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  • Commented on Suspense is the key
    Beyond maybe saying "$writer is using $technique here"? Well, not me as such....
  • Commented on Writer, Interrupted
    That would be me then. Of course, back then I lived 15 miles from the centre of Glasgow, 15 miles from Faslane and the "Tail of the Bank", 20 miles from the Holy Loch and just over 20 from RNAD...
  • Commented on Suspense is the key
    The whole of the Canadian police series "Flashpoint" is like this; the "hook" is set into the incident where they show a flashpoint in real time, then they rewind several hours to build up to the incident and normally run...
  • Commented on Writer, Interrupted
    Or they could just be artefacts of the "English is cool" culture?...
  • Commented on Writer, Interrupted
    And mine. :-D...
  • Commented on Sometimes I don't know why I bother!
    Audie Murphy - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audie_Murphy Book and film of "To Hell and Back" both readily available from a large South American River....
  • Commented on Sometimes I don't know why I bother!
    More people, and hence a higher contention ratio on an already inadequate bandwidth?...
  • Commented on Sometimes I don't know why I bother!
    I see what Marcus means about Douglas Bader, although I wasn't aware of him having been involved with the "Colditz glider" (although that was a real thing)....
  • Commented on Sometimes I don't know why I bother!
    William Grover-Williams - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Grover-Williams Chauffeur, 1920s and 30s Grand Prix racer (would have been a Formula 1 driver but F1 wasn't invented until 1950), After the invasion of France, fled to England, joined the army, was recruited to the Special...
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    Related to this; Excel can (will?) not correctly render and store Latitude or Longitude values in DD:MM:SS or DD:MM.9 formats, only in DD.9. This appears to be a side effect of it using day numbers from 01 Jan 1900 as...
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    That I agree with. Ok, the visualisation does depend on a colour key to tell us how much thinner the ozone is where, but it's obvious that darker blues are thinner and brighter reds are thicker. What it also illustrates...
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    I had the usual problem of them being long on "saying stuff" and very short on "showing stuff". Perhaps you'd like to point out Australia, or even New Zealand, in the illustration at the top of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ozone_depletion ?...
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    There are valid reasons that melanoma is a huge concern for fair skinned people in the South Pacific, with the hole in the ozone layer only the most prominent one of them. Ok, I'll bite. Is Australia in the Arctic,...
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    Wasn't that "Something must be done. This is something. Therefore we must do it!" in the original?...
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    Thanks; that's well work knowing in my case, (but may be less relevant in Robert's since we're effectively trying to find him a reader)....
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    How about using Nigerian scammers, phishers and trolls as reaction mass?...
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    AS Elyse says, or OpenOffice for the same reasoning? After all, they're both free downloads....
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    So about as useful as following another car in dense fog then? (not very)...
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    This sounds sort of like a Joan Slonczewski type plot?...
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    Thanks; the last time I actively used radiochemistry was in school, around 1979. I understood you perfectly, but couldn't have reproduced the decay states and products....
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    Ok, so we get aluminium to phosphorus to silicon, plus neutrons and? I'm thinking gamma particles?...
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    Which also caused me to wonder what effects multiple spacecraft of that sort of type flying similar courses would have on "their course's local environment"? Would sufficient particles be annihilated to make the local density of space lower, or would...
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    This may also be a way of providing a hyperdrive, given sufficient drinkers, an adequate level of intoxication per drinker, and the existence of the "beer scooter effect"?...
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    I think we now think this is radio-phosphorus, which is possibly an issue, if not the one you first thought....
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    I'm not sure that's a possible transmutation, and even if it were phosphorus doesn't burn in the absence of oxygen!...
  • Commented on Reality is broken
    So I'm on the right lines in thinking that the Tube is getting towards its line capacity? Which was very much my point in asking for specials for bulk people who've never been to the UK before, may not speak...
  • Commented on Reality is broken
    It is only 2.5% of capacity. Well yes, as a percentage of the number of people that Greg quoted. You've ignored the question of the number of extra trains you have to run relative to the line capacities of the...
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    WOW!! I mentioned sharing the building with a 1950s DG earlier? The Mega Processor's RAM bank was instantly recognisable, although the DG only has enough LEDs to display the status of one register....
  • Commented on Reality is broken
    True as far as it goes, but if I asked them to run "specials" to move an additional 25_000 people from, say, Thiefrow to Barking on $Date, what would be the effects on regular running through Zone 1?...
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    Rickets was (were?) verbally reported as "being common" on some housing estates around Scotland in the 1970s....
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