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  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    "you should just relocate for work" At your expense, of course, and the work is not guaranteed to be there. JHomes....
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    "Even getting methane out of a landfill is hard. It's not that they don't emit mass quantities of methane, it's also that they emit mass quantities of all sorts of other more useless gases. Refining the methane out of the...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    " his participation in a plural marriage?" It was a long time ago that I read it, but IIRC you are correct. My own particular beef with Heinlein was his unflagging enthusiasm for the death penalty for just about everything,...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    "And he can't copy the wallet, and try his passwords against the *copy*? Or restore the wallet from backup?" AIUI, and I make no claim to being any kind of expert on the topic, what he needs to decrypt, and...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    Does this work? Racist Facebook Rant. JHomes...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    "No such thing as a tree." Oh, yes. Married as I am to a paleobotanist, I had better be well aware that the ability to form wood is very ancient indeed. JHomes....
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    I try to follow the advice given by James MacDonald, formerly of Making Light to refill whenever the tank gets to half full. That way, if there is an outage, or other issue, I will have half a tank available...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    (Gregory) Benford's Law: "Any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced." Note there is another Benford's Law about random numbers. JHones....
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    IIRC, The name was Charlie George and the author Dean Inge. Searches are not very helpful, but there is an audiobook on Audible "Soft Targets" which might be the one. JHomes....
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    That hit my wife. Fortunately, and by good management, she has a policy of keeping everything that needs to be kept on her home PC, with regular backups. This is primarily so she can work from home without attempting the...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    I suspect that there would be quite a number of people who would, not enjoy, but cheerfully tolerate, a couple of weeks of sewer maintenance duty a year, as part of being seen to be good citizens. People who would...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    "in the early days of DEC, it was possible to run a printer so fast that the paper would catch on fire...." The version I heard was that, although the printer was about the fastest available, that was not what...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    "Any high school teacher can tell you teenagers are the same way. Something they learn in one course isn't necessarily transferred to another course. The idea that spelling and grammar don't count except in English class, for example… :-/" Not...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    "How you gonna attach a grounding plug to that?" Use the first kind of cheater plug, with the lug cut off if needed. The sort of people who would do that sort of thing would do that, IYKWIM. JHomes....
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    "I thought Jacinda Ardern was your prime minister?" Moz wishes. But he now lives in Awe-strucken-failure, where they have Scotty from Marketing (apparently a wholly owned subsidiary of Rupert Murdoch) as their Prime Misery. Me, I'll stay in Aotearoa. JHomes....
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    "descendants of Earth humans who evolved to be mutually unrecognizable" I don't recall the title off-hand, but Poul Anderson wrote such a story. JHomes...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    "please pass carefully, running in" This was rare here in Aotearoa, where second hand imports ruled. But my wife saw it often enough in England back in the day. When all motor fuels contained lead-based octane extenders, and precision engineering...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    "Anyone who photographs such a structure is immediately surrounded by pademelons and quokkas waving little cutlasses and tiny flintlock pistols, demanding the film, memory card or other media." Where is Manfred MacX when you need him?...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    Similar experience, and it happened to me. Sysprogs changed a runtime setting, so that integer overflow threw an exception instead of discarding the high order digits. This program had been running overnight, four hours a night, for years, and giving...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    "In the US (west?) there are Rocky Mountain Oysters. What are they called elsewhere?" Around here, sweetbreads. Not that I've come across them much. JHomes...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    GOTO depending on was not the true evil. The real evil was the ALTER statement. JHomes....
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    "just how wedded western music is to beats/measures that are powers of two" Eh? 3/4 (Waltz time), 6/8, and 9/8 are common enough. There's at least one other piece, Brubeck's Take Five, in 5/4. I've come across 7/8, 3/8, and...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    "So what does Earth make and ship to... somewhere? ... to make the whole endeavour financially viable?" Whatever it is, it makes enough to pay for whatever it is that Earth gets in from said somewhere. As long as Mars...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    "You can forget about those artificial wombs," I don't really want to argue with that. I just included them to cover all the bases, lest someone ask "What about..." JHomes...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    Your option d will, I think, turn out to be some legalese and spin wrapped around my option c. The EULA means nothing unless enforced, and enforcement turns into option c unless the revolt succeeds and it is option b....
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    'I suspect reproductive rules would be rigidly enforced by the State. Every woman might have one child fathered by their selected mate, but must also have two or more additional children "fathered" by randomly selected sperm donors ... "Quiverfull" without...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    "Nothofagus, as far as I know, is evergreen, and that's what dominated Antarctica." According to my wife, whose academic speciality this is, some of the current ones are indeed deciduous, and some of the leaf fossils from Antarctica show venation...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    I heard it as: When an eel bites your toe, and he won't let it go......
  • Commented on What happens now?
    "I am not interested in concentration camps" I would be more interested in dilution camps, where they are surrounded by people who know what is wrong with their ideas, and let them know it, while they have little or no...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    "Whangaroa becomes Akaroa in the SI." According to a piece on the Stuff news website this very morning (NZ time), no it doesn't. Early geographers didn't properly hear the soft "wh" at the start of a lot of placenames, and...
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