Damian

Damian

  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    You're talking about things that are a lot more than 20 years old. But what's with cut and paste - are libraries too hard to use now?...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Subset: no. You generally expect to get some version of perl (the interpreter) with most versions of Unixes these days because often system scripts rely on it. But unlike awk, it did not originate with the Unix team in Bell...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    "I require your assistance with ..." Is this a question or an imperative? Grammatically, it's neither: it's an indicative statement. A question would be "Would you (please) give me your assistance?" and an imperative would be "Give me your...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Suggest that the concept isn't necessarily wedded to tip rockets. Isn't the same overall concept still there if the main rotor is driven like a conventional helicopter for VTOL, but reverting to auto-rotation for level flight?...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    s/other things/$& in the sky/...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Any configuration language that supports... "using a variable as a variable name" "tail recursion" context.theactualfriggingcomputer.system.shutdown.foreach("now", "yesnow", inMilliseconds(1), "y", "yes") string substitution (see "using a variable as a variable name") "first class functions" goto ... is Turing complete....
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    This still doesn't preclude the possibility that the GCC or YACC you've brought with your Slackware is compromised along Ken Thompson's line on trusting trust. You would really need to be making any compilers from scratch on your novel architecture's...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    I think the true break point was the combination of conscript mobilization by railway networks ... and the bolt-action rifle I thought this came a little earlier than WWI. These elements were basically there for Moltke in 1866, enabling Prussian...
  • Commented on Empire Games gets a price cut in the UK
    Generally wrong on Australia even just on geography, so assume also wrong on things I don't know as much about....
  • Commented on Excuses
    That is incredibly awesome! The best bit about that is the possible kit form such that a small mechanic shop could easily handle the conversion. Backyard even. Like for like is very handy. Ultimately think the in-wheel arrangement is more...
  • Commented on Excuses
    A lot of electric car fans have no idea about ohms law I didn't really follow why the relationship between PD, resistance and current is relevant anyway. The problem is about power, the way you divide it is something that...
  • Commented on Excuses
    I agree completely, and probably should have made it clearer... All the constraints that you need to apply to punishment in general to make it effective mean that it is almost always ineffective and usually counterproductive....
  • Commented on Excuses
    you hit it with the rolled-up newspaper immediately Part of the immediacy is to ensure the association is with the act (any distance at all in time will break this). Just as important, and possibly helped with the immediacy, is...
  • Commented on Excuses
    That Scalzi article talks of "unremitting awfulness" and that really does remind me of this vintage First Dog on the Moon from the height of the Abbott government here in Oz. I think that when our Tories dumped Abbott for...
  • Commented on Excuses
    Maybe you meant you're "planning to", or maybe you meant "May 2017". Whatever case "Wow, really?" was a pretty appropriate follow on. Of course, I killed a man in 2023, and now I've come back in time to escape the...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    Zero net energy use (apart from inefficiencies of course). Inefficiencies and differences in payload mass spinning down versus spinning up. So we're basically talking about some high tech analogy of a tow rope on a string. And since we're also...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Constitution defines the division of power and responsibilities Yes, that is normal and it is how we do it too. You don't actually need to explain what federalism is (Brits might struggle with it a little, but Germans and Australians...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    If you don't get how the National Guard works, it's a state body, not a federal one. Key point I think. And there's an interesting exercise to compare and contrast the Federal-State-Local government responsibilities, agencies and authorities across nations that...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Two things. The first is that US federalism, from the perspective of other countries that have a federal model for their nation-state level of government, looks much more permeable than we are used to and one can't be blamed for...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Well exactly. 80% of the population of Queensland, or around 4 million people, lives within an hour or so of the NSW border. The population on the NSW side is non-trivial too. Greg - Queensland is the odd one out...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    I saw a great production of A Winter's Tale at the York Theatre in the Seymour Centre at Sydney Uni in the late 80s, featuring Colin Friels and Robert Coleby. The York is a thrust stage, and what with lighting...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    "Dark Carnival of Nihilistic Consumption" That is as good a name for the present era as any I've come across....
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    "One day I decided that I'd invented a perpetual motion machine. " And by way of co-incidence, or perhaps not so much, it was one of the teachers at Woolahra Dem who talked me through why a perpetual motion machine...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    We could even have been in the same class (if you weren't in the OC stream). I was in a "normal" grade 6 class in 81, then as per gasdive I was "too young" to move on to HS, so...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    When did the name change? (*Looks it up* 1979). I was there '81 and '82, nearly everyone still referred to it as "Woollahra Dem" then. It's about 30 years since I've been anywhere near it. I probably would test somewhere...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    "groups on the right (even the extreme right) get far less scrutiny than groups on the left ... or groups that can be painted as socialists". In the 70s and 80s, Queensland's Special Branch actively paid racist skinhead groups to...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Just because everyone does it sometimes, I'm going to comment without reading more than 25% of the post or any of the comments. Snowmobile is a full blown commercial realisation of the statement: Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    Paws could be confusing the two, as the ideal for cold climates with high diurnal temperature variation is to have very high thermal mass inside a well insulated shell. Less than ideal is just to have the high thermal mass...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    The novel that Richard Flanagan won the Man Booker for in 2014, The Narrow Road to the Deep North, has some well written scenes set in Japan in the last stages of the war. I'd recommend it, anyway....
  • Commented on Radio silence
    So no real change between Huges & Abbott, then ??? You mean in terms of them both being born in the UK, and both basically thinking of themselves as British? Or do you mean: Other than that they come from...
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