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Bellinghman

  • Commented on Maneuvers in the Dark
    Or as Charlie titled it at the top of the page: police dinosaurs chase flying robots....
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    Why thank you for that egg. I can see from your explanation that you don't appreciate the actual issues associated with the process of using a pattern of bits (which is what dot codes of various types are). I'd point...
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    See also popular astrology for that. I am amused by the Wikipedia List of Generations. One lass I went out with fell between two of those cohorts, being pre-boomer but born just after the end of the war....
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    What I don't understand is why a trauma helicopter can't land when there is a drone present. Drone gets sucked into engine. Engine seizes up. Helicopter falls out of the sky onto trauma scene. All die. Oh, the embarrassment! At...
  • Commented on Maneuvers in the Dark
    The nice thing about using a raptor for this (as for controlling pigeons in Central Westminster) is that it doesn't tend to take out the windows beyond, raining glass shards all over the passers-by....
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    Uniqueness isn't needed to the cartridge level, just to box level. A 16x16 array of dots provides for 10^59 unique numbers (given the perimeter is used solely for orientation and error checking), which should be enough to be going on...
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    Iceland did do it, but actually it's more hydro than geothermal. However I suspect they could actually shut down all the hydro plants and run entirely on their existing geothermal if they had to — but it would have quite...
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    And rather wonderfully, I found this Google Maps image of one emerging from a tunnel. Needs about one frame north to the bridge, one click of tilt, it's not there in the overhead shot. (I've been on that line, visiting...
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    (I have been on those double-decker commuter trains in Sydney; they're not electrified and I don't remember much in the way of tunnels.) However the Swiss ones are. And they have a lot of tunnels — while I'm sure they...
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    I am reminded of the classic tendency of computers (in Star Trek and other places) to halt and catch fire if you made them try to compute an impossibility. It reflected a vision of computers that had little relation to...
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    I'm rather sceptical of any list of dangerous Aussie fauna that omits the drop bear....
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    What have also done extremely well are various species of squid. Before, fish tended to keep them down, but take away those fish and the squid populations can boom. Once boomed, the squid can keep the fish young down instead....
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    'picnic' acid? I can see how bad kerning could lead to the one turning into the other....
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    I've ridden the Canadian from Toronto to Vancouver. That has a hell of lot of 'request stops'. Mind you, given that it's a passenger train running mostly on a single track line and that it has to give way to...
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    so an experimenter can plausibly cram 30-40 generations into a single career. And that's if they ignore any possible epigenetic effects coming from the early breeding. There's an intriguing article on the New Scientist website about the 'world's most endangered...
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    Indeed so. It's quite possible that Hamilton had written the novel before the film came out, or was even known about, but couldn't get a publisher to take it. The film then comes out, is moderately successful, and all of...
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    Yeah, I'd been trying to work out the BED of the watch in question. But what with the BED being in sieverts, and the watch tritium content being in becquerels, there's no easy conversion....
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    Damn. And I so wanted to ship some bananas. (And I'm presumably out of luck were I to want them to deliver the watch I'm looking at. Tritium - it's the new radium)...
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    Ah, you're a shill for Disney, trying to cover up their mistakes in 101 Dalmations. Next you'll be after skunks....
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    I'm not sure 'the entire northern hemisphere'. I suspect there aren't a lot of birches in Malaysia or Venezuela, for example. That is, unless people are deliberately spreading them, which you probably need for the 50 year scenario anyway....
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    I sit corrected then. Most of my experience is on the heavily congested southern end which, like most of the lines into London, is heavily affected by commuters (and has been for decades). I'll note that the RYS-KGX route is...
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    Wave the right trigger in front of a supernatural horror from beyond spacetime, and it does whatever that hard-coded response says it must do... Including rolling on its back and going cross-eyed? (CNG's unexpected happy ending?)...
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    And the ECML as it is has issues. Such as Welwyn North station: a commuter stop on the two-track section about 20 minutes north from KGX. Every train that stops there has to be very carefully signalled, since while it's...
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    If you look at Boeing's inventory, the 777-300 For a moment there I misread that as the 737 and thought 'whut?!'. Yeah, the 777 may carry fewer passengers than the 747, but it's not that many fewer and I note...
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    WW1 may itself have been unstoppable, but that didn't mean that in its aftermath the problems that caused it couldn't have been addressed and thus WW2 avoided. What would a world be like with WW1, but without WW2? If the...
  • Commented on Excuses, excuses
    (I will just confirm that I have seen Elderly Cynic on the WG14 and then latterly the WG21 mailing lists. Those are the C and C++ Standardisation groups)...
  • Commented on Excuses, excuses
    I note that there was a recent blast by djb over how the C language is almost impossible to use correctly, and that anyone trying to do cryptography in it is sooner or later going to be hit by that....
  • Commented on Long range forecast
    Easy to do. How much of the existing housing stock actually has conveniently aligned roofs is another problem. And any solution that involves demolishing and rebuilding most of the homes in the country is somewhat energy inefficient....
  • Commented on Long range forecast
    I make it to be 147 kJ per degree C that you want that 35 litres of water warmed up by. Assuming an initial temperature of 4C, you'd be 'heating' it to ~10C using that MJ. (I have no real...
  • Commented on Long range forecast
    US-style hot-air-duct heating is unheard of I'd say almost unheard of. We have hot air floor vents (the house is about 30 years old), which is how we can cover our walls with book shelves instead of radiators. (And the...
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