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  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    " It's interesting how things like ubiquitous air travel become a cornerstone of peoples' identities. " Is it what? When I were a lad (and I'm younger than Greg), the idea that someone might travel halfway across the world just...
  • Commented on Make Up a Guy
    "The only places I use Google for are mapping and/or seeking out general news.' I find that OpenStreetMap works pretty well for mapping, although it has neither Satellite or Street View, should you need those. JHomes...
  • Commented on WTF
    Heteromeles, Your link is broken. You have managed to include the closing parenthesis in it. JHomes Fixed...
  • Commented on WTF
    "Sigh. Links don't work." Preview is your friend. I always preview any post that has anything more than just plain text. You can check where a URL goes just by hovering over it. Again, I do. JHomes...
  • Commented on WTF
    "If there is, in fact, a religious aspect to capitalism it's the idea that the markets can ever really be rational." I incline to the view that "rational market" is a contradiction in terms, that the existence of a market...
  • Commented on WTF
    "to infer(r) is human" Are you sure it's not infernal? JHomes...
  • Commented on WTF
    "Vulch, are you trying to claim that a bridge is a type of settlement!? " In Scotland, sometimes it can be. E.g. Bridge of Allan, just north of Stirling. I'm sure OGH, living as he is that much closer than...
  • Commented on WTF
    Another issue with the Compass is that for most people there isn't a single libertarian/authoritarian axis, rather that where they fall depends on what we are talking about. For each of us, there are issues where we see a need...
  • Commented on WTF
    Liberty is indeed something precious, much too precious to waste any of it on Those People. JHomes...
  • Commented on WTF
    "Does it matter if it's VOIP between COs if you still have dial tone at the house when you need it?" Between COs, no it doesn't matter. It's VOIP from the CO to the pod where the copper starts that's...
  • Commented on WTF
    "You missed my point, twice." And I still seem to be missing it. My point, FWIW, is that most of Amsterdam having been built pre-car, and still there when they realised that car-centric was not the way to go, meant...
  • Commented on WTF
    "That was amazingly foresighted of them, then." Not really. It's quite easy, in my experience, not to base your planning around something that not only doesn't exist, but which you have no idea could exist. If I have to be...
  • Commented on WTF
    "Amsterdam quite famously went about it completely the other way round. They started with a political decision to swap from car cultists to a walking/cycling city, and proceeded from there." Er, no. They started several centuries before there was such...
  • Commented on WTF
    " Er, the singer Madonna used the term "boy toy" as a self-description." I've come across that usage too, in various places. OTOH, I've also come across "toyboy" to refer to the original idea of a young male in a...
  • Commented on WTF
    Obxkcd JHomes...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    Apropos of voting ages. One thing that doesn't get mentioned is that 16 and 17 year olds would make up quite a small proportion of the enfranchised population. Therefore, their having the vote can only make much of a difference...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    "You had to be dead posh to afford a colour set." Local songwriter (one Dick Coker IIRC). Now I've got a colour TV, All the neighbours are jealous of me. My social standing is rising so fast, I think I've...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    "How many TV channels did you have growing up?" As per the comment above from runix, for a good part of my childhood, none, and for the rest of it, one. Also, my parents were not early adopters (of this...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    "403 - But you try and tell an environmentalist that they'll not believe you." Yes, well, counsels of despair are often disbelieved, on the grounds that if true, you're stuffed anyway, and if false then you might be able to...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    "Yes, fungi, not slime molds. Running mazes. Turns out plants run mazes too." May I point out that fungi are not, in fact, plants? I can't? All right, but it's still true. JHomes...
  • Commented on Strong and Stable!
    "you're writing billing software in floating point?" I've come across such. It was written in C and on this particular platform int was 32 bits, which wasn't enough, and long was also 32 bits. Yes, really. So they used double...
  • Commented on Strong and Stable!
    'other than size, what is the difference between men's and woman's "fell boots"?' I don't know about "fell boots" whatever they are, but my footwear of choice these days is trail shoes, and although I am male, I usually get...
  • Commented on Strong and Stable!
    Regarding paying electoral workers. ISTM this could mean either of two groups of people, and in some of the comments I am not sure which is meant, and suspect that others here are not sure either. People working for a...
  • Commented on Strong and Stable!
    "You're assuming that people, given UBI, will sit in front of the boob tube and munch chips, and never be tired of that." I quote the late and much lamented Sun-Earther Iain El-Bonko Banks of North Queensferry. "In a similar...
  • Commented on Strong and Stable!
    Ah! I agree with a fair bit of that, although not everything. But it is not how I read your earlier posts. JHomes...
  • Commented on Strong and Stable!
    "There is nothing whatsoever obstructing them from freely choosing to eat less than will supply them with enough protein; they just don't want to suffer from malnutrition." FIFY. What's up with you, Pigeon? You're not usually this cruel and judgmental....
  • Commented on Strong and Stable!
    "then when they put me in the machine my trousers explode." That's not angle grinding, that's Ragwort JHomes...
  • Commented on I can't even
    "My question is this: why didn't he mention raising taxes?" He did. "or rising taxes at a time people can ill afford them?" Them as can be taxed cannot pay the tax, them as could afford it have moved their...
  • Commented on I can't even
    "And what's 4 times?" We have met the enemy, and (s)he is us. JHomes...
  • Commented on I can't even
    "why is "have to pay with a credit card" the line in the sand?" I think for most of us it isn't. There is one person on this blog whose idiosyncratic approach to financial management precludes them having a credit...
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