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  • Commented on How I learned to stop worrying and love the concept of punitive slating....
    Actually the first Hugo "voter's packet" was released back in 1993, a CD-ROM produced by Brad Templeton. The CD included that year's Nebula nominees too along with artwork, fan writing etc. I used to have a copy, loaned it to...
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    The shinkansen network operates with only a few full-sized depots. There are no sidings other than at stations and they are there for operating reasons, to allow faster services like the Nozomi to leapfrog slower stopping services like the Kodama....
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    and locomotives spend very little of their running time operating at full pelt. Ahem, shinkansen? TGV? The all-up weight for the prime movers and drivetrains of a full 10-car Hayabusa shinkansen good for 320km/hr cruise probably masses the same as...
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    So, if you are going to directly use steam traction, for motive power, reciprocating is the answer. Nobody in their right mind uses steam traction at all other than for amusement purposes or if they're still in the developing world...
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    Modern advanced pumped storage systems using Parsons turbines like the ones at Cruachan and Dinorwig have a round-trip efficiency of about 65% which is piss-awful but better than nothing. Low-pressure reciprocating-steam-engine-powered pumps and accumulators wouldn't be anywhere near that efficiency...
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    There's no guarantee of a 20% for 20% scale or X% for X% generally. EPH makes it difficult for a minority to sweep the board but no mechanical system (i.e. one not involving personal judgements) can provide such a guarantee....
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    The questions I mentioned above are about the gray areas - what happens if you see two slots going to the slate for example, and how scattered would the nominations have to be for that to happen and is two...
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    I think you're missing the point, a little. A popular choice, even backed by a concerted campaign like the Puppies or any other group is not a problem for the Hugos which are a popular vote award to start with....
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    From being on the inside (at a low level though) of a few Worldcons in the past I can tell you that surplus funds are rarely a problem. The Treasury and Board usually have a wishlist of things they'd like...
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    If I were being Evil... presume that a Puppy organiser has good info on how many troops they have on hand for the nomination phase, plus or minus a few. They can make a good guess on how many other...
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    The nomination process for WSFS members is the same as always, nominate zero through five candidates of your choice in each category. 4/6 says you can nominate zero through four candidates, the final ballot will have six candidates. EPH scaling...
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    As I understand it there are at least three independent (and non-compatible) EPH counting systems already built and tested, and that was before the Business Meeting was held last weekend. Sasquan will offer up carefully-anonymised real data from this year's...
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    "Can the China's ICBMs actually reach the UK?" Yes, but they don't have many of them. They have a bunch of IRBMs which can hit India and Pakistan, Japan etc. as they are perceived as the real threat to China...
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    EPH is not complex for the individual nominator, it's pretty much business as usual for them -- they choose their preferred candidates and list them just like always. It takes a bit more work for the administrator to process the...
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    A slate put forward by a Maximum Leader (Theodore Beale) or a self-appointed Politburo (Sad Puppies) and voted lock-step by folks who claim to be anti-authoritarian strikes me as somewhat contradictory. The reason the nominating slate(s) got traction was because...
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    How do you plan to crew this gigantic navy you plan? A draft perhaps or press gangs? How do you plan to pay for it? Receipts from the Empire, perhaps?...
  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    Napoleon XIV lyrics would be more appropriate -- I cooked your food, I cleaned your house, and this is how you paid me back for all my kind unselfish loving deeds. Huh? Well you just wait they'll find you yet,...
  • Commented on Data, books, and bias
    The Hugos are an adjunct to the Worldcon, not a separate award in isolation. That fact sometimes get lost, especially with the heat and fury surrounding the Hugos currently consuming the faanish community. Quite a few Worldcon members, both attending...
  • Commented on Data, books, and bias
    Josephson is an incredibly smart idiot and way full of himself. The story goes that after he got an effect AND a unique device named after him (not very common in science and technology, you will admit) he was pissed...
  • Commented on Random thought for the day
    The 20-something tonnes of TNT reference for the Tianjin explosions is misleading but it's a number that can be referenced from somewhere authoritative. It actually came from a seisomological monitoring station in Beijing and was based on the measured result...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances, Amsterdam, Seattle and Spokane
    I recall seeing "ANMLVR" on a plate in Georgia once. I thought bestiality was illegal in the US, even in Georgia....
  • Commented on Random thought for the day
    Which "corporate entities" have applied "sanctions" to Greece as an ongoing warning? The Greek government is desperate to borrow a lot of money in a hurry. They have a track record of borrowing money and not paying it back. The...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances, Amsterdam, Seattle and Spokane
    It was a Volvo estate that turned across me on a dual-carriageway when I was on the outside lane lining up to pass it, without signalling or, apparently looking. I might have dodged the car (see "Escape Route" in my...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances, Amsterdam, Seattle and Spokane
    Motorcyclists (aka "bikers") have a number of coping strategies, apart from fatalism -- there's a Volvo out there with your number on it so why worry? One strategy is the Thousand Yard Stare, looking waaaay down the road for possible...
  • Commented on Random thought for the day
    Gold, oil, tulip bulbs, they're all a tangible metaphor for the basic concept of money as a counter for trade exchanges, the "promise to pay". Money, whether electronic or notes and coins, is an IOU. Government IOUs are regarded as...
  • Commented on Random thought for the day
    Yes, that premise never made financial sense to me. What does Evil Monopolist Corporation DO with all the wealth it acquires this way? Unless the treatment is based on unicorn farts and osmium suppositories it's not going to consume a...
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    Back in the late 60s and early 70s when the Shuttle concept was being designed and laid out the ability to launch separate vehicles and dock them in orbit was very much unknown territory. The few attempts to do such...
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    Satellites are in an environment where they are "attacked" 24/7 with 1100W/m^3 of energy, the Solar Constant. The GPS constellations are well outside the Allen Belts so they also get beaten on by particles from the Sun, never mind X-rays...
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    Even under perfect conditions any ground-based laser beam has to fight its way through fifty kilometres of atmosphere before it can "attack" a satellite. That really eats into the energy and focussing budgets of the original optics if the intention...
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    Killing GPS/GLONASS/Galileo/Baidu satellites with mechanical attacks is not going to work, at least not without a lot more throw-weight in launchers than most folks in a shooting war can commit to easily. The GPS and GLONASS navigation broadcast satellites are...
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