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  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    Formerly 2nd Viscount Stansgate, there wouldn't have been a problem for a Sir Anthony, Bt.. The legal theory behind barring peers from seats in the Commons was that they already had seats in Parliament as members of the House of...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    I doubt that European and Caribbean data will be any use to the US states where most of the farming happens. I did say "short term". 24 hours if you're lucky but probably less....
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    So why should any country from another continent launch an expensive satellite to monitor America's weather? European MetSats watch the Caribbean and western Atlantic because that's where a lot of the weather across Europe originates. Eavesdropping on them would give...
  • Commented on Parallel Reconstruction and the new Stasi
    So however embarrassed Hugh Laurie is Err, check your Hughs?...
  • Commented on The morning after
    I came up with a slightly different plan. Reluctantly I included Kernow in Wessex as Plymouth (including attached but nominally separate areas like Plymstock and Saltash) on its own accounts for nearly a third of the population. Kent and Wessex...
  • Commented on Service announcement: upcoming outage(s)
    This month, 1.86% of hits came from MSIE 6. A further 1.26% came from MSIE 7 and 0.94% from MSIE 8 Interesting how things vary, I've got those three at 0.14%, 7.28% and 8.5% for the past month and not...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    There was a referendum around 1970 asking if Tavistock wanted to become part of Plymouth which would have led to a similar situation if it hadn't failed. Plymouth had no room to expand and the surrounding local authorities didn't want...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    If you imagine a town of 21,000 in the middle of Dartmoor you would say it should have a police station and a fire station If you'll take a town on the edge of Dartmoor but where the emergency...
  • Commented on Down tools
    Well *some* of us mentioned the Constabulary in comments back in September, though my suspicions about Inspector Dudley of the Ruralshire Constabulary Mounted Police were never confirmed or denied. I will admit to not having previously read Cold Comfort Farm...
  • Commented on The Rhesus Chart: Chapter One
    but I was always told that "baht aht" translated as "without a hat (on)" I'd agree with that. It's "Bar the hat" with multiple letters dropped. Vague memories of a camping song book having it written as "ba't'at". "Bar these"...
  • Commented on Vacation
    According to http://spaceflightnow.com/tracking/ there's plenty due up, but very little from Florida. A Falcon 9 is due a few days earlier with another just listed as "July" at the moment....
  • Commented on Amazon: malignant monopoly, or just plain evil?
    there is no device lockin and people can read kindle books on whatever physical device they want Marvellous. Care to describe this lock-in free process for buying and downloading the file so I can read it in my chosen physical...
  • Commented on The prospects of the Space and Freedom Party reconsidered in light of the crisis of 21st century capitalism
    Musk jokes about being a Bond villain. "I have an electric car! And an island base with boiler-suited minions from which I launch space rockets! All I need is the chair and the white cat! https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/192701084932907009...
  • Commented on Lighting up again
    Well, I'm not at work today so... http://oglaf.com/blank-page/ (NSFW)...
  • Commented on Implications
    At sea-level, Mexico & New Guinea are tropical, but @ 12 000 feet up, the climate will NOT be "tropical" Indeed. There's a vague rule of thumb of the order of every yard up is equivalent to a mile polewards....
  • Commented on Implications
    My time at secondary school just across the border had me as a member of Tremaine House so that's the way I'd have spelt it as well....
  • Commented on Implications
    Peter Tremaine's "Sister Fidelma" books Ta. Hmm, "Tremayne" for anyone else wandering over to a large South American river for a search. Anthology 1 now sitting in my basket waiting for me to find another £3.71 for the free postage......
  • Commented on Implications
    Which other 'mundane' authors do you think have 'got' worldbuilding? I don't normally go for detective stories but enjoyed the Brother Cadfael books by Ellis Peters which did a very good job of building the background of the Anarchy and...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    Reportedly, Malaysia Air sent realtime data on engine performsnce to Rolls-Royce for maintenance purposes Real-time engine data rang a bell yesterday so I had a look to refresh my memory. Aircraft will typically send a package of telemetry including some...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    This article has a diagram of the various antenna positions on a generic 777 but in the comments it's claimed the actual aircraft had a different arrangement....
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    RF at that sort of frequency is pretty much line of sight, if the aircraft wasn't on radar then it's unlikely VHF comms would have got through....
  • Commented on Miscellanea
    do you really want to be aboard something that lands using the "rockets and crane" system they used for Curiosity You wouldn't use the crane bit for a manned lander, the crew can walk far enough away to get uncontaminated...
  • Commented on Miscellanea
    The Wikipedia 30% failure rate is for landers only, recent rovers are 100% and as the total rover count is given as 7 but the table below only lists 6 I'm wary about their sums. http://www.space.com/12404-mars-explored-landers-rovers-1971.html shows six failures in...
  • Commented on Miscellanea
    There ought to be a pun on Elvis somewhere around that region of ideaspace.. The afore mentioned Terry Pratchett wrote an entire book just to use "There's a boy works down the chipshop, I'd swear he's Elvish." so the punning...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    the born-and-bred Londoner Maggie Hmmm, so the border of London had already expanded to include large parts of Lincolnshire between 1925 and 1951. YLSNED, though much of it is as wrong as a very wrong thing......
  • Commented on Sitrep
    When did the Jubilee line, the Docklands Light railway and the Northern line extension all start? For the Jubilee line, the name was supposed to be a clue to when it was due to open. Work on what was then...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    why do we need to change trains in Waterloo to go from Manchester to Lyons via rail? HS1 has started from St Pancras for a few years now which makes things a bit better. At least you can get off...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    might as well go for the 'build a wall round London' option. (That low concrete wall along much of the M25 central reservation? Ah, the Simon Morden "Metrozone" solution. Greatly relaxed planning and building regs as well....
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    I've been a teacher - & I favour selection (preferably within a big school) I've been a pupil and favour selection within big schools too. My secondary school had been one of the earliest to go Comprehensive and peaked at...
  • Commented on What scared H. P. Lovecraft
    A recent weekend anniversary event made me realise William Hartnell was only a year older then I am now when he started playing a well known Doctor. I don't remember the first episode as we didn't have a TV at...
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