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Bellinghman

  • 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...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    I like what Rust is trying to do, even if I've not actually used it myself. The idea of a language that is naturally safe from so many multi-threading problems, and from dangling references and null pointers, and yet is...
  • Commented on Empire Games gets a price cut in the UK
    Gaie (or as she was nearly renamed on one panel, Gaia) was at BristolCon on Saturday, but I didn't think to ask her how the next book is coming along....
  • Commented on Excuses
    Knob and tube makes most of them (and me) run away quickly. *searches* Holy fuck! I really, really hope nobody ever tried that with 240V (NARRATOR: they did)...
  • Commented on Excuses
    A good surveyor is worth it. When we were looking to move out of London in the earlier noughties, one property we went to see was in Letchworth Garden City. It was in a reasonable area, and it was an...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Yes, this. Mountainous countries at times had sizeable proportions of their male population fighting as mercenaries on the European mainland. I've seen figures that at times over 10% of the male population of Scotland were mercenaries. And the Swiss were...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    My understanding is that Concorde's main fuel burn was getting to supersonic speed, not at cruise speed. Make a Concorde drop to subsonic speeds and suddenly its range shrank. This is totally counter-intuitive for anyone aware of how air resistance...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    There does seem to be this "X works for Y, therefore X is better everywhere - no, X is worse in Z, so it's no use anywhere" going on. For rural uses, the Leaf is probably currently inappropriate. But for...
  • Commented on Random excuses
    Ah, wives. I happened to have a beard when I met mine, and have had it ever since as she's threatened to divorce me if I ever lose it....
  • Commented on Random excuses
    For what it's worth, mine took about two days to do the import, finishing yesterday. Using the DW import page did bring the comments on mine across....
  • Commented on Random excuses
    (Ah, LJ not allowing export unless new TOS agreed to at its end, but DW just keeps retrying.)...
  • Commented on Random excuses
    I'm redoing the LJ -> DW import, since it's apparently 313 days since I last tried it. There seems to be a bit of a queue....
  • Commented on Random excuses
    I have had a Dreamwidth account for absolutely ages, but it's been pretty dormant. And I've not posted on LJ for a long time either. Today I seem to be getting lots of DW notifications, due to people replicating their...
  • Commented on Random excuses
    Charlie used to work for Santa Cruz Operation, an Intel Unix supplier that was later taken over by Caldera, who then ended up trying to use software patent licensing seemingly as a way to smother Linux in its crib. What...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    IIRC, BCPL's was a bit trickier, because your pointer arithmetic was always in words, not in the size of the objects pointed to. In that respect it matched assemblers a bit more closely....
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    I've seen the trim between wall and floor with a slot routed into the back What we call the skirting board over here. Pretty much the first thing we did when we moved in was to rip out the carpet...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    People knock houses down? Does not compute ... though I will conceded that my parents bought and gutted and refitted a property back in the 60s. However, originally only part of that was living quarters. One of the things you...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    And the way Kevin Macleod McCloud is so quietly resigned as yet another project blows its budget, blows its emergency budget and then blows some more. (I do lust after some of those properties, but short of blowing all our...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    I note too just how small it is - a mere 38 square metres. Obviously intended for the British market, I can't imagine our US or Australian comrades wanting anything that small. More seriously, this is a PoC: I suspect...
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