StephenNZ

StephenNZ

  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    Have you ever read "The Stone that Never Came Down" by John Brunner circa 1973? It has a plot much like what you are proposing here....
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Aotearoa was originally Maori name for just the North Island - and Maori used Te Waipounamu for what is currently call "South Island" (in English). It is only since 20th C that Aotearoa being used to refer to the whole...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    I think you will find any offspring will be a little more complex....
  • Commented on Official Announcement: April Fools Day is Cancelled
    And recently (2016) republished by the Folio Society....
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    Confirmed - "Final Encounter" by Harry Harrison. I have it in a short story anthology of his titled "Two Tales and Eight Tomorrows"....
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    In fact, the only "old earth" colonisation era scenario I don't see happening - based on what I understand about Mars - is the issue of the rights of indigenous natives...that we have discovered so far....
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    "MuskCoin is required in payment for cargo capacity on Earth-to-Mars shipping, or for purchasing real estate on Mars." There seems to be an implicit assumption: that MuskColony is the only colony on Mars, and/or alternately, MuskCoin is used by all...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    We would have discovered this issue about 1980'ish. It was after said program had been ported from PDP-11 Fortran (under RT-11?) to DECsystem-10 FORTRAN under TOPS-10, and then running in that environment for a couple of years without any reported...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    I first learned to programm in FORTRAN in the early 70's. But I later learned to hate it in the commercial world, it was very much liked by scientists and engineers - in 70's and early 80's when I encountered...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    The most heinous COBOL crime I ever discovered (in a frustrating late night debugging session in early 1980's of production code) was a GOTO that conditionally/occasionally went to a location outside the range of a block of code being PERFORMed...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    And of course, there are various local dialects of Te Reo Maori. For example, "Aorangi" is pronounced (and frequently spelt) "Aoraki" by most in the South Island, and similarly "Ngai Tahu" (the largest South Island Iwi) is generally pronounced "Kai...
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    "slug" I far too frequently encounter the "slug" - normally making holes in the brassicas or strawberries in the veggie garden. (Occasionally also referring to a lazy teenager). But neither are not a standardised size... I have heard the term...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Yes, "startup" using a cord like that done in the video was not something I have seen done in NZ and certainly wouldn't be something I would want to try. (I think that youtube video was German - couldn't find...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    If you want to see a complicated starting procedure, I present "starting the the LANZ Bulldog" (tractor). A example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tr_b6mTnHEo A few years ago, at a vintage machinery show in nearby Waikari, North Canterbury (these things are apparently very collectable)...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    "Eric Raymond, author of fetchmail, and "Catherdral and the Bazarre". Widely known in the computer field. Also a Libertarian and gun nut." Thanks. I had assumed it might have been initials for an author but couldn't pick who. And your...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Who/what is ESR. My only context: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Institute_of_Environmental_Science_and_Research...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    Sorry - last paragraph should read "...below the threshold that it needs to return to Parliament after..."...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    Speaking of NZ - and for your ammusement - see this being reported in New Zealand: "NZ First leader Winston Peters has confirmed that the UK political operatives who worked on the Brexit campaign are helping his party this election."...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    I have one of these: https://www.myride.co.nz/shop/bikes/road-bikes/avanti-inc-3-urban-bike purchased a few years ago as a birthday present to myself to replace my old road "commuting" bike (with 9sp rear cassette and 3sp front derailer) after about 15 years use when and I...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    I suspect you better understand the Ozzie situation being on that side of the ditch, however... My comment was essentially that the web-site referenced in OGH's post # 47 showed the "countries doing well" - which included Australia where OGH...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    An exception - Australia - doing about as well as New Zealand on a comparative population basis....
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    Of course, if you want to (well, at least I can), you can use a USB-C to HDMI adapter to plug your (android) phone into any screen with an HDMI port - eg an 80" TV. Then by connecting a...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    Not saying "everynight" - variety is good. Just saying you don't need to peel them if you roast them. Warm night in Chch tonight (for this time of year) - low expected to be 8 (celcius) - and only one...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    Why peel them? Roast them skin and all (I cut them into wedges and remove the seeds first tho'). Roast pumpkin skin is perfectly edible, and if, like some of my kids and grand-kids you profess to not liking roast...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances
    July-August is actually mid-winter, not early winter, and spring normally commences late August for those who hang around that long. Weather is generally reasonably settled but do expect frosts and cold weather - especially in South Island. But for those...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances
    Re "Alpine Pacific": sorry, I had a brain fade here. This train actually called "Tranz Alpine"....
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances
    If you are driving south from Picton to Christchurch in South Island (say - after a ferry trip from Wellington) and are interested in aircraft museums, stop off in Blenheim (on the way, just south of Picton) and visit https://www.omaka.org.nz/...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    There appears to be very little standardisation on bike fittings and fastenings. However, one of the (more common) metric threads used on bicycles is "metric fine". It seems many (most) bike shops don't attempts to stock fasteners any more as...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    2" x 4" or 4" x 2" - I guess it depends where you come from so you may be right for your locality. A builder friend of my dad who I "helped" extend our childhood home always referred to...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    My understanding is that (generally speaking), the metric prefixes commonly in use are one thousand higher or lower that that on either side - refer https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metric_prefix for a good summary. The others - deca, hecto, deci and centi, while they...
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