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  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    And if you want to extend the under-class, just arrest people (for say, doing stuff that the Supreme Court says they have a right to do, like video police). https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140819/11390628257/fbis-criminal-database-is-filling-up-with-non-criminals-no-one-law-enforcement-seems-to-care.shtml Over the past 20 years, authorities have made more than...
  • Commented on Vacation
    If you read the help (tips and tricks, view map offline) for Google Maps (on my new Sony X1 Compact, anyway), it tells you to: 1. search for a place 2. select the place info sheet at the bottom of...
  • Commented on Amazon: malignant monopoly, or just plain evil?
    then I realized that you can buy a DVD and not ever use the disk itself, but just torrent it. I've done this, as the ads and promos on the DVD are painful on the 10th viewing). If overseas retailers...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    With the Australian Maritime Safety Authority running the southern search, a lot more info is now available. Links to their media packs in the comments to this post by Aussie aviation journalist Ben Sandilands (a useful source and filter). http://blogs.crikey.com.au/planetalking/2014/03/18/mh370-australian-search-targets-location-3000-km-from-perth/...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    AvWeek asked about JORN detection: Australia didn't even give a direct "no comment". http://www.aviationweek.com/Article.aspx?id=%2Farticle-xml%2Fawx03132014p0-672073.xml There are 2 Australian Orions dedicated to the search, perhaps too obvious to have them search in areas cued by JORN data?...
  • Commented on Making history personal
    How do you age a Cappadocian cave (currently equipped as backbackers) - year of first white-washing?. Have been 'in' would likewise be Mycenae, and iron age hill forts in the UK...
  • Commented on Blatant Advertising
    Kobo link is good for NZ too, where it is NZD2.50 (i.e. about right). My next question is 'Can I hold off reading it until I fly to back-country NSW in a couple of weeks?'...
  • Commented on What have we learned?
    The interceptor (e.g. Spitfire) was part of what was important, the integrated air defence system. South-east England in 1939 had the first effective one of these, due to years of work (implementation led by Dowding). One of the lessons of...
  • Commented on The latest news
    It isn't unknown for US Navy ships to be named after battles won by the South (eg USS Chancellorsville), so this part didn't surprise me....
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Middle Earth doesn't fly you, it teaches you to fly! http://www.middleearthflyingschool.co.nz/about-us.html For your amusement, some photos from an little airshow at the airfield they fly from - and I did drive past the entrance to Hobbiton to get there! http://www.flickr.com/photos/errolgc/6955400205/in/set-72157629142748918...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Well I suppose that I shouldn't be surprised to see your username here, but I had a double-take after just looking at alternatehistory.com a few minutes ago. Yes, I saw comments elsewhere about timing, are they going for a fixed...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    I like the time-insensitive Dreamliner link! Interesting that a Middle-East airline hasn't started using it as planned on services to Perth. Thanks for the update....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Apocalypse Codex
    I've got a magazine article on the RAF test intercepts of U2s in 1962 - they caused 'MYSTERY BANGS!' in Edinburgh. When given appropriate warning and basing, they often made it to a position to get a valid missile shot...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: 419/Rule 34
    From the Reserve Bank of NZ website: http://rbnz.govt.nz/notesandcoins/0094941.html Q: Can people refuse to accept cash in payment of accounts or for goods? A. Unfortunately, the legal tender rules are not straightforward. The rules of legal tender say that cash cannot...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Iron Sunrise
    Earlier today I was listening to an interview with an officer in the USAF Reserve unit that does B52 crew training. He mentioned (besides the standing joke instructions to look after the aircraft so that they are still running well...
  • Commented on Changing my mind on nuclear disarmament
    Lancasters were also used post-war by the French - they were given/sold late-war production examples not needed for Tiger Force in the Far East. One is now preserved in NZ (after service in French Polynesia)....
  • Commented on How I feel this morning
    In the 90s, I moved (with employment) from Lotus 1-2-3 (I remember getting single-level undo, wonders!), to Word/Plan Perfect (Revel Codes for the win!), to Excel 4.0. A couple of days of training with VB for Excel (and a background...
  • Commented on Where's Charlie?
    While I'm planning on going to Perth at some point (relatives down in Esperance), the timing tragically clashes with looking at aircraft much closer to home! http://www.classicfighters.co.nz/...
  • Commented on Status update
    Same issue with Wordpress, but Livejournal worked ok....
  • Commented on World building 301: some projections
    Regarding subtle Irish assistance to the Allies, I was amazed when I found out about the Donegal Corridor not long ago....
  • Commented on World building 201: Heuristics
    Interesting discussion of aviation-related terms in various Englishs: http://www.warbirdinformationexchange.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=43512...
  • Commented on Cutting their own throats
    If I may link to some related discussion on the future and Amazon: Alan Beatts (of Borderlands Books) in conversation with Alisa Krasnostein and Jonathan Strahan. http://liveandsassy.podbean.com/2011/11/12/episode-2-live-and-sassy-with-alan-beatts/...
  • Commented on Pink Stuff Patrol
    Or at a frequency that is in line with what the reader (who has to opt-in) wants i.e. like an RSS feed. I doubt that one in 500 tweets that I see could be classed as spam....
  • Commented on Design changes
    Another vote for non-threading. I normally visit a couple of times a day, and am several/many timezones away from most commenters. I use LJ's 'email me future comments' feature, as it auto-quotes the reply-to'd comment, making it much easier to...
  • Commented on iOS 5: initial notes
    Useful twitter overview. http://www.momthisishowtwitterworks.com/...
  • Commented on iOS 5: initial notes
    Twitter is usable via text messages, although the practical bandwidth is somewhat lower than using data and a ~4" screen smartphone. This was handy when I was at an airshow with no data available. With Twitter set to only send...
  • Commented on Post-oil ...
    Um, NZ butter has been going to Europe for over a century. There are minimal subsidies to NZ farmers, and significant subsidies to EU farmers. There is less energy used in producing it in NZ and shipping it over than...
  • Commented on Sartorial semiotics
    Here the NZ, the 'imbalance' in WW2 unit types is mainly put down to having interesting gear. So I'm not aware of any 'line' German units, but we have Waffen SS, FJs (paras), Mountain Infantry, Military Police. The allied units...
  • Commented on Why I'm not on Google Plus
    Kinda ditto. My surname has been in England since at least 1598, but no-one would call it 'English'. It is, however, a common Turkish forename (as well as an Italian wine co-op). This caused me hassle at the Turkish-Cypriot border....
  • Commented on Brief absence
    The America's Cup yachting event had 'Underwatergate' back when the Kiwis decided that they didn't have to build a '12 metre' boat out of aluminium....
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