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  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    Re Norwegian Sea Queens: Atropos will know better than I do, but my understanding is that Norway's aviation infrastructure was set up as a national system rathar than as a piecemal assembly of airfields. Given that Norway's terrain made it...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    Kardashev at 906: Around here, at least some of the pheasants have a very odd predator-avoidance behaviour: They panic when you've already walked past them. All they had to do was sit tight, because I didn't know they were there....
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    Oh I see them ok. Part of the reason I commented was the one I followed for a mile or so yesterday, who actually was sticking to the speed limit....
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    Motorbikes: I'd be happier with the idea that bikers ride defensively if they didn't insist on doing things which are clearly not safety-oriented. Grossly exceeding the speed limit, for a start....
  • Commented on Strong and Stable!
    I'd be cautious with "swishy". I know it's a homophobic slur, and I'm a decade younger than you are....
  • Commented on Upcoming blog outage
    It would be possible to automate the silencing of some of them reasonably easily, I'd think. Hashtags could be searched for and blocked, for sure....
  • Commented on Strong and Stable!
    I was a fan by the time 'Soul Music' appeared. I remember the frisson of combined dread and glee when we heard what the title of his new book was......
  • Commented on Strong and Stable!
    Heath was also the last Tory leader who'd served in WW2 (as did most of the senior Labour politicians of the time). That's probably not a coincidence....
  • Commented on Strong and Stable!
    I think that's probably wise. Certainly it's a useful bit of handwavium: genetically-modified gut flora to produce "interesting" psychological effects - reduced (or enhanced) resistance to interrogation is the obvious one, but there must be others. A means to construct...
  • Commented on Strong and Stable!
    If I had to guess, Sunak will cost the Tories quite a few far-right votes, which AFAICT will overlap considerably with the segment which had never voted for anything before the Brexit referendum. That might be a factor in some...
  • Commented on I can't even
    I suppose it would be possible to run a satnav with a HUD (per jet fighter). That won't really work until it generates a set of "what to look for" symbols, though; an arrow when you're 100 metres short of...
  • Commented on I can't even
    Once it's mandatory, it's mandatory. Then you have to use it (for the test, anyway), or choose to fail your test. Your call....
  • Commented on I can't even
    Apparently reverse parking is also standard practice when working on oil rigs (on land), in order to facilitate clearing the car park quickly if there's a blowout (and associated risk of big fire)....
  • Commented on Upcoming blog outage
    I should clarify why the USSR in 1946 is not in collapse. As briefly as I can put it, it still has agency to change itself....
  • Commented on I can't even
    Learn to use one, and take the test in someone else's car....
  • Commented on Upcoming blog outage
    Thanks for this. I think I may need to clarify my definition a little; the USSR in 1946 is not in collapse, in my terms....
  • Commented on Upcoming blog outage
    My sister and her husband haven't had it. Western UK, medium-sized city....
  • Commented on Upcoming blog outage
    A question for the assemglage I don;t think we have considered before. This follows on from OGH's recent referral to the deceptively simple question of the minimum size for a self-suustaining colony. I don't remember seeing it discussed. What level...
  • Commented on Upcoming blog outage
    Best wishes to OGH, and this will also serve as a test message (Firefox on Ubuntu Linux)....
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    Mikko Parviainen at 3: Möbius strip might work for the Demonweb Pits, the original AD+D culmination to the Giants/Drow sequence of modules. About 1980, IIRC....
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    I shall be using "comfortable at Balmoral" as a euphemism from now on....
  • Commented on I can't even
    Troutwaxer at 212 - Re UK (Tory) politicians pissing off the USA: The conclusion I came to was that their interest is in being big fish and if that means shrinking the pond it's a price they are prepared to...
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    Implosion would need a blockage on the German side, otherwise the Germans would notice the pressure drop. I suppose that could be a clathrate plug?...
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    I would think that you'd want to start with Adam Tooze's book The Wages of Destruction, which I think does talk about this. I can't be sure (it's a while since I read it) but I believe his description aligns...
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    Well, you can sell all those shiny nukes. To the UN, hopefully....
  • Commented on London Bridge
    Thanks. I did read that, many years ago, and remembered it after I'd posted. Looking back, I do suspect he wrote much of the novel around that concept. It doesn't seem impossible to me, but that's not well aligned with...
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    One interesting thing here is that the Belarusians seem to have managed to stay out, apart from allowing passage to Russian forces (and some artillery basing, I think)....
  • Commented on London Bridge
    More like Nova Scotia or Newfoundland than Moscow, I think; subarctic rather than continental....
  • Commented on London Bridge
    Thanks. I suspect this has answered the question: the hurricanes which currently run up the east coast of the USA will run out of steam earlier (if they stay near the coast) or possibly will follow the warm water on...
  • Commented on London Bridge
    As a matter of fairly idle curiosity, if/when the Gulf Stream redirects from its ~~current~~ present path, do we know (or can we guess) how that will affect American hurricane season?...
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