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* Posts by Millwright

10 posts • joined 6 Aug 2015

Morrisons launches bizarre Yorkshire Pudding pizza thing

Millwright

Obviously it needs a snug fitting pizza on top of the cheese and tomato filling and basic toppings. Back of the fag packet suggests 5 3/4" would do nicely.

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Sci-Fi titan Jerry Pournelle passes,
aged 84

Millwright
WTF?

Am I the only one here who thought his story writing dreadful, ill-constructed, predictable drivel only saved from utter uselessness by the Niven collaboration? And the only one who found Chaos Manor a sink of ill-informed, name-dropping posturing?

Seems like it. I will grant that he managed to give me a few unintentional laughs by the sheer buffoonery of some of his CM hardware tales.

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Confirmation of who constitutes average whisky consumer helps resolve dispute

Millwright

As any fule kno, Scotch comes in several levels of desirability. So does non-Scotch whisk(e)y but that's another discussion.

Sub-basement: Nasty blends of industrial grain alcohol with a meagre admixture of the cheapest, roughest malts. [Covers nearly everything that isn't labelled 'Malt'.]

Basement: Somewhat malt-heavier blends, often heavily marketed and usually at a price premium exceeding their value. Major example: Chivas Regal.

Ground floor: Vatted or blended malts. No nasty grain spirit. Vary from nigh-undrinkable to very good indeed. An example of the good stuff: the regional blends from Douglas Laing, like Big Peat.

Upper storey: Single malts. Vary from fairly bland but non-poisonous to distinctly characterful, complex and delightful. Region and style according to taste of course, barring the next level.

Penthouse: Islay.

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British firm to build world's first offshore automated ship

Millwright

Another thing about oil rigs

My nephew is a trainee engineer on the North Sea rig supply boats. They have /lots/ of accommodation space as they are rescue craft as well as delivery ships: and I don't see that function being automated.

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Pluck-filled platter-stuff: Bold disk drive makers fatten up

Millwright
Headmaster

Geometry

Yes, you have to take case/bearing thickness into account when you double the z height - but unless that scales up linearly or worse you'll have relatively more, not less, room inside the higher units.

It's still only breeding faster carthorses to compete with lorries though.

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Flying Spaghetti Monster is not God, rules mortal judge

Millwright

No, he didn't. He broke with Rome and created the Church of England but he was doctrinally Catholic. Protestantism - which started mainly in mainland Europe and whose followers in England, like the Lollards, had been given a hard time for centuries - came later under Edward VI and Elizabeth 1.

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Seagate offers California Uni genome data storage K-drives

Millwright

So 1PB = 250,000 x 4TB ?

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German football hero battles Nazi doppelgänger

Millwright

They're not too good with names. The Russian under Uncle Joe reads ' Iosif Vissarionovitch Stalin' as is correct, but the English is a mashup of his early and late surnames. He was Iosif Vissarionovitch Dzhugashvili (Russian form) in his Georgia days.

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Sony Xperia M4 Aqua 4G: The Android smartie that can take its drink

Millwright

"If the Moto G were available for £150, the natural order would be restored."

It is, unlocked PAYG from 3. I've got one.

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Testing Motorola's Moto G third-gen mobe: Is it still king of the hill?

Millwright

Bought one a few days ago for £140 (+ £1 SIM and £10 top-up) unlocked from 3. Nice phone at that price, good replacement for the original G I just broke.

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