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    The CHAIN HOME stations were only the front-end to the air defence director operations that used the valuable data the radars provided to conserve fighter efforts and avoid expending them in dealing with diversionary attacks. The Germans didn't have any...
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    Re: the Beirut explosion. Yes, 2700 tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored in barely-adequate conditions for at least seven years (it was supposedly unloaded from a cargo ship in 2013 after it was arrested for being unseaworthy and its owners were...
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    You'll be lucky if anything like that is in stock. You'd be better off with something like this: https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?k=plague+doctor+mask Cheaper too, and more to the point (so to speak)....
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    Actually it's the Berniebros. Having failed to hijack the Democratic Party's Presidential nomination for their Independent-forever Lord and Saviour are now trying to sink the foul usurper's chances of getting elected by splattering dirt over all possible vice-Presidential candidates he...
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    All sorts of snake-oil gets reported by the press. Sometimes the retractions get printed too when it turns out it was a badly-carried-out trial based on a couple of dozen carefully-selected random cases and the data was tortured until it...
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    I think drive-by poster "TJ" was a spammer or, being kind, a mission poster with IMPORTANT and SIGNIFICANT INFORMATION to pass on to us. It's snake-oil season out there, everything from pieces of the True Cross to Himalayan salt is...
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    Pu-238 hits a sweet spot for RTGs -- it's got a half-life of about 84 years which means it produces quite a lot of heat energy per second but it will continue to produce significant amounts of heat, decreasing in...
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    Either introduce me to a single berniebot, Nina Turner, co-chair of the Sanders 2020 campaign said recently, of the choice between Trump and Biden, “It’s like saying to somebody, ‘You have a bowl of shit in front of you, and...
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    But the number of people that prefer ideological purity over practical progress is always worrying. This impression I get is that they are a very small and very vocal minority, their perceived (self-)importance magnified by the fucking Internet and the...
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    Some people are less than happy about the potential candidates : https://levniyilmaz.tumblr.com/image/178858888734...
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    I'm in the process of building a programmable button array to automate some common operations for graphics, editing and the like. This will be the Mk 3, the first version used footswitches, the second was a hacked-up keyboard. I'm now...
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    Two mistakes, Greg. You read the Seagull's emissions and you posted about the Seagull's emissions. You are now squarely in their sights because they know you will react to them, so expect more prodding and poking over the next few...
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    Planets are a concentrated lump of really useful stuff just begging to get hit by a series of lithosphere-skimming impactors which will move the useful stuff up out of that wasteful gravity well to somewhere they can be readily harvested...
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    For folks in the UK who are interested in volunteering for COVID-19 vaccine trials... https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/research/coronavirus-vaccine-research/...
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    UK Transit: the standard vehicle for trades and delivery runs too small to warrant an HGV license -- holds a couple of tons of cargo or gear, Officially the biggest models of Transit have a gross payload of about...
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    The colonisers need "dirty" comets, they're looking for carbonates, minerals, perhaps uranium for power if pocket fusion of ice-derived deuterium isn't possible. The dusty comets are going the be the most attractive targets for colonisation, ice for reaction mass they...
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    The universe is still quite young, about 14.5 billion years or so. We're the product of two sequential supernova events which produced the higher atomic-number elements we can't really do without so that uses up several billion years after star...
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    Real interstellar ships will travel even slower than 0.01c. They'll stop on the way out into the Big Dark to colonise and harvest Oort Cloud comets, stay for a generation or three and then move on to the next promising...
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    First thing I do if I have to use a Mac is plug in my own two-button scroll mouse. These were loaner Mac laptops, to let me check my email and that sort of thing with no mouse to hand....
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    Have you ever seen an uglier-looking window manager? Most Ubuntu variants I've ever seen are pretty damn ugly -- whoever thought that using "turd" as the dominant screen colour choice was a good idea? Then again I've spent more than...
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    https://1secondpainting.com It's a web-based AI trained up on abstract paintings. I've seen worse hanging on the walls of hotels and conference centres....
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    One of Colin Kapp's Unorthodox Engineers stories was based on a planet with, ahem, "variable" gravity. They eventually figured out there was a microscopic black hole orbiting around its core deep underground....
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    Older diesel-engined vehicles put out a lot more pollution than more modern ones, even those made in the early 2000s. Getting the "rolling-coal" antiques off city roads as a priority is good for everyone's health. There's been a series of...
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    I didn't say that helium derived from atmospheric distillation wouldn't be more expensive than it is today, I was just pointing out that it wasn't going to go away completely as some Chicken Little types are saying. In fact since...
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    Helium is not rare, it's a more common constituent in the atmosphere than xenon. Cheap helium is being produced in quantity as a byproduct of other people's natural gas industries (like the Russians and Qataris). Helium production is no longer...
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    It's not unknown for boats at sea to meet up and exchange, ahem, cargo well out of sight of land. The folks in Cornwall and Devon used to be famous for it, they even gave us the name of a...
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    The first forensic reports from the white-hat and grey-hat community say that a darkWeb site was recently offering access to blue-check Twitter accounts for $250 a pop, discounts for quantity, money back if they didn't work. They showed screengrabs of...
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    One "swiss cheese hole" aspect of this Twitter hack is that the hackers were wanting to be paid in Bitcoin -- it's difficult to trace the recipients and just about impossible to stop or reverse the transfers. The hack was...
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    So, on the assumption that even the people on this forum like to eat, I don't think Scotland (or any of the other places like Ontario) can be called "stupid" for allowing the annual arrival of migrant workers to work...
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    To save you a click: In Arizona three teachers doing summer classes shared the same classroom while linking to remote classes. They took exceptional precautions, knowing one had a compromised immune system. All three caught Covid 19 and one has...
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