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  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    In the time since this all started the death rate in England and Wales has been a bit over half a million a year, and nearer 600k a year have turned 18 and got the vote. Interesting to think what...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Could use the example of Rome and have them beaten to death by the rest of their board of directors?...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    I don't see Boris Johnson going to the length of learning a second language It would need to be a seventh or eighth language. Fluent in English, French, Italian and Latin, gets by in German and Spanish....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Yes, and his "Starship" clearly stole the blueprint from the 1930s serials, Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon. Nope, he's channeling Gerry Anderson again. Just needs the pods on the wingtips and he's got Fireball XL-5....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    There are a lot of commercial fixed wing drones available for relatively (5000-6000 GBP) little. Having a quick poke round, 800km range doesn't appear to be unusual with a payload capacity of 5-10kg. The main use for that class of...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    I'm seeing the weapons used being referred to as 'Drones' rather than, say, 'Cruise Missiles' is there any substantive difference Extra zeroes on the price label?...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Following myself up, Victoria succeeded her uncle William IV despite other living uncles. Hanoverian succession rules differed from those of England though so her uncle the Duke of Cumberland inherited the throne of Hanover. The Duke of Cumberland was Heir...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Can someone give me a real world example (not hypothetical) where the child of a deceased older sibling has precedence over a living younger sibling in the line of succession? George III succeeded his grandfather George II despite living uncles....
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    really shitty soil with no detectable worms and not much organic material. But also a layer of plastic about 10cm down Do you know the long term history of the site? In the UK it's fairly common on brown field...
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    Of course once you've got your washing machine, there's the vexing question of where to put it......
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    Or you could do fancy things, like have six black holes all orbiting a common centre in each others' L4/L5 points (is this stable? Feels like six or maybe three ought to be, because of symmetry, Without a mass in...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    All correct. "Commando Raid" by Harry Harrison in the anthology "Study War No More" edited by Joe Haldeman. Starts on page 113 of the edition I have....
  • 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...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    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...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    Depends if it started high enough to reach terminal velocity by the time it got to 100ft or if it was still accelerating....
  • Commented on Story time!
    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...
  • Commented on Story time!
    On election day in Argentina no less......
  • Commented on Story time!
    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......
  • Commented on Story time!
    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"...
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    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...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    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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