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  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    On systems without batteries, turning off the power at the mains will crash the system, which is reasonably safe for Linux but not so safe for Microsoft. Anecdotal but my own experience with a Win10 box I built and...
  • Commented on Omicron
    There are a lot of mundane expenses for operating a military and this was the building where most of that activity in North & South Carolina (and maybe parts of Tennessee & Georgia) was conducted at the time. It was...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    ITER is intended to have a Q factor of 10, that is it will produce ten times the amount of heat energy it uses to create and sustain its plasma if it works to its design criteria. In addition the...
  • Commented on Omicron
    Assuming the not inevitable but not implausible worst, SARS-COV-2 gets established in the deer population, does its mutation thing, and now and then sends some excitingly new variant over to the human population via hunting. Yes, I was thinking something...
  • Commented on Omicron
    Year in and year out, the whitetail deer reigns as America’s No. 1 big-game animal, with an annual harvest of roughly 6 million animals. The cervid population of North America, including whitetail deer, is under pressure from Chronic Wasting Disease,...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    We won't make any jokes about seamen servicing the cockpits of fighters as part of their normal mission either. Well, someone has to polish the pilot's joystick....
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    In the US "tits" refers to the female anatomy 99.999999% of the time. That's because the US has cockchafers rather than tits like we have in Britain. Of course "cockchafer" could be considered sexist even if it wasn't a reference...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    What about cock-up? Is that sexist? Balls-out has an engineering explanation which I have always considered a retroactive bowdlerisation of the original expression but who knows (see also, "tinker's damn"). Now bust-up, hmmmm......
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    My understanding is that the word tits is derived from teats (when not referring to birds of the genus Paridae) and when I last looked, men had nipples aka teats just like women, mostly. Breasts are another matter, anatomically speaking...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    Meanwhile, an SR-71 costs the equivalent of $250 million in today's money. Operating an SR-71 is another matter. It used specially formulated fuel[1] that, according to one source I read, cost as much per litre as malt whisky. The fuel...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    Back in the day there was serious money to be made if a bank or financial institution could get paper documents from the City at end-of-business to Wall Street before the exchanges and trading floors closed in New York. Cue...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    The B-52 is dead meat against any sort of modern air defence (AD) network. It's fine if the US wants to blow up a lot of natives with pointed sticks in grass huts but without an AD being degraded by...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    The Mach Loop is not the only plane-spotter camping spot in the UK, there are some other places where planes sometimes fly low and twisty -- Derwentwater is one of them IIRC, and Lake Windermere up in the Lake District....
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    The SR-71 didn't have a great range at high speed -- I believe the Blue Riband run needed a second refuelling operation in mid-Atlantic and another refuelling operation after breaking the "gate" over the coast of Ireland before it landed...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    But the BEST SR-71 Blackbird story of all time Was the Blue Riband run, US east coast to Ireland with the record-setting SR-71[1] landing in the UK. The RAF welcomes our American friends any time they want to drop by...
  • Commented on Omicron
    There are also certainly a lot of those "progressive" people who aren't strictly against vaccines, but they are just against Russian vaccines in particular. If you're referring to Sputnik V, that is/was a two-dose vaccination using two different existing coronavirus...
  • Commented on Omicron
    The webpage does say it's not been updated since June 2020 so I wouldn't bother with it. AFAIK UKRI is a three-letter-agency of the UK government although it may have been reorganised out of existence recently hence the lack of...
  • Commented on Omicron
    I also think there is potentially a danger in assuming the Covid virus will behave the same as the Flu virus and turn into a relatively tame thing with time. This needs to be understood by many who are wishfully...
  • Commented on Omicron
    The UK led the field in ordering COVID-19 vaccines even before they were fully tested and ready for production. These pre-orders and early deliveries meant we had a surplus of AstraZeneca vaccine doses in stock after the summer of 2021...
  • Commented on Omicron
    const int one = 65536; (Silvermoon, Texture.cs) That assumes the const int is an unsigned 16-bit integer. It may be valid in some compiler instances which permit const declarations to exceed the maximum numerical range of the type, it may...
  • Commented on Omicron
    I've been untangling the wilder parts of his wheel-reinvention for five years now... Ah, job security....
  • Commented on Omicron
    unless it was a ton of moves. Oddly enough, the worst program I ever wrote was 250,000 move instructions, all the same. Context -- I had a 68000-based computer (Atari 520ST), I wanted to grab some 16-bit data as fast...
  • Commented on Omicron
    Nope, the AstraZeneca vaccine is a modified chimpanzee adenovirus (i.e. the sort that causes common colds). The outer surface of the virus was genetically modified to make the spike proteins there look like COVID-19 spike proteins which the body's immune...
  • Commented on Omicron
    Possibly the problem is that C is a verbose form of Assembler that has mutated horribly rather than a structured computer language with well-defined abstractions? The assorted bits and bobs glued onto the original lean mean K&R version of C...
  • Commented on Omicron
    The SNP might, just might, agree a confidence-and-supply deal with Labour but they wouldn't join a UK Government coalition as junior partners since their focus is on Scotland. Such a deal would come with the absolute requirement for IndyRef2 though....
  • Commented on Omicron
    The Englandshire Tory voters determine who gets into Number 10 since they are the clear majority of voters in the UK. Note that I said "voters", not supporters. Once one gets to a Certain Age, married and with children that...
  • Commented on Omicron
    There aren't a lot of "left" Tory voters, the last General Election proved that if it really needed proving. There are some folks who are occasionally embarrassed at what the Tories they elect do when in power and some of...
  • Commented on Omicron
    The Lib Dems are who temporarily-embarrassed Tories vote for, once. If the Lib Dems, famously Coalition supporters of the Cameron government and enablers of Brexit even looked like they would consider supporting Labour in any way, their total vote and...
  • Commented on Omicron
    Which in turn means lots of folks who haven't been around long enough to have been through a fire or tornado drill. Or even to know where the toilet block is located. I worked as a contractor at an...
  • Commented on Omicron
    You've started reading the Seagull's postings again, they have you on their hook again and they are taking pleasure from your reaction again. I recommend you stop paying attention completely but it's your choice. You may also, like I do,...
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