John Hughes

John Hughes

  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    You can't. The blog software/platform more or less predates emojis and assumes you're using ISO 8859-1 (Latin-1) Like slashdot. How quaint....
  • Commented on The crazy years
    But, apart from, of all magazines "Punch" ( The editor took a dislike to Lincoln ) the majority of the press & the voting public were stoutly anti-slavery & pro-US. Punch? Of Abraham Lincoln's rule we can never speak, except...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Most communists of my acquaintance would probably support Brexit after the Revolution Why? Are you planning on a revolution in only one country? How pessimistic. Any revolution worthy of the name should aspire to be at least world wide....
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    I'm having difficulty comprehending this level of stupid.Yeah, how could anybody be so dumb that they don't know the post-apocalypse money will be based on the stable value of the bottle cap....
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    "Are you a Jew?" asked one egg. That one made me laugh out loud -- got some funny looks in the office....
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Guess I'm actually asking what, if anything, is the underlying fundamental difference between human and AI languageIf there is such a difference then it's not AI....
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Sendmail as a Turing machine....
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Ok, if I modify your comment to: where the programmer can select the category of garbage collector and where it is better integrated with the hardware; Algol 68 allowed that, for a secondary stack.I still don't get what you're talking...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    ((*) for versions of Fortran = 90). Should, of course, read ((*) for versions of Fortran <= 77, I know nothing of Fortran >= 90). Fucking HTML....
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    A better solution would be a much better design of memory management, where the programmer can select the category of garbage collector and where it is better integrated with the hardware; Algol 58, Ada and Fortran all allow that, for...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    However, the Dutch lost Indonesia. The French lost Vietnam and Algeria (the latter with a VERY vocal settler population). I'm not saying that an AK-47 guarantees that the rebels win [..]Complete absence of AK47's in all three examples....
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    please explain how I avoid the garbage collector getting rid of that memory-mapped register object that's been sitting idle for a while? Uh, by keeping a pointer to it? Garbage collection is not swapping, it's about making sure unused memory...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    I may be misremembering, but I think you're doing Kaldor a injustice with your description of The Baroque Arsenal. AFAIR (haven't had time to dig out my copy) she explicitly cites PGMs as the counter example to her description of...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    Missing comma slightly changes my meaning: but I like *all* landowners (farmers included) I, of course, meant: but I, like *all* landowners (farmers included), No way do I like *all* landowners :-)...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    "The Boss" could have an argument with you on Fernch taxation If she knows anything about it she probably wouldn't be arguing with me. My problem with you is that you write about it based on fragmentary knowledge from the...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    If you want an argument, bother Greg or She of Many Names, or you could try to have a rational discussion of Global Warming on Eric Raymond's blog Greg never replies when I point out his ridiculous errors in my...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    Well, that's nice. I just don't think you're being clear enough. When people read your post: You fuck up your planet in decades, recovery starts shortly (years to decades) after you stop putting carbon into the atmosphere.Although every word is...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    even after you stop putting carbon into the atmosphere you get higher temperatures for another 50-100 years. You're still underestimating it. You get rising temperatures for decades after stopping (not reducing) CO2 emissions as the system equilibrates, then temperatures stay...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    CARBON: Very convenient until you run out. You fuck up your planet in decades, recovery starts shortly (years to decades) after you stop putting carbon into the atmosphere. Not decades, millennia, there is no process that will take large amounts...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    Then there's Hard Knott Pass And, yes, I have driven over all of them. Oh, get a load of him, the big brave man driving Hard Knott in a Landy. My Mum did it in an Austin Cambridge(*). Had to...
  • 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...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    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...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    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...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    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...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    My rule of thumb about arguments about nuclear power -- any argument that is based on the idea that France doesn't exist is crap....
  • Commented on Catching Up
    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...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    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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