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  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    Actually, assuming Einstein's formula is the ultimate truth, there's no known physical reason that we can't create black holes. Tipler's second paper (usually ignored) states that his cylinders can't be created, and there are reasons to believe the same about...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    "Close up quite quickly" is meaningless — if we're using a relativistic projectile to drill a hole in the atmosphere that's a meter in diameter, it'll take on the order of 1 ms for an average gas molecule to diffuse...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    If your universe allows for FTL and ant-gravity (not possible), then shouldn't it also allow you to manufacture black holes on demand [BHODs](also not possible). Well, now. I'd be careful about throwing around terms like "not possible" when you really...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    All this talk of relativistic projectiles and wasting people suggests you are thinking too small. Eh, usually the problem is people thinking too small, casually tossing around speeds like 0.3c like it isn't really any sort of big deal. If...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    Nature abhors a vacuum in free atmosphere so the "tunnel" created by the first projectile closes up quite quickly. "Quite quickly" is very probably "not quickly enough" when you're talking about relativistic projectiles. Even if you're only doing .5c (and...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    With a 6G drive at constant acceleration that's over a third the speed of light when your fuel runs out, completely ignoring relativity It isn't so bad, ignoring relativity at those sorts of speeds. (Now, the next bit only applies...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    One of my friends used to be friends with an American executive and his wife, who apparently didn't see US health care as a problem because everyone they knew had health insurance, so where were those uninsured people they sometimes...
  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    I always think of names they won't give ships when I see Royal Navy 'noun' ships There's always the unofficial names boats get... I can only think of a few british WW2-era ones, but there are probably as many as...
  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    Yeah - I'm just re-reading Excession, and the terrestrial units are kind of noticeable, but it would be even more jarring to have some invented Culture units. There's some stealth-sorta-non-terrestrial stuff in there, from recollection. The 'kilo-' prefix is 2^10...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    UKIP will largely disappear as an electoral force since it no longer has a meaningful purpose. If it were a slightly more coherent political party, and not a load of wingnuts hanging from farage's coattails they could easily hang around...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    With that in mind I've always worn the same colors (but not uniforms, of course) as those of the the local polizei when cycling. There's been an interesting bit of high-vis kit on sale in the UK that is yellow...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    there are elements who would view this as a giant asset-stripping exercise with England being the bit that is actually worth something England being worth something seems like a charmingly optimistic view. There's London and its environs, but does anywhere...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    It doesn't surprise me that asylum seekers were equated with E.U. workers. Scott Adams (Dilbert) http://blog.dilbert.com/ has a great series concerning cognitive dissonance. Well worth reading even if it does raise the blood pressure on occasions. There's a phrase that's...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Once she has failed on her own, the Labour party can pick up the pieces after the next GE. Firstly it isn't currently clear that the labour party could find its arse with both hands, so to speak. Secondly, the...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    I could see a lot of voters believing it is the fault of a petty and vengeful EU who wanted the UK to suffer for daring to leave and as a warning for other nations. In that situation, the UKIP...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    I too am frustrated by the fear of fission by the scientifically illiterate, but it doesn't look like a solvable problem in the near term. France must be laughing up its sleeve at the rest of Europe in this regard...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    1)What it would take for Australia to pursue a trade deal with the UK? Well, how much do you guys like coal? Coal and iron ore and overpriced houses? You've still got a functional iron industry, right? Please, somebody buy...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    I think dear old Madam May had a burning ambition to get to the top, which she's achieved, but like the last-but-one holder of the office is not actually very good at it. In her previous job she could be...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Has anyone considered the startling similarity between the Brexiters & the SNP? As in: ALL PROBLEMS WIll vanish once we get rid of the EVIL EU/English ( delete as appropriate? ) Just out of interest, did you read the last...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    If you can avoid thinking about the specific subject of your question for a moment, and instead look at the general query: And I'm still boggled by the idea that anyone other than perhaps (whatever) researchers would *want* a wifi...
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    For my money (which as the payer of non-trivail amounts of UK tax it is) TM is and always has been on the side of whatever looked like propelling her to the highest office most quickly... Oh, I don't disagree....
  • Commented on Popcorn Time
    Possible conspiracy theory-May et al were on the remain side pre referendum. Maybe the current fuck-ups are deliberate, to ensure no viable deal happens and we never leave? Eh, she claimed to be on the remain side, but in reality...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    oh look, Turkey is accusing Denmark of being involved with Bosnia/Serb genocide. No really, go look it up. I see some accusations leveled at the Netherlands, and some tangentially related grumpiness pointed at the Germans, but not so much about...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    I admit to making good money over many years from "I can haz threads... arrrgh, y u no worky" type programmers. The new failure mode isn't so much projects drowning in a sea of mediocre developers and managers, but instead...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Eh, I'm only here to grumble about programming languages, but reposting stuff that was mentioned in the OP seems a bit silly a best, and perhaps a little rude?...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    upper management, upon seeing it, realize that there was MONEY in those results, and, for a while at least, mandated that ALL future jet engine controller projects be done in Ada. I do not know whether that is still in...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    This is, IMO, the reason there is a sort of bias against employing them when you need to solve something via computers. And yet it is not what Elderly Cynic was talking about, and it was his post I was...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Allow me to offer a different perspective. Perhaps first you could point out where I suggested that domain-specific problems should not be solved by domain experts?...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Curiously, I've never heard that graduates of any other subject are worse in their field that people entirely ignorant of it. Either computer science is unique in damaging the abilities of those who study it, or there's a systematic bias...
  • Commented on The internet of decay
    Another problem I've found is that not all engineering fields put strong emphasis on teaching programming (snip) Doesn't even need to be engineering... I know a bunch of biologists and psychologists and an astronomer who have all ended up doing...
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