Chris Suslowicz

Chris Suslowicz

  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    Entirely off-topic, but you may find this amusing (triggered due to rereading OGH's latest novella): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1JKd1C7izQ Enjoy!...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares: spoiler time!
    I think we'd notice if the work backup generators started up - since they really needed a tall smokestack each to get the billowing fumes and unburned fuel above roof level when running. (Quite how the neighbouring businesses haven't forced...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares: spoiler time!
    Our local exchange is the original brick building (with very high ceilings to accomodate the old Strowger racks). This was too small for the subsequent expansion of businesses and housing, and a new exchange building was constructed (behind the local...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares: spoiler time!
    All our radiators (except for kitchen and bathroom) were in parallel - there were separate feed and return rings in 1-inch copper pipe (insulated) under the floor, and half-inch radiator feed and return connected in using compression Tee joints. The...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares: spoiler time!
    Yup! Praise be the -48 volts DC. Old exchanges used electromagnetic relays and selectors and had a large "Battery Room" with banks of lead-acid cells making up a 48 volt supply. This would be float-charged by (originally) a generator and...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares: spoiler time!
    (wavy lines) My father could (and would) do anything, with the single exception of household electrics (I got to do that if there was no 'professional' electrician within family or friends at the time). The central heating was designed as...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares: spoiler time!
    On the UPS front I will probably go with a used computer UPS that takes 12 or 24 volt batteries and use an external pack of glass-mat lead acid batteries (the Hawker UK06TNMF ones are fairly indestructible but Not Cheap)...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares: spoiler time!
    Do Not Go There. The ways of HMRC are arcane and incomprehensible to those of mortal fen. I have one job and (currently) 2 pensions. The combination is sufficient (because my employers are, in the words of David Falkayn, a...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    Hmmm... I have a preorder in with BigRiverCo but it's showing a different cover to the one on the blog. (Claims it's from Orbit and has Audible & Kindle options, but I did preorder it back in August, so who...
  • Commented on Outage report
    Of course, Big River Co have now cancelled my order for it. (They have previous for this, and I wonder if it's because the current price has increased dramatically from the original order price.) On the website hacking front, we...
  • Commented on Empire Games (and Merchant Princes): the inevitable spoiler thread!
    Not sure if this has been replied to yet, but... world-walking is reversible: a knot/engram will take you from timeline X to timeline Y and back again, but that's all. The original world walkers (Clan on Timeline 1) had a...
  • Commented on Empire Games (and Merchant Princes): the inevitable spoiler thread!
    For SLBM read SLCM in the first line. Oops! Chris....
  • Commented on Empire Games (and Merchant Princes): the inevitable spoiler thread!
    Trident vs. SLBM The point was that they needed a synchronised attack by multiple warheads (the equivalent of TOT (Time On Target) salvo in artillery) in order to inflict maximum damage in minimum time and clear the path for Juggernaut....
  • Commented on Empire Games (and Merchant Princes): the inevitable spoiler thread!
    I think the "Senior Politician" part was an accident (assuming my memory is working), that the Clan had a rule: "Never involve politicians in the operation", and got Cheney because he had (at that point) retired from politics. When he...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    The Indian boiler-room operations have been using the robocall with "Press 1 to speak to a representative" for a while now. I have a Caller-ID display box that has the useful feature of displaying very long numbers (including the country...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    2445 "They got a medal for exceptional airmanship." The MHDOIF, one assumes?...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Zodiac by Neal Stephenson? I think that involved a bug intended to break down PCBs into something less toxic that either mutated or linked up with something else to run the process in the opposite direction. (Also featured the use...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    Oh God, not again. Someone applying a plumbing solution to something entirely different. (As in Flixborough (Nypro UK 1974).) Does nobody even Read TFM (assuming TFM actually exists, of course)....
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    Try finding the 'own brand' bleach at the cheaper end of the supermarkets. You can get 'thin bleach' which is effectively just hypochlorite + stabiliser and it costs a small fraction of the "known brand" stuff like Domestos or similar....
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    Hmmm... having checked my cupboard I find I've got most of a box of co-codamol 500/30 left from when I pulled a muscle. (I don't like taking paracetamol (because of the liver toxicity) at the best of times and try...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Rather than a ditch, is he destined to end upside down in a petrol station?...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    Not to mention: Twatt....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Yes, they do. If the phone makes no calls (and possibly if the credit balance goes to zero) for an extended period, you get a text message warning you that it will be withdrawn if you don't use it. Partly...
  • Commented on Publishing: A Slice of Life
    Oh God, don't remind me about Audiophools and especially "cryotreated" valves/vacuum tubes. I have some (cough) interest in old military radio, and the buggers have seized on transmitting valves (triodes were traditionally best for audio, they claimed, but they've branched...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    The WW2 "Wireless Handcart" was specifically developed for getting a wireless set (No.22) its lead-acid batteries, aerial mast and other ancillaries up a beach in a hurry. The whole of the set could be waterproofed (lots of rubberised fabric bags...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    TW-55, I think....
  • Commented on On hold
    To get past the filter feeders they obviously used the TETRA network....
  • Commented on Server upgrade coming
    Something (probably gmail) seems to be eating any email I send to you. Have fun at the con on Tuesday. (This is just a test post with Firefox (mumble) on Snow Leopard because it's an old MacBook and I still...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    I think it's one of the 'Dirty Harry' films, probably "Magnum Force". (The car chase between a radio-controlled model and full sized car is fun but vuery silly if you've ever tried to control one of those RC toys.)...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
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