John Hughes

John Hughes

  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Mathew Garrett has had a few posts about the joke that is IOT security. Last line in one of them: My vacuum cleaner crashes if I send certain malformed HTTP requests to the local API endpoint, which isn't a good...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    [The Guardian] may, perhaps, be less socialistThe Guardian is not, and has never been, "Socialist". The Guardian is a Liberal paper, always has been. It was founded by Manchester capitalists horrified by the possibility of revolution. [The Guardian is] the...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    One could run quiet... but they *heard* a very noisy samovar, for real.An important design feature of the Triomphant class SNLEs is the silenced bread-kneading machine which allows the production of fresh baguettes without much noise. This is not...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    The point John Hughes is making (and I made some posts before him) is that back in 2018 England wasn't allowed to veto the resolution that installed Scotland in the Security Council! The Edinburgh diplomats were recognized as "the only...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Repurpouse HOTOL/Skylon as a nuke-delivery system?1. It doesn't exist. 2. The whole point of it is to make a reusable expensive vehicle to reduce fuel costs. Better to use expensive fuel in a cheap vehicle if you're going to have...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    As for losing the Security Council seat, it's not going to happen in the short-medium term. Britain (as can all permanent members) can veto any resolution to remove them as a permanent member. I must remember to tell that to...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    you can tell when the Israelis kill someone Yes, because we get to see their agents on CCTV, and wonder who they stole the passports from. Or, sometimes, we get to see them being arrested in the streets of Amman...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    "Maybe TARS, but that's more for drugs'n'wetbacks." Uh... Seriously? I have to say, this immediately put me on a derail looking through your posts for dog whistlesI was writing from the point of view of the users, and you can...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Open source and maintained by Eric Raymond, therefore probably well-written and highly modular. If it's written by ESR I'd say "obscure and overengineered" rather than "well-written and highly modular". He's not exactly known for software skills. "looks like FORTRAN to...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    is it time for the barrage balloon to return? JLENS. A bit expensive, and a bit crap. Maybe TARS, but that's more for drugs'n'wetbacks. [[ html fixed - mod ]]...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    SNCF trains never meet these unnaccountable delays, curiously enoughOh, that explains the incredible success of SNCF's freight division. Rubbish. French railways are run on the opposite principle from Amtrack -- passenger services get priority. DB trains get delayed, but so...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Oh, god, here he goes again. Greg, Alatriste simply pointed out some evident truths -- your claim that: if only because no-one, least of all the other net contributor nations wants us to go, because theor bills will get significantly...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Hey, Charlie, I know that this time it isn't fascists, covert antisemites and calls for lynching, but how do you feel with your blog being infected with people who think that "Internet Social Justice Warriors" and "disastrous identity politics and...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    A progressive opposition that isn't fixated on disastrous identity politics and intersectionalism would go a long way to bringing about a rational and humane response.There is only one political current that is "fixated on disastrous identity politics" and that is...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    You also see Trump twittering now about how he wants to defund CaliforniaSnurk, one of the stupidest arguments for Brexit was that the UK was the second largest contributor to the EU (it isn't), but the truth is that California...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Putting the "O My" back into Sodomy. SMBC is great -- better than XKCD IMHO. http://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/the-talk-3 -- Out nerd me now, Randall....
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Millennialist theology...Ok, that explains some of the Americans, but not Le Pen (fille), Geert Wilders, and other scum like that...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    The administration is rife with anti-Semites, but the most members of the Republican party and most of their base are of the "Israel can do no wrong" camp. I'm struggling to see a way these two factions reconcile. Lots of...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    with a lot of unpaid help and energy from both Internet Social Justice Warriors Sorry?...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    I would surely vote for Le Pen if I were French. I would even donate significant amounts of money to her party. I might do that in any case. It may even be possible for me to vote for Le...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Fuck knows how bad it would have gotten if the UK had surrendered and the Reich had got its hands on British India and the African colonies/dominions ... Yup, they would have probably starved more than the 2-4 million that...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Oh, well, there's an upside -- I'm still hoping that when that mob gives Jean-Claude Junker what he deserves someone uploads the video to YouTube.So, Charlie, this is where it has got to on your blog, people gloating about the...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Guardian link Says nothing about JCJ being a crook. Says Luxembourg is a tax haven. At least they figured out what to do when the steel mills shut down. EU Observer link Same thing. This is getting boring. Do you...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    err ... you missed a joke there ... Teh boss is my other half - younger than me, works in The City & keeps her ear to the ground for financial frauds & dodgy deals, so as to keep well-away...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Juncker - spy scandal & financial corruption OK? Not OK. Greg. When you are in a hole stop digging. You are making yourself look ridiculous. Your original claim was that Juncker was a petty crook. When asked to provide evidence...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Juncker is exerting more power than that of London (politically) quite possibly more power than that of the UK. Who elected him?The MEP's of the largest party in the European Parliament, the EPP, as you well know. You know, the...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Now 1,704,534. I looked away for a second or two and missed the turnover....
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Looks like it's going to pass 1,7 million as I watch....
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Even grotty little petty-crook Juncker, from a "nation" less than 1/16th the size of London is better than the Donald.... Look, I don't like Juncker. I even voted against him (I got the chance because my local parties, unlike British...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    There's also the point that the rest of the EU want Britain in - we are a large net contributor Well, the rest of the EU does want Britain to remain in the EU, but that has nothing to do...
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