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  • Commented on Generation Z
    By "predictable" that means you know in advance you won't have enough electricity to run the entire railway system during the day next week rather that it being a complete surprise. You can't run a full timetable in the...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    I can program, people have paid me to program in the past but the skillset is a bit... dated, shall we say? Nothing in the past ten years or more to show to a potential customer, nothing to differentiate me...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    Can you name any of these things he might do with an Internet connection that would meet his ability to earn money? I'm currently unemployed and possibly unemployable given my age and lack of a recent employment record that...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    Populations boom and bust though. Good years of hunting or grazing lead to population pressure, starvation and disease which limits the upper range of numbers, bad years of weather, flooding or local climate change mean less food and fewer...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    Actually the nuclear plants near* Fukushima Daiichi were all run by the same company, TEPCO with the same disaster planning rules pretty much with similar physical layouts and comparable sea defences. What killed Daiichi and not the others was...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    I ran into something akin to that problem when I was going to university. My father wasn't earning much as a NCB employee at the time but my older brother had spent a couple of years going to night...
  • Commented on Generation Z
    As a kid I read and enjoyed dystopian YA fiction and a lot of similar adult SF which was written in the 1960s under the ever-present and seemingly inevitable umbrella of atomic destruction. I enjoyed the daydreams of "Survivors"...
  • Commented on "Write me something fresh and new, but make it just like the last one"
    The anime and manga term for this is "waif-fu", girls (and sometimes boys) who would blow away in a strong wind carry swords and guns that outweigh them with no apparent strength augmentation suits or exoskeletons....
  • Commented on "Write me something fresh and new, but make it just like the last one"
    Heinlein's "Magic, Inc." had magic-in-the-modern-world right up front, magicians as commercial agents who advertise. The Lord D'Arcy stories by Randall Garrett had an alt-history take with the same idea (forensic sorcerors and the like) and I'm sure Poul Anderson...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    The first PV cells were made in the 1950s, not long after the first small nuclear generating stations came on line. There have been no real efficiency improvements in PV technology per se in the past thirty or forty...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    Aged PV cells are useful but less capable per unit area covered. Total cell failure also occurs, of course. PV is a crock for the UK, it's barely useful for Germany which has thrown hundreds of billions of Euros...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    Hinkley and the other reactor replacements are big projects, they're going to cost a large chunk of money up front and they won't pay back in the next three months so the PPP/MBA culture won't touch it normally. Time...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    The Chinese EPR builds at Taishan are coming in on budget and schedule, probably because of the debugging the Flammanville and Olkiluoto builds have gone through. A lot of the European build delays are due, literally, to paperwork, real...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    Can you live with less clean water? How about refrigeration for food storage preventing wasteage and toxic spoilage? Sewerage pumping stations? There's an old adage that the level of a civilisation can be determined by the distance it puts...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    You don't actually get a lot of hydro power per square hectare of collecting and storage area and it is very dependent on geography as well as rainfall. Scotland, for example has a decent amount of hydro power (to...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    Did the "Cubic Mile" folks allow for extraction of fissile material from seawater? It's been demonstrated as a low-energy process involving recyclable ion-exchange resin mats, current pricing about $300 per kilo of uranium metal which is well above the...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    Solar is a non-starter in Scotland. We're roughly at the same latitude as the southern end of Hudson's Bay to give you an idea of where we are in the world. In winter the sun rises at 9 a.m....
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    Mack Reynolds had the same idea, Inalienable Basic income (you couldn't sell it or trade it) and Variable Basic which could be earned if you could find a job which wasn't easy in his future world where automation had...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    I'd disagree. In my experience most folks are charitable as in they regularly offer time, money and material goods to others. Charity is not enough to meet the demand for welfare and the like -- someone added up the...
  • Commented on I'm back
    "Girls und Panzer", a manga that made it into an anime series, about a girl's school with after-school clubs that taught flower arranging, traditional dance, tea ceremony and armoured warfare. Most of the tanks involved wore regular camo, but...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    Not any more they don't -- Google for type 212 submarine. They're not as capable as a nuclear submarine but they're a third the size and cheaper to build and operate as long as the navy in question wants...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    It really needs a volcano. With a skull on the side. Or a cliff with a hangar inside that opens onto a grove of fold-down palm trees forming a runway. Then again I remember reading somewhere that the highest...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    I don't think that hangar would even take a B-52, not completely at least. Diego Garcia is one of those bits of Empire that Britain would have happily returned to its original owners (the Portugese?) or the natives after...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    The 777-200ER in question isn't that new, it was delivered (I think) in 2002, twelve years ago....
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    There is one hangar on the hardstand area to the north-west side of the airbase at Diego Garcia. It measures 40 metres front to back, using the ruler function in Google Earth. A 777-200ER measures 63 metres nose to...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    Slight problem with your Diego Garcia theory is there are no hangars at the airfield in question. There's an aircraft hardstand and some administration buildings and workshops but nothing remotely big enough for a 777 to fit into. Google...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    One can buy or hire several large aircraft for not much money, put together a legitimate-front air cargo organisation, fly planes in and out of various airports to get a track record of being a second-string Fedex and then...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    Radar is not a magic lantern that illuminates perfectly and identifies without error. That area of the world is a busy place in terms of civilian, commercial and military air travel. ATC relies more than it likes to admit to...
  • Commented on Circumstantial connections
    I'd be more worried about islands newly risen from the deep with strange Cyclopean architecture and non-Euclidian angles. As for mobile phone signals and the like there aren't many cellphone towers in the middle of the ocean so even...
  • Commented on Circumstantial connections
    There's an old saying in military circles, "If you can be seen you will be killed." More and more military sensor suites are going passive, listening hard for the Other Guy making a noise rather than actively pinging them...
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