All true, but Catholics were a minority in Scotland, and the Stuarts were terrible; there were very good reasons why one got his head chopped off and another was run out of the country. And make no mistake, despite all the romanticism, Charles Edward Stuart didn't give a shit about Scotland except inasmuch as it gave… » 9/18/14 2:08am Thursday 2:08am

No, that's pretty much untrue. The British Crown and Governments were very much behind the curve when it came to the EIC's behaviour, and it actually took the Mutiny in 1857 to get the EIC under Government control (by which time the EIC had been in India for over 200 years). Britain didn't go into India with the… » 9/11/14 2:08pm 9/11/14 2:08pm

There's also a great deal of evidence that "primitive" humans wiped out many species with nothing more advanced than clubs, spears and cunning. And actually, the "equilibrium with the environment" argument doesn't hold that much water either; the scope and extent of human migration in pre-history suggests a great deal… » 9/11/14 1:23pm 9/11/14 1:23pm

Actually, for my taste in watches its not fat enough. To be honest, until they come up with a version that I don't have to charge every day I'd never buy one of these, and the fact that (except for my dive watch) I don't really wear a watch for function, its actually jewellery. » 9/11/14 7:00am 9/11/14 7:00am

Hmmm, love the exterior, although its always a bit concerning when they only show you the high spec version; will be interesting to see how that body looks draped over 17" wheels on the low emissions version (which attracts no car tax in the UK). I'm also a bit underwhelmed by the interior, less boring than a… » 9/08/14 5:26pm 9/08/14 5:26pm

Russians love overt shows of strength (and generally think its more important than stuff like democracy, which is for girls) and so parades and flypasts make political sense. That stuff definitely doesn't play so well in Europe, so even if the various nations could field thousands of fighters for a flypast, they… » 9/06/14 7:34pm 9/06/14 7:34pm

What the fuck are you talking about God boy? The only rational approach to religion is disbelief. Everything else is just guesswork. Anyway, law says you can't discriminate on religious grounds, game over for the god-botherers. » 9/06/14 3:52am 9/06/14 3:52am

There's a quite famous one like this in the UK called Stott Hall Farm. 40-odd years ago they were building a new cross country motorway (interstate) from east to west, the M62. Stott Hall sat right in the path of the road building, up in the Yorkshire Pennines, and the farmer couldn't be persuaded to sell, so they… » 9/05/14 5:14pm 9/05/14 5:14pm

Nope. The Drake Equations take into account all of that. People saying "The Fermi Paradox is a load of rubbish" etc. clearly haven't actually looked at the maths. That's why the Great Filter emerged as a hypothesis, because even if you're incredibly conservative with the assumptions in the equations, we should see… » 9/01/14 11:40am 9/01/14 11:40am