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  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    "...and things only get more realistic from there." "I am Arthur, King of the Britons." "'Oo are the Britons?" "Well... we all are. We are all Britons. And I am your King." "Well I didn't vote for you."...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Some people did vote Leave because they thought it would stop us doing Eurovision....
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    Oh, I quite agree, but unfortunately that's about the one thing they're pretty much guaranteed not to do. May has this fixation not just with doing it but with doing it herself. The cancel-get_properly_sorted-reapply route, as well as being significantly...
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    Gah, what a horrible article, the Guardian is starting to sound like the BBC. Basically, he's just doing his job, which is to make sure Parliament plays by the rules. In this case, the rules say that wasting everybody's time...
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    re #587 - correct :)...
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    Discworld is a literary Shackleton....
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    π is, of course, "about" √10. IIRC the π=3 thing is from the Bible. The dimensions given for Solomon's temple do not make sense unless you take π=3, which raises the intriguing possibility that the building was actually originally designed...
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    Yes, they can, and they will unless we've got a proper reason for it. Yet more farting around does not count as a proper reason. And the default outcome is leave with no deal. Radio: we do have the TV...
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    Not Hirta, though. Too big, too survivable. Boreray perhaps. Or Stac an Armin, big enough to have been survived on for months at least and it can't have been much fun....
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    "I was wondering how Brits knew who to complain to when a radio signal was interfering with something" There is a specific authority to complain to, which I jolly well ought to be able to remember, since I've done it,...
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    "...though I would have thought that the realisation that every single claim made by brexit supporters - including the ones I swallowed - have shown to be lies - would almost guaranteed a "remain" vote." Thing is... remember how the...
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    or maybe not the russian bear maybe the swedes we showed argentina now we'll go and show these makes us feel tough and wouldn't maggie be pleased nah nah nah nah nah nah nah!...
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    Tolkien, of course, admitted that he wasn't really sure himself what the deal was with Tom Bombadil, and he put him in because he specifically wanted to include an element that didn't really make sense. He does have a distinct...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    "There are NO areas which are outside science's field of enquiry." Sorry, I'm afraid we're going to have to agree to disagree on that :) Plenty of things among those that come up on here, for starters....
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    Yes. I think the good old inverse square law makes the whole idea kind of daft if we're talking about planet-bound observation and excluding close-passing scout ships/probes. While beam-forming does extend the range (at the expense of reducing the chance...
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    "Also, the higher the bandwidth of your EM communications channel, the more closely it appears to approach the state of low-level white noise to an external observer." (Not "the higher the bandwidth", but "the more efficiently the bandwidth is used".)...
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    "...the 1940s to the 1970s with the border blaster radio stations that put out 100,000 watts of radio. Nowadays we're a lot more quiet..." Hehe... only a few miles from me there is a transmitter putting out 500kW at 198kHz....
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    "Of the legit scientist types I've met that happen to have a religion, none has provided a 'scientific' argument for the existence of a god." But why should they? They are probably more than well aware of the futile waste...
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    "In Judaism, as I understand it, there's no "hell"; rather, the worst punishment is to be banished, not to behold the godhood." cf. "Whosoever believeth in me shall not perish, but shall have eternal life" (from memory). There's plenty of...
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    "It's worth rereading how he describes the Orcs, with their slanty eyes, sallow skin, and curved blades." See to me that does not evoke any kind of "Fu Manchu" type image - rather it's a pretty standard cliché villain type...
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    Atheism is effectively a religion in behavioural terms. Atheists often hate me saying that because they see it as an attack on that part of their sense of self which is built around being "not religious", and I in turn...
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    "...orcs stand in for people of (some) color (yellow in LOTR, IIRC)..." No, orcs in LOTR do not stand in for any kind of people. The whole thing about orcs is they are irredeemably evil so they don't count as...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Agreed. I was quite happy with the conventional use of the term "antisemitism" when I was little ("Mum, what does antisemitism mean?") but it started to graunch when I found out what a Semite was. Now I keep thinking "The...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    I agree. It has me working out what kind of curve whatever it is they're talking about is likely to follow to see if it really does go like ex, and it's hard to restrain myself from giving them a...
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    Afraid I must respectfully disagree concerning Charles Hamilton! At least if Billy Bunter taken alone is still representative. It's so crap it's actually nauseating - and I say that to mean a literal psychosomatic response, not as a metaphorical description...
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    The one in the article looks like it's about 1.5 to 2 square metres or thereabouts. Trouble is the usual one with things like this - they've chosen the wrong common atmospheric oxide to reduce. OK, reducing the other one...
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    ...but a polity still at the "nicer" end of the scale for that type: nice enough that they do still consider the "involuntary" bit significant, as opposed to just condemning her to public execution regardless....
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    To be fair to Sturmey-Archer I don't think they come from the factory like that. It's just that after churning around for years in the mixture of manky ancient oil, water, and nanopowdered rust that you typically find inside a...
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    I would welcome correction from Charlie if any of it is genuinely justified, but to me it looks like pure manufactured bollocks. Antisemitism, being notably associated with Nazis, is a very convenient accusation for actual Nazis to throw around to...
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    It's also a good reason not to eat the little packages of concentrated pollution......
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