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Kardashev

  • Commented on A message from our sponsors: New Book coming!
    Copy editing means that the copy editor, using copy editing software, goes through the novel, and finds misspellings, inconsistencies (you call that whatsit here, and thatsit there), and all such. A random thought and idle musing, but I wonder if...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    Not to mention the {W54} tritium initiator decaying. I could well be wrong, but I doubt the W54 incorporated tritium. In a single-stage implosion fission weapon, DT gas is used for "boosting" by providing extra neutrons. But the gas needs...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    The US has just added two Californias to its domain, albeit under cold waters. https://bigthink.com/strange-maps/extended-continental-shelf/...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    A post-300 comment, but I think it's interesting. https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidaxe/2024/01/31/first-ecuador-now-greece-joe-biden-is-finding-more-and-more-countries-to-help-him-arm-ukraine/...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    And alcohol? I have it on very good authority that in jails, prisoners have been known to put bread into Kool-aid (tm) and let it sit for a few days to get something slightly alcoholic. Water + yeast + sugar...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    strategy was to launch a couple of missiles, dive down deep, run away and hide, rinse and repeat. It may be partly a military culture difference. The Russian one is enamored of salvo(*) fire in many situations, the US one...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    And this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Nuclear_depth_charge_explodes_near_USS_Agerholm_(DD-826)_on_11_May_1962.jpg The early '60s were very exciting!...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    The point to remember is that the last time an entire nuclear weapons system was tested from launch to detonation was August 1945. https://www.bntva.com/frigate-bird-the-polaris-missile-test-at-operation-dominic-christmas-island they can only order a second boomer strike if the ELF system survives, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TACAMO (It's VLF,...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    Earth's gravity does almost all the work. Pretty much. The Moon's escape velocity is 2.5 kps and its orbital velocity around Earth is 1 kps. So launch at 3.5 kps so it finds itself hanging in space relative to Earth...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    Moxdern electronics are mostly CDMA (code division multiple access, or "frequency hopping" as once known) Just to be a bit pedantic, CDMA implemented as a "direct sequence" modulation and frequency hopping are both spread-spectrum techniques and share many of the...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    So he lined them up on a parade ground out in the open for him to orate at for an hour. That seems as if it could be truth-like. Lining up the subordinates so the commander can talk at them...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    Like a nuke on Seattle. Pick a redder city. I suspect Trump II would welcome that as an opportunity to have friendly negotiations with the perp....
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    And somewhere, somehow, there has to be a corps of officers and senior NCOs to do the thing that distinguishes an army from a rabble: Make decisions. Which, if I may be allowed a USian interjection, is one of the...
  • Commented on Same bullshit, new tin
    opening the door to assassination tends to be... bad. I suspect that a fair number of folks who wouldn't like to see Trump back in the Oval Office know that and are holding off for the next 5 to 10...
  • Commented on The coming storm
    he thought making that sort of thing mandatory for engineers at university would not go well Oh, no, it wasn't mandatory for me. As noted above, I did it as an elective, i.e. something I chose from a wide...
  • Commented on The coming storm
    I'm a big fan of comparative religion classes, having done them myself at school. Seconded. I took an elective World Religions semester as an undergraduate physics major and really enjoyed it. I've never detected a religious bone in my own...
  • Commented on The coming storm
    pesto Oops, make that "pasto". Like "pasture"....
  • Commented on The coming storm
    no standard word for weed Or grass/lawn: grama, zacate, pesto, césped, maybe hierba. Depends on where you are. As we've moved around the US and made a foray into Central America, Spanish vocabulary harmonization has been a constant....
  • Commented on The coming storm
    *There's a reason why translators are also called "interpreters". Prof Hamori says she drives that point home to her classes. And I, having made some money translating Russian into English, totally agree. Modern Russian and English aren't all that far...
  • Commented on The coming storm
    There was a sundries shop, Looks like it's still there in some form: https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/meet-the-man-behind-the-cia-gift-shop-the-nations-most-secretive-swag-shop/2019/11/27/5eb27776-e39a-4fa8-a127-7fa987acbc3a_story.html...
  • Commented on The coming storm
    American flags made in China That kind of thing has been going on a while. Back in the early-mid 1980s, I had access to CIA HQ in Langley for reasons. There was a sundries shop on the basement floor that...
  • Commented on The coming storm
    Speaking of wind power variability over a range of time scales (which we were, a little), there's this fairly deep dive into the statistical weeds and various analytical methodologies. Perhaps EC and other statistically inclined folk could comment. https://wes.copernicus.org/articles/3/845/2018/ Assessing...
  • Commented on The coming storm
    He said that many of the translations into other languages are funded by the Saudis and they tend to tone down rhetoric that might not go over well in the local language. Which can be interpreted in a twisted way...
  • Commented on The coming storm
    It's 7.5 GW-hr, much the same as Cruachan Thanks. So, full-out, it would go from full to empty in about half a day. Undoubtedly useful for short-term/ moderate buffering -- which is why, I assume, it was built....
  • Commented on The coming storm
    Zero-net-carbon LNG would be a smart way to store and transport the energy from solar I'm very tempted to agree, but remember that CH4 is itself a potent greenhouse gas. Care would be needed to prevent/minimize leaks during production, transportation,...
  • Commented on The coming storm
    Well there is this: https://www.theplanner.co.uk/2023/12/14/third-loch-ness-pumped-storage-hydro-project-proposed Which says, "The application is to build and operate a 600 megawatt pumped storage scheme..." It's a shame that reporting on storage projects usually gives their specifications in watts. If that means "maximum discharge power"...
  • Commented on The coming storm
    storage solves the diurnal variation problem, but not the annual variation It's not just diurnal and annual variation, but also intermediate time scales. I've been following this for a couple of year for EU, UK and US data and two...
  • Commented on The coming storm
    My wife owns 1/6 of a small garden plot in a German village. She has a second cousin near there who is a lawyer or similar working on getting all the paper work together to sell it to the village...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Season of Skulls
    fervent messianic beliefs Yes, I read the same Guardian article and was struck by the close parallels between the Chabad/Tzfatim story and what we've figured out about the apocalyptic views of pre- and early Christianity. I guess some story lines...
  • Commented on The coming storm
    we had a recent discussion on a techie list I'm on about the sodium batteries A pointer to that list, please? The large-scale, long-duration storage issue is one I'm interested in....
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