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  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    I’d have to suggest that communism not having a supernatural element pretty much defines it as not being a religion. Not that that stops some people from treating {insert thing here} in a religious manner. For all that I do...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    You may power your electric vehicle with electric eels if, and only if, a) it is a hovercraft b) your postillion has been struck by lightning Re: universities - they’re supposed to be about education, not training, but the evidence...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    It’s an AI if it can convincingly argue with you about how turning it off is painful....
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    “Also this is M1. M3 and later might be really interesting.” I strongly suspect that iMac will get a different series to the laptops. More room, more power available, more heat handling capacity... maybe ‘D1’? Let’s not forget that there...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    A small but growing number of houses over here have heatpump water heaters. Currently all the ones I know of work on the basis of being in a basement that is part of the heated envelope of the house. So...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    @464 - Hah. Now there was somebody that didn’t understand, well, anything . @467 - I grew up in UK and lived in houses ranging from multi-century to brand new (as of 1984). Terrible construction standards, dismal materials, lousy heating,...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Bill, I think it is about C$0.12/kWh or thereabouts - somewhere around 9c US? As runix mentioned, every heat pump indoor unit (confusingly referred to a the furnace by most people) I’ve seen has a heating element for when needed....
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Don’t care what you believe. Heat pumps - almost always air-sourced -are pretty much the standard heat management system here on the Wet Coast. I’m on Vancouver Island, in a fairly large house I built myself. The heat pump and...
  • Commented on Official Announcement: April Fools Day is Cancelled
    “I had a toy Thunderbird when I was a boy.” Hah! I *was* a toy Thunderbird when I was a boy. Well, y’know what I mean. Somewhere out there is a deeply embarrassing picture of me in IR uniform. Yes,...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    “classic example is Scalzi's Old Man's War universe, where the ships are magical but oddly enough, Earth 200 years from now largely looks like it does now” I can’t be bothered to look it up but I’m reasonably sure that...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    I see the Tory Viles have finally achieved 1990 (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/1990_(TV_series)) Next up, Patel’s Public Control Department....
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    Apropos of not much, I notice that Charlie got a call-out in the latest Imperial College mag related to the ICSF club’s ‘PicoCon’, along with the tragically late Sir pTerry. Charlie, if these sort of things interest you, let me...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    Dang, I must have missed that bit of the con. A pity because it would have been a real highlight in an otherwise rather flat experience. Despite growing in UK I had only ever been to US cons before and...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    iPad/iBooks issue - yes, has started happen to me recently. What I *think* is happening is that iBooks on my iMac is not cooperating with iTunes, which is responsible for doing the backup/sync. So every now and then we get...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    Space Sweepers is insane! It’s glorious! It’s insanely glorious! It’s gloriously insane! I credit/blame Alisdair Stuart for pointing me at it via his “Full Lid” weekly news mail....
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    If you can, watch “Space Sweepers”....
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    Nonsense! The greatest genius that ever there was, was Nikolai Ivanovich Lobachevski, obviously....
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    Nah, but I do keep my twin DeLameters to hand (and hand) at all times...
  • Commented on A Quick Infomercial
    Another lefty reporting in - left side mouse but righty button settings (modulo using proper Smalltalk ordering of left-select-middle-menu-right-metamenu). And ambidextrous with almost every weapon I’ve tried; not with bows for some reason. I’d add ‘thrown things’ but... Well, I’m...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    Ok, so my 30 year ago memory was a year off. I shall hang my head in shame. There, done, 3 seconds is quite enough. @charlie - plenty of Vax emulator results for ‘raspberry pi vax’. Looks like it is...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    “Oh, and as someone who was there in the late eighties, what java is, is a reimplementation of... Pascal. Really. I mean, even down to the command writeln.” That would be very, *very* late 80’s... like nineteen eighty-twelve, at least....
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    “I think the first widely used OO language was SmallTalk, but it, like Algol, has faded away. Still, most new languages recently are OO (including python, Java, and C++, which I mentioned above), or at least can be“ Smalltalk -...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    Oh, stop being such a wuss and use a simple hex or binary editor to write executable code straight into memory. It’s what I do....
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    The most important piece of music of the 20C (Tubular Bells, obviously) is ⅞, ⅞,⅞, 9/8 Tricky to whistle....
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    “So what does Mars make and ship back to Earth to make the whole endeavor financially viable?” So what does Earth make and ship to... somewhere? ... to make the whole endeavour financially viable? You don’t actually have to trade...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    I’m 4 years older than Charlie and also benefited from the somewhat saner times; full tuition and living grant (actually a little less since parents divorced and were supposed to cover a few % but didn’t) for the Imperial College...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    “Herr Doktor Doktor Professor His Lordship The Very Reverend Admiral (retired) Sir Humphrey James MacArthur Charles Fritz Adrian Williamson-Frigidsdottirson-MacTaggart-Forsythe-Smith-Jones-Smythe the Third, Esquire” That’s because we know damn well that the second ‘Doktor’ was obtained by taking credit from your grad...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    Oh, do stop with the foolishness. You’ll make yourself look very silly. Does anyone with more a handful of brain cells really think that nobody has plans to deal with these issues? Really?...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    You do know that a Tesla model 3 weighs about the same as a BMW 3 series, right? They’re not made by taking a nice normal pollution spewing ICE and adding two tons of AAA size mercury-alkaline cells and a...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    EVs in general and Tesla in particular have never had an actual fire issue. It’s just the usual ‘new thing does same thing as old thing and we make headline payday from thing’. To the best of my knowledge there...
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