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  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    We do frown upon murder. And we do frown upon enslavement Not only do we *not* frown upon those things in reality, we actively endorse them. We only frown on them when it is against the interest of those in...
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    From the moment you exit your old country until you enter the new one, you actually have very few rights. Most countries treat transit areas as places where International Laws no longer apply, but Domestic Laws don't yet apply either...
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    Not to mention that merely transiting the US via a connecting international flight involves supplying them with all ten fingerprints and your full details. Note that this doesn't involve entering the country at all, and is on top of all...
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    That makes perfect sense from an AM point of view, and indeed the situation is similar back home in NZ, where there are only a handful of AM channels. But FM is different - it's much more line-of-sight. The AM...
  • Commented on PSA: Please don't nominate the Laundry Files for a Best Series Hugo Award (this year)
    To be perfectly honest, watch Al Jazeera English. It's a totally different channel to the Arabic one, different content and different intentions. They basically pinched half the decent journalists from CNN, NBC, BBC & DW to run their international channel,...
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    LBC is indeed wall to wall drivel, but it's pretty reflective of the wider electorate. They've had all sorts - Katie Hopkins and Nigel Farage both had long running shows, but so does James O'Brien, whose main job seems to...
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    Ha, yeah, where I grew up near Auckland is pretty much directly antipodal to Jerez. Far more pleasant climate, although given we're talking August ... it'll be cool and cloudy pretty much everywhere. The skiing should be good though....
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    Heh. A colleague of mine at university spent nine months in the Auckland Islands studying the southern right whale. The climate is magnificently awful, it basically rains every day, near constant winds and generally cold. Spectacular scenery when the weather...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    Having had a number of encounters over the years on both sides of the law, I would say that in general the rural police in NZ are pretty much good blokes, fairly tolerant and very good in a crisis. They...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    Communism isn't the opposite of Fascism. Fascism is radicalised authoritarian nationalism. So the mirror would be some sort of social liberalism. The mirror of communism is probably libertarianism - opposition to the state and the championing of the rights of...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    This came up in discussions in our office last week. Apparently all the schools out Medway way have dropped skirts as a uniform option for exactly that reason - now everyone wears trousers. The teachers were sick of telling girls...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    I think the Church of Scientology would dispute that. Their made up nonsense has numerous trademark protections....
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    The coffee was 82-88 degrees C in the cup. Which is fairly standard for takeaway coffee. She initially requested McDonalds cover her basic medical bills, which for the bad PR and injuries requiring skin grafts ... does seem fair enough....
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    That is certainly possible - a *hell* of a lot of business in Asia is done on the basis of personal contacts, so if the father dies, or if the CEO retires, a bunch of changes can happen fairly rapidly....
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    One thing to keep in mind about Japan is that for many many years the big industrial players have been reliant on effectively family businesses for supplying essential widgets for their manufacturing and keeping their own costs down. A family...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Modern nations aren't terrified of INflation, they are terrified of DEflation. Inflation is considered perfectly fine and indeed expected, so long as it is kept at a low enough rate that growing the economy will cover the extra monies needed....
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Greg, I wasn't talking about the Falklands, I was talking about the South Orkneys, which are part of the Falklands Dependency. Argentina's claims there basically predate anyone else on the basis that they have one of the oldest bases in...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Yep, I remember learning of William Spiers Bruce alongside Mawson and Shackleton many many years ago - he basically kicked off the whole scientific expedition to Antarctica idea while everyone else was after bragging rights to the Pole. And Markham...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    He was lucky - Volvos and Saabs are specifically designed around moose strikes. They have specially reinforced front pillars to stop the animal entering the passenger box....
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Yeah, when I rented a car in the US, it had a foot operated handbrake - another pedal where the automatic footrest would be, and a hand operated release under the dash. Took a bit of getting used to, especially...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    My series 3 had chunky tyres too. Turns out the chunks are actually too big to be of any use on greasy wood (which behaves similarly enough to ice) so they were effectively just slicks. That resulted in a firm...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Braking and swerving to the side of the road is a sensible solution - braking and swerving into traffic would be more likely to cause a head on collision and make things worse. But the car would need to know...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    "It isn't real because I haven't seen it." "it isn't real because you haven't done the research" "It might be real but what about these guys over here" "It might be real but here's some anti-establishment links that allude to...
  • Commented on Empire Games Black Friday promo (UK only)
    Given the socialist society, I wondered if the title was similar to the First (Chair)man of the Soviet or Chinese states - it certainly seemed to equate more to Prime Minister or first among equals than to President or Premier....
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    So finally got to read it last weekend, overall rather enjoyed it though it did stop abruptly just as things were getting going. One fridge thought though that has been bugging me - when Rita first gets escorted into TL4,...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Look into higher end or gaming mice. Basically as soon as you add extra buttons like thumb buttons, which are very very useful, you rapidly start to optimise the shape of the mouse to fit a hand, and it is...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Heh, I always liked the chopper boys from the era of widespread helicopter hunting in NZ from the 50s to late 70s. Rex Forester put out an amazing couple of books on the subject in the 80s, reissued together with...
  • Commented on Empire Games gets a price cut in the UK
    I suggest you have a read through this to get a better view of the history of the drug. https://www.afghanistan-analysts.org/on-the-cultural-history-of-opium-and-how-poppy-came-to-afghanistan/ The Opium Wars were part of a widespread export program from British India initially under the EIC and later continued...
  • Commented on Empire Games gets a price cut in the UK
    I don't think the Afghanistan drug boom was related to the Air America operations - they were primarily Southeast Asia/Latin America linked. Different producers, different markets, primarily anti-communist initially. Afghanistan in that time from the 40s-70s was very stable, a...
  • Commented on Empire Games gets a price cut in the UK
    Afghanistan/Hindu Kush - poppies & beans Actually Afghanistan was never historically a particularly good location for poppy growing until the US interfered in the region in the 50 and 60s - total grown in 1956 was around 12 tons, compared...
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