Damian

Damian

  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    Hmph. You’d think that if I accuse a bloke of gibbering, I’d take care to ensure I had speeled it correctly. It was autocorrect, but that doesn’t really help, so it’s a great opportunity to admit fallibility is a basic...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    “Snark” is a funny way to spell gibberish, racist bullshit. Though I suppose it is coming to be a euphemism for exactly that....
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    Glad I saw this before reading it, because I could imagine the character pretty clearly that way. I'm totally with the idea it's the real GC, there are plenty of very believable jumping off points in our universe that could...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    By the way, Waring was on Philip Adams’ radio program last week. Podcast shouldn’t be easy to find on the RN site....
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    The trout with lasers on their heads would be the screening element for the sharks with lasers on their heads. Obviously. They protect the sharks from the exploding remoras....
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    And that reminds me that someone hacked an Alexa into a singing robot fish. I totally forget where I saw that, it might have been here....
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    With an antennae attached to their adipose fins, and frickin' lasers att... no wait, that's something else isn't it?...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    Been thinking through the OP. I'm pretty sure that Spooky the Cat is just a cat, though. (Sometimes a pipe is just a pipe.) Maybe, but that doesn't mean it is what everyone thinks it is, either. Ceci n'est pas...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Sure, but what would I do with thousands of trout?...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    Ah, yes I did that too. Then ended up just buying and downloading the new one through Steam. But like you, I have things to get done and open ended disctractions are meh. Read all of Digger Friday night and...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    The one game I play that requires it is losing its appeal Not Civilization by any chance? That's the reason I have Steam (not that I play much these days)....
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    I really should give up even trying to post from an iPad. That link was supposed to be to https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/cartoon/2014/dec/11/first-dog-national-mood. Unless of course it's that links to the Grauniad don't work, which I suppose is also fair enough....
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    They’re busy driving the clown car off a cliff while fighting over who gets to light the thing on fire Reminds of of this First Dog on the Moon cartoon from 2014. Of course, it’s still the same government, we’ve...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Free trout for a free people I’d vote for you, but I’d expect my free trout....
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Sat down to write a brief response, but realised it’s actually a lot more complicated and I might need a couple of versions (and coming back to this after getting halfway through and going away for a few hours, apologies...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    I suppose I did want to double check we weren’t supposed to connect the Mandate, Iris, wossname-hotep and the “black pharaoh is not the sleeper” any earlier than the point where all these line up in TDB. I went back...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    I tend to refer to this as the pastoralist khmer rouge fantasy - because it cannot happen, and ends in mountains of skulls I meant to come back to this, but got distracted by the shiny. I would say this...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Its a good joke, but I guess there was a time a saw libertarians as funny, and that was a long time ago now. I’m not generally humourless, but these days I can really only see libertarians as thieves....
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    At the moment the joke going around is that when the Australian PM changes, it’s time to change the batteries in your smoke alarms....
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Well that was an interesting and fun few hours. Meant to read only a few pages in, but the time sort of ran away....
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    What I remember from studying PNG is that the common factor seems to be long fallow periods with a range of fallow vegetation. Individual local differences as to whether cropping involved mono cultures or mixed planting and the role of...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    You’re missing something: someone is making billions selling that coal to those Chinese villagers. Most large fortunes seem to be related to energy - it’s one of the industries where the margins are so high that the marginal cost of...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    I think you're misreading the politics of the situation. That’s very possible! Just not in the way you mean. I had meant “rationale” rather than “rationalisation”, and had meant to write more about the IPCC position and sympathising with it...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Still isn’t even 2° based on some optimistic assumptions? Assumptions made in part in an effort to be politically palatable, the rationalisation being that realistic assumptions lead to outcomes that will be dismissed as “alarmist”. My impression was that 4°...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Minor quibble. There are most likely people alive now who, barring an event that just kills us all stone dead, which admittedly no longer seems all that unlikely, will be alive in 2100. Might not be people you’d invite to...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    The other possibility we haven’t considered is that we are defining “groundbreaking change” in a way that assumes it is done by “maverick individuals” as a part of the way we think of what it means. That makes this a...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    You realise they are not mutually exclusive, right? How about I rephrase Mark’s question... What’s the difference between an infrastructure built with VMw@r3 and Nut@n1x* spread on a bunch of fully populated blade chasses in a set of locations, and...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Right, and at least some access to education is also a necessary condition. The examples support this. No-one is saying they think they have the answers on what sufficient conditions might be. None of this is any kind of counter...
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    Even while x% of “cloud” is VM/CMS and zLinux......
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Darnit, lost the post to timing out, then on recovering a segment hit submit by accident. That’s supposed to be: A ragged urchin, aimless and alone, Loitered about that vacancy; a bird Flew up to safety from his well-aimed stone:...
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