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  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    And why not put solar over the roads?...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Speaking as a Philly ex-pat, Chicago ex-pat, Austin, TX, and Space Coast of FL, and now DC 'burb resident, at least 80% of the idiots driving in are single people in a car, commuting from the 'burbs, every day. Never...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    "Fighting the outside temp". Let's see, somewhere here I have in my library a book on solar hot water from the seventies. IIRC, they had you build boxes, with glass covers, and the black pipes were inside that, so that...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Converting heat to electric tripling or more than that the heating bills - which, you'll note, is what I said, some posts back....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Oh, electrification is great. Now, the trick is to force 90% of the people who drive to commute every day, 90% being one person in a car, to use public transit. That would be huge....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    So enjoyable I watched the whole thing. Thanks! Btw, his last suggestion, a switcher? There existed switchers that literally ran not on steam, but compressed air, for uses where no sparks were allowed....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Yes, it does stand up to observation. Many years ago, Robert Reich asked the question on a broadcast commentary, "what do CEOs do that makes them worth ten times what the company president gets?" The ultrarich, as a class, are...
  • Commented on Obligatory Hugo eligibility post
    We need to get our nominations in....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Vredefort Structure - I think you're responding to heteromeles, not me....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    There are a fair number of smaller-than-dinosaur-killers, and we do know where a number of them are. https://meteorcrater.com/, for example. I agree, you do not want that hitting in or around your metro area....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Leaks in gas lines with hydrogen - well, you could always light a candle. Or you might notice if you suddenly start talking several octaves above your normal speaking voice.......
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    As has been noted many, many times before, at least in the US, heating a house is several times as expensive as heating with gas (which has been cheaper than oil for over 40 years). Give me a way to...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Only if that was deep, deep in my subconscious. Actually, my editor's reaction after he read the first draft I submitted was that it reminded him of Poul Anderson's 1971 Hugo-nominated Tau Zero. But no. Charlie, don't mean to be...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    This actually belongs in the previous thread.... Charlie - I just finished Quantum of Nightmares (and boy, is it ever). One silly question: now that that's all over, and Eve is replacing the Council on Skara... can she have them...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Re sales of beachfront property... but the Former Guy hasn't bought property in Nevada yet, so Lex Luthor of Superman I won't get to sell beachfront property there....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Well, I've just solved the problem of why you never read about toilets on spaceships: humans metabolic systems are genetically engineered to be far more efficient, as is their food, and so they only need to use the pissoir....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Um, I dunno where the author gets "20 foot", but 40 foot is more like it, and in the US, almost all semi-trailers are 53 foot. They're talking about laying a lot of tracks back down....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Why Wyoming? Let's see, population is smaller than the city of Baltimore, so plenty of space, and few people to complain?...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    "Would an asteroid strike trigger an ice age?" Shall we dig up the five million studies, suggesting a full-scale nuclear war would do that?...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    I don't think so. Note that some of my thinking is based on thinking by a lot of people writing and reading in Eric Flint's 1632 universe.... For one, there will be a gazillion computers and parts available, laying there....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Quote from him, quoting an old quote: for the love of God, GO!"...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    I gave a general idea, you're demanding detailed specifics. Fine. 1. No revolving door. 10-yr non-compete clause for any fed auditor leaving federal employment. Also "may not earn any money from the industry they audited." 2. Take their budgets out...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    There are bathrooms in the multi-person quarters on my starship....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Let me note that high ceilings are cooler in summer, which was why they used to build them high. And why there were transoms over the doors, and you could lower the top window, to let out the hot air....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    You're making assumptions that were not in my spec. I would have it official that on nationalization (or local government-ization) that annual audits will be conducted by a federal agency created for that purpose. The agencies, of course, would be...
  • Commented on Obligatory Hugo eligibility post
    There's a discussion on our email list about the work someone did on this past year's Balticon program book....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Yes, but will the military have the wherewithal to have it completely automated, producing Euromeat for British shops at the end? (Up to chapter 5 in Quantum of Nightmares. Jeez, it's depressing.)...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    On the other hand, consider: no need for the intercontinental hard-wired grid, no need for cooling water (that would be for fuel-burning or nuclear), very long-term viability, no need for mining/processing/disposing of radioactives. Seriously - let's consider everything, not turning...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    I was explicitly talking about size. For example, if one company is, say, 10% or 20% of all the paychecks in a city or county, going over that means it should be taken over for the public good. If the...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Yep. I remember when I was in my teens, and my mother being bemused to realize that Philly was around the same parallel as Cadiz, in Spain, and near Tel Aviv.......
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