silburnl

silburnl

  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    Regarding the use of Wagner Group prison troops, today's ISW assessment suggests that this was probably a stopgap to give the Russian military some breathing room to focus on force generation over the autumn/winter ahead of a renewed offensive when...
  • Commented on Strong and Stable!
    I'm seeing reports that the Russian army are pulling back from the right bank of the Dnipro and withdrawing from Kherson. Interesting that they are going public about the retreat, rather than adopting the tactic of obviously bullshitting and then...
  • Commented on I can't even
    Does this mean a Tesla driver can't use "I didn't know that was the speed limit" as an excuse? Pretty much, yes. Of course I'm doubtful it ever helped beyond giving a traffic cop an excuse to, ahem, exercise their...
  • Commented on I can't even
    Regarding the 'controls on a flatscreen' problem, over the last two years with a Tesla M3 I have found that none of the driving controls need me to interact with the screen - gears (Drive, Park, Reverse) are handled by...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    What is thegrayzone.com?...
  • Commented on Bad news day
    "A quick question, about which I’d guess we have someone who knows the answer. What is the yield/damage zones of the typical Russian warhead? I figure that since I’m under four miles from Manchester Piccadilly Station (and the Manchester inner-ring...
  • Commented on Bad news day
    The coverage imbalance between Ukraine and Yemen is over-determined. Certainly a war in Europe was always going to garner more attention than a war in Arabia and there's a lot of structural racism sitting behind that. But a permanent member...
  • Commented on Bad news day
    That's hilarious. They are mostly missing, too, which is funny but not when you think about bystanders. Hey now, they shot up that fascist telephone pole at the end there....
  • Commented on Bad news day
    David L Unless the topic is incredibly interesting, for me to watch a video from almost any source, it had better be under 10 minutes. Most times under 5. It's wildly breaking your rules here (and also going OT, although...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares: spoiler time!
    The unpleasantness in the Balkans was precisely that. Unpleasant, deeply so - but it was not a major war....
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    @SFReaderTherefore depending on your personal access, the speed at which your data reaches its destination (or the speed at which - how long it takes - your laptop gets info) can vary. If you're a stock trader - where microseconds...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    fajansen @1434: Because they have no budget, our "internal suppliers" are a lot more busy with robbing the "Work Packages / Projects" blind (project managers have budgets, so they are cash pinatas), than they are with delivering the actual work....
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    "It vastly adds to the quality of Charlie's blog, and I am pretty sure there is an equivalent for Chrome." I use Blog-Comment-Killfile: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/blog-comment-killfile/kpoilnkelonbaapoapibddjaojohnpjf Others are likely available....
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    The Specator is owned by the Barclays, so a high proportion of right-wing nutjobbery in the Oz offshoot is unsurprising....
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    "...interacts with Congressional operations which is also huge." Trump met with Mitch McConnel at the Capitol a couple of days back. Just sayin'...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    On the topic of stealing the election/blocking transition etc (Greg and others). I thought the analysis of my favorite US politics podcast (Pod Save America - it's worth a listen) was good - which was of course DJT and the...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Charlie @ 1156 TLDR of Heteromeles: "Trump is a coward". ... Compare with Saddam Hussein: also a narcissistic psychopath -- and rapist -- but not a coward One thing that has boggled me (in a season of bogglement) is that...
  • Commented on No comment necessary
    @JBS 674 It's obvious to me that before Hitler declared war on the U.S., the U.S. was preparing to do exactly that; turn it's back on the U.K. & Europe to pursue a "Japan only" war in the Pacific. I...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    @Trottelheimer "I don't want to join Mensa, but I'd have no problem with the test" The intelligence test for MENSA is coupled with a less well known wisdom test - you need to fail that in order to want to...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    "First Contact with any interstellar-capable aliens who happen to be compatible with our biochemistry is going to go very badly for us." Heh, in the canon background for Traveller first contact went exactly the other way - the Ziru Sirka...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    "An app, to roll up a character? Why?" Not to roll up a character*, to run the character in play. You have the sheet in a free floating window and when you need to make a STR save or attack...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    "We're using the Rolld20 app and Discord..." Yeah that's the setup my group uses and it's pretty smooth - Roll20 has some nice pre-built character sheets for the more popular games which speeds up handling time and it being totally...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    The local constituency party selects their candidate in an internal selection meeting. Different parties have different rules around how the longlisting/shortlisting process happens (plus procedures for deselecting an incumbent who pisses enough people off) and the central party organisation has...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    "I should have looked a bit further on warrant officers - 1912/1915 was the date for the army, 1881 for the marines, but the navy had had them since its inception." Which those of us raised on Hornblower or Aubrey/Maturin...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    Something for Greg. The Red (On)Lion...
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    One office I work (100 year old brick warehouse) in can't replace windows if it changes how they look from the exterior. One fun example of that sort of thing was when the repertory theatre in my home town did...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    ...two right-wing activists had offered $50,000 for "credible information corroborating" the whistleblower's identity. Note that the two in question are Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman (the clowns who tried to gin up a sexual assault smear against Pete Buttigieg and...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    @Paws4thot You can call them whatever you like. That does not mean that they have the expertise to make rulings under English and under Scots law. Two of the twelve Supreme Court justices (including the Deputy President, Lord Reed) are...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    ...actually I wrote too soon No, you had it right the first time. Succession runs down through each family line in turn, so Elizabeth (as the issue of the now dead older brother) would have been ahead of her Uncle...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    My point is that the UK should have taken the position that while it accepted that no direct negotiations on the substance of the separation agreement could occur before A50 was triggered there would be no triggering of Article 50...
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