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  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    We've got lots of nuclear power. Fossil fuels are a useful stepping-stone to any civilisation's capability to produce as much energy as it needs even for grandiose projects like interstellar travel by physical constructs. I presume any planet-based intelligent lifeforms...
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    The problem with the Christian God as he/she/it/they exists todayis trilogyitis -- every iteration of the story from its creation onwards adds extra powers and extra capabilities to the main character as the threats increase in number and level. Awkward...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    I mean - who poses in a photo with a wreath to commemorate dead members of Black September? (Tunisia, 2014) Jeremy Corbyn doesn't, that is pose for a photograph with a wreath to commemorate dead members of Black September. The...
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    Clinton could have vetoed the Glass-Steagall regulation repeal bill but it came out of Congress with a substantial bipartisan majority: "agreed to by the Senate on November 4, 1999 (90-8) and by the House on November 4, 1999 (362-57)" from...
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    Ten thousand bucks an hour which is why the dive operators rehearse the work to be done on land, in the deep pools, in the workshops, in the conference rooms before the boats go out and the helicopter with the...
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    What drugs are developed on the "public dime"? A lot of basic "this chemical has this effect on lab rats" research is done under Government funding programs but that's a lot different from a shelf-ready drug for human beings that's...
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    ANd you didn't answer my point about Corbyn wanting a hard Brexit Well, because he doesn't? What he keeps saying time after time after time is to repeat the 2018 Labour Party Conference's agreed position on Brexit -- six tests,...
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    1940s vintage RFNA/hydrazine, 1950s, actually. You've read the hilarious "Ignition!" book by John D. Clark after all. Before that they were using stuff like high-test peroxide (as in the British Black Arrow missile/launcher) and other odd combinations -- the bit...
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    You mean the three Tories who recently voted that they had confidence in the Government led by Theresa May aren't right-wingers? Colour me surprised. As for the five ex-Labour Party members, well I've only heard one of them (on the...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    "The Independent Group" looks like a think-tank, a comfy slot for well-connected right-wingers to gather and get paid for being well-connected right-wingers, with funding being somewhat vaporous and ill-defined. My first thought seeing images of the press conference when it...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Heavier-than-air flight had already been achieved, with gliders. Powered heavier-than-air flight was the thing the Wright Brothers figured out and demonstrated but advances in internal-combustion engines meant that someone was eventually going to fit engines into a glider-type aircraft structure...
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    As for that crook Edison ... let's hear it for Sir Joseph Swan In Britain the joint company to market Swan's successful light-bulb design using tungsten filaments was called Swan-Edison, in the US the company was called Edison-Swan....
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    The various modules that were coupled together in orbit to form the basis of the ISS were all fitted out with air recirculation, power distribution, toilets, heating and cooling, radiation protection, airlocks, insulation and a hundred and one other things...
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    We've actually got mass-to-orbit capability, we just don't have a lot of heavy throw-weight launchers and even fewer heavy payloads begging for a boost on those launchers. That 400-tonne space station circling the Earth today wasn't dependent on a handful...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    The External Tank contents ran out at about 8 1/2 minutes into the flight having burned from the pad to that point when the stack was travelling mostly upward at about 8km/sec. The empty ET was then separated, releasing 30...
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    What were they going to do with the expended External Tanks once they got them into orbit? There was no budget to provide a permanent establishment of tugs and other operations structures in orbit to corral these tanks, modify them...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    One working definition of "empire" is a nation-state that has enclaves in other nations where their laws prevail in regard of their own citizens. British citizens abroad in the British Empire were subject to the laws of Britain, not to...
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    Ah, I hadn't realised the Japanese Soryus were as big as they are, more battle ship inflation going on I guess. I wonder what a nation committed to pacifism and coastal self-defence needs a long-range attack submarine class for... By...
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    I'm not an expert but it looks like the French are the only folks building a sub hull in the 4000 tonne range. The off-the-shelf AIP boats like the 209 derivatives are typically 2000 tonnes and most modern nuclear attack...
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    I can't speak for the quality of the Suffrens since none have been commissioned yet -- folks thought the Lada class boats were going to be hell on wheels and that didn't happen when the first hull hit the water....
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    A large part of the ISS was carried into orbit by the Space Shuttle in its cargo bay, maybe 250 tonnes or so. It also carried satellites like the Hubble, orbital laboratory facilities, pallets, supplies and spare parts, crew members...
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    I did a rough calculation a while back, on launch "throw weight" as a total in terms of mass into orbit annually from all launchers everywhere and discovered, to my surprise that it had plateaued rather than growing steadily as...
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    Useful transuranics will probably be Islands of Stability elements with atomic numbers and masses exceeding anything we can reproduce on Earth at the moment. Nearly all of the other transuranics we know of are radioactive and have half-lives measured, at...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    I had an idea for a locked-room murder mystery where the victim was killed by a curious variant of Spontaneous Human Combustion while lying in their bed. The mystery was solved when someone went next door and found the wall...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    why are you bothering to stash nuclear weapons in L2 to begin with when you could just use rocks. It turns out Rocks! From! Spaaaace! don't actually work that well as bombardment weapons unless they're absolutely massive and in that...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    The big problem with directed-energy weapons is that the source has to be hotter than the target since the beam loses energy in transit. There are ways around this, "rocket" chemically-pumped lasers which dump the heat in the source by...
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    The problem still is, how do you maintain them if you park them in L2? How much does it cost to launch a maintenance flight, possibly manned, every six months or so out to where they've been positioned to keep...
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    If someone could build such a station and put it in a 2-hour polar orbit then someone else could build an interceptor missile that could destroy that station almost trivially. The orbital bomb system in "Space Cadet" was incredibly vulnerable...
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    "Space Cadet" went into more details of the orbital bomb delivery system. The main character (I forget his name) was discussing the bomb orbits over dinner at home on leave as he had spent time doing maintenance on such bombs....
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    There's no point carrying nuclear weapons into orbit. If you get them there you can't maintain them without flying people up to fix them as well as having a Shuttle-type workshop vehicle too. Deorbiting them to target costs fuel and...
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