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  • Commented on The ends of education
    I’m pretty sure I’m talking about all political conservatives...
  • Commented on The ends of education
    “Have the Tories become so self-centered that they're deliberately blinding themselves to what goes on in the rest of the world? '” Hah! Yes, that is pretty much the definition of current ‘conservative’ politics. Reality? “No thanks, we want the...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    “Russia and the Ukraine. Which were one country for how many hundreds of years?” So would this approach justify Ingerlandshire invading Free ScotlandFuckYouSassenachs in a few years time? I’m inclined to say not. Also “the Ukraine” is considered just a...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    So does a military veterinarian treat Navy SEALS? Heat-crushed bored minds need to know....
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    The job title of someone that drives a train is - duh - ‘train driver’. Always was....
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    “So the Engineering Council and Parliament both disagree with you.” Which just goes to show that they are wrong. I mean, really, parliament doesn’t appear to have managed to be right in rather a long time. The Engineering Council is...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    “Consider machinists (UK - engineers” Nope. Absolutely not. Machinist is a skilled trade, a technical qualification. Engineer is an academic qualification, a degree. It is emphatically not a train driver. Obviously there people doing machining that are engineers but that’s...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    We have a couple of dozen heavy cloth shopping bags that were originally swag-bags from conferences. I suspect the youngest must be 25 years old. Only one has really failed, by the plastic lining hardening, cracking and spalling. And referring...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    This is why I always thank Siri and their brethren. They will remember......
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    "what's wrong with python (from a readability pov) tho?" Well, my view - which is clearly biased by my preferred toolset and working environment - is that the use of indenting as a structural element makes it very difficult to...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    "Antipope OK. Let's see if I can explain again." Simple editing error - I wrote my text in Notes, which includes a page title. I copied and pasted and didn’t remove the title. Write-only language- APL is surely the lead...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    Antipope OK. Let's see if I can explain again. I’m really not sure it’s worth the bother since you appear to ignore anything written for you. As mentioned previously, Smalltalk has always been able to work with 'outside' stuff. Saying...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    I do me extremely well, thank you. Just as I do Smalltalk. If you don’t see the value, that’s very much your loss...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    Oh, pfui. Scratch is not intended as a systems language. It isn’t its purpose to connect to every library. It does however connect extremely well to actual real things, so you can read external sensors and drive external devices. And...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    Actually I should expand a bit there - Scratch is not a Smalltalk. It is implemented in Smalltalk in the original version and the latest MIT release is in some HTML/JavaScript mix. Scratch itself is an Actor language where objects...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    “Scratch and Squeak are forms of Smalltalk designed for kids” Uh, nope. Scratch was intended for very new programmers of any age though certainly with a realisation that many would be young. Squeak is a fullscale grownup Smalltalk with actual...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    Ah, yes Stanford class EE380 - my old friend Dennis Allison’s “pretty much any speaker I find interesting “ class. An excellent weekly talk on a large range of subjects. Used to go fairly often when I lived down there....
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    Well, I always found it a bit fishy....
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    You really didn’t bother to read what I wrote at all. Treason was the original sin because by the very nature of rebelling against the legitimate authorities they committed treason. They knew that - amongst things that explains the very...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    The original sin of the USA is not slavery, it is treason. Slavery was was the purpose of that treason - possibly in both directions. As in wanting to maintain slavery for the benefit of the wealthy owners, and to...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    I'm thinking 1861 for the next stage; they want to overturn North v South....
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    “If you make sizes proportional to populations you end up with your blue urban splotches being bigger than the splotches for the states they're located within.” So dump the entire nonsense of states. Why on earth should there be states...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    Just wait until the current scotus Reich gets to what the GQP really wants ; revoking “North v South”....
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    “A big issue in Canada, with two leftish parties and one right-wing ” Say what? The NDP is a bit leftish, sure. Assuming you are limiting your list to the three majors, you surely can’t be suggesting the Liberals are...
  • Commented on Abolish the monarchy!
    I have been told that Tesla autopilot has to disengage in order to pass control to the emergency braking etc systems. Since this is one set of code I don’t have access to, I can’t authoritatively say either way. I...
  • Commented on Abolish the monarchy!
    “apparently the layoffs apply only to non-production office staff.” Hmph. It appears that is incorrect and in fact ‘hourly’ workers are being fired. If it’s actually people with a poor record that’s one thing but dumping a load of workers...
  • Commented on Abolish the monarchy!
    “preparing to lay of 10% of their workforce.” I think that is a mischaracterization; apparently the layoffs apply only to non-production office staff. Supposedly rapid hiring has lead to some poor hiring- though honestly I suspect that is more ploy...
  • Commented on Abolish the monarchy!
    My working definition of a religion is “a political party that claims its manifesto is divine text”... or something like that. Conversely, my definition of a political party is “a religion that admits its manifesto was written by people”. It’s...
  • Commented on Abolish the monarchy!
    “Grover Norquist "Government small enough to drown in a bathtub” I always like to remember that Grover norquist is already small enough....
  • Commented on Abolish the monarchy!
    Meh. I’ve met the gods, and after some spirited discussion we concluded that the idea of me worshipping them was just too funny for words....
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