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A_C_McGregor

@A_C_McGregor@topspicy.social

European, Bi, still coming to terms with Disability
Pronouns: He/Him (EN), Hij/Hem (NL)

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cstross, (edited ) to random
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#WordWeavers 18: What kind of dragon would your MC be?

The kind who studies for their PPL and instrument flight rating, never flies without an airband scanner, GPS, and transponder, and stays well out of controlled airspace. Also spends a lot of time looking over their shoulder nervously and tries not to fly through clouds in air traffic corridors.

Remember: there are old dragons, and bold dragons, but in the age of 250 ton jet airliners flying at 500 mph there are no old, bold dragons!

A_C_McGregor,
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@cstross I think it's unlikely that dragons will get to the 10km cruising altitude

A_C_McGregor, to random
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Hey UK peoples; sign this:

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/661601

Petition: Do not ban transgender people from receiving care in mainstream hospital wards

quixoticgeek, (edited ) to random
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Really enjoying the pictures everyone is posting of the aurora. Even if it's too cloudy to see it here.

I do find myself wondering...

Who's read (or listened to the audio book) "Day of the triffids"?

A_C_McGregor,
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@quixoticgeek Was basically required reading when I was a kid

A_C_McGregor, to random
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It's quite funny watching Labour have fits over their leader inviting a Tory with some seriously odious ideas to defect to them. Mostly because I remember what Labour activists were like over the whole Phillip Lee defection to the LibDems, and how incandescent with rage @pluslibdems were.

quixoticgeek, to random
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Is it possible to buy a spool of the cord that rainbow show laces are made of that I can then cut to size and add my own aglets to?

My current search fu is failing me.

A_C_McGregor,
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@quixoticgeek The search term "paracord" is probably going to be useful for that search, rather than simply "shoelace"

A_C_McGregor, to random
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The replies to that last boost are predictable whataboutery from the Grand Theft Autocomplete crowd

foone, to random
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I was driving around SF today and I saw a Tesla with an emoji license plate.
Now, the CA DMV isn't gonna let you do that, so how did they have an emoji license plate?
Simple! They put the codepoint!
The license plate was U-1F916.
Or 🤖

A_C_McGregor,
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@foone That's actually quite cunning in a "I hope you like enjoy getting stopped by the police" kind of way

quixoticgeek, to random
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Beautiful nerds of the fediverse. I'm looking for a USB temperature sensor that has an accuracy of better than 1°, and easy support in Linux. Needs to be available in the EU.

Any suggestions?

A_C_McGregor,
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@quixoticgeek What's your budget?

A_C_McGregor, to RugbyUnion
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This is the most unnecessarily filthy step you will ever see on a Rugby pitch:

https://old.reddit.com/r/rugbyunion/comments/1c7wa4i/one_of_the_most_disgusting_things_ive_seen_on_a/

@rugby

A_C_McGregor, to RugbyUnion
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That was an enjoyable and sometimes surprising afternoon of

Always enjoy a good England win, and that was certainly a good win in the conditions.

Ireland beating Wales - and beating them well - was surprising but welcome. Going to be interesting seeing the Irish coming to England though.

@rugby

foone, to random
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Today's discovery: a semi-automatic high res microfiche scanner will not work if you forget to put the microfiche into it

A_C_McGregor,
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@foone The Quickening plays hell with sensitive electronics.

A_C_McGregor, to random
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In case it matters to anybody who might be looking at safe havens as the British political system slides towards fascism with a side order of transphobia, Germany has just relaxed its gender determination laws significantly

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-68801392.amp

cstross, to random
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(Via reddit): "Q: what gives away that someone is not a good person?"

Me: it's always a red flag if they start showing you pictures of their secret base inside an extinct volcano on a tropical island, and there are missile launchers and boiler-suited minions in mirrorshades in the background.

Especially if their selfies all feature a fluffy white cat and a control room with a map of the world labelled TARGET.

A_C_McGregor,
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@cstross @foone I'm pretty certain that for any operation dealing in rocketry, it's not a question of whether there are government agents inside, but of how many

A_C_McGregor,
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A_C_McGregor, to random
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I see the UK government has made a "review" of trans healthcare that manages to not only recommend that trans healthcare should be worse, but also infantilises autistic people and marginalises their experience.

it's basically peak Karening.

A_C_McGregor, to Rugby
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Well the LEI-LEI game went too the team that screwed up the least, is all I can say. JGP the only really impressive individual performance on the night. La Rochelle will eat Leinster alive on that performance, though. @rugby

A_C_McGregor, to random
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Hypothesis: Mastodon is one of the few (mostly) free internet spaces because it is significantly more neurodiverse than average.

quixoticgeek, to random
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Het thee? De thee?

A_C_McGregor,
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@quixoticgeek de thee

or just thee, without the article

A_C_McGregor, to random
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It's the first of April, when you cannot trust anything you read on the internet.

Basically the same as any other day.

quixoticgeek, to random
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Malteasers count as lunch right ?

A_C_McGregor,
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@quixoticgeek It's 9pm! Probably 10 where you are! Eat some actual food already

ChrisMayLA6, to news
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On one level I can see why the Baltimore Bridge accident is newsworthy.... the video is oddly compelling & lives were lost.

But, should an accident in Baltmore really be global news - leading on the evening news tonight (and on the top of the FT web-page with a full 'explainer')?

Its the usual case of if it happens in America its news....

Or perhaps wherever a container ship hit a bridge with good video it would be a lead time on the news... maybe not so much.

A_C_McGregor,
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@ChrisMayLA6 @quixoticgeek It kind of is globally important, for a similar reason to how the Evergiven getting stuck in Suez was a big deal. Baltimore is a hell of a big port, and the knock-on effects on global trade will be huge.

cstross, to random
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US Politics in a nutshell:

The US forked British Monarchy™ in 1776, but froze the dev branch with Constitution 1.0, so didn't bother to backport any of the subsequent bugfixes and security patches (1831, 1918, 1938, etc.) from the main British branch.

Anyway, you've got a bunch of British Monarchy™ users who instinctively want to tug the forelock but don't have anyone to tug it at and it upsets them because homebrew is no good—it takes 700 years of inbreeding to roll your own nobility.

A_C_McGregor,
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@cstross A friend of mine who has visited the US extensively once told me that he believed the fundamental issue with the US is that it's a very very conformist society with a founding myth of rebellion, and the tension between the two is the core cultural disconnect.

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And there it is…the first novel-length installment appearance of the BOMB-PUMPED X-RAY LASER!

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A_C_McGregor,
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@KarlSchroeder @hendric @isaackuo @cstross @sudnadja @nyrath @FredKiesche if you're fighting at sufficiently large distances then manoeuvres regain importance because you have to factor lightspeed delay into your targeting. If a target is far enough away and can maneuver in such a way as to potentially be in places that are greater than the focus area of your weapon, then dodging and targeting becomes a matter of statistics.

A_C_McGregor, to Rugby
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England have Englanded as they have never Englanded before @rugby

jaz, to Rugby
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:EnglandRugby: :IrishRugby: Match Thread

hunting for back to back grand slams, looking for a way to stop that from happening.

Game on! @rugby

A_C_McGregor,
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@greub @jaz @rugby I genuinely have no idea who wins Wales Vs France. Although given I was dead certain Scotland and Ireland would win today that may be no bad thing for either side...

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