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  • Commented on The Pivot
    In general that I can agree with. China is certainly spending a shit ton of money pushing roads and railways through some seriously inhospitable country. My flatmate has family up Gilgit way which is on the main road from Pakistan...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    eventually eliminated as the route gets upgraded, as it will if it's a success I suspect probably not, because the breaks in gauge in Asia are very deliberate, to prevent military forces from using the railroads as express routes into...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    So "my" library from that source will be inaccessible from now on. I still buy from Kobo in preference to BigRiver, but then immediately import the epubs into Calibre so I can use them with the ereader of my choice....
  • Commented on Server upgrade coming
    Signing in worked fine. https clicking any link redirects me to http and logging in also sent me to http. On https antipope.org is fine, but for antipope.org/charlie and /feorag Firefox is warning me that some elements of the page...
  • Commented on Test Case
    BAA deliberately kept Stansted from competing with Thiefrow and Grotwick You need to keep in mind Stansted is also the designated UK airport for any hijacking or aviation security scenarios because the design means that planes are kept well away...
  • Commented on Test Case
    They are also in wide use in the construction industry while a building is being built - either cages on the outside of the building on temporary tracks or internal elevators under manual control until the installation is certified....
  • Commented on Test Case
    Almost everyone has a lot of misconceptions about how Switzerland actually works, not least of which is the idea of being a Swiss citizen. For reference people are citizens of a town, then a canton, then the country ... and...
  • Commented on Test Case
    Even operating a still is legal As far as I know, the only country in the world that lets home users legally distil spirits for personal use without a licence is New Zealand for a variety of historical reasons. If...
  • Commented on Test Case
    Um. That's pretty common architecture in the UK now as well for footbridges. Most have wire mesh to let the wind through but stop objects going out. Also doubles as suicide prevention....
  • Commented on Test Case
    I still remember a friend explaining the complicated test they needed to do for the final West German licence back in the day, which included skid pans, heavy rain simulations, snowy road simulations, and driving at night. And the biggest...
  • Commented on Test Case
    In fact at 40mph the car would need 100ft of road to stop, meaning that the person never had a chance even with perfect reactions by the car. Sure, they were wearing dark clothes, but had white shoes and a...
  • Commented on Test Case
    Yes, that was my first thought as well - the victim is calmly walking a bicycle across the road, in the full expectation that they will make it across. Meaning they didn't know the car was there, since they make...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    Greg, you can get a wireless 4g solution from Relish for ~£20/mo, which might be a good option depending on mobile signal in your area. Keeping your existing email is a little tricky depending on who it is with, but...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    Greg, unless you're in the West End or the City, that's terrible. You should be able to easily improve it for probably less money. It is possible you have a dodgy pair between you and the exchange, might be worth...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    The BBC World Service is still quite different to the BBC domestically. The domestic BBC is a mouthpiece for the government of the day as mentioned above, and the calibre of news reporting has fallen through the floor, it's now...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    Al Jazeera English. Al Jazeera Arabic is a completely different organisation, with a limited amount of crossover material. Totally agree about the rest though....
  • 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...
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    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....
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