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  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    Not convinced by the Lawdog theories, his chemistry is iffy for a start, but a rapidy moving plug of clathrate could possibly cause a large boom after it cracked the pipe. It will dissociate at a "high rate" if the...
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    Reports from Nord Stream 2 AG that pressure has stabilised (presumably at the German end) in the pipeline. Also a pipeline between Greece and Bulgaria has ben put into operation which givesgas from Azerbaijan a route into Europe....
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    Trevithick isn't exactly a Saxon name......
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    Anyone in their mid thirties or older had two years service, the term was only reduced to one year in 2007/8. The 50 year olds will have started out in the Soviet Red Army but may well have finished their...
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    questions about how many survived to be taken captive by the Russians, and how many yet survive (or will survive) as POWs. News in the UK has mostly been about the release of five Britons held by Russia, but another...
  • Commented on London Bridge
    now we only have to wait a couple of years for the samples to be shipped back Bit longer than that. It's been decided very recently the lander will carry two helicopters instead of a rover so design is under...
  • Commented on London Bridge
    Andrew has been Duke of York since 1986, when available it's generally bestowed on the Heir Apparent's next brother. If Andrew dies before William gets the top job then by tradition Harry becomes DoY, if William is already enthroned then...
  • Commented on London Bridge
    Charles II did produces quite a few sones, just no legitimate heirs although at least one had a go at claiming the family chair. Regnal numbers in England really got started with "Edward, third of that name since the conquest"...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    a lot of work in and around mines was done by children (and I mean under 7 years old). Who cares... certainly not the mine owners. Arsenic production at Devon Great Consols mine did not exactly follow best health and...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    Dryness of the Great Orme mines is one of the reasons it was already a deep mine back in the bronze age. The tin and copper mines around Dartmoor and down through Cornwall tended to be a lot wetter, bronze...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    You've collected an extra 'l' somewhere. Marc Isambard Brunel, father of Isambard Kingdom Brunel....
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    Although the service via Starlink will be for low data rate services only. Users will have SMS, MMS, images and maybe video clips but no real time voice or video. Voice should be available "eventually"....
  • Commented on The ends of education
    If people could be persuaded into short electric vehicles with a reasonable amount of self driving... Short cars to fit across rather than along the wagon, electric because if the rail electrification could be done properly it can charge during...
  • Commented on The ends of education
    Err, no. You only get to serve two terms in the post (actually 2.4999 if you started as VP andthe main guy didn't finish but did get over halfway). You can stand as many times as it takes to get...
  • Commented on The ends of education
    Quick test with my bathroom scales and picking each one up, folding electric bike 20kg, road bike with electric conversion kit fitted 22kg. Seemed to be plenty of electric bikes weaving in and out of Festival goers when I was...
  • Commented on The ends of education
    Buccaneers preferred to attack coastal towns and cities and avoid conflict with other ships at sea, unless they knew the cargo was seriously high value. Spain started to run in to financial problems when the annual treasure fleet was attacked...
  • Commented on The ends of education
    From fading memory Cambridge only uses entrance exams for overseas students whose local A-Level equivalents can't easily be translated, althought there have been mutterings about bringing them back more generally because of grade inflation. Along the same lines though, all...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    Tier 3 hat: Envelope and From headers are different domains, host2031.hostmonster.com and mrw/5-cent.us, Sent by a PHP script, and no SPF records.SpamAssassin awards it 2.7 points which is well below the usual reject threshold....
  • Commented on The ends of education
    If you're eligible to vote for the Hugo awards this year, voting closes in a few hours time. You may want to pay particular attention to the Best Series category, or you may not......
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    Discrimination against AIs! Can't take out patents, can't win Hugos... :-)...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    On the subject of AI authors, File 770 linked to a Wired article (annoying layout warning) about an author using a tool by the name of Sudowrite to flesh out their plotlines....
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    Hollywood movie stars (like Jimmy Stewart and Clark Gable, e.g.) fought on the front lines The film The Longest Day was mentioned earlier. Richard Todd was offered the part of playing himself in it, but declined and landed up with...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    Also read somewhere that public interest in these photos almost crashed the NASA server. If true, then NASA needs a better server now NASAs reluctance to change things seems to pervade the entire organisation. NASA-TV is still standard definition (possibly...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    Going back to the asteroid diversion attractor above... After analysis of data from the Osiris-Rex sample collection it appears that asteroid Bennu has the cohesiveness of a ball pit. If the spacecraft hadn't started backing away again almost immediately after...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    Via James Nicoll, bunker subtitles sketch. Best hashtag #Clownfall And finally... "I miss the days when the only reason a British PM had to suddenly replace 40 ministers is because they were disintegrated in the latest Dalek attack."...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    Apparently we're back to the PM petitioning the Monarch to dissolve parliament although there are grounds for her to refuse....
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    I'm not clear on whether it gets up to orbital velocity or not Not. 4.5 km/s for a block IIA against ~7 km/s for LEO....
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    A late 60s/early 70s study whose name it is too near bedtime for me to remember proposed using Saturn Vs and modified Apollo CSMs to deliver the warheads. Using cargo Dragons (No LES but they have environmental controls to keep...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    You really want to divert the incoming body rather than shatter it. Breaking up the gravel pile stops it reaching the ground intact (although if it is a gravel pile it would crumble as it enters atmosphere and it's more...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    Paraphrasing a bit, "Close only counts in horseshoes, hand grenades and nuclear weapons". The delivery system only has to get the warhead to the right position relative to the target, there's no need to match velocities. Once the little drop...
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