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  • Commented on Excuses
    Or 4795 for a second hand Zoe. 828 quid for battery hire from Renault (which includes 24/7 roadside assist). So over 5 years that's 8935. You've paid over 10 000 pounds extra to drive around in an unsafe shit heap...
  • Commented on Excuses
    The thing which will kill off petrol-driven cars is going to be the closure of petrol stations. Yes. And the thing which will kill off human-driven cars is going to be the closure of parking. They'll be well on their...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    Assuming that the whole idea is to lift net payloads into orbit, even with perfectly efficient conservation the system would lose energy by the amount of mass going up minus the mass coming back down. Therefore to work, we'd also...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    another crew landed up breathing some when the air vents to the outside opened before the hydrazine venting had finished. Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, IIRC....
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    Ion drives are not magic, but the rocket equation is brutal; the ones on Dawn were apparently 3100s, so that would make vā‚‘ ~30km/s. Transfer between earth and lunar low orbits is about 4km/s, which gives 10-15% of LEO mass...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    for every 24 hours spent en route, you need to budget for roughly 3Kg of drinking water, 1-2Kg of food, and 550 litres of oxygen [...] extra tonnes of provisions to lunar orbit, which in turn means tens of extra...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    What would be the minimum new tech needed in order to launch a space ship to the moon from the ISS assuming no particular speed limit in traversing between Earth and Moon orbits? That would let you use ion drives,...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    Still a lot of testing and systems integration work required, but starting with a proven design should greatly shorten the production curve. Probably not all that much ā€” the expertise needed to implement that design no longer exists in any...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    They've just built a bike shed at my local train station; it doesn't have any bike paths leading to it....
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Yeah, on further thought it would be more complicated; the revised, non-tweet-sized version: Search planes and craft find their GPS glitching, and the search is quickly called off (and classified) when various searchers inexplicably miss hours or days of time......
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    One way to avoid a military response would be for the plane to never be off radar... just moving very very slowly? Or maybe the 20 years was spent sitting on the tarmac waiting for lemon-scented paper napkins....
  • Commented on Catching Up
    The EU neither needs to stall (the UK is transparently quite capable of stalling ourselves at this point), nor does it have any desire to do so. All the wavering and uncertainty is bad for everyone; they'd like to know...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    The worst outcome is a series of very large constittuional crises - up to and including a resumption of terrorism in Ireland and a complete failure of the Brexit talks. I would think that the EU strategy would be to...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    2.) Car manufacturers will standardize on a particular battery size and an infrastructure which will allow batteries to be changed in charging stations by semi-skilled labor (in other words, the same people who currently pump your gas and check your...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    It does better than google at finding actual bike routes, except that it also includes as options routes along things like Parramatta Road and Rookwood Road (two/three lanes each way with centre divider) as preferred bicycle routes (those were options...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Sadly, even when I go into settings and say "public transport, bike, walk" as my travel options it can't do mixed mode journeys. There's no "ride to the train station", in other words. I find TripGo plans reasonable mixed-mode journeys....
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    I consider the trend of allowing people to use any kind of device with a screen while driving is misguided Especially high-information-density ones like maps. Most of them can be switched to a mode where the map is hidden, which...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Interesting ... so humanity's quest for the stars could be done in by components that don't handle numbers the same way. Given the length of such a mission, piddly rounding errors would only grow larger over time. Ooops - wrong...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Things that can detect some types of bad, or at least dubious, code do exist, though they aren't perfect (and can't be). However, this requires willingness to spend the time and money setting one up, learning to use it, and...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    The other limitations (membership of only one "family" at a time / time delays when switching between families) [...] So; just invite everyone into a big family. Simple, common scenario: a child with shared custody between two parents, who divorced...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Cars will almost certainly be the first examples of this : Self driving cars don't actually need very much of their computational innards to be exposed to the internet at all -Map updates, and traffic reports at most, and even...
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    trying to control The Donald is not a long term success strategy Possibly Ivanka is having some long-term success with this? It's hard to tell whether it's her work, of course, but plausibly she has so far got the East...
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    BTW, the Chernobyl incident wasn't an accident. It wasn't even intentional sabotage; it was an officially sanctioned, and extremely stupid, experiment. OGH knows that....
  • Commented on Eleven Tweets
    One possible... well, not solution, but next stage, would be if someone with the imagination takes over FB and starts tweaking the newsfeed to push an agenda. Not by heavy-handed censorship, but by subtle nudges; that would be almost undetectable...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    I'd go so far as to say that Pence read "The Handmaid's Tale" and decided it was a utopia, not a dystopia. "The Handmaid's Tale ā€” Now in Production, Coming 2017" (from a tweet)...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    I'm not sure there's a global conspiracy. What kind of conspiracy? The cartoon kind, with strict hierarchies, a shadowy Grand Council, smoke-filled rooms? Or the kind where people know each other, hang out together, shoot the breeze? That will serve...
  • Commented on Duelling - Essentially a Bloody Stupid Idea
    I would suspect that there will be both taxi and private self-driving cars. The taxis will be cheaper (even more so on multiple hire) and more flexible. Private cars will be the minor luxury of having nice upholstery and not...
  • Commented on Duelling - Essentially a Bloody Stupid Idea
    Current trend is towards "autopilot" -- lane following, adaptive cruise control, automatic collision-avoidance braking, and so on -- so the driver can sit back and relax. Rather an unwise trend, as far as I can tell; Google has that right,...
  • Commented on The Day After
    Right. And similar for SNN, I assume. Good in principle, highly inconvenient in practice....
  • Commented on The Day After
    Well, I was thinking of a short hop to Ireland for the preclearance......
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