Bellinghman

Bellinghman

  • Commented on The Day After
    My boss? But I can now prove I voted the way he paid me to! </snark> Yeah, it's not just intimidation that's the issue....
  • Commented on Duelling - Essentially a Bloody Stupid Idea
    ... and then there are things which are both, such as attempting to summit Everest. Also motor racing at the end of the 50s, start of the 60s. I've seen quotes that if you raced for 5 years during that...
  • Commented on Duelling - Essentially a Bloody Stupid Idea
    Parenthetically, there is a feature in the latest New Scientist Reputation is everything: Unearthing honour culture in America. (Paywall I'm afraid.) One of the issues it mentions is politeness versus rudeness. Your polite Southerner has no way of indicating that...
  • Commented on The Day After
    There seems to be an odd tendency to get the north/south distance wrong. I'm not sure why — it's not something I can readily blame on map projections, unlike the way that Africa is usually shrunk so it looks barely...
  • Commented on The Day After
    You are obviously unaware that Asia is in the northern hemisphere. The southernmost point of mainland Asia is still north of the Equator....
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    A lot longer than yon Apple watch though. (I'm not sure there's any real barrier to replacing the tritium - the tubes are attached to surfaces so presumably they could be detached and fresh ones attached.)...
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    Ah, you appear to be unaware of the use of tritium in watches: Tritium Illumination...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    Yeah, then we're getting onto the most efficient way to turn straw into ethanol. In that scenario, I'd be looking at whether there's a good way to break down the cellulose and lignin in such a way as to avoid...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    The methane process works only as long as there is still methane, and its own inefficiency makes that time a lot shorter than it would otherwise be In the case of fracking, yes. For that, it's a way of using...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    Fundamentally, it's turning electric energy into synfuel and so depends on large quantities of cheap, carbon neutral electricity Except that it's stated above that the CO2 is produced by the power station, so while the synfuel itself may be carbon...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    For what it's worth, the tin-methane full pathway is as follows: Extract methane from fossil reserves using fracking Bubble methane through a batch of molten tin, where it breaks down Capture hydrogen bubbling off above the tin bath Skim off...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    "what are the chances that one of them would occur, say, between March 2019 and May 2020?" Quite high, actually... March 2019 is two years after March 2017, the current promised date for invocation of article 50? You may need...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    Its problem is that the generation is keeping its proportion in the atmosphere too high. These days, we need better than carbon neutral if it exists. What are your power stations burning that is producing the carbon dioxide that you're...
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    I suspect that for many one of the stages of adulthood is going through that phase of being scared of Death. Not the immediate fear of being killed, but the existential dread when you realise that you will die some...
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    This happens in the UK as well. My former brother in law was co-owner with his mother of a good size house just off Clapham Common. It made more sense than trying for a relatively tiny sole ownership each. (Given...
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    Useless? It allows you to use existing methane with none of the potential CO2 in it reaching the atmosphere. Ethanol, when burnt, releases CO2 using current utilisation methods. The methane cracking, on the other hand, actually extracts solid carbon....
  • Commented on Facts of Life and Death
    Unfortunately, I don't think May is that clever. I want to believe she is, but this is the person who said someone couldn't be deported because of a pet cat. (There are people who start off liberal and get corrupted...
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    While I'm inclined to agree, the upsides of SPS are full utilisation (rather than the pesky Earth getting in the way half the time and its atmosphere the rest of the time) and not losing the ground under it to...
  • Commented on Evolver
    Like all generalisations, it seems that there are exceptions. There is a vodka made from milk — more specifically, from the whey left from cheese making. It's named Black Cow, it comes from Dorset, and they've found a yeast that...
  • Commented on What else can you do with a Big Dumb Booster?
    There's also the whole 'how many crew' thing. Your classic big battleship could have over a thousand people aboard (Iowa-class originally heading for 3K), whereas your Zumwalt is low 3 figures....
  • Commented on Evolver
    Okay, I'll go for that: Nature's version of DRM...
  • Commented on Evolver
    AFAIK its not uncommon (in fact it may be a majority state) for felus domesticus to be lactose intolerant. My understanding is that most adult mammals are lactose intolerant. There's little point in most mammals continuing to invest in the...
  • Commented on Evolver
    Why no great apes? Perhaps because we've got a disease that is 100% lethal to humans. It's very little stretch for it to be 100% lethal to our close relatives as well...
  • Commented on Sometimes I don't know why I bother!
    There's more than one of them? How unfair! Okay, snark retracted....
  • Commented on Sometimes I don't know why I bother!
    I'm surprised Theodore Roosevelt hasn't come up <snark>I'm surprised you didn't do a simple search in page. If you had, you'd have noticed that he was mentioned by Heteromeles some hours earlier back in comment #80</snark>...
  • Commented on Writer, Interrupted
    Oh, there's another point: I'm pretty sure Charlie can't do stuff to the roof unilaterally, as it's a shared building....
  • Commented on Writer, Interrupted
    To save Charlie the bother: No. When you're in his sort of conservation area, even minor differences in the look of the buildings are forbidden. Those panels? Way beyond. We used to live in a relatively modern (1902) conservation area...
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    I suspect so. To go from P 30 to Si 30, you need to convert a proton into a neutron. AIUI, this involves emission of a positron to carry away the charge. Yon positron will then annihilate on contact with...
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    Pardon me - the Joliot-Curies, not the previous generation....
  • Commented on Reality is broken
    Some lines, at some times of day, yes. But there doesn't seem to be too much of an issue with the number of outsiders using it. The Olympics had a lot more extra people than the 25K mentioned above. The...
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