Chris Suslowicz

Chris Suslowicz

  • Commented on Sitrep
    The WW2 "Wireless Handcart" was specifically developed for getting a wireless set (No.22) its lead-acid batteries, aerial mast and other ancillaries up a beach in a hurry. The whole of the set could be waterproofed (lots of rubberised fabric bags...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    TW-55, I think....
  • Commented on On hold
    To get past the filter feeders they obviously used the TETRA network....
  • Commented on Server upgrade coming
    Something (probably gmail) seems to be eating any email I send to you. Have fun at the con on Tuesday. (This is just a test post with Firefox (mumble) on Snow Leopard because it's an old MacBook and I still...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    I think it's one of the 'Dirty Harry' films, probably "Magnum Force". (The car chase between a radio-controlled model and full sized car is fun but vuery silly if you've ever tried to control one of those RC toys.)...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    And then you get the spam: support 9/11/17 (Launching) Bitcoin Code support 14/11/17 Brand New Software - Generates $2,589 a Day! Bitcoin Code 14/11/17 Your Bitcoin Code beta tester account has been activated -- Bitcoin Code 18/11/17 Your Bitcoin Code...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    Argh! A Doc Smith flashback: "If (X's) brain was solid cyclonite the detonation wouldn't even crack his skull"....
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    Nojay is your actual expert on certain parts of this topic, but... WW2 (and WW1) both suffered from severe material shortages, particularly explosives. In WW1 all manner of compounds were packed into shells (and later, bombs), from standard black powder...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    As for the 'Techniques', there were various 'survivalist' publishers reprinting U.S. military manuals, plus things like "The Anarchist's Cookbook", "Poor man's James Bond", etc., so the basic know-how was available. The real idiocy was the complete lack of planning (and...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    I think the OP was referring to chemical agents, and I'm fairly sure they don't involve fluorine. (Vague memory of a somewhat specialised phosphorus compound with an odd triple-bond being involved - very few (if any) civilian applications so is...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    Actually yes, all the .455 Mk.II ammunition was cordite or nitrocellulose propellant. The earlier .455 Mk.I was a longer case to contain the required amount of blackpowder - and 1980's commercial powder simply wouldn't fit if you tried to cram...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    The chemistry is fairly simple, and well documented (for explosives, at least). Getting the ingredients is rather less trivial (you can no longer get Potassium Nitrate over the counter at the local chemist because people no longer preserve their own...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    G is for Gospel that Vicars won't like H for the hackers' half-tracked motorbike...
  • Commented on Empire Games Black Friday promo (UK only)
    Dark State on order, looking forward to TLI and GE. I'm going to have to order the "Empire Games" hardcovers from the USA by the look of it because Foreboding Prices probably won't have any of the first one left...
  • 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....
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