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  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    I don't think Phil is in the same league. He says all sorts of embarrassing things, but doesn't double down on them. https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/03/margaret-court-astounding-champion-who-found-god-and-lost-the-respect-of-a-nation Quote; In 1970, Court kicked things off by praising South Africa’s apartheid policy (“South Africans have this...
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    Off topic. Many years ago I realised I didn't have my car keys. I was at work 30 km from home, no cash, no mobile phone and no one to ring who had a car. I walked back to the...
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    No worries. It was interesting reflecting on what I learnt and how it changed me. Glad you liked it....
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    Yep, that comes under the stop, breathe, think. It's not as easy as it sounds. Particularly when things are on fire, or the water is filling your helmet....
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    So if you're flushing a habitat you want to put about 80 surface ambient litres per minute per person to keep CO2 down to 0.01 bar...
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    Long post, but not book length. It doesn't take a book. There's not much to it really. The most important thing I learned was to have a go. I'll go bullet points. I'll say "diver" but that means spacewalker or...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    "gasdive They ruled out a fibre Internet, and then spotted limited it Translate into English, please?" Ghaa, bloody auto incorrect. They (the Australian government) *rolled* out a fibre Internet, and then *speed* limited it. Murdoch thought that if people had...
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    Re wool. Didn't think that through. Sorry....
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    The thing you have to remember about Australia is that our government is a subsidiary of the Murdoch press. Without that bit of information *nothing* they do makes the slightest sense. They ruled out a fibre Internet, and then spotted...
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    Sometimes this blog needs a laughing button!...
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    Musing today while waiting on line at the motor registry. (overheard some conversation between the concierge and a customer, "yes of course I've signed on today, not here though") Thinking about paper and cotton masks... Paper implies trees. No trees...
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    Re beanstalks. You could just put the base at a high latitude. It doesn't *have* to be at the equator. It's more efficient if it is. I don't think beanstalks are a great idea anyway, but you can get around...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    Maybe the solution to the silly kids with guns problem is to just not allow Americans onto Mars. Only have say, Japanese, who already have a culture of politeness, rule following, contained drunkenness and no guns....
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    Surface of Mars to Earth is about 11 km/s. Earth to Mars is about 18 km/s. But Earth has a lot of infrastructure already in place and adding more is cheap. So there's not a whole lot in it as...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    You're right on many levels about the psychology of two days to get outside. My thinking is coloured by exposure to lots of highly motivated young men (all men) who think nothing of being away from family for weeks or...
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    Ah, rebreathers... If you don't know about them, they're a magic carpet... One of the most respected 'breathers on the market had a nickname on the interwebs "YBOD" which stood for Yellow Box of Death. When I first started servicing...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    "Both oil platforms and antarctic bases have in common that you don't die immediately when there is some sort of breach/leak in your habitat/suit." Hahahahaaaa Yeah, you do die immediately. Really immediately. Not like decompression from 1 atm where you...
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    "strict limits on what any individual settler can take" Oxygen sensors are something they're going to have to be making there. They only last a couple of years (unless there's some breakthrough I haven't heard about, which is possible, I...
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    I don't you could swing even a promise of two. But what you could do is make the incentive really good. A couple of generations ago the incentive was only some free labourers that took a good deal of growing....
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    "Note to self - should I or anyone I care about ever end up in a place that relies on life support make sure to have at least 2 devices that will sound an alarm" Three Three is the absolute...
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    "What democratic systems are used to manage the colony?" None. If they try to run it as a democracy everyone will die. Probably quite promptly. Maybe not as promptly as say an aircraft with an engine fire that reacts by...
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    PS. I'm assuming a level of competence amongst leaders and planners not demonstrated here in Earth, for the simple reason that if they showed the kind of incompetence that's the norm here, everyone on Mars would be dead in hours...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    Sorry, haven't read the comments yet. Firstly, proper PPE for medical staff. Not these stupid paper masks. They have pressure suits on hand. They drill decompression procedures. Everyone has a spacesuit and knows how to use it. They deal with...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    Re; filtration of CVs by educational level. There's a simple answer. I worked an entry level job in a company I won't name. There were about 80 of us, and I was the last of the "employee" workers, because some...
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    What a charmer.... I guess that's why it didn't seem like Trump. He likes to destroy stuff if he can see a profit in it. No ideology at all. This guy just seems to like to destroy things for the...
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    3 ex Woollahra kids. It shows what an amazingly non typical group this is. For those at home, Woollaraha Dem was a special school for the unfortunately bright. It put about 70 exceptional kids a year through a course that...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    It's visible on the fossil record. From memory Antarctica had beech forests similar to Te Waipounamu (NZ S Is) Google gave me this. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S014663801730219X...
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    It's a small world. I was there when they pulled out all the desks and put down the carpet that you probably sat on a couple of years later. We had some chairs scattered about, but mostly beanbags and such....
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    I caught the end of inkwells at Woollahra Demonstration primary in the mid '70s. We used (and were required to use) dip quills. No new fangled cartridge or fountain pens. It was a weird mishmash of very latest experimental teaching...
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    Trump is trying to burn down the house in ways I didn't quite expect. The oil stuff I expected, but not quite this. 3.4 million acres of old growth forest that had been set aside for the spotted owl. All...
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