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  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    "A volcano just exploded in Tonga. The shockwave looks to be about the size of Queensland. Some spectacular satellite views of it going off and the wave propagating out at about 600 km/h. " Satpix, barometric readings at https://twitter.com/MatthewCappucci/status/1482395352691060742 It...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    "I didn't find anything for 'mesotemporal'" I took it to be middle/between-time. Like Zwischenzeit. https://en.langenscheidt.com/german-english/zwischenzeit...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    "The other vegetarian piranha" Send us a picture!...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    "Heteromyletes" Sorry, Heteromeles. I was thinking of someone else....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    "my comb disappeared" Around here it's spoons. They go and come quite mysteriously. Sometimes we have many, sometimes few. I've suspected that we're careless when taking out the trash, but then the missing spoons reappear....
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    I hadn't heard of it either, but, thanks to Heteromyletes, will insert it into my vocabulary and use it as often as possible. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schismogenesis...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    For those who have been following the Havana Syndrome story, a couple of developments today: https://www.state.gov/secretary-antony-j-blinken-with-joe-scarborough-mika-brzezinksi-and-willie-geist-of-morning-joe-on-msnbc/ SECRETARY BLINKEN: We’ve got the Intelligence Community, we got the Defense Department, we got the State Department, our scientists all trying to get to...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    Burst communications: This is what I had in mind: https://cryptomuseum.com/burst/index.htm Quote: As the Cold War progressed, the need to send more and longer messages gradually increased and new methods had to be devised to avoid detection. This resulted in the...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    "high speed comsec operator" Whazzat? Burst communications?...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    "Maybe the batteries in the EVs can be a buffer if the chargers are designed to be two way." https://www.vox.com/recode/22872237/biden-electric-vehicle-batteries-clean-energy...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    It's vaguely amusing to see how various English translations deal with Deuteronomy 23:13 https://www.biblegateway.com/verse/en/Deuteronomy%2023:13...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    "There are a few options for direct energy capture from fusion, the ones I know about are covered by aneutronic fusion:" As you say, we're a long away from those. Even the easiest fusion reaction, deuterium-tritium, is proving extremely difficult...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    "Also note nuclear reactors are not good at providing power on demand -- some of them take a couple of weeks to come up to full power" Yes, you can see that for the nuclear power part in the data...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    "Hopefully lots of R-R SMR's" Yes, but since the backup SMRs occasionally will have to carry a large fraction of the grid demand for days at a time, you have to wonder why they're backup rather than primary....
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    "Also, for grid backup," As for grid backup, the UK data for last month (December 2021) as reported at https://www.gridwatch.templar.co.uk/download.php provided an example of what's needed. 14-23 December was a time of very low sustained output from wind+solar, requiring many...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    "We USAians get yelled at for calling ourselves American's." Well, not often yelled at outside of the levofringe and dextrofringe in Latin America, but it is a point of sensitivity that I more or less sympathize with. From previous adventures...
  • Commented on Omicron
    "bull bars" Linguistic diversion, but in parts of Latin America and the southern border US, these are called "tumbaburros." From tumbar = knock over/down and burro = burro....
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    "One of tho things ITER will do is prove the tritium breeding technology." 'Prove' is perhaps a bit aspirational. The ITER folks prefer 'explore.' https://www.iter.org/mach/TritiumBreeding "The fast neutrons from the DT reaction will be captured by the lithium blanket, producing...
  • Commented on Omicron
    "Oddly enough, nothing to do with weapons technology, it was where the military kept the computers for a (regional?) finance & accounting office." Was that in the mid to late 1980s? There was a lot of squirrely stuff going on...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    "My best understanding is that ITER will probably make break-even on power output, but has no way of harnessing the power usefully. It'll take another generation to work out how to breed tritium in sufficient quantities to run a reactor,...
  • Commented on Omicron
    "while ignoring the hunting and fishing and subsequent consumption of wild animals, birds, fish etc. that has been going on in large parts of the US for centuries." Yes, my late and favorite uncle lived in Montana and kept us...
  • Commented on Omicron
    "Any attempt by the US government to ban deer hunting because of this disease spreading into humanity would be, let us say, not looked on kindly by tens of millions of American hunters." My very thought. Assuming the not inevitable...
  • Commented on Omicron
    "1466 - The only thing about this that is particularly suprising, given how mutagenic SARS-COV-2 is, is that anyone considers it particularly comment worthy. " I think the more important part of the paper is that SARS-COV-2 appears to be...
  • Commented on Omicron
    Returning to COVID-19 for a moment, https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-021-04353-x_reference.pdf SARS-CoV-2 infection in free-ranging white-tailed deer Received: 12 November 2021 Accepted: 14 December 2021 Published online: 23 December 2021 Humans have infected a wide range of animals with SARS-CoV-2 viruses1–5, but the establishment...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    "You're short by a factor of 2 or 3 on the small guys." A few years I was looking at space launch costs and found that commercial aircraft and space launch rockets were roughly compatible in the sense that the...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    GPS to update an inertial unit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GPS/INS...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    "the Iranians ended up with a crashed RQ-170 on their soil, and claimed it was done by their jamming rather than an avionics failure" AIUI, military navigation systems basically use GPS to update an inertial unit, but the inertial unit...
  • Commented on Omicron
    Yes, Central American governments are issuing and occasionally enforcing decrees against spreading events like parties and "actividades bailables." That literally means "danceable activities" and sounds as bureaucratically stilted in Spanish as it does in English....
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    "And for a fast picture with 0.5 to 1.0 meter resolution, just order it on your phone. "Over my house at this minute and over the next 12 hours the "SpyMeSat" app gives me the ability to order a photo...
  • Commented on Quantum of Nightmares
    @ 170 Thanks for the reference. I had no idea about that, and it's very interesting....
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