Why is Ursula Le Guin not better known?

Just re-read The Dispossessed.
Still brilliant and uplifting.

China is the new Hollywood

Just watched Cold War.High moral, realistic gunfights, rule of law. Even of the party wants to maintain control it still has to do it through the medium of moral behaviour and equality before the law.Even if it is propaganda it is normative so it creates an expectation that state employees should behaved well even if they often fall short.

Shanghai arrival

I’m a romantic brought up as a republican or is it the other way round?

Watching Brave after George Gently is not a good idea for a child of the 60’s. The contrast between the idealism of George Gently and the ghastly romanticism of Disneyfied Scottish royalty is hard to take.On another occasion i might find Brave amusing but just now out signifies all that is wrong with the modern world, an excess of romanticism that idealises royalty and traditional power.

Can tragedy be about now our must it always be set on the past?

Just watched an episode of Inspector Gently set in Teeside, 1966. It was proof that British television has nothing to fear from the US. At least if they stick to life indeed of technology, and so long as grown men are not afraid to cry. The episode was proper tragedy, almost classical.

Use qDebug in Qt to output text to the debugger console or standard output

qDebug works.  Writing to stdout doesn’t, at least not for me.

Why can’t MS make a decent text editor?

In Emacs if I hold down the up or down arrow keys to go from line to line the editor remembers the column number that I was on when I started and tries to put the cursor on that column in the next or previous line.  It remembers this column number even if the line I move to doesn’t have that many columns so that when I move the cursor again if the next line does have that many then that is where the cursor will go.

In Visual Studio (all versions as far as I know) the column number is always reset to the minimum of the starting column number and the length of the line.

This makes it a right royal pain in the rear to edit several related lines that are separated by shorter ones and almost forces you to use the mouse for what should be a simple keyboard operation.

Is there a setting that controls this brain-dead behaviour?


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