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  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    The alloys available are good enough to use in rocket engines. SpaceX are flying substantial components already and the Super Dracos on the Dragon 2 are printed rather than cast, Blue Origin is doing the same in the BE-4 engine...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    I'm with the 40mpg figure from my two 1098s and a 948. Ideal cars for buzzing round bits of Devon, but much less good for long distances. Managed one long trip at 55mpg, 300+ miles without refilling the 6.5 (proper)...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    The round the moon trip may not be happening, or at least not using a Heavy launched Dragon. In the post-launch press conference Elon said man-rating the Heavy was no longer planned, although as with every time man-rating is mentioned...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    How Not to Land an Orbital Rocket Booster has a few more examples of why it's a good idea not to be too close when the rocket is landing....
  • Commented on The crazy years
    Payload builders are very very conservative. Changing the radioactive element in the standard RTG is Change and therefore Bad. Attempts to improve the efficiency by using Stirling engine generators instead of thermocouples have largely been abandoned because no-one is willing...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    Except estate taxes rarely involve money, most of an estate is comprised of fungible assets or "medium money" to use a term not unrelated to this blog. If those assets need to be converted to "fast money", you have to...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    There's a case to be made that Estate Taxes are partly responsible for the situation in Cornwall where many of the coastal villages are 80% empty during the winter due to being holiday lets or "second" homes. The county had...
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    Victorian arsenic production as practiced at Devon Great Consols mine on the banks of the river Tamar. Take crushed arsenic ore, place in oven with coal and roast. Send the resulting gases up a long flue running from the ovens...
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    And hit Submit too soon. Following paragraph, after the death of Mary II her sister Anne took the throne and it wasn't until Anne died that George of Hanover took the throne. Mary and Anne were the daughters of James...
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    Appendix, page 295. "Charles II ruled cannily, ... but his son, James the Second". Charles and James were brothers, not father and son....
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    The initial seeding was done by the Street View cars I believe, updating may well be done when location tracking can use multiple sources....
  • Commented on PSA: Please don't nominate the Laundry Files for a Best Series Hugo Award (this year)
    Statistically Midsomer is one of the most dangerous places in the world, barring locations with an active and ongoing civil war, to live....
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    "Budget" includes time. Redoing the hardware would have probably involved an appropriate summer intern (CompSci or Engineer) and several months of downtime on the equipment. Asking if anyone had a suitable spare got them the necessary a couple of days...
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    It was specific hardware required for the interface which an emulator doesn't have rather than software. No budget to redo that side of things....
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    There was something came round an IT mailing list at work (Cambridge University) in the not too distant past asking if anyone had a particular model of BBC Micro in their loft as the one that had been running a...
  • Commented on PSA: Please don't nominate the Laundry Files for a Best Series Hugo Award (this year)
    It's not two novels in a year, it's at least two novels of the appropriate length over any duration. There could be a ten year gap between the first nomination and the next volume in the series, then another ten...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Philosophy, Politics and Economics. No direct equivalent at Cambridge....
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Because I've seen a shedload of adverts for no-win-no-fee solicitors in England over the years. What you've probably seen described as "No win no fee" offers are more along the lines of "No win then the insurance policy you've paid...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Nominative Determinism. HTH, HAND, etc... Black squirrels have reached my garden. Apparently the local dogs find them far more fun to chase that greys....
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    There speaks someone who obviously doesn't suffer. Trains are generally fine for travel-sickness victims as rails are smooth and acceleration and deceleration constant. Road vehicles on the other hand move in unexpected directions rapidly and it's generally the small random...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    I had virtually the full card....
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    Onboard Pi Zeroes seem to be the current favourite for heavy processing, talking to an Ardupilot for actual control....
  • Commented on Empire Games Black Friday promo (UK only)
    Also Prime Minister, who in the UK is also the First Lord of the Treasury....
  • Commented on Empire Games Black Friday promo (UK only)
    It's a very recent thing. My impression is that Amazon started extending the previously NA only event globally, and UK based chains felt they had to respond....
  • Commented on Are VR esports going to become a thing?
    a VR Wales with configurable gravity would always be less appealing than the real Wales But much, much drier.....
  • Commented on From Here To The Holodeck
    Interesting. Tinted or coloured glasses and overlays help a lot of dyslexics cope with text better....
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Add to the list of languages required something like VHDL. Helps a lot if you can simulate your CPU designs before converting them to hardware, though of course you need an existing platform to run the simulation on. Several of...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    The tip rockets were relatively light, driving the lifting blades via a conventional engine in helicopter fashion means you've got either a large engine cutting into payload during cruise or some horrendously complicated power transfer system between the horizontal engines...
  • Commented on Excuses
    SpaceX reckon they've solved in-flight quick-disconnects since they plan to fly the Falcon Heavy while transferring fuel from the core stage to the booster stages No they don't. Falcon Heavy is using three independent cores unless someone needs the extra...
  • Commented on Excuses
    And as far as I am aware, quite a small number of people are responsible for quite a lot of crime If that were true, why do we not live in land when property crime and offences against the person...
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