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  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    A simpler solution would be just to get rid of that field altogether since there was never any point even having it in the first place. Not just on driving licences but on everything. I tend to answer "Other" not...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    It's not Lije Bailey. Wall-E uses a similar premise, but it's not that either (the humans don't live in rooms all alone)....
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    5mW? All that'll do is illuminate it. You need about 300mW (at 808nm) or so before you can actually get something to happen, and even then it only burns an area a fraction of a millimetre in diameter, so you...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    No, weirder than that. They are, too; she's right. (Good to see you back OI, was a tad worried.)...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    That's a rather different kind of beast than the readily-obtainable easy-to-use video-projector semiconductor lasers like that cube thing uses. Probably a sealed-tube CO2 laser, which the Chinese seem to have got mass-production down pat for, or possibly a YAG. It'll...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    Photographic darkroom? External power cutout? Aw, c'mon, live a little... I've got various lasers capable of setting fire to things on the other side of the room while you're not looking, causing pain on bare skin, etc. By comparison with...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    Eh... unoriginal *sniffs* Cambridge got there first with an Austin Seven on top of the Senate House....
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    Carlisle area too....
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    "Giving everybody a pill and a ceremony that turns them into non-compliant free thinkers looks a lot like anarchy" This isn't restricted to LSD and friends though. It's pretty obvious that a major if unspoken reason why They don't like...
  • Commented on Publishing: A Slice of Life
    That sounds like exactly the sort of information I would want to find in a manual. It's really annoying to get some piece of kit and find it has a serial port on the back but zero information on what...
  • Commented on Publishing: A Slice of Life
    unfortunately the molesworth-peason electronick brane hav xploded when headmaster GRIMES ask it to predikt the winner of the 3.30 at kempton hem-hem so another grate plan bite the dust chiz chiz chiz....
  • Commented on Publishing: A Slice of Life
    They've been reading all your blog entries complaining about real-world political developments making you have to rewrite everything... The idea of SF authors as predictors is pretty well established, and has been for a very long time, never mind that...
  • Commented on Publishing: A Slice of Life
    It's older than that. Fancy cables for digital signals (and fancy optical fibres) have been around since the first CD player with an S/PDIF output. Application of the same principle to Cat5 was inevitable. (Cheap speaker cables - use T&E....
  • Commented on Publishing: A Slice of Life
    It wouldn't surprise me if that actually was possible - meaning that the ten people probably exist - although finding them might be another matter. They might well not even read it, just want to be able to say "ah,...
  • Commented on Publishing: A Slice of Life
    Not worth trying; it's not sensibly blockable. Just delete and ignore, which is all an ordinary user can usefully do with any spam. Forgive me for not cluttering up the thread with an explanation this early on :)...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    It was a joke ;) (Same basic layout that Charlie described, but on a lake rather than on the sea, rather more recent, and for different reasons.)...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Funnily enough I was thinking of that exact book when I posted :) One of the great things about that series is the portrayal of the society of that period....
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    There was a drugs-other-than-alcohol scene going on in the inter-war years, it just didn't attract so much attention and hysteria, even though the drugs were illegal (in the UK, at least) if not as illegal as they ended up being...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    "a port/harbour city at near sea level, and a mile or so away, and way the hell uphill, a major conurbation/capital." Like... Bowness/Windermere? :)...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Accidents will always happen. Especially where that particular biological booby trap is concerned....
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    "...half a billion poor Chinese peasants who want clean drinking water and electric light and schools and hospitals and all the other things rich countries have and who will burn coal and gas to generate the electricity to have those...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    "I think it was already established that the only way to reduce numbers GRADUALLY is a global thermonuclear war." Uh, yer wot? That's what I'd call "reducing numbers REALLY FAST". Much like other catastrophic scenarios, such as a global outbreak...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Selling it to the brainwashed idiots who run wikipedia would be a start... There is a bunch in Sweden who argue in favour of nuclear power, and reverse that "Atomkraft - nein danke" into "Atomkraft - ja bitte", with a...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Wehey, free energy and all sorts....
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    The infuriating thing about cars is that as far as the heavy stuff is concerned they're better than they've ever been. Time was when it was only Volvo who bothered with effective (or indeed any) rustproofing or with making engines...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    http://vimeo.com/128040347...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    I think the "slime mould" example is distractingly biological, in that its use of a living organism hints at vitalism. Perhaps a better example would be one that I encountered when I was a nipper and has remained with me...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    "How does one manage, if you have a speech-defect or can only talk in a whisper in Mandarin?" I had similar thoughts on watching some Chinese film (original dialogue + English subtitles) when it got to a scene of an...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    "Ma[1-8]" - There's one of those in English which consists of nothing but the word "buffalo". I don't get that. Not even knowing that it assumes that you'll think "buffalo" can be a verb meaning "to hassle" (wot?). I can...
  • Commented on The Labyrinth Index: sneak preview!
    "Little by little, their brains tired - computers worked just as well!" - Back cover blurb on "Doctor Who and the Cybermen" (Target)...
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