danieldwilliam

danieldwilliam

  • Commented on A hypothesis
    Responding the couple of posts about landing the plane in Australia. I used to live in Australia and spent about six months living in Darwin when I was a kid. So please take the following with a pinch of salt...
  • Commented on The revolution will not be hand-stitched
    I don’t think you are missing anything on the techical side or the associated economics. I wonder about the timescales. I’m wondering if nations with large numbers of garment workers and which are in the process of transitioning from low...
  • Commented on Making history personal
    They don't let you in to the buildings of Skara Brae but equally, they don't actually guard them after about half four in the evening and they do expect you to retrieve your own toddlers if they fall in....
  • Commented on Making history personal
    The oldest building I have ever slept in is probably the farm house of a family friend which was 17th century. The oldest building I’ve ever been in was probably one of the Neolithic sites in Orkney. Skara Brae, Maes...
  • Commented on A deceptively simple question
    There are also a number of thermal plants that have black-start capabilities, for which they are paid a modest fee by NG....
  • Commented on A deceptively simple question
    I think the economic impacts are small. Economically making self-driving cars are a subset of being good at making things and making computers work. So it doesn’t change the relative value created in any particular economies much. It’s a bit...
  • Commented on A deceptively simple question
    I’ll have a punt at a geopolitical impact. Building on the weaponisation of small self-driving (or self-moving) drones and a comment about mobile landmines I wonder if the same technology used for self-driving cars might give terrorists / freedom fighters...
  • Commented on A man walks into a bar
    On reflection that makes perfect sense. I recall hearing on the radio some years ago about farmers who had been crushed against fences by cattle....
  • Commented on A man walks into a bar
    Looks like horses might be more dangerous per capita than dogs, by a long way. Population of dogs circa 8.5m. Deaths from dog bites in 2009, 5, 1 death per 1.7m dogs. Horses are a little fuzzier. Estimated population of...
  • Commented on Parasites
    I’m going to go for the tobacco plant, Nicotinia Tabacum. I think it has crossed the line from self-defence and become a major parasite on human beings....
  • Commented on Deeply annoying realization ...
    I think the transaction costs of tracking back every single piece of IP to the orginator might be significant i.e. significantly more than just saying to folk – have some free stuff....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Halting State
    Do you think Halting State would be suitable to be turned into a television series?...
  • Commented on In the pulp
    Happy to help with that if that is, um,helpful....
  • Commented on In the pulp
    Also, someone a few blog posts back recommended Constellation Games by Leonard Richardson. It might well have been Charlie. Whomever it was – thanks – I’m really, really enjoying. I’ve laughed out loud and annoyed my wife by staying up...
  • Commented on In the pulp
    How splendid. I’ll be looking forward to reading that on my summer holiday. What do you do with the author copies? I mean I assume you gift them to friends and family and folk who have helped out in some...
  • Commented on Crib sheet: Singularity Sky
    Singularity Sky was the first of your books I bought. I really enjoyed. I liked the tongue in cheek yet with serious thought approach to space opera. I tracked down Iron Sky as soon as I could. I enjoyed Iron...
  • Commented on Grand Guignol Tropes
    Greg.Tingey @61 re @52 The Grand Guignol was a small Parisian theatre which sounded a touch Gothic to me....
  • Commented on Grand Guignol Tropes
    A celebrated science fiction author, well known for discussing the implications of artificial intelligence in his fiction and for using macabre, nay Gothic black humour sets up a blog where there are often discussions about hard take off singularities and...
  • Commented on Changing my mind on nuclear disarmament
    In the event of nuclear war my mum, a radiologist, was on some list to go and do something in some bunker somewhere. Which was ironic as she was an activist in the campaign against nuclear weapons. She used to...
  • Commented on PSA: Ignore the news
    Greg.Tingey @72. What would I do? I’d like to think that I would try to stay alive whilst I worked myself into a genuinely stable situation personally and then was able to either effect some form of gradual economic reform...
  • Commented on Obituaries
    When I was doing my Masters we had a class on accounting with several other MSc and Business streams. Quite a few foreign students of about my age who would have been about 8 during the Miners’ Strike and, also,...
  • Commented on Obituaries
    If you are minded to rejoice at the end of Thatcher I think the time to have done so was following a Labour party victory at the 1983 General Election....
  • Commented on Thinking the unthinkable
    There are specific mentions of Northern Ireland in this context further up thread, which is why I mentioned Northern Ireland. I don’t find the idea of a union with the Republic any more attractive than a union with a separatist...
  • Commented on Thinking the unthinkable
    A union between NI and an independent Scotland is certainly an interesting idea and I’d be fascinated to see what the response to the idea was from citizens of NI. And also from my fellow Scots. I’m not that the...
  • Commented on Thinking the unthinkable
    I’m not sure we could have done anything other than expand the EU eastwards. Especially with the context of the Balkans. I think we were probably ideologically committed to it by the stance we’d taken during the Cold War that...
  • Commented on Thinking the unthinkable
    How much telecommuting do the legislators actually have to do? Enjoying the peripatetic parliament idea....
  • Commented on Thinking the unthinkable
    This is a genuine question but does the EU in the 21st Century really need a capital city?...
  • Commented on Thinking the unthinkable
    What else have you missed? As a British worker I don’t think I would relish having the Social Chapter removed along with all those restrictions on how beastly my employer can be to me. I like the trend of generally...
  • Commented on What are the big issues of 2013 going to be?
    I can see why you would not want UKIP to win many seats and I don’t disagree with your assessement of their views on sexuality at all. Which is one of the reasons I’d like them to win some seats....
  • Commented on What are the big issues of 2013 going to be?
    I can not decide if UKIP are a libertarian party putting on the trappings of a no nonsense common sense populist right wing party for electoral purposes or the other way round. Either way, personally, they would never attract my...
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