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  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    (That £60-80K is about twice its adjusted original sale price, and on trying recently to work out how the hell a teenager was able to afford that sort of price, it appears he got it half price anyway - so...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    Which is why Elon Musk has done such a great job. Before Tesla, say "electric car" to someone, and they'd have thought "slow, ugly, horrible - why drive a milk float?". By going for that high top-end, Tesla are going...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Another option is, if not naming it for a pre-eminent writer of fantasy, howsabout naming it after a major fantasy character? The Bilbo, perhaps? It would bookend well with the rocket ship....
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Of course that's exactly the downside of CASE NIGHTMARE GREEN, that the bloody things now appear when you merely speak of them....
  • Commented on Sitrep
    a Shoggoth going down a hill in a bathtub in it? Oh dear ghod. Please don't, that'd be an unholy mix with the previously mentioned Elf-alikes. (Though a Kettenkrad looks suspiciously like a halftrack bathtub.)...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    Macro-hydro tends to have hard limits, beyond which you can't really expand. Iceland is another place blessed with the coastal strip/high mountains pairing, but as I understand it even there they're running low on places they can dam. Given how...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    True - when the river (which if anyone is interested was the Great Ouse, but its upper stretches) was in full flood, there was a lot of power. But you'd have that for (IIRC) a few weeks in a year....
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    Not necessarily every water mill; many won't generate as much power as a wind turbine I lived in a watermill for a decade or so as a child, and yeah, you get about enough power from some of them to...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    You can tell crypto-fascist authoritarians by their behaviour when mocked or criticized. If when you criticise someone, they use threats to try to shut you up, then hey, nasty people. If they happen also to magically attract the racists, sexists...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    Why waste valuable resources teaching them to value their lives and seek out such ever talents and abilities that they might possess? Instead...Heroin...err, ' The Opiate of The Masses '? Or some such futuristic thing? Heroin is great stuff. Less...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    Tesco? Oh, I remember them. (Actually there's a big Extra taking up about 90 degrees of my field of view behind me, which I expect to remain open, and there's an Express being built in the town centre, which has...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    s/restaurant/station carpark/ (Perhaps a bit of a waste, since the charging space tends to be blocked for way way longer than required, and also anyone taking the train is probably not going a long distance in the car. But there...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    You've rather appear to have missed Charlie's point. It's not about the quality of the infrastructure, it's about the quantity. For a road, a railway, a canal, between two cities, you need to build it to some minimum quality all...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    It was pointed out elsewhere that they made a similar announcement a few years ago. At that point, their estimated time to delivery was apparently a year less than it was this time. When your remaining time to do something...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    Or, I suppose we could go with hydrogen. I find myself wondering whether a hydrogen-powered helicopter would work, or whether we should just give up and call it a dirigible. Hydrogen has a very good energy/weight density. The downside is...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    It's going to take some really interesting batteries to power a helicopter or construction equipment, even if these vehicles are doing nothing but disaster relief and humanitarian operations. While there's been a tremendous amount of development of electric cars, I...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    It's a while[1] since I wrote control software for metal smelting furnaces[2], but when I did it, getting it onto the controller involved blowing a set of EPROMS (8K total at first, then the software overflowed to require 16K), plugging...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    Tangentially, we were in our local Thai restaurant with a Malaysian friend on Sunday[1]. He was looking at the wooden ceiling and wall beams in there, and wondered how old it was. We told him: about 4 centuries. He boggled...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    One data point - when we travelled the trans-Canada railway from Toronto to Vancouver, we spent a lot of time in passing loops while mile-long freight trains went the other way - and we were told that much of that...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    The Guatamala Canal seems to be an interesting beast - what they call a 'dry canal'. That article describes a port on each coast, with a highway and railway link between them. That requires transshipment, which may or may not...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    We did UK to Memphis and back in October/November the following year, changing once (O'Hare, IIRC), and thankfully it was nothing like your itinerary cost. (OK, so no hop to Lil' Rock). But airlines - I can quite believe ridiculous...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    What would probably happen is that there would be dedicated shuttles at each end. So you'd go to Heathrow, and check in, with all your fellow passengers. You'd then all board a 737 which would act like an airport bus,...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    The RSPCA might object for hamster wheels, but I bet they don't care as much about poor flies....
  • Commented on Things I would make if I had a 3D printer ...
    Indeed, that was the site I ironically linked to in comment 188 I think we've pretty conclusively refuted the assertion made in comment 185. (Not that those of us who have poured molten metal into rubber moulds needed third party...
  • Commented on Things I would make if I had a 3D printer ...
    Yep - it's pretty common, even if some people don't believe it. The moulds don't last for ever (but then what does?), but it was cheaper to buy molds and white metal and do the work yourself than to buy...
  • Commented on Things I would make if I had a 3D printer ...
    NO ONE pours hot metal into rubber You're right, of course. (My moulds went missing two moves ago. Oh well, I didn't need those white metal figures anyway.)...
  • Commented on CMAP: Short stories, what are they good for?
    I'm amused by analogising this to the music business, where the album could be said to be the equivalent of the novel, and the single that of the short story. However popular music has been focused much more around the...
  • Commented on CMAP: Short stories, what are they good for?
    the dumb guy question: What is CMAP? Its full expansion is on this page ... on the right hand sidebar ... SPECIALS ... first item. There. (But kudos for asking - I doubt you're the only one to wonder and...
  • Commented on Ask the Author
    Hah! It didn't stop the Fascists last century, why would you expect anything different now?...
  • Commented on Things I would make if I had a 3D printer ...
    They're also ubiquitous in the UK — probably the same design, a sort of sliding nubbin along one edge that requires a special ?magnetic? rail to release and slide. You want a larger range of enclosures though. For evidence chains,...
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