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  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    gasdive (he, him, ia) @ 881: prolong the suspense until they decide to evacuate Vegas How do people react to the idea that they might have to leave? Do you get called a liar, stupid, brainwashed. Do they start drawing...
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    JBS @ 32: This is not supposed to be here. It's supposed to be in Oh, 2011!. I apologize for that....
  • Commented on Obligatory Hugo eligibility post
    Is there a Hugo category for "Comments made on a Science-Fiction Author's Blog"?...
  • Commented on Brief commercial interlude
    So thinking about auto trains ... Start with the existing auto-train terminal in Lorton Virginia and add routes: 1. Lorton, VA to Chicago 2. Chicago to Denver, CO 3. Denver to Sacramento 4. Denver to Salt Lake City 5. Salt...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    paws4thot @ 786: 741 - (Funny to think that once upon a time you could take your own vehicle on the train and they did allow you to use it to ride in, and it was considered the highest quality...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    mdlve @ 743: I last took VIA in the 80s, from Edmonton to Winnipeg (and back). It was enough to put me off for life — horribly slow trip, because freight has (or at least had) priority over passenger trains....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Wikipedia entry for Harris Lake at Shearon Harris Nuclear Power Plant. Markdown or whatever it is is fucked up like a soup sandwich....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Heteromeles @ 729: That's fair, and I'm not questioning your previous experience in North Carolina. I do question depending on a dam, especially given the mess in Oroville where a single tree nearly caused the spillway to fail. The critical...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    David L @ 703: IIRC the wood pellets come from the US southern states where there's a lot more sunshine per annum than the Frozen North. They're processed and shipped via diesel-burning train to, I think New Orleans where they...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Paul @ 680: On the Motorail idea, I think the fundamental problem is the Business Case. f you want to set up such a service, you are competing against a number of alternatives:      Drive there yourself.      Take the train, then...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Nojay @ 678: JBS mentions the requirement for cooling water for nuclear power stations but it's a necessity for all thermal power stations (coal, gas, whale oil). Cooling water is why nearly all nuclear power plants (such as Hinkley Point...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Pigeon @ 666: Eurostar do something which looks the same but isn't really: functionally it's just another cross-Channel vehicle-carrying ferry that happens to go under the sea rather than on top of it. It's a means for getting past an...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Heteromeles @ 665: There are still unresolved problems with nuclear power (primarily what to do with spent fuel & non-proliferation) and the political roadblocks are formidable. But it's not impossible Along with non-proliferation, I'd flag the competition for sand for...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    paws4thot @ 642: 631 & 632 - Where exactly? Rail Alaska's main business is freight shipments, mostly of food and oil pipe, from Seward to Fairbanks, from where Carlile Trucking road hauls it on up the Dalton Highway to Prudhoe...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    gasdive (he, him, ia) @ 630: Even without the political opposition nuclear power plants are expensive and take a long time to build. This has been pointed out to Greg many times, with numbers, showing nuclear isn't viable. Not only...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    MaddyE @ 629: Back in the 40s and 50s, my mother worked for Royal Dutch Shell, first in London, then in Cairo. Back then, you could take up to 2 weeks local leave at a time, and every 2-3 years...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    mdlve @ 624: Er, do you SERIOUSLY imagine there is a sanity clause to Cold War II? There most definitely wasn't during Cold War I. The 2 eras are very different, and thus can't be treated the same. The key...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    David L @ 620: Work from home. Better or worse? It all depends. On what your works is and your personality. I have a client who is currently at 13 people. They shut down their office in March 2020. And...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Troutwaxer @ 616: The mostly ignorant U.S. right could also take advantage of the ability to travel to Europe - maybe they'd get the idea that countries like France aren't actually socialist hellholes. That presumes U.S. right-wingnuts have the ability...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    SFReader @ 615: Re: 'Pity it's [WSJ] paywalled - it sounds interesting.' Not sure whether this could work for you (i.e., profound deafness) but although the print is paywalled the robot-voice audio in a pale blue box 'Listen to article'...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Elderly Cynic @ 605: Do at least TRY to read what I said before responding unthinkingly. I said that you don't know what either of them are planning, and you don't. Yes, you are justified in feeling concerned but, if...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    paws4thot @ 603: I believe that Rail Alaska basically consists of one main line that routes from South to North as Seward - Anchorage - Fairchild. There's a missed opportunity in there somewhere....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    mdlve @ 594: I'd really like to see more of this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auto_Train Worth noting though that Amtrak inherited that route, and its infrastructure, after the previous private operator failed financially. So you are back to needing the government to subsidize...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Greg Tingey @ 587: HCORRECTIONWe don't have a choice about going to 100% renewableCarbon-free energy.Nuclear is 100% Non-Carbon ( ALL power plants will require carbon to make them, so let's drop that quibble, OK? )YET AGAIN - we need nuclear...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Robert Prior @ 583: Wouid you ration trips to see Mum to one a year, one every two years? When I was a boy in Saskatchewan, my mother took us to see her mother in England every 3-4 years. That...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    Paul @ 545: It's so "manly men" have something to carry their tactical diapers in. Back when my son was a baby my wife and I used to refer to "biohazards" and "containment failure". Tactical diapers: They're marketed as a...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    ilya187 @ 549: My wife looked at this seaweed lingerie ( https://ae01.alicdn.com/kf/Ub50914173d594a99b790208fc78cd56dl/1-Set-Graphene-Seaweed-Fabric-Leopard-Print-Camouflage-Sexy-Sports-Bra-Underwear-Alluring-Bra-Lingerie-Intimates.jpg ) and said "Who the hell puts lace on the leg holes? First it chafes, second, if it peeks out it looks like pubic hair" It ain't made...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    mdlve @ 562: Although the recent decisions over CentOS seem to show that's not happening (yet at least). CentOS was entirely self-inflicted, there was no IBM influence in that decision. Red Hat is now both big enough and has been...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    whitroth @ 555: Jumps up and down screaming TRAINS!!! BNSF has an ad they frequently run, that 1gal of fuel moves a ton of freight (or passengers) 457 mi. For months after 9/11, in the US the pilots union was...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Elderly Cynic @ 540: I don't know what the USA/NATO or Russia intend to do, except that the former wants to at least blockade the latter, and I know for certain that any poster on this blog who claims to...
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