Bellinghman

Bellinghman

  • 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...
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    Not only is it possible, the result is radioactive. (It's what the Curies got the 1935 Nobel for doing)...
  • Commented on Sad Trombone Exoplanet Reality Check
    Not to mention the pirated lines. Safeguarding your DNA is more than a little tricky, as forensic specialists will be happy to attest. Would you, superstar, prefer to live inside an isolation bubble, or grin and bear the thought that...
  • Commented on Who wins? Cthulhu or the Emperor of Mankind from Warhammer 40K?
    Why didn't Chewbacca speak Han Solo's language, whatever it was? He obviously understood it well, and Solo clearly understood Chewbacca's utterances including nuance. A couple of years ago, we were on one of the Manchester trams, exploring. A mother and...
  • Commented on Who wins? Cthulhu or the Emperor of Mankind from Warhammer 40K?
    Having done some research, it appears that a Spitfire did meet a Typhoon. The latter won....
  • Commented on Who wins? Cthulhu or the Emperor of Mankind from Warhammer 40K?
    While a Typhoon could carry a pair of Meteor missiles, I doubt it has the targeting systems. And anyway, if you're allowed to put those missiles on one WWII single seater, why not on the other? Oh. Not that Typhoon?...
  • Commented on Who wins? Cthulhu or the Emperor of Mankind from Warhammer 40K?
    Or at least, by definition she won't lose...
  • Commented on The iron law of development
    An interesting hypothesis. And presumably it's down to size: too small, and there's not enough of a critical mass for commerce (cf. Iceland); too large, and the unification mightn't have been achieved....
  • Commented on Administrative note
    While I reckon that the editors at Baen themselves might quite like 'Banksian Space Opera', I suspect that placing such with them may well lead to all too many of your usual readers going "Oh, a Baen Space Opera" and...
  • 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...
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