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  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    "The key idea is that we can (and should, obviously) get some idea, often a very good idea, of the likely consequences of each option for a decision, before we make the decision." This sounds like very much like a...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    Agreed. Emma Peel (Diana Rigg) wasn't too bad either. Sometimes I think it is a pity I haven't seen recent re-runs of those shows, but I expect they wouldn't be a good as my younger self's "rose tinted" memory of...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    I vaguely recall an old episode of tv show "The Avengers" - 1960's (??) where the shows leads (John Steed and Emma Peel) came across a machine that generated romance novels used by a supposed "best seller" romance author. It...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    Something that occurs to me with all this speculation - when the mind is uploaded and there are 'n' instances running - what happens to the "assets" previously owned such as online bank accounts, user accounts etc. Do all instances...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    I suspect that rate of expansion is wrong - surely it would be constrained by the speed of light....
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    Yes, Omarama is a know as for its gliding conditions and given suitable wind conditions, a number of record breaking flights have been recorded. However, these are mostly over land rather than long distances over water....
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    Ummmm - I think your glider-pilot friend is mistaken. Yes, gliding is a thing in Omarama, BUT as Omarama is in Aoteatoa New Zealand (see - https://www.newzealand.com/us/omarama/). But as Bunyip has not ever been spotted in New Zealand, I do...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    Not quite sure why my name headed the comment. Aotearoa NZ is not part of OZ and we definitely do not share governments. While we sometimes refer to Australia as our "West Island" or "across the ditch", is is about...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    Major issue I see for this "utopian" proposed tax system: Who values the wealth or how is it valued? If the value of my house (and other possessions) is under $1m (or any other figure) and not taxed vs over...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    That is the Wellington Tramway Museum's site. I am in Christchurch (I volunteer at the Ferrymead Tramway)....
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    Yes, Aotearoa, not Crich. (I know of Crich, but have never visited)....
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    I am involved in restoring heritage trams (sometimes called "trolleys" in the US) for an NPO as a hobby. Left and Right are defined as being left and right when facing the 'A' end of the tram, and the 'A'...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    RE OGH's comment "...although they can pretend it doesn't exist and buy their very own luxury apocalypse bunker in New Zealand." See https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/property/128522034/peter-thiels-luxury-wnaka-lodge-idea-rejected-by-council-planner - not saying their own luxury apocalypse bunker hasn't happened, but......
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    I believe the FORTRAN 77 standard - which was ratified in 1978 added the IMPLICIT NONE feature (along with a bunch of other new features). It then took some elapsed time for every software vendor to implement FORTRAN 77 compliant...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    Darn - I also see some of my "example" IF statement code code got eaten by markup 'cos (I guess) I put something in angle brackets. Example code should been something like "IF (X.LT.lower-bound-boundary-condition-value) THEN X = 0"...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    Mind you, FORTRAN was not all bad (and the first computer language I ever used). It also had some nice features I enjoyed playing with - by default it had a COMPLEX variable type - which sort of appealed to...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    There is another couple of features of FORTRAN (also come across whilst debugging a mature FORTRAN program - again in late 1970's) - you didn't need to pre-declare variables. Anything starting with letters I - N were deemed to be...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    Talking briefly on the subject of COBOL and GOTO's reminds me of another "war story". By the time I got involved in programming in COBOL, GOTO's had sort of gone out of flavor with "structured" GOTO-less programming being all the...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    Actually, that sounds kinda interesting. But still wouldn't happen as Aotearoa New Zealand is officially nuclear free (see https://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1987/0086/latest/DLM115116.html) so our government wouldn't allow it in/over the country as its against the law here!...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    As I live on an island in the South Pacific, I suspect this is an empty threat as I do not believe your steam powered dirigible has the range (based on other recent discussions/comments here), to collect me and travel...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    I am surprised any trees grow in mid-Atlantic. (Hides and resumes lurking)...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    I believe "Seetee Shock" and "Seetee Ship" by Jack Williamson aka Will Stewart may predate those books although did the Lensman content get serialised in magazines before being published as books? (I am on;y aware of the books)....
  • Commented on Bad news day
    You'll not get any disagreement from me on needing lights (and to be seen) at night - but night is another time when hand signals are a waste of time. I have modern flashing LED headlights on both my bikes...
  • Commented on Bad news day
    Actually, (most places) it appears "required to" becomes "supposed to". As a regular cyclist, I try and cycle defensively (aka paranoidly) which definitely means obeying road sign etc. But most places that also means keeping both hands on the handlebars...
  • Commented on Bad news day
    A couple of further notes re Mike Moore: He died in Feb 2020, so is no longer available. Also regarding him visiting USA once - he was actually New Zealand Ambassador to the United States from 2010 to 2015....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Not sure that (today) it would be my first choice due to range available now - I would need to do more research, but I would definitely go battery rather than corded for the reasons I gave. Serious battery models...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    My experience FYI: I changed from a corded electric mower - to a battery mower (Bosch Rotak 43LI) about 4 years ago. Main reason for the change to a battery mower was that the corded mower was "tethered" to the...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    My understanding is that Elon Musk is not eligible to be (USA) President. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural-born-citizen\_clause\_(United_States)...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Incidentally, the 1970 Charlton Heston movie was based on the book "I am legend" (aka "The Omega Man") by Richard Matheson published in 1954....
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    In these discussions - especially relating to UK practise - it seems you appear to normally have your clothes washing machine (and dryer) installed in the kitchen. Is this another consequences of the "small house size" thing?...
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