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  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    Robert Prior @ 328: Would have been easier to list what hasn't been ticked off [Eco's ur-Fascism list by the Tories]. A great many also seem to be part of American Republican ideology, judging by what's jst happened in Texas....
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    Robert Prior @ 246: David Brin did a decent (if not poetical) job with the ecology of Garth in The Uplift War. Also pretty prescient, though AFAIK you couldn't use the wood-wide-web as a covert signalling system....
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    The raccoons compete well against the rats and urban coyotes in Vancouver, BC. They are smart, work together, have flexible fingers and excellent manual dexterity Hmm. Watership Down, but with raccoons? Or uplifted raccoons? That's actually a pretty scary thought....
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    il7a187 @ 168: Don't remember where it was, but I had read a call to "bring Star Trek into 21st century!" The point was that for 50 years Star Trek has been the face of science fiction, and even with...
  • Commented on Abolish the monarchy!
    On the billionaire issue, I just came across this article. The gist is that some researchers in Italy created a simulation of talent, luck and reward. Individuals in the simulation were able to combine luck and talent to increase their...
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    Robert van der Heide: All those planets with “suspiciously terrestrial biospheres” were terraformed by intelligent dinosaurs, before they had a little accident with an asteroid they were mining. Oh, you mean this lot! I read these to my son. There...
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    Kardashev @ 290: I wonder if NATO + EU + friends might be seen as a proto-Culture in the making. That, roughly, is a one-sentence summary of the thesis of Francis Fukuyama's The End of History and the Last Man....
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    Nojay @ 299: Wind and batteries, great idea and thank you for adding in the cost of storage to a renewable energy proposal [...] The other issue is "how much battery storage do we need to provide five-nines electricity to...
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    on the various gilded cages around the world: the difference between Buckingham Palace and e.g. the White House, is that the inmates of the White House all volunteered for it. The inmates of Buckingham Palace were condemned to it as...
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    TERF? Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminist. It means someone who thinks that womens' rights are only for people who were born with female bodies, and not for those who were born with male bodies but believe that inside they are really female...
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    There's a long history of terrorists national liberation movement leaders becoming heads of state As I think Bernard Wolley said, its one of those irregular verbs: I'm a freedom fighter, you're a guerilla, he's a terrorist....
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    *Re guilded cage we have modern proof this isn't true as the last monarch but one literally abdicated, and the Peerage Act 1963 (thanks to Tony Benn) allows giving up titles to sit in house of commons and vote etc....
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    I'll weigh in on the Monarchist side here. President Boris Johnson. Its bad enough having an incompetent clown as head of the executive. Having him preside over the dignified bits of the government would be just too much. We're enough...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    I used to know an ex-marine who was an advocate of arming teachers (and I think probably of "school marshals" although he never said either way). Demonstrably doesn't work. In the Stoneman Douglas shooting there was an armed officer on...
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    Back on the billionaires for the moment, this article on the BBC describes the work of the "K-Cell" in the National Crime Agency. The "K" stands for "Kleptocracy". These are the people who are going after the enablers of sanctioned...
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    Ahh, found some more. https://github.com/MiSTer-devel/AtariST\_MiSTer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLU9d1WQOWE So not quite the ready-to-go Atari ST in a nice box, but if you are happy with some-assembly-required then you can probably get going with only a few weekends of dedicated hacking....
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    I would love to see a kickstarter project to develop an Atari ST equivalent of the ZX Spectrum Next Issue 2, and I suspect current-generation FPGAs might be up to the task! Its already a thing in some FPGA hobby...
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    Richard H @ 1150: Yes, each element radiates power in all directions, but so do all its neighbours. The result is that the antenna as a whole does not radiate in all directions. See this article, which is linked from...
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    The technology is called phased-array and it has been shown to work. We've been over this before. Phased array works for information (including radar), but not for beaming power. Each antenna element radiates power in every direction. The phased array...
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    (I think this is the first time I've stuck my oar in this discussion: I haven't been able to get enough free time to catch up and then write something coherent on a complicated topic). I think I understand what...
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    Ahh, yes, it was Scott Sandford in the previous thread. My apologies to both....
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    David @ 462: What happens is family ties tug HARD on those at the bottom of the economic ladder. Which is not necessarily an irrational thing. Family, and especially extended family, provides a lot of services. There is obvious stuff...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    JBS, possibly a dumb question, and sorry if its answered up-thread, but why not just get a collapsible dog cage and leave your dog in it outside the jeep under a sufficiently robust sun shade? Lots fewer failure modes to...
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    Just when you thought it couldn't get any more bizarre: Russia's Foreign Minister claims Hitler was part Jewish. It seems he was being asked to explain how Ukraine can be "nazi" when its Prime Minister is Jewish. So he explains...
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    On low-power airconditioning vs "just open a window": Take a look at the windcatchers of Persia (now Iran). The basic idea is to have a tower with a vent facing into the prevailing wind. This funnels cool air downwards through...
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    Charlie @ 712: They're actually building an undersea Morocco-UK HVDC line? That's bonkers. It'd almost certainly be cheaper to just go underwater for the Straits of Gibraltar and the English Channel, and to pay for existing grid interconnects in Morocco/Algeria/Spain/France/UK....
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    Robert Prior @ 425: Unless you're talking about steampunk as a fashion, Steampunk is what happens when goths discover brown. Jess Nevins....
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    On a more optimistic topic, there have been discussions here on the possibility of generating solar power in sunny countries south of the Mediterranean and then transporting it north using HVDC transmission. This is a project to do exactly that,...
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    Ahh, here is a more modern link that is up to date: GNSS-SDRLIB. Doesn't run on a R-Pi, but close enough....
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    On speed limits for GPS modules: some years ago I read a piece by someone who programmed a Raspberry Pi to act as a GPS receiver with a bit of RF circuitry to drive an input pin. I don't know...
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