Bellinghman

Bellinghman

  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Indeed. As do train ferries (which is what, when I was young, I though boat trains were for), being the more independent version. The idea of running a train onto a floating vessel of some sort has obvious difficulties, but...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    I have never read anything by a woman who had anything good to say about Harlan. If half the population (the women) think someone is a creep, then he is probably a creep. I have. I have a good friend,...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Yeah, I pass that place daily. The presence of farm tractors trundling along the A505 with tanks full of feedstock makes my morning commute interesting - much of the rest of the traffic is at above legal speeds. OTOH, what...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    It's one of the sad consequences of getting older. At least we've got a pretty good chance these days of getting through childhood without losing parents or siblings, but once we're a generation away from our 80s, the chance is...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    Yep. Only now it's not a minicomputer, it's your humble laptop. Eventually everything seems to work its way down the stack. I note that the AMD processors sensibly use an Arm core rather than an x86 core for this though....
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    You've seen this weird instance of gyroscopic behaviour?...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    Approximately 48 per year, it seems But yes, it's the specialists that are the issue, in this and other fields....
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    So I'm looking at somewhere between 15 and 30 microfiche cards to hold the number of page images that a CD-ROM might hold. How do you get 1,350 to 3,600 cards? Apples and oranges: the CD is holding plain text...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    It amuses me that the Languedoc region of France is named from the way that down there the word for 'yes' was 'oc' rather than 'oui'. That Scotland, which has most of France and the whole of England in the...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    At the moment it looks like it's the United States that doesn't want to trade with the rest of the world, a position I thought was unique to North Korea....
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    If your employer has continued to function, however minimally, through the 50-70% outages, then you have something to teach us all about resilience. The organisation in question has been in existence for over three quarters of a millennium, so it...
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    Nor currently for me, though it did do it a few hours ago so I suspect configuration options are in flux. (Chrome, Mac, out of the box)...
  • Commented on Test Case
    My guess: too many false positives, meaning it kept stopping dead for no (apparent) good reason. The usual reason for people to try to bypass safety systems is that they get in the way....
  • Commented on Test Case
    My wife took driving tests in three jurisdictions: Germany, Minnesota and the UK, and was rather dismissive of the standard of the Minnesotan (and rather admiring of the German one). On the other hand that was quite a few years...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    straws ignite more easily than does wood, but tightly packed straw is thought to be less ignitable In our house, the interior walls are not plasterboard over wall studs, they're compressed straw packed between wall studs with a thin...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    They're also fucking scary things to have hunting you. Back in the 80s, I spent one afternoon yomping through the snow over at Thetford training ground when a Warthog pilot decided it would be fun to hunt the bunch of...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Not only an SF fan, but a Banks Culture fan, as evidenced in the naming of the Space-X drone ships. (I now really appreciate why they are drone ships, having seen YouTube film of the two boosters doing synchronised landings...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    If they never needed that space, then they never needed to evict the test cars. Given they went bust, it's possible they never got near capacity....
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    I am reminded of various North American namings such as the Robin. Count yourself lucky the Porcupine isn't called a hedgehog....
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    Civilian orbit allocation may well be negotiated, as are ATC slots. But spysats are military, and I imagine they follow the principle of being where they want to be and just looking out for civvie stuff carefully....
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    The musicians I know tend to be quite proficient on multiple instruments. One trio I know have a showpiece during which they swap instruments, rotating between guitar, bass, keyboard and drums (the keyboard layer is also the bassist). One person...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    As long as you don't let your browser run JavaScript, as the attack has been demonstrated using it. Oh wait: "Comments (This form requires JavaScript. You may use HTML entities and formatting tags in comments.)"...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Oh, strange attractor time again. The problem with stopping that first stage firing is that you've got a very short time gap between the missile breaking the surface, and it realising it's done so and igniting the motor. Once that...
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    You avoid getting on an aircraft that might have to use the USA in emergencies? This might involve using different routings on Canadian internal flights, f'rex: the Vancouver to Montreal route passes over Michigan due to the kink in the...
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    While I would be more scared were I Iranian or Asian or African among others, to say that ostensibly straight white cis people have nothing to worry about is wrong. I've been avoiding the US since the mid 2000s myself....
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    Projects I was involved in used Beebs for controlling and monitoring. There was one used in a nuclear power plant somewhere in Scotland, and another that was the front end for a lead smelter control system. That one was fun,...
  • Commented on PSA: Please don't nominate the Laundry Files for a Best Series Hugo Award (this year)
    There really does need to be an option to preemptively decline specific nominations. In such a case you'd still want to tell people not to waste their efforts....
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    On the other hand they have 80-day aged steak as well. 80 days! What can possibly go wrong?...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    Boar is after all wild pig, so it will depend to some extent on its diet. The bear was about as strongly flavoured - i.e., I don't remember it being as much so as goat. However, the two times I...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    I think you may assume the bear has been suitably butchered and is in no ways still alive. (I have eaten bear in Estonia and can testify that it's tasty enough, though I might prefer boar.)...
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