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Bellinghman

  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    And what is this "Renault" you speak of? The French part of Renault–Nissan–Mitsubishi. I was driving Renaults about 30 years ago, ranging from the 5 through to the 25, and they were quite nice cars. I would certainly choose them...
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    Oh my - I just watched a YouTube clip of how to get into a Renault when the keycard battery is flat. You pop out the key, and then use that to lever off one end of the door handle...
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    One of the first things to do when getting a new car is to find where the key and the keyhole are. Porsche hide both very well, but even on the latest the physical key hides inside the fob, and...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Their plans to take us back to the glory days of The Blitz are remarkably well developed...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    The Australian Democrats were a centrist party when they formed in the 70s, drifted left in the 90s and after they faded away a handful of their people turned up in The Australian Greens (including one senator for Queensland). But...
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    It's one of those variable pronunciations, like Shrewsbury - my sister lives there and tends to use a very abbreviated 'e' sound for the middle vowel. But it's pretty much a schwa. Loughborough I pronounce as Luff-bu-ru - and it's...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    I've not found a definition of a 'full currency'. Could you enlighten me? I'm guessing you mean a currency that all the EU states use....
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    There is a long tradition of hijacking vehicles in order to surrender at the far end. I'm not going to blame the crew though - stowaways are an unknown quantity, ranging at one end from people who just want to...
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    I imagine this is core expertise for the SBS and yes, they're half the distance away from where the tanker was doing handbrake turns (or so MarineTraffic shows) about 24 hours ago....
  • Commented on The Laundry Files: an updated chronology
    There are very very few SF stories where humans aren't present, even as observers. The Crucible of Time by John Brunner is one. I don't recall there being a single hint of the existence of humanity in that one....
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    There was a Sufi philosopher named Mullah Nasruddin back in the 13th century, and of the many, many stories told about him, the version of this told about him is that it was donkeys (So yes it is a very...
  • Commented on Editorial Entanglements
    Remember Tunnel 17!...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    I have a signed copy of one of Meyer's books, from when I attended a conference in Frankfurt many years ago. He actually signed and dated it. It took me a while to realise he'd written the wrong date. Yeah,...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    Harrison did it somewhat earlier, in his 1970 story collection One Step from Earth, all of which examine various possibilities arising from 'matter transmission'....
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    We (a software company) used to have a Technical Author whose degree was in Marine Biology (and whose studies apparently took her to Sharm El Sheikh). Come to it, I seem to recall a qualified Pharmacist who became a Technical...
  • Commented on Introducing a new guest blogger: Sheila Williams
    2Tb SSD I'm struggling to fit on an internal 2TB SSD - I've got a bunch of external drives attached to this machine to which I shuffle stuff to try to get enough space on the main drive. As for...
  • Commented on Introducing a new guest blogger: Sheila Williams
    104GB free (I presume you didn't mean Gb)?! Wow. Deep envy. I've got 16GB total in this MacBook Pro...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    As far as alcoholic beverages are concerned, I occasionally — for some hours at a time — find alcoholic drinks taste rank. When it happens, there's an aftertaste that comes through which is distinctly off. When it does happen, it's...
  • Commented on All Glory to the New Management!
    because it looked as if it covered everything in sight, few people realized that the vine often fizzled out just behind that roadside screen of green. Driving between Memphis and Nashville in the mid 90s, I saw mile after uninterrupted...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    The Suez canal is a sea level canal, no locks or the like, so there's nothing technologically impossible about it. However although Nero started the Corinth Canal - at 6.4km long, a small fraction of the size of Suez -...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    When I was young, we had a Corgi - the civvie successor to this. No, it wasn't terribly practical, but it was definitely fun and less of a pain to fall off than a full size, full speed bike...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Ah, heading for two orders of magnitude. The first option - a ship that charges the EVs ready for landing looks more sensible, but since that only shaves a couple of hours off the production time of a car (assuming...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Let's say a car carrier carries ~6,000 cars. And let's say an individual car has a ~60kWh battery (mine does). That's 360 MWh. The sailing time from Korea to the UK is perhaps 4 weeks, or 672 hours, so you'd...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    If your business model is based on turning raw poppy extract into various opiates, then you need to secure your feedstock. If English grown poppies don't have quite as high a percentage of the good stuff as Indian ones do,...
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    Well there are other crops which are only allowed to be cultivated under government licence. I understand that there are fields full of opium poppies discreetly planted in southern England, for use as the feedstock for pharmaceutical companies making medical...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    "The article said the nominations were supposed to be kept secret for 50 years, so I wonder if all the hoopla counts against in the committee's deliberations?" I think that comment still applies - the nominator going public is a...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    I stayed in a hotel on HK Island which not only missed out floors, it missed out rooms. So it would have rooms 1, 2, 3 and 5 but not 4 on a given floor. (Typically HK, it was very...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    we get about six hours of daylight in midwinter Comprising 2 hours in the first week of December, one hour in the week before Christmas, and 3 hours (much to everyone's surprise) on the 7th of January I know what...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    The cost of replacement batteries is dropping, and according to this article now there are even people who will change a Prius battery in your driveway for well under $1000 My wife's got a 40kWh battery in her LEAF, I've...
  • Commented on Dead plots
    a very specific kind of forests Intelligent and mobile?...
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