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  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    I don't believe there's a cunning plan. I think what you see is exactly what you get. Which means that giving jobs to the Brexiteers (Johnson et al) was not about giving them rope, it was about getting the job...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    In other news, we're now just days away from breaking through 7.5b people in the world. According to this clock: http://www.worldometers.info/world-population/ The figures are based on UN estimates and the UN Demography group's next bi-yearly report is due in the...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Note that the FTPA required 2/3 of all seats. Which means that an abstention is a vote against. And while the 13 made a show of voting against, the SNP abstained en bloc. This is being explained as "not standing...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Given 2016, I think we'd better prepare for the worst and the most surreal games to play out. So how bad and surreal can the next couple of months get in the UK? While being careful what we wish for....
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Fully-automated, end of work depends on silicon hardware to run the software. So here's last year's /r/collapse thought. What's the minimum viable civilisation that can support a few chip foundries? Because we won't be able to recycle computer chips for...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    It's morally wrong or it should be to use fossil fuels simply for energy. Whether that's transport, electricity production or whatever. But we're going to need it for feedstock in manufacturing for quite some time. So instead we'll poison ourselves...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    As an older European, these discussions about religion and the future of religion feel quite strange. Especially when they assume that religion is inevitable. Increasingly in Europe we're not atheist, but a-religionist. We're simply no longer interested. Religion is something...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    Re: Yeomanry cavalry. My grandfather was part of this. Like many of his generation he wouldn't talk much about it at all, but I did hear a few scraps. He and his mates were shipped out to Turkey with their...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    If we're looking for parts of the UK that might declare independence, Anglesey (sorry, Ynys Môn) seems like a good candidate. 68,000 people, self sufficient in energy, some industrial activity, perfectly located to enact tolls on passing trade and with...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    “Do not call up that which you cannot put down.” (c)H.P.Lovecraft...
  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    From the antipodean space navy, HMASS A Bit Crook...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    It must be time for the "Logical Fallacy Referee" (google image search). And "Stop Play! We have a confirmed troll on the field" (image). Personally I find it really difficult when comment threads head down this alley way. Because I...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Ceuta-Melilla, Ah yes. Spain is actually in North Africa. Which is another reason for thinking that the EU needs more expansion until it's everything North of the Sahara and West of the Urals and Gulf. The Roman Empire never ended...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    All exactly true, with a couple of small exceptions. Scooters do have a place beyond 16 year olds. You'll see a lot of them in London and not just used as delivery vehicles. ~125cc scooters are the biggest selling segment...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    The Sinclair Iris is a tadpole layout (2F1R), not delta just like a typical HPV tricycle or velomobile. I think it's probably a little taller but who knows. The Pedal Prix had good comedic value, thanks....
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Something like the Iris E-Assist Trike from Grant Sinclair (Clive's nephew). I'm all for ultra light, electric assist trikes, velomobiles and quads like this. Even an updated G-Wiz. But you still have store them somewhere, charge the batteries and stop...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Do not pass go. Do not collect £200 in social security benefits. Go directly to debtors prison....
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    If you're comparing today with good old-fashioned cyberpunk futures, note that Running Man was set in 2017 and Rollerball in 2018. I, for one, would welcome a global society run by the corporate cartels with the populace distracted by ultra-violent...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    On UK house building, the Guardian had this today. https://www.theguardian.com/money/2017/mar/11/why-are-britains-new-homes-built-so-badly A shortage of land combined with lack of regulations and enforcement means developers cut corners because the actual house is all overhead. There's some horror stories in there from people...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Where do you think consumer electronics like IoT devices are actually made and where is the firmware coded? Because I thought it was Shenzhen and Bangalore. And being done by the lowest bidder in cut-throat markets. All this talk about...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Victorian end of terrace here; ~120 years old. And as the whole terrace has discovered, built to be extended at the back and have loft conversions added. But that was then. What about the vast number of new build estates...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    Is that a scene from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fantastic_Planet ?...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    I see the gulf between evangelists and opponents of nuclear power is as wide as ever. And note that the cornucopian solutions (Gen4, Fast Breeders, Thorium, etc) are not as far away as fusion but commercial reality still looks to...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    It feels a bit strange to be re-capitulating the arguments for and against the philosophy of MAD in 2017. The establishment and CND seem to have been doing that for 70 odd years now. I'm sure there's good reasons why...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    So which is it? There's more Uranium easily available than we know what to do with. And, if that's gone, there's more Uranium in the sea than we know what to do with and we can easily get at it...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    The direct route and the one taken by the China-UK shipment is China-Kazakhstan-Russia-Belarus-Poland so the question is how corrupt the systems are in Kazakhstan. My perception (quite possibly wrong) is that they're relatively sane compared with say, Turkmenistan. Agreed that...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    The Railway Gazette has a short report on the recent rail transport of containers from China to Barking[1]. This seems to have involved several transfers of the containers. China-Kazakhstan and Belarus-Poland to deal with the track width problem. And then...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    This might come in useful: Homer does the 5 stages in record time (YT)...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    On electricity, I wonder what the world would be like with TOO MUCH. It's tricky to get there with the current setup for commercials and regulation since people seem to want a guaranteed ROI. So it tends to only happen...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    SunSunSun. I thought it was a reference to Caribou - Sun (YT). A track I try and play at sunrise at Stonehenge whenever I'm there. I find it impossible to think about Bangladesh's problems without seeing it as part of...
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