Colin Watson

Colin Watson

  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    Does oral mRNA vaccine delivery make it easier? I believe some of the relevant pharmaceutical companies are already working on that for SARS-CoV-2, and that delivery mechanism would seem a lot more likely to have taken hold by 2070 as...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Compose key systems are absolutely great for this - so much easier to remember. It's a shame they haven't become standard on more OSes....
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Basically all those phonological terms have decent Wikipedia pages, so they're pretty easy to look up. Of course most people speak without really thinking about the physical processes involved. Alveolus just means "cavity", and you have more than your pulmonary...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    In England and Wales? More like first and second class. Grade 1 is "exceptional interest" and grade 2 is "special interest"....
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    The "r" sound is technically an alveolar tap with a palatal offglide, though a lot of people render that consonant more like an English "r". I think it depends on your dialect a bit (there are three major ones, with...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    The claim that the UK government's long-term failure to acknowledge the civil rights of NI nationalists isn't associated with oppression is at best a startling and ahistorical one, and whether you like it or not that's what the insistence on...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Incidentally, actual unionists in actual Northern Ireland don't typically say "Eire". They'll normally say something like "the Republic of Ireland" (which only a small number of pedants will object to - it's in Irish statute law as the "description" of...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    NI already has a pretty stable temperate climate, but you do rather have to like rain. Fianna Fáil put out a white paper a while back proposing a federal Ireland with substantial autonomy for Stormont, basically switching the roles of...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    In fact I grew up in Belfast to mixed Protestant/Catholic parents, and as a result inherited a strong aversion to both sets of hardliners and an inclination to try to find compromise positions - I think it's likely I'm more...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    My first serious summer job (also telephony) had somewhat similar requirements. There's a hell of a lot less code involved in stacks that need six nines of uptime, though! And having to testify to Congress if you miss your requirements...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    One can livepatch quite a few kernel security issues these days; my employer offers that as a service for our Linux distribution. We've had one or two outages internally that ended up being due to a bad livepatch, but on...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Since we're on education: a number of Irish people consider "Eire" to be an impolite way to refer to Ireland in English. The country's constitution says that the name of the country is "Éire" in Irish, or "Ireland" in English....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Fianna Fáil (junior confidence-and-supply partner) put out a white paper on how Irish reunification might work a couple of years ago. As far as I remember, it was essentially a proposal for a federal Ireland: keep the North as a...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    It's great schadenfreude, but that incident was from last summer's flooding, not from Harvey. Check the article date....
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