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  • Commented on Maneuvers in the Dark
    There's also Freefall, a quirky webcomic that's been running for a long time now. A mixture of comedy, Science! and moral philosophy about AIs, terraforming, sleazy alien spaceship captains and bioengineered lifeforms and their creators (Doctor Bowman is a hyperintelligent...
  • Commented on Maneuvers in the Dark
    He wasn't a pilot due to problems with his eyesight (caused, he said by a defective immunisation during his induction into the RAF) and he couldn't even make aircrew because of it, hence his role as an Intelligence Officer. I...
  • Commented on Maneuvers in the Dark
    Also the story about the only pilot ever shot down in a Link trainer... I rather got the impression that accuracy and an honest retelling of his own experiences wasn't at the heart of that book and a lot of...
  • Commented on Maneuvers in the Dark
    I've seen the San-Shiki drill round in the Yamato museum, the one pictured in the Wikipedia article you linked to. It had a reasonable purpose allowing the main battery of the ships to be used as (very) long-range anti-aircraft guns....
  • Commented on Maneuvers in the Dark
    Michael Bentine recounts a story in his autobiography, "The Long Banana Skin" when he was an Intelligence Officer in the RAF during WWII. He was deployed at a forward airbase supporting a squadron of ground-attack Typhoons when David Niven dropped...
  • Commented on Maneuvers in the Dark
    Overkill? You want overkill? The AIR-2 Genie air-to-air missile had a 1.5ktonne nuclear warhead. It has been suggested as an anti-dragon weapon system in another blog so it should deal with any pesky drones quite handily....
  • Commented on Maneuvers in the Dark
    I'd be really surprised if anyone with an M2-derived weapon such as the Quadmount in the link actually makes reloads for it. Semi-auto and full-auto rifles really need jacketed bullets to stop lead fouling and a self-loader needs consistent powder...
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    A lot of rail, freight as well as passenger services is electrically powered from the grid and in some places such as Norway and France that means little or no fossil energy is used for that purpose. If you mean...
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    You don't necessarily need to rebore tunnels for trains needing greater headroom but there are limits. The Glasgow-Edinburgh main line is being electrified at the moment and for a few weeks last summer a bus replacement service between Edinburgh Haymarket...
  • Commented on Long range forecast
    I wouldn't class the coming rainfall as a "bounty" per se since it's going to cause flooding in places, kill people, destroy property etc. It's going to require changing agricultural land layouts and usage, modifying irrigation schemes and the construction...
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    "which is why the children of aristocrats get rigorously trained in the job, and that training is seldom, if ever, available to their social inferiors." Their social inferiors are never going to get the chance to do the job reserved...
  • Commented on Silence this week ...
    There is a future for commercial air transport but it's likely that the short-haul end of the business will be eaten by high-speed rail in developed countries (I exclude the US from that category because HSR is Socialism or something)....
  • Commented on Long range forecast
    It's not going to be a good thing overall, I expect. It is however going to do away with the problems the US south west has had with lack of water for agriculture and other uses over the past couple...
  • Commented on Long range forecast
    The storms are going to flood out agricultural areas which have been constructed for semi-drought irrigation systems, growing crops like wheat and cotton in flat bottomlands. The problem will shift from "not enough carefully-managed water" to "too much water at...
  • Commented on Long range forecast
    Potable water is to some extent yesterday's problem -- everyone is focussing on it because since it's important today it must be critical tomorrow too, goes the thinking. The good news about anthropic global warming is that there is going...
  • Commented on The paranoid style in 2016
    " lets imagine a container of swarming autonomous anti-air drones that can be ordered by Da'esh off of a darknet version of AliBaba...." Oh yes please. Let them waste their money and effort in buying and trying to use stupid...
  • Commented on The paranoid style in 2016
    There's also the Hyde Amendment (no Government funding for abortion) to work around otherwise abortion would not be covered by a single-payer scheme in the US. At the moment regular insurance under the ACA and otherwise does usually cover abortion....
  • Commented on Excuses, excuses
    The Big Thing in programming today, especially for the web, is automated testing. It's structured, verifiable, can be run at any time during the coding process and it can even look forward past the point of a given nightly code...
  • Commented on Long range forecast
    Cost of a GSLV to geosynchronous orbit is $36 million dollars and the PSLV to LEO is even cheaper at $15 million. ISRO has not been a preferred supplier for launches until recently but its track record of not throwing...
  • Commented on Long range forecast
    It's the baron who protects the allotment owners (aka serfs) from other out-laws who would rob them of their produce. Of course the baron takes a cut of the produce himself, to feed his own sworn vassals and men-at-arms. It...
  • Commented on Long range forecast
    An "allotment association protection organisation" is what we used to call a "baron" in the old days. I wonder what we'll call it in the future?...
  • Commented on Long range forecast
    Actually its the Guys With Guns who will get your vegetables. If they're smart they'll leave you alive with enough food for you to survive (barely) and grow them a crop for next year. If they're not smart you'll be...
  • Commented on Long range forecast
    By 5pm, where I (and our Good Host) live the sun has been down for an hour and a half. It never got much above the horizon (about 12 degrees at noon this time of year if my trig is...
  • Commented on Long range forecast
    Electric cars in the US are fuelled by coal (40%), gas (40%), nuclear (about 10%) and maybe 10% wind, solar and biomass (i.e. municipal garbage burning). More electric car usage will mean more coal and gas being burnt as that...
  • Commented on Clickbait spasm: 14 gizmos I used in 2015
    The suggestion I read online somewhere was that DRAM capacitor structure is affected by the long-term presence or absence of charge indicating a zero or a one. Data held in RAM could be quite persistent, especially in servers with read-mostly...
  • Commented on Clickbait spasm: 14 gizmos I used in 2015
    When I was decommissioning server drives for a major bank the "shred" command was interpreted as "take these drives to the shredding machine", a large mechanical shredder powered by a hydraulic motor. The port for the drives had large electromagnets...
  • Commented on Clickbait spasm: 14 gizmos I used in 2015
    The Kilt shop just along the street from my place does all sorts of unconventional sporrans and I suspect they'd be willing to make something special to order in, say, ballistic nylon with USB ports....
  • Commented on A world-building puzzler
    Audio recordings on wax cylinders and the like can be deciphered by eye if the student spends enough time looking at a recording as well as listening to it. They will almost certainly be able to "read" parts of it...
  • Commented on Clickbait spasm: 14 gizmos I used in 2015
    I was involved in a discussion thread elsewhere recently involving someone who had been contracted to read some old data off 5.25" floppies last used in the 1980s. Due to legal constraints he had to do this in a solicitor's...
  • Commented on Clickbait spasm: 14 gizmos I used in 2015
    It doesn't qualify exactly as a 2015 purchase since I bought it in December 2014 but the Big Bit Of Tech I'm sitting in front of is the best 800 quid I've spent in a long while. Dell UP3214Q Ultrasharp...
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