Dave P

Dave P

  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Mr. Trump is trying to dismantle NAFTA, so I think the chances of the UK joining are practically nil. @ 160: "On that matter she and the Prime Minister are in full agreement." - You might say they are unanimous...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Natural gas does seem to be the most likely gap-filler until we can implement large-scale storage of renewable-generated electricity. However, there have been a number of gas field finds recently, to include a VERY large Israeli field in the Eastern...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    There's a kosher joke in there somewhere, but I can't come up with one right now. I'm hoping the next color revolution will be a beige counterrevolution; the splotches we're seeing right now are just ugly....
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    I'm immediately reminded of "The Mouse That Roared" ( http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0053084/?ref_=nv_sr_1 ), a fine Peter Sellers farce....
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    I understand Canada has much the same relationship, complete with Governor General, but no doubt with some differences. I have no idea of the formal relationship of New Zealand to England. Us USAians are quite fond of citizens of other...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    I frankly don't see what any of the former Commonwealth states gain from a continuing association with the UK, apart from sentimentality. Australia, Canada and New Zealand have carved out distinct identities globally and in their geographic neighborhoods; none of...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    "[S]o the government in Westminster will be put in the impossible position of simultaneously defending the right of a nation to leave a larger federation, regardless of the economic and social uncertainty this causes, while opposing exactly that position in...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Charlie, I didn't put Japan at the top of the list because of that little Hiroshima/Nagasaki issue. Granted, a child born in 1945 will turn 72 this year, but from what I understand the Japanese engagement with history is at...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Of course, all of those countries have signed the Non-Proliferation Treaty ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_on_the_Non-Proliferation_of_Nuclear_Weapons ) except India, Israel, Pakistan, and South Sudan. Somehow I'm not too concerned about South Sudan's proliferation potential....
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Any country with a nuclear power program has the basic ability to create a nuclear weapons program. Wikipedia lists 31 countries with nuclear power plants ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_power_by_country ), including the declared nuclear powers (U.S., Russia, China, UK, France, India, Pakistan);...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    All U.S. strategic bombers are under the command of 8th Air Force headquartered at Barksdale AFB, LA. 8th AF and its parent combatant command, U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), headquartered at Offutt AFB, NE have a STRONG preference for operating out...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Still vague, and assertions. Published references are welcome....
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Let's talk about relative economic strength. Here's some data from the World Bank on GDP for 2015: Gross domestic product 2015 (millions of US Dollars) Economy Ranking 1 United States 18,036,648 2 China 11,007,721 3 Japan 4,383,076 4 Germany 3,363,447...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Wow - we have very different perspectives on the UK - U.S. relationship. Please expand on these "abuses". Why was it important to for Russia to rebuild and use its forces? To be blunt, Russia is on a relatively near-term...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    FWIW, the newest U.S. ICBM design fielded (LGM-118 Peacekeeper, AKA MX https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGM-118_Peacekeeper ) used a gas generator for cold launch from silos. This allows for relatively rapid, say a couple of days, reuse of the silo. Previous U.S. ICBMs, i.e....
  • Commented on Placeholder? Placeholder!
    @ 83: (it's hard to divert a hijacked train, after all) But the idea did make for one of the more entertaining Frank Sinatra movies: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Von_Ryan%27s_Express...
  • Commented on Upcoming travel
    Looking at the time, you're probably en route. Travel safe!...
  • Commented on Upcoming travel
    I've enjoyed living in Germany, but it has its own, er, "features". And I'm somewhat insulated being here in an official capacity, with things like driver's license being handled by the Army. So, how good is your German, and your...
  • Commented on Free ebooks! Get 'em while they're hot!
    What a nice freebie! My impression from reading other authors' comments has been that Tor US is a great publisher to work with, and understands the genre. Charlie, how have your interactions with them been?...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    oops, I meant "pay to watch"...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Charlie, I have to agree with Dan; I don't think at this point you're at much risk at the border. You're a white, middle-aged male of reasonable means with a passport from a friendly country. I doubt there are many,...
  • Commented on Empire Games
    Apple it is. Enjoy that extra .001 pence!...
  • Commented on Empire Games
    Also, Charlie, is there any benefit to you of my ordering from one over the other?...
  • Commented on Empire Games
    It sounds like I should read the Merchant Princes hexalogy/trilogy before Empire Games. As I'll be doing that on my iPad, does the group see any difference between the Kindle and iBooks versions? I have both apps....
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    This has been getting more than a bit of attention from my quarter. Google Operation ATLANTIC RESOLVE....
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    Damn, sorry. I thought the first post didn't go through....
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    Charlie, I thought the group might like to know that PCWorld online is offering Scrivener for Windows for half off ($20.00 USD). Here's a link: https://shop.pcworld.com/?rid=3926142...
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    Charlie, Off topic but important for this crowd: PCWorld is offering Scrivener for Windows for half off ($20.00 USD) at the following link: https://shop.pcworld.com/?rid=3926142...
  • Commented on In other news ...
    Well I guess you SHOULD be considered a fan of your own work, but isn't it a bit like a Premier League striker crashing a club match? Still and all, good fun....
  • Commented on The Day After
    Assange is almost certainly in Putin's pay. More likely he's what we call a "useful fool". Just like anyone who talks to a reporter in Washington is a "senior government official", all you have to do is slip Assange...
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