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Nojay

  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Thanks! Guess the fella's never even heard about wet nurses... Or baby farms... Or nuns. Or a whole lotta other things. Did you notice the word "generally" in my comment? How many nuns do you think existed in, say, Europe...
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    I saw a hydraulic-drive bicycle once. It had a small hydraulic-fluid pump with pedals and a hydraulic motor on the rear hub with flexible tubes connecting them and a reservoir tank. It seemed to take a lot of effort to...
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    I had an argument on Usenet some time back with someone who couldn't grasp the idea that women in previous times didn't have periods, generally -- if they were fertile they were pregnant or breastfeeding (which crimps hormonal levels and...
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    There was one rather odd SF story I recall reading about a bio-engineered bug that turned crude oil in wells into (close your eyes, Greg, you don't want to know...) [Spoiler space] Beer....
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    The key is energy -- if the bug doesn't get a lot out of the chemical effort required to consume the plastic then it will not thrive and reproduce. Evolution will have its wicked way though and gradually more efficient...
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    British paratroops in WWII had a folding petrol-powered mini-motorbike, the Welbike available for certain missions as well as SOE use. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Welbike It worked but it was not an operational success -- it was something else that needed to be carried...
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    The Science Nobels will be announced soon, one at a time starting in late September. The last Nobel announced is usually the Peace Prize in October....
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    I don't see a 50bar air flask that size providing a significant number of shots at, say, 200m/s muzzle velocity for a .450 calibre ball, the energy density just isn't there. The guns themselves had a magazine holding between 20...
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    A typical load for a British soldier in battle around the time of the Napoleonic wars would be, IIRC enough powder and shot for fifty rounds, carried in a small knapsack and weighing a few pounds, maybe two kilograms. Enough...
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    Energy is always, always the problem. Rifles and cannons are dependent on the speed of pressure propagation aka speed of sound in the working fluid behind the projectile pushing it forward and this provides an upper limit to the muzzle...
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    The .475 LTD would be a better sidearm -- LTD stands for Lott-Tanner Dinosaur. https://en.todocoleccion.net/military-firearms/475-lott-tanner-dinosaur-cartucho-inerte-~x69841925...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    There are a lot more than eighty UKIPpers in the current majority party in Parliament. The New Boys and Girls who make up a large part of the UKIP majority are pure-quill shiny-brained pro-Brexit types chosen by their constituency parties...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    The Good Friday Agreement is a treaty co-signed with other nations including the USA as guarantor. It would take Parliamentary approval in the form of a law for the UK to abrogate the GFA and not have to comply with...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Pearl Harbour WAS strategically stupid. The US was expanding westwards into Japan's sphere of influence -- Midway island was being turned into a long-range airbase capable of handling B-24 and B-17 bombers, Pearl Harbor was already a major Naval...
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    Don't forget riverine and coastal shipping. They could achieve more respectable speeds by the late 18th century than long-distance land travel. Inland, away from navigable rivers using maintained roads could match those speeds but keeping such roads usable during a...
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    Physical DVDs and CDs generally are life-limited due to the vagaries of manufacture and storage. They're better than the first-generation optical data storage like LaserDisc where "laser rot" became a term of art as the vapour-flashed aluminium metal coating corroded...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    Someone I know from the Netherlands was the barracks union representative when he was doing his National Service a while back. I think it was the case that he didn't say "no" fast enough when the position was being offered...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    The Youtuber Drachinifel had an alt-history "what-if" posting once where he and some friends wargamed out the scenario in which the Kaisermarine High Seas Fleet sortied into the North Sea near the end of WW1 in a last-gasp operation against...
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    The method, a bomb planted in the luggage/cargo hold of Pan Am 103 was something a couple of Palestinian terrorist groups had carried out and attempted before. They were known to be "for hire" and it's possible the Iranians used...
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    As to SSDs, the only way to securely erase them is to shred the chips into small physical bits. There is specialist software available to overwrite SSDs to wipe them to meet various security levels. It has to bypass the...
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    a radio signal telling them when to switch back & forth? When the radio starts playing "Sailing By" the meter knows it's time to switch to the overnight electricty rate....
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    using the Lake District as a test range for their nuclear weapons program Not Cornwall? They could more easily get permission to set off nuclear test devices from the local landowner after all. Or is that where they sent their...
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    I've also seen a suggestion that Rand's villains are realistic. Her heroes, not so much. You can tell the difference?...
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    A 3-rifle turret on an Iowa-class battleship required a watch of 73 trained sailors to operate it at battle tempo. Assume two watches at a minimum on board because they can't work all the time, that's 145 crewmen per turret....
  • Commented on Dead plots
    I read an SF short-short a long time back which was about the aftermath of the Battle of Armageddon when the modern military Forces of Good have defeated Satan and his minions. The political leaders and military commanders are surveying...
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    Rosalind Franklin, who should have won the Nobel along with Watson and Crick. A few problems with that -- Franklin didn't publish anything about DNA being a double-helix or suggest how it replicated, the breakthrough that Crick and Watson...
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    I told the company in writing in, I think, 1989 that their naming system for these rollers was going to be a problem in 2000 and they should think about changing it before then. The word I got down from...
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    Ha ha ha ha no. It wasn't just accountancy, everybody and their dog had 2-digit year codes in working code running embedded control systems in aircraft, marine operations, military equipment, civilian infrastructure and manufacturing and more. I personally worked to...
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    W.r.t. Y2K. It never was likely to be the disaster than many pundits claimed it was, because it really only affected accounting applications (in the general sense of accounting). Ha ha ha ha no. This is so utterly and totally...
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    There is a common belief by "Big Pharma" conspiracy theorists that all new drugs come from America, indeed all drugs production for the entire world is based in the USA. This results in accusations that the rest of the world...
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