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Nojay

  • Commented on Upcoming events
    I presume Western agencies will have sampling aircraft sniffing around the vicinity looking for traces of whatever went boink! Short-lived fission products like I131 would indicate fission i.e. either a reactor leaked or a weapon exploded. Longer-lived radioactive materials, possibly...
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    The difference between U235 and U238 allows an engineering solution (centrifuges, gaseous diffusion etc.) to separate the two long-lived and hence naturally-occurring isotopes of uranium. Pu238 is synthesised via neutron bombardment of Neptunium-237 so it can be extracted from its...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    Oh, I know there are assorted rocket and jet cars out there[0] but they tend to use existing professionally engineered motors that were surplused or acquired by various means. This nutter built his own jet engine using an Auxiliary Power...
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    Am241 separated from spent reactor fuel, irradiated with neutrons, and Am242 separated The technology to do that doesn't exist -- if the Russians did have a process capable of isolating chemically similar isotopes with only a single integer difference in...
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    I've seen credible pictures of home-made JATO bottles used on a home-made jet-powered bike (as in the jet engine was home-made too). The Australian creator hoped to get up to 200mph with it but didn't succeed. He did survive though,...
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    the MZ TS125 gearbox, which uses bog standard ball bearings in dead common sizes for three of the shaft ends, but on the fourth end, where there isn't enough room for the outer diameter of a ball bearing, it has...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    What about all the unelected bureaucrats, the millions of them infesting Brussels dictating to British people what they can eat, what they can do, what laws they must obey? The many minds know this to be true and take it...
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    The Euro achieving parity with the Pound sterling would, to many minds, simply indicate the Euro is dangerously overvalued and about to collapse taking the entire bloated and undemocratic EU with it, just you wait. Of course those many minds...
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    the difficulties of manpacking serious load across a fairly hostile environment. I’m talking about the midges The putative terrorists/SF could easily exhaust their supplies of heavy mortar ammunition on the midges before they got to their intended target....
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    21 bombs, IIRC... 21 500lb dumb freefall bombs. The pattern was deliberately stitched across the runway to raise the chances of one of the bombs hitting tarmac rather than attempting to get multiple hits along the length of the runway...
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    No, B-52s did fly from bases in Missouri to Iraq and back to drop bombs there during the 2003 temper-tantrum. The airbase in Diego Garcia, still part of the British Empire because the US finds it useful, is quite limited...
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    Aircraft that go low and slow get shot down. The A-10 is basically a pilot-killer in contested areas if it does actually fly low and slow, assuming it can actually get to a firezone in time to be of any...
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    Oddly enough the A-400M is itself a tanker of sorts -- it is outfitted with the basic plumbing from the fuselage along the wings and it can be fitted with underwing drogue hose reel units and fuel bladders to operate...
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    Who is going to protect that airbase in Qatar from attack by "irregular" forces? The biggest loss of aircraft during the current Great Afghanistan Adventure was back in 2012 when the Taliban broke through the fences at a joint-forces airbase...
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    The British V-class boats are wearing out rapidly -- unlike the ex-Soviet boomers they've spent their time in a tick-tock one-boat-on-station cycle for the past twenty-five years or so while most of the Russian SSBN fleet has spent a lot...
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    Actually, the Russian submarine fleet is, like their surface fleet and Naval Aviation, in a precarious condition thanks to underinvestment, incompetence and (again!) staffing and manning levels. The Kursk accident was a hull loss but there are rumours of other...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    "Something like the Japanese Hyūga-class helicopter destroyers" The Hyugas are being replaced by the Izumo class helicopter carriers. They're 22,000 tonnes and Panamax, about the same size and displacement as the IJN's wartime fleet carriers like the Kaga. They can...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    Something else I forgot about smaller littoral ships is basing -- if they are forward-deployed to, say, the Gulf then they need a port locally they can go to refuel and resupply regularly since they're short-legged with little fuel capacity,...
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    The problem with a lot of little ships is that they need crews, enough warm bodies to work the ship and enough extra to take losses in combat, repair battle damage and keep the ship fighting. Ten littoral ships with...
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    Speaking as an armchair dilettante rather than someone who's seen the invoices and the CIA reports of what the Iranians have on hand, any Moskits they have would be kept back for the real targets, an American CVBG which would...
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    Iran will have very few Moskit missiles and launchers. They're very big and very expensive, intended to mission-kill CVNs if not sink them outright. Silkworm, Exocet and missiles in that class are another matter and they will deal with destroyers...
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    The solution people are working on is to do manufacturing to order - I had this idea years ago, and appears it occurred to me because it was, as they say, steam engine time, because now there are now at...
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    Weller still make and supply tips today for soldering irons they sold back in the 1970s, the classic Magnastat W series. They're not cheap but they're very high quality tips and they last a long time, months or years of...
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    Remember that country origin TLDs aren't necessarily FROM those nations. One of the waste treatment companies I see on work sites around Edinburgh has toilet-pumping tankers bearing the company's website address, wemovesh.it. The tanker company is based in Glasgow, not...
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    There was no front brake either. It was a track bike without brakes at all....
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    This was a velodrome track bike, super-trick and sexy and stuff but not suitable for road use. The dick in question used on the road anyway because he was a dick. I suspect spandex poisoning was a contributory factor, also...
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    I, for one, can't stand flashing lights on bikes. There's a Tragedy of the Commons effect -- one biker with a flashing LED rear light attracts the attention of others, including car drivers and is safer than a steady...
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    Likewise the bike lights I had that I bought a ~$10 programmer for, Oh dear, they saw you coming, didn't they? I'm sure there's a rational reason why bicycle lights need enough smarts to be programmable in the first place...
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    This weekend in Edinburgh there's a Jazz Festival event down in the Grassmarket near the Castle and on Sunday there's a Carnival parade in Princes Street in the early afternoon....
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    "Cunt" is a common part of the vernacular from where I come from to the point where its been verbed and adverbed -- "This cunting fucker's fucking cunted", for example. "Fuck" is so common it's unremarkable. It's not gender-specific either,...
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