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  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    Can’t Cut Corners On A Sphere might suit Eurostar . . ....
  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    I know it was named after an Admiral, but I've always thought HMS Hood (sunk by the Bismarck) had a Banksian, street thuggish name. ----------- Charlie @2: Nothing says "Disney" like hot ovipositor sex. ----------- Turnerss @48 Alright, I'll bite....
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    I assume that any dashcam compilation is going to skew to weird, stupid, spectacular WTF content. And single vehicle bike fatalities likely aren't going to leave anyone to upload footage. But yeah, motorbike riders do self select for macho risk...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Personally, I'd love to see a modern, electric version of the Lean Machine. The Piaggio MP3 leaning 3-wheel scooter is modestly commercially successful, and comes in a hybrid version. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piaggio_MP3 Other manufacturers have pinched the leaning suspension design, including 4...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    I may speak sarcastically about "Melbourne safety black" Hey! My People!...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    I was surprised recently when the car I was in was overtaken by an electric bicycle which must have been doing 60kph+ uphill. A bit of googling showed that the bike had a 3kw motor, completely illegal for on-road use...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Also, the population at large is 50% "no religion"; Catholics make up a minority (16%) of the total, and dropped 20% over the decade prior to the last census. Most of what I know about Scottish Catholic/Protestant rivalry comes from...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Australia is not in Asia; it's on a completely different plate! Yes, Ok. And currently undergoing Zealandia-exit....
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Turnerss @6 -- Nitpick: Abbott knighted Prince Philip, not Charles, which was even more absurdly redundant, as Philip already rejoices in scores of titles, including Ethiopia's Knight Grand Cross with Chain of the Order of the Queen of Sheba. You...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    (intent of the user errors) I misread that as internet of the user errors. . ....
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Imagine how demoralizing it would be for a soldier on a future urban battlefield if every espresso machine and tickle-me-elmo he sees tells him he's going to die. By name. (Which reminds me of Michael Marshall Smith's roving bands of...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    I'm always surprised that hellhole beseiged warzones in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere have functioning mobile phone systems, but it's rumoured to be such a good source of intel for the US, Assad etc that no one wants to shut it...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Also, some existing gas guzzler muscle cars have sound systems to replicate the big-block V8 sound of yore I've seen single purpose, dedicated aftermarket car sound systems which mimic the sound of a turbo pop-off valve on gear changes. Apparently...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    More broadly, the knowledge or belief that there's a little bit of intelligence in all the things around us strongly resembles animist belief systems. William Gibson was playing with that idea with the voodoo stuff in his Sprawl novels....
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Push a person to psychosis through randomly disturbing their sleep by flickering devices on and off during the night. Over history, the character of the delusions of the mentally ill shift with the culture of the day. Religious delusions give...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    What are the unanticipated downsides of the decay of the internet of things, combined with poor security practices and developers going bust and leaving infrastructure in place as abandonware? You probably know I've got a vivid imagination by now—what haven't...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    1. Just yesterday, I started wondering what Murdoch has on Comey. Remember the big scandal five+ years ago, with News of the World going under, and bribery of Scotland Yard? They started an investigation here, under the Foreign Corrupt Practices...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    I think the belief that there are "responsible adults" in Trump's cabinet who will talk sense into him is highly speculative and not supported by the evidence to date. During the transition I assumed that Pence, Priebus and the Republican...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    Without comment:...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Russia could just take the approach they took with Khodorkovsky, the Yukos oligarch. File a bunch of (cough) trumped up charges against John Doe (Ivan Doe?), owner of 19% of Rosneft. Then when John Doe doesn't come forward to defend...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Ahem. If the buyer is the Ranting Orange Shitgibbon, then the Rosneft sale serves a very useful purpose for the Kremlin insofar as it gives the ROS a really strong incentive not to go to war with Russia. (Not to...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Charlie, a guy in New Zealand was building a home brew pulsejet powered, GPS guided cruise missile in 2003. Astonishingly, the police and government weren't keen. http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2003/06/05/1054700308768.html Those of you interested in drones, (and Air Force targeting policies, automated AI...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    D'oh. Meant carbon bubble, not climate bubble @202. (Climate bubble being a term used by denialists)....
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Leninism was codified as a set of revolutionary tactics and ideals in the 1920s. It was precisely the fact that revolution was thought difficult or impossible in societies amenable to incremental reform which led to the fear and loathing of...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    . . .the following scenario assumes that what we are witnessing is deliberate and planned and that the people in Trump's inner circle actually have a coherent objective they are working towards. (I desperately hope that I'm wrong on all...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Ranessi @157: Bannon calling himself "Leninist" just shows how much of a know-nothing blowhead he is. Bear in mind that a number of the (pseudo)intellectual theorists of the neo-con far-right come from a background as student Marxists/ Maoists. They've kept...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    SFreader, if you're still reading this thread and on the lookout for books: Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible, by Peter Pomerantsev is about the workings of Putin's Russia, and fascinating. Some of the weirdness is uniquely Russian, but...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    The US checks and balances system has already started to work. Nope. This is what I meant in my post @306. Trump is ignoring the courts and getting away with it. The US Marshalls service has been instructed by the...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    He's now pissed off *Oz* (please, send a platoon of 'roos to invade the White House and take him out!) Meh. Australia has been trying to fix US presidential elections for years now. Putin is a Johnny come lately. http://www.smh.com.au/world/newked-john-newcombe-breaks-silence-on-the-bender-that-got-george-w-bush-arrested-20141009-114225.html...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Re the stairs-phobic Trump/Dalek comparison doing the rounds on OGH's twitter and elsewhere at the moment, I came across this description of the BBC's first test of their newly conceived, nylon castors equipped Daleks circa 1965: Before rehearsals started the...
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