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  • Commented on New guest blogger: E. C. Ambrose
    We could roll out a mattress under the grand piano in the front room if that would suffice?...
  • Commented on New guest blogger: E. C. Ambrose
    Edinburgh is home to Mugen Taiko who perform regularly around Scotland. They're a Fringe regular, not surprisingly. I saw them perform on Princes street last year. http://www.taiko.co.uk/...
  • Commented on A Surfeit of Emeralds: Healthcare in the Middle Ages
    There's a time-travel Japanese manga series called "Jin" which has a modern surgeon sent back in time to 1860s Japan. He has to face an entrenched medical establishment that is adapting to Western medical knowledge flooding into the country after...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    The Euro accession rules were set really tightly to give the new currency some credit (so to speak) with markets from Day One but without a lot of fudging quite a few keelplate members of the common currency (such as...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Wind, solar, nuclear, hamsters in wheels, it's not going to make much of a difference in the rate of extraction of oil. Oil per se produces a very small amount of grid electricity while renewables mainly displace other grid dispatchable...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    I'd put the odds of the United States still being there in two years in anything like the present form no be no more than 50%. The American political class are blundering through the marshlands to their asteroidal doom, bellowing...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Kangaroos have been known to use shoulder-launched ground-to-air missiles... A military flight simulator system under test borrowed a bunch of stock 3D models to check the dynamics and rendering of various ground cover options while the final models were being...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    The Third Reich[1] starved the Dutch in 1944 by taking most of the autumn harvest to Germany while the Western Allies got bogged down pushing east and didn't liberate the Netherlands quickly enough to stop it happening. [1] The Thousand...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Jean-Claude Juncker makes a great Emmanuel Goldstein for the Murdoch-Kipper Two Minute Hate, basically. It helps that his name is both French and Prussian in the same way that Big Brother's eternal enemy had a Jewish name. If he hadn't...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Electrons are a whole lot cheaper than gasoline, Ummm, no. Gasoline, oil and gas are really cheap, cheaper than bottled water in many places. Taxes on those fuels push the price up and at the moment, to encourage the takeup...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    There was certainly a takeup of car ownership after WWII that limited growth in rail travel but that saturated a long time ago -- by 1980 everyone who wanted or needed a car had one, pretty much. For many their...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Rail is booming in Britain since privatisation -- the number of passenger-kilometres has doubled since the early 1990s after stagnating for half a century despite the increase in population over that time. https://dataportal.orr.gov.uk/displayreport/report/html/21c19868-5153-4d1c-8157-c1606b0ebe50 The rail operators are doing SOMETHING right...
  • Commented on The dog ate my homework
    Can you store rice in vacuum instead? A small vacuum pump will cost less than pressurised gases supplied in any kind of safe containment. An inert gas alternative for topping up your rice storage containers is nitrogen if you can...
  • Commented on Empire Games
    I've seen a recent shift in Google Translate which I put down to the announced change in the underlying engine(s) they use. My particular interest and usage is Japanese-to-English, translating manga mainly so it's almost all speech and conversation rather...
  • Commented on The dog ate my homework
    There are (or were, at least) portrait CRT monitors but they were very much a niche market and quite expensive. We had one on a British-built PERQ (thank you Google) minicomputer in the computer lab at a place I worked...
  • Commented on The dog ate my homework
    4:3 monitors are not hard to find per se, they're just not commonplace. I could even get my hands on new-build 1:1 monitors if I needed to, but I don't want to pay ten times the price of a more...
  • Commented on The dog ate my homework
    It's kind of interesting... there's still a lot of folks who make steam trains or electric traction trains in various track gauges, the traditional "model" engineering hobbyists but there's been an explosion of lower-priced versions of higher-end technology like laser...
  • Commented on The dog ate my homework
    There's a point if you get deeply into making stuff where where you become a sort-of Second-Stage Lensman, building or owning tools to make tools. It's said that someone with a lathe or a mill spends most of their time...
  • Commented on The dog ate my homework
    Big River and Fleabay sell branded (Dormer, Facom) taps and dies at reasonable prices but I don't know what the price is like where you live. There's also the Chinese dropshippers assuming you're willing to take the risk of getting...
  • Commented on The dog ate my homework
    The rear derailleur mount on a bicycle is M10x1, Yep, it's one of the special cases, a large-diameter bolt fitted into a thin plate so the fine pitch is necessary to provide sufficient engagement in the plate otherwise it would...
  • Commented on The dog ate my homework
    I've been pulling a lot of dead hard drives apart recently, made by American-owned companies but usually assembled in far-off cheap-labour factories. Most of the fasteners in these drives are things like #4-40 UNF and the like rather than sensible...
  • Commented on The dog ate my homework
    Ummm, no. Whitworth thread profile is 55 degrees, chosen back in the day when cast iron and wrought iron were the normal materials used in engineering with steel reserved for special purposes. BA (British Association) thread angle is even narrower...
  • Commented on The dog ate my homework
    See this is where my ingrained bloodymindedness would kick in. I'd go "right, you want something that looks like it came off a typewriter, you can have something that looks that way because it came off something that works like...
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    Many adults in the UK (and the US) would have things of value other than cash money that could be converted into cash reasonably quickly if they really needed it -- a car, a business, a mortgage, a TV etc....
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    I recall seeing some development work and a proof-of-concept of a laser-boosted solid-fuel rocket system but it never seemed to go anywhere, at least not publicly. It used a conventional solid-fuel rocket with an Isp of about 240-250 which launched...
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    We can't build large really kickass lasers but we can build lots of lower-powered ones and they could have the same effect on worrisome space rocks. Being hit by the beams from a thousand 100kW lasers spread over multiple site...
  • Commented on "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" 2017 continued.
    Ferrous smelting lends itself very well to off-peak energy usage, especially in large-batch processing. I used to carry out IT support for a factory that made paper-making machinery, casting single-piece cast iron rolls as big as 160 tonnes at a...
  • Commented on "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" 2017 continued.
    Thermal desalinisation done economically requires high temperatures. The Arab countries doing desalinisation are burning gas to provide the process heat and power. Solar desalinisation can be done but the efficiency is piss-poor. Part of the reason the UAE is building...
  • Commented on "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" 2017 continued.
    I never said they're perfect. They just don't slaughter people like the alternative, coal....
  • Commented on "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" 2017 continued.
    There have been major improvements in the safety of existing and new-build reactors even though they were incredibly safe to start with compared to the alternatives. There is no possible level of reactor safety that you will accept, basically. This...
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