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  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    The threat to Western democracy that has replaced global-scale nuclear war is not local-scale terrorist attacks, but the response to them. Personally, I preferred the threat of nuclear war. Comparing 1987 to today... we have made some limited progress in...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    Yes, 3D-printed guns are for the magicians. Chamber pressures are in the kilobars, and you're not going to contain that with some dubiously-bonded structure made of crappy plastic chosen almost entirely for its low melting point and friendly behaviour in...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    Very good point about the robot peasant; just how much of current agriculture fails on sustainability simply because it is designed around big clumsy things that perform crude, large-scale operations while tied to the back of a tractor? Pesticide spraying...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    Which internet? I can see what we think of today as "the internet" becoming both increasingly unusable and increasingly undesirable to use; and I can see a response to that arising through a combination of geeks and hackers with the...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    "There is no inherent virtue in getting by with fewer headcount. That's a value that capitalism likes to promote because it increases the bottom line, but it's not actually worth fighting for on its own merits." Couldn't disagree more; it's...
  • Commented on PSA: The Delirium Brief
    That's not so inconsistent really. It helps if you consider the difference between the two opinions to be a matter of the timescale over which they are deploring the same underlying attitude....
  • Commented on PSA: The Delirium Brief
    Charlie has just tweeted this: http://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2017/05/that-critical-threat/...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Even professional ones are still excessively sensitive to IR, though - witness the weird hue exhibited by fires on TV these days, or anything which is red-hot....
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    It's how the visual system handles chromatic aberration - concentrate on one end of the spectrum and don't bother processing the blue at high resolution. Only, when there's nothing but blue... Really noticeable with things like 405nm LEDs or lasers,...
  • Commented on PSA: The Delirium Brief
    As I watched it taking over on twitter from complaints about dementia tax and Tory inconsistency, it didn't take long for my thoughts to pass through "oh how bloody convenient" and get to "it's a false flag operation by the...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    The stupidity may not originate with the bike manufacturers; I suspect it may well have bled over from the buyers of car headlamp bulbs. When HID headlamp bulbs first happened they were distinctive by reason of their bluish tint. Their...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Haha, I've actually done that :) It's one of those things that superficially looks like such an obviously good idea that it's weird that they haven't done it, but when you check out the details it's suddenly equally obviously a...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    With "films projected on a pale green wall" I think you're touching on another aspect - how much colour accuracy matters depends on what the image is being used for, even if it's the same image. With films, the important...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    I have on occasion expended enormous effort and wasted lots of ink and paper trying to get the colours on photographic images to be printed somewhere close to right. Kind of expensive, because you can't use cheap paper for "drafts";...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Yes, but even with colours which are immediately adjacent to each other on the same "colour-reproducing thing" (monitor, page, whatever), "don't quite match" is still quite a significant difference. The use of 8 bit values for display - as opposed...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    The continued existence of Pantone is really rather depressing. I suppose it made sense back when colour reproduction was still in a primitive state that people should have no better way of describing colours than by reference to a look-up...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Uncanny Flying Objects. They have psychic powers, such as the ability to make people believe in them....
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Did you intend to address that to Greg, rather than to me? Reason I haven't used Windows for years and years is I've been using Linux instead - starting with plain Debian, moved to Ubuntu for a couple of years...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    "That was your anti-virus reacting to the lack of an "https" as opposed to "http" in the URL." oh ... for ... fuck's ... sake So Symantec has now decided that a mere unencrypted connection is grounds for blocking access...
  • Commented on PSA: The Delirium Brief
    ...FWIW the scrambling is just a partial letter substitution code so the content is recoverable, if one can be arsed... = 0 1 a A b B c C d D e E g G h H j J `...
  • Commented on PSA: The Delirium Brief
    It's not IO9 doing it, it's bloody scribd. For reasons known only to them and Cthulhu they have chosen that abortion of a site to host the content on (the area in which it's supposed to appear is a scribd...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Well, they are more or less monogamous, in the same sense that humans are - stick with one mate long-term, but both sexes are occasionally partial to a bit on the side. Since the breeding strategy is much the same,...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    "Watch for Turkey to be added to the list of badduns Real Soon Now." They've been on a kind of second-tier list for centuries; they weren't very nice when they were the Ottoman Empire and the main thing that changed...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Sorry, I got distracted immediately after posting my previous reply. (The twitter client I use has kept changing things since I first started using it in 2013 and every single change has made it more shit. So I have 2...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Well, I don't think Fatty does act particularly rationally. China and the US principally don't like him not for reasons connected with his position on human rights or political ideology, but because they consider him a potential danger who might...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    "I really don't understand: do you think that there's actually a super-special CABAL of EVIL HYDRA AGENTS out there?" The way I see it is: You repeatedly hint that such a cabal does indeed exist, and you know who they...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    You remember that chap near the beginning of one of Iain Banks's books (think it was Consider Phlebas, but not really sure) with the interchangeable metal dentures? And one set was in the form of wire-strippers, sized for fingers? Fatty...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    I guess how one views the BBC depends on how one comes at it. In my case that's nearly always by reading text on their website, and that content isn't too bad. But if I'm at someone else's house and...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    "5m is not cheap but a bloody bargain compared to the current disruption." It's also something less than half an hour's worth of the yearly NHS budget; something about naval disasters and small quantities of petroleum products springs to mind....
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    "#1 Why do Neutron Bombs have sex appeal over the other stuff?" Assuming that by "sex appeal" you mean "perceived military value"... they don't. "Neutron bombs" are an anti-tank weapon; the point of them is that it's actually quite hard...
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