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  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Get the guy who built the Antikythera mechanism to knock up a couple....
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    I did 10km from home to the railway station, followed 70 km over mixed road and unpaved ground with about a 1000 metres of elevation change (Bathurst train station to Hill End via the bridal track) in an afternoon as...
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    The subject of post petroleum petrochemicals is addressed in the latest "Just have a think" https://youtu.be/xPVEyYlgDq8...
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    Which makes me think that the most disruptive thing to take back wouldn't be Bessemer's patent, but rather the concept of patents generally. Being able to make more money from telling people how to make better stuff than from making...
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    Re bicycles as war machines. I've heard it convincingly argued that the Americans lost the American war in Vietnam because they couldn't knock out bicycle supply lines and that the bicycle was the decisive factor. No real point to my...
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    That's very cool! Thanks...
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    Re T-Rex vs cowboys There's a whole parallel worlds literary infrastructure that just drops into place for this one. 90 million years ago two timelines diverge when a small asteroid hits a large one. Hitting just slightly differently in the...
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    Oh, I'd love to see that too. (from a safe distance)...
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    "You'd probably want a very large calibre and a heavy projectile, to try and make up in m for what you're losing in v2." Make it 2 stage and you will see km/s. Might be a bit difficult to carry...
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    The body of the article says stupidity rather than a deliberate act. I'm not saying arson doesn't exist. I am saying that the press blows it out of all proportion, particularly the Murdoch press....
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    Re arson: during the climate fires (renamed Black Summer by the Murdoch press) in Australia the press was full of claims (eventually even the non Murdoch press) that the fires were arson. I did see something buried away the other...
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    5.Fire Eastern Australia, Western USA, Brazil, Indonesia, the whole Arctic circle....
  • Commented on Dead plots
    I haven't seen a car made after about 1980 that only had 5 digits on the odometer. I wonder if some market started requiring 6 digits, making it worth while to add an extra number wheel? BMW motorcycles had 5...
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    "The tradeoff was that a 4WD that light didn't last very long." Mine is now over 30 years old (May 1989 build) and has driven over 300 000 km. I'm not sure exactly how many as the dealer helpfully wound...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    Probably not what you're looking for, but these guys will buy you an electric van, bring it to Australia and register it. I have seen on the interwebs a conversion of an eNV200 into a camper van. https://www.j-spec.com.au/auction/SEVS/Nissan/E-nv200/C66...
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    Re vultures and Republicans. There's been some really unfair comments comparing trumpers and Republicans to vultures. Vultures have a working social system. Carcasses are hard to find and a single vulture working alone has a very poor success rate. Vultures...
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    At what point do you give up on numbers and use letters or names?...
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    "We now return you to your regularly scheduled doomscrolling." You're not wrong, but it's still amazing. An SF writer's blog. Normally SF is the literature of the future. Of meeting adversity and overcoming it. No one seems to see any...
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    Wiping disks. When I was doing contract IT work for the Australian Navy I saw how they did it. Make a pile of the disks after checking them off a sheet to make sure you have them all. Drive a...
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    They have multiple registers and a clock. Usage goes on the register appropriate for the time of day. The meter reader records the reading for each. The company subtracts the previous read and bills on the difference. The meter can't...
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    Re disconnections. Crack the Safe specifically mentioned that they are in the USA. So disconnection for non payment is possible. Accidental disconnection does happen. It's usually not malicious, but rather something like the work order says disconnect 144 Myrtle Street...
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    The reply at 456 gives far more detailed info than I knew including why newer GPS get a lock much quicker. Stuff I knew nothing about....
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    In Australia*...
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    Re text speed of delivery. My partner was incident manager for the IT division of an electricity network. Slow text delivery was a high priority incident. Normal operations depended on texts being delivered within a few minutes but people got...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    Sorry, I didn't see your much better answer before posting about almanac downloading....
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    If you're worried someone might turn off your power, buy a generator and relax. Every element of power supply from the point where they're removing the overburden above the coal to the switches on the powerlines that run down your...
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    Almost certainly 20 minutes to download the almanac. If you use your GPS regularly it's something you'd never experience....
  • Commented on No comment necessary
    No need to fear it being extended. The government has cleverly come up with a system where only poor people suffer, and they suffer even when their actions don't cause harm and they suffer disproportionate pain. So no need to...
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    My thought last night (prompted by some murmuring from our "leaders" that the vaccine would be as close to compulsory as possible) would be to take the same action that's applied to drunk drivers. It voids your insurance. So if...
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    That's *hilarious*. Thanks for brightening my day....
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