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  • Commented on A message from our sponsors: New Book coming!
    Regarding darts, I think there was a cavalry throwing-weapon in middle-Eastern armies that was more compact than the Roman version. Tod Cutler of Tod's Workshop makes YouTube videos on recreating old weapons, including things like Roman plumbata. His testing of...
  • Commented on A message from our sponsors: New Book coming!
    The survival/RPG computer game "Escape from Tarkov" monitors the player's water consumption and downgrades their effectiveness appropriately in-game. The Viva La Dirt League Youtube channel has a series of shorts about Tarkov, this one is particularly good: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZhYKuk3ol0...
  • Commented on A message from our sponsors: New Book coming!
    Food poisoning. Boiling vegetables into mush will reliably kill a pot of bacteria that a minute or two of simmering for that crunchy al dente mouth experience won't. We're spoiled today (no pun intended) with fresh-from-the-field veggies in a hygenic...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    Thinking about it, perhaps the perfect asteroid to set up a mining operation on would be Mars. There's enough gravity to hold things in place while digging stuff out, it's not a slushy gravel pile and there's water ice and...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    Vacuum electromelting scrap iron and steel produces very good quality steel if you can tap off and analyse the melt during the burn to correct for wildly varying compositions -- pro tip, if you want a weapons-grade steel don't start...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    But even if all the US does is stop supplying nuclear weapons to the UK Again, all the sparkly bits in the UK's independent nuclear deterrent are home-rolled. There's a somewhat confusing rent-share agreement for the Trident D5 missiles that...
  • Commented on Worldcon in the news
    That's the problem with making funnies about something like this, stupid people think it's true....
  • Commented on Worldcon in the news
    From Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the Constitutional Peasants scene: ARTHUR: How do you do, good lady? I am Arthur, King of the Britons. Who's castle is that? WOMAN: King of the who? ARTHUR: The Britons. WOMAN: Who are...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    Tamagahane steel produced by Japanese metalworkers for swords and the like is created by smelting poor-quality iron ore in an artisanal furnace and then, after everything has cooled down, going through the lumps of slag and metal by hand and...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    As far as I can make out the Polaris Dawn flights are going to test new EVA suits, not carry out actual operational spacewalks. A typical spacewalk based out of the ISS or on previous Shuttle flights were five or...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    You can easily get the bends going for a spacewalk if you don’t pre-breathe something that gets the nitrogen out of your system before you go to the low pressure, pure oxygen system they use in space suits to make...
  • Commented on Worldcon in the news
    Let's boil it down to one sentence: If WIP has no power over an individual Worldcon, it is unable to protect its trademarks, which could then cause those trademarks to lose any value they have. This is true. The WIP...
  • Commented on Worldcon in the news
    You are assigning vast apparent powers to the WSFS Mark Protection Committee (MPC) and even more to the WIP holding company which is, I think, an American entity and not something anyone in, say, Azerbaijan would recognise legally or even...
  • Commented on Worldcon in the news
    one of the criticisms of the Marks Committee is fundamentally anti-democratic. The Marks Committee may not overrule the site selection voters. Ummm, I don't get it. The Mark Protection Committee (the "Marks"?) has buggerall to do with bidding for, winning...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    The M113 is/was a battle taxi, an Armoured Personnel Carrier intended to deliver a squad plus support weapons to their intended drop-off point and then leave before it attracted the attention of The Other Side. It might have a light...
  • Commented on Worldcon in the news
    The Campbell/Astounding Award and the Lodestar Award are presented alongside the Hugos and, IIRC, voted on using the same qualifications as Hugo voters (WSFS membership). There have been other awards handed out at the Hugo ceremonies in the past although...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    In Operation Behemoth-2 in 1991, the Russian Delta IV-class submarine K-407 Novomoskovsk salvo-launched all 16 of its missiles in just 224 seconds, with a 13 second interval between missiles. There's video on YouTube of a modern Borei-class SSBN volley-firing four...
  • Commented on Worldcon in the news
    There's a big gaming convention held at the National Exhibiion Centre in Birmingham every Easter. The hotel we use sometimes for an Eastercon is on the same site. There are shops and the like over in the Centre and visiting...
  • Commented on Worldcon in the news
    If a corporation runs a con that loses money or gets sued, only the corporation's assets are vulnerable to bankruptcy or liability. If it's individual people, all their personal assets are vulnerable. Also, if a corporation runs the con, it...
  • Commented on Worldcon in the news
    AFAIK the Mark Protection Committee is just that, they're not lawyers. Mostly they observe and note the possible use of "Worldcon" by other organisations and send letters and notifications before lawyers get involved. If they have to engage legal help...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    Nukes are an existential weapons, possessing them is a defence against extinction. For that reason they are the crown jewels of any nuclear nation and treated thusly. I was, as I have said before, a very minor cog in the...
  • Commented on Worldcon in the news
    As it stands it seems like there's nothing to stop someone from just declaring that a hypothetical AvignCon is the real WorldCon other than popularity. "WorldCon" is a registered trademark and the Trademark Protection Committee is about the only...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    Along the same lines: You can make a gun-type device with Pu, even Pu240, you're just not going to get a very high yield because you cannot control the exact moment the chain-reaction starts. A gun-type plutonium bomb with multiple...
  • Commented on The coming storm
    Biologically speaking uranium exposure involves one of the oxide forms (UO2 or U3O8) since metallic uranium in air rapidly converts to an oxide, much like most metals. The evidence is that uranium oxide isn't easily absorbed by body tissues from...
  • Commented on The coming storm
    Plutonium -- we'll assume Pu-239 for the purposes of this discussion -- is rare as hen's teeth and even in a full and frank exchange of Buckets of Instant Sunshine only about twenty or thirty tonnes of the Spicy Glowy...
  • Commented on The coming storm
    Regarding Iranian expats, the first tranche that appeared in American politics were ex-Shah regime chancers after the Revolution who were all "let's you and him fight, we'll hold your coat" in various press op-ed pieces and some neocon think tanks....
  • Commented on The coming storm
    It will take more high-grade energy (electricity, basically) to extract and capture atmospheric CO2 than the energy produced by originally combusting fossil carbon in atmosphere. Them's the thermodynamic breaks. Step 0: stop extracting and combusting fossil carbon in the atmosphere....
  • Commented on The coming storm
    In the real world, the collected figures for 2023 suggest the planet extracted and burned 1% more fossil fuel in total than it did in 2022. The Mauna Loa CO2 observatory reports that the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere...
  • Commented on The coming storm
    Both China and India are playing catchup, increasing their total generating capacity to meet increased electricity demand. They're building hydro dams, coal-fired power stations, solar arrays, wind turbines etc. to provide more civilisation-by-wire to their populatio rather than replacing fossil...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Season of Skulls
    A common squaddie workaround for a bottle opener in battlefield extremis are the lips on a rifle magazine. Despite their cheap stamped appearance those lips are carefully shaped to feed ammo into the rifle's chamber and bending them by using...
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