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  • Commented on SF For Nothing, Stories For Free
    I suspect it's mostly old hardware running old software. The reader is a rooted Nook Simple Touch that I got for about 35 quid when B&N decided to get out of the hardware business. I'm vaguely on the look out...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Yes, I am aware that the Pentagon's space budget is bigger than NASA's... but when they launch at NASA facilities, as I understand it, NASA foots the bill Since the end of the shuttle programme wich used LC-39, military launches...
  • Commented on SF For Nothing, Stories For Free
    As I just happen to have a virtual machine with recent nodejs running at the moment, grabbed. Elderly Cynic: If you use Calibre there's a handy plugin for splitting large epubs into smaller chunks. I've used it a number of...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    It's in Ukraine's flag, the blue sky above the yellow wheat fields......
  • Commented on The Pivot
    if the courts permit enough weasel-room to declare the A50 declaration invalid The Article 50 invocation needs to be made in accordance with the constitution of the withdrawing state. It would probably require another General Election first, but "No Parliament...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Carbon monoxide is exactly what your want in order to reduce iron oxide But not for breathing. Current plans for ISRU on Mars involve the Sabatier process with CO2 from the atmosphere and H2 electrolised from ice. Sabatier is exothermic...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    The other significant component of the leftovers is carbon monoxide, you probably don't want to use the output of the air miner without doing something about that......
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Also, if civilisation elsewhere has collapsed and you no longer need to fuel multiple BFR's, then you've got a lot of methane available to feed into organic chemistry. There are also ways to tweak the process to produce other hydrocarbons,...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    The Martian atmosphere has somewhere between 1.8% and 2.7% nitrogen depending on whose article you look at. If you're already extracting CO2 to run through a fuel plant to make methane for your BFR, then a beefier chiller and a...
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    Pale Moon (forked from Firefox back in the mid 20s) on Wondows 7 logs "Content Security Policy: Couldn't process unknown directive 'upgrade-insecure-requests'" on its console. Firefox itself running on Linux processes the directive but only if the HTTPS version of...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    You mean the company about to be known as Emerdata?...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    If a chap called L Bob Rife makes an offer for a surplus aircraft carrier, don't go accepting scrolls from avatars of Sumerian goddesses?...
  • Commented on Server upgrade coming
    Rather than trying to mangle mod_rewrite have you tried... Redirect permanent / https://example.com/ ...in any VirtualHost *:80 stanzas? I'm using that along with... Header always set Strict-Transport-Security “max-age=15768000" ...in httpd.conf on servers at work to force https....
  • Commented on Test Case
    Monorails just as Gerry Anderson imagined them....
  • Commented on Test Case
    the digitised ordinance survey Ordnance Survey. Measuring where to make things go boom rather than collecting local laws....
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    There's also a short BBC series Private Schulz starring Ian Richardson and Michael Elphick based around the forging fivers effort....
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    The alloys available are good enough to use in rocket engines. SpaceX are flying substantial components already and the Super Dracos on the Dragon 2 are printed rather than cast, Blue Origin is doing the same in the BE-4 engine...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    I'm with the 40mpg figure from my two 1098s and a 948. Ideal cars for buzzing round bits of Devon, but much less good for long distances. Managed one long trip at 55mpg, 300+ miles without refilling the 6.5 (proper)...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    The round the moon trip may not be happening, or at least not using a Heavy launched Dragon. In the post-launch press conference Elon said man-rating the Heavy was no longer planned, although as with every time man-rating is mentioned...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    How Not to Land an Orbital Rocket Booster has a few more examples of why it's a good idea not to be too close when the rocket is landing....
  • Commented on The crazy years
    Payload builders are very very conservative. Changing the radioactive element in the standard RTG is Change and therefore Bad. Attempts to improve the efficiency by using Stirling engine generators instead of thermocouples have largely been abandoned because no-one is willing...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    Except estate taxes rarely involve money, most of an estate is comprised of fungible assets or "medium money" to use a term not unrelated to this blog. If those assets need to be converted to "fast money", you have to...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    There's a case to be made that Estate Taxes are partly responsible for the situation in Cornwall where many of the coastal villages are 80% empty during the winter due to being holiday lets or "second" homes. The county had...
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    Victorian arsenic production as practiced at Devon Great Consols mine on the banks of the river Tamar. Take crushed arsenic ore, place in oven with coal and roast. Send the resulting gases up a long flue running from the ovens...
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    And hit Submit too soon. Following paragraph, after the death of Mary II her sister Anne took the throne and it wasn't until Anne died that George of Hanover took the throne. Mary and Anne were the daughters of James...
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    Appendix, page 295. "Charles II ruled cannily, ... but his son, James the Second". Charles and James were brothers, not father and son....
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    The initial seeding was done by the Street View cars I believe, updating may well be done when location tracking can use multiple sources....
  • Commented on PSA: Please don't nominate the Laundry Files for a Best Series Hugo Award (this year)
    Statistically Midsomer is one of the most dangerous places in the world, barring locations with an active and ongoing civil war, to live....
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    "Budget" includes time. Redoing the hardware would have probably involved an appropriate summer intern (CompSci or Engineer) and several months of downtime on the equipment. Asking if anyone had a suitable spare got them the necessary a couple of days...
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    It was specific hardware required for the interface which an emulator doesn't have rather than software. No budget to redo that side of things....
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