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  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    “we do frown upon enslavement“ You must have missed previous discussions here about the US private for-profit prison system. It's the difference between public and private morality. Slavery is frowned upon, even when those doing the frowning are themselves profiting...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    “...don't we have broad international agreement that involuntary mental health treatment is torture[?]” I might misunderstand, but there are laws that enable involuntary treatment orders in all Australian jurisdictions. I'm sure this is the case overseas too. Not in the...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    One of the stupidest things people do is to assume that aliens are necessarily enemies, and that the only solutions are submission or death. I think it's pretty stupid to "assume" anything about aliens. We get it wrong most of...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Bottom line here is that if you want to upload yourself (in any realistic use of the word 'yourself') it's going to have to be brain, vagus nerve, heart, endochrinal system, gut and all. I'll stick with the hot cross...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    “One of my friends is a retired USAF "rocket scientist". Every time the conversation turns to Mac vs PC, he goes off on an extended rant about why Mac OS X won't run on his Power Mac G5.” LOLWUT? OSX...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Actually, hardware longevity is a problem for Apple in these days of the gradual tapering-off of Moore's Law. One of my friends is a retired USAF "rocket scientist". Every time the conversation turns to Mac vs PC, he goes off...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    We have "Not for Profit" companies & corps. Not all "Not for Profit" companies are created equal. Some of them are VERY profitable. They just don't distribute those profits to shareholders. A prime example here in North Carolina was Blue...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Martin @ 228: - Sitting in a coordination meeting to find that several square kilometres of Salisbury Plain marked “out of bounds to training” because the Staff Officer responsible for it had finally had some breeding pairs of a rare...
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    WHat happens if your aircraft HAS to land in the USA, even though it's not meant to? As does happen in emergencies, for instance ..... Like this maybe? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHpKeRSLnF8...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    I don't know which version Yosemite is, Yosemite is OS X 10.10 ... followed by El Capitan Os X 10.11; Sierra OS X 10.12 and the current High Sierra OS X 10.13. [10.13.2] One problem is that some Apple computers...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Why not the Chernobyl exclusion zone? You can take tours of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone....
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    So turn off JavaScript except when I'm reading Charlie's blog? :-) I can do that. Thanks. You don't need JavaScript to read this blog; only to sign in & reply to comments. You might look into something like NoScript which...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    I don’t think the geolocation nightmare scenario is practical unless you assume the phone OS is complicit I'd be interested in knowing what basis you have for assuming the phone OS is not complicit? It's kind of old news ......
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    The geolocation stuff is terrifying, however can't you just turn off the broadcasting of your location from your phone? Are the police going to let you do that?...
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    That's for analogue TV; I don't know what the situation is now that all TV has gone digital and the concept of graceful degradation has been thrown out of the window. Maybe people just use satellite receivers instead. In the...
  • Commented on PSA: Please don't nominate the Laundry Files for a Best Series Hugo Award (this year)
    .. American jurisprudence on guns makes no sense. The obvious reading on the second amendment is "Swiss style universal militia", not "The right to bear militarily useless handguns everywhere"... But of course, the straight-forward reading would have required black neighborhoods...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    I think it's damn rude of you to politicize this poor man's pain....
  • Commented on PSA: Please don't nominate the Laundry Files for a Best Series Hugo Award (this year)
    Without naming names one of the adjacent town is locally known as the local "Stepford". Hah! Would that be the area known to locals as a "Containment Area"?...
  • Commented on PSA: Please don't nominate the Laundry Files for a Best Series Hugo Award (this year)
    The other notable thing about US bookshops was that British authors were less available... but in the detective novels section American authors writing novels set in a fictious country they called England were quite popular. Rather odd. Their "modern England"...
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    Pop stations today.... A bit of US history: radio stations were AM, but required (?) to have an FM auxiliary. They started by running "stuff no one cared about (meaning advertisers), so there'd be a classical station, with no advertising....
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    The thing that made it really funny is that my brain just went there instantly. "300 miles" BOOM! "Gilligan!" Except it was a "3 hour tour", not "300 miles"...
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    When is "The Delirium Brief" going to come out in a UK (trade?) paperback? I think you mentioned earlier there won't be a regular US sized paperback, same as for "The Nightmare Stacks", but I was able to get a...
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    If we knew what they are, they wouldn't be "unidentified"...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    Ah but ... isn't there also the abillity to deny a juror seating for that particular trial, "for reasonable cause"?( I think ) The way it works here in the U.S. the prosecution and defense are each allowed a certain...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    “What does the school leaving age have to do with either the age of sexual maturity or the age of consent? I am baffled.” So am I, but that's a logical interpretation of the drive-by comment I was responding to....
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    This came up in discussions in our office last week. Apparently all the schools out Medway way have dropped skirts as a uniform option for exactly that reason - now everyone wears trousers. The teachers were sick of telling girls...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    Indeed it is true that Juliet was 14 in the play and no-one thought that was out of order. I also remember being taught that the biblical Mary was probably about 12-14. Left out of that discussion is how old...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    ...Or jury decisions either for that matter. Who was it who said that the idea of being tried by a jury of your peers was one of the most frightening prospects imaginable? Oddly enough the U.S. Constitution (as amended) doesn't...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    We were mostly looking at product liability, and what stuck in my memory was the temperature — and how if MacDonald's coffee was hot enough to make them liable, then everyone who served a guest a cup of coffee at...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    Well, it looks like at least one sexual harasser of teen-age girls has got his comeuppance. Multiple media outlets are reporting that Doug Jones defeated Roy Moore in the Alabama special Senate election....
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