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  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    oops, forgot the supporting quote: "Over 3,000 UK companies are named in the FinCEN files - more than any other country" https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-54226107...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Hey, don't knock it - at least the UK are #1 in the world at something !...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    AIUI the status of Northern Ireland and the border with Eire was one of the main reasons "Treason May" failed to get her version of Brexit through the Commons - spiked by a combination of the DUP and wannabe Tory...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Referring to the Shetlands as "Highlands and Islands" is fighting talk ! They take great care to refer to "the Scottish Islands" when anyone mentions those in the gaeltacht or elsewhere off the Scottish mainland coast. There are historic ties...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    If not a novel, how about an outline for a screenplay ? If Netflix are planning to make a series based on The 3-Body Problem then something like this should be a shoe in ! ( assuming the Netflix decision...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    I'm coming round to the idea that many of the BrExit promoters wish to return British society to the 1950s (or possibly 1930s) where people knew their place, and that the best way to do this is to impoverish the...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    Will go nicely alongside https://gd.wikipedia.org/wiki/GĂ idhlig...
  • Commented on No comment necessary
    Given that the DoJ and USPS are controlled by Trumpees, this could be a preemptive move against unfriendly sources ahead of the election. On the other hand, couldn't happen to a nicer bloke....
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    I remember going to a fascinating talk by Tom Kilburn about their work in Manchester - chatting to him afterwards he seemed a thoroughly nice bloke....
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    Old programming languages never die, they simply fade into the background until the day you think you are finally ahead of your workload. For C there is limited scope for extending the language without being shouted down by the C++...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    Well they were both influenced by Algol, so such commonality is hardly suprising. Of course anyone from Cambridge will tell you that C was derived from (their) BCPL....
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    There was no make tool provided with VMS. As you say, DEC bundled one with their C compiler, and of course you could install a VMS-compatible variant of the gcc toolset. Initially DEC licenced products based on the "rating" of...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    I used to have one of the later PDP models, an 11/53+ ; that was about the size of a (1970s) room radiator and had a massive 1.5MB of memory - the benefits of supporting 22-bit memory addressing on a...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    Very few face masks at our local (well, 10+ miles) supermarket last weekend - none of the staff and only one amongst the many older customers. Which is odd, because in an area where they are worried about the impact...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    This could bring the UK private health sector back from the brink - according to Private Eye they couldn't sign up fast enough when the NHS offered them guaranteed payments in return for promising on-demand space for non-virus patients if...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    "Don't y'all at least get to go outside for exercise?" Mostly... A significant number of people (maybe ~ 1.5 million ?) have been asked to "self-isolate" for up to 12 weeks as a result of being especially at-risk of serious...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    The downside of NSAIDs is of course their tendency to attack the stomach lining over time; some people seem more susceptible to this and cannot take NSAIDs without a buffering additive (which reduces the stomach pain and extends the period...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    I remember using a Basic dialect in the mid-70s where a RETURN n statement returned control to the statement n lines before or after the line following the matching CALL statement. Always seemed a tad counter-intuitive to me....
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Technically modern English does still use declensions with some words/forms, but its rarely taught as such. Other British languages such as Gaelic make greater use of declensions, although as a result of their recent history less so in speech than...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    The Apple-Google system is essentially an sdk with an API; one thing an app built to use this API might do, for example, is to require a passcode before someone can register as infected. That passcode would come from, or...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    In both US and UK the heaviest impact has been on the poor and on ethnic minorities, neither of which are (generally) major supporters of the current governments. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tees-52354430...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    I suspect there are senior people in the governments of the US and Russia, and possibly China, who already see climate change as something they can "win" against the rest of the world. In a way Trump has jumped the...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    Ok, that was a weird moment - we have (a) St Brides school two doors down from here....
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    In the UK we also have limited liability partnerships - after extensive lobbying by lawyers and accountancy companies. To nobody's suprise LLPs have since become the vehicle of choice for money laundering, tax evasion, and most other financial shenanigans....
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    Weekly public applause for health workers accompanied by a neighbour playing bagpipes this evening - not sure if that would work as well in larger towns but it suits a small village with the sunset reflecting off the remaining snow...
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    The universities in the UK are moving to 100% online for lectures, seminars, exams (apart from finals). Following on from this some of them are telling their students to 'go home now' for the rest of the academic year. One...
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    Hmm, my wife has been taking paracetemol daily (4 doses) for nearly 20 years as (some) pain relief from osteo-arthritis - its not clear what alternative options could be used over that period of time. Co-codamol in the UK comes...
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    My daughter tells me that the shortage of pasta has caused a tremor in the force^W student consciousness - its their #1 staple when cooking meals....
  • Commented on COVID-19
    Italy has a highly fragmented health system with little information flow between the various components. It provides free care for those earning below a certain threshold, after which costs increase roughly in line with income. Some things are a tad...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    I had great fun driving an automatic in California (way back when) - not least how I could spend the first 15 minutes of the drive to work without touching the accelerator pedal....
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