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  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    I know that cartographers would sometimes introduce odd errors like non-existent streets to "watermark" their maps -- the London A to Z has a couple of such deliberate errata, now well-known. The GI Joe toy had/has a deliberately defective thumbnail...
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    Manual checking of log tables is itself prone to error, transcription from written lists of calculated logs and trig functions to typesetting requires another galley proof pass or three and it was common for such books of tables to go...
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    given an understanding of logarithms or square roots, anyone with time and nothing better to do can work out the numeric values. Doing it accurately without computers is the problem -- Charles Babbage among others spent an inordinate amount of...
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    John Michael Greer at one point flagged slide rules as an important post-apocalyptic tool, An accurate computer-generated set of log, trig and root tables would be more useful. They could be engraved on enduring stone in various places for post-apocalyptic...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    There's been a series of engineering works at various railway stations here in the UK to lengthen the platforms to accommodate longer trains to handle more passengers. The results are more passengers and overcrowding at peak periods and delays and...
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    Manually cleaning each solar panel is a lot more work and more expensive than spraying water pumped up from a local aquifer (the usual solution). Shame that the aquifer is getting depleted and not refilled because, you know, it's a...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    In the 1920s and 1930s the Russians were also trying to insert agents into the U.S. Well it's not like the U.S. weren't installing their own agents in the Soviet Union around this time... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Expeditionary_Force,_Siberia...
  • Commented on "I doubt me an it be commercial."
    The Davy Crockett nuclear device was never an atomic "hand grenade" and there never was a realistic intention to develop one -- for one thing the minimum critical mass for a uranium or plutonium weapons is about 5kg and practically...
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    Dalry Road is a four-lane road although it's usually got cars and vans parked both sides along most of its length turning it into a two-lane road in reality. The 7-metre-wide road I mentioned is Haymarket Yards which has the...
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    Measuring on Google Earth, most railways around this neck of the woods in Edinburgh are electrified and two railbeds plus overhead catenary towers are about 11 to 12 metres wide. A public 2-lane road near me which passes between two...
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    Roads are multi-use, they can carry buses and cars and taxis and motorbikes and bicycles and pedal-rickshaws and pedestrians and prams and rollerskaters and pretty much anything and everything, in any direction at any time delivering people and goods to...
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    You're aware the private cars have the same problem? Oh yes, totally. The idea that public transport is a simple solution to overcrowding in cities is what I'm mocking. Cars would be worse for a whole lot of reasons. Solutions?...
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    So? What's the alternative? Just keep burning all the fossil fuels and only start thinking about alternatives when the generators start to spin down from lack of fuel? It's not exactly a plan, that is no-one's sat down and said...
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    Ah yeas, the "The Sahara doesn't belong to anyone so we can just carpet it with renewables and pipe the energy to Europe" gambit. Step one: Conquer the entire Sahara, occupy it with a military force of a few million...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    the Austrian Army was facing East in case the Warsaw Pact decided to come visiting And of course if the Warsaw Pact accidentally left the door open then they were pointing towards Moscow anyway and historically Austrians (well, one in...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    Nuclear power, generally Germany still has several GW of carbon-emission-free nuclear power plants but they're all being shut down by Government fiat by 2023. The rise in German renewables generation is just about keeping up with the shutdowns leaving fossil...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    the transit system must be well-designed to make it attractive to commuters. The legal term for doing that is "attractive nuisance". A really good public transport system attracts passengers who fill up the available seats and capacity quite quickly...
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    I don't believe it could have emerged as Heinlein said it did and I don't believe it would have sustained itself if it did emerge. The political system shown in Starship Troopers is a snapshot, it wouldn't continue in its...
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    I saw some historical pictures of an early gaseous diffusion line control system. It consisted of a lot of women sitting at panels watching dials and turning knobs. A LOT of women who were not Ph.D.s or system engineers, just...
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    The reusable lander and Deep Space Gateway are based on the US Government spending a lot more money than a "boots and banners" mission. The prepositioned ascent stages and a number of other options are a B&B compromise that don't...
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    We never saw behind the curtain of how Federal Service actually operated, the book is tight-focus on Juan Rico all the way through. It sort of presumes there was no nepotism on how volunteers were allocated for FS jobs --...
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    It would certainly take at least a couple of decades to carry out another "boots and banners" mission to the Moon but that's in part that we wouldn't take the sorts of risks that the Apollo missions did. The really...
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    The Astute class subs currently being deployed by the Royal Navy have HEU-fuelled reactors meant to operate for the working life of the submarine without refuelling, noticeably reducing the total cost of operations over the expected operational life. They will...
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    Submarine naval reactors are usually HEU-fuelled these days since the only way to refuel a submarine is to cut it in half in a dry dock, expose the reactor room, refuel it with fresh fuel and then weld the sub...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    The BN-600 and its modern offspring the BN-800 aren't breeder reactors, they're not designed and can't really be operated on an above-unity scale to produce surplus Pu-239 and Pu-240 for other reactor fuelling cycles. Their Big Thing is an ability...
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    Sweden had the intention of developing nuclear weapons but abandoned that idea some time in the 1970s, as I recall....
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    There are a number of "jelly baby" reactor designs being built today around the world with standardised structures and components like the Russian VVER-1200, the Chinese Hualong-1, the Korean KPR-1400 and the AP1000 which each have multiple builds underway in...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    Slide rules are essentially useful for only one calculation and its inverse Not actually true. Most low-end slide rules would have square roots and even cube roots as well as exponents, inverses and trigonometric functions. I recall my own slide...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    We were issued with slide rules at secondary school back in the late 1960s, basic 10" models (I can't remember who made them, it was probably a British manufacturer of such). The school had a "blackboard" slide rule, about six...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    It's worth thinking of those first responders - the firemen and operators who went in to fight the fire, knowing it was a death sentence; whether carrying hoses, or trying to carry out the shutdown. They deserve remembrance and respect....
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