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  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    Can't summon Nyarly directly because he hangs out several universes away, but release the Sleeper who is just next door extra-dimensionally speaking and it's much easier to get Nyarly to pop round for a visit while he's confronting his ancient...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Rough estimates reckon about 18,000 tonnes have been launched into orbit and ESA think about 8,800 tonnes remain. A fair bit of that mass is up at geostationary orbit and a decent percentage of aging payloads up there make it...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    B is not really viable, whatever method you use needs to be able to selectively deal with debris and not just clear out an entire orbit. People will tend to get a bit upset if you collect their brand new...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Well Sylveste(r) McCoy was a regular......
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Overnight it expanded to... They're piling skulls at Buckingham Palace Christopher Robins is there with Alice Alice was bothering one of the guards A Headsmans job is terribly hard Said Alice ...18 for violence?...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    You're going to do A. A. Milne, aren't you Oh thank you so much, now my brain is trying to fill in such gems as... Tzompantli tzompantli tzompantli high A die can't minion, but a minion can die Balk me...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    head decorations, and the only ones that even tried this arrangement are narwhals and some rhinos Scratch the Narwhal from that. Its pointy bit is a tusk, usually the upper left canine, and not a horn....
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    30 ballot papers bound as a booklet? Perforated or slice off the spine when submitted, tellers deal each page into the appropriate tray, count. I'm surprised there aren't separate papers for federal, state and local at the very least....
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    For my engineering degree we also did first year physics (and maths). One of the lab techs in the physics department did a mid afternoon tea and snacks shop. One of the experiments in the lab involved a trough (something...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Used to be you had to have the surveyors locate your firing point so you could input that into the computation Hence the mapping agency in the UK being the Ordnance Survey....
  • Commented on Dead plots
    "Tank Marmot" is the accepted version used elsewhere......
  • Commented on Dead plots
    When I were a lad if you damaged yourself sufficiently to need an x-ray and overnight admission it was recommended that you do so on a particular day of the week. The hospitals took turns running casualty and if you'd...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    These days I just don't answer the landline unless it's the evening of my birthday in which case it's my mum calling. Back when I would occasionally interact with the various "Hello, we are calling from Microsoft" spammers my second...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    Got a pointer at that tariff structure? The main difference is that mobiles are non-geographic so it's completely caller pays. Here's the ofcom guide to the structure, exact rates vary between providers and spammers may be able to get discount...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    This one is 2m across, Chelyabinsk was about 20m, the Meteor Crater impactor is thought to have been about 50m across originally but probably lost about half its mass on the way down so around 40m when it went boom...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    It's a whole 2m across so unlikely to survive the atmosphere as more than a sprinkle of dust, we can hope though......
  • Commented on No comment necessary
    Twirlip was in a book? I remember interacting with it on usenet back in the day. How did it get into a book? Sandor at the Zoo didn't have a problem moving from Usenet to the book......
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    Microwriter. Two buttons for the thumb rather than a multiway. A bit big and clunky, and right hand use only. I did wonder of it would be possible to fit a mouse ball and mechanism (it was a long time...
  • Commented on No comment necessary
    'Covidiots' seems to be the accepted term......
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    Baronet Oswald Ernald Mosley...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    so perhaps a K1+ civilization could build one. Sort of a baby Nicoll-Dyson laser. Need a K2 for a grown up one....
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    That's the idea behind using laser propulsion, but in the paper he's got a 26TW launch array based in the solar system, and also has a 1TW array on the ship for slowing down. Dropping part of the sail usually...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    Ummm... Using onboard lasers as a photon drive may be acceptable if you've read too much Larry Niven and expect to meet the Kzinti at the far end, it also helps if you've read David Brin and so have managed...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    Along vaguely similar lines, the Falcon 9 first stage that helped put the first crewed Dragon 2 in orbit at the end of May has just sent a Korean military satellite on its way to geostationary orbit....
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    This seems to surface every few years. Last time it was all about using what little atmosphere there was at altitude as the reaction mass and some kind of electric field to generate the thrust from it. Same sort of...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    So he'll be the next one to find out he has resigned from a tweet about his replacement.......
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    I would not classify France as a country "unwilling to elect a female head of state" that is very far from my impression of the place. UK have done it twice already,/i Being pedantic (I seem to be having that...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    purple is what our brain sees when our eyes are stimulated by equal amounts of red & blue light Not exactly. The red receptors in the eye have a second lower peak response that overlaps the high end of the...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    My longest single day walk was the Dartmoor North-South, Okehampton battle camp to Ivybridge School. 40km or thereabouts. Hardest one I can remember was Boscastle to Tintagel (or possibly T to B) along the Coastal Path which is only 4...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    Liberia is the third one....
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