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  • 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,...
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    Wasn't that "Something must be done. This is something. Therefore we must do it!" in the original?...
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    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?...
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    AS Elyse says, or OpenOffice for the same reasoning? After all, they're both free downloads....
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    So about as useful as following another car in dense fog then? (not very)...
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    This sounds sort of like a Joan Slonczewski type plot?...
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    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....
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    Ok, so we get aluminium to phosphorus to silicon, plus neutrons and? I'm thinking gamma particles?...
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    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"?...
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    I think we now think this is radio-phosphorus, which is possibly an issue, if not the one you first thought....
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    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?...
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    Rickets was (were?) verbally reported as "being common" on some housing estates around Scotland in the 1970s....
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    Maybe; I heard "something similar" whilst at school, but it involved some children who'd spent the Summer with their grandparents and living on a diet of Scotch pies, chips, sodas and ice cream....
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    So, IYO, is "studying what you want when you want, and maybe doing some 'pin money work' " the same as "being retired"?...
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    It's interesting how Mikko and I tackled the problem slightly differently, but both clearly have an idea of the sorts of issues we have to address, and how to tackle getting to the point where we can load an OS...
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    Oh I agree. In fact, IIRC from the likes of Colossus, the "Turing Bombes" etc, the first generation is really more "computing engines" which are hard wired to a single task but since we positively know the history I was...
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    I was aware that even getting to "assembler" (never mind 'for what machine'; I'm talking about it as a concept) was a step on from dip switches. Hence the question about using punched media, since this is the point where...
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    There are a lot of IT ... all are computerised. Pretty much as Mikko's #144; I don't know where the cut-of will be, but I think the older members will have at least been exposed to logic gates, programming word...
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    Land; we're not making a whole lot more of that right now!...
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    True; it's hard enough to keep a tracking radar beam "on target" across a few hundred km, and these things are big, like about 1 full degree of arc across the primary beam!...
  • Commented on Reality is broken
    A wormhole generator to open and close wormholes between distant points in space. Which is exactly my view of why wormhole/subspace/hyperspace (and other more copyrightable words for the concept...) is that as long as duration passes for the travellers they...
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