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  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    "From a purely SFF angle, I find the USSF fascinating because they're actually working out the problems of how to deal with violence and coercion on this latest human frontier." I trust that some of them are asking the question,...
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    Apropos the Laundryverse, hopefully the eruption of Cumbre Vieja isn't further messing with that storyline. Although it would serve us right if Them Below decided to do something about the increased strip-mining and strip-fishing of the abyss. There's a lot...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    Given the number of personal who never deploy outside of the home country, and a potential number of positions in at least some of the branches that even if they deploy it will be in a way that shouldn't interfere...
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    "the ubiquitous use of antibiotics in soap." The what? Oh, chicken's tits. What are you fussed about? The time I got the thorough tour of that graywater house was in the mid-1990s, and that was when they were putting triclosan...
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    I will note, on the feel-good side, that the USAF/USSF Academy commissioned a 2nd LT into the USSF who was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes while in the academy. Normally, this would be an automatic disqualification, as someone with Type...
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    Another problem is that anti-dandruff shampoos have some decent anti-fungal ingredients, like pyrithione zinc and selenium sulfide (for those who don't know, dandruff is normally caused by a fungal infection). Shampoos with these ingredients make decent treatments for athlete's foot...
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    The system I saw in some detail had greywater drains and blackwater drains. The greywater went through a treatment system and ended up watering the non-consumed parts of the yard and garden. The blackwater drains went into the sewer. Most...
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    My system's a bit more complistercated, meaning there's probably a Raspberry Pi set in there lazing along doing the work of the rheostats, buttons, and LEDs. The interesting question is whether having a disposable chipset running stuff is more environmentally...
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    Yes, Samsung refrigerator repairs get...fascinating. Thing that got me was what happened the first time the Samsung-designated repair guys finally showed up to repair the fridge, a bad connection to the control panel required them to replace the piece in...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    I think those are called solar sails, and will need to have interesting bits of station-keeping gear attached. How you keep an enormous sheet of mylar focused on a single point will probably turn out to be one of those...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    I'm not sure if you can see this video, but if you can, it might help: https://www.pbs.org/video/great-electric-airplane-race-yija0p/ ePlanes are where aeroplanes were in the 1920s and 1930s. The commercial need is apparent, but the design standards for a "good eplane"...
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    You may be right. But again, the USSF has a program called Tactically Responsive Launch. In June, they launched Tac-RL2 as a test. They report the entire design, integration, and testing loop took them four months. "[O]ne of the goals...
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    Apropos of nothing, what do all y'all think of the prototype US Space Force Dress Blacks? Makes me happy. Not a bad look. I will laugh if I ever see one F2F, though. Agreed. I think maybe it needs more...
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    Slightly different thought, but here's the question: Is Elon Musk the kind of guy who can simultaneously plan for going to Mars and make such a mess in LEO that his starships can't make it to Mars? Well, let's look...
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    He isn't building massive rockets to put massive numbers of replacement satellites into a hazard zone, he wants to colonize Mars. And you need to be able to safely get into space, and move about in orbit (to transfer ships)...
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    I could maybe see a use for flights from Asia to Europe or the Americas, but the safety would have to be far more flawless than rockets are known for. It's akin to Mike Mullane's critique of the space shuttle...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    #354 - Are they? I've not seen the film (ever) but the obvious difference between a real VW type 62/82 Kubelwagen and VW type 181 Trekker is that the Kubel has exposed headlights and the Trekker's are faired into the...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    Other problems: Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Skype... Seriously, what's the market for a ride that can get you anywhere in the world in eight hours, but never in less time? I added the hours of getting to and from the spaceport,...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    I assume you mean the K├╝bels?...
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    That is indeed good news. Thanks! However, with the backfires, I was thinking less about people going to the ICU for ivermectin intoxication, and more about a different unfounded rumor, that ivermectin overdoses often cause uncontrollable diarrhea. It's not totally...
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    Did your dad ever say anything about the plans publised in Evergreen? Ramparts? or was it the Atlantic? Somewhere like that, around 1979, in an article about a high school student's science project, based on declassified documents, that the DoE...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    I suspect stealing wires or one of those little washing machines is trivial compared to stealing panels. If gas was the solution to slums, we wouldn't have slums and wouldn't have had them for a century. Sorry, I disagree with...
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    Do folks here seriously want to have hospital systems operated by people who are comfortable saying 'you live, you die'? My understanding is that most doctors and nurses detest triage and won't do it on a "you live, you die"...
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    The need to go through the clearance process makes it hard to have truly secret agents. It's obviously not impossible but it isn't easy. I wouldn't be surprised if that's what all the "sheep-dipping" is about. That's the SEALs doing...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    It's worth reading the late Tony Mendez' three memoirs about working for the CIA. He's the dude on whom the movie Argo is based, and he was, in fact, a good writer to boot, even if his prevarications (like the...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    Why? I have no trouble running a washing machine off my solar panels...And I think the time has passed when the UK could claim most of the world's coal and gas. I agree with you that washing machines are immensely...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    That dependence on federal government money, from dams to farm subsidies, unfortunately makes much of the western US very similar to the old western Roman Empire. If and when it becomes uneconomical to subsidize these systems, people are going to...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    If you're suggesting developing shelters, water desalinization/purification/recycling and food synthesis for displaced people on this planet now, will give us a head start when similar techniques are needed off-world later, I like your thinking. That's precisely what I'm suggesting....
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    Well, fantastic! If development of space colonization will incidentally allow us to build nuclear war-safe settlements on Earth, I don't see the downside. Sadly, it's the reverse: building climate resilient, even nuclear-resistant, settlements on Earth are a necessary precursor to...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    All this this fucking around with nuclear weapons is another reason why we need to start colonizing space. To a first approximation, a self-sufficient colony on the Moon or Mars will be so saturated in radiation, and so exposed to...
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