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  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    And I'll fire up a new blog discussion when my morale recovers enough to see the funny side of this shit sandwich Truss and Kwarteng have handed us So, about 2026, then? Just to add to your depression, I've...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    Paragraphs. Dear god, split into paragraphs. That's completely unreadable as is. The rest of my advice may not be so helpful, because it starts with "and skip the Twitter thing", so I won't waste your time with anything further....
  • Commented on The ends of education
    I've been told "You aren't a proper cyclist!" I can't speak to what advocacy groups may have been involved, but having cycled in the UK, Denmark, Norway and Sweden, the UK suffers from the problem captured excellently by Humon...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    Request: your keyboard has keys for both capital letters, and full stops. Your posts would be a lot more readable if you made use of those keys, please. > i would have said nato training ukrainian troops was the west...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    "Constitution" merely means the set of guiding principles around how a polity operates. Off the top of my head, some of the most critical documents that make up the UK consitution include: Bill of Rights 1689 Parliament Acts 1911 and...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares: spoiler time!
    You're probably aware already, but UPSes, especially cheap ones, tend to have short lives and silent, unmarked deaths. If you're actually relying on them, mark a regular test schedule on the calendar and stick to it, religiously. (In the lab,...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    For more or less similar reasons it also tends to fail as a ferry for people travelling just as themselves without vehicles, so they use planes instead (see for instance Charlie's reasoning on this exact point further up the page;...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    I think the RR SMR proposal is just a gambit to keep their nuclear reactor capability in being between runs of nuclear-powered submarines -- AIUI there's nothing in sight due for commissioning after the Dreadnought class, and manufacturing capabilities as...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    St Olav's hospital in Trondheim has a similar, albeit slightly less severe issue. The standard air ambulance in these parts is, off the top of my head, a Eurocopter EC135 - common for emergency services in most of Europe, I...
  • Commented on Omicron
    I like Python a lot - although that may be because it was my first programming language, and thus everything else is, mentally, referenced to how it differs from Python. The only quibble I can offer about Python is that...
  • Commented on Omicron
    Sign me up as in favour of MarkDown. It's my standard format for writing notes and simple documentation for myself, although I tend to get complaints about recieving notes in .txt or .md format instead of .docx. The one problem...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    Extending the bridge discussion, there is a semi interesting case study going on in Norway right now. The E6 is the main north-south link in the country, and a surprisingly large number of critical bridges along it were inherited from...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    Hate to break it to you, but 5mW is not going to be very effective: it's a bog-standard laser pointer/cat toy. I'll put my laser safety officer hat on and wade in here. Firstly, 5mW is not a toy, or...
  • Commented on Empire Games (and Merchant Princes): the inevitable spoiler thread!
    Given the defensive strategy that the Forerunners adopted - scorched-earth destruction of boundaries leading to Hive-dominated versions - a branching tree model seems to be more likely - given any two destinations n hops apart, there is only one route...
  • Commented on Empire Games (and Merchant Princes): the inevitable spoiler thread!
    At such distance, the bomb explodes and somehow that energy is focused into a laser, pointed at an Alien target? How does that work? I'd assume most of the energy has to be wasted. Pretty much the same way that...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: signed copies and author events
    It's been a long wait, but most definitely worth it....
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    Has anyone tried the fast iteration approach to nuclear power? I don't think so. ... Hanford, Mayak, Sellafield, La Hague ... All of those were absolutely built and operated under a "get us the bomb, and get it by yesterday"...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    I would hazard a guess that most British-English speakers can translate American-English easily enough - it's so overwhelmingly dominant on the internet that one has little choice. What I tend to notice more than the word translations is variances in...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    The main point of confusion for me in the Laundry series is over the Black Pharoah vs the Sleeper in the Pyramid. In the Fuller Memorandum, as far as I can recall, Iris (as high priestess of the local Black...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Just out of curiosity, which "Durham"? There are several of them in the U.S. (I was born & raised in one of them) and I'm pretty sure Canada has at least one. I'm guessing the original in the U.K., but...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Chiming in on the heatpump issue - I moved from Durham (cold, damp) to Trondheim (cold, damp), and this past winter has involved temperatures down a a minimum of -27°C in January (the entire month averaged below -18°C), and an...
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    Those of us with such tool sets think it is just plain wonderful that we get to buy twice as many sockets, wrenches, drill bits, etc... as the rest of the world to work on mechanical things. Oh, trust me,...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    Regarding your comments on conspiracy theorism - could this not now be more believably used in a style similar to the unreliable narrator? The protagonist goes going about their perfectly ordinary life, and the major plot point half way through...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    Heh. I've recently made a move in the other direction (formerly in physics, now a software developer in a neuroscience research group), and the reverse transition has been quite a shock. Every single paper (and even more shocking, every single...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I'm a Yank trying to convert Parliament into the US legislative model, so am likely wrong about everything. Still, when I read Corbyn demanding days/weeks to consider the WAB for debate and amendment, is there anything there that can be...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    [i]Torx fasteners as far as I've come across them all seem to have metric threads, but there is no reason anyone can't put a Torx head on some other body and I won't notice until I grab what I think...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    and generally shagged the dead donkey, until the next election is due. Point of order: when it comes to Prime Ministers, I understand that the admitted standard is stricly porcine. Counterpoint to the comments regarding "rushing riots instantly" - bear...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    At what range, in the open air, could it either blind or damage someone's sight? Nominal specifications are 1600mW at 450nm. In the visible range, the maximum permitted exposure, assuming a 50ms blink reflex, is in the 1mW/cm^2 range (which...
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    It wouldn't offer much in the way of weird orbital trajectories - you'd be fairly strictly limited to polar orbits with an angle to the ecliptic defined by the latitude of the portal in TL4. Using an Oberth slingshot around...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    At least a part of it is that the Falklands war was a "short victorious war" that was actually victorious war, against substantial odds, that helped expunge some of the humiliation of the Suez crisis and the retreat from Empire....
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