Bellinghman

Bellinghman

  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    The Oxford vaccine is intended to be single dose, ship around the world. Really? The clinical trials were for two doses, with the unexpected discovery that having a half-size first dose seemed to increase immunity into the 90% range...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    Good grief -- the difference between a private jet and private plane is millions. I grew up with these people, I was born into them, and they have garages filled with vehicles from jet skis to motor boats to land...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    On the subject of dead naming, it can take a while for the person in question to settle on a final name - in one case I started getting Twitter comments from a user I didn't recognise at all. She...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    That map doesn't show the ice coverage though. With that included, you'll probably find that more of the Arctic is open to Norway than to anyone else (I have been north of the North Cape in January, without seeing any...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    Tesla Powerwall. The newer version is the Powerwall 2 which includes nice features like the ability to run the house during a grid power outage — the original version wasn't certified for that, with there being a risk of it...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    Many years back I was involved in a project automating a lead refinery. It was built on top of an old (as in originally Roman) lead mine, but the mine had been exhausted decades earlier. So what was the refinery...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    c.f. 'Engineer', which is a licensed title in some jurisdictions (Germany among them), but which in the UK has little more standing than 'manager'...
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    You're forgetting such episodes as the Clifford's Tower massacre...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    Brexit is the coming together of the hard right and the hard left. JC was supposedly on the Remain side in the campaign, but I could see his heart wasn't in it: a case of damning with faint praise. And...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    A volcano is erupting for the first time since the year before last? That's really rather minor by this year's standard....
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    I saw De Santis in Florida deciding that one dose would be enough, in order to stretch supplies. Perhaps that's what gave you that impression. (That's my sister's local paper, which is worrying. On the other hand we've just gone...
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    25Ah LiFePo batteries Lithium Iron Polonium? Whoa! (Yeah I know, that Po at the end ought really to be PO, a different kettle of fish entirely)...
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    Do you have any articles at hand that talk about those ports in a way useful to an American who hasn't been watching Irish shipping? The ports are Rosslare (RoI) and Dunkirk (France, but almost Belgium). The current route for...
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    I've seen this elsewhere but not often, and when I have seen it, it's in places where there are relatively few passers-by who aren't local. Villagers rather than city folk. (One day I must visit Guernsey. I have been via...
  • Commented on Dead Lies Dreaming: Spoilers
    You don't like any of the 4751 types of cheese from Switzerland? I guess you mean fake Emmental. The North American use of the term 'Swiss' to indicate copies of one particular (if widely popular) variety can be a tad...
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    Not the first such ship, though The World is more residential and doesn't have the Dunning Krugerand requirement...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    And what is this "Renault" you speak of? The French part of Renault–Nissan–Mitsubishi. I was driving Renaults about 30 years ago, ranging from the 5 through to the 25, and they were quite nice cars. I would certainly choose them...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Oh my - I just watched a YouTube clip of how to get into a Renault when the keycard battery is flat. You pop out the key, and then use that to lever off one end of the door handle...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    One of the first things to do when getting a new car is to find where the key and the keyhole are. Porsche hide both very well, but even on the latest the physical key hides inside the fob, and...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Their plans to take us back to the glory days of The Blitz are remarkably well developed...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    The Australian Democrats were a centrist party when they formed in the 70s, drifted left in the 90s and after they faded away a handful of their people turned up in The Australian Greens (including one senator for Queensland). But...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    It's one of those variable pronunciations, like Shrewsbury - my sister lives there and tends to use a very abbreviated 'e' sound for the middle vowel. But it's pretty much a schwa. Loughborough I pronounce as Luff-bu-ru - and it's...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    I've not found a definition of a 'full currency'. Could you enlighten me? I'm guessing you mean a currency that all the EU states use....
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    There is a long tradition of hijacking vehicles in order to surrender at the far end. I'm not going to blame the crew though - stowaways are an unknown quantity, ranging at one end from people who just want to...
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    I imagine this is core expertise for the SBS and yes, they're half the distance away from where the tanker was doing handbrake turns (or so MarineTraffic shows) about 24 hours ago....
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    There are very very few SF stories where humans aren't present, even as observers. The Crucible of Time by John Brunner is one. I don't recall there being a single hint of the existence of humanity in that one....
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    There was a Sufi philosopher named Mullah Nasruddin back in the 13th century, and of the many, many stories told about him, the version of this told about him is that it was donkeys (So yes it is a very...
  • Commented on Editorial Entanglements
    Remember Tunnel 17!...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    I have a signed copy of one of Meyer's books, from when I attended a conference in Frankfurt many years ago. He actually signed and dated it. It took me a while to realise he'd written the wrong date. Yeah,...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Harrison did it somewhat earlier, in his 1970 story collection One Step from Earth, all of which examine various possibilities arising from 'matter transmission'....
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