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  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    I always think of names they won't give ships when I see Royal Navy 'noun' ships There's always the unofficial names boats get... I can only think of a few british WW2-era ones, but there are probably as many as...
  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    Yeah - I'm just re-reading Excession, and the terrestrial units are kind of noticeable, but it would be even more jarring to have some invented Culture units. There's some stealth-sorta-non-terrestrial stuff in there, from recollection. The 'kilo-' prefix is 2^10...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    UKIP will largely disappear as an electoral force since it no longer has a meaningful purpose. If it were a slightly more coherent political party, and not a load of wingnuts hanging from farage's coattails they could easily hang around...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    With that in mind I've always worn the same colors (but not uniforms, of course) as those of the the local polizei when cycling. There's been an interesting bit of high-vis kit on sale in the UK that is yellow...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    there are elements who would view this as a giant asset-stripping exercise with England being the bit that is actually worth something England being worth something seems like a charmingly optimistic view. There's London and its environs, but does anywhere...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    It doesn't surprise me that asylum seekers were equated with E.U. workers. Scott Adams (Dilbert) http://blog.dilbert.com/ has a great series concerning cognitive dissonance. Well worth reading even if it does raise the blood pressure on occasions. There's a phrase that's...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Once she has failed on her own, the Labour party can pick up the pieces after the next GE. Firstly it isn't currently clear that the labour party could find its arse with both hands, so to speak. Secondly, the...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    I could see a lot of voters believing it is the fault of a petty and vengeful EU who wanted the UK to suffer for daring to leave and as a warning for other nations. In that situation, the UKIP...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    I too am frustrated by the fear of fission by the scientifically illiterate, but it doesn't look like a solvable problem in the near term. France must be laughing up its sleeve at the rest of Europe in this regard...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    1)What it would take for Australia to pursue a trade deal with the UK? Well, how much do you guys like coal? Coal and iron ore and overpriced houses? You've still got a functional iron industry, right? Please, somebody buy...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    I think dear old Madam May had a burning ambition to get to the top, which she's achieved, but like the last-but-one holder of the office is not actually very good at it. In her previous job she could be...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Has anyone considered the startling similarity between the Brexiters & the SNP? As in: ALL PROBLEMS WIll vanish once we get rid of the EVIL EU/English ( delete as appropriate? ) Just out of interest, did you read the last...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    If you can avoid thinking about the specific subject of your question for a moment, and instead look at the general query: And I'm still boggled by the idea that anyone other than perhaps (whatever) researchers would *want* a wifi...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    For my money (which as the payer of non-trivail amounts of UK tax it is) TM is and always has been on the side of whatever looked like propelling her to the highest office most quickly... Oh, I don't disagree....
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Possible conspiracy theory-May et al were on the remain side pre referendum. Maybe the current fuck-ups are deliberate, to ensure no viable deal happens and we never leave? Eh, she claimed to be on the remain side, but in reality...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    oh look, Turkey is accusing Denmark of being involved with Bosnia/Serb genocide. No really, go look it up. I see some accusations leveled at the Netherlands, and some tangentially related grumpiness pointed at the Germans, but not so much about...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    I admit to making good money over many years from "I can haz threads... arrrgh, y u no worky" type programmers. The new failure mode isn't so much projects drowning in a sea of mediocre developers and managers, but instead...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Eh, I'm only here to grumble about programming languages, but reposting stuff that was mentioned in the OP seems a bit silly a best, and perhaps a little rude?...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    upper management, upon seeing it, realize that there was MONEY in those results, and, for a while at least, mandated that ALL future jet engine controller projects be done in Ada. I do not know whether that is still in...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    This is, IMO, the reason there is a sort of bias against employing them when you need to solve something via computers. And yet it is not what Elderly Cynic was talking about, and it was his post I was...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Allow me to offer a different perspective. Perhaps first you could point out where I suggested that domain-specific problems should not be solved by domain experts?...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Curiously, I've never heard that graduates of any other subject are worse in their field that people entirely ignorant of it. Either computer science is unique in damaging the abilities of those who study it, or there's a systematic bias...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Another problem I've found is that not all engineering fields put strong emphasis on teaching programming (snip) Doesn't even need to be engineering... I know a bunch of biologists and psychologists and an astronomer who have all ended up doing...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    I don't think that would make C better, though, because of the lack of a generic collection type or the ability to interrogate types. Clearly, you're not prepared to make like awful enough for yourself (or your future self, or...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    There are a fair few Grand Designs that seem to be all about big glass-fronted concrete boxes like they're building an office block rather than a home. I'm sure they're lovely to be in, if only because once you're inside...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    #338, Sfreader: Which explains how the Count could turn into a bat or to ashes at dawn. I'm assuming that multitudes of these molecules could be programmed to merge to form one 'being'. Reality is getting weirder. (Wonder what inspired...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    The hoary old topic of solar and batteries has been brought up and argued here in many threads passim ad nauseam, so there's probably not much more I can add that's of any value. That said, I'll do it anyway...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Re: THESUNTHESUNTHESUN I'd pull out the old LMGTFY, except it turns out that G isn't actually very good at returning useful information on the subject, so I'll just come out and tell you anyway (assuming there is still at least...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    They suspiciously hang there doing nothing, (snip!) But they don't respond when I prod them as I would do breasts. ... With no twitches or nerves. The cremaster muscle can be quite busy, under the right circumstances. Mostly involuntary. Acquire...
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    Building lots of little lasers isn't quite enough to solve the rock-frying problem... see earlier comments by others re: apertures, and so on. They are potentially quite usfeul for launching and pushing things that can fry rocks though, which was...
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