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  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    See #40... or did you actually mean to reply to #40 but clicked on "reply to #79" by mistake, since your reply doesn't seem to relate to #79 at all? A necessary part of the definition of a god must...
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    Thanks, that is useful to know. But to pedant the pedant, as it were, I should point out that William H. Stoddard was quoting Socrates, who is unlikely to have written in Hebrew :)...
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    To what extent is "holy" an accurate translation of the original Greek word? Because it seems to me that "the gods love them" is pretty much the definition of "holy", and therefore for the part before the comma to make...
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    Asteroids and vapour, what a merry caper... Galileo, Galileo :)...
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    Hierarchy. Why is it OK for a king to chop a subject's head off but not OK for a subject to chop the king's head off? Why is it not OK for a dog to bite a human but OK...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    I'm fairly sure I've never read that. Of course, he might use the same idea in both books....
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    No, just looking at what I see around me. The "distribution of desirability" applies equally to both sexes, so the number of who'd-look-at-that men is roughly equal to the number of who'd-look-at-that women. Both sets have the same problem that...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    "Is this guy God, or merely a vicious blackmailer?" A blackmailer with, for all you really know, just a souped-up version of Eliza... and a distinctly gullible victim. The stuff about demonstrating that it really is a copy of you...
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    To be noted that the "nobody" in "nobody wants to have sex with me" does not actually mean "nobody at all", but "nobody from that rather small subset of the population whose tits feature all down the right hand side...
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    "...or even understands them well enough to respond to your attempt at evangelism other than with baffled amusement..." It's best understood as a sort of CD-ism, with the same caveat that "you" refers to the human species in general and...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Arthur C Clarke, Songs of Distant Earth, the government of Thalassa....
  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    Would You Rather Die Than Betray Your Emperor? Think Carefully Before Answering...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    "I'd quite like a shift towards more coalition government" As would I... on the grounds that much of the problem with governments is that having been elected, they seem to feel compelled to continually do stuff just to avoid accusations...
  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    Please Do Not Press This Button Again...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    I am reminded of some comments by Sir Lionel Dunsterville in "The Adventures of Dunsterforce" - Dunsterforce being a military group he commanded around the Caspian Sea in the final months of WW1. It was a somewhat daft detachment consisting...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Coming off a bicycle without any car involvement is something that almost never happens to me in a memorable way - it's something that happens when negotiating irregular surfaces at such low speed that the consequences are of no moment....
  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    I like it already!...
  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    "Naming after Naval heroes, fair enough..." Although nowadays "HMS Rodney" suggests that "HMS Uncle Albert" would be even more appropriate....
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    I quite agree. And the "privacy" argument being used to plug it is largely spurious, since it doesn't prevent traffic analysis and that is 90% of the game (cf. the "snooper's charter" which allows for traffic analysis but not for...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    "If you can't see even a recumbent tricycle in time to stop..." Agree completely with that paragraph (while noting that driving without your stopping distance is SOP for an awful lot of drivers), but I was thinking rather of the...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Ah, the Brexit version of the C5 - still crap but with added mendacity to make people think it isn't. It makes the same fundamental mistake as the C5 of trying to use the electric-bicycle legislative loophole - which is...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    I probably agree with your disagreement :) On the occasions when I do lose my bearings, one of the most awkward aspects of recovering is the need to do so in a safe manner, which is made harder by the...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    And one of the many horrible things about the original 68000 Mac with the built-in screen was that the official language for programming it was Pascal with a truckload of bits bolted on the side so you could still do...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    I see what you're trying to do, but I don't think it works. The difficulty is that simply expressing understanding tends to imply at least some degree of sympathy. I'd expect "apprehend" to be parsed simply as a synonym for...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    I experimented with "fiddling with maps" shortly after learning to drive (on a dead straight road, with wide verges, out in the country, with nothing else on it). I quickly found that there was no alternative but to stop. Trying...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Thanks for that; it's been niggling at me ever since Charlie mentioned it trying to remember where Pascal had pointers, and wondering whether they really existed in actual Pascal Pascal, or whether it's just that they existed in one or...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Johnson ;)...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    I will happily admit that I had assumed all routers would be similar to the ones I've had - ie. give you a big enough list that it goes off the screen, even though I've only ever selected them on...
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    Just reading the URL was enough for me to know what it was about: those "religious" institutions in Ireland which differ from the Nazis principally in that they operate on a smaller scale. What it makes me wonder is how...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    "I got ya" still implies approval to me. Perhaps it is time to invent a new horrible internet acronym. UBDA, perhaps, which is nicely pronounceable, standing for "Understand but don't agree"....
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