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  • Commented on The Pivot
    Greg Tingey @ 1424 "Except that the 40% who aren't voting ... because a lot of them are being prevented from voting?All the rigging-up of fake prohibitions & "qualifications" for voting, very reminiscent of the way brown would-be -voter were...
  • Commented on Holding Pattern
    JamesPadraicR @ 38: "For a change of pace;I caught a glimpse of this while driving by the other day: A 2 ton sculpture of a mermaid with a tentacles in place of a fish tail.http://www.koaa.com/story/38377732/rise-of-the-octo-maid-new-sculptures-hit-colorado-springs-rooftopsPossibly how I picture the Deep...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    Elderly Cynic @ 233: "I have sometimes wondered how well I would have done in a tropical area with adequate easily-gathered food, when I was younger. I know in practice how to make crude slings, spears, bows and arrows (and...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    whitroth @ 175 "You forgot How Things Work.Seriously, what they need is the Junior Woodchuck Manual (as owned by Donald Duck's nephews; as near as I can tell, if you were kidnapped by a UFO and dropped on an inhabitable...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    I know Bitcoin was discussed here earlier (in another thread). The US newspaper "The Wall Street Journal" has an interesting (rare because it's not-behind-the-paywall) article on how the Russian hackers indicted yesterday used Bitcoin to finance their operations: https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-bitcoin-fueled-alleged-russian-hacks-1531517907...
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    Greg Tingey @ 1386 "V revealing comment on "Today" just now .... BBC interviewer: "We know that the guvmint has said that it's the Russians & possibly Putin & continue to insist that is the case .... but we haven't...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Frank Landis @ 1381: "I think you forgot Andrew Johnson (Lincoln's successor), but otherwise, yeah." How does Andrew Johnson figure into the history of America's trade wars & tariffs? He wasn't really notable for his trade policies. Pretty much as...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    Frank Landis @ 187: "Yes, but if your starship is generating all the colony's power, then your starship is permanently tethered to the colony. Wouldn't that be a problem in itself?" That's not the only way to do it though....
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    Trottelreiner @ 177: "Hm, but why not use nuclear fission as an energy source?It might not be cost efficient on Earth, but on another planet, it might be different, e.g. as for nuclear waste, take one continent as a waste...
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    Frank Landis @ 163 "If you use it to make biodiesel, it takes energy. Thus, bio-diesel is effectively an energy storage medium, a kind of liquid battery. Yes, it's an extremely energy-dense, fairly stable, and very versatile battery, but it's...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    Nestor @ 112: "a star trek knock-off where we follow a crew that is not the best and brightest, (...) got handed the keys to a ship that makes the enterprise look dinky.. because Sol Ship-Works is (building them faster...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    Frank Landis @ 74: "ADMINISTRATIVE NOTE: We're NOT derailing this into argument about what is science fiction and what is fantasy." http://howzyerteeth.beacondeacon.com/swcarousel/images50/dalek-omg-its-rw-d2-i-loved-him-in-star-trek.png...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    Troutwaxer @ 58 "If someone turns this into a book, there's the hook!"...
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    Frank Landis @ 57: "Indeed. In my crude understanding, you basically don't get *any* petroleum produced for something like 50 million years after the sediments are first buried. " So why bury it in sediments? Use the organics to make...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    Troutwaxer @ 51: "You can build a turbine generator by focusing parabolic mirrors (polished metal) on a pipe filled with oil and use a rankine cycle steam turbine. (There's one in the desert just north of here.)" Every extra-solar colonization...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    Troutwaxer @ 46 "Would a geo-synchronous orbit be higher or lower on a very-slowly rotating planet?" Higher. The longer it took the planet to rotate, the higher you'd have to position a satellite to achieve Geo-synchronous. orbit. Suppose the earth...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    I vote for Space Guard...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    Pigeon @ 23: "Others would never manage to sync to anything, and their personal rhythm would then drift in and out of phase with the planetary system. This is a known disorder on Earth, and it can really fuck people...
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    SFreader @ 20: "'When in history' & Tahiti, etc.' ... Okay, how about we assume that there will be different sects/cultures of star explorers. LMBujold did this quite well in her Vorkosigan series, plus at present several nations/cultures have active...
  • Commented on Holding Pattern
    Hang in there Charlie. We're all pulling for you. Relax, take whatever time you need and we'll be here waiting for you when you get back....
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Trottelreiner @ 1247: "You might google for the term "emotionally invalidating environment", and I'd really like to know if there's a word for when this is repeated by bad teachers, bad therapists and bad psychologists; it's most likely not ironic...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Greg Tingey @ 1246: "Who benefits?" Which makes no sense at all ..... I think it's more a matter of Who expects to benefit? The perpetrator may expect a benefit that's not readily apparent from our point of view....
  • Commented on Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture
    How much faster than light? If you can only go twice as fast as light it takes more than 2 years to reach the nearest star (acceleration time + transit time + deceleration time). So you still have the same...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Greg Tingey @ 1220 "Any sensible comments on the Amesbury Novichock poisoning?" I suspect, with no proof, that the two most recent victims somehow came into contact with residue from the original incident. Authorities may not have found & removed...
  • Commented on SF For Nothing, Stories For Free
    I hope she will be content and if she passes that she will do so easily & without pain. Our thoughts will be with you....
  • Commented on SF For Nothing, Stories For Free
    Robert Prior @ 85: "No one's mentioned Seat 14C yet, so here:http://seat14c.comBasic premise: a flight of the Pacific disappears and shows up years later. What happens next?Some good, some bad. All free." Are they adding any new stories to that?...
  • Commented on SF For Nothing, Stories For Free
    Excuse me if I'm out of line, off topic or whatever, but are comments closed for The Pivot? I went back there this afternoon to thank a couple of people for their help and there's no longer a [reply] button....
  • Commented on The Pivot
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rs5_gB582IM...
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    whitroth @ 1192: "*sigh*a) I'm an American. Are you suggesting that I'm anti-American, because I vehemently hate the ruling party and their owners and fellow travellers" *sigh* right back at you. a)No, I'm not suggesting anything about you. You might...
  • Commented on The Pivot
    Trottelreiner @ 1191: "I'm no psychologist, but you might want to look up Defence mechanisms, it might help with understanding; though I'm somewhat unsure if with the Many-Named-One it should be classified as Acting out or Humour." I already understand...
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