Grant

Grant

  • Commented on Empire Games (and Merchant Princes): the inevitable spoiler thread!
    One of the problems is lazy journalism. I recall a story in the Grauniad a few years about the release of "Secret Papers", but when you looked at the header and footer of the document pages it was marked "Restricted"...
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    The density of TLA Agencies in the DC area does have a big impact I think. Where else can you sit in a traffic jam and see, on the back of a bus, an advert for TS/Sci staff. Took our...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    I've been wearing long trousers for ages. Honest. I recognise a lot of what you say and fully understand that they had no interest in the work and that management really like having lots of PMs, so the risk of...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    Well, all I can say is that she would get my vote. Mine generally rock up once a month for a meeting - that I am required to attend, tell me whether I'm ahead or behind on the spend (which...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    Canada's DRDC had a similar idea. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Near_Earth_Object_Surveillance_Satellite The AMOSTECH conference website publishes its papers freely. The papers on NEOSSAT from about 2016-2018 make interesting reading - the DRDC guys are really on the ball....
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    Rather thought you were. :) Giving the fun most amateurs have automating a scope in their back gardens, orbit was always going to be fun. Does explain why so many remote sensing systems are nadir pointing swept sensors capturing stuff...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    One thing people forget about GEO orbits is that there is a population of debris out there that will not decay but will be pumped up into orbital inclinations of up to 18 degrees and 4km/sec by the action of...
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    Putting the telescope in orbit is the easy bit. Getting the tracking and pointing working right and then getting the data down to the ground will cost you rather more......
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    Didn't think that would make me friends. 700: "Which is fine, as there is no good reason to distinguish." You may be right under day-today conditions, but under pressure, when pulling an all nighter because dire things will happen if...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    I think the big change came in the 80s. In the 70s about 10% of school kids stayed on for 6th form and about half of those went on to university. So you ended up with 5-7% of people getting...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    I had the convrsation with BT: "When you take away the copper connection we will have no connectivity if theres a power cut!" To which they responded: "Use your smart phone" To which I responded: "We can't get a text...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    I'm not sure I really agree that services were out in London. I lived in London and looked out the window at about 6am (the windows were rattling)to see the neighbours young silver birch prostrate across our garden. But the...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    Thank you for the reminder of Devo. I recall a friend playing "Are We Not Men?" and hating it - I used to play him Six Wives of Henry VIII by way of revenge. I had totally forgotten Mongoloid and...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    Happy to steer well clear of your discussion with Greg, but I really didn't realise calling Palestinians Arabs would offend. That's interesting I didn't realise that. Which countries in that area should not be referred to as Arab?I thought most...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    The Pistols turned up in 1976 with Anarchy In The UK and were effectively gone by 1979. Clash turned up 1977 with White Riot and were winding down from 1982 onward - Rock the Casbah is amiable pop music. Thinking...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    RE: 606/607/610 In Iran it would come down to a mix of hardline religion and politics. Very unpredictable. I hope sanity would prevail, but this is the country with the Revolutionary Guard and a theocratic dictator who thinks he is...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Nope, disagree. One thing though. If Hamas or Iran had a nuke, do you think Tel Aviv would still be standing?...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Israel has done some dumb things over the years, but I can't help but think the whole area would be calmer if Iran wasn't an authoritarian, oppressive theocracy committed to the obliteration of the state of Israel and funding most...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Thank you for raising this. Its inspiring me to go back to some of my oldest books and revisit them. I started on Asimovs Mysteries, went to Rocketship Galileo (which happily I no longer have) and took in eventually everything...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    Snowden is smart? Really? Didn't finish any degrees. Employed as a security guard. Was a system manager. Most of what Wiki has about his career is from him and as his CV had demonstrably misleading sections I think a significant...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    I'm a bit confused here. Its a thermal IR image and the cold sea is dark. Does that not mean the representation being used is dark-is-cold? It will depend on the wave band being used, but the sea haze above...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    JBS: 1622. Thank you. Well spotted. I was getting my religious loons mixed up. On checking, it was a Kingdom Hall (it is still there) and very much Jehovah's Witnesses. Apologies. The Mormons used to bother me when I lived...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Yep, P'Terry went far too young. Would loved to have seen more books on Vimes, Aching and Susan Sto Helit. For me the happiest weeks of the year were when a new Pratchett turned up, while for my wife it...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    When I lived on the Welsh Border we used to get the Mormons turning up every year on a Sunday hawking their Watch Towers in an attempt to be one of the 100k in the top rung of heaven. I...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    1502: The God Delusion highlighted the absence of evidence to support a belief in God(s) and suggested that the cause was that theists jump straight to an assumption that a God exists, purely because they were brought up that way....
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    The mental gymnastics Mormons go through to attempt to align with the Nicene Creed are entertaining....
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    I must admit its a few years since I read the God Delusion. As I recall he does not say that it proves God(s) do not exist, he mainly points out how unlikely it is given the evidence available. He...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    "No, Da'esh are not Muslims, because they do not follow the Quran. Simples!" Alas, not so simple. In the same way that the Catholics, Protestants and Quakers all interpret the Bible differently - and pick and mix the bits they...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    RE: 1459 But what received wisdom does he have? Theres no book of inspired revelation transcribed from slabs of stone or sheets of gold or narrated from a small cave. I don't think Dawkins claims any godly qualities and I'm...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Nah, that's the kind of definition used by someone who gets narked about being called "militant" and so comes up with a defensively smug and self-justifying view of the situation that recasts the insult as really targeting its own user,...
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