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  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    It's kind of hard to say anything useful with so little context, beyond the obvious point that a separate piece will require more detail than a subsection of a larger book, but at the same time is at considerably greater...
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    "One could, but it wouldn't really work. To much the same degree that it's a subsidy of China it's also a subsidy of anyone who buys Chinese products." True, but that's a more complicated bit of reasoning, so it depends...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    ...Oh, and similar things remain a hazard in modern times. Here we see someone exploring the disused copper mines at Coniston, oblivious to the small simian troll squatting on the flat bit watching the descent and the sabre-toothed gargoyle emerging...
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    Apropos of nothing at all I have just discovered evidence that one of the hazards faced by ancient miners was invasion of their mines by subterranean tentacled monsters. http://filehost.serveftp.net/pic/chthonic-squid.png...
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    Indeed, in Granny Weatherwax's first appearance she fights a magical duel with the Archchancellor, using wizard magic, and is just as good at it as he is. We know from the start that she has a far deeper understanding of...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    "...just stop doing that one thing and the problem will be solved." Differentiating. (As in, the calculus operation.)...
  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    And they do get transported by birds. As reported in "Island Going", which I'm sure someone on here other than me has read....
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    "It also looks like some of my scanner software (Nikon & Epson) might not be Linux compatible" Oh bugger, I'd forgotten about those things. This is the site to check for compatibility of scanners and scanneroids: http://www.sane-project.org/sane-supported-devices.html Epson ones can...
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    "A wing can be like a rigid plane wing, but it's also a propeller. Moving the wing moves air. This how helicopters take off." That propeller action depends on the wing having a suitable angle of attack. It's the same...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    "informed me that nVidea would not provide Windoze10 drivers for the graphics processor." Yeah, you get this pain in the arse on Linux too. Fortunately, Linux being Linux, I've so far been able to keep everything going for years beyond...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Aargh! :) No, I haven't......
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    "Instead of whining that modern countries have noticed how backwards and incoherent your government is, how about you take a seat and join the 21st century instead." <snort> Observations about the validity of insults based on relative albedo among kitchen...
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    "Albatrosses and other large birds have to build up horizontal ground speed... getting air moving under their wings to launch." So do pterosaurs. The article emphatically tells us this, hammering home the point that their relative lift capacity was pretty...
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    "Why albatrosses are the upper limit to powered flight, and we should take our lessons from them. Short answer. They aren't." Neither Robert Prior nor I were arguing that. My point was that the pterosaur article seemed to be going...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    "Direct or inverse correlation?" The Murphy default, of course... "Here's where it's getting a little fuzzy. The virtual copy of Windows does not have a network adapter, but the actual machine that runs the virtual copy of Windows does?" The...
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    Thank you for those interesting links. I didn't know about those beasties. I'm not convinced that they were able to take off without a runup, but I'm not sure it matters too much. His dissatisfaction with the ignorant representations of...
  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    Similar calculations show that there are five other common gases of low enough density to provide buoyancy. One of them is only marginally so, and goes bang; another of them also goes bang; one has a problem with hydrogen bonding,...
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    "Yes, a lower gravity would allow the lifting of more mass" Are you sure? The more mass weighs less, but so does the displaced air (assuming magically equal density), and the two effects cancel out....
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    "I don't know enough about Linux to make the distinction about an emulator" That is not a required precondition for that purpose. It's more or less like this: Windows is Chinese. WINE tells your computer how to speak Chinese. An...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    I wonder if there is also a subset of people who can taste it and consider it a requirement? It might explain why I like brassicas but reject pretty much every other vegetable (except spuds, but they don't really count)....
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Presumably you can have the opposite effect by taking a Viz, especially one that has Johnny Fartpants in it....
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    The same country's army, with a more Trumpulous leader, was doing the same 10 for 1 thing right from the start of the previous war, too. Indeed it seems to be a regrettably common feature of lots of wars....
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    s/over/under/ :) I find a particularly annoying example of Things Ain't What They Used To Be in the malign influence that has come to afflict how people decide to cook things. You used to be able to rely on people...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    "Anyway, the flavorings are often there to keep you from gagging on the main ingredient." Yes, but making it taste even worse isn't very useful... better just to leave it as it is. It's much like when someone has a...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Really? I'd be after trying to condense that with geranium extract, or possibly lemon peel extract. If it worked it would be much more productive than, say, sneaking exotic seeds into the school greenhouse and hoping the teachers didn't recognise...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    "I'll admit that a lot of white people get offended by the comparison of the treatment of native, non-human species with the treatment of native humans, but it's the same problem manifesting in a variety of ways." It gives me...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    "I suspect you and I have both been through a great deal of "everyone else likes this" and often the very specific "*I* like this" with the nonsense conclusion "therefore everybody likes this, and specifically *you* must like this despite...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    "If it had the audacity to grow anywhere else, he'd want it killed." Er... why? Do his ilk have some kind of bizarre idea that the appropriate state of the world is as a sterile expanse of concrete with green...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    "The Pax Americana we've been living under for the past 80 years has blunted the worst of it at the expense of allowing the Americans a free reign." >snort< We had a sodding massive war which left most of the...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    "I was perhaps unclear, but was assuming that the kind of seriously bad weather I'm predicting wouldn't affect the overall power-generation capacity, let alone the grid, and would instead leave us with a zero-sum game: a fixed amount of power...
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