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  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    > ...& "fire that motha up!" Probably by tomorrow night. Good luck and I hope there's no escape of magic smoke......
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    > Cobblers > You plainly haven't a clue. wtaf? You don't know me, my social background or my educational background, you're in no position to judge how many clues I may or may not have. I take it you're not...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Whitroth @879, Mr. Tingey @ 882 I think there's a significant difference between things like orchestras, ballet companies, where basically they rehash old and thoroughly approved 'classics', and other things like writing, painting, sculpture, composing, where the 'artists' are creating...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    724, 726, 736 etc. Larry Niven's transfer booths / puppeteer stepping discs. He had some interesting thoughts on the side effects on, for example, flash mobs or 48 hour birthday parties following the sun. 749, 757 Vernor Vinge's The Witling,...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Heteromeles at 1357: I'm trying to remember who's done SFF like this in the past. In geological timescales, this is one of the plot points in David Brin's second Uplift trilogy. The illegally settled sooners on Jijo restrict themselves to...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    684: ...I (naively) expect ebikes to be ubiquitous before eCars become the norm... Visiting Shenzhen and other cities in south China, it is impressive how quickly electric vehicles of all kinds are becoming the default, ranging from what look like...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    648: I'm aware that some people, amazingly enough, do not want to spend an hour listening to some nerd natter on... I remember some time ago watching a program about history and warfare. A historical re-enactment team designed, built and...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    799, 805: I am not surprised that I have not met that as a dystopian apocalypse in fiction. Bacteria causing plastics to decay faster. "Mutant 59: The Plastic Eater", by Kit Pedler, published 1971. Apparently based on the Doomwatch TV...
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    Re: Dejah Thoris Frazetta's second painting of the the original cover for A Princess of Mars sold last week for over $1M. https://boingboing.net/2020/09/10/frazettas-a-princess-of-ma.html...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    Social insects and societies... Reminds me of Frank Herbert's "Hellstrom's Hive"....
  • Commented on Dead plots
    Our newer conference rooms all have names rather than numbers. They follow a different theme in different location. Not seen it for floors of a building yet....
  • Commented on Dead plots
    Many hotels in Asia avoid using the 4th floor, because of superstition around the similar sounding words for '4' and 'death'. I once stayed in a hotel in Taipei that had no 4th, 13th or 14th floor, observing both western...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    Just to add to the discussion about wiping hard drives... ... I have used Eraser (https://sourceforge.net/projects/eraser/) which seems to be a simple-to-use tool form Windows machines....
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    I am quietly happy to see the newly added seagull avatar/icon :-)...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    "Far too much of Britain loves signs. They are everywhere, they are often huge, and they are very often trivial, down to the "this is a sign" level. And they set seed; where there is a large sign, there is...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    "...NZ tried the "one leetle exemption to the rules won't hurt, really" thing and they ended up with a infected British couple driving most of the length of North Island..." Minor correction, just for the sake of accuracy... If I...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    For those of you in the US, this is worrying: https://www.emptywheel.net/2020/07/16/trumps-rump-coverers-other-mission-militarized-voter-suppression/...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    Greg @346: Yes this was in England. The plumbers/fitters replaced and upgraded the entire heating and hot water system for a 4 bedroom bungalow in about 3 days, including replacing all the underfloor pipes with flexible plastic as described, new...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    Had a complete central heating system replumbed in flexible plastic pipe, around 25 years ago. The plumbers added short stubs of copper pipe for the last few inches to the radiator valves, for appearance. Otherwise all plastic. This was for...
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    Seriously but for a very limited audience, I've seen "Maintain social distance of one wavelength at 146.52 MHz." Social Distancing for Audio Engineers: Keep one wavelength apart at 140-165 Hz....
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    To JBS at #666: Seen on Daily Kos today. Not sure if it answers your question. "BREAKING: Treasury now says Social Security recipients who don't normally file tax returns will NOT have to file to get the $1,200 check. Treasury...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    Seen earlier this week on weixin/wechat. I thought the audience here might appreciate an alternative viewpoint from inside China. I cannot judge how accurately this captures the feelings of typical locals, but it rings true. ( ---3 months ago China:...
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    Reply to Allen Thomson #306: What you are missing is that in China there are still many preventative measures in place, even if the lock down is relaxed. Our factory only reopened two weeks ago. We were closed for five...
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    It should be just a throat swab, quick and simple. I was tested last Wednesday, together with several of my other "foreign" colleagues (i.e. not from China). Took all of 60 seconds including completing the forms and labels with my...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    I'm very much enjoying the relativity / FTL discussions ;-) A couple of comments. 1) If I remember correctly my undergraduate physics, the simple cases described by the Lorentz-FitzGerald equations only apply to reference frames moving at a constant velocity...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Greg @623: This is almost identical to the US "opposition" to what they call "transit" ( And we'd call metro or light rail ) in their cities by Rehuglicans, usually using "It only benefits THAT narrow line, what about the...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    You're right, paragraph styles can be created. However from memory I believe the number of paragraph numbering styles available for any paragraph styles is fixed. For me it is the obscure interactions between numbering, tabs and indents that makes them...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    Already happens with ANPR and mis-identified number plates. Straight to automatic penalty notice....
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    > Such as changing all the section numbers (and cross-references) to a different numbering scheme (see paws4thot, #122), or standardising. This^ is one of the major reasons why I used to use FrameMaker for large technical documents (>600pages), instead of...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    Off topic - Splinter has ceased publication as of yesterday. Now where will I find my daily dose of trumpocalypse-watching?...
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