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  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    I still think I said what I thought I was saying. I now realise that you were not saying what I thought you were saying, which is functionally the same thing because it makes my statement inaccurate or irrelevant in...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    NG - National Grid (company). They have an actual charging policy for connecting generating plant to the national grid (distribution network) which means that a generating plant of $capacity is charged a higher connection fee the further it is from...
  • Commented on Some thoughts on turning 50
    Belated hippo birdie 2 female sheep! "If others wish you ill, do unto them as they would do unto you, but do it first"....
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    As Susan says in #201 Newtonian Physics is wrong. It makes no attempt to consider relativistic effects, which exist even if they're negligable, at terrestrial velocities. They're a helpful simplification at terrestrial velocities, but a simplification is, per se, deliberately...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    Perhaps NG should stop charging generators more for "not being in London"?...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    You could at least show sufficient respect to realise that you're not comparing like with like. I'd presumed that you were just comparing documented numbers of fatalities. Based on present day figures, ~1/5 of the World population are Chinese, so...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    See those and raise the 1918 H1N1 pandemic http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1918_flu_pandemic at a conservative estimate of 50 million dead....
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    I'm not sure I wholy agree with that. If something, call it "noodle theory", comes along that agrees better with the actual observations than GR and/or QD does, then AIUI scientism will drop the disproven theories in the "interesting and...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    Did you mean "transmuted" or "irradiated"? #168, #170, and my own thoughts tend to suggest that what actually happens is irradiation (absorption of radiation by the immediate environment) and hence low (or maybe medium)level waste. Transmutation would only be an...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    I'm not sure if you're serious or not, but I think this is exactly backwards. If the water heater is backed by the photo-voltaic one, then you should get some direct heating and some PV effects....
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    IIRC it's simple physics rather than meteorology that controls the relationship between temperature and RH. As T/\ so the mass of water which can be held in a given volume of air without condensing out /\ and hence RH \/...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    I should note parenthetically that our current reinforced concrete lasts 50-100 years, but that's another issue. 2 issues:- 1) A pre-stressed bunker built today won't be there in 200 years. 2) Making the concrete and steel generates CO2....
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    In the main I'm sort of bi-numerate on units; it depends on what I'm measuring and why which units I'll choose in any specific case....
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    Are you including Farrago and co (either directly or by dragging Scamoron further right) in the "fascist revolution" category?...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    At a timeline of one LaundryVerse book per LV calendar year, getting UK politicians to admit that Cthuloids aren't spinable in only 4 years seems rather optomistic!...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    Someplace way upthread (I think this thread) I say that I think a mile inside a lump of granite or Lewisian Gneiss with some water traps on the access is a safe place for long-term storage of high level nuclear...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    Hmmmmm - We appear to have a new SA, in discussion of OGH's body of work, and possible directions same might take forward....
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    Isn't Denver the Cousins' problem?...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    That's arguable: In at least some variations on the theme the Seelie are more likely to take humans as lovers, and return them as persons ~100 years out of time....
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    {meantime, back at the OP} (which I've used on other fora rather more often):- 1) Military history (for values that include any campaign old enough to have been on the news). 2) Military technology, particularly metal-skinned aeroplanes. 3) AGW, "climate...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    Thanks; Like I needed the image of a General Service Vessel named "ASsociated DAiries". ;-)...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    I think I missed the Brief Encounter refs, although the others are pretty obvious....
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    I'm not sure that does anything to contradict my arguments:- 1) Scrying was possible without using a Palantir. 2) The powers of a Palantir are at least partly a reflection of the powers of the user....
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    Dirk, I've been staying out of "what can we reverse engineer?" strands. The closest I've come is saying that the man in the street can still maintain his own car, a few comments about metallurgy, and the one you're referencing...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    You are just quibbling numbers, and not arguing the basic appeal of smaller, lighter and more reliable radios and radars....
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    Maybe I read it differently, but I thought that Sauron's scrying ability was a factor of being Sauron rather than of using a Palintir. After all, Galadriel scrys using a basin of water....
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    Aside from (lack of) ubiquity, what are the practical differences between palantirs and video phones?...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    Ok, I may have jumped the gun slightly on transistors (but see #131), but if you'd been "Ministry of Supply" in, say, 1942 and I'd come to you saying "I've got this idea that needs research, but if it works...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    I, and I think "Arnold" in #109, both seem to have read your original post as saying "we don't make magic swords any more", and responded by saying that we do still make the "AD&D +2 sword of severing". Also,...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    ...and get arrested! Seriously, early pnp transistors and the cavity magnetron were 2 of the key technologies in later WW2 UK and US radar systems, and as such were highly classified....
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