"10 REM this is a comment."
Sorry, your newfangled BASIC stuff just doesn't work in Fortran and Assembler.
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"Using lots of asterisks was a common habit on monochromatic terminals"
Monochromatic terminals? Luxury! Kids, today! Don't know they're born! We used them with punched cards and fanfold. (I miss fanfold but cleaning out the "study" yesterday I discovered a whole box of it - but no music lines.)
"I know we generally disagree (on the EU at least)"
Not necessarily. As I've written here a number of times the EU has a severe democratic deficit. Maybe we don't disagree about that. Maastricht and Lisbon should both have been validated by referenda in all countries - and not Irish style referenda of vote till you get the right answer. What might have passed such referenda would almost certainly have been very different to what happened; in fact we might still have just had the EEC as a trading arrangement.
However just walking out is economically daft and some of the areas which will catch the worst effects are those where foreign companies have set up so business so as to be in the EU and are major employers. Those seem to have voted leave - turkeys voting for Christmas. I also think that a referendum should require a large majority - another commentard mentioned the term "supermajority" - to effect a change in the status quo in such a major, permanent way. I'd also apply that to the unfortunately hypothetical referenda that should have validated the earlier treaties. Maybe we differ on those.
As to Blairalike that's been my term for him since he came to prominence. The Tories were so hypnotised by Blair that they went for the nearest thing in their own ranks. They could have done much better.
'"And yet one of them will apparently have the "mandate" to tear the UK out of the EU that a majority of the country voted for."'
No, the original statement was correct. They may have been a majority (albeit too small to justify so large and permanent a change) of those who voted. They were still a minority of the country.
"Hunter gatherers ... don't have to make plans,"
Hunter gathers have to plan to be in the right place at the right time to hunt or gather what's available at that particular season. There now seems to be archaeological evidence that at least some Mesolithic societies had semi-permanent bases.
"I suppose I'm being naive, but surely these bots could be easily equipped with some sort of incapacitating knock-out gas - perhaps with explosives as a final measure?"
If, as the article reported, this was a bomb disposal robot what they'd have available would be an explosive charge. Can they put the whole scene on hold whilst somebody knocks up an alternative gas dispenser and tests it to make sure it can deliver the required dose?
"The large bomb disposal robots we have seen in news and films are different to a bomb carrying robot."
According to the article this was a bomb disposal robot. They use a small charge to disrupt the suspect device (that was actually the purpose of the shotgun on the Wheelbarrow device) or blow open car boots etc. If the gunman is holed up it doesn't matter whether he sees the robot being rolled up or not, in fact it might be better if he does as it might encourage him to surrender.
"If this happens again no more card transactions at all at any of your premises until you cover all our losses+costs+extra random charges as punishment)"
Just remove the "If this happens again" bit. Then they don't need to deal with the card-holders one by one. It'd be a lot easier - costs recouped and merchant hit with large clue-bat, all in one.
"we can predict what people are thinking about or what they will do"
Definitely one for the muppets. If you were able to identify thoughts from MRI scans that would mean that you'd have a map of brain function versus all possible thoughts. That means that all possible thoughts constitute a set small enough not only to be mapped but to be catalogued. It also means that any problem can be solved by consulting the catalogue for the thought that contains the answer.
'Oh my god, it's everywhere. "Mindfulness". Positivism. Yoga-related bullshit. Homeopathy. SJW-type people grasping for biological explanations/justifications for autism, ADHD, gender confusion, and antisocial fucktard behavior in general (except for criticism of these people, that is not tolerated)'
Not specific enough. Most of this crap was around before MRI was invented. The flakiness comes first, attaching itself to concepts they don't understand is secondary.
"Not the cops, for sure.
I worked for them. The stories I could tell you."
Maybe you didn't work for them long enough to discover just how self-destructive a drunk can be. There's the purely passive - fall asleep and choke on their own vomit - I've investigated a few of those. There's the active - I investigated one case where he found a piece of broken glass in the cell, a broken spectacle lens from a previous occupant (yup, the cell should have been checked more thoroughly) and cut himself. And finally there's the complete apeshit. I remember being called by the local police because they wanted an independent witness to that one - he'd already damaged the door of one cell and they're tough structures.
The fact is that the severely drunk are a danger to themselves and practically impossible to look after as they ought to be under medical supervision but hospitals can't take them and the cells, which are all the police have, aren't safe environments for them.
In the Linux world we all owed a great deal to Ian Murdock. It's very sad that he reached such an end and my sympathy goes out to everyone concerned, family, friends and, yes, police.
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