Bellinghman

Bellinghman

  • 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.)...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    Larry Niven came up with the story idea of pleasurable direct neural stimulation causing people to starve to death. I'm wondering whether this is going to obviate the need for the wires in the brain. On the other hand, the...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    Anybody want to Kickstart a Butlerian Jihad?...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    PPE - in the English education system at least, it's the subject that politically ambitious students go for. It's available from A-level on (A-level being the syllabus for the 17-18 year old students, before they go off to University)...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Will people just start crossing streets whenever they want rather than at corners? Hmm? You may find the UK somewhat confusing since that's what we do already....
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    The solution to which exceptions were provided as an answer is that of communicating errors back up through multiple levels of function call. As such, if you're putting try/catch logic directly round the actual std::calls, you're probably doing it wrong....
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    At which point, you start wondering about parasitic load: if some malware is sufficiently restrained not to bring its host to a halt, it's more likely to escape detection....
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Wikipedia agrees: they no longer consider links to Daily Mail articles to support citations...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    I suspect there had been a lot of iterations by the time I did it (and I was after a relatively limited functionality, so if it was broken in an area I wasn't using, I never found out about it)....
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    I ported Perl 5 to an IBM machine of some form (z Series?) for one project. It was remarkably easy, but then the source understood a lot of targets by then, and the target in question had a Unixish emulation...
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