Bellinghman

Bellinghman

  • Commented on Apology
    I suspect it's most startling when you're recognised by a stranger, as you and I (and our respective partners) have randomly encountered each other more than once on the streets of Dublin in past years. Streets leading towards the Burlington...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    PS typo? "peelian principles"? 'peelian', adjectival form of 'Peel', for Sir Robert Peel who is referred to in the 'fundamental principles' link that Charlie gave. That these principles emerged in Britain half a century after the US went its own...
  • Commented on So ...
    half as much as the average Hugo award And the Australian one, at least, has quite a low centre of gravity, though I can't remember how heavy it really felt. Solid, that one. Some other years ones have quite flimsy...
  • Commented on So ...
    Just the one cat currently, and from pictures elsewhere, she seems more interested in keeping Charlie's keyboard hostage....
  • Commented on Loncon 3: Charlie's worldcon schedule
    doing three large conventions on consecutive weekends would be insane I agree. Which is why we're only doing two out of the Discworld Convention, LonCon3 and Shamrokon. Oh wait, it seems we're only doing badges for two of those, and...
  • Commented on Gods and genre
    Human-powered ornithopters have been made And one appears to have managed to fly for oh, a couple of dozen heartbeats after being towed into the air and while still in ground effect, in perfectly still air. It's deeply impressive from...
  • Commented on Spoiler Thread
    ... or an early miscarriage followed by a new pregnancy. That does happen, and I think the timing could allow that, depending on how late in early autumn it is....
  • Commented on The Rhesus Chart: Chapter One
    You're going to have to take this to the spoilers thread if you want a proper discussion on it. All I can say is this isn't as simple as it appears....
  • Commented on Rhesus Chart: blood dripping fresh ...
    You don't. Still, stuff they agree happened, probably did....
  • Commented on YAPC::NA 2014 keynote: Programming Perl in 2034
    North Herts takes food and garden waste together. Initially they didn't (I think the biggie was the problem with rats), but the new generation of composters are reportedly better sealed and, should a rat get in anyway, it probably rots...
  • Commented on YAPC::NA 2014 keynote: Programming Perl in 2034
    As far as bandwidth is concerned, you can do a lot using picocells plus back-haul fibre. I certainly see that as the way that mobile telephony is going in high-density areas. On the other hand, your suggestion that most of...
  • Commented on Vacation
    However what you need to do today on an android 4.4.3 nexus 4 phone I'm so glad I don't have to follow that set of instructions. On my 4.4.2 phone with latest Maps, I can do it in 4 clicks...
  • Commented on A message from our sponsors
    It's possible that the mini-genre within which these books appear (London Cops + Dark Fantasy: see also Sarah Pinborough's Dog Faced Gods and Paul Cornell's London Falling) is too strongly based in a place that Americans find a bit alien...
  • Commented on A message from our sponsors
    They do seem to have sold pretty well over here, yes....
  • Commented on A message from our sponsors
    Oh, that's Kevin Warwick trolling the news media again. Yes, the same Kevin Warwick who declared himself a cyborg after implanting a chip in his arm. See Techdirt for a good takedown...
  • Commented on Vacation
    Ah, I hadn't considered that the iOS version would be different. I'm now wondering if there was an interregnum between the old caching control and the current one. That's not impossible....
  • Commented on Vacation
    Whats sad about google maps with regard to caching is that for several years ending one or two years ago you could specify cached areas the device would pull down and keep and which would work offline Hi to you...
  • Commented on We need a pony. And the moon on a stick. By next Thursday.
    If it turns out you're the identical twin of three other guys, then you might have some explaining to do when you try to leave ... My first wife's hobby was breaking into US nuclear bases in the UK. She...
  • Commented on We need a pony. And the moon on a stick. By next Thursday.
    "You're in a desert, walking along in the sand, when all of a sudden you look down..." Oh wait, wrong scenario...
  • Commented on Vacation
    There's a lot of controversy about SeaWorld's captive orcas. So that's probably out. (It's hard enough to build an enclosure that gives even a dolphin some room to move and get up speed, and big enough for a social group....
  • Commented on Vacation
    Oh there are some decent Italian places around if you look. But yeah, most pizza over here seems to be US chain style stuff, and there are better foods. I quite concede your point that without the super-stretched dough and...
  • Commented on We need a pony. And the moon on a stick. By next Thursday.
    The joyful thing is the number of programmers — bright programmers — whose position on the Aspergers/Autism spectrum makes them rather unobservant of sarcasm in the first place. There's nothing quite like trying to build systems to recognise something one...
  • Commented on The prospects of the Space and Freedom Party reconsidered in light of the crisis of 21st century capitalism
    It is indeed important to mention such, as examples of probable woo. Fusion research (and energy research in general) is plagued by both wishful thinking and outright fraud, so I wouldn't be too hopeful when someone comes along who denies...
  • Commented on Some news about the Hugo voters packet
    It'd be interesting to see how Leckie's sales have lifted as a result of the award season. I suspect that it will have been much more marked than those writers who have built a fanbase over previous works. On the...
  • Commented on Some news about the Hugo voters packet
    I've written code that writes PDF, and I'm not at all surprised that Calibre has issues with conversion. I've not considered feeding it some of my PDFs as input, because I know how cruel that'd be. (Individual character placement because...
  • Commented on Some news about the Hugo voters packet
    I've never seen it that bad, granted. But I have definitely seen the "every line in the PDF turns into a line-and-a-bit paragraph in the output" effect. I found that incredibly difficult to read, and the result on my ballot...
  • Commented on Some news about the Hugo voters packet
    You still need someone to do the editing and distribution work, and the rest of the production stuff. You might be able to persuade Tor/Orbit/&c. to do that for a suitable fee, especially since they'll have back catalogue that might...
  • Commented on The Snowden leaks; a meta-narrative
    "Hi Google. My name is Barack Obama. No, not that one. Yes, I want you to remove all references to me." I'd have thought that would be relevant, that it would have some bearing on both false positives and false...
  • Commented on The Snowden leaks; a meta-narrative
    Like, what's the chance a woman is carrying an STD? "I don't think so" versus "I'm a virgin". A rather fragile simile, I'm afraid. Check out maternal transmission of various STDs. (And yes, birth is an intrinsic part of sex,...
  • Commented on Some news about the Hugo voters packet
    PDF is problematic on eReaders. Or at least, on the low-res versions, where you want the reader software to reflow the text. In previous years, I for one found the PDFs almost unreadable on my Kindle Touch. (On newer readers,...
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