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  • Commented on Blurb Bankruptcy
    Michael, you've read entirely the wrong implications into the statements. No, both crises were illnesses, both have now been treated, and both were unconnected with each other. I don't expect the imminent patter of tiny feet in the Stross household....
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    There is also the delightful Lionel Fanthorpe, notorious in the nicest possible way for the size of his ... oeuvre. 30 novels a year at one point. Lionel has more than once been a guest at the Discworld Convention -...
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    Your style is ... unmistakable. (And your name was there, you just typed it into the web address box instead.)...
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    That's an impressive price. I note that the rarest item I have - the hardback first edition of Terry Pratchett's Carpet People - is out there for a mere £200. (A nice markup over the tenner I spent though.)...
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    Oh hell. There's this pencil manuscript I have here I've just found under the bed (I think our late cats may have been using it as a bed) and I was hoping to have you read it over Easter. See,...
  • Commented on You probably already saw this, but ...
    Rishi - payload costs to orbit already include the cost of the rocket, both its construction and its development. You don't charge for it twice, any more than your FedEx airfreight charge comes with a surcharge. Let's assume $125M for...
  • Commented on Last time I did this, I lied ...
    Look at Charlie's fiction page. You may find the terms 'co-written' and 'collaboration' on it. I'll just also note that Pratchett has done collaborations of one form or another with a number of people....
  • Commented on News flash: I was wrong
    Conservatives are more afraid of change. But that's implicit in the very name. The problem for them is that modern life is full of change....
  • Commented on Last time I did this, I lied ...
    Parenthetically, I too am partial to the flavour of vindaloo without requiring it to be too hot. It's nice to see that The British Curry Company now does a vindaloo sauce that is specifically described as not being searingly hot....
  • Commented on News flash: I was wrong
    I suspect it's probably a case of "do it, or we'll do it for you". There's only so much power actually available, and if the load is more than the supply, there'll be brownouts, or the rolling power cuts will...
  • Commented on Etiquette Guide
    First I've seen in a while - either the spammers have not been trying, or the moderation team has been very on the ball. (No, wait, there was one a day or two ago where I couldn't decide, but it...
  • Commented on Etiquette Guide
    ** SPAM ALERT ** Alden Pursifull @110...
  • Commented on Public appearance
    Stross' Halting State is second-person Which may be why Stross mentioned it as an example....
  • Commented on You probably already saw this, but ...
    (And yes, I'm assuming a shuttle form for re-entry reasons.)...
  • Commented on You probably already saw this, but ...
    Atmospheric pressure at Martian surface ~ 1% of Earth Gravity at Martian surface ~ 37% of Earth To get enough lift to glide, the glider will have to go much, much faster. I'm going to guess from first principles (not...
  • Commented on News flash: I was wrong
    According to this BBC report:The trade minister, Banri Kaida, told Reuters that the targets could cut demand by an estimated 15m kilowatts for the areas serviced by two utilities Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) and Tohoku Electric Power. Or in units...
  • Commented on You probably already saw this, but ...
    I think you're totally barking!...
  • Commented on You probably already saw this, but ...
    It was a cold war in distinction to it being a hot war. It wasn't a hot war, because the two sides maintained otherwise apparently peaceful relations with each other. If their forces had started directly fighting each other, that...
  • Commented on Make it stop!
    Regarding the palaces, some of it, I suspect, is peacock tails - a grand first residence says "We're not so poor we can't afford a decent place for our best". (The only place where I've been that didn't have an...
  • Commented on Press Release
    (BTW - missing 'http://' on the Cheezburger UTL)...
  • Commented on News flash: I was wrong
    Indeed - Okinawa is a case in point. However, I had been under the mistaken impression that the US didn't have its nuclear ships actually calling into Japan. Since I then found that one of their nuke ships is actually...
  • Commented on News flash: I was wrong
    Assuming Wikipedia is in the right ballpark, the following reactors shut down: Fuskushima Daiichi: 6 reactors 4696 MW (the smallest is 460, yes, but the biggest is over 1GW) Fukushima Daini: 4 reactors 4400 MW Onagawa: 3 reactors 2174 MW...
  • Commented on News flash: I was wrong
    I see that yes, US nuclear powered warships have visited Japan on a number of occasions, and that the USS Washington is even based at Yokosuka Naval Base....
  • Commented on News flash: I was wrong
    Ah, I was looking at the page for Fukushima Dai-ni, where the reactors are bigger. Even if those ships could generate the required electricity - and assuming Japan permits nuclear powered vessels to dock, something they might not - getting...
  • Commented on News flash: I was wrong
    Pretty difficult. Tokyo is a vast city (much bigger than any US city). The USS Enterprise, for example, is about 200 MW. Each of the Fukushima reactors is about 1 GW, and thus the equivalent of 5 aircraft carriers. Japan...
  • Commented on Etiquette Guide
    Argh! I find that reading writing with egregious grammatical errors in is a bumpy experience. Your comment is a case in point - when you leave out words (such as the 'of' that you did), the one part of my...
  • Commented on Etiquette Guide
    To take an extract from a little way in: Besides if you want to throw crap at authors you should first ask their permission if they want it stuck up on the internet via e-mail. That debate is high among...
  • Commented on News flash: I was wrong
    'hypocentre' Ah, thanks, 'epicentre' is, of course, above and not below. (Anyway, the point where the plane surface intercepts a normal to the actual centre. I kind of assumed that 'epicentre' would work whether the actual centre was above or...
  • Commented on News flash: I was wrong
    ... or, as suggested and repeated, work in the IR range and not the radar. A couple of orders of magnitude change in wavelength has remarkable effects on the required dish size: Arecibo/100 is about the same size as the...
  • Commented on News flash: I was wrong
    Also Nagasaki and Hiroshima are both living populous cities. Indeed so. The Atom Bomb Dome is one of the tourist stops in Hiroshima, being almost at the epicentre of the explosion. It's also one of the few (possibly only) stops...
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