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  • Commented on Excuses
    And as far as I am aware, quite a small number of people are responsible for quite a lot of crime If that were true, why do we not live in land when property crime and offences against the person...
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    (Someone had to)...
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    probably a mute point. Or a moot one even... (Someone had to)...
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    Every car comes with a short-cut button for watching Top Gear repeats on Dave?...
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    It appears the limit is actually set to 150km/h but variously shows as between 91 and 93mph in vehicles using imperial speedos....
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    Thanks for the recommendation of Oddjobs you made elsewhere. Two more of their works also purchased and Oddjobs 2 will be in the next physical batch I get....
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    Also RTG power output is a few hundred watts at most, an ion drive wants kilowatts....
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    Expected propellant mass for the spaceship is 1100 tons for a full load, payload to LEO is 150 tons so 7 tanker trips needed to top off the ship in orbit....
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    Vague memories of my grandfathers Players Navy Cut packets, the back just had the sailor logo in colour, but scribblings usually involved opening the empty pack out flat and using the inside....
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    The spaceship has small tanks inside the main tanks for storing the descent propellants. That also isolates them from the outer walls and makes it easier to keep both the oxygen and methane cold....
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    Apollo had some problems with hydrazine, Apollo 15 landed on two parachutes instead of the normal three because the venting of the excess before landing dissolved some of the lines, and another crew landed up breathing some when the air...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    On board cameras transmitting to the ground stations under the track. Usually one at the top of the interstage looking down, one inside the interstage looking up, one either side of the second stage engine each looking diagonally across and...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    whatever fuel is used, it can only be that one fuel type. Is this a fixed constraint based on experience or... The more things that need to be loaded onto a launcher at the pad, the more complicated the ground...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    Getting in the mainstream. The first 15 minues of Newsnight tonight was on Elon Musks presentation....
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    The F-1B was being considered for the side boosters as a replacement for the SRBs, the core stage was always going to be hydrogen burning shuttle derived engines and tankage. One of the apparent reasons for the changing capabilities of...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    You also want to spend as little time as possible in the van Allen belts, ion drive craft tend to spend quite a lot of orbits spiralling through them....
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    The circumlunar flight is being paid for by the two as yet unidentified but well-off passengers, Congress don't get to have a say in funding. Also for 16: NASA man rating only applies to NASA flights, for a privately funded...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    The announced date for the SpaceX round the moon trip is also the 50th anniversary of Apollo 8. The timescale almost matches the Apollo programme, the first Saturn V flew on November 9th 1967 and Apollo 8 was the third...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Ah, didn't realise they used two different systems between the wet and dry types. Conversations have usually involved USAF and RAF, USN aircrew being rare round Cambridgeshire and not that common round Plymouth. No wonder it's one of the things...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    This includes recent USN operations from their CVBG; lots of cases where the carrier strike aircraft were refuelled from RAF tankers That isn't possible without major refits to either the tankers or the strike aircraft....
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Woodcraft Folk date back to the early 1930s, "Mixed scouts and guides without all the paramilitary bollocks" was the way one of the leaders of the group I belonged to described it....
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    The picture of the Bletchley reunion from the end of that article has been going round with the caption "OK fine I'll concede that sometimes it is important to listen to Nazis and try to understand them."...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Regular peace talk meetings with one side never showing up is the opening to the Battlestar Galactica reboot. The one time both parties did attend after many years didn't end well......
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Don't think it's Trinity, but one of the Colleges along the river had a new library area built under the gardens as a sealed box. It is important that the weight of books stored in it doesn't change much as...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    The sun is slowly getting brighter, about 25% up on when it formed, so early life on a spinning moon-equipped Venus would have had an easier time getting started....
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    Venus isn't tidally locked, it does one turn on its axis every 243 days but backwards so the sun rises in the West. The end result is you get a bit under two solar days per Venus year....
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    "Sample problems: 1:can a self-driving car identify either black ice, 2: or water flowing over the roadway? ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ 1: It dosn't 2: It doesn't" The first one may not, although in the case of ice the driving system should be...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    Standing for elected office in the UK at least is considerably cheaper than in the USA. There are very strict (and surprisingly low) limits on how much can be spent and an absolute ban on paid advertising for candidates. If...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    Well at the time John F was commanding PT109 his older brother Joseph P Jr was the designated future president....
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    So... why not dig a canal to the real sea and let that flow in until the surface area gets large enough for evaporation to balance inflow XKCD What-If on flooding Death Valley....
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