Clive Feather

Clive Feather

  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    @426: "I was trained to use it in writing because my handwriting is execrable and when I was transcribing radio messages it was important there be no confusion between a letter 'Ƶ' and a number '2'. Does that make me...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    "There are all kinds of issues with railroad compatibility." Too true. "That 1" of overlap between cars and platforms can be pretty spectacular if no one notices till the overlap "hits the fan"." This is known as "Loading Gauge" in...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    "the price charged for electricity "in" is about 10x times the price paid to you for your solar input to the grid." Our supplier charges just under 30p per kWh "in" and pays out 7.5p "out". So more like 4:1....
  • Commented on Yokai Land Q&A
    @52 "As Yet Untitled" The magazine of the Cambridge University Science Fiction Society was/is called "TTBA", which initially stood for "Title To Be Announced". It then turned into a system where every issue had its own title but always with...
  • Commented on Yokai Land Q&A
    I remember some years ago discovering to my horror that my flight from Taipei to Hong Kong was a "Hello Kitty" service, with an all-pink gate area and an all-pink plane interior (at least, that's how I remember it, though...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares: spoiler time!
    @208: I'd always associated "Black" in "Black Pharaoh" with evil rather than anything to do with race. For that matter, I'd assumed it was a translation rather than anything to do with Egypt. But, then, I've never read Lovecraft. https://www.royaltynowstudios.com/blog...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares: spoiler time!
    @168 Now for an example of "time-travel" that does something vaguely useful: factorial. I am given a number n. I check that n is not zero; if it is I return 1 as my answer. Otherwise I place n-1 in...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares: spoiler time!
    @90 @105 Not today. Quite apart from the fact that 1956+70 = 2026, you have to extend it to the end of the year. So the date you're looking for is 2027-01-01....
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares: spoiler time!
    Here's an interesting variant on the legal discussions going on here: polygamy is legal in the UK. There are lots of strings attached, but under certain circumstances it is. See, for example, The Tax Credits (Polygamous Marriages) Regulations 2003....
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    @559 How did you get the fourth? I was part of the original CovBoost trial in the UK. It turned out that the one I got at the dose I got (Valneva half dose) didn't work well enough, so I...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    @385 Sorry, but I don't know if anyone's looked into that. Stock traders tend to have dedicated lines to the relevant places no matter what they cost, because every microsecond counts....
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    @205 Nonetheless, I'd wish everyone a cromulent 2022. May the vaccines get to you well before the viruses do I had four Covid-19 vaccinations in 2021. The first week of 2022 I went down with Covid-19 (bad enough I couldn't...
  • Commented on Obligatory Hugo eligibility post
    Nothing, I'm afraid. My first book was published late 2020 (thanks, Covid) and the next one in the series has been drastically delayed (as in, I haven't started) by other life events. http://www.davros.org/books/ (Not fiction, though there's some drama in...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    Concorde on the other hand could sustain Mach 2 for the entire Transatlantic crossing without needing to be refuelled. Its actual maximum speed is comfortably over Mach 2 but structurally and thermally it couldn't maintain really high speeds for any...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    /me attempts to explain calendars. The Roman calendar was originally lunar-solar: it was based on lunar months with an extra month being added from time to time to keep the start of the year in sync with the solstices. However,...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    I'm confused. If I want the Kindle edition and for OGH to get the biggest royalty, what should I do?...
  • Commented on Empire Games (and Merchant Princes): the inevitable spoiler thread!
    When I was last involved in such things, the UK had three main clearance levels: CT, SC, and DV, with DV being the highest. I had an SC clearance and I definitely knew some things which the powers-that-be would not...
  • Commented on Empire Games (and Merchant Princes): the inevitable spoiler thread!
    Oh, I agree it's a very conservative upper bound. I was just trying to show you couldn't have an infinite number of knots without confusing the non-mathematicians. You've worked through this much better; I agree that we're probably looking at...
  • Commented on Empire Games (and Merchant Princes): the inevitable spoiler thread!
    A working knot can be displayed on a small screen, say 500 pixels each way. Therefore there are at most 2 to the power 250000 different knots. That's a big number, but it is NOT infinity. The same argument applies...
  • Commented on Empire Games (and Merchant Princes): the inevitable spoiler thread!
    I thought the TL2 USA had a lot of engrams. Don't I recall Rita paging through lots of options on her wrist tattoo? And what was that "dispose of her" timeline?...
  • Commented on Empire Games (and Merchant Princes): the inevitable spoiler thread!
    Charlie: another nit-pick. You comment late on in the book that Berlin has two transport systems because of the East/West split. That isn't the case. There's currently the U-bahn, which is like the London Underground or the Glasgow subway, and...
  • Commented on Empire Games (and Merchant Princes): the inevitable spoiler thread!
    @101: no, you can't jaunt a submarine unless you lift it into dry dock and put rubber pads under it. The rest of the time, tt's connected to ground via a large amount of conducting fluid!...
  • Commented on Empire Games (and Merchant Princes): the inevitable spoiler thread!
    @74: Romania under Ceaucescu (sp?) is another example: women were supposed to have five (I think) children....
  • Commented on Empire Games (and Merchant Princes): the inevitable spoiler thread!
    Carefully not reading the comments until I've finished the book. Apart from a few typos, I've spotted one minor point. When Angie is flying to Germany, it says "crossed five time zones". But in August Boston is on UTC-4 and...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    I saw a jolly hunter With a jolly gun Walking in the country In the jolly sun. In the jolly meadow Sat a jolly hare. Saw the jolly hunter. Took jolly care. Hunter jolly eager- Sight of jolly prey. Forgot...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    @327 The St. John's Ambulance mnemonic is DR ABC (Danger, Responsiveness, Airway, Breathing, Circulation) - I did my refresher 3 weeks ago. But that's basically what you said. @294 I've had an email from Amazon saying the book won't be...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    287: this wasn't Londoncentricism, but a point about triage. Greg explicitly said "peacetime". Quintinshill is well-known as the worst-ever rail accident in the UK, but it was at a much earlier time when medical knowledge and procedure wasn't as strong....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    @746 - I thought everything electrified in Scotland used 25 kV AC. The 6.25 kV stuff went long ago and I didn't think you had any DC except the trams. @753 - that's not my understanding of "backlocking", which is...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    The logic involved is very simple; the problem is that there is a heck of a lot of it and it runs away from humans' ability to keep track of it all - not merely as regards manual verification, but...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    @450 - sorry, I left a bit out. The Swiss axle counter system will just have had an 8-bit unsigned number for each section. So if 256 axles go in, it starts at 0 and counts 1, 2, 3, …,...
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