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Nojay

  • Commented on Busy busy busy
    Could have been worse, could have been Thule. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thule_Air_Base Someone I know was stationed there for a time in Aerospace Command. The only recreational activities were golf and fucking, apparently. The golf was done with red-painted balls, the fucking with......
  • Commented on Busy busy busy
    It may be part of the "unreliable narrator" schtick and Bob has been snacking on the life force of people around him without him mentioning the fact but I can't think of any time within the written story that Bob...
  • Commented on Busy busy busy
    While Bob is deep in denial about being the Eater of Souls Bob seems to spend most of his on-screen time since his "death" and rebirth moping and whining about being the Eater of Souls. Denial is not in his...
  • Commented on Busy busy busy
    One of these days would like a discussion about how one would go about safely removing a trillion tons of tech to make a planet habitable... large-scale recycling of an entire planet. Strata machines, as used in Terry Pratchett's novel,...
  • Commented on A reminder
    It's a standard big game calibre, even today, and in itself is more dangerous than the ~.3 calibres only because it carries 4-5x the impact (and hence flies slightly further and more accurately). Ummm, no. .50BMG is not a...
  • Commented on A reminder
    Separate lines for HSR can run into the city centres just like the existing slower commuter and regional express lines. It's just not a good idea to save a few pennies by having HSR share lines with slow traffic assuming...
  • Commented on A reminder
    TGV and other supposedly-high-speed rail trains sharing low-speed ROW have an unenviable habit of hitting stuff at level crossings. I will repeat that, "level crossings". Proper high-speed rail is grade-separated for its entire route. Other accidents have involved the TGV...
  • Commented on A reminder
    No, they just have accidents and kill people because they try and operate high-speed trains on the cheap. Assuming you're willing to accept the deaths and injuries and loss of equipment and track disruptions then shared-line high-speed operation is definitely...
  • Commented on A reminder
    The structural redesign of an electric car has already been achieved, moving masses around and relocating equipment to balance the car and its suspension, steering etc. The "engine bay" of a Tesla is full of motor, transmission, control, cooling equipment...
  • Commented on A reminder
    The great disadvantage of "conventional" high-speed rail is the use of regular tracks and terminals, such as the risks of driving a 300km/hr train on 80km/hr track: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFGs6hieZg4 Shinkansen-style separated-track or go home....
  • Commented on A reminder
    A swappable battery pack in that format requires a big hole in the floorpan which weakens the chassis, requiring structural strengthening around it to maintain the steering and suspension geometry which adds weight which is a no-no for performance and...
  • Commented on A reminder
    There are engineering reasons battery swap isn't a good idea for cars as they are built down to a cost, size, road-handling, weight and body styling straitjacket. It's marginally workable for vans and trucks though....
  • Commented on A reminder
    The "America fixated on Middle-East oil" idea is akin to fighting the last war -- The US is the world's third largest oil producer, not far behind Saudi Arabia and Russia. It has the production capability to export oil if...
  • Commented on Children and War Toys and Violent Video Games and Action Stories
    Inviting hordes of people who have publicly stated that they want to kill or enslave you is a very poor idea indeed. Oh, for sure, keep the white Christians out at all costs. Pizzaro, the Pilgrim Fathers, the Crusaders, the...
  • Commented on Children and War Toys and Violent Video Games and Action Stories
    There's a case to be made, although it can be a slippery slope into glibnness, that the use and abuse of illegals, undocumented workers, call them what you will, in the USA and elsewhere is Slavery 2.0. In the original...
  • Commented on Duelling - Essentially a Bloody Stupid Idea
    I took part in some British Duelling Federation events back in the 80s. They were fun. We used pistols, 9mm or better at ten metres. It was a knockout ladder, the survivor of each duel went on to meet another...
  • Commented on The Day After
    All of China and India are north of the Equator. The only nuclear weapons power south of the equator was the South Africans for a short period of time....
  • Commented on Wooden Train Parenting
    When everything goes to crap and formerly civilised people are resorting to cannibalism and killing one another for their shoes Wednesday morning?...
  • Commented on Wooden Train Parenting
    There's a group of (adult) children who play with 1/6th scale military figures, the "Battle Barbies". They also build 1/6th scale models to pose their figures with/around/on. http://www.vonabt.co.uk/models/Dora/index.html...
  • Commented on Wooden Train Parenting
    The shop downstairs sells child-sized but fully functional bagpipes. Just saying....
  • Commented on State of the Charlie
    For anyone North of about 54N, running that in the Winter would mean travelling both to and from work in the dark or at best at dawn/dusk for 5 months. But no Real People live north of Watford Gap. They're...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    How do you put a fuse inside a battery cell? That's what's damaged and shorting out internally to cause the fire. The heat of the discharge results in more heat in a positive-feedback cycle. That heat propagates into the neighbouring...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    That kind of reminds me of a religion I know... Yep, Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism among others....
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    It's a chicken-and-egg situation -- the usual cause of lithium batteries catching fire is that the casings and/or electrode structures are mechanically compromised and short-circuiting internally. The good and bad thing about lithium batteries is they have a very low...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    It's not the heat in the battery that's causing the fire, it's the electrochemical energy in the battery that's causing the heat. Cooling it down with water isn't going to help much since the energy is still there and the...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    You're planning to use water to put out a lithium battery fire? Pardon me, I'm just going to get my telephoto-range camera to record the results from a safe distance......
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    Incandescent bulbs are readily available in shops because they burn out in a thousand hours or so of use (about six months at 5 hours a day). The tungsten filament evaporates and thins as it glows a dull red and...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    "The last three times armies crossed the Rhine were because Germany was run by a megalomaniac and France got shat on. The time before that was the other way around. By now both Germans and French have figured out that...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    "London was a financial center before the UK joined the EU. After Brexit, London might become a more important financial center." One reason the London financial sector is so big is that it's an English-speaking business hub for an open...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    There is pressure in the UK to convert farmland near cities into suburbs and new housing which takes it out of production and further drives the importation of basic foodstuffs. As for terracing the Highlands, forget it. They are at...
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