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JayGee

  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Volvo are pretty ordinary seating-wise. Mercedes were making a fair fist of it (at least up until my last one, which was a W203 series C-Class Coupé - I haven’t tried anything more recent), the Recaros which you used to...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    My personal theory is that Star Trek (in all its forms and variants) is actually a role playing game devised to provide an outlet for atavistic individuals who have problems with life in a genuinely advanced society. Original series is...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Actually I thi k they were both riffing on the “Soft Landing” sequence at the beginning of the Heavy Metal animated movie, which featured a space-suited astronaut exiting a space shuttle in a 1959 Corvette, re-entering the atmosphere, landing on...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    I like world building, I like plot, character development, and all the rest of the stuff that goes to make up good old fashioned storytelling. If either is done well enough it’ll probably draw me in sufficiently that I’ll happily...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    "no technology has done more to expand slavery since the cotton gin than the fuel-efficient jetliner". How about the modern container ship and the highly efficient large marine Diesel engines which make it possible? It’s still slavery when it’s off-shored,...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    No we didn’t. We had a system which selected an arbitrary (and limited) number on a demonstrably flawed basis[1] for an actual education and left the rest to make the best of neglected and largely ignored secondary modern schools. [1]...
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    That would be one heck of a big rifle to leave hanging on the wall unfired. I don’t think we need worry about *that* loose end being left hanging......
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    “what does the moon look like in TL 4 and the TL on the other side of the Gate?” Please tell me it has the face of a historical figure who achieved notoriety as a ruthless dictator just before the...
  • Commented on New Book Week!
    About 75% of the way through. So many ways that so many things could unravel so badly......
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    “...everything above the mating ring[1] on the Trident missile deployed in British subs, from firing circuitry to explosive lenses, re-entry vehicle housings, terminal guidance packages etc. are British made.” But has to be compatible with everything below the mating ring....
  • Commented on PSA: Please don't nominate the Laundry Files for a Best Series Hugo Award (this year)
    Trottelreiner: “[1] Err, I mentioned the Trotzkist I met whose comment about Kronstadt https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kronstadt_rebellion was "anarchists are petty bourgeois nuts"? I used to be in a band with a guy who played guitar in a legendary[1] early ‘80s Southend-on-Sea based...
  • Commented on Dark State: how to get signed copies!
    I spent a one year industrial placement in the middle of my Comp Sci degree in a division of ICI which produced modular interface kit and BASIC interpreter extensions to put BBC Micros (or CBM PETS, or Apple 2s) into...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    “I came from a pretty pure motorcycle background and it took a lot of mind resetting to remember how glacially slow you have to go around corners in a car. ” It constantly surprises me how often I hear this....
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    They trouble with that is that as soon as you go away from the rotor tip drive to a mechanically driven rotor torque reaction rears its ugly head and you need to introduce complications like a tail rotor (or equivalent...
  • Commented on Excuses
    Except you don’t pay Nissan £~5K for a replacement battery, you go to somebody like Mike Schooling at Indra Renewable Technologies who (amongst other things) buys in written-off Leafs, strips them for parts, splits the battery packs, checks the condition...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    I tend to concur with Martin on the validity of the "always within earshot of a drone" idea, but suspect that reality may be less important than perception. The fact that there are nowhere near enough drones to go round,...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    "Another point here is that it would be trivial to make an ultralight runabout (basically a fully-faired electric quad bike), which would actually meet most urban and many suburban requirements, " Indeed it would, and Renault have sold tens of...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    I've always assumed that the restraint systems and boarding procedures for a hyperloop type system would look more like those for a high-energy, white-knuckle theme park ride than an airliner. This would go double for a hypothetical short-hop implementation....
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Not my experience from either side of the recuitment process. I entered employment as an engineer with my current employer aged 52 (after about 20 years of contracting, which I was regulalrly informed made me unemployable on a permanent basis...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    " All we get is crap slogans like "no deal is better than a bad deal" (with its implication that they're not actually going to bother getting a deal), and a general sense that nothing matters, everything to do with...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    True, and the Alfar would do well to take note of the fact that HSS has a wide range of technical options for slaughter and destruction on scales from the persoanl, via retail, to wholesale... What I was mainly trying...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    Errr... You don't need a BSc in Physics to have seen before and after pictures of Hiroshima/Nagasaki and have at least a vague idea what caused it....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    No strange goings-on at the bottom of Lake Vostok this time round then?...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Seconded. I've got a Fuji X-M1 which is very much the entry level "my first proper camera" model in the X range. In spite of the absence of a proper viewfinder it still handles/feels very much like a "real" camera,...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    So, are we back to "101 Other Uses for a Falcon 9" then?...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    "What's CRAZY BEYOND ALL REASON about the whole thing is that if 200,000 Black people in Flint Michigan and 100,000 white people in Flint are drinking leaded water the far-right counts this as a victory!" But they're mostly poor white...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Are we talking about the same (VW Golf/Ford Focus sized) Nissan Leaf and the same (VW Polo derived) Skoda Fabia? The same Nissan Leaf which comfortably carries a couple of 6' tall adults in the rear seat and which can...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    The undetectable stealth spaceships were a bit of a stretch (see http://www.projectrho.com/public_html/rocket/spacewardetect.php ) and I'm also more than a bit dubious about the idea of massively increasing acceleration tolerance through the use of drugs too... That said, The Expanse taxes...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    We're in the process or sorting out my late Father-in-Laws affairs. Only one name on the deeds to the house or any of the contemporary paperwork. As I understand it from what his wife tells me (with a certain undercurrent...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    If nothing else it's providing an answer to my earlier puzzled wondering as to whether it was really possible to deliver a gigantic "Fuck You" to 48% of the engaged electorate without some political consequence. I'm actually quite gratified (and...
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