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  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    The US tried that with Saddam Hussein for several years before they went with the trillion-dollar alternative, missiling various places Saddam was thought to be visiting. It didn't work but it racked up the "innocent bystander" bodycount a chunk....
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    703 - Can't comment, because I ignore YouTube political commentary regardless of source. Perun's analyses are non-political although he is clearly on the Ukrainian side of things. Some of his stuff is logistical, a lot of it is macroeconomic and,...
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    Regarding the initial attack by Russian forces on Kyiv: thought that coulda been a feint myself Perun disassembles that myth in one of his PowerPoint presentations -- the Russians burned their way through much of their best-quality military assets in...
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    Remember that Russia still has Ilyushin and other civil aircraft builders plus their supply chains, mostly internal so keeping a few hundred airliners operational even with knock-off parts and refurbs for the non-Russian models isn't really an issue for them....
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    There's a PowerPoint Cowboy commentator on Youtube by the name of Perun who has been doing a series of presentations about the Ukraine conflict, mostly from the logistics and economic side of things. This is GOOD PowerPoint, a rainbow-shitting unicorn...
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    The UK doesn't require citizenship for some long-term residents to vote in various elections up to MPs for Parliament. I think it's different in the US....
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    Labour Party voters freely chose Jeremy Corbyn twice to lead the Party by significant margins. The Nice people decided that Labour Party voters shouldn't choose the Party leader any more, they should shut up and do as they're told by...
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    The unions and elected MPs had a say but the vote to choose the Labour Party leader was also opened up to members of the Labour Party. The individual membership fee was quite low at the time, as I recall...
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    The Labour Party tried a "primary" system for a while to elect the Party leader. Unfortunately for the apparatchiks the lumpen proletariat voters kept on choosing the wrong popular candidate (Jeremy Corbyn) and eventually they had to go back to...
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    the default Shutdown action is the quickest possible, a 'hybrid' Shutdown, which does NOT purge memory, but allows a quicker startup later, by snapshotting the system and writing that snapshot to disc. As far as I know that's called "Hibernate"...
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    We had a power outage last night. Someone plowed through a mini-park and decapitated a power pole. I have everything on UPS batteries, so I had time to shut down, but it's not readily apparent how you do that with...
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    I do take issue with people who claim that the scientific method originated in Europe. Around the turn of the millenium, during Europe's Dark Ages, Ibn al-Haytham elucidated it quite clearly in a book which (in translation) became very popular...
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    There's also no recorded evidence that anyone in classical times built a computer, yet we have an example. Yes, but Stonehenge does stand out a bit. Figuring out what it was computing was a bit of a struggle and of...
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    Dense objects that vary in weight still fall at similar speeds even with air resistance -- small granite rocks versus large granite rocks, for example or different sizes of lead balls. There is no recorded evidence that anyone in classical...
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    There was a lot of observation of the world around us and the heavens above in places like classical Greece, Babylonia etc. which have the hallmarks of science, recording information and measuring things. What there wasn't was a coherent and...
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    I have seen a crow attack and kill a baby rabbit, presumably to eat it. I don't know if a crow is capable of catching and killing a full-grown rabbit. A mob of crows might manage the task. Virtually all...
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    Beryllium copper alloys with up to 5% Be are used in high-performance internal-combustion engines as valve seats and they are usually machined before and after fitting. Their big advantage is that the BeCu alloy expands more than the aluminium cylinder...
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    Speaking of phosphorus, that's probably where Niven should have gone, or possibly lithium, if he wanted to really mess with both technology and biology. I vaguely recall a story, it may have been by Asimov, where a group of stellar...
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    Humans have demonstrably varied in intelligence for the last 100k years: human brains are substantially smaller now than they were with Cro-Magnon and Neanderthals. Brain size does not explicitly correlate with intelligence, depending on how you define that term. Whales...
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    There was a big push, including Government grants, in the UK around the 1980s to improve ventilation in indoor shooting ranges to reduce lead levels in the air. The ranges I frequented were upgraded -- one shooting range in the...
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    There are, like nearly every other subject under the Sun, multiple posters on Youtube who taste-test various MRE offerings from all sorts of militaries. Some of the military ration packs are decades out of date, going back as far as...
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    Oh sure, but the in-group vs. out-group is usually a highly visible marker in religion. I'm sure there are religions that don't do this, Wicca is one example (I think), another is Shinto but the Big Three Abrahamic religions of...
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    One identifiable sign of a religion is the in-group and out-group -- saints are like Us, the in-group and sinners are Them, the out-group. It's telling that the Christian-derived word for expelling a member of a congregation is excommunication, the...
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    Totally divergent, past comment 300 but has anyone noticed what the Chinese are attempting to achieve in space these days? A Hubble-equivalent space observatory, the Xuntian, planned for launch in 2023, with a 2 metre mirror and modern 21st century...
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    Japan has these wonderful origami pre-filled coffee filters that unfold and sit on the rim of a cup or mug before the user pours near-boiling water over them from a kettle to brew a single fresh cup of coffee. I...
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    There is no "fair market price", there is the price your monopoly supplier of electricity says you must pay or no power, in the case of a generation system far away and thousands of kilometres of HVDC lines connecting you...
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    Local disruptions to grid connections can be fixed locally by armies of engineers repairing the switches and cables in a day or two, a week at most. When Johnny Foreigner flicks some switches and cuts us off from OUR cheap...
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    Oil-based fires, indeed nearly all carbon-fuel fires (absent explosives and solid-fuel rocket mixes) can be put out by depriving them of oxygen and cooling the as-yet unburnt parts so they don't light off in turn. Electric battery fires are self-sustaining,...
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    Insert my usual "Biggest Battery Breakthrough Since Breakfast" tagline here. At least the NPR tease didn't mention carbon nanotubes or graphene. Sigh. It's not the batteries, it's not the nuclear, it's not the wind and solar and wood-pellets and hamsters...
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    How much dataplate wind generating capacity is needed for 95% supply of the MAXIMUM demand for energy, with electricity replacing heating, transport and other fossil fuel energy demands? For Scotland alone I put that demand in mid-winter at about 35GW,...
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