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  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    You'd spend decades and billions training a workforce to produce the most advanced computing equipment known to humanity, along with global supply chains and huge manufacturing infrastructure. Then, when the market was saturated with these devices, you'd let the entire...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    China is planning to build a lot of new coal-fired power stations, so-call super-critical and ultra-critical plants which are coal-burners for the 21st century. They operate at much higher temperatures than regular coal-fired furnaces and are more efficient. They also...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Any easily transportable fuel is fungible, it doesn't really matter where it comes from as long as the cost of transporting it from producer to consumer it is kept low. Pipeline fuels like oil and gas are very fungible and...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    A lot of the restrictions on development depended on materials and engineering capabilities. It's possible to build a simple atmospheric steam engine using wood for a lot of the pressure components such as cylinders and pistons but you can't really...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    Stirling engines are good at getting very small amounts of mechanical motion out of small temperature differentials but with horrendous efficiency in terms of joules in versus joules out. If super-efficient Stirling engines able to act as prime movers could...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    ISTR reading somewhere on this very blog that NiFe battery technology is dependent on the purity levels of the metals involved and that small amounts of contaminants in the anode or cathode structures can kill a cell quite quickly. Producing...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    John M. Ford's "How Much For Just The Planet" had the Worst Ship in the Federation Fleet, The USS Jefferson Randolph Smith (NCC-29407), a small cowardly ship that at one point tries to hide from the Klingons in the Enterprise's...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Edinburgh Fire Service has a curtainsider trailer with attached forklift that's used to support major incidents including pile-ups on the motorways. I've seen it driving around the city on occasion. The tractor unit isn't necessarily a dedicated Fire Service vehicle...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Early coal-mining was carried out in the best, most accessible coal seams and half a ton of production per person of coal per shift was quite normal using railcarts for underground haulage and draft animals to power windlasses etc. That...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Coppicing is an AI-hard task and not prone to labour-saving automation. It can be done by serfs or slaves but it needs a human at the controls to do it and the yield per man-hour, woman-hour or child-hour is low....
  • Commented on The Pivot
    I mentioned turboprops being considered as possible CAS airframes because no-one is building modern piston-engined combat-capable aircraft with, say, the performance of a P-51D (440 mph) or later DH Mosquito variant (410 mph). Propellor tip speed is not a problem...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    A crop-duster (typical airspeeds of 200-300 mph) or even a turboprop (top speed about 400mph) tasked for CAS is still slow and will take precious time to get to a position requiring air support.The F-16 is the go-to plane for...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    The lump of wrought iron I've got in the workshop is rusty as hell but it's a lot harder than a piece of bearing bronze I have sitting on the shelf, a simple scratch test proves that. Any hammer-worked iron...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Pretty much any iron produced by any process was better than the alternatives of bronze and brass. Using charcoal it's possible to melt and reduce iron ore with limestone, puddle it and work it to make wrought iron without requiring...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    A quick check on the Guardian reporting of the 2017 Labour manifesto doesn't mention nationalisation of anything. The one taking-back-into-public-ownership manifesto commitment mentioned is regional ownership of water with no central government involvement i.e. no "British Water" like British Rail,...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    There's nothing stopping any EU nation from nationalising or denationalising any part of its industrial base. There are rules about open markets across the EU for services and goods but that's it. There's a right-wing fantasy of the EU being...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is well aware that 20% or more of his party's reliable voters are UKIP-curious, xenophobic and in some cases out-and-out racists. He's not particularly anti-EU the way that many more Tory voters and Party members are...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Most Brexit energy came from right-wingers and ultranationalists in the UK, not from the socialists and even the hard left who generally saw a closer union within Europe as a good thing. As for expecting competence and capability with regards...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Drones as currently implemented aren't really good for carrying out CAS or many other military intervention roles where rapid and/or overwhelming responses are needed. They're policemen on the beat, effectively, used for intelligence gathering while loitering in areas of interest....
  • Commented on The Pivot
    The A-10 is a piss-poor CAS aircraft. It was never designed to carry out a CAS role, it was (and still is) a one-trick pony, meant to use up lesser-skilled National Guard pilots in a war shooting up Soviet light...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    I have myself hunted the wild mushroom, I have dangled off a cliff in a climbing harness to get at a secret stash of chanterelles (and no, I'm not going to tell you where that was). I'm still here, still...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Not fungi-eating in Britain is a product not of xenophobia but appalling ediucation & fake "health" prpaganda over many years. I eat quite lot of wild fungi & the universal reaction is SCARED ... Because people are not prepared to...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    The A-10 isn't actually that good at counter-insurgency operations or even CAS. It's slow to get to a target (max speed about 440mph) so either it operates from fields close to the front line that themselves need defending from insurgents/freedom...
  • Commented on SF For Nothing, Stories For Free
    Webcomics: I like Out Of Placers http://www.valsalia.com/comic/prologue/01/ It's a somewhat-crapsack fantasy-type world with humans and non-humans (and well-imagined non-humans at that) and no magic. Well, no magic until... It's an ongoing series but with quite slow production (about a page...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Against third world armies, it barely matters what you fly or what you use. - If the radars have all been blown up and the coms jammed to heck and gone, you could fly in and kill things with a...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    None of the officers at Abu G(h)raib were found guilty of much, most of them were acquitted, none of them did hard time unlike the "other ranks". One of the officers got fined if that link is correct. Is "dereliction...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    One thing about the convictions after Abu Graib which saddened but did not surprise me was that no officer of any sort was ever charged and prosecuted with anything. It is as if they didn't know what was happening in...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    The battleship Iowa turret explosion which killed 47 sailors in 1989 was primarily the result of poor handling of 45-year-old bagged powder charges which had been previously stored in improper circumstances during a refit. The US Navy's immediate response to...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    The Air Force was offering a poison pill. The Army could take over the A-10 program, but the Air Force wouldn't support any additional budget for the Army to pay for the A-10 program and CAS missions. If it's not...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    The Pacific tests were (nearly) all fusion devices, high-yield and particularly dirty due to fission products from boosting -- I did a rough BOTE calculation a while back and if memory serves the US fired off 150MT of test shots...
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