John Hughes

John Hughes

  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    (Heat pumps freeze the earth) The story is "The Snowmen" by Frederick Pohl. Thanks....
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    Whatever, heat pumps are wonderful things. You get more out than you put in - how can that not be neat? I read a short story once where excessive use of heatpumps had cooled the earth to the point where...
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    Sorry, but the true levelized cost of energy (LCOE - factoring in all up front construction and operational lifetime costs) which allows for apples to apples economic comparison says otherwise. Renewable energy costs have fallen, but nowhere near enough. In...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Unlike the EU, Canzuk members are culturally similar, with equivalent standards of living and with the same language Il a dit quoi, lui? Même langue. P'tit con....
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Early designs featured a flotation and ballasting system and active motion compensation system to facilitate a controlled transfer of a topsides’ weight from the vessel to a platform substructure. Allseas developed the original idea to include steel jacket installation, jackets...
  • Commented on Official Announcement: April Fools Day is Cancelled
    Don't you just hate it when someone quotes your exact words and makes you look like a complete plonker? Yeah, it might make you think... but no, this is Peterson we're talking about....
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    Peterson says: Do I really live in a universe where Ta-Nehisi Coates has written a Captain America comic featuring a parody of my ideas as part of the philosophy of the arch villain Red Skull?But actually Coates doesn't have to...
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    Third possibility - the activity is something that doesn't generally appeal to members of the group or conflicts with some element of group identity. Oh, that's why so few Jews joined the SS. Now I get it....
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    It also benefited from what's probably the most awesome first line in the history of science-fiction "The sky was the perfect untroubled blue of a television screen, tuned to a dead channel." -- Niel Gaiman. (Best joke about best first...
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    I don't hold being an alcoholic against anyone (I am one myself), but I think anyone who thinks it would be "fun" to have a drink of beer with an recovering alcoholic or a teetotaler has an odd idea of...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    And what is it with "I'll vote for the man/woman I could have a beer with." Famously said about Bush, who doesn't drink because he's a "recovering" alcoholic and Trump who doesn't drink because his brother was an alcoholic....
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    I'm at 100m (Champigny sur Marne) and 78m (Abidjan). My mother in law is worse off -- she's at 2m above current sea level....
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    but, of late, it has got viciously right-wing political as well "of late"? Supporting Mosley and Hitler wasn't right wing enough for you?...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    See, for example, Lord Copper in Waugh's Scoop....
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    Mr Perry, who didn't know that nuclear power came under his remit as the appointed scion of USA power...No, Perry was so dumb that he didn't know that one of the main jobs of the DOE (Department of Energy) is...
  • Commented on A Quick Infomercial
    In any case I believe the standard British army rifle these days can be swapped over; they've finally cottoned on.Nope, the SA80 is and always has been right handed only. The French FAMAS can be switched to be left handed....
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    You can pry my RTT from my cold, dead, hands. (When the work week was reduced to 35 hours it was decided that rather than reducing the length of the working day employees would be given a number of (half)...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    That's why I wanted the Army to update it for all the shots I got before I went to Iraq, but they said no.Luckily the only one you need for travel* is Yellow Fever, and that one is now considered...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    Yeah, but arriving in a country with a bunch of mates in the same clothes and lots of expensive military hardware is not the same as getting off the scheduled Air France flight. It's the medical authorities at the port...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    So if it's actually easier to make the video work without adverts than to put them in, I would expect browser-based ad blockers to be able to block youtube ads without even breaking a sweat. Yet the things people say...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    I still have my old yellow card (WHO International Certificate of Inoculation and Vaccination, in English and French), which was needed for smallpox, yellow fever and typhus fever (and, later, cholera). I needed it for international travel from shortly after...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    I had a feeling that the one now on the ISS was the same one having been returned to Earth by a shuttle flight, then relaunched on a later shuttle, but I can't find anything to suggest that. I imagine...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    I can't imagine why you're all so down on suppositories. :)...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    The problematic flow rate is incredibly low, and you probably achieve a greater concentration of unburnt gas in the air with the amount you release in the few seconds between turning a burner on and igniting it than the problematic...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    Sticking them in a liposome and injecting them directly into a vein is vastly easier than getting them through the skin or GI tract undegraded; There's always the French solution -- shove them up your bum....
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    How dumb am I? Really need to have a coffee now....
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    My concern taking a guitar to the ISS would be whether there's enough moisture in the atmosphere that it wouldn't damage the wood (guitars "like" moderately high humidity). You'd better get in contact with Chris Hadfield. https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PL2HBU-hWqdTRZvq_KsiTDZldrFBVLsjBD&v=KaOC9danxNo...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    It was operator error, but the blame for that error does NOT rest with the operator alone. Whoever trained him failed to do their job properly.Whoever designed the UI has the primary responsibility. The readout showed either the place you...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    But at the end of the day this isn't about public transit, it is about attempting to find anyone willing to give his company a contract so it can gain experience and test out his thoughts on tunneling that he...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    The interesting question about "meritocracies' being who decides what is "merit". We all know how that works, don't we kiddies....
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