Chris Suslowicz

Chris Suslowicz

  • Commented on Empire Games gets a price cut in the UK
    I note that Amazon have cancelled my order for the hardcover of Dark State. I wish the publishers would make up their <REDACTED> minds....
  • Commented on Excuses
    Er, the huge, orange, insulated external tank that provided the LH/LOX fuel to the SSMEs? It's a bit too large to be invisible. It was a requirement (Proxmire! (Spit!)) that it be jettisoned in such a way that it would...
  • Commented on Excuses
    One word: Scruits....
  • Commented on Excuses
    It's a notorious problem here in the UK that building surveyors check properties for problems before you get your mortgage or you buy or whatever, but they are famous for being useless, not spotting any problems and not actually doing...
  • Commented on Excuses
    UK electrical "madness"? Ring circuits, Less copper required. (Bear in mind that this originated before the introduction of high consumption appliances, the usual maximum drain would be a kettle or electric heater around 2 to 3 kW input.) fused plugs,...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    Word. >> I would not trust the Word spell checker - it returned 'earthling' for earthing... > Further proof that Microsoft Word was created by aliens from another planet. Chris....
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    Greg wrote: 240V is safer than 120 - lower current flow Er, you have that exactly backwards from an electric shock point of view. Treating the body as a resistance, if you double the applied voltage, twice the current will...
  • Commented on Unwanted Blogging Vacation
    I'm sorry to hear of your loss, may his memory be a blessing....
  • Commented on Book day!
    Well, thanks to Amazon not showing any sign of my "preorder on announcement", I now have two copies of the hardcover! "I liked it so much I bought it twice." so to speak. Enjoying it immensely....
  • Commented on Book day!
    Oh dear. All the best. Chris....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    Thought for Charlie: George kept his blood supply in an isolation grid where time was slowed or stopped. Could the doomsday concorde increase the yield by running this in reverse - set the timer on your H-bomb, activate the grid...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    Now that would be the epitome of a "superblack" project - assuming it could withstand the frictional heating....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    I believe Concorde had to be painted white anyway (possibly that was because they only developed that colour with the required thermal properties). I recall Pepsi-Cola wanting to have one repainted blue for advertising purposes and BA refused. Air France...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    Never underestimate the soldier's desire for "souvenirs". A kettenkrad would probably slide quite well on ice, and that's enough to justify someone hauling it back through the gate while the rearguard are setting the timer and preparing to leave. Works...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    I had a tour (with a small party from our gun club) of the Enfield Pattern Room some years before BAE swallowed up Royal Ordnance and asset stripped it. Nothing in the collection was deliberately deactivated, though some items were...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    The graffiti versions: Jesus Saves - with the Woolwich. Jesus saves, but Channon gets the rebound. ...and Tanuki's splendid version from asr: Jesus saves, Moses invests, C'thulhu forecloses....
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Y2K: if was overwhelmingly crap and heavily pushed by the consulting firms, to make money. Having worked on mainframes, EBCIDIC does *not* magically roll over to all zeros.... I call bollocks on that one. There was (and almost certainly some...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Oddly enough, I'm migrating off prepayment meters as soon as I can possibly arrange it. From the supplier who omitted to organize the reset of the gas meter when I bought the house (leaving me paying off a fairly substantial...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    On the 'going equipped' theme, I recently realised I'd been doing that by accident for the last few decades (at various levels). The family home had 1950s vintage 2-lever locks on most things, and the answer to "need another key...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    WW1 saw the introduction of (hand-built) wireless sets for static warfare. WW2 saw the switch to mobile warfare and massive changes in technology. Post-WW2 the cavalry (RAC) knew what they really wanted for communications and specified the "New Range". The...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    No, you don't want to meet any of those people. The Military are (rightly) subservient to the civil government, but the problem is that the current (and quite a considerable amount of previous governments) have no concept of the real...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    The 'broken Land Rover' problem was apparently axle/suspension failures due to the weight of the applique vehicle kit (24 volts worth of lead-acid batteries just for the radio, all the mounting hardware to put the infantry backpack set in as...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    The BOWMAN project to replace the 1970s vintage CLANSMAN Combat Net Radio was a rolling disaster for a variety of reasons. The original specifications were changed repeatedly over the life of the project, and the intended multiple sources (Racal, Plessey,...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Of course the US keeps nuclear weapons at its bases in the UK. Hence all the protests at Greenham Common. (Also, if you ever visit any of the disused bomber bases (Upper Heyford, Bentwaters) you may notice the slight difference...
  • Commented on Upcoming travel
    Seconded Greg's post @ #1 on the travel. Have a safe and pleasant trip with zero inconveniences, please....
  • Commented on Upcoming travel
    Fourthly, Scotland has a lot of small pockets of population scattered around some rather rugged terrain. Getting a patient from a remote village to the nearest hospital can mean a considerable journey over decidedly non-straight and non-level roads. Without even...
  • Commented on Empire Games in the UK!
    This is true, but various dealers seem to cock a snook at that particular rule. (I'm sure a blind eye is turned as long as the volume stays reasonably low.) I may wander into FP tomorrow. :-)> Failing that, there's...
  • Commented on Empire Games in the UK!
    First!^H, I need to find out where I can get a hardcover from. Foreboding Prices, probably. I'm still waiting for the UK release date to tick over so I can enjoy the finished product. In the meantime, congratulations on getting...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    Ah yes, there are some interesting photographs in the Brassey's "Battlefield Technology" series that I assume were taken at the instant sunshine works: a flash radiograph of a Colt 1911 being fired, with the bullet halfway down the barrel and...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    There was a BBC documentary on the Instant Sunshine place some years ago, and some of the 'interesting" test rigs were shown: EMP simulator - I think this was an open air coil suspended from masts with a large capacitor...
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