John D. Bell

John D. Bell

  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    > a single PIRA bombing (Baltic Exchange) killed one person, injured forty, but caused £800 million of damage. Wikipedia says 3 dead, 91 injured, and £800 million worth of damage https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baltic_Exchange_(building)#Bombing_of_the_exchange_building...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    > That story holds no water if you know about Bletchley Park. Yeahbut.... During WWII, there was a great patriotic effort to not upset the War Effort - "Loose Lips Sink Ships". And all that. Also the efforts of the...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Why not? Classic keeping-of-secrets theory. Alternate launcher implies staff, physical infrastructure, training, yadda yadda.... None of which would be easy to hide. If it existed, somebody would have mentioned something to a mate over a pint, and someone else would...
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    > Of course, it would still be ridiculously expensive, but think of the resolution, and the light collecting power. Resolution, yes; light gathering power, NO. The gathering power is directly proportional to the actual area of the mirrors, nevermind their...
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    As early as STS (Shuttle) mission 47 there have been married couples in space together. I am aware of no reports of any kind of "extracurricular" activities, however........
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    I'm sorry for the misattribution....
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    > As far as I know, being able to survive freezing to near absolute zero and thawing (the only plausible technology) is limited to single-celled organisms and some plant material. The arctic wooly bear caterpillar freezes solid every year, thawing...
  • Commented on Thoughtcrime
    Our Host: "(See if you can figure out who I cribbed the declaration from?)" Umkhonto we Sizwe?...
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