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  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    One of my friends is a consultant at a hospital somewhere up north (south to you). He told me that his department recently picked up a load of excellent nurses who burned out of ICU work last year. He described...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    I don't know anyone under 50 who would find imperial weights and measures easier to work with than metric. In my lifetime I have only seen them regularly used for alcohol and illegal narcotics. Maybe an admission that only pensioners...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    That is partly covered in the review I posted. TL;DR version is: A process exists, nobody has really tried scaling it up....
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    I can see that being a problem if you burn ammonia. A bit of searching suggests that ammonia fuel cells are an active research area, and might avoid the problem. This review article seems like a reasonable summary: https://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2021/ta/d0ta08810b...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    That idea makes hypersonic boost-glide airliners seem sane....
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    You would need a larger, and hence heavier transmitter to focus the beam on a smaller area. You can pretty easily calculate how tight the beam can be from the wavelength and antenna size so a microwave doom sat would...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    Well, if he pulls it off then it may offset his personality a bit. Until he starts cutting off entire countries power supplies for dissing his submarine designs....
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    Applying the idea to workplace performance reviews is one of the most efficient ways to destroy an organisation too....
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    Only £3k? They really are cheap!...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    All the magnets you can buy were manufactured by companies in on the conspiracy. You need special magnets without the vaccine chip detector chip. Obviously....
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    Interesting. i knew swimming wasn't valued but didn't realise it was actively discouraged....
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    I understand that swimming was not considered to be a particularly useful skill for sailors back in the day. 1970s public information films do depict an apocalyptic death toll arising from children playing near ponds, power lines, farms and school...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    #1043 - There were just over 2 million Land Rover series built over 67 years. About half of them are still extant. Let me know when you find an EV that can claim anything similar. "Get back to me in...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    On the subject of feline overlords, this talk explains a great deal. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=uNOLQGk7QLk...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    I'm pretty sure the most dangerous thing you are likely to encounter in most bear country is the weather. Been walking in a couple of places that theoretically had them but no encounters. The big white ones are a different...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    I have used the studded type. On hard packed snow and ice they are like magic - controlled driving on surfaces I can't stand on without crampons. Having said that, in all the places where snow doesn't settle the roads...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    "Capitalism with a human face" Whose face was it wearing?...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    I don't really care about the DAB thing TBH, just wish the BBC would cut that bit out of their stream as forcing people to use something reliable would be better. Personally I don't use watches, smart or otherwise as...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    That's all fine, but radio stations using DAB should still stop pretending to broadcast a time signal....
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    Actually the time delay is legitimately annoying, as the BBC do broadcast a time signal that used to be quite useful for manually synchronising mechanical clocks, watches and other non networked devices. With the time delay they may as well...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    A friend of mine reckons the UK won but the votes are all held up by customs....
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    There may not have been warships alongside but "winning" against the first wave of boarders would still have gone hard for them....
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    Then you are back into peroxide rocket territory. In this role it doesn't matter though. A civilian ship is under the guns of a dedicated warship and being boarded in a visually impressive manner. Any action that requires the boarders...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    The problem with the "secret government agency" theory is that they have access to a number of huge missile ranges that can be certified free of aircraft with cameras. Why be seen?...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    Does it boil down to "Let us hold your bitcoins for you. Here's some technobabble. Trust us!" ?...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    There are other ways, for example this abomination: http://www.alpinist.com/doc/web19c/ms-beal-escaper I found that the prospect of retreating with it motivates climbers to keep moving forward....
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    They can take my hash tables from my cold, dead hands. And they'll never catch up with them anyway because they are O(1)....
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    I always interpreted the UHT milk of unknown age as a warning to stay away....
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    They are popular in cheap hotels and B&Bs, in those little tea & coffee sets that you aren't supposed to use....
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    A disdain for perl was the main reason I didn't get into web stuff in the mid 1990s. A decision that has worked out quite well for me long term. I appreciate the skill that can go into crafting executable...
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