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  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    X-rays are actually quite shit because they tend to go right through without doing anything, and if they do interact most of the energy goes as heat....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    "My guess is that most of the blue light was scattered or absorbed and what remained was red of too low an energy to trigger the photo electric effect." Not in silicon. The band gap of silicon is small enough...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I don't think it's GSP. I seem to remember that when that came in it was an improvement, since before that a lot of US sellers had stopped sending stuff to the UK at all, but GSP changed their minds...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Has Trump also done something that buggers up outgoing international mail? It seems to be a Trump-era phenomenon that the postage charges for buying US stuff off ebay from the UK have gone completely bloody stupid. They are very often...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    "...the Russian hackers infiltrated the Iranian group's infrastructure..." USING EAGLES. The connection between Charlie's writings and real-world events is quite definitely more than a little... uncanny....
  • Commented on Creative writing challenge!
    And why not? Look how fond of the form Uncle Isaac used to be....
  • Commented on Creative writing challenge!
    Murderclowns, plural? So you've got another one then?...
  • Commented on Creative writing challenge!
    I'm guessing it was a long-haired chihuahua ;)...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    "I can't help being suspicious..." Yeah. That's exactly the course of events I've been expecting ever since the idea solidified. And all the more so since observing things like the way the projected cost going totally wild does not produce...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    That Caplan quote reminds me very much of Marx, who said something very similar. Of course, in his time and with his perspective - particularly his familiarity with pre-Imperial Germany - Heteromeles's first sentence came reasonably close to being true....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Unfortunately, he supports Leave....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    "questions like "why do these people live so long, they eat so much salt and fat?"" Because unlike the modern day couch potatoes they are implicitly being compared to, their bodies can actually make use of it, as they sweat...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Liquidate means kill to me. Moreover, it means to kill by some such means as a raygun whose beam selectively disrupts lipid double layers and apatite, so the victim collapses into a puddle of yuck with clothes in it. I...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    HS2 does not replace the fast passenger services, so if they are to be removed we are left with a thoroughly spurious "generation of capacity" by downgrading services. Which you could do a whole lot cheaper without building anything at...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Light rail for local distribution works even under shellfire......
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    HS2 does not add any capacity to the rail network. It creates an essentially independent network which trains on the existing network do not use. Its more distant future projections consume capacity on the existing network by palming off HS2...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Mail certainly can go by rail and it used to all the time! It only doesn't any more because the politicians stopped it. (Not long after having got the railways to spend loads of money on new stock and facilities...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Thing is most freight is like that: as long as the same amount comes out one end as went in the other it doesn't matter how long it takes in between. The only things that need rapid transport are exceptional...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Yes. We have a whole lot of easily-reclaimed railway capacity where the number of tracks has been reduced but the route is still in use. As long as there's some continuing train running, even if it's now only a single...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    "the required separation has increased" You said this before, and I thought you meant the separation between traffic flows with different stopping patterns and acceleration/braking profiles. What's happened here is that the ability to handle mixed traffic flows has been...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Converting motorways to railways - no, I can't agree on that. Basically because they're designed around a road vehicle idea of what a steep gradient is, and there are hardly any bits which conform to the rather more severe railway...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    I've seen plenty of confusion perpetrated in writings concerning railways whose rapid gain of altitude is one of their principal features. They are often described as something like "it goes from altitude a to altitude b in a distance of...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Long time since I've read it, so I can't remember if it mentions a certain non-fictional figure's use of that title. But - yeah, the cap fits....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Percentage grades... pain in the arse... sure, it's "just a different way of writing the same fraction", but the difference is whether you set the numerator to 1 and vary the denominator, or set the denominator to 100 and vary...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Neither of those obstructions comes above drawbar height; the cheek pouches would go straight over the top of them, and the cab itself is higher still. The danger in those instances is of part of the car or cow getting...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Double trailers... not really. You want Australia for that sort of thing. We have a sort of one-and-a-half version, a small box-bodied truck with the cab built in towing a similar body but without the cab, but I think the...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    The kind of reception we gave to at least some refugees from the Nazis is pretty horrifying just to discover as a historical fact. I don't recall offhand anything about the physical conditions being substandard compared to those for other...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    "...Theory because of its inability to explain (as opposed merely to calculate)..." ...which is normal. What varies is how many levels you have to go down through before you get to axioms. And things are only explained when there aren't...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Both the individual and mass versions of the idea are of course fun to play with authorially, so there is a lot of fiction written about them. They are also attractive ideas to persuade yourself that they actually apply, and...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    "it isn't implausible that it's tolerated in the chance that it would discourage people from seeking asylum." I thought that was the whole point. To create a flux of failed asylum seekers who tell all their mates "don't go to...
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