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  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Aand about all those nuclear deterrents... Looks like The Orange One (or his... erm... advisors) would like to play chicken with Kim family of the DPRK... The original WSJ article is behind the paywall, but here is the info on...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Lets, suppose it's Russia Goodbye Moscow, St Petersburg, whatever Stalingrad is called this week, & the other next 10 or 15 largest cities. And Russia is going to be significantly-functioning after this? I'd say that's the wrong question. The right...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    I will note that there are some recent proposals to use reactor neutrino emissions to pin down the rough location of submarines... Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't those neutrino detectors huge? And while NOvA looks like something more......
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    At one point during the 80s, I and anybody else who dropped by the Load n' Chute cafe probably harbored enough valuable intelligence to interest the KGB. Except of course nobody was interested. ... at KGB, that is. As this...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Also their military spend must be hurting them, given their economy is noticeably smaller than ours. Not so fast... you've failed to account for different priorities. There's a Russian joke that goes like this: Father comes home and his 5-year...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Sorry, I don't mean to be stupid, but I'm assuming that a Trident launcher is designed to work under some depth of water, even if it's only a couple inches, so it strikes me that an effort to use the...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    ...burning monomethyl hydrazine and not UDMH for some reason... Well, according to the information found in Encyclopedia Astronautica, MMH is denser and gives better performance. Looks like the stuff is used mostly in the US rocket engines (and on Arianne...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Just for history's sake: Both Ukraine and Belarus were U.N. members from 1945 on. That probably made a bit easier for them to accept Russia as the only possible heir to the USSR seat at the Security Council... not that...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    What if you simply built launchers, sans submarine, under the requisite amount of water? (Or is that the "truckloads of money?") By Goddess, this is precious! Just today there was a reply from Kremlin to the report in a Russian...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    AFAIK Only Russia and perhaps N. Korea are regular users of liquid fueled missiles. Was going to reply that the move to solid-fueled ICBMs was underway but no, we do continue to develop liquid-fueled ICBMs as well. They say there's...
  • Commented on The End of the British nuclear deterrent?
    Oh come on... It looks already like Russian government is starting to understand that The Orange One is not our friend and they're starting to backpedal on all that (quite sickening) praise that was heaped on Trump. I don't believe...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    No separate TLI stage needed for a Dragon 2 on a Falcon Heavy, it's a single launch. The Russian version is also a single launch, but needs a Soyuz with no Orbital Module launched on a Proton. The Descent Module...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    Oh, the system in Kazakhstan is corrupt enough (but yes, they're much better than their counterparts from Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan). Although Chinese involvement may curb their appetites. As for that economic corridor stuff... I remember many agreements/protocols/glorified-toilet-paper signed between Russia...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    Nearly 50 years after it was first done, Elon Musk announces plans to send two paying passengers around the moon. This could be to fill in for the proposed 2018 Red Dragon to Mars which has been put back to...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    I think the target is an intermediate niche product, midway between valuable/perishable It may be so... but far as I know the prices and shipment times seem to be in favor of sea freight (although my info is a bit...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    Erm... Mongolia uses Russian gauge (and is not a good transit route anyway due to the absence of cargo handling facilities at the border). I'd guess they'll continue the use of shipping containers (they use them now for the Trans-Siberian...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    Well, for us Russians Joe Public may as well be Vasya (Vasily being er common name), or Ivanov Ivan Ivanovich (Ivanovich being the patronymic) which is used in all the sample forms around the country. Anyway it looks like machine...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    Much like it doesn't make a whole lot of difference to Иосиф обще́ственности whether the regime was called Tsarist or Soviet or Putin. A whole lot of difference to... Josef community/society?.. Now what's that supposed to mean? I'd guess you...
  • Commented on I can't keep up
    Hmm... I wouldn't be so sure that any amount of dirt would make The Orange One even shrug, much less run away. I bet they'd take a page from one Mr. Peskov's playbook (the one that works as Putin's PR...
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    This brings up a serious question: Is Russia now a developed country? Damned if I know... Last year the media were celebrating when some of our universities made it to some rating of "Best Higher Education Establishments in developing and...
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    I feel a conspiracy theory coming up... Hence my question earlier. If I was trying to increase demand for oil in developed countries, I would try and push US-style SUV/pickup trucks and supersonic aircraft. I can't think of equivalent new...
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    Completely missed that one... Loved the Tropico series though where you have a choice to either fill the Swiss bank account or try to build the (somewhat) working country. You can try to do both but it ain't easy. Maybe...
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    Re: Re: 'Why would he need cash at all, for that matter?' and that palace. I was meaning cash as in 'personal wealth'. Why keep bank accounts/cash/shares when you can use state treasury as your own pockets?...
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    Oh, but I was just objecting to the idea of hidden accounts, the cash, if you will. You see, I spent a decade and a half in China and have met quite a few interesting people. And that experience made...
  • Commented on And the Rabid Nazi Raccoons shall inherit the Earth
    Now this made me laugh so hard... ... the Russian foreign ministry tries to work out how to save the President's Bahamian bank accounts and keep the lights on over winter... Seriously? Why would Putin need to stash his cash...
  • Commented on A reminder
    How is he to know when he's been sidelined and when his underlings are dutifully executing his policies? It's not like the man has a solid grip on reality. And I'm sure the Chinese government understands this and aren't psychotic...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    PS The James Blunt reference comes from the fact that he was a Reconnaissance Troop Leader during the NATO move into Kosovo. Yes, I got it ;) Came as something of a shock to me when I found out that...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    The indictees were 70% Serbian; they tried war criminals of all sides[...] Yes, a quick check confirms that. They rarely mentioned KLA indictees in Russian media, and I just forgot. So it is my memory then. The model "divorce" of...
  • Commented on Playtime is over
    As you say, from a European perspective, it was the right thing to do. From the Russian perspective, of course, "Serbia-Kosovo" has a great deal of similarity to "Russia-Chechnya". Why shouldn't the organs of the state be allowed to deal...
  • Commented on A reminder
    So I finally got around to reading Eco's essay (his writing is not something you skim on the bus and forget – that's what the libertarian SF is for). And about halfway through I've got an impression that his definition...
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