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  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    And on a related note virtually all 3G cell service will be shutting down in the US early next year. Cell companies are texting, emailing, stuffing notes in postal mail bills, etc... and still there's a large group of users...
  • Commented on Empire Games (and Merchant Princes): the inevitable spoiler thread!
    What would the Wild West have looked like with mobile phone service and weather forecasting and army outposts with helicopter transport? Quite different, I suspect ... "Custer's Last Jump" by Andrew J. Offutt -- alt-hist with paratroops from the 7th...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    I used to visit Atlanta to stay with friends about twenty years ago. They lived out in Cherokee County, the husband worked at Georgia Tech campus and later on at TNT in the city centre. It was about an hour's...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    My initial read of the project as described is... meh. It's based on a 'proven gas-cooled reactor' technology, then the article mentions TRISO fuel so it looks like it's based on the current Chinese HTR-series reactors which have ten years...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    My desktop box is about 40cm from my fingers as I type this, I have admin rights on it and I can do pretty much anything to its settings and screw it up royally if I so choose. Most of...
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    Resetting the time on a remote system is a security risk since so many sub-processes depend on whatever time data the system returns when requested. You wouldn't permit non-admins to change file permissions or the IP address of a network...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    And instead of putting in a couple of 240v/40 or 50amp outlets for the plug in car needs that will be there day one or soon for an extra $400 to $500 the new owner will get to spend $2K...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    Talking to young programmers today — they still don't realize that. No-one is working to deal with the looming Y10K problem that lies ahead. Who the everliving f*ck thought only four year digits was a good idea?...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    The issue is that 20-year-olds don't behave like 40-year-olds -- parties every weekend, drinking and loud music and staying out till three in the morning is great when you're young but when you've got kids and a settled way of...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    Labour's 'Red Wall' in the north of England disintegrated because the 40-year olds with a family and a mortgage voted for the party that promised to maintain property prices and keep Those People from moving in next door. It's the...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    Don Quixote tilted at windmills, does that make wind an energy solution for the 1650s? As a "1950s" technology nuclear power is actually providing significant amounts of deliverable energy today despite the strange fear and unreasoning hatred of it --...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    There are engineering advantages to direct-drive systems in most motorised mechanisms like wind turbines, robots and the like. The pluses and minuses for a given application are another matter but I can certainly see why washing-machine manufacturers might have gone...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    Remember though that China has a population of about 1400 million people. They burn about 2.3 tonnes of coal annually per capita. The US burns about the same amount of of coal per capita annually. I think Australia burns about...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    For washing machines to be feasible you need both electricity and running water, and preferably sewage disposal too. Buckets of water from the local streams or standpipes will allow a bodged washing machine to work fine and sewage, washing machine...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    That picture doesn't show a shanty town, sheds made from scrap wood and plastic sheets on waste ground, unstable hillsides and landfill dumps. The Manila street in your picture shows brick and stone buildings, two stories tall with running drinkable...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    Energy is a differentiator, people with ready access to energy don't live in slums. Poor people without ready access to energy live in slums. Lack of energy is poverty, basically. If there's oil and gas and coal available then the...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    I have no trouble running a washing machine off my solar panels... If you're living in a shanty town with solar panels you won't have them long before they get stolen, although that's probably the same way you got the...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    Washing machines are the premier labour-saving device anywhere in the world. Washing clothes is woman's work, walking three kilometres to the nearest river with a bundle of precious cloth on your head and then spending a couple of hours beating...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    The current-build USN Virginia-class subs are mainly intended for shore bombardment duties, able to turn a distant city centre, air base or port facility into rubble using seventy or eighty cruise missiles dispensed from a central vertical-launch magazine. They also...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    The Australian goverment wants the hulls built in Australia, no question. Getting the modules and assembling them like Legos in an Adelaide shipyard probably isn't going to fly. A cheaper option would be to get the boats built by the...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    Nowadays SSNs tend to go under once they're at their patrol station and not come up at all unless there's a damn good reason to be on the surface, thanks to ocean surveillance satellites and marine patrol aircraft. If you...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    We only ever bought 4 Trafalgars. Unless you mean we got a "buy 4, get 3 free" deal from BAe Systems (which I don't think happened), the Royal Navy operated seven Trafalgars with the last two of the set still...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    Interconnects do not generate electricity, they only transmit electricity generated by nuclear power plants, wind turbine farms, tidal barrages, solar panels, hydro-electric dams, hamsters in wheels etc. somewhere else. Interconnectors cost money and waste energy and don't add to the...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    Is this a good time to point out that it would also give the Aussies a larger fleet of Boats than the French? Fewer nuclear subs could cover the same patrol areas as the original French order of up to...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    The French Shortfin Barracuda submarine design would have been good for longer-term blue-water patrolling like the roles undertaken by existing Collins-class subs, more modern and less vulnerable and with better range and endurance than their predecessors. This would allow them...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    So how is the power coming from Ireland to Scotland and Wales generated? Gas and wind, IIRC. Much of the time power flows from the UK to Ireland. At one point the Republic of Ireland had a peat-fired power station...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    For those folks who think that subsea interconnectors distributing overabundant renewable energy will save the world... The British end of one of the cross-Channel power cables caught fire yesterday, removing about 2GW of cheap abundant reliable French nuclear power from...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    The choice of hulls is going to be interesting -- the US Virginia Block V hulls are 10,000 tonnes-plus (over half what the original Dreadnought battleship massed) with lots of extra bits like the cruise-missile launch tube module in the...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    News just announced, out of the blue -- the Australian Navy is going to scrap the controversial Shortfin Barracuda submarine program (a modified conventionally powered version of a French nuclear sub) which was meant to replace their ageing Collins-class subs....
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    "Some" has a slightly longer vowel sound that the more abrupt "sum", in my experience. Generally Glaswegian cuts off word endings and shortens vowel sounds resulting in the classic glottal stop. The Glaswegian word "sumfin" is a classic example, meaning...
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