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  • Commented on Random excuses
    Well, there's a shade of that, but it's more akin to a landfill: A bit of everything, useful things buried in tons of garbage (and bulldozed over occasionally) and it attracts a lot of crows......
  • Commented on Random excuses
    The strong protection for free speech in the constitution of the USSR is my go-to example of why custom, tradition and unwritten rules are the key part of any legal system. The way the US constitution now protects blacks in...
  • Commented on Random excuses
    That was exactly what sprang to my mind re: starving rabid mustelids. Now I have to get rid of the mental picture of rows and rows of ferrets, all dressed in their business suits, briefcases by their sides... all being...
  • Commented on Random excuses
    I thought that there were guidelines in Russia, but the actual "law" is what the Tsar Mr Putin says Oh come on... you're sounding not unlike some Russian MPs when they talk about the West. We do have a ton...
  • Commented on Random excuses
    Was going to set some things straight re: LJ in Russia, but Pavel did it before me in #9. Oh, and if my sources were correct, VK has started it's life as a (probably not-entirely-legitimate) fork of the original FB...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    Well, 1905 would be too modern... for me it looks like they're aiming for something like cross between 1650s (boneheaded orthodoxy combined with the hatred of everyone and everything foreign) and 1850s (Church as analogue to the Department of Ideology...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    Yes, the funny thing is this branch (they're extinct in Russia now, it seems) was NOT big on the Old Testament... Another source of fun was inviting them in when they were making round in the dormitory, pouring them a...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    Ahh... that reminds me. It was 1995, I was young and a bit nuts... anyway, we had that bulletin board in the university hall (of the wooden kind, not one of those newfangled computer sort) – and that board belonged...
  • 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...
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