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Bellinghman

  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    For non-UKers, a brief description of the counting process is here. Part of the process is counting the votes out of the ballot box (so none should have been added or removed in transit from the polling station), and then...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    There is a view that the Home Office is itself mortally corrupting to any minister who attempts to run it. I'd be happy if it was to be split into pieces, but given that the Home Secretary is one of...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    Yes, though until you get the two photos out onto the same screen it can be tricky to know how much the screen, how much the sensors. And back in the film days, as Greg will attest, photographers would be...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    Yes, it's not just the display screens but the sensors. The combination of your digital camera sensor and screen, and your eyes, may see radically different shades. A particular example is monochromatic light in low light conditions - the human...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    Yes, the 'K' in CMYK stands for blacK, to avoid confusion with the 'B' in RGB which is Blue There are effectively 8 'simple colours' if you include RGB, CMYK and White. CMYK is the simple form of computerised ink...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    OOC, how does it compare to population density? My assumption would be that larger constituencies tend to reflect more rural voters and fewer urban ones, and the only large constituencies with routes are either between Dublin and Belfast, or Belfast...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Ouch! Connect Dublin to Belfast and then round to (London)Derry, dump all other lines, and you'd have something pretty much like that map. So yeah, the lines that don't fit that ... The South looks a lot better, but even...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Or 3) it's a place holder for any number of real world super-plagues, such as an Ebola variant reaching the West.....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Hoorah For the sake of both you and your editors I hope they're for something you're actually meant to be writing, but if it's a ninja attack novel, then so be it....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    We've had the last convention of our year a couple of weekends ago. But it was only a one day affair and we only did the badge making, so not a lot of stress. Not like the Dublin WorldCon. My...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Firstly it's s/s^2, so no cube. (You mentally put brackets in where none were intended.) Secondly, acceleration is measured in m/s2, and jerk is measured in m/s3...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    That's very believable. A few years ago we were at an SF convention in Mariehamn, on Åland in the Baltic. At one point we were walking back to our hotel, and it felt positively weird. Nobody on the streets, no...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    We visited the North Cape one January, a couple of days after the sun had risen for the first time that year. Yeah, short, short days. The one mitigating factor is that the sun isn't rising or setting vertically, so...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Satellite launchers also 'fly', even though they're usually ballistic vehicles. In this case you're looking at a small sibling of the Space Shuttle, something that does have wings, and which uses them to steer to a desired landing site, but...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    The reports I've seen say that they'd managed to get an agent close enough to steal a pair of his underpants. Which, yeah ......
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    things like a country lane joining a fast major road just past the brow of a hill, so approaching high speed traffic doesn't become visible until it's only a second or two away, and instead of being able to look...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    500 drivers as polled by an insurance company? Heh! As someone who used to pop out of a side turning onto the NCR just above the HLG in the morning, and who would descend the A40W slip road only to...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    Hanger Lane Gyratory? Hah! I used to transit that twice a day, and it wasn't even the worst part of the journey. For sheer confusion, I nominate the Brent Cross complex — part of which is Staples Corner — a...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    That's been the advice for a few years now, yes. The problem is that such recommendations diffuse through the general population quite slowly: trainee drivers may know it, because the driving schools will be (one hopes) up to date, but...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    A couple of weeks ago, I asked Google how to get somewhere. The first part of its reply was to walk to the Appian Way (well, Via Appia), and catch a bus from there. Damned bus never turned up, but...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    Microsoft has, after all, ported Word to Javascript And provided a whole different set of bugs!...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    Yeah, Switzerland has been concentrating on making itself as unattractive a morsel as possible. I'd pity any invaders trying to get through the mountain passes and tunnels. Basel is the vulnerable bit, what with being a river port on the...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    The most impressive thing about the Warren 'sex scandal' was her tweet where she went 'Go Cougars', referring to her alma mater. That's a beautiful sense of humour there....
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    Microsoft doing Android is merely the next step after Microsoft doing Linux....
  • Commented on Normal service will be resumed eventually
    This. For me, when my mother went, I felt guilty for not feeling grief at the time. Some shock, as those around me will have noticed (I think it was Paws' first encounter with me, the day after), but grief,...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    The Canadian today is essentially a land cruise Yes indeed. Three and a half days (as it was then) in close proximity to the same bunch of people, pretty much all of whom are doing it for the scenery and...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    You do know it's the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, yes? And that includes Scotland, yes?...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Oof! Yeah, that's bad, and if that had been the recent service on the Canadian I don't reckon it would have survived. Current setup includes proper dining cars with chefs and good food and wine. Well, maybe not wine at...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Montréal makes a sensible start point If only because it's a sea port, for values of 'sea port' meaning that ocean going ships dock there....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Ah, I was aware it's running a much more northerly route than it once did, but not that it also used to start further east. Montréal makes a sensible start point, and if the geography is pushing for a lakeside...
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