Antonia T Tiger

Antonia T Tiger

  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    If you go by the actor's ages, which can be a starting point, Diana Rigg was born in 1938 and Patrick Macnee in 1922. It is possible that Steed is a few years older than the actor, but he might...
  • Commented on Unwelcome reality excursion
    Something else to remember: agriculture. It cannot be run to a clock as other industries can. Britain depended on importing food, and still does. Population has risen from around 46 million to about 64 million since WW2, and it wasn't...
  • Commented on Unwelcome reality excursion
    There would certainly be a lot of corruption, but I wonder if there would be the extremes, as least as seen by ordinary people. Something such as Rotherham would have to pay off both the local police and the Secret...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    It's a bit more complicated. The old calculation was done with the ESA 95 rules. They're now being done with ESA 2010 accounting rules, which change the effects of such things as Military Expenditure and general R&D on the GDP...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    As I remember that DWP office, it had architectural features that made is easier to defend against a riotious mob, things like windows overlooking the entrance which allowed machine-guns to set up a crossfire. Shops are easy to break in...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    I don't think it absolutely needs citizenship as long as you pay taxes and obey the law. I noticed, eyeing the Sark situation, that the Barclay brothers are trying to get out from under the Law of Sark, which they...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    It's one of those no names moments, and there aren't that many small parties in the UK so it would be hard to invent one, but what if something similar to The Apocalypse Codex afflicted a politician, but it only...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    Your examples are very different. They're changes that happened well after the book was published, even after the author was dead, and are what make the novels period pieces. Do you, perhaps, expect Poirot to use an iPhone? Actually, I...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    The Woolworths business was a bit of a shock, and quite a few branches ended up with similar businesses in them. There are certainly regional chains that expanded to fill a gap. Boyes started in Scarborough, and doesn't want to...
  • Commented on Some thoughts on turning 50
    Another Tombstone epitaph: "Soon be your turn to find out."...
  • Commented on Some thoughts on turning 50
    This BBC story is a marker for how medicine is changing. Spinal cord damage is appearing to have been partially repaired. There's going to be a TV report on the 21st October (and that's another sign of a different change,...
  • Commented on Some thoughts on turning 50
    An epitaph... "Epitaphs are for the living. I only live in your memory."...
  • Commented on Some thoughts on turning 50
    Rule 1a: Be nice to nurses. Rule 1b: if a medic laughs at your joke, you maybe shouldn't tell it to ordinary people....
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    Your section 4 could be summed up as: “That is not dead which can eternal lie, And with strange aeons even death may die.” ― H.P Lovecraft Might that mean that R'lyeh is a starship, and could it be shaped...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    Then you may well know more than I do about the US Navy's electric-drive aircraft carriers, the USS Lexington and the USS Saratoga. I have a vaguer recollection of electric drive in WW2 ships, getting around the bottleneck of turbine...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    For once, the American style is memorable, though maybe it depends on age in our part of the world. I tend to first think of body temperature in Fahrenheit, and switching to Celcius is a complication for me. I remember...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    OK, assuming the Elves are among us, and they might not be nice people, does that mean they would want Britain to be invaded by any outsiders? They can get want they want out of the humans of Britain, even...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    At about 2 min 50s into the video, after showing the heat exchanger, he observes that the water running through the solar collector has anti-freeze in it. The system also uses pumps for both the circuits, hot-side through the collector...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    Do you ever get sub-zero temperatures outside your insulated residence bubble? That might mess up a cheap and simple solar water heater....
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    A few of us might remember a TV series shown in the mid-1970s, showing how an old building could be converted into a comfortable, energy-efficient, house. House for the future (PDF) is a good summary of what they did, and...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    Here in the UK we also seem to have some very dodgy telephone sales operations in the solar business. This residence is a semi with a north-facing roof. That's a huge difference in the incoming energy it can capture, but...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    Actually, the bottleneck on cheap transistor radios would be the tuning capacitors. And you still need those for all the important radio gear....
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    "This is a bit of a long shot, but it could replace a vacuum tube with something that's solid, works from a flashlight battery, and is about the size of your fingernail. The raw materials should be fairly common, but...
  • Commented on Parallel Reconstruction and the new Stasi
    One of the latest things: it is being reported that the US Government has claimed that running a particular piece of software is evidence of criminal intent, and this justifies hacking into a non-US server to gather evidence, without need...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    It all puts me in mind of the bike shed in "Parkinson's Law". That's something big enough to look significant, but still on a scale comprehensible to the members of a committee. There's so much now where the numbers no...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    I was talking to the chaps from Reaction Engines at the Worldcon. The hard part of the job is finding people who are willing to put up the money for something that is a good bet, but not a sure...
  • Commented on A brief, bitter quiz
    The RAF also had an effective rifle-calibre incendiary round which was only just available in the Battle of Britain. The B Mk VI round was, on tests, about twice as effective as the German round. And the 20mm Hispano certainly...
  • Commented on Cameron v Churchill
    Greg, that link Charlies gives is to a contemporary account of the Amateur Action BBS case, which happened in 1994. At that time, the US law on obscenity was based on the idea that local standards mattered. And the Amateur...
  • Commented on A brief, bitter quiz
    A big problem with the ten year rule, which actually made some sense initially, was that they kept re-setting the clock. A lot of military technology was changing very rapidly. Take as an example aero engine design. They kept improving...
  • Commented on Cameron v Churchill
    That's a rather solidly binary mode of thought there, mixed in with the rest. You're treating "liberals" as a single cohesive thing, even as you claim to be more subtle. The trouble is that successive Westminster governments seem to be...
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