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  • Commented on Radio silence
    George W Bush's nephew John P. G. Bush has been nicknamed "47" by close associates referring to his expected run for the Presidency in a decade's time or so. His handlers learned from the experience of his uncle's avoidance of...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    I vaguely recall a cartoon which showed General Sherman at Trinity, his goggles glowing red while he said "Sweet!" I may be misremembering details though. Has there ever been an alt-hist story written where the victorious Union lined the road...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    What broke Japan wasn't the firestorming of its cities or even the nukes; the War Cabinet met after the reports from Hiroshima[1] and the news of Nagasaki came in and voted to continue the fight. Surrender wasn't an option. What...
  • Commented on Radio silence
    If he took the anime/manga seriously the Mandate would ban forks. The protagonist Mahiro-san who Nyaruko-chan pursues for no readily apparent reason had a tendency to distract the Crawling Chaos by sticking a fork in her hand. His mother was...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    I figure since it's mostly cut-n-paste links that the posts you refer to are a money-making link-farm scam of some kind and wind through too. Greg, sadly, bites every time and gives the blog-bully the attention they desire....
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    I'm surprised anyone is trying to repurpose used car batteries for home storage of electricity. They're not really designed for that and I can't see them doing a good job. The usual failure mode in a lead-acid car battery is...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Any atoms, even helium, would increase the weight of a structure and decrease the lift it provides. (Also, helium is expensive and increasingly difficult to obtain; we may soon run out. Helium is more common in the atmosphere than xenon...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    The earliest "vacuum for lift" SF stories I know of are the Kipling pair, "With the Night Mail" and £Easy as ABC" where bulkheaded vacuum is used to provide lift in dirigibles, using Fleury's Ray to liquefy the air and...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Arcing on switch contacts is dependent more on the current than the voltage and going to 42V means less than a third of the current is going through the switch compared to 12V. Most heavy-duty current switching in cars (headlights,...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    In the UK I can get a four-door car with a petrol engine, fifteen years old with 100,000 miles on the clock and a year's MOT (ObUS: inspection) for a thousand bucks. A second-hand electric car second-hand with a useful...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Can you guarantee that there will be a charger available to use when you get to it? If electric cars get really popular then there will be more demand for chargers and each charger will be occupied for an hour...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    The world market for heavy horses* remained strong until the early 1920s. My uncle Hughie (actually my father's cousin) was a heavy horse farrier in his youth back in the 1920s when a lot of long-distance cartage was still being...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Actually a lot of military haulage in the medieval period and later was done by oxen, as was a lot of agricultural work. Horses were faster on good roads so they were often used to draw light artillery but the...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Whatever personal weapons soldiers carry in the future they will still have bayonet mounts. (I had to laugh when watching a bit of the Evangelion anime series where the Big Fuck-Off Robots had assorted weapons scaled to their size, including...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    The tricky and interesting part is that there's a LOT of waste plastic around, and if the petroleum industry is massively down-scaled, I'd expect that recycling waste plastics might be a lot more economical. The simple solution to recycle plastics...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Japan is now down to one regular rail sleeper service operating, the Sunrise Seto/Izumo service which runs between Tokyo and the south but there has been a resurgence in boutique sleeper services with several new upmarket tourism-oriented trainsets taking over...
  • Commented on Book day!
    That bit about Prince Charles technically being allowed to have nukes. Actually Chuck isn't allowed to personally have nukes. However if he set one off or arranged for one to be set off on his behalf in the Duchy of...
  • Commented on Book day!
    Mo, however, is not into self-deception. Or so she tells herself. She's someone that had a nervous breakdown because she deceived herself about a whole load of things....
  • Commented on Book day!
    I raise you the 4 bore stopping rifle People go safari-hunting in Africa with modern-manufacture 1-bore and 2-bore rifles. They use gunbearers and shooting-sticks. They kick a bit. The Really Silly gun is the Russian-made revolver in .600 Nitro Express....
  • Commented on Book day!
    So there'll still be humans around until the 22nd century? Yes, the impaled undead human corpses writhing in endless agony will still be around in the 22nd century....
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    It sounds like you're criticising the people who have a problem taking care of their cards, remembering their PIN, forgetting that they haven't got the money in that particular account, having a chat with that nice young lady on the...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    One of the moral benefits of nuclear weapons existing and having them in your side's arsenal is that you can kill and maim and destroy Others with chemical-energy weapons as much as you like while patting yourself on the head...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Designing a "fighter" (which is today more like a bomb truck crossed with an EWACS and forward-deployed missile platform) to be optionally manned costs a lot in terms of engineering compromises such as the cockpit, visor, environmental equipment (see the...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    A primary cause of the Cuban Missile crisis back in the early 60s was the presence of US nuclear-armed intermediate-range Thor and Jupiter missiles in Italy and Turkey. The US refused requests from the USSR to remove these missiles and...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    Science as taught in schools is not like that. As Robert pointed out (comment 643), his school's chemistry department teaches electrons are in orbits, contradicting the physics department Valence shells are not orbits. The billiard-ball electron model was not one...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    I am not enough of an academic or student of the field to speak on the subject with any sort of authority but I have thought for some time that higher or tertiary education (ObUS: post-K12) is structurally broken. The...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    It's a common story, a new technology appears, everyone jumps aboard and tries every variant on a "throw it against the wall and see what sticks" approach. The history of power reactor design from the 1950s onwards is full of...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    The AGRs are impressive bits of kit, like a sports car from the 1980s, with very good efficiency resulting from operating at a high temperature. Sadly they have a failure mode that limits their absolute lifespan, a problem with accumulating...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    A decadal inspection is not simply a refuelling operation although they are usually done together since part of the inspection process will require the pressure vessel to be emptied of fuel and drained down. Normal refuelling-only inspections are more limited...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    In France most refuelling operations of their large reactor fleet occur during the summer when electricity demand is at its lowest, with long summer sunlight and less need for home heating. Modern operational knowledge and decades of practical experience means...
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