Tim H.

Tim H.

  • Commented on Media Piracy and Unpronounceable Names
    One wonders if this proposal was resourced, or a result of small sample (Their golf/drinking partners.). I think this applies as well to corporate entities, therefore when this gets enough responses to go off-topic, may be vastly entertaining....
  • Commented on "I doubt me an it be commercial."
    Unless British Leyland built the US market cars with SAE fasteners. I'm old enough to have seen Whitworth tools listed in a mail order catalog, before the institution acquired a wasting disease....
  • Commented on "I doubt me an it be commercial."
    The MG would've been happier with Whitworth sockets, like any number of self-repaired MacBooks, where a sloppy fit T-6 is used where a T-7 would be the better choice. No Pinto had a rear filler, but the wagon's was...
  • Commented on "I doubt me an it be commercial."
    Imperial feet and US feet aren't the same, which is one of the great things about metric measures, just one set of wrenches....
  • Commented on "I doubt me an it be commercial."
    On language, I recall reading that midwestern US men were popular in the broadcast industry because a Kansas City accent was thought to be intelligible over most of the US, hence, Walter Cronkite of Saint Joseph, Missouri (About 100...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    Out of production limestone mines would be an option in some areas for living space, perhaps mores these days when so much time is spent in front of video displays of one sort or another. Waste heat from refrigeration,...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    Small nit, Hiroshima received "Little boy", Nagasaki got the "Fat man" (and "the "Thin man" was never built). I believe it was Jerry Pournelle who claimed that the U.S. DOD went decades without having to mint "Purple Heart" medals,...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    When I took up bicycles without coaster hubs, 27" was what you could get in the U.S., unless you wished to deal with sew ups. The Michelin Elan showed up in the mid 70s in either 27X1" or 700X25C....
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    Maybe sort of true decades ago, but sixties conservatives look fairly liberal now, as the movement's gone round the bend....
  • Commented on Sitrep
    I recall reading that the plan with NERVA was to launch it cold with chemical rockets and start it in orbit. I think the only nuclear propulsion method able to launch on it's own power was Orion....
  • Commented on Sitrep
    I'll readily agree to peace among nuclear powers, there's enough strategically interesting targets in the greater Kansas City area and blast radiuses are so large, if any of them were nuked, I'd be in a bad way....
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Have some more Greg: https://www.wyomingnews.com/big-boy-restoration-still-set-for-completion-in/article_f0f3385e-8435-11e7-8d52-43f95323c973.html...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Consider the possibility of an unusually cold post-brexit winter in combination with WTF "Conservative" diplomacy and what's uneconomical may change....
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Seen too many go under the grass myself, I'll wait, besides the commentariat here is high quality, always worthwhile coming here....
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Mandating anaerobic digestion with methane recovery in sewage treatment might get the UK a little ways, fracking for gas should work, if you can live with the side effects, if brexit was anything like a plan, some strategies would've...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Concerning steam, the Union Pacific railroad is restoring Big Boy #4014, hoping to have it ready for their sesquicentennial next spring. https://www.up.com/aboutup/special_trains/steam/locomotives/4014/index.shtml...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Having been a long day, I'm hearing Bill Murray in the back of my head "...and you will have saved the lives of thousands of registered voters!" IMHO, one of the better rationalizations of restraint. Now, if only some...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    "Any reasonable ethical system" doesn't seem like something we'll see a lot of anymore, maybe not for a long time....
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Was not trying to misplace the East India company, was referring to "The Great Game", as practiced by the extended family of Victoria (Some of whose pairings might raise eyebrows in Dogpatch.). Nothing like money & influence to raise...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Might have been better if the PRC could do something besides replay the nineteenth century with more up to date tools, I fear the environmental policies, or lack thereof, is forcing expansionism....
  • Commented on Sitrep
    "They" are the Chinese, and war being good for the economy is kind of past tense, it was the level of stimulus the United States economy needed to rapidly escape the depression. Note that it was massive production of...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Business in the west has lacked the will to hang on to jobs that The People's Republic has, they likely read history books and noticed the role mass production played in the mid-century unpleasantness. This may make events extra...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Might as well start from scratch, a lot of the people who knew how it worked then are dead now. It seems the prospect of sticking it to the unions was so attractive little or no thought was given...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Bear in mind that "Herr Drumph!" is working very hard to alienate trading partners, so a free trade network without The United States could be a lot larger....
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    I remember that NPR took a rightward shift during first Reagan, than lurched harder right about the time of The Newt. In retrospect futile, the right has a large percentage of vengeance centric types....
  • Commented on Holding Pattern
    For your amusement & distraction, though I suspect it's old news: https://qz.com/716915/donald-trumps-visit-to-scotland-inspired-some-very-creative-british-profanity/ Be well....
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    Ha! Wait until someone finds out an undesirable grass can pick up pesticide resistance. I understand that with "micro lettuce" the youngest leaves are the least bitter....
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    Given the knowledge base to manufacture star ships, space based solar should be relatively simple and the tools should be included in any extra solar colonial expedition. For that matter, the capacity to build off-world habitats from whatever else...
  • Commented on SF For Nothing, Stories For Free
    Been there, lost those, that they no longer suffer is cold comfort. You have my condolences....
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Restitution is not the goal, sidetracking the political career of a "Law & Order" prosecuting attorney is. If they're willing to withhold evidence to get more convictions, they're almost surely doing it with an eye to holding a tough...
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