MattS

MattS

  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    Compare and contrast, the wife, who grew up in Chelyabinsk (go Traktor!) made her own clothes as a girl as did all her friends (early 80s) because that was what you did. Mad keen for patterns. She still buys clothes...
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    That certainly explains the strange skin tone, it’s thermal heating......
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    Set analysis. The law penalises a set of womenfolk, that intersects with the set of women who can't mount a robust defence because they're poor and in turn that intersects with the set of women who are black. So a...
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    The problem is that up to now security has been framed in the context of code, but this approach fails to understand that recognition and context are essentially language problems. If we look at the problem from a language perspective...
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    As it’s Alabama, it shouldn’t escape notice that this is really a modern version of the old Jim Crow laws....
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    You'd be surprised at how durable kit can be. When I joined the service back in the 80's we were still seeing ye olde contact (floater) sea mines from WWII washing up from time to time on beaches across the...
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    Out of plane manouevre: Back to the Joker origin story. The story is told as stream of consciousness, tip ‘o the hat to James Joyce, and it’s a little ‘odd’ to start with but hey you know the Joker is...
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    I hear the really high priced consultancies have stuffed cows, I can only afford a slightly moth eaten crow, regretfully....
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    You’ve just described what a good facilitator does in a risk workshop. You wave your hands mystically mutter arcane words about probability and then let the client get on with dredging up hinky issues out of their corporate subconscious. I...
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    Paging Winston Churchill, Winston to the CIC for Operation Dardanelles please....
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    The strength of a fatwah is again something that western folk don’t seem to get. But then getting an ability without actually building anything is a way of squaring that particular circle....
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    @786 Elderly Cynic: “had no intentions of building one” I think that’s somewhat misleading as a statement. There’s a halfway step of wanting to acquire a shoulder capability so that should things deteriorate you can quickly develop an operational capability....
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    A question that is undoubtedly occupying the thoughts of the Iranian naval staff. Not too mention giving the Iranian Kilo class sub commander trailing the US carrier a really itchy feeling in the middle of his back. That’s the beauty...
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    There’s at least one SSN in the Gulf accompanying the USS Stennis. USN SOP is that wherever there’s a CVN on operations there’s an SSN acting as an ASW picket. There’s two SSN on station during handover of the picket....
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    Ye gods....
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    They’ve sure got form, Gulf of Tonkin incident, the USS Maine explosion in Havana harbour, phantom WMDs in Iraq. I could go on. Mind you I still like the IRG for it, but believe it ‘cos what SecDef says? Not...
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    I can definitely see Dragons becoming interested in the black arts of economics-econometrics and ending up running the central bank of the kingdom: "look Arthur King o' the Britains' I don't care what Merlin Head of Treasury says about the...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    I thought UK was connected to the European grid via a HVDC link? And the Eurogrid even connects to Morocco. Think about all that Saharan sunshine, I’ve been there, there’s a lot. :)...
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    I read it, succinctly what a load of bollocks. You can always prosecute a reform agenda but you need to make the politics work. Policy wonkiness does not good politics make, and unfortunately this is a lesson that labor seems...
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    I shake my head, what were they (Labor) thinking? Voters don’t start listening until the last week and they’re totally Ill equipped to judge 3 years of policy development in that time, not to mention they don’t want too. Against...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Yes, as in France is the other European nuclear power. America not being a European power, forward positioned B61s notwithstanding. :)...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    As we’re not going to stop the rise of the oceans anytime soon I’m thinking that a lot of the world’s cities will look like Venice. So suburban homes built as houseboats to rise up on fixed moorings with king...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Unfortunately he’s completely symptomatic of the White Male Effect, that extreme risk skepticism that hierarchical commitments induce in white males. See the link below by Kahan for the numbers. There’s another study floating around that shows that this cohorts views...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Back to Brexit. Just finished reading Democracy for Realists by Achen and Bartels. Their thesis is that there’s a folk theory of ‘democracy’ that simply doesn’t fly when you look at how people actually practice democracy. Bottom line it’s more...
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    Likewise I feel exactly the same way about non-metric measures, especially after finding out the hard way that gallons come in two flavors when refueling a frigate in Karachi harbor one Sunday....
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    Julian’s not the messiah, he’s just a very naughty boy. :)...
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    Compare and contrast. Daniel Ellsberg who leaked the Pentagon papers, “I did this clearly at my own jeopardy and I am prepared to answer to all the consequences of this decision”. No hiding in the Equadorian embassy or taking a...
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    I like to think of Julian as the Rupert of the hactivism sphere......
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    Clearly WikiLeaks never watched Yes Minister and missed that, ‘you never believe a rumour until it’s been officially denied’....
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    Brexit, a play in two acts. Wherein the very banality of the first act allows the blow to fall afterwards with more awful effect in the second....
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