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  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    The Eloi of Wells' "The Time Machine" are portrayed in the movie as light-skinned, almost Nordic in appearance and they live on the surface while the Morlocks are dark-skinned and ugly and live underground w2here the sun never shines. Not...
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    It was claimed that the Apollo 11 astronauts were locked away in the Lunar Receiving Lab on the deck of the aircraft carrier that recovered their capsule, not to protect the world from any weird Selenian micro-lifeforms but because they...
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    Assuming the traffic control actually works the way you want it to it's not too difficult to maintain a dynamically-controlled gap in the swarm so the sunlight falling on Earth is not reduced. Of course with a bit of fine-tuning...
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    Nations that create empires rarely prosper as nations from having an empire to rule and the financial benefits of the empire are generally negative -- it costs a lot to deploy and support military forces far from home, for example...
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    Deliberate hegemony is the apt descriptor for, o, say, the Virginia Company of London, founded in 1606 specifically by royal charter to colonize the vast swathes of the New World of America. Or indeed the opening of the American West...
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    It's interesting to note that the Chinese PLA military base at Djibouti is cheek-by-jowl with a US military base (ex-French) and even the Japanese!!! have a military base there, currently being expanded. It's all to protect trade routes, of course...
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    Imperial hegemony was never random but it was rarely if ever deliberate. That's not the same as "it just happened". It was more a consequence of the expansion of international trade. The "critical sea lanes" are the routes where trade...
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    The details in your post make my point for me, thanks. The traders and planters go abroad, rape and pillage the natives and then demand their government defend them from said native peoples or the traders of other nations, the...
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    Military power extension happens after the trade routes are put in place. The traders want protection, they want their ports and trading enclaves defended from the locals with pointed stick who threaten them. The government sends a Marine detachment to...
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    why is that master of the absurd, Ted Sturgeon, not yet acknowledged as a Grand Master? If you mean the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master award made by the SFFWA, well Ted Sturgeon is unfortunately dead and the Grand Master...
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    The trick is to buy depleted neutronium, not enriched neutronium....
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    James White (Sector General series) also had an eye complaint that meant that he used spectacles and a magnifier to read. James suffered from diabetes rather than macular degeneration per se. He explained it to us once at a convention...
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    "John Thomas" is somewhat outdated slang for "penis". The princess kidnapped by aliens (aka Lummox) had been raising John Thomases (she was on her sixth or seventh generation of John Thomas by the time of the story) as a hobby....
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    the beginning of the Federation happens with the veterans in Aberdeen. Quick check -- can anyone with the source material check for me if the "Aberdeen" mentioned in the book was specifically Scotland or was it left unspecified? I think...
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    Energy. It's become a hobbyhorse for me and I have a habit of reaching for the "energy" magnifying glass any time I look at anything speculative these days but... Assume the ST motor-driven powered armour plus weapons and ammo loadout...
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    Although I was annoyed at the lack of powered armour in the film. There was actually a six-episode anime series made in Japan of Starship Troopers which, of course, did have powered armour. Not only that they had the different...
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    The interesting contrast is that British Favoured Sons tended to go to “a decent Regiment”. There's a bit in the movie "Kingsman" where the source of the money that pays for the Neat Toys of the Kingsmen organisation came from...
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    There's a worked example in US politics of favoured sons in military service working out in real time -- George P. Bush. His uncle GW Bush was dragged endlessly in the press for getting a cushy Air National Guard slot...
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    A full-length external rib running up the sides of the Falcon Heavy stages to make the top attachment points load-bearing would shift the CofG of each stage sideways making it a lot more difficult to land them for reuse. Having...
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    There are a couple of upcoming Falcon Heavy flights scheduled: mostly USSF/DoD payloads. There were, I think, three Falcon Heavy launches originally scheduled for 2020. There were zero actual Falcon Heavy launches that year. I really like the idea of...
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    PSA tests may be unreliable en masse but they're indicative in individuals. Anecdotally I'm someone whose PSA levels were up there in lights when my urinary system suddenly decided to go on strike ("peeing in Morse Code") a few years...
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    The STS promised 50 flights a year, which gives a launch of about once every 7 days. The PR people talked about 50 flights a year for the Shuttle but that was predicated on a fleet of at least 9...
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    We discussed this romantic idea of lifting External Tanks to orbit before, to no avail sadly. The ETs weren't deliberately deorbited, they were detached after being emptied well before the Shuttle achieved orbital velocity using its OMS and they naturally...
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    I don't think you could make a space suit out of duct tape, but you could probably use it to patch a leak in one. I'm now wondering if there is, in fact, a space-rated version of duct tape. Or...
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    A long time back when I was starting to ride motorbikes one of the members of the ad-hoc bikers group I hung out with explained it to me, riding a bike on the road was dancing with dinosaurs. Even if...
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    #555 - My aerial is in the loft; Quick check -- are you one of the Galts Gulch types that have fitted solar panels on your roof recently? Depending on the orientation of the panels and the broadcast mast that...
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    And I still need a signal booster to receive a transmission from the nearest mast (which I have line of sight too) You may be in the mast's "shadow", being too close to it. The antennas up on the mast...
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    FM band broadcasting in the UK was supposed to go away last year, replaced by DAB which crams a lot more channels into the same bandwidth but it didn't quite happen. As long as the broadcasters provide a digital version...
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    Here's a case where a civilian ship was boarded by military forces but not from a warship alongside: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRme_HlPN-Y Pro tip: if you are stowaways who decide to take over a ship, don't do it on the doorstep of the...
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    The current GPU card shortage is sort-of artificial in that it's only the new super-hot video cards which are scarce and over-priced. There are plenty of older cards around even if the second-hand prices have risen somewhat but last-generation CAD/AI...
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