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  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    On resurrecting 60's era Apollo technology, in particular the lunar excursion module. NASA did try building new F1 Saturn first stage engines. Good article here on how that went. As others have said, lots of knowledge lost, components and materials...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    One similar to the example in the start to the thread . A Conservative PM is well ahead in the polls, two years in to a five year term. A consortium shorts the future positions of companies that do very...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Good point. The British media in their usual parochial way have concentrated on the effect here, making it almost appear to be an attack directed at the NHS primarily. Actually Russia and Russian government systems have been particularly badly affected....
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    The authors of this worm must be pretty terrified. It has clearly affected orders of magnitude more machines than they could have expected. now every major government on the panet is going to be after them for making them look...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    Most politicians aren't trained in the scientific method. They tend to be former lawyers. Winning for your side, regardless of if you are right is more important than testing if the premise is wrong. In addition, admitting you are wrong...
  • Commented on Update
    The late and lamented George Carlin it was who had this to say about flamethrowers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4nknAzQPHE...
  • Commented on Escape from the planet of the Ice Giants
    Angleton Erotica? Thanks for putting that thought in my head. Someone pass me the brain bleach now!...
  • Commented on Leading question
    One part of the governing system in this country that hasn't been mentioned is the civil service. A brake to major change for any party or coalition that gets in to power by democratic, or other means. They change their...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    There are a surprising number of single points of failure for many industries. Two I can think of from the top of my head where a local event nearly stopped a global supply chain. There were floods in Thailand a...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    Reverse engineering an iphone a century ago would have been virtually impossible in the detail needed to replicate the technology. They would have been able to work out what the circuit board and discrete resistors and capacitors where doing and...
  • Commented on Introducing new guest blogger: Ramez Naam
    You can also get DRM free Epub's of Nexus and Crux on the UK Kobo site. I enjoyed them both. Welcome Ramez!...
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