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  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Too bad you can't figure out a way to stop fires by using, say, large, aimable, automated vortex guns to blow out embers that come your way. If you have solar panels powering the air compressor, and the AI on...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    3/5ths, and that was only for the purpose of getting congressional representatives based on total population. So the idea was that owning slaves meant you got more political power (since they didn't get to cast 3/5 of a vote)....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    The buildings-all-askew problem is more severe. But you know, there are people who know the answer to this. I'm sure there are Civil Engineers who could tell us how well London would survive a major earthquake. Tokyo might be an...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    "With Brexit they will get control over a defensible Island located in a reasonable climate." 'Wait, are we still talking about Britain?' "Considered both to many places, and many places in the future thanks to global warming, yes. You don't...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Helluva coincidence time -- this is an SF/F blog after all: a USAF solar powered 'sky plane' (drone-type --- no pilot onboard)' just landed after 2 years aloft and successfully completing its mission of conducting tech tests and carrying a...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    One going the other way. In Middle Georgia, Houston County is pronounced "How-stun." Nothing to do with the city in Texas....
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    And once you have fast enough networking, So, for most people, that means never. I am opposed to "everything on the cloud" because it may be great for people who live in Bandwidth Utopia, it is hell for people who...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    I think my wish would be for a spouse who occasionally accidentally nearly kills me. The Sheckley story referenced above ended with him wishing for a wife whose libido was so high he could just barely satisfy her....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Interesting. I only get notifications when I'm looking for a ride, in the ride, or haven't yet closed out the payment for a ride. I get an email every 5 to 20 days offering me a "deal" but that's it....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    I uninstalled Lyft because the app kept spamming me with notifications. Uber at least doesn't do that....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Ah, well, there you go then - just use the house itself as the weight. Interpose some big hydraulic rams between the foundations and the walls, and have a sliding ramp up to the front door like the ones for...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    The Guernseian Freedom Front might have something to say about that, let alone the Freedom Front of Guernsey. Splitters!...
  • Commented on Normal service will be resumed eventually
    I am so sorry for your loss. I lost both my parents over the last ten years....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    I don’t know why I bother, but alas it was not orbital weather control lasers fired from secret government space shuttle data that caused Dorian to stall... I read that Ben Bova novel!...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    That money estimate is how much will need to be spent before the first watt of commercial fusion electricity is delivered into a grid, assuming there are no roadblocks or whoopsies in the way. It might be more, it will...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances
    I second the recommendation. The version I have even has a fix for those sites with a dozen levels of javascript, an option to "Disable restrictions for this tab"....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    The 36" number is what I grabbed out a ten year old memory, which is slightly better than an ass-pull, but not much. whitroth is undoubtedly correct that they were actually 26" wheels. So the debate about 36" wheels is...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    It might well be, I don't recall the exact number. But I got rid of that bike a few years ago, so it is no longer an issue. But thanks....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Back in 1985 I got a Schwinn bicycle with I think it was 36" wheels. I used it for a while and then it ended up spending 20 years in the garage. About 10 years ago I dragged it out...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    The EU as the Hotel California. You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    But you'd need to build the bridge before you remove the current underpass, unless you can close either the road or the rail line for at least a few weeks at a minimum, I'd think. Months to years at more...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    I thought you got chips from an insanely expensive giant fab over in Asia somewhere....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    So all those fairies marrying Lords were doing it to get whatever the UK version of a "green card" is?...
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    Ack! That was from 06 Sep 2018, sorry....
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    In other oppression news: Charlottesville Jury Fines Man $1 for Punching White Nationalist Jeffrey Winder was found guilty of misdemeanor assault in February for punching white-nationalist organizer Jason Kessler in August 2017. On Tuesday, a jury ruled that his punishment...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Won't that happen anyway once the ice dams around the South Pole opening melt? @1072 Combine that with technophobic religion and you get CJ Cherryh's Merovingian Nights shared world series....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Is the idea here "dam Gibraltar to empty the Mediterranean", or "dam Gibraltar to keep the sea level of the Mediterranean the same as it is now"? In the latter case, you'd likely need to let a controlled amount of...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Another use in the US these days is a trust for "estate preservation" or a "Special Needs Trust". The first more or less the same as one you mention, with the purpose of allowing well off middle class people to...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    "The Last Command" Collected in the big black book of all his short stories the other year. Earlier in "The Wind From The Sun"....
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    On the question of basic fuels, I'd be surprised is the Coast Guard doesn't get them from the Defense Logistics Agency, which wouldn't be immediately affected* even if the Department of Defense was under the shutdown, which it is not....
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