Elderly Cynic

Elderly Cynic

  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Yes. It wasn't in a reliable source, and did use that word, but I should have translated to 'elderly politician'....
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    In addition to that and #649, a single person's colour perception varies depending on the light level :-)...
  • Commented on PSA: The Delirium Brief
    That is not the aspect I was referring to - I accept that a multiple aircraft attack could reasonably have been discounted on probability grounds - even your scenario would have provided adequate protection only probabilistically, anyway. But there were...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    A more important aspect is whether colours look the same under different lighting; many charts apply to only one form of it, but my understanding is that Pantone applies to a range. This gets truly evil when considering sodium and...
  • Commented on PSA: The Delirium Brief
    Well, sort-of. There WERE suspicious aspects, and evidence that they were hastily covered up, though all the plausible ones were arse-covering to hide previous official negligence or incompetence, very like the Herald of Free Enterprise disaster and God alone knows...
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    Dammit. In the last posting, strait. I am still half asleep. Plasmoids. That's the easy bit. What I believe is still completely unclear is how many of their properties are real and how many are visual illusions. And, if they...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    That reminds me of the New Zealand senator who proposed a tunnel under the Cook straight, after observing the building of the Chunnel. Looking up the financial case and technical aspects is left as an exercise for the reader :-)...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Let's make the U stand for Unearthly :-) I agree, though there have been some sightings for which no known explanation is entirely satisfactory - dammit, 'ball lightning' sightings were classified as UFOs (and denied) for decades! Doubtless there are...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Actually, that's my point. People will prevaricate and adopt palliative solutions until the global warming starts to really take off - by which time, it will be unstoppable, except (just possibly) by triggering Yellowstone or similar to blow up. Which...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    To clarify, I was responding to the statement that we might be seeing the end of the carbon bubble, not saying what should be done about methane clathrates....
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    "FWIW, I have never seen a UFO." I have, several times, but that doesn't mean that they weren't identifiable (merely that they weren't identified) :-)...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    No chance :-( https://www.rt.com/business/388964-china-mining-flammable-ice/...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Damn. I forgot to add that the few parts of the media that are NOT dominated by that cabal are almost entirely from the lunatic fringes or are regurgitating debunked 1960s dogmas that would be inappropriate today even if they...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    "Yes, I'm well aware of that paper." I wasn't, but I was well aware of the phenomenon, the development of which has been both obvious and well-known by a few people for a good many decades. It has also been...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    To be fair, one did need a fair amount of background to be certain that it WAS satire - it's easy to get confused by satire if you aren't familiar with the area and English isn't your mother tongue. And,...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Actually, the traditional Russian constitution is absolutism moderated by assassination. Since 1953, that has been anomalously figurative, but most of the world seems to be regressing politically, so why not there? I notice that you have, too - Soviet Russia?...
  • Commented on Laundry summer madness sale!
    I am sure that there are places where they make sense, including some in the UK. Above the North Circular springs to mind, assuming that anyone wants to cycle along that route :-) But, as a general solution in the...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Oh, yes - a complete redesign based on different principles is clearly essential. I could describe how, but it's quite a diversion....
  • Commented on Laundry summer madness sale!
    In most of the populated areas. It's not rare to be unable to cycle on the west coast, especially the north-west, and 30 m/s winds are common in the north-west of Scotland. I am intending to tour there on a...
  • Commented on Laundry summer madness sale!
    Oh, God :-( Look, I could point out the flaws in your ideas until the cows come home - and I would sooner ride a cow that use what you propose - but you are still missing the elephant in...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Fully retired. And I was never in a position to do that, but did my best to try to persuade those who were in a position to persuade those who could to do so :-(...
  • Commented on Laundry summer madness sale!
    Er, have you ever tried that on a bicycle? And how good is your balance? I have, and it is a completely insane idea. Drag lifts (i.e. skiing) cause enough problems even to people with adequate balance, and those don't...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    A large supercomputer system I managed was once sold a rack-sized disk system that required 'Internet' connectivity, and had a fixed user name of 'admin' and a fixed password of 'secret'. I connected it to the machine that needed it...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Don't get me wrong - veriffication is a very important tool - but you DO need cleaner languages and interfaces to make it viable in practice. This is not the place to describe how the browser issue could be tackled,...
  • Commented on Laundry summer madness sale!
    It's not as much narrower as you think, unless (as the psychle farcility fanatics do) you want to exclude vulnerable cyclists. However, I suggest that you try to do a design for your proposal in a few real locations, remembering...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Another figure: the NHS was given "a large chunk" of money to improve its security - a massive 50 million!...
  • Commented on Laundry summer madness sale!
    The UK has several much more densely populated areas than the Netherlands; that's perhaps the least of the differences. It also has topography that constrains roads (and houses), in a way the Netherlands doesn't, and far more of the road...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Ye gods and little fishes, NO! Formal verification merely checks that the code matches the specification, not that the latter isn't solid with fundamentally unblockable holes. As I said in #5, we know how to build provably secure systems, and...
  • Commented on Laundry summer madness sale!
    Cambridge has it, only it started earlier, and has it worse....
  • Commented on Laundry summer madness sale!
    300 miles. Aw, gee. So what? The Isle of Man alone has a road network of that length. Yes, that could be done for the major trunk routes, and should be, but the whole point of a transport network is...
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