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  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    On the subject of feline overlords, this talk explains a great deal. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=uNOLQGk7QLk...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    I'm pretty sure the most dangerous thing you are likely to encounter in most bear country is the weather. Been walking in a couple of places that theoretically had them but no encounters. The big white ones are a different...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    I have used the studded type. On hard packed snow and ice they are like magic - controlled driving on surfaces I can't stand on without crampons. Having said that, in all the places where snow doesn't settle the roads...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    "Capitalism with a human face" Whose face was it wearing?...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    I don't really care about the DAB thing TBH, just wish the BBC would cut that bit out of their stream as forcing people to use something reliable would be better. Personally I don't use watches, smart or otherwise as...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    That's all fine, but radio stations using DAB should still stop pretending to broadcast a time signal....
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    Actually the time delay is legitimately annoying, as the BBC do broadcast a time signal that used to be quite useful for manually synchronising mechanical clocks, watches and other non networked devices. With the time delay they may as well...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    A friend of mine reckons the UK won but the votes are all held up by customs....
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    There may not have been warships alongside but "winning" against the first wave of boarders would still have gone hard for them....
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    Then you are back into peroxide rocket territory. In this role it doesn't matter though. A civilian ship is under the guns of a dedicated warship and being boarded in a visually impressive manner. Any action that requires the boarders...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    The problem with the "secret government agency" theory is that they have access to a number of huge missile ranges that can be certified free of aircraft with cameras. Why be seen?...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    Does it boil down to "Let us hold your bitcoins for you. Here's some technobabble. Trust us!" ?...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    There are other ways, for example this abomination: http://www.alpinist.com/doc/web19c/ms-beal-escaper I found that the prospect of retreating with it motivates climbers to keep moving forward....
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    They can take my hash tables from my cold, dead hands. And they'll never catch up with them anyway because they are O(1)....
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    I always interpreted the UHT milk of unknown age as a warning to stay away....
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    They are popular in cheap hotels and B&Bs, in those little tea & coffee sets that you aren't supposed to use....
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    A disdain for perl was the main reason I didn't get into web stuff in the mid 1990s. A decision that has worked out quite well for me long term. I appreciate the skill that can go into crafting executable...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    They were using discrete relay logic as a constraint checking layer in nuclear refuelling machines at least into the 80s. Easier to verify than software. Apparently the potted logic boards weren't ready in time for the first fuelling of one...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    For some reason parts of the Tory press have been running stories about Harris being the saviour of the UK recently. No idea why. Maybe someone proposed moving a statue, or maybe they are getting their base psyched up to...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    On the last point, many such idiots were motivated by the idea that they were making code "fast". Fortunately word is getting out that fast code is simple code, and the tools exist to demonstrate it. Talking about performance is...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    I'm sure it's what number 6 would have wanted. Having said that, fully functional autonomous rover would be handy to keep cats out of the garden....
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    I disagree RAM is not fast, it is slow. In order to get decent performance out of a modern computer you have to use the same sort of strategies people used back in the day when they had a couple...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    You might need a mountaineering jacket with a hood designed to fit over a helmet. Costs more and probably sickeningly brightly colored....
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Electricity is usually piped in so it's covered by other peoples planning regulations. Given that the issue seems to be that it is nigh impossible to get permission to change the buildings it's obvious that the solution is a city...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    To summarise: Calling people sheep in order to change their minds is a baaaaad strategy....
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    The article seems to have been taken down. What did it say?...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    I used to see a lot of DOE groups in the hills when I lived in the Peak District. Lots of 16 year olds risking joint injuries by carrying twice as much weight as they needed. A line of lost...
  • Commented on Official Announcement: April Fools Day is Cancelled
    I'll agree with that, but all the other knowledge about the little practical details that weren't written down will have to be rediscovered. That takes time. See the state of the UK civil nuclear program for a worked example. We...
  • Commented on Official Announcement: April Fools Day is Cancelled
    That sounds ideal for my needs. Thanks. Essentially I mostly type and rarely write longhand, but if I need a diagram or schematic to help me think something through a ballpoint and sheet of A4 is the only method that...
  • Commented on Official Announcement: April Fools Day is Cancelled
    If they really stopped in the late 80s then saying they have experience is a bit of a stretch. If you stop doing something for 30 years then most of all the expertise in the field will age out and...
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