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  • Commented on Brief commercial interlude
    To quote Charlie from the previous thread: Charlie Stross replied to this comment from MSB | January 11, 2022 13:16 | Reply 524: On DRM: Tor and Tor.com release ebooks without DRM. Tor.com is the US publisher. Orbit, the UK...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    I spent a while onsite at the John Lewis Partnership HQ down at Victoria, and ended up chatting to one of the staff that I occasionally encountered on the train. She lived in Milton, one of the villages outside Cambridge,...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    The US edition comes out on the 11th of January, two days before the UK edition drops My UK hardback arrived this morning. No, I've not read it yet, I have work!...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Toyota in the UK are proposing to remanufacture EVs up to three times in a decade—probably by replacing/recycling the battery systems—which implies a major disruption both to after-sales service for cars, and to the second hand market One article on...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    Wonder how this would work over water. You want the pilot to have to be a swimmer as well as a cyclist? I remember when the Gossamer Condor managed a figure of eight course, back in the 70s. A helicopter...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    The Mach Loop?...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    Just straw and grass? I'm reminded of when an Osprey went to Addenbrooke's...
  • Commented on Omicron
    Throwing exceptions in destructors is the big no-no, since you're quite possibly in a stack unwind due to another exception. Yes, there's std::uncaught_exception(), but that is messy. Anyway, if the job of a d'tor is to clean up resources, and...
  • Commented on Omicron
    I'm not surprised it doesn't mention COVID, given the project was started back in 2019 ... (AIUI it's about the reaction to Climate Change)...
  • Commented on Omicron
    My vague understanding is that in C++ you shouldn't throw exceptions from constructors. Which leads to even more obfuscatory bullshit where people "construct" an object then immediately call a "Setup" method to handle all the things that might fail. One...
  • Commented on Omicron
    Visual Studio Code, though, that's on Macs. I use it as a glorified syntax-highlighting editor, but I think it can go a lot further. Otherwise, Visual Studio for Mac...
  • Commented on Omicron
    My wife and I got lucky in that we went to Germany in October, crossing from Bamberg to Trier in the process. At that point we thought everything was gently easing off. We were wearing masks and having daily PCR...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    Hmm, I need to contact my bunch to see whether I still should be doing the booster on the original schedule, or whether I need to wait for some period after my actual case of Covid goes away. I'm happy...
  • Commented on PSA: Publishing supply chain shortages
    Cambridge Botanic Garden has a very nice mature one, grown from seed. I don't know whether contacting them might work...
  • Commented on PSA: Publishing supply chain shortages
    Running before the wind has the problem that you can only go as fast as the wind. What many people don't know is that sailing ships can go a lot faster than the wind by using aerofoil type sails, which...
  • Commented on PSA: Publishing supply chain shortages
    That's similar to my experience. Anecdata follows. I've had two permanent jobs in my life. The first was at Acornsoft in the early 80s. Initially I was working there as a temporary worker, but when I said I was moving...
  • Commented on Empire Games (and Merchant Princes): the inevitable spoiler thread!
    I don't think independence could be achieved so quickly that it'd be outside the UK by then. (My wife had back-to-back Zoom calls last night, one for the small one day convention we're attending in Bristol this coming Saturday, and...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    Ah, Belk. I bought a hat once in their South Park Mall branch I presume they're still okay - as they're one of our customers, I'm sure that if they'd gone chapter 11 we'd have been told....
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    Fresh milk, yes, that requires proper supply chains. But UHT milk will happily last a year or more in our cupboards. It's not what I remember UHT being like when I was young, or I wouldn't be mentioning it. (I'm...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    #1169 & #1171 - This is also based on the presumption that electricity for road transport will continue to enjoy its present very favourable government tax/duty rates. Taking David L's $0.10/kwh figure, and UK duty rates, how does changing the...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    Some of them look like it would be beneficial to add faster trains. Bergen to Oslo for instance? It's a very pretty route that, but I suspect the Norwegian mountain ranges mean that getting an LGV-class line in would be...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    We were in Iceland last week, and at Ísafjöður we noted a filling station which was completely automated. So pay at pump, and no shop (We were looking for a waste bin at the time, and it had one) That...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    Not just restaurants and motels - a number of supermarkets are installing them. If you are spending an hour doing a big shop, then that's an hour during which your car could be getting back some charge. Doesn't have to...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    You know he meant 'carcinogenic'...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    They also seem very coy about time in ports and time on the river. My preferred cruise idea was to allow you to see the rivers and the cities. Viking work on the principle of staying all day in port,...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    Maccas now have actual coffee made by baristers. From a cappuccino to a macchiato, it's all available and quite drinkable. They could probably even whip up an americano. No thank you. I believe that awful coffee at the Frankfurt airport...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    I've had two(!) this year and yes, on a well built ship you do not hear anything from the neighbouring cabins. (Just back on Saturday from a week-long trip round Iceland)...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    Wow, they called a big drone ship 'A Shortfall of Gravitas'? I strongly suspect someone at Space X has been reading Banks. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autonomousspaceportdrone_ship#Names...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    I've been mildly surprised to see the "Top to Top" yacht full of kids on youtube taking casual walks along the shoreline in Norway... carrying a rifle! For a moment I was confused, and then I saw that it's Svalbard...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Putting on the parking brake is the dead giveaway. You are reading things that aren't there. There was no mention of any brake, only throttle and wheel. You're not reading 'full lock' as being something to do with a brake...
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