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  • 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...
  • Commented on In which I am crabby about viral archery videos.
    I was a member of That Club at Bisley in the late 70s and early 80s, the one at the disreputable end of Club Row. Lots of interesting kit passed through its doors at times, sometimes courtesy of Hooligans...
  • Commented on Every [ART] A Painting
    I'm a big anime fan (I saw Wolf Children in its British premiere cinema release, subtitled of course) and anime lends itself to some exotic "camera" effects in part because it's animation and not limited to what can be done...
  • Commented on In which I am crabby about viral archery videos.
    Tha AI folks took a clean-sheet approach to sniper/long-range rifle design but they started with existing 7.62mm hardware before rolling their own. It was a Big Thing back then (early 80s or so) building an alloy and composite furniture rifle...
  • Commented on In which I am crabby about viral archery videos.
    "Trustee from the Toolroom" is one of the great misleading titles of our time, and a nerd read from the time before there were nerds. It does seem to be two separate books though internally. "On the Beach" was written...
  • Commented on In which I am crabby about viral archery videos.
    I only ever shot the Century ranges at Bisley a few times and only once from the match rifle tables at the 1100m point. I hit the butts, I think. The targets were in no danger from me. Saying...
  • Commented on In which I am crabby about viral archery videos.
    The UK persevered with an 800m battle rifle and round (the SLR firing 7.62mmx51) when most other militaries had moved to a 300m rifle and round (assorted national-version lightweight rifles chambered for the US/NATO 5.56mm round or the AK47 variants...
  • Commented on In which I am crabby about viral archery videos.
    The stand versus the rank is one reason muskets took over from the longbow on the field of battle. Bowmen operated in a stand or block, firing for area effect at distance at a high angle over the men...
  • Commented on In which I am crabby about viral archery videos.
    Precharge air rifles have a regulating throttle in the supply system. Out of the box they're tuned to about 11.7 ft/lbs (or about 16 Joules in Real Money) for the British market. You can imagine that the throttle can be...
  • Commented on In which I am crabby about viral archery videos.
    I have a lifetime discount store card at Pedants'r'Us so I'd just like to point out that a light-gas gun doesn't use air (it uses a nitropropellant for the piston driver and hydrogen or helium in the barrel) so it...
  • Commented on In which I am crabby about viral archery videos.
    Airguns just don't get very hot, even with spring-driven piston mechanisms compressing the gas behind the slug. The heating effect might get the velocity above the speed of sound at STP, about 330m/s but not much more. In comparison...
  • Commented on In which I am crabby about viral archery videos.
    Air rifles have a big limitation in that the maximum muzzle velocity of the projectile is limited by the temperature of the propellant gas and hence the speed at which a pressure wave can travel through it. KE and hence...
  • Commented on In which I am crabby about viral archery videos.
    The biggest battle ever fought anywhere was the Battle of Manchuria in August 1945. It took the second-greatest military logistics force in the world at the time (the USSR) a full three months to move over a million and a...
  • Commented on In which I am crabby about viral archery videos.
    Logistics and finance. Assuming 20,000 dead on the battlefield that would mean maybe 100,000 people were involved including sutlers, hostlers, carters, servants, camp followers and such as well as the footsoldiers, knights, commanders etc. That's basically a medieval city's worth...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    The Cutty Sark, one of the most highly evolved sail-powered cargo ships ever built ran with a crew of 26 under normal circumstances. During one voyage after a mutiny/walkout by the regular crew it was operated with six apprentices and...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    The problem with wind-powered ships is that they use up a lot of their cargo capacity in the mass and structures required to support the sails. Even automating the sail systems and reducing the crewing requirements with modern tech won't...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    The figures I saw from the EIA were for electricity generation in Germany in 2013 with renewables including trashburning producing a few TWh less than the remaining nuclear fleet of eight reactors did throughout the year. I can't find the...
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