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  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    Retirement is to be recommended. I started my working life in an industry that reduced male retirement to 60 rather than increase female to 65 as most did in the 1980s, passed 60 in March and finished at Easter. I...
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    Generally speaking the only things the NHS doesn't cover are non-essential elective procedures which wouldn't be covered by an insurance policy anyway, the usual benefits claimed run to things like shorter waiting times. Private firms rarely if ever deal with...
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    Depends if it started high enough to reach terminal velocity by the time it got to 100ft or if it was still accelerating....
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    I've got one tucked away somewhere as well. All the applications were basically a spreadsheet, you typed paragraphs into cells. Had fun writing ARM assembler in it during boring evenings at an ITV company, and once rescued files off one...
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    On election day in Argentina no less......
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    Let's see, because of the colors, I assume each coin's a carefully heat-treated piece of steel? This being the BBC of the early 80s, each coin was a coloured shape embedded in a transparent plastic disc......
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    The Acorn Rounders Team did have one schoolgirl regular, but that was partly because her dad dragged her along. Also, Rounders bats are intended for single handed use making it difficult to get a swing that results in a decent...
  • Commented on Social architecture and the house of tomorrow
    no explanation why Crowley listens to Queen Don't remember it coming up in the series, but in the book it's a standing joke that any tape left in a car for a long time eventually morphs into a copy of...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Parliament has been on its Easter holidays, back yesterday I think so normal grid-lock should be resumed. And much of the country has local government elections in a week or so, so campaigning is currently focussed on that....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    As I understand it, strict "no win no fee" cases aren't allowed in English law, the litigant has to take out an insurance policy to cover the legal fees if they lose. The premiums tend to be a bit steep...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Troutwaxer: You seem to be having a complete failure of understanding how tides work. The Moon isn't "dragging water to the west", it creates a wave *starting* from the west of a body of water heading towards the east. For...
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    Then there's "The Cylons have a plan, unfortunately they didn't share it with the production team"...
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    needing an actor who could chew up the scenery... I'm thinking about some of the female characters, and which one would a) chew up the scenery I'm sure a slight renaming or the role to Kate 'Bob' Howard would work...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Maybe Article 50 should be amended to include something along the lines of "Stop! Who would leave the European Union must answer me these questions three, ere the other side he see."...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Back in the early 80s the BBC had one of their periodic attempts to create a soap opera. This one was called "Triangle" and was set on a North Sea ferry doing a 3 legged route with the idea it...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    And AFAIK, it's still a crime to receive unauthorized broadcasts in the U.K. IIRC that due to a mild case of real-worldism at the time of legislation it's an offence to act on information gained from unauthorised reception of a...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    wondering how Brits knew who to complain to when a radio signal was interfering Due to the way the transmitter network in the UK was set up virtually all transmitter locations are shared. Bellinghman mentioned Sandy Heath transmitter earlier, that...
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    Expanding more, in the UK a single station may have both medium wave and VHF frequencies (and these days be part of a DAB multiplex and available via Freeview TV) for broadcast. Prior to the introduction of independent commercial radio...
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    UK radio stations originally used on air callsigns, 2MT and 2LO being the first ones used. These aquired the 'G' prefix when the international use of callsigns was agreed. The prefixes are the same as used in amateur radio callsigns...
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    The very long gone Hypatia book recommender at the old alexlit site used to suggest the occasional Georgette Heyer for me, though I never got round to actually reading one. The other reccommendations it made tended to be very good...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Not a lot of cargo shipping in London itself any more, most of it was containerised and move downstream. Port of London Authority list ship movements though which may give some ideas of where to look....
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    On a journey to Mars you're going to need a lot of water anyway. A lot of it will be recycled but recycling is never going to be 100% effective, but the holding tanks for the recyclers make just as...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    To the extent that both stages of the BFR have internal header tanks for the landing fuel. One day I'll get round to going through a few SpaceX launch videos to try and spot if there's sudden lurches as the...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    For radiation shielding you actually want a lot of hydrogen, that's why you often hear the idea of surrounding a shelter with water tanks for protection on manned spacecraft. The exterior of inflatable habitats is made up of many layers...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Note the part about biological specimens being less than 0.62m tall and the bit in the user guide mentioning "small animals up to the size of rats". I don't think the vibration issues were completely solved and contributed to the...
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    You'd probably be better off going the Discovery (2001 Space Odyssey version) route and having the rotating element contained in a stationary pressurised hull. That eliminates the need for an airtight bearing and a contra rotating mass section takes care...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    The tanks were dropped while the stack was still sub-orbital, there were no engines of any kind on the tanks to de-orbit them although an offset pressure relief valve on the nose of the tank was used to make it...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Indeed. Changing the foam could have been an alternative, but that would mean requalifying the new compound before it could be flown. Even changing the CFC used in the spraying process to an HCFC took a long time to get...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    I've often wondered why NASA didn't drag any number of modified Shuttle External Fuel Tanks into orbit Because the orange foam insulation behaved like pop-corn in vacuum conditions. NASA was open to proposals to use the ET on orbit but...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Been far too long since I've been to Falmouth but Google Earth/Maps has quite reasonable coverage. Very little Streetview in the docks themselves but the road immediately to the south is higher so gives you a bit of a view...
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