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  • 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....
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    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...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Ahh, that was where it was. I knew the breakdown had to be somewhere. So a clear majority then. Damn, was quietly hoping for more drama on that front. My honest expectation at this point is for JC to sit...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    I'm still really intrigued to see how the support of Davidson and Scotland with the DUP comes up against the EVEL bill from last year. Has anyone seen a breakdown of numbers between the Tories and Labour for England alone?...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    I don't understand the hatred for state owned enterprises. Many countries have a bunch of successful ones. Norway would be a prime example. It doesn't mean it's run by the government directly, you create a private company to run it...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Oh I know. Martin was wondering why they don't get updated like everything should. Basically it's a combination of ignorance, an expectation that these systems are not exposed to hostile networks, and a tremendous amount of inertia when it comes...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Individual PLCs are relatively easy to modify - you traditionally need some proprietary software to talk to them, but that can be reverse engineered, and the ports and protocols used are well known. They only tend to get updated if...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    So based on my experiences recently. The imaging department is in the basement. The controlling machine talks to the scanner and gets a picture. The user imports that picture from the controller PC into the hospital central xray repository, and...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Just to chime in on the main topic with regards building management systems and the SCADA side of things. There are a lot of legacy machines out there on the process engineering side, I know of two running windows 95...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Oh that was a new series? I thought it was a repeat of the one in the leadup to the Olympics. Will have to check it out....
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    I don't notice the air pollution and car emissions most of the time in central London, but my flatmate gets a hacking cough regularly from the particulates in the Tube, and I definitely notice the buildup in my hair over...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Agreed. Cloud cover makes a huge difference - near sources of light pollution they reflect the light back downwards, away from them they make things darker. Ditto for tree cover - you can easily follow wide open modern trails, because...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    My biggest problem with politics in the UK is that the only really professional politicians appear to be in Scotland - Sturgeon, Salmond, Davidson, even Dugdale seem more on to it than most of the mob down south. I may...
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