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  • Commented on Generation Z
    Our Glorious Leader, Mr. Cameron, may his gruttocks fester, has been telling us how well his party has been doing on employment. The historical figures are interesting. We have over a century of good figures on unemployment, although they have...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    Let me check the back of my envelope... 50 billion pounds sterling, no strings attached, would be plenty to guarantee the working-age population a good income. It's the sort of rough figure you can come up with if you were...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    Fertilisers are one of the reasons why zero-meat is unlikely to be the optimum. The problems vary by country, and I don't know the numbers in enough detail to do more than make vague handwaves, but the core of the...
  • Commented on I'm back
    Also, zombies and terrifying-looking buff guys cosplaying "Call of Duty" soldiers with guns so realistic that if they were seen in a British or US convention a Police SWAT team would be summoned. And then you said: anime warrior schoolgirls...
  • Commented on Circumstantial connections
    Monday morning, and the BBC slips into a report that the focus of a search has moved from the South China Sea to the Malacca Strait, which looks bizarre on the map. But the BBC can get thoroughly messed up...
  • Commented on Rule 34, meet Kafka
    One way to throw things off would be to use a negative image. The colours go to blue/cyan and the dark tones go to light. Since the facial recognition methods often rely on such things as the eyes and nose,...
  • Commented on Miscellanea
    I see bitcoin is in a big mess. Over 740,000 bitcoin have gone missing at Mt Gox. The price, which peaked at over $1200 since November, has plummeted to under $500. I suspect a combination of US Government action against...
  • Commented on Baboon Fart Odyssey
    On the gatekeeper issue I am ambivalent, and I am a bit doubtful about the way Amazon handles stuff. They publish misleading stats and they press some of the same buttons as the vanity presses. As for gatekeeping, one of...
  • Commented on The Singularity Is Further Than It Appears
    We could get a whole new article/thread out of that. A huge amount of our world depends on the shift from local to global. I remember reading a book about the Steam Engine builders of Lincolnshire. I can find one...
  • Commented on Minecraft, The Sims, And The Future Of Filmmaking
    Aspects such as "no toilet breaks" seem to be routine in movies. They're not necessary to the story. That doesn't mean they can't be used. Dekker is eating when he he dragged back into service, in Blade Runner. I vaguely...
  • Commented on How To Survive A Death March
    I was a farmer. We don't talk about death marches. We call it harvest. After two weeks, you start noticing things going wrong a little more often. Not breakdowns, but something like a slower reaction to a patch of different...
  • Commented on Introducing Hugh Hancock
    Are we being steampunk or dieselpunk? One boundary marker might be the vacuum tube. Wireless was possible without it, but it was a big jump in possibilities. Any others? Steam to internal combustion goes without saying. Vitamins were starting to...
  • Commented on Introducing Hugh Hancock
    While a certain caution is desirable, I fear you are under-valuing the essential character and nobility of the good, honest, Englishman, whose love of freedom is balanced by a keen awareness of the proper order of society. No true Englishman...
  • Commented on Introducing Hugh Hancock
    Seeing the achievements made in Bavaria, is is clear that M. Bleriot's feat is a dead end. When airships are reliably carrying as many as 20 passengers, one can only marvel at the optimism of the proponents of heavier-than-air flight....
  • Commented on Sitrep
    While I am not impressed by what "Planning" has done locally—Would you seriously plan for housing expansion on land that is downhill from the local sewage works—there is a definite need for planning. I don't think your solution for housing...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    You're missing something. The case for another airport in the SE is very problematic. It's not just the airport itself, it's the air traffic control infrastructure, but an aircraft flying from Northern England can get to North America and much...
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    I have a simple guiding principle for the next elections in the UK. The party in power must learn that they can lose. In 1979, Maggie got elected, and after the events of the 1970s that was almost inevitable. She...
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    I think I am going to go and write a novel about the Pope sending a time-travelling assassin into the past to kill Ayn Rand before she can seduce Alan Greenspan. Unfortunately, nothing changes because Greenspan was the hack writer...
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    There was an explorer who did much the same as Lewis & Clark across Canada, so there are alternative stories which could be told as an example of that sort of history. And I recall a snippet about the settlement...
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    Could you quote me a price in Bitcoin?...
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    I'm inclined to doubt that the Clean Room areas would be directly vulnerable to blast damage, but I can see there being an interruption in production while they make sure all is OK. There might be places where having the...
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    As far as the mayonnaise goes, the stuff you buy in the shops needs a few additions to stabilise the emulsion. Extra egg yolk (some of the proteins stabilise the emulsion), for one brand. That sort of thing is also...
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    I am a little older than OGH, and have a similar feeling. What I recall of my teachers is that most of them seemed horribly old, and the world they had trained in was different. More realistically, it may be...
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    Oh yes, there's still some scare stories floating around about Sodium Nitrite. Sodium Nitrate (NaNO3) and Sodium Nitrite (NaNO2) are both curing agents, used in products such as bacon and sausages. And both are found naturally in vegetables. Nitrates in...
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    I don't think you're making bad points, but I'm wondering if we've been reading the same comment thread. Bitcoin does make a difference for certain criminal activities. It's a tradeable token, just like cash, or a bearer bond. All can...
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    The stagnation of the financial markets exemplified by the low return on Gilts is part of why we need a genuine boom. That's why corporate pension systems are failing. I don't know that Keynes would work when the factories are...
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    All these bad EU laws that our politicians complain about have been enacted into UK law by these politicians. And then they want us to leave the EU and trust them to enact good laws....
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    With recent revelations that the NSA paid RSA (the company) to build weaknesses into their implementation of RSA (the cryptosystem), does anyone really think that the cryptosystems at the heart of Bitcoin can be relied on? And would anyone be...
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    Greg, you maybe aren't aware of all the reulations which farmers have to follow to be allowed to use those chemicals. We have to get training and get a certificate to prove we are trained. That includes demonstrating we know...
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    I came across this on Twitter, and OGH may have also seen it by now: A report on the Jupiter Bitcoin mining hardware Report date: 6th December, before the crash. Price, when available: $5000 Bitcoin production rate: 3 days per...
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