Grant

Grant

  • Commented on Brief commercial interlude
    I'm keenly awaiting the arrival of mine from Transreal too. Happy to deprive Amazon....
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    The UK lost a lot of its capability in about 1990. The nuclear engineering dept at QMC got closed down and the MOD site at Winfrith threw wheel-barrows of cash at the team there to retire and generally piss off....
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    Sometimes called "june bugs". Guess when they come out?...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    I must admit that my read of it was that there were people in The Laundry trying to do the "right" thing while also continuing to survive the New Management. I read Bob, Mo, Mhari and the others being the...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    The idea of an uncrewed U2 is nice. No heavy people, support hardware or even cockpit.The weight benefit would be considerable and that would up the altitude and duration or allow more imaging types to be employed at the same...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    I think its one of the "pillars" of their faith. So its obligatory and not a matter of conscience between you and your deity of choice. You are, in effect, forced to comply, which nudges you toward accepting other restrictions...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    I can't say Ramadam looks especially thoughtful to me. To an outsider its very little different to Lent, but with a harsh authoritarian edge - as its obligatory. Theres little to be learned from fasting - most of us have...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    Oh. Thats worth knowing. Had never occurred to me. I thought they all did something like "The first Sunday after the first full moon following the vernal equinox" type tricks for festival dates. At my age I am amazed I...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    Apologies to all. I thought Hannukah was a solstice festival rather than a lunar festival. Sorry....
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    Happy christmas/solstice/yule/hogmanay/saturnalia/hannukah/new year* everyone. *delete as applicable/to taste...
  • Commented on Omicron
    I think the problem is they only want to do the fun bit of the job. To write code, call themselves developers and creatives and all the rest of it without doing the dull bits that make it easier for...
  • Commented on Omicron
    I think the decision was strongly influenced by a few people at work who had management's ear and were heavily into the latest "hot and sexy" gamechanger - AI etc. So we were encouraged to use licence fee alternatives like...
  • Commented on Omicron
    My workplace decided one day that they were not buying so many IDL licences (or MATLAB) and fiercely encouraged us to learn Python 3, so I had to abandon 100,000 lines of my own code and some utilities friends/colleagues had...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    Yep. I remember being on holiday with the family in Devon 30 years back. As per British summer spec there was 50m visibility, thick fog, drizzle and it was really overcast because it was dark too. We were standing admiring...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    Yep. Guess where the biggest population of stone curlews is in the UK? Though they are a like pandas i.e. the big question is how come a species that dumb have lasted this long. Living next door to a range...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    The museum there is well worth a look and run by volunteers that used to work on site - they are getting old now. Its great industrial archaeology. Starting in 1604 it progressed through horse power, watermill power, steam power,...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    I'm sorry but I am not sure his recollection was correct. Hansard has reports of fatal explosives accidents at Ardeer in 1914 and 1938. I recall being told in the 1980s that the only way they could prove two of...
  • 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/NearEarthObjectSurveillanceSatellite 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...
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