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  • 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...
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    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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    (Someone had to)...
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    probably a mute point. Or a moot one even... (Someone had to)...
  • Commented on Excuses
    Every car comes with a short-cut button for watching Top Gear repeats on Dave?...
  • Commented on Excuses
    It appears the limit is actually set to 150km/h but variously shows as between 91 and 93mph in vehicles using imperial speedos....
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    Thanks for the recommendation of Oddjobs you made elsewhere. Two more of their works also purchased and Oddjobs 2 will be in the next physical batch I get....
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    Also RTG power output is a few hundred watts at most, an ion drive wants kilowatts....
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    Expected propellant mass for the spaceship is 1100 tons for a full load, payload to LEO is 150 tons so 7 tanker trips needed to top off the ship in orbit....
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    Vague memories of my grandfathers Players Navy Cut packets, the back just had the sailor logo in colour, but scribblings usually involved opening the empty pack out flat and using the inside....
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    The spaceship has small tanks inside the main tanks for storing the descent propellants. That also isolates them from the outer walls and makes it easier to keep both the oxygen and methane cold....
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    Apollo had some problems with hydrazine, Apollo 15 landed on two parachutes instead of the normal three because the venting of the excess before landing dissolved some of the lines, and another crew landed up breathing some when the air...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    On board cameras transmitting to the ground stations under the track. Usually one at the top of the interstage looking down, one inside the interstage looking up, one either side of the second stage engine each looking diagonally across and...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    whatever fuel is used, it can only be that one fuel type. Is this a fixed constraint based on experience or... The more things that need to be loaded onto a launcher at the pad, the more complicated the ground...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    Getting in the mainstream. The first 15 minues of Newsnight tonight was on Elon Musks presentation....
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    The F-1B was being considered for the side boosters as a replacement for the SRBs, the core stage was always going to be hydrogen burning shuttle derived engines and tankage. One of the apparent reasons for the changing capabilities of...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    You also want to spend as little time as possible in the van Allen belts, ion drive craft tend to spend quite a lot of orbits spiralling through them....
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    The circumlunar flight is being paid for by the two as yet unidentified but well-off passengers, Congress don't get to have a say in funding. Also for 16: NASA man rating only applies to NASA flights, for a privately funded...
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