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  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    The American head of state is a directly elected President with power and independent capabilities but it is not necessarily a feature of many other democracies, including (nominally) pre-war Japan. Hirohito was an isolated and uninvolved figurehead who appointed the...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    The Emperor in Japan in the run up to and after the Meiji Restoration in the 1860s was a figurehead adored by the people as a patriotic focus but almost entirely isolated from Japanese society to the point that they...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    I recall seeing calculations that converting nearly all of an object's mass into propulsive energy at 100% efficiency would get it up to about 0.5C or thereabouts. Anything over and above would require lightsails and lasers or other methods of...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    Cosmopunk, perhaps? English has commandeered the root term "cosmos" (as it did with the Ur-punk prefix, "cyber") but it's a little more Other than "Space" or "Star" and may be protectable as a trademark. I like "Uchupunk" but that root's...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    There wasn't anything the US could have done militarily in the Korean peninsula in the aftermath of the battle of Manchuria except the Soviets ran out of fuel and war-making materiel and had to stop about half-way down the peninsula....
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    What about WWII, the most destructive war in history? Oh, nowhere near the beginning of the century. The Second Treasonous Slaveholders Rebellion of 1861, regarded as incredibly important to Americans, again nothing to do with xx14 (as was the First...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Then what do you do with the salt-laden zeolites? It takes energy to move them around, backflush them to remove the salt etc. If you succeed you now have millions of tonnes of salt sitting in the treatment plant's yard,...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Take a lot of budget and say "I need you to demonstrate a crop in five years with zero fossil carbon inputs" and see what you get. Chattel slavery and stoop labour, at a guess....
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    I don't really see why the police and Home Office would need lots of ersatz police to do the job they faced, providing police cover for picket lines. They moved police from other areas in to the few pits and...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    There's another problem with large wind turbine blades in that the swept disc gets larger and it's possible for the end regions of each blade out from the hub to be in radically different wind conditions i.e. the end of...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    When politicians come out with this kind of nonsense I can only think they are either dishonest or deluded - both reasons not to vote for them. That's... sweet. You will only vote for a principled realist politician seeking election...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Until a century storm comes along every ten years or so and rips the turbines off their towers, yes....
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    The Chinese are trying to cap the amount of coal plants in build and operation but they'll still be getting at least 25% of their power from coal in fifty years time (at the moment it's about 58%). They are...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    It would involve calling for a vote of no confidence in her own party, though; that would be fun. A vote of no confidence by the Tories would very obviously be a "dash to the polls" tactical vote. Having the...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Another fifty years of coal is way into "strap block of C4 to head, detonate" territory. And your point is? We (the global "we") should have stopped digging and extracting coal totally thirty years ago or more but we didn't....
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    "Absent the CO2 emissions problem" is a lot like saying "other than being shot in the head". Yes. This is why I'm a big booster of nuclear power but the Big Money today is in renewables which will require a...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    China is throwing everything against the wall in terms of electricity generation to see what will work and what won't, because they need the electricity. They're planning to have a generating capacity of about 2TW (2,000 GW) in a few...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    The problem is the total production cost of getting electricity to a consumer socket. Solar panels and wind turbines stop doing generating electricity pretty often, when the wind stops blowing and the sun goes down. The solution is renewables plus...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    They couldn't stop the Prime Minister from going to the country, even if they had voted against overriding the Fixed Term law. If that vote had failed she could call a vote of confidence and whip the Tories to vote...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    So, odds are, sometime this year the official price for New Solar Installations goes below natural gas in price/kWh and the Market has to notice. What happens when the sun goes down? This is a serious question. At the...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Convince them of what? That Brexit is a bad idea? How do you go about convincing them of that? Facts, reality, consequences? They got all that, repeatedly and still voted Leave. I did say 20% or so of Labour supporters...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Jeremy Corbyn is a bit like the Pope; his primary interest is in the survival and (future) prosperity of the Labour Party which he has served all his adult life. Without Labour the poor and the working people of the...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Water's not going to be a problem in most places around the world after global warming has had its wicked way with ocean surface temperatures. Lack of fresh water/rainfall in overpopulated deserts like California is a "today" problem, not a...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Really fast rail, whether steel-wheel or maglev requires virtually straight-line track layouts with no climbs and dips -- at 500km/hr plus any sort of a deviation from a straight line will result in significant G-forces on the passengers and running...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Pretty much all airliners are propellor-driven today -- high-bypass turbofan engines provide well over half of their thrust from the big fan at the front of the engine, driven by the turbine stage via shafts and gearboxes. A new Pratt...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    As for the Wunder battery thing, remember that batteries store energy. Doubling the capacity of the battery within the same mass and volume envelope means doubling the amount of energy stored. Lithium-chemistry batteries have a very low internal resistance which...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    the new lithium-based non-explodey battery that's due to hit the market in the next couple of years (invented by the team led by the guy who got a Nobel prize for inventing our current lithium-ion battery technology, so I'm calling...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Total surveillance is not 2017, it's 1617 with added confession to the local Stasi enforcer every week or else. Even that "right to privacy" in the wishlist of the First Great Treasonous Slaveholder's Revolt of 1776 only applied to their...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    In theory I agree, "There isn't a fixed number of jobs", we are always seeing some jobs disappearing - I haven't met many cartwrights lately - and new ones appearing. The nature of "work for pay" has changed since the...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    Engagement ranges for armour have improved vastly in terms of tank gunnery, mostly because of the increase in muzzle velocity of modern (large) guns. The bad news is that the higher the muzzle velocity the quicker the round loses that...
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