• Commented on Mo' holding pattern
    Not strictly true. It is mainly because the design cycle for major space projects is so long that the gear they use is effectively obsolete before launch. IBM kept a production line for ferrite core memory open for many years...
  • Commented on Mo' holding pattern
    When I first read about this I thought that there had to be a good story - you know the sort of thing where the ship returns to Earth and the occupants have been taken over by mutant fecal bacteria....
  • Commented on Wow
    [quote=Charlie Stross] Note: I make the explosive yield (per page 2) about 36 billion megatons. In other words, around a billion times more powerful than the entire combined Cold War nuclear arsenals; somewhere in the dinosaur-killer asteroid league table. [/quote]...
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