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    Charlie Stross @ 19: Here, have an implied sarcasm tag :/ Is that what we're supposed to use to denote sarcasm? I had noticed the "<code>" "</code>" tags didn't work here....
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    Only needs two more comments for this thread to become ironic ... well one more now....
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    Tim H. @ 279: Imperial feet and US feet aren't the same, which is one of the great things about metric measures, just one set of wrenches. ... unless you end up having to work on some old piece of...
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    Still trying to get my head wrapped around how to use turnips as a malware vector?...
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    Elderly Cynic @ 250: None of the hypotheses explain the extremely unusual total silence on the cause, the lack of investigators in hazmat suits, or the fact that they are reopening the site with STILL no comment. The press release...
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    icehawk @ 236: I'm leaning towards one of three possible explanations: 4. There is no large underground facility. Never was. Instead there are a number of academics and administrators who pocketed a few hundred million between them and built some...
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    JSBurbidge @ 231: He would have to learn small letters first, and distinguishing u and v, before working with electronic media for which minuscule letters are the default.And I'm not sure it would be entirely easy. I know some people...
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    Going back to the possibility of the Democrats impeaching Trump even when they don't have the votes in the Senate to convict... The Republicans in the House voted to impeach Clinton during the "lame duck" session of the 105th Congress...
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    David L @ 626: Imagine if the history you learned in your early teens included a Russian force landing in Scotland or Oregon for a few years trying to overturn an election before withdrawing. Not a one for one equivalent...
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    Geoff Hart @ 614: I see Starship Troopers as aspirational and utopian ("this is how it could be if we do it right"), not an attempt at prediction. Well said. That's the idea I've been suggesting all along. I just...
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    Heteromeles @ 606: I suspect Pence and Co, to the degree that they're planning something, are waiting to see how well the democrats do in November. The dems will almost certainly fail to gain the 2/3 majority of senators needed...
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    Greg Tingey @ 602: Given DT's record on openly cheating people, why hasn't there been a class / group action to take the bastard down? He should be in jail for multiple fraud .... Often the people he's cheated can't...
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    David L @ 590: That leaves me wonder of one of the reasons why US is one of the several countries that did not switch to metric system yet. As a practical mater we have switched. Autos and industrial things...
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    David L @ 588: Here in Raleigh, North Carolina JBS and I are going to get off easy. While I was getting ready I didn't know it was going to be as easy as it turned out to be. It...
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    whitroth @ 581: One more thing - if you've ever seen West Side Story, one of the gangs are the Sharks, who are Puerto Rican. Let me assure you, in the fifties, Puerto Ricans were perhaps one social step above...
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    The Raven @ 573: Heinlein clearly liked and respected mentally and physically strong women. On the other hand, many women I have known find his characterization of women unreasonable (but you plainly do not), and there's few people now who...
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    Robert Prior @ 571: Trump question for Americans:I keep reading in the news about Trump speaking at rallies. Have other American presidents gone to so many rallies after the election, or is this something new?It might be that my newspapers...
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    Heteromeles @ 220: Anyway, we're playing with pareidola here. That's why I love this blog. There are so many new words for me to look up and learn....
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    Allen @ 180: US sunspot solar observatory closed The situation continues. Most peculiar. https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/09/remote-solar-observatory-remains-closed-after-mysterious-evacuation https://www.space.com/41834-national-solar-observatory-facility-closed-security-issue.html The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA), which manages the Sunspot observatory with funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation, hasn't said much,...
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    Allen Thomson @ 179: Both the US and USSR developed 152/155 mm (aka 6-inch) artillery rounds as early as 1960-ish, but they seem never to have been all that popular with the military. Similarly, Livermore is plausibly rumored to have...
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    Just a note: I've been kind of distracted the last 3 or 4 days. Hurricane Florence turned away from Raleigh and the Research Triangle area, so we've minimal damage & minimal clean-up here. But I didn't know that last week...
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    JReynolds @ 165: Bonum Dei, homo! Don't you know how expensive paper is?!?! [And more humourous culture shock stuff]. If my memory from High School Latin classes holds up, students in Roman schools used slates & charcoal to "write" upon....
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    SFreader @ 142: Re: VA research'MVP, which has enrolled more than 390,000 Veterans so far, has already become the nation’s largest database linking genetic, clinical, lifestyle and military exposure information. Part of a beta test for data access, the newly...
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    Martin @ 104: Davy Crockett? Hah!Eric Frank Russell's 1955 "Men, Martians, and Machines" had atomic hand grenades :) Yup. And the U.S. Army DID try to develop one. But they never got a device that compact. The best they could...
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    Heteromeles @ 100: The weird part is that bomb sweeps normally take a few hours, and are public information. This complex was evacuated last Thursday, everyone packed up and left, and they've kept it closed.So possibilities include: Another thought I...
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    Greg Tingey @ 91: Recent ( Breaking? ) newsUS sunspot solar observatory closed by FBI - complete news blackout, appearing in various news sources.W. T. F? This Gizmodo article suggests the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) that...
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    Heteromeles @ 83: Anyway, if people don't know about this kind of thing, why should I expect any SF author to not use light sabers? Heinlein's giving nuclear missiles to front line grunts in starship troopers *for tactical use* doesn't...
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    allynh @ 73: Sorry, I don't mean to be contentious on the subject of reviewers, but most books can be sampled before read. If they use a good number of pages, not filled with huge pages of front matter that...
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    Graydon @ 67: Errr... John Carpenter's Dark Star, surely? Yes!Regrettable material substrate memory issue there, no idea why I got that conflated with THX 1138. Carpenter and Lucas both attended film school at USC. Both titles originally started out as...
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    Heteromeles @ 564: For added points, what would Heinlein do with Brexit? I don't know where he'd stand on Brexit, but I think he would despise Trump, Pence and the current GOP....
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