Ian

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  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Thought 1: In a "history repeating itself" sense, would it make more sense for the Russians to persuade DT to let the UK keep the deterrent, but to steadily increase the bill so that it "bankrupts" the UK? I'm thinking...
  • Commented on That "Annihilation Score" spoiler thread you're all asking for
    CASE NIGHTMARE GREEN is governed by Moore's Law... I look forward to the laundryverse equivalent of a GPU cluster: the Pied Piper of Hamelin as CPU node and the rats as the GPU cores....
  • Commented on Aftermath
    Just adding a belated note on the polling, re my opinion in #90. The pollsters are starting to suggest reasons as to why their predictions were off; here is fivethirtyeight's guess and here is the Guardian's summary. To some extent...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    I've been thinking that it's not the fringe parties that fall apart after major constitutional change, but the centre parties that allowed/endorsed the change. I'm thinking of the UUP and SDLP after the Good Friday agreement, and Labour after devolution...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    I doubt my opinions on either of these will be shared by many (or have much basis in fact), but...: 1. A true disaster for the Liberal Democrats. It never seemed to make sense from over here for them to...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    It looks to me like when the things EU gives you are good for people with political clout on both sides, they can arrange to just keep doing them. I think this argument will not - cannot work, thanks...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    I think the comments about the slim majority that the Conservatives will have are likely going to be misleading. The opposition is split across a large number of parties, and it feels likely that in the short/medium term Cameron will...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    One thought: after the recent elections (AV, independence, GE) will the politicians take the lesson that "there's no such thing as a campaign that's too negative"?...
  • Commented on An exercise in futility
    Where is the line between remixing (which you've done yourself) and data mining and censorship, for you? I ask mainly as someone interested in the various arguments around which CC licenses are relevant for different bits of scientific work, and...
  • Commented on In which I am crabby about viral archery videos.
    A "compound" bow ( I always understood) was made of more than one material The terms that are now commonly used are composite bows for more than one material, and compound bows for those using pulleys to get a mechanical...
  • Commented on In which I am crabby about viral archery videos.
    It's currently illegal in competition archery to have any electronic components on the bow. More importantly (for the archer), at competition level (even the mediocre rubbish I shoot), weight differences of 0.5 grains (about 30 milligrams) or anything loose on...
  • Commented on In which I am crabby about viral archery videos.
    This is a great takedown of an annoyingly self-promoting video (and that's before we get onto his dubious grasp of historical iconography). One thing I would say about his death-grip: I've seen this a few times in the past with...
  • Commented on Default Option
    On the word "radical": the Greek people I know have characterized Syriza as no further left (comparatively) than say the middle of the Labour party. The radical label keeps coming up (on last night's radio it was 3 times in...
  • Commented on An age-old question
    I agree that what you describe seems achievable. I'm not convinced that it will be achieved before our lifespans have been increased to the extent that our techniques for coping with massively enhanced lifespans are set in place. I would...
  • Commented on An age-old question
    I caught the first 10 minutes or so of the first of this years' Reith Lectures (Dr Atul Gawande); title something like "Why Doctors Make Mistakes". My understanding of his argument was that we're now past the point where ignorance...
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