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  • Commented on Wag that puppy
    There's a famous anecdote about the driver Stirling Moss at a party the evening after a track race, speaking to a pretty girl who told him she had been watching the race. "Yes, I know, I saw you. You...
  • Commented on Martial arts and the cycle of bullshit
    I know of people who train with live edged weapons and no protection, I've seen them demonstrate short-range combat in such a situation. It's still false fighting as they deliberately pull strokes, don't close to less than a sword's...
  • Commented on Martial arts and the cycle of bullshit
    By "tissue damage" I was meaning something like eye trauma or a reflexed elbow rather than bruises and scrapes, damage that will endure for a long period or even cause permanent problems (like detached retinas). Even in an MMA...
  • Commented on Martial arts and the cycle of bullshit
    My own martial arts experience was in Practical Pistol, or Combat Pistol in US terms. It totally ruined me as a possible combatant using a pistol though since rule 1 of the training was "Never point a pistol at...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Neptune's Brood
    You're presuming early 21st century engineering capabilities in space on the transmitting and receiving end of things. The receiving systems in the Freyaverse can easily have a few km-wide telescopes pointed at the target systems whose laser transmitting arrays...
  • Commented on Apology
    "Twilight: The Merchant Princes" fits with the titles of the individual shelf-ready product^W^W^W books, "Dark State", "Invisible Sun" and theotheroneI'veforgotten. What, "Twilight" is taken?...
  • Commented on Service announcement: upcoming outage(s)
    You were namechecked in TheReg a couple of days ago too although you were described as a "one-time-sysadmin" rather than a Perl wrangler. http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2014/08/25/brit_scifi_author_alistair_reynolds_says_ms_word_drives_me_to_distraction/...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    The MoD Police force deals with military nuclear security as well as general policing of defence establishments, offices etc. The Civil Nuclear Constabulary handles non-military nuclear policing....
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    The UK experienced a series of police firearms incidents back in the 1970s and 80s which indicated the existing ad-hoc choice of weapons by various constabularies, inadequate training in the main and poor tac-op processes was not, ummm, optimal...
  • Commented on The Ferguson Question
    An M-16 or AR-15 (the civilian semi-automatic version) is a 300-metre battle rifle, meant to engage targets over a long distance and firing a round designed to penetrate bodies, walls, windows etc. quite well. Carrying one in an urban...
  • Commented on Down tools
    A CVN doesn't have "spare reactor juice" to make fuel from seawater and CO2. You can run the numbers yourself if you wish but to fuel up a two-plane flight for CAP purely from the reactors of a Ford...
  • Commented on Down tools
    The "nuclear winter" scenario requires a lot of nuclear weapons detonated over a large area such as Siberia and the US plains to burn ground cover and add the resulting combustion products to the upper atmosphere. The Gruinmarkt attack...
  • Commented on App store annoyances
    Apple supported PPC for years after they announced their Think Different switch to Intel chips, indeed they even released new PPC hardware during that time (I can't remember precisely when they stopped releasing OS/X upgrades) for late-model G5-series laptops...
  • Commented on App store annoyances
    " Nobody wants to carry around three iPads for different work cases: if Apple tried to ram that down their customers' throats they'd risk losing market share." You regularly travel with an iPhone (iOS), an iPad (iOS) and a...
  • Commented on YAPC::NA 2014 keynote: Programming Perl in 2034
    One serious problem with trinary is that it doesn't scale downwards very well. The difference between a plus and a zero and a minus voltage signal is easy to determine when the voltages are significant but as voltage levels...
  • Commented on Schroedinger's Kingdom: the Scottish Political Singularity Explained
    During the Glasnost period before the rump Soviet Union fell apart a Western TV crew got unprecedented access to, among other places, a Strategic Rocket Forces IRBM base in the Ukraine. On camera one of the officers in charge...
  • Commented on We need a pony. And the moon on a stick. By next Thursday.
    They don't have to be professional spies or trained linguists. Why not use Mechanical Turk or its equivalent to determine possible sarcasm in suspect statements? Two cents per test for the best natural-language processing systems available using native-language speakers...
  • Commented on The myth of heroism
    A number of the Iranian expats who were beating the "let's you and him fight, I'll hold your coat" drum via neocon thinktanks and other groups in the US (Benador Associates, for example) were ex-members of the Shah's government...
  • Commented on The prospects of the Space and Freedom Party reconsidered in light of the crisis of 21st century capitalism
    No, the LK-60s may be the last big icebreakers they build but they still have river ice to deal with to maintain navigation and keep the northern coastal ports open. Fresh water freezes a lot easier than open seawater...
  • Commented on Some news about the Hugo voters packet
    Cash machines (ATMs) are not connected to the internet, they run on their own secured network down to the wires and switches. The ones that run XP (some run Win2000, there may be some that still run NT4) run...
  • Commented on The Snowden leaks; a meta-narrative
    Why are high-energy gammas useless for generating power? Once they've been "spent" in an absorbing material they're heat and thus steam and therefore electricity. A good proportion of fission energy is produced by the emission of gammas, one-tenth the...
  • Commented on The Snowden leaks; a meta-narrative
    The secondary activation "problem" for fusion reactors is a red herring, basically, same as with fission reactors. For one thing the lithium breeder blanket will eat most of the free neutrons while converting their energy into heat to generate...
  • Commented on The prospects of the Space and Freedom Party reconsidered in light of the crisis of 21st century capitalism
    The Russians have several nuclear-powered icebreakers in service and are laying down three new ones. The key thing for a nuclear-powered cargo ship would be having multiple units in service with similar reactors and fuel systems, cutting the general...
  • Commented on The Snowden leaks; a meta-narrative
    Did you ever work with CP/M-86, perchance? We had it on a Intel development system, pile of fetid dingoes kidneys... DOS had a smaller installed memory footprint, it would even work without disk drives off a cassette tape port...
  • Commented on The Snowden leaks; a meta-narrative
    Philby, Burgess and McLean were all full-time well-paid employees of a certain nation's security apparatus and that didn't help. The real problem is that the NSA knows too much in part because there is so much to know and...
  • Commented on The Snowden leaks; a meta-narrative
    Hardware costs money and back in the 70s and 80s bits cost bucks so code sharing data space and self-modifying code was the way to go as security at the time involved switching the machine off at night and...
  • Commented on The prospects of the Space and Freedom Party reconsidered in light of the crisis of 21st century capitalism
    Flywheel storage systems, as I had been referring to them in the post. The weird chemistry in stationary battery tech is nickel-iron (NiFe). It has an excellent lifespan even with deep discharge cycle operations that would kill Li-chemistry and...
  • Commented on The prospects of the Space and Freedom Party reconsidered in light of the crisis of 21st century capitalism
    The first F1 KERS systems used carbon-fibre flywheels and there have previously been attempts to fit them to buses etc. as battery substitutes but Li-chemistry batteries are now so obviously superior for mobile energy storage flywheel systems are being...
  • Commented on The prospects of the Space and Freedom Party reconsidered in light of the crisis of 21st century capitalism
    Density of steel is about 8 grammes/cc. Density of carbon fibre runs about 1.6 g/cc. The energy of flywheels scale as the mass increases, generally so in the case of similar-sized flywheels the much cheaper and easier to fabricate...
  • Commented on The prospects of the Space and Freedom Party reconsidered in light of the crisis of 21st century capitalism
    Imagine the structural loads imposed on a building by putting a water tank holding a few thousand tonnes of water on the roof -- a thousand tonnes of water is a cube ten metres on a side, it's kinda...
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