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  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    "Australia; spider guns? ;-)" I did see some for sale. Imagine a flyswatter crossed with a nerf gun. I don't think they sold well....
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    "As an aside, antivenin is not cheap. CroFab (rattlesnake antivenin) runs about $20,000/dose locally." I think that might be more to do with the ridiculous US "health" system. Of course antivenin is free for humans here, but my brother in...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Yes, Eastern Brown's are indigenous. They quite like living in towns, but not cities. Despite being encountered by humans quite commonly, and being by some measures the second most deadly snake in the world, they only kill one or two...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    "read up on them before thinking any of these should be in the same building as anyone you care about." I've been at work and had an email that an Eastern Brown has been spotted in the building, so please...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Taking the optimistic figure, 400 million per GW. A 12 GW UHVDC cable costs about a million dollars per km. So 12 GW launched would be 4800 million. Or a solar farm 5000 km away from where it's used. That's...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Licencing also weeds out a lot of the people who don't take it seriously. "A cobra would be cool!" Lots of paperwork and regular inspections from the police or the council cuts down the cool factor a lot....
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Latest on Lytton. Seems the town is on fire. From City news 1130 "Mayor Jan Polderman issued the evacuation order Wednesday afternoon, saying the fire swept through the community incredibly quickly." Quote from the mayor: “The fire, it took maybe...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    "We're also seeing the transition from an icehouse and a hothouse Earth, in that the latitudinal temperature gradient we're used to (cold poles, hot equator) collapses" Looks like we're getting to the end of the beginning. We should start seeing...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Latest numbers from Lytton in BC Canada, 49.5 C. Record temperature broken 3 days in a row....
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    "opinions please" This gushing report, headlined :"Enormous Potential of Tidal Energy..." https://www.greenmatch.co.uk/blog/2016/10/tidal-and-wind-energy-in-the-uk Says the total potential of all the UK tidal resources, if fully exploited, is about 10 GW. So not a great deal then. As someone (you?) pointed out...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    I would like to echo the thanks. Without doctors, life would be pretty much the same for most people. Without waste collection our urban life and all that brings would be completely impossible....
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    It's a real world typo. I would have thought it obvious from context given that the generally accepted size of the fossil fuel industry subsidy is just over 5 trillion USD and you were in a comment thread where I'd...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    "925 - This has already happened, even though every installed watt of [solar or wind power] needs a watt of spinning reserve as backup." I think if 5 trillion dials a year of fossil fuel subsidies had been removed from...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Or, take the subsidies away from fossil fuels and give them to renewables. Armies don't have to make a profit, but even capitalist societies manage to fund them as if their cultural survival depends on them. It's all doable, even...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    "Go on then; what's your solution to the problem of photovoltaic solar panels not generating any electricity when it's dark?" You want me to repeat myself for the what, 10th time, so you can poo poo it again? Sure, why...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Australia did exactly the same as the UK. Changed to a nominal 230 V, but with asymmetrical variations allowed, so that the allowed voltage is similar to what it was before. (it can be a bit lower now, which most...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    "For example: we're looking at two of the biggest crises in human history (see first paragraph). As science fiction aficionados, you'd think we'd be all over these with probably-wrong but novel ideas about how to solve them, both technically (hard...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Re Hollywood and US audiences and satire. I decided that satire probably isn't part of US culture when the Austin Powers series came out. The idea of writing a comedy that sends up the Bond series, which is itself a...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    F9 has averaged 8.8 days apart this year, the main bottleneck seems to be finding payloads. They recently launched just under 3 days apart. 3/6/21 17:29 - 6/6/21 04:26 and have a couple of pairs 4 days apart this year....
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    Yes, you can use Tethers to get on and off the lunar surface, but that's just the beginning. You can use Tethers to get from LEO to the lunar surface and back for virtually no propellant. "architecture consists of one...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    A few years ago I took a deep dive into tether based momentum exchange, which is basically the same as this. If you vary the length of the tether the g forces go up or down, but the maximum achievable...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    My fault. I should have looked at the posts from the last 8 hours, only about 5 posts......
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    Re uncountable. If a mathematician has two imaginary friends that have sex with each other, will they give birth to a real enemy?...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    An extra "one" crept into that last rant....
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    "cyclists have to obey the same rules as motorists" Yeah that one has got me buggered. Motorists as a group seem to have the perception that cyclists are crazy scofflaws who kill pedestrians. The reality is that one of the...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    You've described a B-double. I'm not quite sure how they're connected up, but it looks like 3 trailers terminating in an arrangement the same as on the back of the semi tractor and 1 full size trailer on the end....
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    Literal lol. Sounds like something I'd do....
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    "Much better than a passenger" I love standard phraseology. I had an ex who used to say things like "right through the lights" which she thought meant straight or "left at the next" which didn't mean left at the next...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    That was a great explanation of why a satnav map is no good in a car, with the tiny tiny tiny exception, that a satnav isn't a paper map with a backlight. You don't read them. They're not a map....
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    485 I read the first link you gave and he's saying the same as me, but with more words. The second link "you've used all your free views" 486 Crude oil, not petrochemicals. You can trade as much petrochemical as...
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