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  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    One of the interesting Biggles things I sort of noticed as a child was that the stories which came out first, the short stories later collected into a book whose name escapes me, are deeper than a lot of the...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    If anyone wants an adult story of WW1 flying, I reccomend "Winged Victory" by V M Yeates, who was also a pilot and it is basically a fictionalised story of the life of the author and friends during the war,...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    As far as I can recall, when Russia invaded in 2014 and I read about it and later engagements, I thought that thermobaric weapons made holding an entrenched front line impossible. Add that to drones and more artillery and rocket...
  • Commented on Bad news day
    That's an unusual doctor in London that uses the term Emergency room, although they could be American and visiting here, or translating for american readers....
  • Commented on Bad news day
    Greg, stop imagining things. I've been on here long enough to know you are an old fashioned person with old fashioned arguments but are also sensible enough to keep up with things and are not anti-renewables. You do just come...
  • Commented on Bad news day
    Greg, Greg, Greg, you should know that France isn't exactly building more nuclear reactors right now. Does that tell you something? The basic issue is that nobody can get them built in anyway that fits with our current economic system....
  • Commented on Bad news day
    Re. thermobaric/ flamethrowers, media are a mix of badly paid, badly educated, overworked, overpaid, etc; comparatively I once got ignored by a Scotsman journalist for pointing out that fuel cells aren't a form of battery....
  • Commented on Bad news day
    MAybe not the bottling equipment, remember petrol vapour is rather flammable and I don't recall bottling plants being made to be intrinsically safe. There arne't that many likely explosive causing moving parts and it is many years since I temped...
  • Commented on Bad news day
    There is a point re. fertiliser though - if we don't buy the russian fertiliser and Ukraine doesn't buy any or use it on their fields, we're looking at decreased crop production this year, precisely how much I have no...
  • Commented on Bad news day
    Ah, that would also make sense. This communication thing is tricky....
  • Commented on Bad news day
    Well that one has to be a joke because beer is not high enough in ethanol to be any use. Distilleries are what is required and I don't know how many Ukraine has. If you are desperate enough and have...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Two things - I saw a home video recently shot from a car doing 45mph or so in the UK behind a mad guy on an e-scooter. I wonder how long the battery lasted, he was on dual carriageway. On...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    On the matter of the American revolution, a book I got a few years ago (I think previously owned by a prof of American history at Stirling uni)called "A mighty Empire" by Marc Egnal, makes it clear how much the...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    That makes me wonder what changes there have been in demographics of who read this work and Heinlein in general, because sure, some of his books are aimed at 12, 14 year olds, but most of the rest of his...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    On this book, I tend to think that if most teenage boys, the readers it was aimed at, come away thinking powered armour is cool as is blowing lots of people up and only letting vets have the vote, then...
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    Did someone mention screw threads? I really learnt how many there were when at a place I used to work the maintenance guys kept swapping lifting lugs between big heating cans and one day it didn't go right because they...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    I've been waiting to see people bring up automation of large warenouses. Why employ humans who go on strike when you ask them to risk their lives working with other humans when you can automate it all. Although I don't...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    Surely one of the inspirations could have been the Sherman tank versus Tiger tank debate, also the sad story of the new German submarines that were rushed into prouduction a year or two too early, so lots of resources were...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    It seems to me that we're missing a few books about various government and private company misdemeanours over the last 40 years. Too often they are written off as mad lefty ranting and nothing every comes out widely into the...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    upvotes Rick Moen #1463 As for Greg and railways, a large number of folk on twitter yesterday seemed to understand that Marples of Beeching cuts fame had major connections to a company profiting from road building, which is good to...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    FOr transport, this report suggests the south east gets more money: https://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/CBP-8130#fullreport Tax wise, London does subsidise the rest of hte UK, but that's because it is where all the money is; if the money was better distributed it wouldn't...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    For transport? Not from what I've read....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    But yo udo get the transport goodies and are rich, the key word is comparatively. By comparison with the frozen north lands, yo uget more money to spend, but it doesn't feel so amazing partly because your problems, due to...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    More recently, the media has changed the meaning of 'troll' and 'trolling' to suit themselves, probably out of total ignorance of online culture and in the need for a quick easy one word term to plaster all over the front...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    If I might return your attention to the issue of Scotland being involved in imperialism and hiding the loot; one reason Scotland can appear so much better, if you don't go far enough back to involve the slave trade or...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Almost forgot- if you want a laugh try this guy: https://scottishscientist.wordpress.com/2015/04/15/worlds-biggest-ever-pumped-storage-hydro-scheme-for-scotland/ Started off with this unfeasibly large scheme, seems to have moderated his ideas recently....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    It's about 15.2k years, not 50k, since the imperium was founded, which was a while after humans took to space. Not 50k like they said. Herbert had a thing about humans repeating the same mistakes, not learning, using the same...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    On the piston energy storage, I did envision a failure mode involving a big fountain, or else a water knife. But aside from that, I'm just surprised nobody has thrown money at it, given how much Uber has raked in,...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Regarding energy storage, I'd like to see this method tried: https://heindl-energy.com/ Or maybe the mechanical engineers can explain why it doesn't work. Then there's the matter of home made missiles. Some of you might recall a magazine called "Survival weaponry...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    We know what is required to store energy, the issue is getting on with building them, and different methods will work in different geographical areas, depending on whether they have mountains, salt caverns, etc. There have been numerous studies done...
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