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  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    China buys a small amount of Australian coal comparatively speaking -- part of it is that it can be cheaper and easier to ship Australian coal to Chinese coastal power stations than to transport it thousands of km by rail,...
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    Helium works as a lifting gas but a rigid-hulled Zeppelin with gasbags designed for hydrogen will not have enough lift if helium is substituted. The Shenandoah and other rigid, semi-rigid and blimp designs designed for helium were scaled larger than...
  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    A Zeppelin would probably not get off the ground if its gasbags were filled with helium as a lifting gas -- it's twice the density of hydrogen at standard temperature and pressure and provides 10% less lift in air for...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    It's the same if you say you can't get Linux to work for you. "Have you tried another distro?"...
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    The Wizards School/Magic Academy is a big thing in Japanese light novels, manga and anime right now, slipstreaming off the isekai parallel-worlds megaboom/industry. It adds rules to magic with is otherwise a chaotic system, pupils and teachers, stuff written down...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    I read The Water Babies as a kid and it terrified me. Saccharine? Nope....
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    Edinburgh just lost a machine tool store, one of THOSE places round a corner and then round another corner and in through a roller shutter door into a funny-shaped space with a counter, a display board with everything Britool ever...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    There's an amateur enthusiast, I think he works or worked as a truck driver, who has spent decades trying to reverse-engineer the Little Boy uranium bomb design from publicly-available documents, books written by the bomb makers and such. He discovered/collated...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    If you would tell us the manufacturer of the supercomputer (I recall both Hitachi and NEC made products in that field a while back) and maybe hint at the architecture involved then maybe we could find out if ITAR applied...
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    The intellectual property rights to some parts of of a given supercomputer were not necessarily wholly-owned by Fujitsu -- they tended to use SPARC-based designs IIRC and that architecture was derived from Sun Microsystems, a US-based company. Earlier than that,...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    Supercomputers have applications in nuclear weapons development as well as signal processing for radars, encryption and the like so the sales of sufficiently powerful processors and high-speed networking components have been limited in the past. The days of 387 co-processors...
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    Export conditions were because the US was the source of certain components such as high-end processors and the like and the export restrictions on those parts to Japan for integration into systems precluded the sale of such items onwards without...
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    The roads Wade created into the Highlands were primarily to carry artillery -- there had been military roads since Roman times with way-forts in places like Carpow in Perthshire which endured for hundreds of years but they were for light...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    They don't have sufficiently pure Pu-239 in stock and they've shut down the Monju breeder reactor in preparation for decommissioning so they don't have a breeder that can make pure Pu-239 despite expensive attempts to keep Monju operational even after...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    Fat Man was armed in the air on the way to Kokura (it was a city supporting a major military arsenal and weapons construction complexes). There wasn't a procedure to disarm it, I understand, it was going to be dropped...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    The key part of that paper was "Given the known limits of the RAF in locating targets in Germany and providing the planned resources were made available to the RAF," 95% of RAF Bomber Command couldn't land their bombload within...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    The machine tools and fabrication units weren't exactly in the home i.e. not in the kitchen or bedroom, they were in a shed in the garden or in an annex. It's still a common thing in Japan to this day...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    Pretty much any industrialised country pre-WWII had lots of workers and their families living close to large employers like ports, shipyards, factories, rail establishments etc. Remember at that time the working day was ten hours, typically so adding a couple...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    The Japanese attempts at a negotiated surrender were via the Russians which was rather pointless, it turned out. Stalin had agreed at the Yalta conference to enter the war against Japan three months after victory in Europe. He put Marshal...
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    The basis of the story was, IIRC that the atomic bombs didn't work. An invasion was attempted but it was very bloody on both sides and the Allies eventually stopped advancing and just bombed everything that looked like civilisation from...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    The Japanese Navy had been training to attack capital ships using aircraft since the early 1930s using dive-bombers and torpedo-bombers launched from aircraft carriers so it wasn't on the "eve of WWII" that such aircraft became available. The real problem...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    Conventional bombing would have done for the Japanese cities and towns regardless of the nukes being available. Air defences over Japan were pitiful and getting worse as they ran out of fuel for interceptor aircraft and their anti-aircraft guns were...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    Fred Pohl's "The Wizards of Pung's Corners" story was definitely about the increasing complexity of weapons but it was based on the US post-war experience rather than the Nazis and their superweapons programs. It was written only a few years...
  • Commented on Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Menace?
    You may not have noticed this but there's currently an industry bubble/gold rush in project, and "AI" is the new "Cyber". (Shudder.) Does it have nanotubes and use blockchain?...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    The PSA measurement does vary all over the place in generally healthy human males, the baseline average value of about 4 or 5 has very wide error bars. A value of 20 (my first PSA test result from a blood...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    In the UK, being treated under the NHS. I've got to the point in my life where the family history of prostate problems in males has bitten me personally in the nether regions, resulting in a sequence of an emergency...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Kipling took the piss out of US elections in his SF story, "As Easy As ABC". The Bad Guys were cultish Democrats, as in they voted on everything and tried to convince the rather laissez-faire sort-of-Libertarian majority population around them...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    IIRC it's the very-finely divided foot-bottoms that utilise the Weak Force, yes? Van der Waals force actually (static electricity dipoles). We were taught about this force back in school fifty years ago, explaining how flies could "stick" to walls and...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    The British electoral system is theoretically a secret ballot but... each ballot paper has a registration number and that number is entered in a log by the polling place officials alongside the name of the person voting. The ballot papers...
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    The spiciest Indian I've had anywhere was in the UK. A while back the UK's teevee channels started doing ethnic comedy shows, a shift from "The Good Life" style white folks sitcoms. One of them was about the family...
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