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  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Members of the Irish forces who left to fight in WW2 were liable to be tried for desertion when they returned - if you're trying to remain neutral you really dont want your soldiers going off to fight for one...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    I suspect most unionists either lived in "Ulster" or moved to England after Irish independence. There were a lot of protestant Irish in the South who remained there - mostly around Dublin but small groups in most areas. Largely middle...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Neither the Russians nor the Americans have any love for the EU and both would love to see it break apart, but in the case of brexit I suspect the Russians are just doing their usual low-level trouble making and...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    I see the usual suspects are a lot keener on a Tory leadership contest than on an election (in either case I think we end up with 'no deal' brexit in April or May). I wonder if this is due...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    May, or her successor, cannot call an election whenever they want - only if either they lose a vote of no confidence or by a 2/3 vote in the Commons. Actually the latter would probably do it since Corbyn is...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Given that Stormont seems to be moribund, perhaps Mrs May should ask for advice on the best way to return to direct rule for NI for, say, 12 months. She could point out that this would give time to remove...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    It looks as though some of the Tory breakzit enthusiasts who linked their votes to the DUP have just realised that "no deal" for the DUP is actually their preferred option. Others seem to be using the DUP for cover...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    The interesting vote would be May deal vs no deal, but I suspect neither the Tories nor Labour leadership would be keen since it would show how divided they are. I'd guess that the SNP & LibDems would abstain, the...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Possible set up for BrExit2 referendum... Options: - revoke Article 50 - leave with TMay deal - leave with no deal Win rules: if #stay > sum(#leaves) and #stay > #leave from BrExit1 ( maybe and %stay >= 53% ?)...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Just received the email asking me to confirm my petition vote, which is about 6 hours after I signed it. Not that it matters; if it got to 20 million votes it would still be ignored & explained away by...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    I'd say that Clive James is the current exemplar, at least in the UK, for publishing essays ( Cultural Amnesia, etc ) - but he says somewhere that its only viable due to previous earnings from other areas, such as...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    The significant feature of regimes that kill and mistreat people on a large scale is that they are totalitarian - left/right atheist/religious is irrelevant to how they behave, just how they "justify" what they do. One other common feature of...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    In terms of absorbing/dismantling UK corporates, I suspect the US will have the job done before the EU have got round to agreeing their cunning plan....
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    There is a point at which assuming a disaster is inevitable and preparing for it becomes indistinguishable from encouraging it. I don't think its a conspiracy but more wishful thinking with a touch of Pascals Wager : if climate change...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    I am not optimistic on climate change - I think a significant number of people with power, especially in the US, China, and Russia, have decided that they can "win" it, i.e. their personal position will be improved relative to...
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    As I think is implicit in your "Beige Party", the underlying cause for the Brexit disfunction is that we have an established mediocracy - i.e. our institutions (political, financial, social) are lead by the mediocre for the benefit of the...
  • Commented on Publishing: A Slice of Life
    I guess it could be some kind of copyright scam. - get access to manuscripts - copy one or more characters/environment and/or plot ideas - plug into your own 'framework' short story or novella - publish via obscure vanity press...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Most of this is already around I think, but perhaps not all in a near future (i.e. from now up to 2100) setting: - universal use and abuse of machine learning (i.e. glorified pattern matching), labelled as must-be-right AI but...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Gaah, you've reminded me of the one time I used that thing - in the dark and with wind speed close to its operational limit (presumably based on passenger reaction rather than actual structural safety). I swear it hit every...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    I suspect the current US government would jump at the chance to ride to our rescue (on their terms) and shut out the EU. After seeing most of our remaining assets bought out on the cheap I'd guess we would...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Nice summary in Private Eye this week: 4.5 months - from now until EU negotiations deadline; 24 months - time Tories & Labour have had to agree what their own BrExit policies should be...
  • Commented on PSA: Please don't nominate the Laundry Files for a Best Series Hugo Award (this year)
    Well... if I might quote Alan Bennett "according to the Economist there were over 400 deaths in custody" (between 1999 and 2009) "...with no convictions for murder or manslaughter". Also, for any controversial UK police shooting you can think of,...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    story skeleton: set scene, plane/passengers/flight, etc something weird happens reaction to plane's disappearance ...time passes... describe wonders of future world (emphasis on shiny toys) plane reappears with massive momentum/radiation/purple dinosaurs shiny toys and/or future world are toast...
  • Commented on How to get a signed copy of The Delirium Brief
    Hmm, probably best not to use angle brackets... averaging *less than* 9 mins per mile over 95 miles cross-country, starting at midnight with a torch to see where you're going...
  • Commented on How to get a signed copy of The Delirium Brief
    BTW, just heard that Rob Sinclair has won the 2017 West Highland Way race in less then 14 hours, which is sufficiently mind boggling to wonder if he avoids going out on sunny days ! ( => averaging...
  • Commented on How to get a signed copy of The Delirium Brief
    Grr, I'll be in Edinburgh 10 days before and 10 days after... ...*thinks*, I shall contact a child who happens to live close by and needs help moving flat ( bwah ha ha, etc )...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Could be bad news for this blog if (when) the Tories get back in - I'm not sure the general tone fits with their idea of what should be allowed in the UK internet ghetto. PS: I see XP has...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Sorry, meant to add that the decision not to renew the XP support agreement for the NHS would have been taken centrally, MS would not have offered this service to individual trusts - it really is only available to (very)...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    MS still provide XP support, mostly just security fixes, for both embedded and desktop variants, but the latter is only available to large organisations and is unlikely to be cheap. This explains how they were able to release the fixes...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    You missed the bit where a certain government minister stops the NHS renewing their extended (to include XP) support agreement with Microsoft in order to save money. So, not so much strong & stable as cheap & nasty....
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