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  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    The F-22 can cruise supersonic, and just flying by WWII planes at Mach 1.0x is going to generate an overpressure wave that will blow their wings off. You'd have to get pretty close to do this, and sooner or later...
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    192(8) Amazon mostly does 2 things:- 1) It buys from importers/manufacturers *This places them in the place in the supply chain traditionally held by wholesalers and sales reps), and sells direct to punters (and this in that held by "shops")....
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    How many AMRAAM (or Sparrow or Skyflash) your Canburra variant can carry will depend on space around the wing hardpoints rather than load; you can reckon on 3 radar AIMs per hardpoint given sufficent space, and a further 3 in...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    Ok; I'd still say that there must be some advantage since they're averaging about one rebellion or coup every 500 years....
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    Some of this is "multiple accounting for the same money". When the govt employee (assume average earnings) gets paid, the first thing that happens is that roughly 30% of earnings over £10_000 are returned to the govt. When they go...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    The Chinese have been using this same system (bar details of organisation names and switches of rulers) since at least the Han Dynasty, say 1_000 years or so. Why do you think it will collapse for them in the immediate...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    #123 is almost exactly what I was going to say about #118, beyond a note that the DC-4 ;-) may have renounced the title, but he didn't renounce the wealth that came with it....
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    Suppose you've just had dinner with a few of your friends, and I decide you should pay for everyone. Instead of getting a full consensus, I pull out a gun and forces you to do it because it's just so...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    A chunk of what they spend goes straight back into the economy, driving spending, rather than draining away into virtual financial assets held by overseas banks. A chunk of what they spend goes into keeping their citizens alive and healthy....
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    I'd thought better of you, but you've repeated the usual USian trick of confusing Marxist-Leninist "State Capitalism" (where the government owns the means of production) with "Communism" (where the people own the means of production in common....
  • Commented on Escape from the planet of the Ice Giants
    You could move to Greece This is the man who moved from Leeds to Edinburgh "because Leeds is too hot"....
  • Commented on Escape from the planet of the Ice Giants
    Maybe it was proposed before already, but "The Nightmare Stacks" just begs for "The Horror Heap" and "The Maleficent Malloc". (It's about an Eldritch Abomination written in C++). I'm fairly certain that it's written in ANSI C, by a guy...
  • Commented on Space Robot Sad Trombone
    This is actually a way better choice than radio frequency or the "solar Aldis lamp". Radio gets very weak over any sort of interstellar distance, and the Aldis is going to make the star flash to anyone within a few...
  • Commented on Space Robot Sad Trombone
    Which led me to think of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_John%27s_Hospital,_Livingston . There's no mention of them in the Wikipedia, but it is quite extensively robotised for functions like drugs, laundry, and patients' meals transport, although the robots apparently use a separate corridor system...
  • Commented on Space Robot Sad Trombone
    Ok, I see what you were thinking now; all I meant to do was include a Pastafarian priesthood ordering the convertion of the green-skinned, blue-blooded natives of the Greater Magellenic Cloud to worshipping the Flying Spaghetti Monster (all hail his...
  • Commented on Space Robot Sad Trombone
    That is so far from what I said that I am having difficulty recognising it as a related argument! All I said was that "being a dictatorship" is not a 100% guaranteed barrier to wanting an interstellar space program, and...
  • Commented on Space Robot Sad Trombone
    And, at least for certain types of dictatorship (includes evengelising theocracy), interstellar expansion is a Good Thing anyway....
  • Commented on Space Robot Sad Trombone
    Para 4 - Agreed. I actually started caring about the T-800 in the "damaged endoskeleton" scenes at the end of "The Terminator". As a contrast, I never cared as much about the T-1000 or the T-X (but this may mean...
  • Commented on Space Robot Sad Trombone
    Also, I'm not sure how anyone can dislike WALL-E. Amazing visuals aside, they told an entire love story with only 2 words. If you have a complete failure of empathy with the characters, sure you'll not care whether or not...
  • Commented on Space Robot Sad Trombone
    Impressed by Venera (for getting there at all; I realise how tough making things work on Venus is). Rarely to never see anything about the Chinese or Indian programmes, which is clearly partly the fault of the Uk/USian meedjas. Similarly...
  • Commented on Brontosaurus BDSM, Werewolf Marines, and Serious Social Issues: Self-Publishing in the Wild
    It's things like that which make me think that you write books for people like me. I understand it but my sis wouldn't find it much less comprehensible if it was written in Mandarin!...
  • Commented on Brontosaurus BDSM, Werewolf Marines, and Serious Social Issues: Self-Publishing in the Wild
    People thinking it was great to used modded floppy controller so they could store 50% more data. And selling it to a business. One place I had owned one of these machines with a 720kB 5.25" drive, and it was...
  • Commented on Brontosaurus BDSM, Werewolf Marines, and Serious Social Issues: Self-Publishing in the Wild
    Oh yes. 20 years ago I was running an RDBMS and table data, reports etc in 1MB RAM. I was backing up on a 5.25" double density floppy. I don't want to think about how much memory Access 2010 would...
  • Commented on Brontosaurus BDSM, Werewolf Marines, and Serious Social Issues: Self-Publishing in the Wild
    Cheers for that; it would appear that we are not paranoid enough!...
  • Commented on My Country Tis of Thee
    The "real family butchers" I use now hang the carcasses in the chill room and not on public view, but you can still see/have them disappear in back to cut your order off half a ton of cow!...
  • Commented on Brontosaurus BDSM, Werewolf Marines, and Serious Social Issues: Self-Publishing in the Wild
    There are probably cheaper ways to keep a computer secure, such as not attaching it to the internet. This does get slightly annoying when companies like Mickeyshaft decide that 'all computers are connected to the interweb at all times, so...
  • Commented on Brontosaurus BDSM, Werewolf Marines, and Serious Social Issues: Self-Publishing in the Wild
    For instance, one might do a web search for "Hawking, Stephen". ;-)...
  • Commented on Brontosaurus BDSM, Werewolf Marines, and Serious Social Issues: Self-Publishing in the Wild
    I don't think the Laundry is; I'm less sure about some of the hard SF and near future Police procedurals! ;-)...
  • Commented on Brontosaurus BDSM, Werewolf Marines, and Serious Social Issues: Self-Publishing in the Wild
    It's been discussed in detail in the last month or 2, but the tl;dr version is that it's well known that most of Dickens' output was originally published as magazine serials and spun out as much as he could get...
  • Commented on My Country Tis of Thee
    I'd have thought that Getafix (Kensaratrix in the Scots translation) was more of a WMD?...
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