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  • Commented on Upcoming appearances
    Can you still get weekend passes at the door, or only day ones?...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Um. First off, you're using hearsay from a book being promoted by the Daily Mail, which is hardly a reputable source. Plausible granted - Assange is a proper shitbag. But pretty thin. "Doesn't change the claim that Assange might have...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    You know that the US DOD at the trial admitted that that no instances were ever found of any individual killed by enemy forces as a result of having been named in the releases. There do seem to have been...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    I don't think Corbyn will mind having the EU elections - Labour isn't going to take a big hit there at this stage unless something drastically changes. The Conservatives are going to get a pasting though, with the right vote...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    @JBS Yes, the guy I spoke with is Midwest US and while socially mostly liberal, when you talk to him about military matters he very quickly shifts to conservative death penalty supporting single minded. It’s quite interesting how deep the...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    On the Manning front, one former soldier I talked to recently extremely firmly wants him shot for treason. His best argument from being there at the time was that amongst the documents Manning released were technical details about how the...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Gorse is a pain in the ass, often literally, but it has the advantage of being heat and drought tolerant, meaning it can colonise a lot of sun baked outcrops and gaps on the ridge lines and former grasslands. Throughout...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    An important thing to remember about the 2011 riots is that six people died, a handful of non-police were injured, and it was over in five days. And those riots were ENORMOUS compared to what we can expect from a...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Her underlying goal throughout has been to escape the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights. The only way to do that is not to be in Europe, because the ECJ respect ECHR case law. It all goes back...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    <boris>Clearly the problem was he just didn't drive fast enough - if he had been driving at the right speed he'd have gotten through fine with a trailer 9/10 the usual height and everything would have been fine - indeed...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    The Southern Cross cable for NZ has two major interchanges, one in Northcote around 3km from the landing point in Takapuna and the other in Whenuapai, about 15km from that and around 20km from the Muriwai landing point. Both are...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Nope, they gave us an extension until April 12th, which is the last date in which we would have enough time legally to be involved in the elections for the European Parliament. So we have two more weeks. Parliament either...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Yeah, Jonathan Pie above repeats the point that one major problem at the moment is that four million people voted UKIP last election and got one MP. Which is 12.5% of the national electorate represented by one person. That's a...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    So I recently had a fascinating if lengthy discussion with a guildmate online who it turned out had done a stint as a prison guard at Guantanamo as part of his three tours. He could tell you what breakfast cereal...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    It's been pretty obvious over the past decade that the SNP and the rest of the Scottish Parliament has the only competent politicians in the UK. They are all (and I include the Scottish Tories and Labour) head and shoulders...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Glen Cook is a good example in several cases - his Dread Empire starts strong but abruptly finishes because he had a key manuscript stolen and basically combined a trilogy of potential ideas into a single book to roughly wrap...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Religion isn't for me, but I'm not going to impose my (absence of) belief on others; because that would make me a hypocrite. Naw, it'd make you a proselytising atheist. Which is a lovely phrase. And Dawkins is exactly as...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    My sympathies, I swear rapid deaths from sicknesses like that are worse than car accidents or heart attacks because it feels like there should have been some way to intervene. Many years ago I had a good friend get septicemia...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Weber mentions in a note or blog post that his series went slightly pear shaped on him due to Honors popularity - she, like Nelson, was supposed to die in the big battle at Manticore, and then the series resume...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Yes, Steven Erikson managed an astonishing amount of output and world building in a very short space of time, because he’d spent near twenty years or so gaming and living in that world and had collaborators on call when he...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    That Ashurbanipal exhibition was fascinating. The cuneiform started small and then got ridiculous. I loved a behind the scenes picture as you leave of a seriously unimpressed researcher trying to decipher some, definitely a young person's game. Also really not...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Yeah, the centralised Pharmac agency in NZ mostly does a superb job at keeping the costs of medications down for the average consumer and District Health Board. One of their biggest tricks is tendering the right to be the sole...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    What, doesn't every proper car have a Hi/Low range, 4WD selector, and normal gearbox? If you have less than three coloured sticks going on you're missing out. I owned a SWB Series III for a decade or so. Great fun,...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    It's a Wireless Powerline Sensor, normally a current monitor, and datalogger, sometimes environmental monitoring as well....
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Yes, he was the Leader of the House at the time and apparently still believed he had some form of dignity within the chambers. Nobody else did. I'm actually quite impressed at just how fantastically incompetent the cabinet is these...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Yep, that's a rule that was put in place back in 1989 when the BBC first introduced TV cameras into the House. See the Westminster Parliamentary Broadcasting - Rules of Coverage here. It's horribly outdated in this world of the...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    >And at times some things are counted by hand as in when someone won by less than 200 votes So what if someone wins by 500 votes, they never do a hand count to verify? What if you got a...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    I think rather what he is saying is while your current system works, it is unwieldy and vulnerable. There are better ways of doing things that are more professional, which speeds things up and reduces the risk of errors while...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    I always liked this novelty one heard on National Radio at a very young age. Always thought it was Fred Dagg, but looks like it was an Australian group....
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    My favourite day in the UK - doesn't matter if your brown or white, all the kiwis in london get along in perfect harmony and mock the English....
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