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  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    nor the tank-v-Mercedes chase on Salisbury Plain Did you move the Alfar internment camp at some point? The book is now very clear about it being on northern Dartmoor, but first time through I could never work out where the...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Delirium Brief
    OK, named officers in the film were there Richard Todd being one of the very few actors to appear in a film with someone else playing him. Twice....
  • Commented on The Labyrinth Index: sneak preview!
    Wasn't it established it only takes one blood sample to make the link and the PHANG parasites keep munching until the victim is dead? There's also a number of Alfar Sorcerors interned in Okehampton Battle Camp who need feeding, not...
  • Commented on The Labyrinth Index: sneak preview!
    After a General Election, the Monarch will invite someone to form a government. If one party has a clear majority then it will be the leader of that party, if no party has a clear majority then the invitation will...
  • Commented on The Labyrinth Index: sneak preview!
    if someone in high office were to suddenly revealed to the police as a criminal Jonathan Aitken resigned as Chief Secretary to the Treasury after The Guardian and World in Action investigations claimed he had been taking kick-backs from Saudi...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    something located very near the sun Parker Solar Probe then? Bit more complicated than a simple sunshade but the bulk of the work is done by an Aluminium Oxide reflective layer....
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    I wouldn't think so. I'd expect you get a shitload of thermal radiation from that sunshield that might make things pretty hot for any object behind the shield. You might want to have a look at the James Webb Space...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    What does someone who just.. got better from being stuck in a nursinghome do next? That's the basic plot of Rainbows End by Vernor Vinge. A main character has the right genome to match an Alzheimers cure (treatments for various...
  • Commented on "I doubt me an it be commercial."
    Swords versus Tanks by M Harold Page....
  • Commented on "I doubt me an it be commercial."
    I shall continue respiring normally for a bit longer then. Ta....
  • Commented on "I doubt me an it be commercial."
    Vague memories of you saying the fifth one was largely done but needed the dates in number four sorting out. Should we be holding our breath in anticipation yet?...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    The current NASA plan for Lunar surface expeditions is for a reusable lander or three to be parked at whatever the Lunar Orbit Deep Space Gateway space station is called at the time. Cargo and crew use those to go...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    Happened round here a few years ago. Uniform rules banned shorts but one of the affected pupils spotted the school rules for uniform didn't include gender based language....
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    though R.A.H. was denied Navy service because of some medical condition Medical discharge in 1934 due to tuberculosis....
  • Commented on Sitrep
    No capes!...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Take a foul-mouthed 10 year old with an IQ of 600 and a penchant for inventing toys like time machines and space drives. What can possibly go wrong? Knock a few years off the age and add a talking dog...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Lorry park on the M20 could last years. 10,000 freight vehicles a day through Dover, checks take between 5 and 45 minutes per vehicle from outside the EU....
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    I'd misread the thread as "no second generation space travellers" rather than "no second generation US space travellers", but it does appear there's only the three so far. I suspect the Soviet Union would really have liked to fly Elena...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    Add also Sergey Volkov, son of Aleksandr Volkov, and Roman Romanenko, son of Yuri Romanenko....
  • 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?...
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