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  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    [Minimal, in deference to Charlie @ 164, but not wanting to ignore your comment.] That's essentially the ultimate in "platform-specific software"; the concepts of the platform and the software still exist, even if when things get to that point you...
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    "it might not be possible to store it, short of storing the entire state of the body and brain." I was including that in my elision of all "practical" difficulties. I think the "St Pauli exclusion principle" postulate would be...
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    They must exist, whether or not our current technology and state of knowledge allow us to fully describe them, record and duplicate them etc. (as sound still existed before people like Bell and Edison showed up). Even if it turns...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    There was a short story using that same invisibility of stereotyped actions gag: a chap who on wet days would spin some punter a sob story and persuade them to buy his brolly. He would then pop into the nearest...
  • Commented on Entanglements!
    "there's a male name that eludes me right now but means cock-head." The US male name which is guaranteed to break the flow for me is Randy, all the more so since it seems to be unfeasibly often paired with...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    "Redhat/Centos (Centos is the free version) are the two biggies, but Ubuntu, Debian or SUSE should also be fine." ...Devuan, which is Debian without shitstemd. One of the great things about Debian is it has this thing about running on...
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    "It can take a while for awareness to spread through a large organization." Maybe the PFBs don't want the field ops to know about the deal with the Nestenes yet. "thumping the crust with nuclear explosions" Which are pretty quiet,...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    As regards conservation, maybe it turns out that the device does not actually transport you from wherever you are to the edge of the Grand Canyon, instead it simply maps a small region of your current universe to one of...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Yes. That way you would not need frontages the size of rooms, you'd just need little ones the size of human pupils. That gives you something like six orders of magnitude, so you've a decent chance of other unrelated matters...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Hang on, I suggested that myself when the subject came up before. And you objected with a big list of how it would kill you in nasty ways....
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    http://doctorwhofromthestart.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/the-seeds-of-doom4.jpg...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Terry Pratchett's toilet implementation (see, this is what people really want from it) also mentioned conservation of energy, or the problems of it not working properly. And Charlie himself has of course made it clear that as far as pressure...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    "By "mature" I mean point-to-point over any reasonable distance at such low cost that we can use them instead of doorways within our own homes to connect rooms in different locations (e.g. a living room with a view of sunset...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    It doesn't, though. French-derived spelling, so it'll be "Wattara" or similar. (cf. "cotton wool made from seals".) It's less dubious, though, to observe that Britain's new Downing Street press secretary is now an Austin Allegro with a Briggs & Scrap'em...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    "an "artificial horse" (that is, an automobile)" Ah, but that isn't. The situation is that while you may well manage to make something that beats all comers at 24 hours of lemons, if it doesn't also eat grass, whinny, jump...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    It's a reasonable thing to do if you're trying to build an artificial horse, though....
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    So this "BMI" cack is mass per unit area, then? With an implied density, like paper. Probably doesn't work for Trump because his density is way beyond normal limits....
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    "dibs on a thematically appropriate, invasive-plant-management-failure-photosensibilisation-powered supervillain" He's called Chase, IIRC. And he has the proper James Bond supervillain credentials in the form of his bulk compost shredder....
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Isn't that a Genesis song?...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Surely a 737 shits continuously all the time it is awake. Look at the continuous white streaks it leaves behind it in the sky, and if it wasn't gaseous it would be leaving piles of it all over the airport...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Tesla kept pigeons in his hotel room. He was all right....
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Quite a variety there. It does rather look as if the older ones are better engineered than the modern ones, but the rot seems to have set in pretty quickly....
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Creatures which grow horns because of evolution grow them in a manner and location which take account of the forces they can set up. If you look at eg. a cow skull it has a considerable bony boss that the...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Thinking of AA Milne again... "Anthony Martin is doing his sums." What sums???...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    So does that mean we're finally going to find out what happened to James James Morrison Morrison's mother?...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    It seems to me that there must be a lot more to it than things getting stuck in the vegetation. I too have used third legs - found on the spot, rather than brought with me - and it's quite...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Oh, ar? That makes more sense of the hypothesis that the idea came from people seeing the Arabian oryx side-on, then....
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    I'm not convinced by the structural biomechanics of a unicorn. The usual depictions are quite clear that the skull is the same shape as a standard horse but with a great big long pointy pole glued on the front. Strikes...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    "BECAUSE THEY ARE." Quite. We've looked at that point before, I think. But it seems to be an insight people are highly likely to reject....
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Excellent, big laugh. All the more so as I was singing "my shoggof 'as gorn dahn the plug'ole" to myself as I posted the original comment....
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