jezweston

jezweston

  • Commented on A hypothesis
    Given the political hot potato that is illegal immigration in Australia, you'd expect them to have some decent kit looking north. They do, some serious over-the-horizon radars pointing north and north-west. JORN is supposedly capable of detecting a light aircraft...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    On landing: "a hard-packed dirt road would do" Nope. This plane weights 138 tonnes empty, plus what remains of fuel, freight, and people. There are plenty of paved runways that can't take that weight without cracking up, including international airports...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Glasshouse
    I'm planning on living for a good long while, so I will look forward to it....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Glasshouse
    "I can't read Jeff Noon"? That's a hell of a comment to make without explanation. Especially as I suspect the explanation would be interesting....
  • Commented on What are the big issues of 2013 going to be?
    Ha ha no. Liquid-metal nuclear reactors continue to be expensive and prone to difficult corrosion problems. Nuclear reactors in Russia continue to be uneconomic as Russia expands their gas-fueled electricity generation. In other news, the price of solar panels drops...
  • Commented on Happy Christmas! Here is a flame war in a can
    Newton certainly denied the Trinity, at least in private, on account of the Church of his time being keener on death than cake. He was Arian rather than Unitarian, i.e. that Christ was a created being, rather than the Unitarian...
  • Commented on Happy Christmas! Here is a flame war in a can
    Newton? Rationalist? That's a statement guaranteed to wind up any historian of science, although why OGH wants to troll that particular group of academics, I've no idea. Newton's thinking was a direct result of his religious beliefs, that there were...
  • Commented on The Algebraic Properties of Equality in SF
    The two lead characters in Alastair Reynolds' "Pushing Ice". They're both treated as human beings, rather than as examples of particular tropes....
  • Commented on The ticking clock, stopped
    If I'm going to be on this planet for eight hundred years, not eighty, then I'd switch my career back to being a rocket scientist, with the eventual goal of getting to see other planets. If a disability or fatal...
  • Commented on 2512
    Ooo... nickel tetracarbonyl, fatal at 3 ppm. The iron penta isn't too friendly either. A slight drawback for any colonists wanting to go outside or make soil to grow food....
  • Commented on 2512
    For creating a liveable environment on Mars, what's the latest on how well humans might get along with Martian soil? I've seen suggestions of hexavalent chromium, arsenic, beryllium, cadmium, and perchlorates at concentrations high enough to do nasty things. That's...
  • Commented on 2512
    It's not about what will happen, it's about what might happen. The warming response to a given trajectory of GHG emissions depends on a host of factors, resulting in a probability distribution for the likely warming. Now, you can just...
  • Commented on National Talk About Something Else Day
    I'll be trying to consolidate feedback and comments on a draft paper on sustainability, specifically on how the interaction of ecosystem and socioeconomic constraints will impact on our ability to increase human well-being which, as OGH mentioned a few posts...
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