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  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    There are bathrooms in the multi-person quarters on my starship....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Let me note that high ceilings are cooler in summer, which was why they used to build them high. And why there were transoms over the doors, and you could lower the top window, to let out the hot air....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    You're making assumptions that were not in my spec. I would have it official that on nationalization (or local government-ization) that annual audits will be conducted by a federal agency created for that purpose. The agencies, of course, would be...
  • Commented on Obligatory Hugo eligibility post
    There's a discussion on our email list about the work someone did on this past year's Balticon program book....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Yes, but will the military have the wherewithal to have it completely automated, producing Euromeat for British shops at the end? (Up to chapter 5 in Quantum of Nightmares. Jeez, it's depressing.)...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    On the other hand, consider: no need for the intercontinental hard-wired grid, no need for cooling water (that would be for fuel-burning or nuclear), very long-term viability, no need for mining/processing/disposing of radioactives. Seriously - let's consider everything, not turning...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    I was explicitly talking about size. For example, if one company is, say, 10% or 20% of all the paychecks in a city or county, going over that means it should be taken over for the public good. If the...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Yep. I remember when I was in my teens, and my mother being bemused to realize that Philly was around the same parallel as Cadiz, in Spain, and near Tel Aviv.......
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Y'know, another answer would be solar power satellites, beaming down power when the sun don't shine, and the wind don't blow. You don't need the cables, etc, losses are low, zero emissions.......
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Folks, it appears to me that there are at least two definitions of "baseload" being used, and everyone seems to not realize that. Def 1: enough energy for people to have heating/cooling/transportation/etc Def 2: all of the above, plus industrial...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Interestingly, a world-wide tax was discussed recently at one summit last year....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Yeah. In the fifties, the US railroads at least started transitioning to CTC (centralized traffic control), and let lie or pulled up all but one track, with passing sidings. In some cases, they're started relaying track, now that it's...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Not entirely true. The US did start building bypasses/aka ring roads, by the late eighties. However, they were only partly for getting around heavy-traffic cities; the other part was that developers wanted them, madly, because suburban sprawl. 360, an outer...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    That's because your definition of "something other than capitalism" is based on 1) non-capitalism failed there; 2) your exclusion of what I gather are called "externalities", and 3) can't be done (now) (because politics and money spent by big money...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    It has to be said: as long as it's not a hyperspatial bypass.......
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    How about the shorter a time you hold a stocck/future, the higher the tax? And anything under, say, a week, unless you can prove personal disaster (your car died, etc), the tax bracket's up over 70%....
  • Commented on Obligatory Hugo eligibility post
    Not sure why, but nope. The official name is Ring of Fire Press. Started because Baen couldn't publish more than 2 1632-related novels a year, now it's a very serious small press - they publish a new novel by someone...
  • Commented on Obligatory Hugo eligibility post
    Duh, why don't you post the link, mark? https://ringoffirepress.com/shop/11000-years/...
  • Commented on Obligatory Hugo eligibility post
    My first novel, of course, 11,000 Years, from Ring of Fire Press. Real science fiction....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Coupled and decoupled regularly? How about the decades that the (self-proclaimed) Standard Railroad of the World, the Pennsy, switched from electric to steam, then to diesel, at Harrisburg, for every east-west passenger train, all with passengers on the train? sigh...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Yes, but even with bullets getting through the scales, consider the size. Dragons are larger than elephants, and to kill, you have to a) get it in the correct spot(s) and b) have to have it within range....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    I'm surprised that no one's built a machine to crush smooth sand into sharp sand....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    I skimmed the site, and it misses several points: 1. Dragons don't have hot engines, so the heat seekers aren't going to be especially useful, and 2. Dragons have LARGE wings. All the stories talk about the wind from a...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Yes, about that Man in the Tin Suit... here's the other side of the story. http://mrw.5-cent.us/ethelthemartyr.html...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    That would make me really nervous. I have two immediate responses: the old Golden Dawn, and feel free to look up Aleister Crowley. The other are the Greek fascists....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    More stops on passenger rail? No one (running it) seems interested in inexpensive fast transit, or to understand that they're competing with cars and planes. (Like, for example, DeJoy and the PO). They've killed all the express trains. Everything's a...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Part of that was first, that factories were built in and around cities (partly because that was where the workers, and other related businesses were, and transportation). Then starting in the fifties, they ran away to the non-union South (my...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Sorry, don't see the blue box. Of course, I didn't enable 16 or was it 26 links/scripts.......
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    What's where in the UK... yeah, there was a reason when we finally got to LonCon III in '14, after a week and a half in the UK, that most folks from the UK were shocked when I told them...
  • Commented on Brief commercial interlude
    Ah! Ok, go bother her. Thanks!...
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