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  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    Besides the Ponce is also performing an important service with its Laser - the sooner we have frikkin Sharks with Lasers on their heads the sooner Reality stops using Charlie for inspiration and moves onto other works of fiction to...
  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    So some bloke in NZ has re-invented the V1 his shed? That oughta keep the Aussies in line....
  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    ROU: Burn After Reading ROU: I Called And No-one Was In ROU: Red Light Means Stop GCU: Contents May Settle During Transit LCU: May Contain Nuts...
  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    Looking forward to this. Every space opera should have Heavy Attack Monasteries. Nearest I can remember recently was the BiCameral's in Peter Watts Echopraxia....
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Ok I'll bite. Its not particularly unusual for 2 people to partner across real or perceived cultural barriers especially if love or power are in the mix so I rather think his actions define him - not the Nationality or...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Edinburgh Airport isn't really a problem, most tourists will want a stop in Edinburgh anyway and transport to the city isn't a problem for tourists. Add in more likelyhood to use the scenic routes when travelling and the transport issues...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    News just in is that Wilders got no where near the expected result in the Dutch elections - so at least that's one of the bigger European powers and one of the calmer Brexit voices remaining sane. I actually expect...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Potentially simple solution to that - mine is 2 UK phone numbers + a random-ish seed thats memorable for the family, which may offend security buffs but at 20+ digits its good enough for me. Since WPA2 supports upto 63...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Tend to disagree - no Comp Sci degree here. As with most things its the quality of the education that counts not where it was performed. My Database normalisation training came working as a junior programmer on a big Data...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    I believe my acknowledgement of my own mediocrity makes me a better, safer programmer than a lot of people who don't known that they're mediocre. QFT. I was mulling posting a similar sentiment. I believe quality of coders follows -...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    I pay by charging up a token at the local shop and then plugging it into the meter. Lots of people do this; vastly more convenient than all the hassle of accounts/readings/bills and also much more robust.) Are you in...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    No particular surprises there. The boundaries of death merely reflect the current state of the art in detecting and defining death just as previously checking solely for a pulse/heartbeat did. The schlock mercenary strip even has a classification system called...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    AI for code validation has been tried before - the results weren't pretty....
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Er Yes. See Eldery Cynics comments @33...
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    Going to need to cogitate on this one a bit. But Cloud Toys as a McGuffin are likely to create a book/film Sub-Genre of their own. Collect all 10 Cloudpets with the USA Nuclear Keys stored on them! Ransomware made...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    That's a very good point - apart from better insulation/energy usage the standard of new builds in the UK and Ireland (especially pre-slump Ireland) leaves a lot to be desired....
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    I've always struggled cognitively with custom in many areas of the US of building houses to last 20 years then starting again although I believe its generally confined to areas where full timber construction is the norm. Guess its a...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    @393. The key bit you are missing is that members of the local U.K. party have far less say over the selection of candidates than they do in the US. http://www.britpolitics.co.uk/a-level-uk-political-party-parliamentary-candidates There is nothing really like a primary over here....
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Agreed but there are far more uses for Fairford than that, Carpet Bombing the Tanned enemy du jour springs to mind, or more strategically sabre rattling....
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    It's fairly unlikely as the US only has a fighter wing left in the U.K., plus a few non-combat squadrons such as tankers and search and rescue and most of those are leaving. There might be something ultra black lurking...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Dammit beaten to the punchline!...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Easy solution to Trump threatening UK Trident. One of the new Dreadnaught Class Subs gets the assigned the name HMS Trumpeter (currently assigned to a P2000 patrol vessel but historically used for an Escort Carrier). RN outrage contained by quietly...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Presumably because they have the biggest portion of the USSR's remaining military strength available to them? Good chart at the end of this BBC article. Scarily look at whose #3 in the chart. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-39108194...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Only problem with that is extended periods of hostility/enmity tend to cloud the ability of leaders to discern the best strategy. Now you would hope that the spectre of total annihilation would clear those clouds but I wouldn't bet on...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Core point is though that none of them use Liquid Hydrogen (or LO2 for that matter) that Sabre is designed for. How big would a sabre powered missile need to be? Im guessing bigger than alternative fuel designs.......
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Not convinced of that - bear in mind hydrogen is pretty bulky and difficult to store compared to solid fuels and requires significant prep time. AFAIK Only Russia and perhaps N. Korea are regular users of liquid fueled missiles....
  • Commented on Placeholder? Placeholder!
    If I've skimmed the Oklo wiki page right you don't need graphite you can use water as the moderator (and shielding?) potentially from recycling the steam in a closed system. Although actual power output from Oklo seems like it was...
  • Commented on Placeholder? Placeholder!
    Oh crap. You mean there is strong circumstantial evidence for The Clan actually being a thing? Charlie's penchant for front running reality in his novels strikes again!...
  • Commented on Upcoming travel
    So this. I'm kicking myself for not following through on my application when I had the chance....
  • Commented on Upcoming travel
    Dublin too. Think the ready supply of Guinness and Irish lads and lassies to fraternise with counteracts the standard SS programming they get. It's almost worth doing a stopover out of Heathrow for if you can stand 2-3 more hours...
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