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  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    I rather suspect it has very little do do with oil but more to do with being a massive market for the US mil-industrial complex. Everything else being static I'm expecting Iran to be the new champion* of freedom and...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    Factor in the discovery of more things like Teixobactin and I'm unconvinced that Antibiotic Armageddon is here just yet. Expect Big Pharma to get a knock back if they get in the way of either megadeaths or cheap drugs. Making...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    I think you have the politics wrong, specifically for the Anglophone countries like US, UK, OZ. My current feeling is that we are experiencing a false dawn that will come screeching to a halt from over-idealism, and an inability to...
  • Commented on PSA: The Delirium Brief
    Be careful what you wish for. Charlie's idea of ThreadFall might be closer to this Sheffield is 35 miles from Leeds where we last met the Alfar....
  • Commented on PSA: The Delirium Brief
    Alternative explanation is that Feeb/Intelligence employee doing it to hit back at the Trump for Comey etc by making him look bad. In any other situation sight of of Five Eyes leaking like a sieve would be hugely entertaining....
  • Commented on PSA: The Delirium Brief
    I don't believe its a false flag. As you say Occam applies. The more interesting question (that its almost impossible for a civilian to answer) is Is there an element of Tory opportunism in play : 1. Is the current...
  • Commented on PSA: The Delirium Brief
    Slight divert, but poss relevant to the new book. A very (minor) British Coup in progress? Am I the only one thinking this is Project Fear 2017, and basically just a device to ensure a Tory landslide? For offshore readers...
  • Commented on PSA: The Delirium Brief
    I never cease to be amazed at the swivel eyed lunatics you let have guns in the US. With all these militias wandering about any loss of central control is going to result in the US going the way of...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    I get the impression there is a small % of Con goers/volunteers who know/know of our OGH plus the occasional specialist info provider plus one or two from the Edinburgh RL circles OGH inhabits. 90% sure who provided some of...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Ignore them? Just because you read something doesn't oblige you to respond to it, no matter how irritating it might be....
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Double SQUEE!!!...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    You're likely wrong for decades at least, and potentially its irrelevant if GW hits hard. Firstly any moron (for State Actor levels of moron) can cause functionally equivalent damage to a nuke today. (e.g. the science behind a middling dirty...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Greg you'll need to forgive JLM. Semantic translation of multiversal comms traffic is rife with problems, and the costs of explicit translation enormous. Entire suns are consumed when JLM talks "in the clear". Also bear in mind that ze's traffic...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    So we are clear I don't hate nationalised industries - when you have a natural monopoly or a clear public good driver they make perfect sense provided you have mechanisms in place to retard the Iron law of bureaucracy that...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    I would argue it was precisely not the time to go full metal Leftie, so much of the Labour Manfesto makes sense yet Corbyn jumps the shark at the last moment. Privatise the Water utilities - wtf - how is...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Got cut off - cont... Support is useless if the will to act on that support by maintaining an active patching programme isn't present. I don't know but I'm guessing that there will be a correlation between the 16 trusts...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Cobblers. Whilst I wouldn't be Microsoft's biggest fan I don't believe you could point to any mainstream OS that wouldn't have the problem of having 20yr unpatched PC's at scale. Support is useless...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Once you take into account that, limited range, secondary decay products in irradiated buildings and actual limited area effects an EWR is basically just shitter than an actual Nuke in all respects. Pop quiz:Moscow has an Anti-ICBM system using EWR's...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    To be fair the Graun pointed it out. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/may/13/jeremy-hunt-ignored-warning-signs-before-cyber-attack-hit-nhs Unfortunately the rest of the press are either muzzled (BBC wanna see a pretty video? No meaningful news here - Nosiree!) or actively hostile about holding the Govt to account....
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    For clarity MS wanted to bill £5.5m for the NHS extended support contract and the Tories decided in 2015 it wasn't needed. The wannabe hipsters at GDS had covered it before - not their first and last fuck up to...
  • Commented on Laundry summer madness sale!
    A more optimistic view might suggest a simple bit of legislation to enforce a minimum separation distance between Autonomous cars and anything they ovetake. Intact I thought no you can almost guarantee that there will be a hard coded minimum...
  • Commented on Laundry summer madness sale!
    I'm not convinced TAAS adoption will be that fast based in part on the comments up thread, the technical and legislative hurdles are fairly minor when compared to the social and psychological ones which I think will act as a...
  • Commented on Laundry summer madness sale!
    Greg - if like me you dislike both Google and Uber intensely (although Uber slightly more) this article is worth a giggle. TL:DR Google has invested $300m in Uber prior to this falling out. http://gizmodo.com/a-brief-history-of-uber-and-googles-very-complicated-re-1792713811 teehee....
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    You missed the bit further down where you have to take the aircraft speed into account too which pushes it into the supersonic range. "This allows a top speed of Mach 0.82, and now the tip speed comes out at...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    Lots of good background on the TU-95 on stackexchange, some of which links back to the SOSUS page on wikiP. https://aviation.stackexchange.com/questions/22229/why-is-the-tu-95-so-efficient-despite-having-propellers-that-spin-faster-than-th...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    Interesting quote from the Wikipedia page on SOSUS. The combination of location within the ocean and the sensitivity of arrays allowed the system to detect acoustic power of less than a watt at ranges of several hundred kilometres (The system...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    So far, they haven't hit anything important, but that was pure luck. Not pure luck but statistics. Work out how empty the earth actually is, and that's without considering the common locations and angles of incidence an asteroid comes in...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    Actually it was called "In the Barn" and you were right was in Again, Dangerous Visions. I read in Anthonology (it is what it says on the tin) many many years ago and it stayed with me. As did "On...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    Couple of other examples Black Man / Thir13en (us title) by Richard Morgan - protagonist is uplifted but there's a Downlifted female sub species spliced to behave as Bonobo's. Also Piers Anthony short story rejected from Dangerous Visions aledgedly called...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    The Old Captains, Reifications and various Uploaded entities in Neil Ashers Polity universe spring to mind some approaching 1k yo - cant really remember if any of them felt distinctly old though, although boredom and ennui with their life is...
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