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Damian

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    Early fiber was used in a circuit switched manner. I'm thinking it was time division multiplexing. But way more circuits per strand than a copper or coax pair. Now days the speeds over fiber are crazy fast and most everything...
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    Well it's twice for me now, once in the 2022 Omicron wave Charlie mentioned and once again earlier this year. The only reason I can't definitively blame it for making me stupid is lack of a control or any concrete...
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    Well it seemed like a gimmick when I connected the washing machine to the wifi so we both get notifications on our phones when it's finished a load. But given the machine is downstairs (we can't hear it singing its...
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    Made it back home alive Glad to see :)...
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    The one I heard recently was "you're living in the Matrix", semi-seriously as though it was being tried out for a different argument elsewhere....
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    AI. There are many overloaded acronyms and pretty much nothing is context-independent. And I'm not going to apply scare quotes to the marketing term consistently, it's just a way of grumbling about the creeping ubiquity. That sounds like a semi-reasonable...
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    Random post-300 headline: Arm CEO warns AI's power appetite could devour 25% of US electricity by 2030. Well somewhat relevant to themes in the OGH's work, anyhow. We've talked about crypto "currency" as the bogus unnecessary energy sink that will...
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    Who cares if the civilian agricultural pilots survive their first mission? Well it's one way to get an instant Hero of the Soviet Union (posthumous, no gold star). And maybe the missions where you don't survive would be the ones...
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    Oops, forgot to escape close parenthesis in the URL. It still does a "did you mean?" so people can probably find it :)...
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    If it's something like Netflix it can be pretty much an anywhere show. They have proven even American audiences will take to English language content that isn't dubbed with American accents these days, and perhaps represents its location in ways...
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    I had actually just been thinking through how would it work as an inter-agency thing, given the USIC could be even less homogenous in the Laundryverse than in our storyline. If you started with TDB and TLI in mind as...
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    Dammit, Covid memory again. The connecting thread is that homeopaths themselves are usually big fans of Paracelsus. The 16th century is actually a very interesting period to read about down several rabbit holes, roughly from the time of Maximilian I...
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    I'm not personally completely aghast at the idea of Americanisation of the Laundryverse, just because it's happened too many times with too many things to care too much about. That said, I do think that a lot of the character...
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    Paracelsus is the one who coined the phrase similia similibus curantur, therefore co-opting his epistemology essentially mandates retconning homeopathy into your magic-verse as something that is definitely real and (deep breath/swig/toke) works just as well as scientific medicine. I feel...
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    The Atrocity Archives and The Rhesus Chart were written about nine years apart; The Labyrinth Index came along nine years after that. I refuse to believe the second part of that sentence! TRC was very recent! I tried to look...
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    Of course, Tom Hanks has played the real life Angleton in living memory. I re-read Moonraker relatively recently, the character concept is really already there in Tom Lehrer, albeit taken a bit further. It would have to be an early...
  • Commented on A Wonky Experience
    Yes, and I've noticed a lot of reaching for differences that aren't real. I'd maybe take the time to talk to each one in conversation, but it's just too much to do it retrospectively now. On the other hand this...
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    I’d also point out that the big rail war in the US was the Civil War in the 1860s. Yes, and also in extension to MSB@1164, comparisons between the US Civil War and the 1866 Austro-Prussian War are pertinent. But...
  • Commented on A Wonky Experience
    Kentucky, while not a rectangle I always thought Tennessee as being a sort of awkwardly squashed rectangle, and Kentucky is its hat. Or if Tennessee is an angry rooster facing east, Kentucky is its comb. :) It's interesting to compare...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    Which is why if you squint it almost looks like the Trump administration had them mixed up. Except we know from other context it was retaliation for the courts’ actions against Putin....
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    Yes. It might just be context-related, but I'm not sure how much doubt there is left to extend the benefit of. Probably some. I suppose the Act linked @1681 just embodies the reason why of "American values" is not merely...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    On the same topic, Crimes against Humanity by Geoffrey Robertson is a sort of summary of the fundamentals and review of the history, leading up to the present. The latest updated edition is around 10 years old, but his new...
  • Commented on A message from our sponsors: New Book coming!
    I forget who it was I once listened to a keynote at a conference from, though I'm pretty sure the conference itself was a sysadminerly one. The speaker was talking about a company merger, and he was talking about how...
  • Commented on A Wonky Experience
    More likely they don't even recognize that proofreading is necessary That's for people who have heard of this proofreading thing and not seen the point, as opposed to people who have never heard of it at all. There is a...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    Looks like it's soon going to be necessary for me to keep my promise ... and I'm worried I don't know HOW. FWIW I completely agree. And not only do I think we all have this issue facing us in...
  • Commented on A message from our sponsors: New Book coming!
    It seems to be a known concern. I've looked at a few aftermarket towbar fitters here, several of them mention on their websites that they assume you will have an authorised Mazda trailer wiring harness fitted separately (there are two...
  • Commented on A message from our sponsors: New Book coming!
    The reigning Reine held the reins in the rain... To say nothing of Claude....
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    I have a bugbear that is probably more vexing in being more to do with the irregularity of the after-the-fact Latin parsing that goes on in English. Having been a sysadmin, I always rankled as "administrate" instead of "administer". It...
  • Commented on A message from our sponsors: New Book coming!
    It does sort of read like it is forbidden to wear tassels on one's sleeveless vest, but googling that seems to mostly bring up cowgirl outfits so it probably isn't quite right (unless it's a case of the rule being...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    You appear to have detected a theme. What do you suppose it might mean?...
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