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Bellinghman

  • Commented on Leading question
    Jones the Baker? Oh wait, that's t'other way round....
  • Commented on Unwelcome reality excursion
    For a large proportion of the world's population, air-con is as important as heating. And when you use A/C, the extra heat from lights costs yet more to get rid of. So yes, that's waste. Even in the UK, it's...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    Define 'programming language'. Excel is, as mentioned, missing a lot of what 'normal' programming languages consider essential. But it transforms input using user-defined rules to produce an output (without requiring VBA). I doubt that it's Turing-complete, but that's not a...
  • Commented on Some thoughts on turning 50
    "inside every old man there's an 8 year old wondering what the hell just happened" Terry Pratchett is one of the wisest men my wife and I know - and it's breaking our hearts that he's dwindling so. When my...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    ... aaand we have a new strange attractor, one that would have been on-topic for the previous thread. I suspect the commentariat here has a lot in common with cats. We're quite happy to talk about things so long as...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    trope inversion is one of the laziest things a writer can do. Except for not inverting any tropes....
  • Commented on The morning after
    Ah, Meyrin. I remember sitting on the terrace of a works canteen there, drinking beer with my lunch and looking out over the fields at where the CERN ring is. (I was writing software at Firmenich at the time, boggling...
  • Commented on The morning after
    There's a much less extreme example of an exclave near Schaffhausen, where a part of Switzerland pokes across the Rhine into Germany, leaving part of the latter surrounded...
  • Commented on The morning after
    There are cases in Europe (sorry no cites) where national frontiers run down the middle of a road through a town Here you are — my favourite example of where an international border becomes almost fractal....
  • Commented on The morning after
    Can someone explain to me why you can't work in a different region to the one in which you live? It certainly wouldn't be the first case where workers in a city actually live in neighbouring administrations. The example I'm...
  • Commented on The morning after
    I'm going for the airport option, at least down here. Region 1 - Heathrow and W Region 2 - Gatwick and S Region 3 - Luton and NW Region 4 - Stansted and NE Region 5 - LCA and London...
  • Commented on The morning after
    There are historical reasons for much of that though, as evidenced by the way former military airbases litter the area. However, your figure of 90% is distinctly unbalanced, and even putting all quick response units down south (yeah, Typhoons going...
  • 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...
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