Damian

Damian

  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Don't tell me... it also automatically detects when a string has originated from an untrusted source and helpfully forks a setuid shell in which to execute it....
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Because economics isn't, by-and-large, and evidence-based discipline. One of my bugbear themes is that the Rationalism versus Empiricism dualism in Western culture never really went away (some say it went away after Kant, some that it was after Heisenberg), the...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    You can't dig road tunnels because the city is built on top of the basalt plug left by an extinct volcano, and all the soft rock was shoveled away by the ice sheet umpty thousand years ago. Brisbane has been...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    A protracted begging campaign from the UK? "Sure we ditched you in 1942 then again in 1973, but we mean it this time". Not clear what a trade agreement with the UK would do in terms of access to actual...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    I think the closures of functional languages are kinds of references. While it's possible to code in a way that has no side effectts, a function that updates a variable whose scope only it and other calls to it have...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Telstra has a free (as in beer) SMS gateway with a WS Interface that looks easy to use. I have been meaning to play with it but didn't have a use case. You could just send your message with SoapUI...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Sounds a little tangled but I think I see your intention. I'd suggest to turn off bridge only mode and disable proxy ARP. Use DHCP lease reservations in lieu of your MAC filtering. Then use the aforementioned good old iptables...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    While it does you credit to keep a piece of kit running for that long, in particular from my perspective where the Queensland summer has a strong tendency to cook consumer network gear over time, I nonetheless humbly submit that...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Depends on what you think Science is and what it's for. I think you're conflating some quite different kinds of activity. Technology is always artifice, and that's possibly what you mean by art here. It's applied science which is just...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    I spent a good half hour from around 0030 on January 1st, 2000 calling all the vendor field techs whose numbers I had stored in my phone (not many) to wish them a happy new year. Not one turned out...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    the idea of having six racks of kit to make it difficult to go to the loo at night I'm working on that... at the moment it's about power really. Watershed is where it gets easier and cheaper to...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Take something both complex and subtle that a lot of really smart people have been working on for a long time trying to get it to work properly across a wide range of situations, and bash out a rough approximation...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    I suspect in a basement you could use acoustic-lined ducts and just substitute length for design to some degree. Yes - via google I've noted a few designs where the builder has just taken flexible ducting and made several s-bends...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    This is amazingly thoughtful advice and thank you. The underlying principles do seem to be relatively straightforward (even if some of the materials are a little exotic outside of the relevant industry) but studying existing commercial designs is a great...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    The other side of the coin is that material isn't a substitute for design. You see so many of these plywood boxes being built, re-sold (almost immediately) then sprouting external airconditioning compressors on every wall. Similarly there is no inherent...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    Which is still interesting if only because GEB -> quines -> Ken Thompson on trusting trust. And to be fair, our friend is really trying to make the same case as Ken but in relation to social media and how...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    Every generation thinks it invented ironic distance and the meta- thing isn't very different. Exegesis of exegesis of exegesis (to the Nth derivative) is nothing new at all, but (especially but not exclusively younger) people get caught up in it...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    The real reason HP acquired Compaq: the lucrative PDP-11 parts business....
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    > I am baffled > Yes, I know. On another topic, I am planning to build a soundproof music room under the house this year. I want to ensure the air-flow is adequate and comfortable year-round, which means I need...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Over here it's cockatoos and kookaburras or the aptly named noisy miners. You occasionally get noisy koalas (their growling is a very otherworldly sound), but it's mostly birds....
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    Glass Bead Game One of my favorite novels, which I read for the first time a little over 30 years ago (as a teenager). I actually got an e-reader version last year with every intention of re-reading it, but so...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    I don't know what kind of language one would use to formally describe and elucidate the way in which a text or image is being meta. But the branch of maths called category theory would probably come into it. There...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    "[...] no single rail line can dream of moving more than a very small fraction of the millions tons ships routinely manage." Trains can be quite a bit faster than ships, though, both in terms of the speed of travel...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    "You can find a list of sites here (have included partial list highlighted for % likelyhood that readers here would be potentially effected)" Kinds thoughts and thank you. The problem for me (and I suspect many others) isn't that any...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    More Barney the Dinosaur maybe?...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    As someone with diagnosed but (so far) untreated hypertension and a pretty strong collection of precursors for depression, I should start writing more I guess....
  • Commented on A Surfeit of Emeralds: Healthcare in the Middle Ages
    The split between Rationalism (the idea that absolutely everything possible can be predicted and calculated given an initial condition, if you think about it long and hard enough) versus Empiricism (the idea that you might need to check your conjecture...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    (And since I guess someone will demand a link)...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Because it isn't genuine helplessness at all - it's self-indulgent word salad. The groups frenzy is just a kind of mutual masturbation. It's that Dylan Moran thing about how the moonlight bouncing off their heads and their arses and everything...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    It occurred to me that the same pun might be available in German with the word "ernst" and a little gymnastics (a play on kennen versus koennen perhaps). But then I realised the same German word isn't just a pun...
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