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  • Commented on The ends of education
    Just to add that the loan write-off amounts are controlled by the government but its not clear if they will involve passing huge sums of tax payers' money to the private sector (any bets ?)...
  • Commented on The ends of education
    Student loans are (for now) written off after a fixed number of years and the repayments are scaled by earnings, not the size of the loan. So its more a tax than a loan, but nobody wants to admit they've...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    It sounds as though you're not using a 'language sensitive' editor. For python, try setting your editor's tab size to your preferred indent step and use tabs for indenting; (some editors will optionally convert these to spaces when writing the...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    How long before Boris does his own Extinction Rebellion and glues himself to the door of No.10 ?...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    Red deer are common in a village near us (Glencoe area), but thats because some of the locals have taken to leaving out food to encourage them close to their gardens, despite being told many times that this is really...
  • Commented on Roe v Wade v Sanity
    I'm told that Allinghan's Gilead contained nothing that wasn't happening somewhere in the world at the time she wrote it. Will it get to the point where any female between 12 and 60 visiting one of these states is risking...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    The banning of books that encourage 'critical thinking' is one of the 14 features listed in Umberto Eco's paper "Ur-Fascism" which tries to identify common core features of fascist movements. In the Florida case they want math books that are...
  • Commented on Bad news day
    With regard to Ukraine resistance, remember that Russia has many thousands of supporters in the east of the country who they can ship in to act as 'nationalist' government, police, civil defence enforcers, etc ( and let them take the...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    On the subject of energy prices, we've just had renewal quotes for our gas (LPG) and electricity: gas price for a fixed 1-year deal is ~25% up on first half of 2021 electric price for a fixed 1-year deal is...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Re: 'The local press ran their story on this as about how the police are criminalising innocent motorists for an honest mistake ...' This may be related to over 80% of the "local press" in the UK being owned by...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Looking at train vs car in the UK: travel from Edinburgh to Plymouth, 480 miles train: time 8.5 hours (no changes), cost £79 car : time 8.2 hours (no stops!), petrol cost £76, "taxable cost" £170..£216 where taxable cost is...
  • Commented on Omicron
    Re: wolves See also https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-59738541...
  • Commented on Omicron
    I'm not sure GOTO is necessarily the most evil programming language construct. Some others were attempts to work round hardware limitations, e.g. overlaying data definitions to reuse memory in different phases of a program, but others... ... I give you...
  • Commented on Omicron
    The worry is that the next variant may give rise to irrational behaviour....
  • Commented on Omicron
    As the state is effectively forcing a woman to have a child that she does not want, does this mean that - the state becomes financially reponsible for the upkeep of that child, and/or - the state becomes totally responsible...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    The Standard Kitchen Unit only applies if you want/have a "fitted kitchen" - we managed happily for years with an ad hoc layout, although I suspect this didn't help when we eventually decided to move & put the house up...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    At least one (mostly) UK rock band has just completed an 8-week tour of the US - presumably under the same kind of exemption as international tennis players etc. https://tonylevin.com/road-diaries/king-crimson-2021-us-tour/...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    "Bozo mentioning our shared values with Australia and the USA" Following on from the current "think of the children" media campaign, expect our beloved Home Secretary to announce a UK version of this: https://www.theregister.com/2021/09/14/identify_and_disrupt_bill_australia/ ( TL;DR - Aussie police now...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    770 - one for the Rock/SF connections list: "The pattern juggler lifts his hand The orchestra begin As slowly turns the grinding wheel In the court of the crimson king"...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    On the OT, I may have spotted a doubter: "Mars already had a long and bewildering history of ambition, conquest and abject, harrowing failure. The Muskies, with their cultish, over-reaching aspirations were just one small chapter in that narrative." from...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    My satnav shows charging stations - unfortunately it doesn't distinguish between public and "private" (e.g. provided by hotels for their guests). Is there a safe way of interrogating a suitable(*) app while driving ? (*) one that shows all such...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    Meanwhile, back with COVID and how people are/aren't handling it... https://www.steampunkcoffee.co.uk/blogs/steampunk-coffee-blog/these-are-not-the-best-of-times ( from OGH's neck of the woods )...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    @664 For the period up to 1600 or so, literate Gaels used a different form of the language from those who were illiterate (in Gaelic) - how different is difficult to know. However you can sign up at a number...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    @668 those are all dialects of Scottish or Irish Gaelic as I'm sure you know, and that is a by no means exhaustive list of the former; you can still pick them out on the radio, helped (I'm told) by...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    "Gaelic being a purely verbal language until recently" really ? http://eprints.gla.ac.uk/4940/1/MacCoinnich4940.pdf...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    Another unplanned test of managing Covid: The Glasgow to Edinburgh train due in at 23:35 Friday evening arrived at 03:40 Saturday morning. As preparation for an evacuation which in the end didn't happen, passengers from all 8 carriages were moved...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    Depends on what you're paying for, but the standard BT offering is based on copper to your house; we're near Glencoe and on their 45Mb service which has been reasonably reliable over the last 18 months or so, although it...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    Has anyone come up with a guesstimate of what proportion of hydrogen we should expect to end up in the atmosphere if it were used as a fuel on a country-wide scale ? Also, how much of that would escape...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    (Four Yorkshiremen.) In colour ?? Luxury !! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKHFZBUTA4k...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    Coda to the Euston/Glasgow line blocked Preston station story - my daughter, now recovered and showing epic timing, made the return journey yesterday evening... ( for those outside the UK, this coincided with flash flooding in London that closed Euston...
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