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RonaldP

  • Commented on Catching Up
    Yeah, what passes for fire safety is rather shocking, You cannot do that sort of cladding in the USA or Germany, for example, and I'd expect sprinklers are a requirement on something like that here, and dedicated fire stairs (well,...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    An unexpected outcome that was not universally viewed as good by traders, markets always drop. For some reason, the US stock market thought Trump would be good, they are coming to realize that isn't true....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    I'm thinking the 25, one way or another, is what happens to Trump (barring quitting on his own, or dropping dead). If the Republican impeach, they will take a lot of heat, but if they say that he's lost his...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    I'm wondering if the DUP is so nuts that a coalition with them causes defections to Lib Dem or something, knocking the Tories out of having the 322 (or what ever) needed for a government? What can Labor get today...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    On the other hand, from what I've read, the intake spikes were fully extended somewhere just past mach 3 (certainly by the mach 3.45 max cited speed) and your efficency is going to fall off as you get past that...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    This sounds like the best explanation of how many pieces America really is, 11 regional cultures http://www.colinwoodard.com/americannations...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Lockheed did some research on hydrogen powered passenger jets in the 1970s, it was a reasonable choice then, though you wind up with huge (H2 is 1/7 the density of water, so your tanks are BIG) tanks in the fuselage....
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Yes, that would be a good thing, I rent a room from my ex wife and her husband, we all chase her four kids (3 mine, one her new husbands), I take her and my youngest to the park almost...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    It takes 12 minutes to charge a Tesla to 80%, and 30 minutes total to get it to 100%, why bother swapping them? The battery is the chassis structural member, unlikely that you can keep that and swap it in...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Solar electric zeppelins could totally be a thing! Take the Hindenburg as an example, and the Solar Impulse II https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_Impulse , the Hindenburg has a cross section equal to about 44 of the aircraft, which have a weight of about...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Childhood lead exposure explains about 90% of the drop in crime, a far higher % that was claimed for abortion, and it holds up everywhere we have data, from neighborhoods to cites to states to nations. Super bad stuff, and...
  • Commented on Free ebooks! Get 'em while they're hot!
    Do buy the new edition, vs the original 6 volumes, I think that the new 3 volume version is markedly better, usually, rereading years later, I just notice a few things I missed, with these, I think they genuinely are...
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    If only SCORPION STARE was available: "Officials in Washington D.C. have admitted that some 70 percent of the controllers for their closed-circuit television cameras were hacked in the week prior to the inauguration of President Donald Trump. The hack saw...
  • Commented on Empire Games
    While I noted one or two things (paracetamol is going to be called either acetaminophen or by the brand name Tylenol), I though it was great, my only complaint is having to wait two more years to finish it. Regarding...
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    As a San Francisco Bay area native, a 4.5 earthquake is barely newsworthy, you'd need more like a 6 to do more than rattle the china. As to the comet, we need the B612 foundation more than ever, but, yeah,...
  • Commented on Sometimes I don't know why I bother!
    You forget the other side of Parsons, and that's that he invented the practical modern solid fuel rocket. Godard didn't publish or share, and is a dead end. The Germans are where the liquid fuel tech come from. JPL, aka...
  • Commented on Updating a classic
    And on a side note, the OSS was an amazing organization, even serious histories were funny, and there were some funny ones too, "you're stepping on my cloak and dagger" (parachuted into occupied france, allied occupied, took the surrender of...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Rhesus Chart
    So, in, say, the past five years, has an editor turned down a book pitch? I'd think you are doing well enough that while they may negotiate about timing and such, they don't seem to say no, or, you don't...
  • Commented on CMAP: "Why can't I find audio editions of your books in the UK?"
    Well, they've forgotten why Bismark invented the modern social safety net and such, it was to squelch all that self organizing socialist stuff that was sprouting up. I am against dismantling what we have, but I am in favor of...
  • Commented on The Evil Business Plan of Evil (and misery for all)
    Three words: Accounting Control Fraud. Executives get their compensation in short term incentives, ie, quarterly and yearly. They put people they control in the parts of the company that are supposed to stop stuff like this from going on, then...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    On the subject of books, I expect I'll happily read anything you write, though I hope its something your humor can show in, like the Laundry series. California could be out of the drought in a month or two, though...
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