vincent.archer

vincent.archer

  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    I had a couple discussion about Trump's personality, and people tend to point me to his 1987 book "The Art of the Deal" as a way to understand how Trump works. And his negotiation skills are probably a parody of...
  • Commented on Empire Games
    EU residents and Brits will have to wait until next Thursday—Tor UK and Tor USA, despite the name, are different companies and use different printers and sell through different supply chains. Side note: amazon.fr offers both UK and US editions,...
  • Commented on The dog ate my homework
    Once again, I am so happy I adopted a policy, long ago, of never ever upgrading software until forced to do so. Thing is, I can see the result of those daily at work. Due to upgrade policies (computers must...
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    I though the Earth would be inherited by beetle people? If you've played the 4X game Stellaris, you probably know that most of the time, when your species discover Terra, it's toxic to all major evolved species and inhabited by...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    On the french election, it has become a cold-blood calculation on how much damage each candidate can do and how fast can you repair that after 5 years. Mme Lepen will lack a strong majority to implement most of her...
  • Commented on Busy busy busy
    I was delaying the preordering, because my CC expires next month, and Amazon does not switch preorders to your new card when you replace the old one; your orders remain associated with that card. Then, about one week after the...
  • Commented on The Day After
    Something that was bothering me the last few weeks were the campaign commercials. Someone pointed me the striking differences between those campaign messages. Clinton Campaign: "I'm with her, and you?" Trump Campaign: "I'm with you!" The second message is populist......
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    I suspect (for example) cheese would taste different when the organisms involved are in a free-fall environment so it won't take long for someone to claim it tastes much better. If people will pay a premium for Kopi Luwak coffee...
  • Commented on What are you reading this summer?
    All kinds, because my average ebook is 75 a year, THEN I add the various books for which ebooks don't work (either because the ebook formatting is almost broken - that include's our esteemed hosts' Orbit ones which I take...
  • Commented on The Nightmare Stacks: US Launch
    Probably the aliens already are rummaging in the ruins of Earth in the other realities and wonder "what the fuck happened here?". Fun bit if you play Stellaris (space 4X game by swedish studio Paradox) and you find the Solar...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    I think the idea might be scorched earth policy; make sure the UK can't stay in. "Who cares about those treaties, the mighty UK will prevail in the end anyway". He'd probably fill the Eurotunnel as well....
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Do we get a general election if AT50 negotiations do start & go pear-shaped, so that we can press the "cancel" button? You can't cancel. At least not unilaterally. Once Art 50 has been invoked, it takes an unanimous vote...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    hat's the 'form' part of formal. You can't do it by accident. Ahah, but the Article 50 does not require a formal notification. It requires a notification, that's all: A Member State which decides to withdraw shall notify the European...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Should have checked before accepting. https://m.xkcd.com/1521/...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Apparently, 4chan is taking responsibility for the ... ahem, enthusiasm... for the petition: http://heatst.com/uk/exclusive-brexit-2nd-referendum-petition-a-4-chan-prank-bbc-report-it-as-real/ 4chan will be 4chan....
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Article 50.2: "A Member State which decides to withdraw shall notify the European Council of its intention." The treaty does not specify the form under which the notification has to occur. A verbal statement by the current Head of State...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Was that really a choice? I thought the monarch had to pick whatever number is highest (to avoid confusion)?...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Cameron quitting without pushing Article 50 into action Despite implying strongly during the campaign he'd do it, then resign. I saw an analysis that it's basically a screw-up on BoJo. Which is why Boris had such a terrible face when...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    While I'd like to see Remain prevail, I'd advise against redoing any vote which wasn't so close, a handful of miscounted vote could have switched it. Here in France, some people are still a bit miffed at the whole Lisbon...
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    Do you actually have any evidence to back any of that up. Well, of course it's going to take more than one day to fully percolate. But as I said: the evidence is Juncker's statement about "all of its obligations"....
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    So, when does the Queen moves her principal residence to Balmoral?...
  • Commented on "Tomorrow belongs to me"
    I am surprised that people think the British can either ignore the referendum, or simply delay the "pushing article 50 button" while negotiating stuff or "making the EU sweat". First, you can legally ignore the referendum. Provided you are willing...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    If the UK does leave, any economic loss may well not be shared equally and may even fall more heavily on the like of those in The City than elsewhere. Some economists (including a well-known fan of our host) tried...
  • Commented on The unspeakable truth
    You are aware that until incredibly recently (in evolutionary terms) our ancestors were all -- in today's racial terms -- black? Well, some of them were rather lighter skinned and fair haired. Alas, the dark-skinned ones outcompeted them and drove...
  • Commented on Updating a classic
    Security is paramount. All employees must choose passwords consisting of 16 or more characters containing uppercase, lowercase, digits, and punctuation. These passwords must be changed once a week. A friend of mine got that kind of policy (with only the...
  • Commented on Introducing new guest blogger: Genevieve Cogman
    I second the recommendation. Had read the Invisible Library earlier this year; The Masked City is on my e-reader but slightly buried behind schedule... ("Unread" tagged books now list 46, down from 51 last month)...
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    Curiously, I have absolutely no problem suspending my disbelief even at the most incoherent setups (like having the guys watching the Millenium Falcon dock at the Death Star perpendicular to the - admitedly probably weak - gravity field of a...
  • Commented on An Apology
    I guess will have to let it settle a bit before pre-ordering :D Amazon does "pre-order price guarantee", they charge you the lowest price they had for the entire period during which it was on pre-order. Happened to me once,...
  • Commented on The present in deep history
    That's actually one of the defining characteristics of fascism, and it seems to be (in the large scale of human ideologies) rather an unpopular one with those people who have been subjected to it. There's a reason why, among all...
  • Commented on The present in deep history
    A number of people have already said, so it's mostly placing them in importance: - The end of work. We're moving (still) from an era where every form of work (save a handful done by animal teams or mills) was...
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