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  • Commented on Empire Games gets a price cut in the UK
    The million dollar question is whether they would give a self-driving car AI citizenship AND if it has a female voice would they give it a driving license?...
  • Commented on Empire Games gets a price cut in the UK
    *ahem* https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_cell_research#UV_solar_cells https://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/ubiquitous-energy-transparent-solar-power-timeline/ Other restrictions apply of course - ease of manufacture, angle of windows etc, but the basic science is sound. It’s vaguely within the bounds of possibility that brute force application of this kind of tech might be...
  • Commented on Excuses
    In the UK there is a whole range of survey options ranging fromt a full survey (everything but drilling holes in the plaster work, to a valuation survey (if you default is there anything that will make it worth less...
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    I think you need to make a few less presumptions about what I post. Firstly the Zap-map comment was the colloquial you, not you personally. Secondly I don't care where you live - the reference to Wales was what you...
  • Commented on Excuses
    Apart from it being a promising sign that the petrol stations are finally getting in on the act it’s almost irrelevant to the ease or not of getting a charge. Zap-map is what you want. There are undeniable problems with...
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    Are you sure EU washing machines normally have a hot feed? The first 5 machines I checked on ao.com dont and my 2 year old machine doesn’t....
  • Commented on Excuses
    Reads as a day late and several million euro short to me. The wheels of Euro-bureaucracy grind slowly, almost 10 years after SpaceX (2011) announced their re-usable aims they are talking about maybe a couple of bits being re-usable. WTF!...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    Think [1]is pretty unlikely at this point in time (give it a couple more years) so the real concern today is their conventional forces shelling Seoul....
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    Not sure I agree with that - thematically it was similar. Both deeply satirical. A plot that bore a passing resemblance to chunks of the book. There have been quite a few good adaptations - most recently The Martian...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    To be fair to spacex ref Draco vs the Shuttle - the can is so much smaller that it is hard to put anything a reasonable distance away from the Spam. You could fit 2 dragon 2 capsules in the...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    As we have wandered on to the subject of rocket fuels it's probably a good point to mention that OGH wrote a story about that subject that tickled my funny bone. https://www.tor.com/2012/07/20/a-tall-tail/...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    Think you are being overly optimistic, roughly 85-90% of a rockets mass is fuel, and there's no way to make liquid rocket fuel magically weigh less. You can cram more in by cooling it down to a lower temp but...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Thanks for these. Managed to pick up Alastair Reynolds Revenger for 99p on Kindle and Jodi Taylor St Mary's 1 for the same. Just finished the Reynolds and thought it was his best in ages if a tad YA (but...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    How long to an AI that we don't know about? My bet is that it will happen about the same time as Nuclear Fusion, ie in 20 years time receding at 1 yr per yr. Some of the advances in...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Not quite correct Greg. Twitbook and others such as LinkedIn are usually blocked at work but there is not normally a restriction on having an account just not using it at/for work. Most common reason is to stop information leakage...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Finished All These Worlds fairly recently and would second your recommendation. Good lightweight fun Sci-fi. Minor niggle in that it becomes progressively harder to keep track of the Bobs but otherwise tickled my story bone....
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Now we are safely past 300 can anyone recommend me a new author to read? Seem to be in the late summer drought. Is Nine Fox Gambit worth a look seems a bit marmitey from the reviews....
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    The administration has no motivation to do so and would probably be accused of overreach if they did so....
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Greg even if the school doesn't as a general policy (mine doesn't) - if 90% of the parental units are on Facebook - guess what's gonna happen.... Icehawk @326 is totally correct and I'm only avoiding the same fate because...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Not entirely correct. Our UK state school allows self medication by the pupils - usually in the case of asthma or similar with a doctors note, followed by a courtesy call from the school to the parents....
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Part of me is horrified by this even though it proves my point, and even though I'm a regular PayPal Gift user which seems functionally identifical. To be clear it's the enforced office comformamce that seems horrible even though it...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    You and the others commenting on parenting really don't get how much of a step change there has been in the last 10 years. The social aspects of parenting are now hugely and intimately tied to your mobile, whether it's...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    That webcam went dead just before midnight UK time (7pm US). As did several other according to the live chat. So either Key West just lost power or broadband or both. There were still people trying autodarwinate right up until...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Not sure whether NK is rational - pretty sure your assessment of the targeting isn't. Firstly no way would they target the only partial friendly country towards them. One that could easily foment regime change regardless of whether a nuke...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    I think everything will kick off when a Nork missile lands in/on US-Allied territory - including within the 12-mile limit. That will give Trump enough of a fig leaf to act - hopefully with a non-nuclear option but not betting...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    I've no real clue but I think it must be the psychology of the thing. In real terms the Norks conventional weapons are a far more real threat in most conceivable scenarios - basically they already have S Korea held...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    You tend to see more BM's and Merc's in the ditch in winter due to their big fat low profile tyres which are dreadful in the snow, ice and even mere frost. A friend of mine who works for BMW...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    Since externalities are part of economics 101, what evidence do you have to suggest that economists were behind successful lobbying efforts to remove externalities rather than say it being the default state of an unregulated capitalist market? Hint - the...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    Take issue with a World Government being required for (1). We already have something called international trade that takes care of moving commodities from a place that has too much of it to a place that has too little of...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    Great summary - but misses the important factoid courtesy of The Delirium Brief that Prince Charles (if he gets his hands on one) can set off Nukes with no consequences in Law. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/obscure-law-lets-prince-charles-set-off-nuclear-bomb-a6787626.html Whether he is allowed to procure them...
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