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  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Of course, it helps if your back exit can be in another universe......
  • Commented on Are VR esports going to become a thing?
    ...and of course driving simulators in arcades, with screens mounted in a long chassis carrying a car seat and controls instead of the usual cashpoint-style case, have been around for yonks....
  • Commented on Are VR esports going to become a thing?
    "...the case of my father crashing his plane in a high-end flight simulator. He ached for days afterwards." I find this puzzling. For a start, I don't see how a simulator that is actually capable of inflicting injuries manages to...
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    "anything that makes exercise into something fun and not a chore" I deny that anything of that kind can exist :) I like walking up hills and things, but I don't like the getting knackered aspect of it; it's just...
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    Something that I am pretty sure hasn't been mentioned because I can't believe I'd have missed something that must either be big itself or have a big reason why it isn't: pathogens. Since the points of divergence (that we know...
  • Commented on From Here To The Holodeck
    I don't have stereoscopic vision either, never have had. Parallax and scale are the most noticeable cues for me, but that doesn't mean they're the only or the most important ones (although they probably are the most important ones). Also...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    Skin effect - lightning has a fast rise time. More common result than you think....
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    I object to being called down to the same level as those things that infest webservers... :)...
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    "Many techies are accomplished healers, though most are reluctant to admit it." I've done that more times than I can count... Owner of some engine-driven piece of equipment: "It won't start! I've tried and tried! It just doesn't work!" Me:...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    "The Malthusian trap is an equilibrium with high birth and death rates, low average income, and where economic growth leads to a higher population at the same low average income." 1) Drop the money talk. That is pure obfuscation and...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Nope. Delayed. Escape is impossible, because we are on a finite planet. It is most unfortunate, really, that in our timeline the step increase in agricultural output came after, not before, Malthus's ideas. That has encouraged far too many people...
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    Well, it's a bit late this year, but I should be able to provide an answer to the "choice" aspect when the one on my shoulder is old enough to try them. (Ears, noses and fingers, along with skin wrinkles...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    "If magic worked, and our culture believed it worked, I think we would treat it exactly the same way as science" Isn't that what we did do back before we developed dependable methods of telling whether something worked or not?...
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    I wonder if the low-tannin oak thing is something like the American left wing still being right wing from a British point of view? - ie. the difference between the distributions on either side of the Atlantic leads to a...
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    "the three types of wild pigeon ... in the UK" Uh? There are five... Columba livia (Normal pigeon) Columba palumbus (Woodie) Columba oenas (Stock dove) Streptopelia decaocto (Collared dove) Streptopelia turtur (Turtle dove) C. palumbus eats acorns, btw....
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    Yes. It was appreciated :)...
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    I must admit I didn't get into motorbikes myself until the 90s, but I'm sure the tyres we got in the 80s weren't as bad as that even so; for one thing, I'd inevitably have heard people talking about how...
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    They are decoupled, as standard, on every typewriter I've ever used. You can push on the end of the carriage to return it to the start of the line, and you can turn the knob to advance the paper, independently....
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Yes. And one of my naming conventions is never to use capital letters in filenames, so I can type them without using the shift key. Pretty much everything violates this, even things that do manage to avoid putting bloody spaces...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    "...the steel casing underwent the same hardening process used for battleship main guns to make it hard enough to penetrate 20 feet of concrete. ... The Grand Slam bomb had 9,136 lb of Torpex. The "Little Boy" bomb used on...
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    "Yeah, MS-DOS also." That's weird, because (per my post) I vividly remember the contrast of DOS not having that problem. The reason I had directories of 600 files on the Mac in the first place was that the next stage...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Oh, sure, those were just the ones I found significant enough so that I can still remember them :) Concerning 0D as a line terminator, I recall that being a fairly common convention in the 8-bit world. The BBC Micro...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    "So who wants to take the first ride?" FTFAGOS... "Would an electric rotodyne have been more efficient?" I'm not entirely sure what you mean by an "electric rotodyne"; a rotodyne is a rotary-wing aircraft that spins the rotor using a...
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    Ha, yes, I remember my "DOS bible" (not Norton's, his was shit) had a section at the end giving tips on how to write your programs so they would be easy to port to the new up-and-coming graphical interface operating...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    It was a long time ago but as I remember it there were 4 significant factors that made it difficult to share files between PC and Mac: 1) In text files, PC used 0D 0A for a line terminator, Mac...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    "(History shows that IBM - not so much, MSFT - lots!) MSFT was the invisible part of the first home-use PC." Disagree... μS just provided the OS, and there wasn't anything particularly special about DOS, especially the early versions. Windows...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    http://pigeonsnest.co.uk/stuff/photos/misc-rail/shrub-hill-signals-3-a.jpg "White is right And red is wrong Green means gently go along" Which I guess is not as bad as German mains cables used to be......
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    I think this is one of those cases where for some reason it sounds like we disagree but actually basically don't......
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    Your first sentence is pretty much what I was saying; the second is a bit dubious. They definitely had large mills powered by water wheels, using line shafting to distribute the power. But they fairly soon started running out of...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Riverboats... yes, you remind me that I've been thinking purely in terms of the standard British narrowboat, which can carry maybe 20 tons or so. Bigger boats work well enough that a modern canal was constructed to link the Rhine...
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