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  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    And here’s what STOL may look like in the 21st Greg. :) https://www.nasa.gov/content/hybrid-wing-body-goes-hybrid...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Ah yes the Harrier, flying proof that if you strap enough engine to a brick you can do VTOL....
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    Oh and if we fuel this bad boy with LH2 we can use the cryogenic fluid to cool our superconducting micro power grid, generators and fan motors before burning it the turbo gen....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    You guys. :) Direct vectored jet engines are so last century. A turbo electric aircraft splits the turbo engine from the propulsion array which is in the form of a wide array of small electric fans. This gives a high...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    I doubt we'll give it up, air travel is too useful. But definitely the next after one generation of aircraft will look completely different. Electric powered or hybrid for short hops. Liquid hydrogen fuelled turbogenerator and superconducting distributed electric propulsors...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    O yes, I do think the UKs negotiations were an exercise in self harm. I was talking to an acquaintance who used to work in Brussels as part of the EU secretariat, and now is providing advise to HM Treasury...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Article 7 requires a unanimous vote in the European Council that a breach is still occurring (after a warning shot) and then a qualified majority in council to implement. And y'know Article 7 was aimed squarely at 'values' i.e. liberty,...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Thanks for paraphrasing the EU's opening position, which is great for the EU because it means the leaving nation is down the chute before negotiations start. But that's just 'their' interpretation to how A50 works. However I'm not actually talking...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Boy are they going to be surprised. Slightly more seriously the work of Achen and Bartel, ‘Democracy for Realists’ totally supports your assessment. Voters are disengaged, influenced by proximal events and tend to cleave to identitarian voting patterns when they...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    I believe that whilst the right honorable Prime Minister has the confidence of the crown he remains the PM. Should there be a show of no confidence in the house, he should however tender his resignation. But that’s a matter...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Well you know what Richard Nixon said....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Unfortunately people outside of Brussels don't understand what a "big deal" the EU budget is to the EU apparatus. Or how much the EU is scared of a deeply mischievous UK remaining inside the tent. Nor is this is a...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Simple solution. As parliament can't make up it's mind, Boris repeals Article 50, 'sorry guys, can't agree what we want, so we'll be in until we decide we have a deal'. Then Boris tells the EU that "hey we'd like...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    Yep. And it’s treating ObL and AK as a warring actor on the world stage that got us where we are today. It legitimized the AK organization as having parity with a nation state. Which is exactly what ObL wanted....
  • Commented on Ask me anything!
    Compare and contrast, the wife, who grew up in Chelyabinsk (go Traktor!) made her own clothes as a girl as did all her friends (early 80s) because that was what you did. Mad keen for patterns. She still buys clothes...
  • Commented on Story time!
    That certainly explains the strange skin tone, it’s thermal heating......
  • Commented on Story time!
    Set analysis. The law penalises a set of womenfolk, that intersects with the set of women who can't mount a robust defence because they're poor and in turn that intersects with the set of women who are black. So a...
  • Commented on Story time!
    The problem is that up to now security has been framed in the context of code, but this approach fails to understand that recognition and context are essentially language problems. If we look at the problem from a language perspective...
  • Commented on Story time!
    As it’s Alabama, it shouldn’t escape notice that this is really a modern version of the old Jim Crow laws....
  • Commented on Story time!
    You'd be surprised at how durable kit can be. When I joined the service back in the 80's we were still seeing ye olde contact (floater) sea mines from WWII washing up from time to time on beaches across the...
  • Commented on Story time!
    Out of plane manouevre: Back to the Joker origin story. The story is told as stream of consciousness, tip ‘o the hat to James Joyce, and it’s a little ‘odd’ to start with but hey you know the Joker is...
  • Commented on Story time!
    I hear the really high priced consultancies have stuffed cows, I can only afford a slightly moth eaten crow, regretfully....
  • Commented on Story time!
    You’ve just described what a good facilitator does in a risk workshop. You wave your hands mystically mutter arcane words about probability and then let the client get on with dredging up hinky issues out of their corporate subconscious. I...
  • Commented on Story time!
    Paging Winston Churchill, Winston to the CIC for Operation Dardanelles please....
  • Commented on Story time!
    The strength of a fatwah is again something that western folk don’t seem to get. But then getting an ability without actually building anything is a way of squaring that particular circle....
  • Commented on Story time!
    @786 Elderly Cynic: “had no intentions of building one” I think that’s somewhat misleading as a statement. There’s a halfway step of wanting to acquire a shoulder capability so that should things deteriorate you can quickly develop an operational capability....
  • Commented on Story time!
    A question that is undoubtedly occupying the thoughts of the Iranian naval staff. Not too mention giving the Iranian Kilo class sub commander trailing the US carrier a really itchy feeling in the middle of his back. That’s the beauty...
  • Commented on Story time!
    There’s at least one SSN in the Gulf accompanying the USS Stennis. USN SOP is that wherever there’s a CVN on operations there’s an SSN acting as an ASW picket. There’s two SSN on station during handover of the picket....
  • Commented on Story time!
    Ye gods....
  • Commented on Story time!
    They’ve sure got form, Gulf of Tonkin incident, the USS Maine explosion in Havana harbour, phantom WMDs in Iraq. I could go on. Mind you I still like the IRG for it, but believe it ‘cos what SecDef says? Not...
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