Michael Cain

Michael Cain

  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    The Boeing site says 'flew'. That plus comments on its ability to alter its path, land, etc. I'm not clear on the distinctions across/taxonomy of such devices: it just comes across as more of a 'plane' than a 'satellite' to...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I'm a Yank trying to convert Parliament into the US legislative model, so am likely wrong about everything. Still, when I read Corbyn demanding days/weeks to consider the WAB for debate and amendment, is there anything there that can be...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    The heaviest routine trains I know of is the iron ore trains between Kiruna and Narvik in Sweden/Norway. They weigh up to 9600 tons after the latest upgrades, but that railway is relatively extreme in other ways as well. The...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I mean Germany is considered by many to be a "Green" country yet still gets 35%+ of their power from coal... The US has three almost completely independent regional electric grids. In 2018, the western grid got 40% of its...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    65, pair of STEM degrees, systems guy who did all sorts of odd technical things, married, two grown kids, not on the scale. That skips over that at 50 I went back to graduate school, got an MA in public...
  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    The thing that always put me off about Word for technical documents was the lack of anything that acted like a typesetting display: a block of text, tables, mathematics, graphics, etc that were kept together with their own formatting. Preferably...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    ...what would be really delicious is if it was 50-50 and required Justice John Roberts to cast the tie-breaking vote (as I believe he would be called on to do for an impeachment vote... Conviction in the Senate requires 67...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    The new Mac Pro is the last even-remotely-mass-market UNIX workstation standing. And even at that, old-time UNIX coders will find a disturbing number of problems. X Windows is now a third-party add-on. Apple has "improved" things by putting important stuff...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    There's been so much chatter about red/blue "civil war" in the US in the last few weeks that I wondered what that might look like geographically. So I dragged out my cartogram software and the county-level election data from 2016...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Britain and Japan are reasonable sized countries. The US and Australia, not so much. I've spent most of my life around the edges of the US Great Plains, making regular east-west drives across them (500 to 800 km, depending). The...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    During the early seventies I lived under the flight paths for B-52s headed to Vietnam. Even a mile in the air those planes would shake your windows. Not the loudest I ever heard, but the most startling... I learned to...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Someone here posted in the last month or so about that gas fired plant out in the western US that was being shut down due to being designed for continuous running and was not really able to ramp up or...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Because Boston and New York are the main bastions of civilization in the US? I have noticed an increasing number of the people I know in California referring to places in the eastern part of the US as "out East"....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Total guesswork on my part, but I would hope there would be some conversations going on between the opposition leaders and the EU about finding a way forward. Need someone with real knowledge to comment, but my perception from the...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    This doesn’t apply in the USA (which last time I looked has the benefit of a continent-wide grid)... Little appreciated fact... The contiguous 48 states of the US have three minimally connected power grids. (1) The western grid consists of...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Well, Elizabeth Warren appears totally anti-nuclear power. This is reasonable when applied to the current generation of plants, but more modern designs seem to make that unreasonable. For the base she has to carry for the nomination -- Dems in...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Miami full hit, Cat 5 then trawl upwards with an unusually strong reinforcement? Most recent forecast track says hammer the NW Bahamas for another 24 hours, then sharp right turn. Runs along the coast but offshore, no US landfall. Miami...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    They'd basically have three whole working days to organize the confidence vote, which isn't a lot... The party leaders couldn't start making phone calls and meeting for lunch this week? Canvasing their MPs and negotiating terms? So they return on...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    Warren loses because she is female... While I will vote for Warren in the general election if she's the Democratic candidate, any bets I place will be against her. I'm a believer in the jinx on Democratic presidential candidates from...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    But in terms of floor space size FH is "just plain big". By footprint, the White Sands Missile Range at 600,000 acres (2,430 sq km) is the largest currently. Colorado has finally got the Army to abandon its plan to...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    ...because US men, no matter what age, as a rule do not vote for women if they can avoid it. Things are changing. Using share of state legislative seats, by state, as a rough proxy, Nevada currently has 52% of...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    I'm fascinated. Would Boris campaign on the plan to expel Northern Ireland?...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    I find myself conflicted. I look forward to OGH's next post on Brexit and related topics, right until he puts them up. Then I'm horribly depressed for days....
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    If the Iranians get really angry... As in, the Royal Navy violates the UNCLOS provisions for transit of territorial waters by a warship? The Iranians waited for the Royal Navy to violate the transit provisions for commerce off Gibraltar before...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    (Same in the USA, IIRC.) Unemployment figures published monthly by the US government are based on a survey of households. A person is unemployed if (a) they aren't employed, (b) they are available for work, and (c) they have applied...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    It's a good thing the UK doesn't have an extensive system of private radios that would allow someone to coordinate a flash mob to attack a target, isn't it? But they're not peer-to-peer, the traffic all passes through a relatively...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    As I understand where things stand, the UK has only two choices if they actually want to leave: crash out, or sign the current withdrawal agreement. The EU side seems to be rock-solid on not reopening the WA. Watching Parliament...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    The decision last week to require the PM to ask for a postponement of the Brexit date is of course positive but it might not be enough for actually getting it. Unless the Lords change the act on Monday to...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Oh, that's just nasty....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Since it has no reference at all, rather than a mangled one, I thought it was a joke -- the non-existent Brexit. [[ it was broken HTML: smart quotes in this case - mod ]]...
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