John Hughes

John Hughes

  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    TJ Bass, The Godwhale, g * y = c 9.8 m/s^2 * (365.25 * 24 * 60 * 60) s = 309 264 480 m/s nearly the same as 299 792 458 m/s In the book it's claimed that the...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Meanwhile, playing international accounting games to avoid paying taxes isn't money laundering.Actually in France it is money laundering. Just recently a French politician, Patrick Balkany was banged up for blanchiment de fraude fiscale....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I am a constituent of Corbyn. He won't lose. He might dip below 66% My brother, the Brexit party candidate for Islington North, has already written his speech accepting his loss to Corbyn: I would like to congratulate Jeremy on...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I support Scottish independence, just like I support Catalan independence, on the principle of contrariness (that is, if 'they' support it, I oppose it, and vice-versa). I'd be really careful about Catalan independence if I were you. A lot of...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    "On the Psychology of Military Incompetence" is one of my favorite books. It was only on my second read-through that I really twigged that Dixon partly bases his explanations on Altemeyer's research that became the brilliant "The Authoritarians" and for...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    They were using the bow as an infantry weapon, shooting directly at the target. I was under the impression that a longbow was artillery, shot on a parabola, so coming down on the knights (and their mounts) from above....
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    I dunno, in the US, it may be people are getting tired of a qualification of "someone I could sit and have a beer with"Why do they always want to sit down and have a beer with people who don't...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    and gave them the one-finger salute, being barbarians, by Roman standardsThe Romans were barbarians -- they didn't speak Greek. You were merely uncivilised....
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    you can just have the rackmount box on its own, which is only a few cm thick, and put it under the sofa or some other convenient but otherwise useless bit of unoccupied space.Traditionally an IKEA "LACK" occasional table. Google...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    Online maps are the bandwidth-killer; you really need 3G or 4G for that. On Android the simple solution for that is Open Street Map, thee OSMAND app lets you download vector versions of the maps that take very little space....
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    On the face of it seemingly Switzerland, [...] stayed neutral and managed not to get invaded by any of the sides fighting WWII. Switzerland was so neutral it insisted that German armored columns traversed the country only under cover of...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    I'd prefer treating the synthetic heroin addicts the same way we've treated minorities in the pastWhat, death camps? You can't do that they're white....
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    I, personally, don't think that there's any necessary racism inherent in blackface.Are you black? Because if you aren't it's not your decision to make....
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    Well, that means that some day now I'm going to try to read the Guardian and get the dread HTTP error 451 - Unavailable For Legal Reasons. Hell I'll probably get the same reply from Antipope.org....
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    The Surface hardware is really rather niceapart from its tendency to explode into a thousand shards of broken glass if you breathe on it....
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    Cities also make people’s mutual interdependence much more plain. Cities, as I think pterry pointed out, are where people are polite and civilised....
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    "Port Hueneme" is usually good for confusing the tourists. (The second word is pronounced "Wye-knee-me".)Mais bien sur. How else could you pronounce it?...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    Virtualization: the mainframe OS requires a standardized set of low-level APIs, and can in turn emulate those APIs to other instances of the OS running as guest applications. Sometimes it's a distinct host OS and a separate guest OS (e.g....
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    Yeah, we really need a class action lawsuit to compensate us all for the time wasted recovering from unwanted updates in the middle of work crunches. Microsoft is far too arrogant, and needs to be reminded that its customers have...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    But some kinds of relationships, particular Norway(+) does not need the WA, because for all *practical* purposes UK would still be a member of EU, only seated at the kids table wearing a bib with the letters "Proud non-EU Member"....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    In addition to May's Deal, they can probably copy&paste any one of the preexisting EU trade-agreements, provided it does not make a backstop necessary. This is the usual misunderstanding. "May's deal", i.e. the Withdrawal Agreement is the necessary precondition to...
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    FR Citizens: can do them, [...] The old problem with roundabouts in France was that until quite recently* the traditional priorité à droite rule applied, so people entering the roundabout had priority over people leaving it. That changed in the...
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    Turns out we're both wrong -- it was "Nothing sucks like Electrolux" in the 1960's, VAX (the vacuum cleaners) started using the slogan in 1986....
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    "Nothing sucks like a Hoover!" The actual line was "Nothing sucks like a VAX"....
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    Completely off topic, but: Russia’s nuclear energy agency has said an explosion that caused radiation levels to spike in the Arkhangelsk region was caused by an accident during a test of an “isotope power source for a liquid-fuelled rocket engine”....
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    The rates in the 1960s were stupidly high, at over 90%Down from 99% in the war. Of course this is meaningless, it applies only to the part of income over some limit (around GBP 200,000 at current values) and it's...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    that X runs as root in basically every environment Not true on Linux since Debian 9 and contemporaries. That's one of the things that systemd made easy to fix....
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    Never actually saw that, or B. But then, why did they create C?"B" was effectively just BCPL with some changes in syntax, "C" was the answer to the question "how do you change BCPL for a byte addressing machine". BCPL...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    Why, yes, my favorite language *is* C.Bloated. BCPL for the win....
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    Renewables and nuclear, however, have notably lower EROEI.Debatable. Some studies give nuclear better EROEI than fossil. And then some people shout "but that's only if you forget decommissioning and waste disposal". But you can't count waste disposal for fossil as...
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