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  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Yeah, it's quite the shift - when I went through my primary had at least five male teachers, out of hmm, around 20 I think. I have a strong suspicion that the Ellis case mentioned above has had a profound...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Agreed. Swimming in NZ was pushed *heavily* from the 50s on after a spate of child drownings, and ironically is becoming an issue again in the last decade after a lot of closures of school swimming pools since 2005ish have...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    There is also the wonderful dilemma that the more you know, often the less you can actually do, which is particularly nasty for medical types. The reason behind this is that if Joe from the street breaks a rib or...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    The Ground Station will be ( Must be) transmitting & is therefore targetable. With ground > satellite and satellite > drone relays your ground station can be half a planet away, as we see with some of the predators in...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    I watched a fascinating Vice documentary on the people who have been re-enacting a lynching in Georgia every year for over a decade to keep the reality in people's minds about what went on not all that long ago....
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    The early Series Landrovers definitely worshipped Lucas Prince of Darkness in their electrics, but they stopped being used in the late 80s. I think Greg's Defender is a mid 00s model so safe enough. Lucas - Inventor of the self-dimming...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    I'm surprised no-one has stamped hard on Pakistan as a result of all this ... Well, you need to remember that the Pakistani bomb and delivery tech was developed in a frantic arms race with India - whichever got there...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    And vice versa. The liquid fuelled Ghauri was a direct copy of the NK Rodong-1, but needed to be completely redesigned. It would be pretty unsurprising for the revised but now obsolete Ghauri II design to be sold back to...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    You need to understand that there are two very different Al Jazeera stations. There is Al Jazeera English, which hired about half of the top western foreign correspondents and is providing a very well regarded international news service to the...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Actually some of the flooding here reminds me of the Brisbane floods of 2010/11, when a lot of areas a rather long way from the river flooded when the river rose and backflowed out the stormwater drains. That was a...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    There's nothing inherently wrong with cul-de-sacs, provided that they have pedestrian/cycle paths linking the dead ends. They naturally cut down traffic volumes, and promote a social cohesion amongst neighbours, which grid patterns with through streets don't. What they usually suffer...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Roughly half the country was in favour of Brexit .. or what they believe "brexit" to be. The other half is opposed to it, but more united in what they believe the benefits of the EU to be, even if...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    That's because both Aus and NZ are useful test beds for banking technology. We're a small educated population with reliable networks and a willingness to try something new. At least 2/3 of the more recent banking innovations have rolled out...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    It's been a real surprise just how quickly contactless has taken off over here, given how backward the UK was towards electronic banking and card use only a decade ago in comparison with NZ or Aus. Many of my friends...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Ha, I was just going to ask if they'd elected to choose a pin for them yet. Reading the wiki though, it does imply they've gotten fairly sophisticated since those days....
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    Would you accept "having bit off more than it could chew easily domestically, the Americans kept out of international affairs for as long as possible"? There was definitely a profound shift from internal squabbles and land grabs for a century...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    The US was fine, until WW2 broke it of its isolationist habits. Post WW2 ... not so much. The fifties were particularly bad, we're most working through the repercussions of that today, just as the first half of last century...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Oh yes, I am very familiar with that. Actually I misread his original post, and I can understand EC's point - the rapid expansion of NATO in 2004, especially with Bulgaria/Romania joining prior to joining the EU - its a...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Wait what? Nato missile bases in the Baltics? I know there was a plan to put some in Poland/Czech at one stage, but I've never heard of anything baltic state related. On the other hand the Soviets definitely did put...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    There is also the issue that the WOSD punishes different formulations of the same drug differently - see the difference in sentencing between powdered and rock cocaine possession for example. This *always* has the effect of reducing sentences for those...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    4. Lighting strips at floor level, leading to stairwells. We do this on airliners, and LED lighting strips are dirt cheap these days. Why don't we do it in buildings? This is actually happening now for modern new builds and...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    spending a lot of money that doesn't add to the actual amount of electricity generated, it just moves it around That's exactly the point. At the moment, each country in Europe produces its own electricity, with a few like Norway...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    While we continue to rant back and forth on Solar in the UK, the obvious idea is to look outside your own country. Spain was steadily increasing its buildout of solar power up until 2014, when they basically kicked their...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Yes and no. HVDC is the popular toy for that - they quote 3.5% losses/1000km, compared with AC being 10-20% for the same distance. Tradeoff - it's much more complex and due to volumes in use it is more expensive...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    It's one of the usual strange attractors. You'd think we'd just have someone link to the previous hashing out of all possible options each time, but no, we have to keep refighting the same war. I think the fun is...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    In honesty, no. Suspicion is that it was genuine though, because that particular story died *hard* within a week. It just literally vanished, and I didn't think that was still possible in the modern world. When the Powers That Be...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    We also shouldn't forget the government of the day laundering over a billion in IRA funds, as pointed out by Charlie back in 2010. I'm fairly certain quite a bit of the pre-millennium boom was funded from dodgy cash while...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    I certainly can't see May, who hates the ECJ and the EHRA with a passion and seems to see this as a good wheeze to get out of them too although they're not tied up with EU membership, doing that...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Greg, one of the big problems I've seen in London in the last decade is the hollowing out of the core by foreign money. Effectively foreign capital buys the super expensive houses as a means of getting dodgy money out...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Greg, take a look at The Political Compass for 2015 and look at the difference between Labour and the Conservatives. Then look at 2010, and do the same. Now look at 2017. All of the Blairite labour governments and their...
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