Andrew S. Mooney

Andrew S. Mooney

  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    The trouble, Stross, is that you and Dave_the_Proc apparently haven't read the rest of the exchange and don't appear to be considering the context of my remarks. The broader issue is that this guy is being thrown in jail...
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    I would disagree. They would find some reason to hand him over. They would use the reality that he was in custody to examine how the the US is interested in him, and from there, dutifully assist the United...
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    "I mean, this does not prove Assange is hiding in bad faith, given his situation, being utterly paranoid would be to be expected, but.. trusting the integrity of Ecuador over Sweden is.. a strange decision. It's maybe a matter...
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    "No, that isn’t what circumstantial means. It’s “he was seen in the vicinity with a gun, we know he has a motive to kill the guy, the guy was shot with the same kind of gun the guy was...
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    The charge involved US based data theft, as in the Wikileaks files, and since anything can be inferred to have gone through a US based server at some point, who are you to infer that the crime is NOT...
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    "On the balance of probabilities I now see his behaviour over the Swedish rape allegations as circumstantial evidence that yes, he's acting real guilty. (Hint: he'd be at far lower risk of extradition to the USA on espionage charges...
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    "Whether or not he was guilty of anything over that sexual encounter (and I agree that he probably was), he clearly was a selfish little shit even then." Thing is, when did being a selfish little shit become an...
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    Heteromeles: An issue with this issue of sealing the rotating section against a non rotating one is that it commits the sin in space schemes in that it suffers from excessive purism: As in, the module that provides the...
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    "Can we please accept that I am sufficiently engaged with local and regional politics to know which funding routes were, and were not, explored?" Well...I don't think that you are, which is why I provided the fish-farming example. As...
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    "...European Regional Development Fund were applied for from, and refused by, the Palace of Oathbreakers?" They were probably not applied for. As I said, they probably contravene the morass of laws that are written around "State Aid," that exist...
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    "As for your reality about Scottish industry, that's true, well except that the Scottish economy was controlled by the Palace of Oathbreakers at the time, so blaming its gutting on the Scottish National Party is patently absurd." Ok, so...
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    Addition: The SNP nakedly appeals to people who know where the money comes from. If it doesn't come from Westminster, it comes from Europe. But it prompts the question of why the place needs funding in the first place,...
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    "ASM @ 459 Can you, or anyone explain, then, why the areas with the MOST EU aid & support voted most strongly for Brexit? Because, given that, your "argument" makes no sense at all ..." Greg: In which case...
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    Cheer up yourself. I'd just put it to you that once you get yourself out of London, this country is often poor, desperately so, and why "they," effectively "went mad" and voted for Brexit. It correlates with de-industrialisation, by...
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    "The UK establishment never really "got" what the EU was for, or how to play the game. It'd be like say, Iowa not understanding how to extract money from the US federal government in farm subsidies or pushing for...
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    Ha! Osbourne got the photo op and didn't even give them the money...Figures. In some ways that vindicates my point about how clueless these people can be. I didn't realise they were that clueless though because I haven't followed...
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    Simon "Pete" Worden was the guy who ran the program. As in, drove a desk. Pete Conrad was the guy who flew it, as in ran the rocket from the repurposed trailer. Worden had to police the program quite...
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    "As others have said, this will start with the non-critical contracts, like most R&D, but it will then progress to ones where this is an alternative supplier, and go on to the active development of other suppliers." Which is...
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    "Improvements in computer power/size/speed also makes a big difference. A mostly analog control system in the 60s would have to be built with a lot of assumptions about things. With computers today and the way it was built on boosters...
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    "Ah, no, you didn't get the point: the UK builds a lot of satellites, but doesn't launch them. We just build kit for other people. (Much as the UK has the second largest car manufacturing sector in the EU, after...
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    "Unfortunately 38% of 2018's output was sold to the French, in the shape of Ariane/ESA, so Brexit fucks our space sector royally." Stross, in short Bollocks, it doesn't. In that if you are making a thrilling moral high point...
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    "But then any multicellular life that develops a technosphere runs into the rocket equation: getting into orbit becomes much harder. (I'm assuming chemical rocketry, that nobody is going to be dumb enough to use nuclear propulsion extensively inside the...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Technically, no, the Piccadilly line as it is was always a part of the Underground network. Hounslow west, for example, as recently as the 1970's was a terminus station and features a fabulous 1930's ticket office by Charles Holden, but...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Greg - Getting my history wrong here blaming the RAF - The Nazis bombed the crap out of the place. They even used the V2 on it. I don't think that they used GPS to conduct some precision strike...
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    "You will note that it does not say "make wider" or "make larger (wider) (loading) gauge". Well, no it doesn't. Which ignores my contention that it is a bit stupid to spend all that money to construct a station that...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    I'd be a bit careful about citing any Olde Medieval City in Europe that got carpet bombed/architecturally critiqued by the RAF during WW2. Post war architecture in Europe was about "reconstruction" i.e. They got their old style architecture back but...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Does the tram in the city centre use pylons for it's overhead wiring? That UNESCO listing you cite is kind of worthless if all your buildings have wires bodged into them. I wouldn't put that past the people who...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    "Something people often miss is that a lot of Victorian railway tracks and tunnels were too small for modern trains." Indeed - But it is one thing to make do with Victorian structures, it is another thing altogether to carry...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    From what I can recall, the Newcastle system doesn't use roadways, like say Sheffield or the motorised rubbish that serves Edinburgh, it uses a large number of repurposed railway track beds, and a set of tunnels dug under the...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Greg - Crossrail's tunnels are 6.2 metres in diameter. When you factor in the OHLE equipment, that is on the large side, but that is future-proofing in some ways because it is arguably the last new line under the...
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