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John Hughes

  • Commented on Catching Up
    The UK had world leading nuclear tech only to flush it down the bog Well, not exactly. You might like to read Charlie's little article "nothing like this will ever be built again". The AGR's were marvels, with many...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    I'd like to add that maybe (cuz I don't know) France has a multi-tiered income tax where foreigners (non-EU member citizens) working in certain sectors/types of visas would pay more in tax.That would never pass the conseil constitutionnel. It...
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    Article below mentions how this new, younger gov't is already taking steps which could help woo junior/unfunded US climate scientists to the EU/France.Which is, per today's Libé, really pissing off a lot of existing French researchers -- "how come they...
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    Sorry but bollocks. What it should have said was "Corruption & Incompetence memorial"Oh, so you think it's coincidence that public housing management in RBKC is "corrupt and incompetent"? In one of the richest local authorities in the UK, sitting on...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    You mean my argument that Nuclear is subject to unexpected outages, and that due to the large size and low number of generators, such outages can have an adverse effect on grid stability (something normally and erroneously used as a...
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    I also recall reading that France's nuclear industry is having financial troubles, which backs up your argument that the *actual* price of nuclear is heavily being subsidisedEDF is in financial trouble not because French nuclear is subsidised but because it's...
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    My rule of thumb about arguments about nuclear power -- any argument that is based on the idea that France doesn't exist is crap....
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    Yeah, but I also pay "rates" (taxe d'habitation), about another 1,500 EUR. I was just pointing out that more or less anything Greg says about French taxation is wrong. (My commune imposes more or less exactly the average rate, the...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    [ The French wealth tax ] Didn't work & highly unpopular.Greg, please stop pontificating about the French tax system, you obviously don't have a clue. The wealth tax (ISF -- "Impôt de solidarité sur la fortune") was put into place...
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    he's made it clear that he's part of the "Reform from the inside" bloc that I am part of too. If the Brexit vote had gone 52/48 the other way, the EU would have been really up against it. As...
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    Anyway "property" taxes simply don't work, as the French found out - they abolished theirs some time in the 1970's I think,Did the heck as like. I, like every other property owner, including farmers, pay my "taxe foncier" every year....
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    Yet more evidence that Pascal is the root of all evil. Stick with FORTRAN, you can't go wrong. Sociopathy .NE. Psychopathy....
  • 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...
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    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...
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    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...
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