Antonia T Tiger

Antonia T Tiger

  • Commented on Default Option
    If you want a distraction in the newspapers for the next few days, we might have one. UKIP MEP Amjad Bashir has been suspended by the UKIP over "financial irregularities" which the party is talking about reporting to the Police....
  • Commented on Default Option
    I have an uncomfortable feeling that there will be something else dominating the newspapers, maybe a contrived fuss over Page 3 between The Sun and The Times. There are other things that could be used, arguably hitherto under-reported. And they...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    All this talk of energy efficiency and transmission losses... I must be weird. I find myself wondering what results would come from applying the same principles to capitalism, and the flow of wealth between the populations of different countries....
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    Metcalf looks odd, I agree. I remember, a long time ago, a story on how the RAF picked targets for bombing. It was after the Cold War. The implication was that they could do a lot of damage by precisely...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    Photo-Voltaic costs have been reducing. The Chinese have been running a series of five-year plans funding the development of more efficient cells and reducing manufacturing costs. It's the sort of thing that pure capitalism struggles to do. Their target is...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    Britain has better recycling than the USA. but variable. And while burning waste has been around for a long time, it's unusual. Over the last few years, waste disposal has been made more difficult, and the government policy of "austerity"...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    I finally followed the link about David Cameron's career in TV. He was trying to sell commercial TV in the late nineties, when Carlton Television, which he worked for, became involved with digital TV. The marketing was not good. OnDigital,...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    I could, without any computer, encrypt a message in a way that would be mathematically impossible to decrypt without the key. There are practical problems with getting the key to the intended recipient, but the math is simple. And the...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    A quick skim suggests the roots were in the late 9th Century with Alfred the Great setting up a network of fortified settlements under a consistent system of government. That was then influenced by the Danelaw, which also had significant...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    According to the figure, the Tories are pretty solidly safe in this seat, which is odd since it was solidly Labour before 2010. Long term history is complicated because boundaries were regularly changed, usually coinciding with a lurch to one...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    This isn't going to change my vote in the election. My current MP is one of those 2010 Tories who can't even be polite about non-Tory local councils in the constituency. Anything wrong, it's their fault. And he praises Mathias...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    I think you might have overdosed on Thunderbirds Thunderbird 2 always had just the right equipment ready to load in a cargo pod. Like a lot of episodic TV, it was all set up to get on with telling the...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    This is an area of statistics I know little about, but that's a good question. There's long term stress from local conflict, so how can we distinguish that from such things as CODE NIGHTMARE GREEN, or drones? What makes them...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    Taking that observation to the more general, we keep being told that it's hard to pay back loans for big projects. Maybe what decides what future we can get is the answer to who can successfully con the investors. George...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    What's interesting about this is how the cost and time compare to the British HS2 project. Some of the time difference is in the politics of acquiring the land, under British law, but the Chinese are aiming for 5 years,...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    Concorde wasn't so efficient subsonic, but it was efficient enough that the fuel-cost for the subsonic sections of the flight were tolerable. It wasn't ridiculous by the fuel and noise standards of the 1960s, but then 1973 happened. There was...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    The fighters on QRA are an echo of the RAF's big WW2 legend. Think of the RAF movies you can remember, and the chances are that The Dam Busters is the only heavy bomber movie. There are movies such as...
  • Commented on Things I would make if I had a 3D printer ...
    Even for a modern army, where for even a small group of soldiers they carry different weapons, they tend to move and stand in the same way, and be similarly dressed and equipped. It's not a good idea to look...
  • Commented on Things I would make if I had a 3D printer ...
    This isn't actually the Royal Mail doing it, they're fronting for another company with some exclusive items. One hopes they're covering costs. It gives us all another fix on the state of the art. Royal Mail does 3D Printing...
  • Commented on Things I would make if I had a 3D printer ...
    It's a modification to the shape of an item, possibly a pre-processing of the 3D shape. It depends on scale, but if the basic flat panels of a building are separate components, flat inner side on baseplate, the shape of...
  • Commented on Things I would make if I had a 3D printer ...
    It may not be worth the effort, but some people have built models using some sort of forced perspective. It reduces the physical front-to-back distance, although the perspective may not be built into the actual model of an object. But...
  • Commented on Things I would make if I had a 3D printer ...
    British models are made at 1/148 but run on the same track gauge as other N gauge models which are scaled at 1/160. It's for the same reason as the scale difference between OO and HO: British railways have a...
  • Commented on Things I would make if I had a 3D printer ...
    On the pricing, I just checked, and realised how out of date I am. Minifigs, a very long-established name in the cast metal model soldier business for wargamers, is now running at GBP1.15 per 25mm figure, unpainted. I can remember...
  • Commented on Things I would make if I had a 3D printer ...
    I'm a bit wary of the model railway suggestion. Is the printing method precise enough? I don't know. But I have seen a 1/35 scale model of the French H-35 tank. Bit of history here: Games Workshop used hot-metal casting...
  • Commented on Ask the Author
    Tabitha was an informal rescue, abandoned on the farm, who gradually moved from the yard to the house. We think somebody thought a cat would be happy on a farm, and they didn't realise that it's not the same on...
  • Commented on On the lack of cultural estrangement in SF
    There are also so many different jobs that a farm worker does over the year. And even in one day. Before tractors, every day you had to care for the horses, as well as whatever work you did with them....
  • Commented on On the lack of cultural estrangement in SF
    You summary is essentially correct. If one of the partipants appears under-age things become illegal under child-porn laws, and it doesn't have to be a picture of a real event. The extreme porn laws—you've heard of the sex-with-a-tiger case—are similar....
  • Commented on On the lack of cultural estrangement in SF
    This was a hit record. The 1930s were different. Heck, The Fosdyke Saga was still running when I was at university, and I recall a Page Three Girl appeared on TV as a magician's assistant. You were allowed to have...
  • Commented on On the lack of cultural estrangement in SF
    No Babelfish, but combine a common written language with speech synthesis and smartphone-level tech. We can do that now, and some of variations in text-to-speech accents are already a bit thick. Also, look at the Islamic world. There is a...
  • Commented on On the lack of cultural estrangement in SF
    I think you're missing a lot from the general series. 1: The core cultural setting is pretty strange to our eyes. But it has a history that makes sense, and Miles Vorkosigan has a personal history that has exposed him...
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