous presidents, I do find quite a lot of cause for optimism where Trump is concerned. The US Presidency was designed by very smart and wise people to be an office occupied by one man, and a...
  • Commented on The Day After
    Loath as I am to disagree with OGH, I fear I must do so now. The current immigration problems are not caused by climate change and the agricultural problems caused thereof, but by religious-political problems aggravated by oil. Watch where...
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    To be honest I feel much the same way; I am continually astonished at the life I am now leading, and how utterly implausible and improbable it is. I trained as a biologist. I have a PhD in an obscure...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    The notes you refer to came into effect on 6th April 2014. I was referring to earlier versions of this document, which DID stipulate a minimum percentage of light fittings had to be low-energy only units....
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    One reason for the unpopularity of the EU in Britain (and remember, the Leave camp was looking set for a much bigger winning margin before the murder of Jo Cox) is the way that the EU has been used as...
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