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  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    Having killed someone's (straying) dog in this way, I have some sympathy for the argument. But, frankly, the reaction speed of the vehicle is going to be quicker than mine....
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    Looting is the obvious one; they may be better (and would certainly be cheaper) than buying the equivalent in Russia. It may also be that Russian logistics are even worse than we know. It's not obvious that this is policy;...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    I have seen several flights by RNZAF C-130s in the last ten days or so. Also, and rather odd, a drone at about 19000 feet 50 or 60 nm north of Istanbul. I guess this might be Turkish, watching for...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    Thanks, folks. Appreciated....
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    A question for all: Is the term "vril" too contaminated by far-right fruitloopery for use in fiction? Thanks....
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    Presumably there will be lots of cheap ex-agricultural land to put solar farms on, to power all the desalination....
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    Thanks. There are seagrass meadows near me, but it's not the sort of question the tourist-promotion people like....
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    A question re seagrass: How sensitive are seagrass meadows to changes in water depth?...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    Off topic, but a reference to OGH by someone whose views I generally find respectable: https://adviceunasked.blogspot.com/2022/04/thinking-about-elon-musks-purchase-of.html...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    Or, as Mr Gibson says, "The street finds its own uses"....
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    Oops. "brochure" and "Netherlands". Sorry....
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    All I can tell you is that I've been using Google Maps to look at Russian (and Belarussian, and [nationality of your choice]) airfields for close on 20 years. Agree, some countries ask for such things to be obscured -...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    The so-called "styrofoam fighters" have been visible via Google Maps for the best part of twenty years. Though not necessarily those particular ones, which are at Lipetsk. That airfield is evidently being used for storing cannibalisable airframes. (If you look,...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    Would I be correct in assuming that that means the number of novas and supernovas is greatly exaggerated? This "halo effect" would surely increase the apparent number of those events....
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    Interesting. It was pretty clear that the reverse of this was true in Turkey last summer; lots of drones being used for firefighting, presumably because they had IR sensors and were thus useful for locating hotspots....
  • Commented on Yokai Land Q&A
    Thanks for reminding me about "Prott". I had forgotten it (which ought to be impossible, obviously :) )....
  • Commented on Yokai Land Q&A
    I am not surprised! Much too close a call....
  • Commented on Yokai Land Q&A
    Something similar happened to a school lab tech my dad knew; in the early 80s I think. She lifted a glass carboy of concentrated hydrochloric acid from a shelf above her, and the bottom fell out. Lucky for her, there...
  • Commented on Yokai Land Q&A
    I used to know a chap who'd cleared out a school chemistry lab in a British private school after the new health and safety regs appeared in (I think) 1973. He found 7 kg of metallic sodium and 1 kg...
  • Commented on Bad news day
    Well, he does start with assuming that Putin doesn't want a bullet in the brain. If, as has been speculated, Mr Putin has a degenerative disease, he may not be so sure. (Context: A close associate has Parkinsonism, has already...
  • Commented on Bad news day
    I bought a copy a couple of years back. Well worth it....
  • Commented on Bad news day
    I had a quick look and apparently property prices in Venice are high and stable. (Italy, not California.)...
  • Commented on Bad news day
    I assume they think there will be major political change in Russia before they have to return....
  • Commented on Bad news day
    I'm not convinced there is nothing we can do about them. There is the Danish example (slaughter all the farmed mink), grisly as it is. There is also rthe North Americandeer example. How exactly did deer become a reservior for...
  • Commented on Bad news day
    Re Russian MiG-31s in Syria, it's worth noticing that USAF is flying a lot of recon out of Sicily, I presume from NAS Sigonella (Rivet Joint and Global Hawk for sure, who knows what else). I'm sure minds have been...
  • Commented on Bad news day
    At night, yes. But in fog, flashing LEDs are not very useful....
  • Commented on Bad news day
    Certainly. But if they won't be buying any foreign-made engines any time soon - as seems likely - then inefficient engines beat no engines, and it would be a way to restart Russian high-tech (-ish) industry and give Russian engineering...
  • Commented on Bad news day
    If I was Mr Putin I'd be getting Yakovlev and others to build aircraft (as part of my "make Russia great again" strategery). They've done it before, and there have been new designs appearing over the last few years....
  • Commented on Bad news day
    I've always called those "sack trucks". Presumably because that's most of what they carry (I'm guessing potatoes or cement)....
  • Commented on Bad news day
    The second-rank units would be useful to pin Ukrainian units in place while the first-rank units went after the actual strategic targets, IIUC. I.e. the Ukrainians facing the second-rank units would not easily be able to disengage and therefore would...
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