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  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    Oh dear, you've been listening to Ralph Nader again haven't you? Nope, plutonium isn't biologically active. It's insoluble in tissues and uptake is difficult. A number of folks who were contaminated with mass quantities of the stuff via cuts and...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    You can say the same about aviation which can't get private insurance to cover a major disaster like, say, a plane crashing into the centre of a major city, killing thousands of people and causing billions of dollars of property...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    Uranium yellowcake (U3O8) is selling at the minehead/processing plant for about $90/kilo at the moment. The price was depressed for a decade or so thanks to the US buying up and reprocessing a lot of spare ex-Soviet bomb-grade uranium and...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    In the 1970s Serf Efrica had Casspirs. They were heavily-armoured police vehicles, designed to withstand bombs and mines while the government policed places like Soweto (South Western Township, an official Blacks-only commuter-belt ghetto). The New! Shiny! MRAPs deployed in Iraq...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    Arthur Wellesely, the Duke of Wellington was the last general in UK history to become Prime Minister as far as I know. He seems to have made an indifferent job of the role according to most accounts. The next highest...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    Bluffing? There's been a bunch of "ideas" put forward after this year's slate nominations were unveiled. Most of the ideas don't work for various reasons, mostly because those putting the unworkable ideas forward didn't know how the Hugos actually work...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    The Goblin Emperor sounds a bit like the long-running web comic, Yet Another Fantasy Gamer Comic where many of the assorted rulers of fantasy communities are doing the best job they can, sometimes with indifferent success. A number of them...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    Having grown up in the age when Group of Soviet Forces Germany had a million men on the other side of the Inner German Border, and enough artillery to have a gun per 100m of front, I can assure you...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    The A-10 is obsolete, the GAU-8 Dick-Waving Exercise gun is overkill for patrolling the Imperial Marches and eliminating brown-skinned people who won't Do As They're Told by their owners. The A-10 *concept* of a slow rugged bomb truck supplying close-air-support...
  • Commented on Update
    The .50 BMG machine-gun round is not for antipersonnel use, it is an anti-materiel round for attacking light armoured vehicles, fortifications etc. according to the Geneva Conventions. It just goes through any people standing in the way quite nicely when...
  • Commented on Update
    I have a design in my head for a rapid-fire (3000 rounds per minute) large-calibre (30mm is easily achievable) high-velocity (600 m/s plus) machine gun which is not a firearm under the 1968 Act. Hmmm......
  • Commented on Terry Pratchett
    Here's another tribute to Terry from Boulet, a French cartoonist who does some fantastic fantasy and SF work on occasion: http://english.bouletcorp.com/2015/03/12/ Don't forget to click on the "React" link....
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    One of my cow-orkers in the Go Faster and Explode Division of the British Bucket of Instant Sunshine Research Establishment was a keen amateur botanist and he had recorded several rare orchids growing in a remote area of the site...
  • Commented on Terry Pratchett
    I've always thought the Discworld character of King Verence fitted Terry more than anything -- a jester who tried to make people laugh but always suspected he wasn't very good at it and then he was pushed into fame and...
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    Blitzkreig worked against the Japanese in 1945 in the largest land battle ever fought, the Battle of Manchuria when the Soviets steamrollered the Japanese/Manchuko army into the ground in just over two weeks....
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    The UAE and Saudi Arabia are building nuclear reactors in part to provide desalinated water and in part so they can sell more oil and gas that they currently burn to desalinate water on the world market. Other Middle-eastern...
  • Commented on My Country Tis of Thee
    The butcher's shop in the high street where I grew up had a ceiling-mounted rail system for moving carcasses through the shop from where they were unloaded from the truck outside to the chill room at the rear. That's...
  • Commented on My Country Tis of Thee
    The key thing that made the Industrial Revolution occur in a pissant small nation off the coast of Europe was, going back a few links, coffee and tea. Coffee-houses and tea-houses became meeting places for men of business to...
  • Commented on Brontosaurus BDSM, Werewolf Marines, and Serious Social Issues: Self-Publishing in the Wild
    'Elf and Safety rules apply in spades in a place like an Amazon "Fulfillment Centre" aka warehouse/distribution centre. It's not the lifting as there are limits to that (25kg for a single person), it's the distances covered each day pushing...
  • Commented on Brontosaurus BDSM, Werewolf Marines, and Serious Social Issues: Self-Publishing in the Wild
    I've just finished a stint working for Amazon in their call centre over the Xmas and New Year period. The most "horrific" thing they did to me was require me to wear a silly Santa hat on Mayday calls on...
  • Commented on My Country Tis of Thee
    Could the American Native tribes build *and support* artillery? If they couldn't then it's game over for them. Rifles are useful in war but artillery breaks nations. There's no point just getting hold of artillery pieces, they need the trained...
  • Commented on In which I am crabby about viral archery videos.
    I was sort of assuming that in 500 years time there are no other "primary" energy sources left as the ones we use now involve mostly involve fossil carbon. Either we stop committing slow suicide by not extracting and...
  • Commented on In which I am crabby about viral archery videos.
    I am reminded of the old physicists joke about why mathematicians are the cheapest academics to hire -- "you don't need to supply them with wastebaskets"... Right now the 7 billion people on Earth generate and consume about 15TW of...
  • Commented on In which I am crabby about viral archery videos.
    Nuclear power plants cost so much because they're vastly overengineered to cope with highly-unlikely and near-impossible failure modes because of anti-nuclear hysteria. The result? Folks look at the excessively-hardened structures and go WAAAH! Scary! and panic some more. The one...
  • Commented on In which I am crabby about viral archery videos.
    There's about 3 tonnes of uranium in solution in every cubic kilometre of seawater, and more being added every year from rainfall runoff from granite mountains into rivers. The technology to extract this uranium from seawater has been demonstrated using...
  • Commented on In which I am crabby about viral archery videos.
    The evacuees are getting about 330,000 yen a month for a family (£2000 or so), about 200,000 yen a month for single people from TEPCO and the government. Many of the evacuees are working and earning a wage where they...
  • Commented on In which I am crabby about viral archery videos.
    Several questionable statements there and some outright falsehoods... The Japanese people displaced by anti-nuclear hysteria from their homes in the vicinity of the Fukushima plant are definitely being compensated, getting paid a couple of thousand quid a month each now...
  • Commented on In which I am crabby about viral archery videos.
    Define "rapidly". Last time I saw the numbers go by in an article about anthropic climate change it said that methane had a half-life of about 7 years in the atmosphere, that is of a unit of methane released today,...
  • Commented on Obligatory author shilling.
    There's a term of art in manga and anime, waif-fu where the most slight and unmuscular of characters can wield giant swords, hammers, guns, Nicoll-Dyson lasers etc. like they were made from aerogel. This may be more of the same....
  • Commented on Every [ART] A Painting
    Pull-to-orbit can be and is done in CGI but I've never seen an in-camera shot with real optics that achieved the same effect. The start of the first episode of KamiChu! is quite a good example of an interesting beginning...
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