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Damian

  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Right verdict, but the message might get lost. IMHO the message is: all this use of lethal and just-dialled-back-from-lethal-a-little-bit force is really not on, and escalation is something the perp does, never an officer. Anyone who started out being an...
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    Dammit: "yaw independent of roll"... spotted it just after hitting "submit"....
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    Well it's just nice to be able to control yaw independent of pitch, even if you don't really "need" it. TBH hang gliding is something I'd love to do, but 1) I already have more things to do than I...
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    I note that you get comment 666 in this thread, which is nicely done. Yes, my Intel Mini was really to fit a similar need... though it maxes out at 64GB. I did install that myself, at 1/3 the Apple...
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    I can go first... I'm still kicking myself for buying what is probably one of the last Intel Mac Minis last year. Also, the last iPad mini was a bit disappointing... but I'm looking forward to seeing how interesting the...
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    20 years ago a TBM wouldn't even have looked at ignimbrite! I wonder when the breakthrough* was and specifically what it was. They started the first of these modern-era large tunnel projects in Brisbane in 2006 with Herrenknecht TBMs and...
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    Well digging up the lawn in pursuit of thermal efficiency is a pastime, surely. I was seriously planning on it not long ago and still might. Well I'm digging up the front garden anyway, so it would just fit in...
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    That's almost directly across the road from where I lived (with my mum in a basement flat of a similar 3-story terrace, with the owners living in the upper 2 stories) when I was a teenager going to SBHS. I...
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    I am not surprised that heating in Queensland isn't a problem :-) Of course :) But it's really about differentials. Getting to 20C inside when it's 45C outside is energetically similar to getting 20C inside when it's -5C outside. Sure...
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    Personally I think they're hilarious. Look, we're all insane, it's just that occasionally some of us can pass ourselves off as a normal well enough to hold down a responsible job. Well some... that clearly isn't universal. It's the ones...
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    Maybe it's the UKish thing about expecting to be able to do electrical installations yourself? I wouldn't try that with a split system, even though it's obviously not rocket surgery. The skillset (and cert requirement) is for both "electrician" and...
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    Like watching the Louvre burn down. I met him briefly once. There was (and maybe still is) an organisation that would form music groups by recruiting kids from all the high schools in Sydney, partly on a regular basis but...
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    Not sure what more I can do. Oh, there really isn't anything and you've done quite a lot. Please don't take my comment as a criticism, I'd meant it to mean that even you, who are taking so much trouble...
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    The toque will not fly off. Will the same approach work with a fez?...
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    Re: heat pumps, all through the discussion I have simply assumed that everyone's mental model for what a heat pump is includes ground-coupled versions and not just air-coupled, which is what I would call reverse-cycle aircon. Yet once I had...
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    Some years ago I realised that keeping our landline number was constraining our ISP choices, so I migrated it to a cloud/VOIP solution that costs pocket change to keep going (free account, $5/year for the DID but when I signed...
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    The interesting angle here is Bastiat and the Luftwaffe as window breakers....
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    They aren't voting Tory because they have never heard of Socialism, or because they don't know about Labour policies. So what are you saying here: they are voting Tory because they are arseholes? There's a lot of that going around......
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    I think there's been a cognitive bias at large in the world that associates "flaky hippy" groups with the left, but I think that is a category error and always has been. It quite possibly simply didn't arise much back...
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    In the case of an entire line of succession being wiped out, that is a kingdom finds itself in want of a rightful monarch, precedent is to find a rightful monarch in want of a kingdom and make him an...
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    Leaving this here for Frank, though I don't want to get into another argument about this topic. Article possibly gives a bit more background on my perspective viz human "predation" for population control. And the discussion in the article notwithstanding,...
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    I do wonder whether Professor Kingfisher experienced an uptick in Amazon sales following on from these remarks, and whether she'd have noticed (and whether Ms Vernon isn't a lurker or even regular commenter here). Certainly I bought and have been...
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    Great article, thanks so much for sharing it. I think it shows what happens when things that had not been gendered encounter mass marketing and become gendered. But as an (eye) opener, that graph is just stark and brutal....
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    Having said all that, I haven't seen Haidt's study myself. Is there a quick way to get up to speed on this? Well Haidt has a pop-sci book out called The Righteous Mind, which develops the material about different moral...
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    Sure, that rings true for me too. To me, being more predictable isn't a shortcoming. To draw a really poor analogy, sometimes the only reason for deception is to get the bidding high enough that you can declare open misere....
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    It's worth pointing out that this is one of the postcard examples of confusing preference or aptitude with underlying socially-mediated structural disadvantage (in relation to @89 above, believing 3) is the case when in fact 2) is the case). It's...
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    While I'm not addressing your point here (if I were, I'd point out that studying things that are socially constructed is perfectly reasonable and has quite a strong epistemological base, with no less empirical rigour than most disciplines) some of...
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    I agree, and I think a lot of the argument here is at cross purposes (as some of the participants acknowledge). I'm sceptical about 3), only because I'm unconvinced we (any "we") can trust all the things we believe about...
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    *shrug* I don't think you're racist and I'm not trying to describe some sort of test. I'm just not sure about the distinction, I think when we perceive some of these things we struggle with our understanding of the situation...
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    My point was that I think the boundary between 2) and 3) is so indistinct that 3) could be entirely hypothetical. That's because separating genuine examples of 3) seems to me extremely fraught. Sure there are trivial examples like halal...
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