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JHomes

  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    I think I see what you're getting at. Except... Refusing to do anything about aviation carbon unless/until those hydrogen planes are out there flying sounds like a very similar problem. And while you are right that shutting down most civil...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    "I remember, decades ago, discussions of using some kind of metal or metallo-ceramic sponge (platinum's coming to mind) to store the hydrogen." I have vague memories of it using iron, which is a lot cheaper than platinum. But whatever it...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    "a higher level of stem-winding" I am not trying to wind you up. I really do not see where you are coming from in this. Some atmospheric carbon fuel could be available in a couple of years, making some contribution...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    Heteromeles, It is beginning to sound, to me at least, as though you are saying that it is more important to prevent the fossil fuel companies from being even able to cheat should they so wish, than to actually stop...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    "Add that up, and we're stuck in a situation where pulling carbon out of the atmosphere and putting it back again is not a viable solution." I really don't understand this. What makes it so much worse than just leaving...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    "'Enery the eighth" do you? Herman's Hermits? They did a truncated version. The Music Hall original, which I have heard, was three verses and a chorus, and IIRC all they did was the chorus, with a repeat. "Ya don'...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    "There was a lovely Giles cartoon* which I can't find online" I think that I have the collection with that one in it. I might go hunt it out later. From memory: It was not even a boat, but a...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    "and Rugby" Union or league? there are places where it matters which one you don't care about. JHomes...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    "you should just relocate for work" At your expense, of course, and the work is not guaranteed to be there. JHomes....
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    "Even getting methane out of a landfill is hard. It's not that they don't emit mass quantities of methane, it's also that they emit mass quantities of all sorts of other more useless gases. Refining the methane out of the...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    " his participation in a plural marriage?" It was a long time ago that I read it, but IIRC you are correct. My own particular beef with Heinlein was his unflagging enthusiasm for the death penalty for just about everything,...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    "And he can't copy the wallet, and try his passwords against the *copy*? Or restore the wallet from backup?" AIUI, and I make no claim to being any kind of expert on the topic, what he needs to decrypt, and...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    Does this work? Racist Facebook Rant. JHomes...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    "No such thing as a tree." Oh, yes. Married as I am to a paleobotanist, I had better be well aware that the ability to form wood is very ancient indeed. JHomes....
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    I try to follow the advice given by James MacDonald, formerly of Making Light to refill whenever the tank gets to half full. That way, if there is an outage, or other issue, I will have half a tank available...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    (Gregory) Benford's Law: "Any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced." Note there is another Benford's Law about random numbers. JHones....
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    IIRC, The name was Charlie George and the author Dean Inge. Searches are not very helpful, but there is an audiobook on Audible "Soft Targets" which might be the one. JHomes....
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    That hit my wife. Fortunately, and by good management, she has a policy of keeping everything that needs to be kept on her home PC, with regular backups. This is primarily so she can work from home without attempting the...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    I suspect that there would be quite a number of people who would, not enjoy, but cheerfully tolerate, a couple of weeks of sewer maintenance duty a year, as part of being seen to be good citizens. People who would...
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    "in the early days of DEC, it was possible to run a printer so fast that the paper would catch on fire...." The version I heard was that, although the printer was about the fastest available, that was not what...
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    "Any high school teacher can tell you teenagers are the same way. Something they learn in one course isn't necessarily transferred to another course. The idea that spelling and grammar don't count except in English class, for example… :-/" Not...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    "How you gonna attach a grounding plug to that?" Use the first kind of cheater plug, with the lug cut off if needed. The sort of people who would do that sort of thing would do that, IYKWIM. JHomes....
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    "I thought Jacinda Ardern was your prime minister?" Moz wishes. But he now lives in Awe-strucken-failure, where they have Scotty from Marketing (apparently a wholly owned subsidiary of Rupert Murdoch) as their Prime Misery. Me, I'll stay in Aotearoa. JHomes....
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    "descendants of Earth humans who evolved to be mutually unrecognizable" I don't recall the title off-hand, but Poul Anderson wrote such a story. JHomes...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    "please pass carefully, running in" This was rare here in Aotearoa, where second hand imports ruled. But my wife saw it often enough in England back in the day. When all motor fuels contained lead-based octane extenders, and precision engineering...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    "Anyone who photographs such a structure is immediately surrounded by pademelons and quokkas waving little cutlasses and tiny flintlock pistols, demanding the film, memory card or other media." Where is Manfred MacX when you need him?...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    Similar experience, and it happened to me. Sysprogs changed a runtime setting, so that integer overflow threw an exception instead of discarding the high order digits. This program had been running overnight, four hours a night, for years, and giving...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    "In the US (west?) there are Rocky Mountain Oysters. What are they called elsewhere?" Around here, sweetbreads. Not that I've come across them much. JHomes...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    GOTO depending on was not the true evil. The real evil was the ALTER statement. JHomes....
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    "just how wedded western music is to beats/measures that are powers of two" Eh? 3/4 (Waltz time), 6/8, and 9/8 are common enough. There's at least one other piece, Brubeck's Take Five, in 5/4. I've come across 7/8, 3/8, and...
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