MattS

MattS

  • Commented on Excuses
    "...full of baffling people doing inexplicable things for unfathomable reasons and enjoying it." Having put aside childish things I still find that still to be the soupe du jour. Mind you for me the best books written about childhood were...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Apologies for the length of this, but I was in a hurry. :) The [why] is pretty simple, they're scared of the Americans kicking off round two of the Korean war thereby wiping out the glorious kingdom of the eternal...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    Noting how well armed the open carry 'enthusiasts' were in Charlottesville, I'm inclined to think that a couple of APC, some SAWGs and a helicopter gunship are in order....
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    And there I was reaching for my annotated Alice, on the basis that if there's wargling going on then woofling is not far behind....
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    My problem is I sweat, a lot, which in my natural habitat is not a problem but when you're halfway up a mountain and the inside of your jacket is a rain forest it starts to get to be a...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    the wording of section 44 suggests Just what you want from a constitution, 'suggests'. Edmund Barton would be spinning in his grave around about now....
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    My read is that McCain is riffing on Shakespeare, and specifically Julius Caesar, at the moment. Paraphrasing, "if we agree that we're going to stick the knife into the ACA, then I want blood on the hands of all the...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Possibly they're just outliers on the white male effect spectrum. After all being a super villain is hardly a low risk career strategy, and definitionally you're dealing with existential threats (paging Mr Bond). So their risk appetite is er, rather...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Aye lad, Sudanese fourth? You were lucky!...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Or there's Mr Ki, who in the wake of disastrous civil war founds a reclusive hermit state that requires everyone to dress like they're an extra from a nineteen fifties film. All the while building the worlds largest minefield, underground...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Oh yes Jetstar...sigh. In a former life I worked for a railcar manufacturer called Goninans and we built trains! Literally from the ground up (bogies) as full design and construct exercises. Our last two designs (OSCAR and HRC) were rated...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    So here in Oz we have both viable building societies ( in fact they out perform banks a lot of the time) and ubiquitous pay wave using both card and phone. We're pretty close to the Japanese in terms of...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    When I joined the Andrew we still did payments in cash, pay sentry with loaded Browning, envelopes and all., 'twas the early 80s. Of course SO cash got to take the obligatory Polaroid of the cube of money prior to...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    ...But in the mean time 'Reality TV" has become the new normal and imagine the shark feeding frenzy the new gods of the interwebz are going to go into over this one. Of course if I was really dystopian the...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Intercept protocols are unmistakable (basically fly in front of nose and waggle wings) and after 9/11 very, very well known, so the 'follow me' signals would be well understood by our ANA flight. Oh and failing to raise SF TRACON...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    That unfortunately is a general problem with Airbus hulls of whatever generation. Too noisy, taper problems and it's worse at the back....
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    OK, so 'why NATO first use' is the wrong question. The real question is why when a conventional defence of Europe was eminent possible did NATO 'NOT' pursue that option. Why? Why oh why? In hindsight the revealed preference was...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Had a similar problem where I worked a couple of years ago, a 13 floors down evac route. Basically we had to institute a fast lane, slow lane system. If you're slow hug the hand rail. If you're not go...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    I always suspected those Koch brothers were the corporeal incarnation of the Umbrella Corporation....
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    When commercial aircraft are evacuated the standard (and unstated) drill is to leave anyone who's not ambulatory until after all other passengers are off the aircraft. Sorry but to do otherwise slows down the evacuation. Lose one to save the...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    A few more problems come to mind (speaking as a former damage control officer and instructor). Use of person self evacuation equipment such as smoke hoods came into the (Australian) fleet post the Falklands,the USS Stark also shaped our opinions...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    Think about it from an organizational perspective for a moment. The problem facing the Laundry is the same one that faced the Luftwaffe, RAF and USAAF during the air war in Europe. That is what do you do with your...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    Just as a BTW what's the Black Chamber been doing for all these years in preparation for 'The Day'? As I see it they have access to a black budget an order of magnitude larger than the Laundry a predilection...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    I would love to have the defence brief on this. The fundamental problem you'd have in prosecuting for war crimes, once we'd established that the international court had jurisdiction over extra-dimensional actors, and the U.K. Government was willing to render...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    I sent a DNA sample (birthday present) off to 23andme who run genotyping tests to determine geographic ancestry composition (geographical regions your genes align with), haplogroups (common ancestry) and neanderthal ancestry. There's a number of companies who offer these sort...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    The good doctor wife, who hails from Chelyabinsk (go Traktor!) will be terribly disappointed at that......
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    As we are apparently as close to the pointy eared ones as we are to neanderthalis I'd think no assistance needed. I say this as the proud custodian of 93% more neanderthal genetic variants than the rest of the population....
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    Maybe an answer in search of a question? The question being what is the shape of civil infrastructure required to bring a large chunk of the worlds population through the step change (in geological terms) of the Anthropocene leading edge....
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    Yeah, How about the geopolitical implications of climate change for real. This is my spin on Monbiot, although in military planning it's been around for years in various guises. Bottom line this future is pretty grim. By the 2050's the...
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    My take on this is that the plastic lifecycle in the ocean is that it gets into cells, and (apart from our harvest) after going around a couple of times eventually ends up in the ooze of the abyssal plains...
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