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  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    RE: 606/607/610 In Iran it would come down to a mix of hardline religion and politics. Very unpredictable. I hope sanity would prevail, but this is the country with the Revolutionary Guard and a theocratic dictator who thinks he is...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Nope, disagree. One thing though. If Hamas or Iran had a nuke, do you think Tel Aviv would still be standing?...
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    Israel has done some dumb things over the years, but I can't help but think the whole area would be calmer if Iran wasn't an authoritarian, oppressive theocracy committed to the obliteration of the state of Israel and funding most...
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    Thank you for raising this. Its inspiring me to go back to some of my oldest books and revisit them. I started on Asimovs Mysteries, went to Rocketship Galileo (which happily I no longer have) and took in eventually everything...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    Snowden is smart? Really? Didn't finish any degrees. Employed as a security guard. Was a system manager. Most of what Wiki has about his career is from him and as his CV had demonstrably misleading sections I think a significant...
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    I'm a bit confused here. Its a thermal IR image and the cold sea is dark. Does that not mean the representation being used is dark-is-cold? It will depend on the wave band being used, but the sea haze above...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    JBS: 1622. Thank you. Well spotted. I was getting my religious loons mixed up. On checking, it was a Kingdom Hall (it is still there) and very much Jehovah's Witnesses. Apologies. The Mormons used to bother me when I lived...
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    Yep, P'Terry went far too young. Would loved to have seen more books on Vimes, Aching and Susan Sto Helit. For me the happiest weeks of the year were when a new Pratchett turned up, while for my wife it...
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    When I lived on the Welsh Border we used to get the Mormons turning up every year on a Sunday hawking their Watch Towers in an attempt to be one of the 100k in the top rung of heaven. I...
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    1502: The God Delusion highlighted the absence of evidence to support a belief in God(s) and suggested that the cause was that theists jump straight to an assumption that a God exists, purely because they were brought up that way....
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    The mental gymnastics Mormons go through to attempt to align with the Nicene Creed are entertaining....
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    I must admit its a few years since I read the God Delusion. As I recall he does not say that it proves God(s) do not exist, he mainly points out how unlikely it is given the evidence available. He...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    "No, Da'esh are not Muslims, because they do not follow the Quran. Simples!" Alas, not so simple. In the same way that the Catholics, Protestants and Quakers all interpret the Bible differently - and pick and mix the bits they...
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    RE: 1459 But what received wisdom does he have? Theres no book of inspired revelation transcribed from slabs of stone or sheets of gold or narrated from a small cave. I don't think Dawkins claims any godly qualities and I'm...
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    Nah, that's the kind of definition used by someone who gets narked about being called "militant" and so comes up with a defensively smug and self-justifying view of the situation that recasts the insult as really targeting its own user,...
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    I'm intrigued by the militant atheist description. How do you define a militant atheist? From where I am standing it appears that anyone who doesn't doff a forelock when someone mentions their "beliefs" is often viewed as "militant". Presumably, that...
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    I well recall Perl 4.03, 5.00 and 5.001 all responding differently to the same command. What a joy that language was. That was in 1996, I have done my best to avoid using it ever since and fortunately my next...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Some 21st systems are already tested. I suspect that a single Storm Shadow targeted on the Minister of Defence's office in the Libertador Building in Buenos Aires, would focus minds admirably. Do it about 3am on a Monday night and...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    I found that IMPLICIT NONE helped avoid lots of issues with FORTRAN variable declaration. Sadly, I have not had need to use it since 1999, but there must be 75,000 lines on github somewhere with my name next to it....
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Others differ on Fluorides in drinking water... Public Health England: Water fluoridation health monitoring report for England NHS Centre for Reviews and Dissemination: A systematic review of water fluoridation Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US): Recommendations on selected interventions...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Yep. Just about summarises the situation... Though, I'm only surprised that more redneck don't go after the left leaning justices with an M16 to make sure of a republican bias....
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    I think I take the view that things have gone to crap since Nasser screwed up. I remember the 6 Day and Yom Kippur wars well. If it was two normal countries involved in the problem you might have resolved...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Last I heard Israel is a small country - blink and you miss it in a fast jet - with a number of neighbours who have sworn its destruction / eradication. It would be astonishingly prosperous if it didnt have...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Hezbollah is funded by Iran and Syria - who they serve. So how free and fair were any elections in Lebanon? Besides which, they suffer from the usual problems with freedom fighters. If they were to get their way, they...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Aren't Hezbollah rather like a larger and better funded IRA with knobs on? An armed occupying force/militia with an associated political sock puppet wing to give a veneer of respectability. Of course, thats only needed until they win an election...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    I remember while on holiday in Washington being stuck at traffic lights behind a bus that on its back had an advert for jobs with Top Secret clearances. Its a bit of a different world there I think. No messing...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    Fetid dingo's kidney alert....
  • Commented on Dead plots
    30% sounds about right for the UK. Possibly even 35% - look at the 2019 election result, they voted in someone with the intellect of a house brick and the moral integrity of a puff adder on speed. 50% of...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    That democracies will endure in an age of Facebook and Twitter?...
  • Commented on No comment necessary
    Quoting the thinking sociopath's sociopath isn't a hugely convincing. She didnt believe in altruism and professed rational egoism - which can be nicely summed up as "Screw you, I'm okay.". I've a dim recollection that she ended up living on...
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