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Bellinghman

  • Commented on What are you reading this summer?
    Personally the invention of the transistor looks rather unlikely to me, so I would find it plausible that the early experiments in that area (which appeared rather unpromising) could have led to people relegating it all to niche snakeoil merchants....
  • Commented on What are you reading this summer?
    You're getting what I'm reading in winter Hah! Do you subterraneans antipodeans also get irritated at those people who think the Vernal Equinox is the first day of Spring?...
  • Commented on Empire Games
    Hmm. So if we take 'the universes' as a set of points (A, B, C, D, &c.) in a plane, and we take application of a particular knot as a rotation from your start point around a particular axis embedded...
  • Commented on What are you reading this summer?
    I used to enjoy LE Modesitt. I happily and uncritically read the Recluce books, right up to the point that I noticed that the solution to the big problem all too often seemed to involve the sudden death of thousands...
  • Commented on Empire Games
    I think the problem for you is that it is an analogy not a model. (BTW: following a given set of directions a second time does not usually take you back to where you started. If you walk 5 miles...
  • Commented on A plaintive request
    But true believers come in good and bad varieties, while half-arsed believers, associates of convenience, agnostics and fellow travelers come in infinitely many varieties There's an implication there that there's only two varieties of true believers. The histories of both...
  • Commented on A plaintive request
    rare extreme conditions come through Ah, while I know of hurricanes and tornadoes in wind, what's the tidal equivalent? The moon decides to have a close encounter?! That there are few places that you can do tidal is the big...
  • Commented on A plaintive request
    Yeah, Scottish winter is going to be 0/3 for a large portion of the 24 hours. I have seen some panels on Edinburgh roofs, but only a small number. Down here in the south (52N is 'south'? Oh well), there's...
  • Commented on The Nightmare Stacks: US Launch
    Yes. And when you consider the added pressure with gaze weapons where the very seeing is the hitting, the Alfar's maxim will be even more so....
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    The one thing Gove did manage was to clear up a lot of the mess that Grayling left. Gove was brave enough to scrap the failed policies. (Though it did help they weren't his.)...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Mr. Cunt, former Hulture Secretary, of infamous Naughtie spoonerism, and seriously pissing off the whole of the NHS' staff [...] are all out From what I see, he isn't. Early reports were that he was gone from government, then that...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLOND
    Which was 1988. I'm sorry I'll read that again (ISIRTA) was talking about the Electric Time Trousers a good decade and a half earlier....
  • Commented on We'll all go together when we go
    My suspicion is he had an idea that he followed way further than made any sense, but in the process built himself a philosophical structure he was too heavily invested in to be able to walk away from....
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Yeah, it's lower. But it's close enough to the figures for the other two segments younger than 55 for the difference to be less than the error bar. The narrative that it was the young that lost it is misleading....
  • Commented on Cyberpunk 2.0: Political economy, energy, and the future US
    Oh yes, I know. The point is that a refinery doesn't only refine (i.e. separate out only what is there in the crude). Cracking has been part of the mix pretty much since it started....
  • Commented on Cyberpunk 2.0: Political economy, energy, and the future US
    Unless I misunderstand how refining works (and I admit I might be wrong) you don't just adjust things to get more or less gasoline or diesel fuel out of a barrel of oil. In this instance I think you are,...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    If May ends up stating that she can't in conscience trigger article 50, who knows what might happen. Gah, this whole mess!...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Meaning that we're stuck with Theresa May until 7-May 2020. Or until there's another Tory leadership election of course. But I find that unlikely....
  • Commented on We'll all go together when we go
    The only hassle is that the oiks have a much longer walk. But possibly a shorter walk at the other terminus, such is the one-dimensionality of trains. OTOH neither Interlaken station is a terminus, so maybe not. (I have seen...
  • Commented on Cyberpunk 2.0: Political economy, energy, and the future US
    Possibly, possibly not. Whether the Hindenberg would have been more survivable if it had been filled with helium rather than hydrogen is a question I've not seen answered, or even asked. My suspicion is not - the burning hydrogen went...
  • Commented on Cyberpunk 2.0: Political economy, energy, and the future US
    Yes, you want a multidisciplinary study for any major project. Using noone but engineers is as stupid as using no engineers at all. Architects ditto, come to that....
  • Commented on Cyberpunk 2.0: Political economy, energy, and the future US
    Methane can be used as a chemical feedstock. It's always been a source of sadness to me that we've been burning oil and gas and coal, rather than using them as raw materials. (We do use some for that, but...
  • Commented on We'll all go together when we go
    There was a World War 3? Not truly in this world, though you might argue that the fact the Cold War wasn't totally cold could make it count. (How many died in all those In a world where the threat...
  • Commented on We'll all go together when we go
    tl;dr: Proven reserves are always going to be about 20 years of current consumption, give or take. The important figure is technologically extractable resources. Yes. As the cost of extracting uranium from sea water is low enough, and as it...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    On the other hand, we once found ourselves still sitting at the platform in Gare De L'Est in Paris when the train ought already to have been in Strasbourg. We were very lucky that was our final destination, but almost...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    The first version didn't work very well. It was fixed, but by the time it was everyone was rather disenchanted by it, and the technology was sold off. As for the Shinkansens and luggage, my wife and I travelled about...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    Tilting trains, yes. Tilting trains are rather cool to ride — sitting in the dining car of a Pendolino as it follows the shoreline of Lake Geneva and the horizon bobs up and down, all the time the wine in...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    I wonder how long this resignation will last. (Cynical, me?)...
  • Commented on Constitutional crisis ahoy!
    A small corps of engineers and roughnecks make our national income Many of whom are from elsewhere. When we were visiting our friend in Stavanger a few weeks ago, his partner was off visiting a rig, so we didn't see...
  • Commented on The Nightmare Stacks: US Launch
    Or see Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dirty_Hungarian_Phrasebook As I grow older it amuses me that these cases happen, that someone reuses something older and other people think it's original to them. (For ages I was irritated by someone's .sig which quoted words of...
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