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    I have an inhaler with an automatic counter on the side that displays in big numbers how many honks it's got left. It helps me to not run out of it, true, but it does not help me to remember...
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    Someone once asked me why my pigeon was always standing on one leg. I replied that if he stood on two legs, he'd fall over....
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    Yeah, well... I'm not really into chess. (Or any other kind of game, really.) That's how it goes....
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    Lacrosse was originally a military training exercise. The Turks on Gallipoli used bombs with long enough fuses that you stood a good chance of being able to pick them up and chuck them back. The Brits and Anzacs lost a...
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    Il faut le tuer? Personne me l'a dit!...
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    "I wonder what sort of flim-flammery was going around in the early scientific Age during the 1918 flu pandemic?" Interesting point. The principal reaction I am aware of was "half our bloody troops are unfit for duty", rather more so...
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    Thank you, and to Bill also for the Ammonia Avenue link. Seems like something does happen but they find the idea nearly as weird as I do, and the gulf between where we are now and whether it really is...
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    210Po is kind of dodgy stuff. Its specific power output is so high that getting more than a minute quantity together in one place is thermally contraindicated. Also, even in tiny quantities, it walks. So many alphas whizzing around in...
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    Ivermectin? Really? That's the stuff you put a drop of on the back of pets' necks to get rid of ectoparasites. (The stuff that works, that is, that you have to get from the vet, as opposed to the half-arsed...
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    I remember Turdpress as being a fucking mess on the server side when I used to deal with it, which was quite a long time ago now. As well as being as full of holes as a sieve. And their...
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    1) It wants to be using something like 90Sr for its isotope because if it uses transuranics like they do in spaceships the real nuclear pigeons will eat it. 2) One hundred times the peak power output of an ordinary...
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    I remember something similar to that - a sort of lump with buttons on that you could enter a byte at a time in binary with, as long as it didn't have more than five 1s, or something like that....
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    It's a shame Keith didn't get popped at Gallipoli....
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    Coumadin is the same stuff. (Culture-based confusion: Americans are far more likely to refer to a drug by the trade name used by one specific manufacturer, British to use a generic name.) What makes it particularly dodgy is it has...
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    Warfarin is rat poison, after all. (Though I think they use some turbo derivative these days.) I still find it slightly odd to see it used as a drug since it was in the rat poison application that I first...
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    Nor about how people react when they've had the long-term conditioning of being brought up to believe they can be a general and thirty years later they're still doing route marches and peeling spuds. It is very true that the...
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    It's not really difficult though. The difficult thing is getting people to exhibit any understanding or acceptance of why it's not difficult. Roughly speaking, the total amount of work that gets done is split 10/90 between stuff that's actually useful...
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    "What did you expect when parents are forced to stay home with their kids 24*7 ?" The only way to pull off a lockdown afternoon 'quickie' with their 8-year old son in the apartment was to send him out on...
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    "so are some on the "marxist"(?) left - I've encountered them & they start ranting about "It goes back to the foundation of Israel" " The Sykes-Picot agreement was one of the items in the "see what kind of shit...
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    "We're all cats on the internet." I'm bloody not....
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    I'm not much good at finding this sort of thing. But there seem to be a lot of the same people involved as with Capita....
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    The title of "Evil Empire" has passed on; just as it passed from IBM to Microsoft quite a long time ago, so it has passed again. It's the Apple/Google/Arsebook axis these days....
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    A long time, I fear... they seem to have their fingers in quite a lot of related pies. I catch a vague whiff of something not unakin to Marples and his pals. Their electoral website activities don't seem to be...
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    There's a saying in aero engineering of the form "you can get a brick to fly if you strap a big enough engine to it". Charlie's comment about bicycles versus high speed trains is actually quite apt, just not in...
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    "the Brit system - you are virtually-automatically registered to vote" Since when? You have to register yourself by filling in this form and sending it off to the council. (Or use some website, which when I tried it was such...
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    Ah, it doesn't really. It's not magically more effective at stopping radiation than a lump of wood, or a meatsack, or any other kind of blob built around the standard biological CHO bricks plus a little N for mortar. It's...
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    "To say we're not impressed is akin to finding out you're modelling your 'Consciousness' on fucking silicon Babbage machines." Excellent, love that :thumbup:...
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    Volvo had the design sorted in the 60s: you make it BIG AND SQUARE. Because that works. So in the 70s and 80s and 90s they carried on doing the same thing. And all these bellends started going "eurgh it's...
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    "Amateur Data Archaeologist Hat: It really depends what you mean by "computer", "developed", "mathematical"... :-)" True. "Computer" in particular gives you a heap of sand problem. Maybe it helps to consider how widely a system was used, in that it's...
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    I would take a third position on that: our investigations of mathematics are constrained by how well we can express any given area in terms our brains have evolved to understand. Our brains have evolved basically for the specialist function...
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