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  • Commented on The iron law of development
    From memory, up until the 1400s most of the tin extracted from the general area of Dartmoor, Bodmin Moor and on down into Cornwall was collected from river bed sand and gravel by panning. The rivers would be worked repeatedly...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    So do you think we'll see 172 new Stewards of Chiltern Hundred Only 86. Although applying for appointment as Crown Steward and Bailiff of the Chiltern Hundreds is the one usually quoted, they alternate with the Crown Steward and Bailiff...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    She's not a Westminster MP, though - and so couldn't be elected as Prime Minister by the House of Commons. Couple of tiny errors in your statement. There's no requirement for the Prime Minister to be an MP, although it's...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    What the UK really needed was a referendum on building a fifty metre wall around the City of London Or around the central reservation of the M25. Londoners seem to be big on the "Why should we let Brussels dictate...
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    Greg, my last couple of builds have started from a bundle on https://www.scan.co.uk/todayonly and added in whatever else is needed. eg todays (Friday) item 6 has Case + PSU, HDD, CPU + Motherboard, the MoBo appears to have onboard graphics...
  • Commented on Defining space opera
    I think the only other ongoing mission outside Mars is Cassini in the Saturn system Dawn in orbit around Ceres and Juno due to arrive at Jupiter in July. The theory behind relaying is you'd fly one or two "conventional"...
  • Commented on Maneuvers in the Dark
    There's a selection of antidrone drones in Walter Jon Williams "Deep State". As I remember Wedges are the favourite, a fast fly-by is enough to destabilise most other types although a glancing impact in the rotor area is ideal....
  • Commented on Long range forecast
    Cost of a Falcon 9 launch stack (disposable): $65M. Cost of a Falcon 9 first stage (reusable): $45M. SpaceX currently advertise a complete Falcon 9 *launch* for $61.2 million and a Heavy for $90 million. The first stage has been...
  • Commented on Long range forecast
    There's also records that indicate that Antarctica was once warm enough to grow trees...which means no permafrost. And it appears to have been in the same position at that time. Very different geographical situation when the trees were there...
  • Commented on A world-building puzzler
    meaning "to rise in brilliance" or "to shine". Bit of a Pink Floyd vibe? And a spot of Pigeon Post?...
  • Commented on Clickbait spasm: 14 gizmos I used in 2015
    the little 8W (1.4A at 5V) USB-powered soldering iron Ooh, ta. £5.8something on ebay for UK stock, £3.8something from China. UK stock version ordered and apparently dispatched a few minutes later......
  • Commented on Fantasy shibboleths
    she died poor though, in a workhouse Not necessarily poor. The infirmary at Tavistock Union workhouse was effectively the old peoples home for the surrounding area, as well as being the hospital for the younger inhabitants of the workhouse and...
  • Commented on Fantasy shibboleths
    I took advice from some here and read Ian Tregillis "Bitter Seeds". Set in an English pub in the 1940s IIRC, the main character pulls out his "billfold" Took me a while to work out why a character was...
  • Commented on Fantasy shibboleths
    Ultimogeniture's a weird one. The only place I really remember seeing it was in an ethnographic account from I think Kiribati I've heard of it being used in parts of Wales, the idea being similar. The oldest son didn't want...
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    I'm thinking of buying the bare strips and making my own room lights by putting them on channels on the walls near the ceilings I've put a strip of the encapsulated variety along the top of the picture rail behind...
  • Commented on Science-fictional shibboleths
    I imagine a caveman version of Doc Brown: "Great Scott, Marty! Look what this part of the buffalo can do!". I forget how they invented fire, but Evolution Man is along those lines....
  • Commented on Confessions of a (half-assed) news avoider
    who will lunch a satellite or capsule into orbit and have the booster land itself safely first, Musk or Bezos? Musk. Looks like return to flight for the Falcon 9 will be round about the 15th, and one of the...
  • Commented on An Apology
    Option B: Imperialism. Create a constantly expanding multiverse empire for the purpose of securing more and more worlds between the outside and your homeworld Is there a "between" though? The knots seem to take you between a pair of worlds...
  • Commented on An Apology
    I'll have to look for the C Anvil one, though - sounds interesting & highly amusing. It's available as "Pandora's Legions" which includes other works in the same setting on the Baen CD "The Baltic War" which you can find...
  • Commented on An Apology
    The expensive bit was apparently the circuitry to change from being a consumer of electricity, to being a generator - but I rather suspect that the rooftop solar panel industry has driven those prices down Note though that almost all...
  • Commented on The Future Is Not American
    Any kind of interstellar travel needs an "awfully contrived explanation". A Maori shaman discovering that a particular mix of Kava and Nurofen grants the power to open an interdimensional tunnel to other worlds Would you take American Indians finding a...
  • Commented on The Future Is Not American
    Elon Musk has a US based space program, but his goal is cheap access to space, not restricting competition to national players. He's also on his third nationality....
  • Commented on Tanks! Why tank stories make great tech myths
    It's a joined up system annoyance mostly. Years ago I started writing a book log website, then Goodreads turned up which killed the enthusiasm to develop it further, but I still log most of my reading locally (Goodreads doesn't think...
  • Commented on Tanks! Why tank stories make great tech myths
    Here are two articles which back him up; basically, the failures were in the processes, tactics, and logistics - not in the technology or reliability. Ooh, ta. Tucks them away for later perusal. I've had a radio amateur licence for...
  • Commented on Tanks! Why tank stories make great tech myths
    Ah, or renaming the Magic Research Agency to something with infinitley more Q's than U's in the name, then selling it to someone who promptly moves the good bits to a different jurisdiction and shuts down the rest? I must...
  • Commented on Tanks! Why tank stories make great tech myths
    "well let's just say that the challenges with that kind of thing are part of the story." That's why research wizards need minions. Disposable, easily replaced minions......
  • Commented on Tanks! Why tank stories make great tech myths
    "Didn't they drop the valves separately and so lose them" It's been a while since I read A Bridge Too Far but I think it was a case of flakey equipment and poor propogation conditions though some gear had either...
  • Commented on Tanks! Why tank stories make great tech myths
    "The runes tend to be specific and traditional, so there isn't a rune you could use to improve the gun's accuracy." This is why it's always handy to have research wizards. I'd suspect it's not so much that there isn't...
  • Commented on Tanks! Why tank stories make great tech myths
    Operation Market Garden suffered from lack of reliable radios. The troops on the ground in and around Arnhem were unable to talk to the units advancing up the roads or to send messages back to England to divert subsequent waves...
  • Commented on All that is old is new again (heavy politics dance remix)
    Here in Canada we really need to get some better scandals. Hey! You win outright on city mayors, Boris is nothing compared to Rob Ford....
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