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  • 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...
  • Commented on A likely tale
    ...and not forgetting Janet....
  • Commented on Catching a Blighty
    That's an advantage of the mostly appointed Upper House in the UK. Get to General, Air Marshal or Admiral and there's a reasonable chance you'll get a Life-Peerage on retirement and have a chance of trying to guide policy....
  • Commented on Making history personal
    King Street gate now needs your University Card to be on the list, although there's a phone release the regular delivery drivers can use. Still easy enough to wander in through the main gate opposite Sainsburys for a wander round...
  • Commented on Making history personal
    Ah, one of the new ones *grin* Last of the old Colleges I think is the preferred term! 200 year gap to the next one... The College had been given two farms somewhere up north in the distant past. Around...
  • Commented on Making history personal
    I work at a Cambridge College, the original buildings were built for its founding in 1596 though my office is in a 1920s block. The Elizabethan buildings were given a Victorian cement render so don't look their age. The cellars...
  • Commented on Spook Century
    British soldiers in Afghanistan were often relying on the Americans for air transport, or so I heard That was largely to do with altitude rather than general availability. Whatever RAF Transport Command is called these days and the internal Army...
  • Commented on Spook Century
    I suspect you could make something of equivalent spec to the guidance computer for a BGM-109 Tomahawk cruise missile these days for under $100 http://diydrones.com/ has a lot about an Arduino based autopilot with variants for fixed wing, single rotor...
  • Commented on Spook Century
    it'd have to pass muster as something innocuous to get a launch Go for a Russian launch. As long as you aren't endangering the other payloads it's apparently much easier to get waivers than with American or European launch providers....
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