Chris Suslowicz

Chris Suslowicz

  • 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...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    Especially if it uses the enriched to 95% U235 of the American military reactors. :-(>...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    Of course, the USA doesn't have any terrorists. (Unless you count The Unabomber, Timothy McVeigh, various anti-abortion murderers. (Not to mention sundry attempts to assassinate politicians, and the right-wing "militia" problem.)) /snark...
  • Commented on Things Can Only Get Better! (Part 1)
    Greg wrote: NiFe certainly used to be used for batteries in Tanks & Armoured Cars. Er, no. Standard heavy-duty lead-acid batteries, usually in 6-volt assemblies to make them (just about) liftable. (The WW2 through 1970s 6V 170AH wooden (later steel)...
  • Commented on In other news ...
    The Mandate is the equivalent of a nuclear weapon. For now, the Laundry (or TPCF) have him under control somewhere. If he ever gets out, there will be real trouble....
  • Commented on Empire Games sneak peek
    Ha! Amazon currently shows my order, "Currently unavailable", availability of "1 copy used or new" at 57.47 GBP and I'm not sure it'll let me order the US hardcover anyway. May be time to start ordering from Foreboding Prices. (I...
  • Commented on Empire Games sneak peek
    Drat! I shall have to see if I can switch my Amazon order to the US hardcover edition....
  • Commented on Mendel Acquisition Squares : A Game of Futures
    More on the missed opportunity front for company names after mergers: Penguin/Random House really should have become Random Penguin, much as the Burroughs/Univac merger should have been Bunnivac rather than Unisys. Bah....
  • Commented on Reality is broken
    You need to be sold on the outsourcing, otherwise you will be sold by the outsourcing. First there is stupid, then there is party politics. They have one rule: "Get elected, feet under the table, nose down in the trough...
  • Commented on Reality is broken
    Change of subject slightly: the recycling of old military hardware by designers/architects. This struck me years ago, when I noticed the finned barrel on a handweapon on Colin Kapp's "The Ion War" was the back end of a 2-inch mortar...
  • Commented on Empire Games
    I think 17 years in a superpower on a war footing is going to pretty much guarantee that the trams (or trolleybuses, etc.) will still be there, along with other light & heavy rail and the prioritization of public over...
  • Commented on But it's not April 1st yet!
    If that's the one for the Soil Research bunch, it wasn't very successful as it needed almost all of the engine power output to get off the ground. (I also suspect it blew away the soil they were trying to...
  • Commented on Brief interlude
    Eastercon: regrettably, no. Much though I'd like to visit the science museum again, the hotel room rates were ridiculous, I'm on call over the weekend, and I have to move house due to a pair of treacherous little shits....
  • Commented on Brief interlude
    "Birmingham is Mordor, with underpasses." attr. Dave Lermit. I should know, I live locally. It also has Mount Doom: the Packington Landfill which used to be clay pits for the local brickworks, then the council granted them a licence to...
  • Commented on Holding pattern (part N ...)
    SA-80 and what we could have had... It would have been cheaper still if the government hadn't bowed to pressure from the USA (who wanted the commercial advantage of shortening the 30-06 cartridge to become the .308 Winchester (aka 7.62mm...
  • Commented on Maneuvers in the Dark
    If 50 BMG is not enough, then a Polsten quad mount would be a suitable upgrade. (The other problem with the 50 BMG was the short barrel life: 30 seconds from new to inaccurate, or approximately one belt. The U.S....
  • Commented on Maneuvers in the Dark
    It's not a barrage balloon, the picture is the back end of a Goodyear Blimp, and the stuff on the ground to the left of it is the remains of the forward section, collapsed by the shockwave....
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