Scott Sanford

Scott Sanford

  • Commented on Creative writing challenge!
    Yes, we nerds tend to take instructions literally. I remember a college writing professor mentioning that she loved teaching engineering majors for just that reason. They were no better writers than anyone else - but they did by Dog read...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Firstly it's s/s^2, so no cube. Thank you. I thought that's what was meant - but it's the wee hours of the morning here and I'm distracted by a convention weekend bearing down on me. (I fully expect to be...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    g * y = c 9.8 m/s^2 * (365.25 * 24 * 60 * 60) s = 309 264 480 m/s I am mildly curious what seconds cubed is supposed to mean, but not so much that I'm going to...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    ...one of my great-uncles made it across the Swedish border with the Russians chasing him. I know a guy whose grandfather(?) escaped Russia in a horse-drawn hay cart. He and a friend climbed in back and hid under the cargo....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Tokyo might be an easier city to liberate than London. Something to keep in mind when the Kaiju come. I assume that the Japanese plan is to activate Tokyo's modular transformation sequence into its giant robot form and just walk...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    You still don't get it, do you? Let's stay civil, shall we? We're all here together and getting irate with each other unnecessarily stresses everyone. Besides, people who are not Harlan Ellison are born with a finite amount of wrath;...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    From the Newsthump humor site, TV fans delighted as Brexit renewed for yet another season, saying "Fans of Britain’s long-running comedy-drama Brexit are today overjoyed after learning that another season of the popular show has been commissioned." They also call...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    A good friend of mine has an official birthdate a few months later than her real birthdate... Oh, that's both clever and a very good reason to fiddle with the numbers. A friend of mine has an official birth date...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    We are told we get all the money & goodies & are "RICH" - at the same time TfL's monies are slashed twice, there's a permanent spiteful turf-war against the mayor's dept ( Doesn't help that Khan is a shit...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    ... why is this kind of flagrant meddling in another country's election -- not even masked by social media sock-puppetry -- not a criminal offense?!? That's a good question. Is it a criminal offense under British election law? Could some...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Preaching to the choir: Avoiding Brexit Altogether Would Give UK Economy £85 Billion Boost....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    There a disconnect here that I don't understand. Also: something something Benghazi buttery males Demon-crat socialism *falls on floor, frothing at mouth* In certain circles the deficit is very important while the other party is in power and can be...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Encouraging terrorists to be careful about how they discard their cigarette butts is a bad thing, while making them twitchy about nonexistent underwear thieves might conceivably be useful. <silly> Ah, but that's where the smartphone-equipped international eagles come in! Raptors...
  • Commented on Creative writing challenge!
    I'm sorry, but at the moment the mayor of New York City using trained eagles for international chihuahua smuggling would make more sense than anything in the political news... Side note: not that many years ago the local police raided...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    So to some extent signaling their incompetence at business is a feature, not a bug... This is a very good point. May I quote this? And if so, do you want attribution?...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    The NY Daily News carries no water for the Trump crime family and its enablers for the simple reason that they're in New York City and have decades of experience of them as a crude and vicious organised crime mob....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    If the window is still unresponsive, click on the 'close window' box... Yes, closing the browser and restarting is the obvious last resort. (Often from Task Manager.) Happily things are rarely that bad....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    ...the EU is also a Utopia project. The result of 2 colliding Eutopias has never been pleasant ... I'd say the EU was more practical, in the sense of "What can we all live with that will keep us from...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    If Firepox could kill the script with even a good chance of recovering, my guess is that it would do so. Darn. I was hoping I was overlooking something obvious or (more plausibly) that there was a known add-on to...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Most users of the Web are unwilling to tackle the task of taming Javascript... I believe you. *tired sigh* I already use NoScript but have a question that I hope is a no-brainer to someone who's studied Javascript antics more...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I did the dance of Java off / load website / close window / Java on and after a while it got old. Installing an extension let most of this happen automagically, saving me time and effort. I hope it...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    1. Toggle off Javascript support. HOW? Where do I go to do this? Turning off Javascript entirely is presumably in your Preferences settings somewhere. It's more useful to be able to do this selectively, blocking it for certain sites and...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    Who won the Ig Nobel Prize in Economics this year? On the off chance that's a serious question: Habip Gedik, Timothy A. Voss, and Andreas Voss, for studying paper currency as a disease transmission vector (and demonstrating it varies both...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    If you look at the very early time fireballs in atmospheric tests (e.g., Castle Bravo) there are many fleeting flashes just outside the fireball. I suspect that those were birds exploding in the intense and sudden flux of heat. I'm...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    ... from "would suspend the ban on nuclear weapons* in order to eliminate cats" to ... I can't be bothered to ask Google right now, but the tale as I remember it: Many years ago nuclear weapon tests were done...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    Can't instantly draw up the name of the street I live on when I'm talking to someone... Oh yes. I once watched my father pull out his driver's license to read his street address. (He used a post office box...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    ... is it permissible to ask what UK residents think about the latest Brexit deal, or is that out of bounds? Depends. How's your tolerance for profanity?...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    The Beretta 93R can do three-round burst too but it requires a shoulder-stock... Likewise (some of) the H&K VP-70; this was not considered a desirable feature for the civilian market and apparently many military and police customers also found it...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    A 64 place log table, you say? Sounds great. (Photo of a chessboard built on an old log omitted here, because the blog's html interpreter apparently won't resize images in the standard way.)...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    The thing that always put me off about Word for technical documents was the lack of anything that acted like a typesetting display: a block of text, tables, mathematics, graphics, etc that were kept together with their own formatting. I...
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