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    The solution people are working on is to do manufacturing to order - I had this idea years ago, and appears it occurred to me because it was, as they say, steam engine time, because now there are now at...
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    Weller still make and supply tips today for soldering irons they sold back in the 1970s, the classic Magnastat W series. They're not cheap but they're very high quality tips and they last a long time, months or years of...
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    Remember that country origin TLDs aren't necessarily FROM those nations. One of the waste treatment companies I see on work sites around Edinburgh has toilet-pumping tankers bearing the company's website address, wemovesh.it. The tanker company is based in Glasgow, not...
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    There was no front brake either. It was a track bike without brakes at all....
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    This was a velodrome track bike, super-trick and sexy and stuff but not suitable for road use. The dick in question used on the road anyway because he was a dick. I suspect spandex poisoning was a contributory factor, also...
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    I, for one, can't stand flashing lights on bikes. There's a Tragedy of the Commons effect -- one biker with a flashing LED rear light attracts the attention of others, including car drivers and is safer than a steady...
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    Likewise the bike lights I had that I bought a ~$10 programmer for, Oh dear, they saw you coming, didn't they? I'm sure there's a rational reason why bicycle lights need enough smarts to be programmable in the first place...
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    This weekend in Edinburgh there's a Jazz Festival event down in the Grassmarket near the Castle and on Sunday there's a Carnival parade in Princes Street in the early afternoon....
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    "Cunt" is a common part of the vernacular from where I come from to the point where its been verbed and adverbed -- "This cunting fucker's fucking cunted", for example. "Fuck" is so common it's unremarkable. It's not gender-specific either,...
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    The full Adobe Creative Suite package version 2, somewhat dated but still functional but not receiving updates is available for free, sort of. Adobe switched off their licencing servers for that version a while back and let anyone with that...
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    Generally software developers are coming around to the view that "anything that is not specifically permitted is absolutely forbidden" for good security reasons thanks to the tireless efforts by Black Hats to probe and tease at the cracks and use...
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    With the current collection of semi-facists, incompetents & big-mouthed muppets at the tories, Liebour should be streets ahead Most folks are natural Tories, I've Got Mine Fuck You with an ingrained suspicion of Others (different gender identification, different skin colour,...
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    MS Windows was written for thousand-dollar hardware, X Windows was written for hardware costing ten times that much and more. To get usable speed of response for the user MS needed to move a lot of graphics stuff into the...
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    Note what I said, "Windows 3.0 would run on 8086/8088-based PCs". I ran it successfully on 286-based clone PCs which had no real hardware memory management capabilities. Win 3.0 didn't have intrinsic memory management and it only had a half-assed...
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    There wasn't anything in the PCs in the days of early Windows that could provide proper "ring" levels of protection -- the 80286 was the first PC processor with any sort of memory management and it took until the 386...
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    It's not uncommon for searches for a possible domain name to trigger a robot "grabber" which claims the domain name before you can get around to registering it yourself. You then receive an email later offering you that domain name...
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    I use 123-reg.co.uk for a domain name and nothing else. They do offer bundles with email services if you don't want to run your own mailbox, just access it when you need to. Prices for different domain TLDs vary and...
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    It is possible to host your own mail server, but this is a bit fraught That's putting it mildly. To quote our Good Host, "I don't know quite what went wrong, but she ended up blowing five days of the...
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    The commercial flights (all SpaceX flights after initial testing are commercial, of course) of Falcon Heavy are bitsy launches, usually one or two core mission satellites and a number of smaller along-for-the-ride items also going into orbit. This requires a...
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    The marketing problem for Falcon Heavy is that there's nothing now or on the horizon larger than about 7 tonnes or so that needs to get to GEO. All the existing satellite "buss" structures are designed for launch by Ariane...
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    Richard Feynman mentioned the ranking system for travel during the war when he got a seat on a plane and the Colonel he "bumped" in the queue didn't understand why this disreputable civilian needed to get to New Mexico so...
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    Britain's telephone system hasn't been POTS-all-the-way for half a century and more. Back in the 1950s we moved to "trunk signalling" where a lot of calls were multiplexed onto coaxial signal cables running between big exchanges. This enabled Subscriber Trunk...
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    Re: Glory Road Oscar mentions early on in the book he wasn't a combat soldier in SE Asia, he was a "military advisor" but he commented to the effect that a military advisor four days dead in the mud smelled...
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    That story about "Space-A" reminded me of a kid in our school. His father was a pilot/engineer on a very small air freight company, the sort of man-and-a-dog business that sprang up after the War with a lot of surplus...
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    There were two-seater trainer versions of the F-104 but not that many of them. The Red Arrows display team fly BAE Hawks which are two-seater trainers. Flying in the Red Arrows is a lollipop for long-serving pilots, usually pilot-instructors coming...
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    Heinlein's book "Glory Road", an early isekai novel, started off with the protagonist "Oscar" getting a lift from something going his way -- a DC-3. It let him go home from SE Asia the long way round, letting him stop...
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    Ferry mode in a fighter means external tanks and flying at a fuel-efficient reduced speed to get the greatest range. Going supersonic "dirty" with external tanks is not impossible but it eats fuel, assuming the extra aerodynamic loads don't rip...
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    That record is a "gate" time, like the Blue Riband transatlantic record. The plane is in flight, up to speed and at altitude going through the timing gates (radar detection, basically) at the start and end of the track. How...
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    One of his stories was about how he was in California and got a call to be on the east coast in three hours. He sped off to the closest military airbase, where they put him in the back...
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    Can you imagine the heat and radar signature of a Military Airlift Command Starship coming in to land in a disputed area and what it would look like to a 1980s-era anti-aircraft missile battery fifty kilometres away, never mind a...
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