Andrew S. Mooney

Andrew S. Mooney

  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Cheer up yourself. I'd just put it to you that once you get yourself out of London, this country is often poor, desperately so, and why "they," effectively "went mad" and voted for Brexit. It correlates with de-industrialisation, by...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    "The UK establishment never really "got" what the EU was for, or how to play the game. It'd be like say, Iowa not understanding how to extract money from the US federal government in farm subsidies or pushing for...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Ha! Osbourne got the photo op and didn't even give them the money...Figures. In some ways that vindicates my point about how clueless these people can be. I didn't realise they were that clueless though because I haven't followed...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Simon "Pete" Worden was the guy who ran the program. As in, drove a desk. Pete Conrad was the guy who flew it, as in ran the rocket from the repurposed trailer. Worden had to police the program quite...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    "As others have said, this will start with the non-critical contracts, like most R&D, but it will then progress to ones where this is an alternative supplier, and go on to the active development of other suppliers." Which is...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    "Improvements in computer power/size/speed also makes a big difference. A mostly analog control system in the 60s would have to be built with a lot of assumptions about things. With computers today and the way it was built on boosters...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    "Ah, no, you didn't get the point: the UK builds a lot of satellites, but doesn't launch them. We just build kit for other people. (Much as the UK has the second largest car manufacturing sector in the EU, after...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    "Unfortunately 38% of 2018's output was sold to the French, in the shape of Ariane/ESA, so Brexit fucks our space sector royally." Stross, in short Bollocks, it doesn't. In that if you are making a thrilling moral high point...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    "But then any multicellular life that develops a technosphere runs into the rocket equation: getting into orbit becomes much harder. (I'm assuming chemical rocketry, that nobody is going to be dumb enough to use nuclear propulsion extensively inside the...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Technically, no, the Piccadilly line as it is was always a part of the Underground network. Hounslow west, for example, as recently as the 1970's was a terminus station and features a fabulous 1930's ticket office by Charles Holden, but...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Greg - Getting my history wrong here blaming the RAF - The Nazis bombed the crap out of the place. They even used the V2 on it. I don't think that they used GPS to conduct some precision strike...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    "You will note that it does not say "make wider" or "make larger (wider) (loading) gauge". Well, no it doesn't. Which ignores my contention that it is a bit stupid to spend all that money to construct a station that...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    I'd be a bit careful about citing any Olde Medieval City in Europe that got carpet bombed/architecturally critiqued by the RAF during WW2. Post war architecture in Europe was about "reconstruction" i.e. They got their old style architecture back but...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Does the tram in the city centre use pylons for it's overhead wiring? That UNESCO listing you cite is kind of worthless if all your buildings have wires bodged into them. I wouldn't put that past the people who...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    "Something people often miss is that a lot of Victorian railway tracks and tunnels were too small for modern trains." Indeed - But it is one thing to make do with Victorian structures, it is another thing altogether to carry...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    From what I can recall, the Newcastle system doesn't use roadways, like say Sheffield or the motorised rubbish that serves Edinburgh, it uses a large number of repurposed railway track beds, and a set of tunnels dug under the...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Greg - Crossrail's tunnels are 6.2 metres in diameter. When you factor in the OHLE equipment, that is on the large side, but that is future-proofing in some ways because it is arguably the last new line under the...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    "The Nissan decision isn't actually Brexit-related, except in an odd way. No, it's totally Brexit-related. The reason Nissan set up to manufacture in the UK in the first place was to have a toe in the EU, as you noted....
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    The Nissan decision isn't actually Brexit-related, except in an odd way. No, it's totally Brexit-related. The reason Nissan set up to manufacture in the UK in the first place was to have a toe in the EU, as you noted....
  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    "The EU is the climactic expression of a treaty process designed to prevent war in Europe by integrating the former warring great powers. It goes back to the 1947 coal and steel treaty between France and Germany, which was...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    "More generally, having stable technology isn't hard. People have been doing variations of this since probably before we were fully human." Most of the time humans have only had "stable technology" because of ignorance of others' achievements and expediency...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    "Politics is totally a team sport in the UK as well, but we have an unelected, appointed judiciary and it mostly remains apolitical successfully as a result. Both major parties are okay with judicial independence; neither of them can use...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Don't forget the "Bulls" - The railway cops. Many people assume that they're not "real," just company security guards, but it turns out they are the real thing as well....
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    To be fair to the bouffanted cheeto, he is doing what he 1: Said he would do before his election. (US politican goes through on an election promise is a bit unusual, but still, you could have seen this...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    "So it turns out that a society that drops below demographic replacement finds it very difficult to repopulate by breeding, as opposed to importing immigrant workers. The UK has been in this situation (and in denial about it) since the...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    One example of shouting fire (That has become a quiet industry in-joke) is the aviation sector and it's claims of a "looming pilot shortage." This is then a signal for you as an outsider to get your parents to...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    Also - Sinn Fein aside - If the poll really is a tie, the speaker of the house does actually have a vote that they can use, and it is usually in favour of the government....
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    Manchester got as far as a flag, and having Anthony H. Wilson using Situationist ideas as part of his campaigning as part of his organisation "The Necessary Group." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proposed_Flag_of_North_West_England There really wasn't much to the proposal beyond that, as one...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    "What was the population of the UK at the height of its empire?" At it's peak in the 1920's, the population of the British Empire was roughly 450 million people, approximately one quarter of which were in India, Pakistan...
  • Commented on World Cup: engage Grinch mode now!
    Badly from the perspective of public psychology: In that because the goalkeeper made a mess of one goal by forgetting his role as the last line defence of England's national psyche, he has forfeited the goodwill of the people for...
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