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  • Commented on The Evil Business Plan of Evil (and misery for all)
    The nuclear weapons developed by the Allies during WWII and constructed by the Americans were ready for use and they were used, that's all. They were wonder weapons in a war filled with wonder weapons, less destructive and lethal than...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    You could call it Mega City One. I'm currently *sitting* in a version of Mega City One, a single metropolis with the same population as California. It gets infrastructure investment, boy howdy does it, but the big-spending projects in the...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    Thank you Greg for making my point for me. Yes, there is never enough investment in infrastructure in the UK but what there is goes disproportionately to London and Londoners whine because it's not enough for them and take umbrage...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    Many Londoners think the grade of caviar served up by their public services is not up to scratch and therefore believe that anyone from outside the M25 has no basis to complain about their own services as they obviously have...
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    Telepathy is passe in today's world, I suspect that's why it's dropped out of fashion in SF and even Fantasy. It's easy to read someone's mind even at intercontinental distances and you can project your own thoughts and even distinct...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    The "Diego Garcia" class carriers the Chinese are constructing have a big advantage to counteract their immobility, that of size. A visit via Google Earth to the keelplate model of an atoll-based carrier, the island of Diego Garcia itself shows...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    China is building a number of aircraft carriers at the moment... in the Diego Garcia meaning of "aircraft carrier". They're terraforming some rocky outcrops in the middle of disputed waters in the South China sea and elsewhere by dumping crushed...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    The Soviets did put a lot of effort into anti-carrier weapons systems. http://bato.to/read/_/216200/flight-highschool_ch19_by_ak-scanlations/3...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    SUNBURN is a straight-line weapon on finals. It can turn a bit before it lights off its main engine to come over the horizon and head for the carrier but after that it's a powered bullet, pretty much. Any attempt...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    Are you an American, perchance? Europeans and people from many other countries see "marxist" as a term for someone who has particular economic beliefs about the nature of capital, labour etc. and how they interact. In the US it's a...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    Having a howitzer that can be its own air defense unit is kind of an unnerving concept. The medium-calibre gun fitted to most destroyers and frigates is primarily an air-defence weapon these days, with computer aiming data from the...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    There already exists a Chinese Science fiction award, the Nebulas, not the one run by the SFWA but the World Chinese Science Fiction Association. It doesn't help that the long-running Japanese SF awards, the Seiun are also called "Nebulas"......
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    ICBMs fly a suborbital path, they don't stray into LEO-space much or for very long. They're also armoured for a hot re-entry and so quite likely to survive a number of low-grade impacts from Kessler debris....
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    Pneumatic tubes apply a small but constant force to their capsules over the entire length of the A-B tube. That would be a neat trick... As a capsule moves through a tube the volume behind it increases and the pressure...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    who does the Hugo belong to/what is the Hugo? The SF Achievement Awards aka the Hugos are nominated and voted on by members of the World Science Fiction Society (WSFS). The membership of WSFS is the supporting and attending members...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    That's how it is right now and for the previous sixty years and more, if you substitute "Americans" for Chinese. Most Worldcons are held in the US, most supporting and attending members are American. My guess is that most of...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    There is an UNcontrolled group of test subjects, people who were exposed to mass quantities (micrograms to milligrams) of Pu through inhalation and ingestion and also abrasions into cuts etc. during the early days of the development of nuclear weapons...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    Oh dear, you've been listening to Ralph Nader again haven't you? Nope, plutonium isn't biologically active. It's insoluble in tissues and uptake is difficult. A number of folks who were contaminated with mass quantities of the stuff via cuts and...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    You can say the same about aviation which can't get private insurance to cover a major disaster like, say, a plane crashing into the centre of a major city, killing thousands of people and causing billions of dollars of property...
  • Commented on On the Great Filter, existential threats, and griefers
    Uranium yellowcake (U3O8) is selling at the minehead/processing plant for about $90/kilo at the moment. The price was depressed for a decade or so thanks to the US buying up and reprocessing a lot of spare ex-Soviet bomb-grade uranium and...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    In the 1970s Serf Efrica had Casspirs. They were heavily-armoured police vehicles, designed to withstand bombs and mines while the government policed places like Soweto (South Western Township, an official Blacks-only commuter-belt ghetto). The New! Shiny! MRAPs deployed in Iraq...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    Arthur Wellesely, the Duke of Wellington was the last general in UK history to become Prime Minister as far as I know. He seems to have made an indifferent job of the role according to most accounts. The next highest...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    Bluffing? There's been a bunch of "ideas" put forward after this year's slate nominations were unveiled. Most of the ideas don't work for various reasons, mostly because those putting the unworkable ideas forward didn't know how the Hugos actually work...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    The Goblin Emperor sounds a bit like the long-running web comic, Yet Another Fantasy Gamer Comic where many of the assorted rulers of fantasy communities are doing the best job they can, sometimes with indifferent success. A number of them...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    Having grown up in the age when Group of Soviet Forces Germany had a million men on the other side of the Inner German Border, and enough artillery to have a gun per 100m of front, I can assure you...
  • Commented on The Biggest Little SF Publisher you never heard of pulls on the jackboots
    The A-10 is obsolete, the GAU-8 Dick-Waving Exercise gun is overkill for patrolling the Imperial Marches and eliminating brown-skinned people who won't Do As They're Told by their owners. The A-10 *concept* of a slow rugged bomb truck supplying close-air-support...
  • Commented on Update
    The .50 BMG machine-gun round is not for antipersonnel use, it is an anti-materiel round for attacking light armoured vehicles, fortifications etc. according to the Geneva Conventions. It just goes through any people standing in the way quite nicely when...
  • Commented on Update
    I have a design in my head for a rapid-fire (3000 rounds per minute) large-calibre (30mm is easily achievable) high-velocity (600 m/s plus) machine gun which is not a firearm under the 1968 Act. Hmmm......
  • Commented on Terry Pratchett
    Here's another tribute to Terry from Boulet, a French cartoonist who does some fantastic fantasy and SF work on occasion: http://english.bouletcorp.com/2015/03/12/ Don't forget to click on the "React" link....
  • Commented on A different cluetrain
    One of my cow-orkers in the Go Faster and Explode Division of the British Bucket of Instant Sunshine Research Establishment was a keen amateur botanist and he had recorded several rare orchids growing in a remote area of the site...
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