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  • Commented on Book day!
    Another thought: the real reason for the gigantic expense of even simple modifications to signalling arrangements is that, with the move from individual boxes to centralised control, it has become necessary to audit the systems to make sure that their...
  • Commented on Book day!
    There's an interesting inspiration for another branch of railway modellers' alternate history, then. Railways in the Laundryverse: (waves hands) when they made the hole in York city walls they incautiously removed an ancient block of masonry, heedless of the strange...
  • Commented on Unwanted Blogging Vacation
    Have seen the news on twitter. Sympathy is offered even though words are lacking....
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    I encountered that as the second photo in a sequence which someone had put together to make it look as if they were related. The first photo showed someone obtaining a short story printout from a robot short story dispenser...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    I guess it depends on the cat... I must say I have heard other such reports as yours, but all the ones I've seen have been spot-catchers (if they take any notice of it at all). (They've also tended to...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Haha, brilliant! Though I think there's a distinction to be made between being able to properly perceive the image as an image, and being able to perceive gross changes in the general mass of flickery stuff. I never saw a...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Yes, but the point is that we're bad at them because we lack the hardware - we don't have wings, and we don't have the olfactory sensors and associated signal conditioning/preprocessing module of a dog. So it's a bit like...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    "...so many animals spent so much energy on non-reproductive sexual activity." I see that as a nigh-inevitable result of species depending on mating for survival. Some pretty strong motivation must be needed to get one animal to do this really...
  • Commented on Book day!
    Shit. Sympathies....
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    I like to think of it as a set of satisfaction integrals, the outputs of a set of leaky integrators with variable output gain, acting as motivation coefficients for corresponding actions. The leak rate and output gain depend on various...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    "comparing the time differential of it arriving at each ear" That, and also intensity differences, which for higher frequencies are affected by the frequency-dependent variations in polar amplitude response of each pinna. (Which is also buggered up by media with...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    No, of course not. But I am saying that it happens much less often than people messing around forever with cards and the machine. The messing around forever is not all due to incompetence, either. A significant minimum limit is...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Nah, not what I meant... It doesn't matter whether Stalin called himself a communist, or whether other people call him a "proper" communist, or not; the point about Stalin is that he was a cunt. If he'd been in a...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    "The people who fumble for cards are the same people who spend ages searching for coins when they pay cash." That is not what I observe. Excluding non-payment-related holdups like recursive scratchcard obsession or telling their entire life story to...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    "Giving a machine the power to take my money that easily gives me the creeps." It's this sort of thing which is at the root of much of my profound detestation of the whole creeping banking pestilence - the way...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    There are plenty of examples of nations that shoot, starve and generally shit on their populations but do not call themselves "communist". Plenty of examples from South America, for a start, and the European examples are pretty well known... Similarly,...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    ...gah, clicked "Submit" before remembering all I wanted to say... ...the real killer when it came to forcing people to have bank accounts was when they repealed the Truck Act....
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    This is true... but on the other hand, in places where there isn't a post office any more, there usually isn't anything else any more either, so unless you can afford to run a car, you can't live there anyway......
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Trust... ah, yes. Trust in institutions which play fast and loose with your money, hiding behind the "excuse" that it's "normal procedure"... You try to buy something online, pay for it with a card (all too often the only option)......
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    "the poorest NEED a bank account because the government will not pay benefits in cash." Not actually true, but they do try very hard to stop people realising that. There is a post office account specifically for the purpose, where...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    "Interested to know in what situations you find queues quicker with cash?" In my case - all of them. Of the situations I encounter which involve the person at the head of the queue fannying around for ages, one of...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    "the utter shite circulating at present" I blame this on the unfortunate pair of phenomena which occurred at the end of the 80s: the surge in popularity of recreational phenethylamines*, and the reduction of prices of musical instruments with computers...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    There is a quote from Churchill along the lines of "Russia is a mystery inside a riddle wrapped in an enigma" (or some permutation thereof) "but somewhere there is a key. That key is Russian self-interest." That the bit in...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    "...a film set in 1997, the whole premise of which would no longer be possible." Well, I for one went on to read your description of the premise, and thought "huh? That's an ancient cliché, what's so implausible about that?"...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Oh, I think the Connecticut Yankee managed to fit in very nicely thank you. Wipes the floor with Merlin, chummy enough with Arthur to be rude to him... to be sure he suffers military defeat at the end, but if...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    "Not sure when ... George Michael came out - but [he was] also massively popular in this era." 90s I think. He was massively popular - with teenage girls whose prime interest was not so much the crappy plastic pop...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    That bit doesn't worry me - it's such a common bit of tale-enabling nonsense that its nonsensicality barely registers any more. Asimov or Clarke (I forget which) did a short story where they built a time machine and the thought...
  • Commented on How to get a signed copy of The Delirium Brief
    "...Right?" ...Nope. That just seems normal to me. I was going to add "because that's how I live" but it then occurred to me that I'm also perfectly at home with plots where nobody has a car, and all travel...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Er... Waterlooville is a perfectly real and normal place near Portsmouth, and it really is called that. No more of a joke than an address in Trafalgar Square....
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    "the significance of "never disavowing first strike"..." ...depends on your point of view. How it appears to a military commander who is reluctantly compelled to keep the option open in case of thousands of Soviet tanks rolling through the Fulda...
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