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  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    "No plan survives contact with the cinema?" I am totally stealing that...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    Here’s a thing. What an author writes is not always what a reader reads. To a significant degree I simply don’t care what AuthorX thinks they were saying; it’s what I think I am reading. Since I don’t necessarily share...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    I remember a long time ago - quite possibly in Omni? - reading an interview with Verhoeven where he complained about not being able to do the powered suits because of budget issues.. It was pretty clear he wanted to,...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    Well, unfortunately STS managed a total of 135 flights in 30 years, which is 4.5 per year. Even at this time of night I can see that is quite a bit less than 1 a week....
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    Sounds great to me; looks like an excellent way of sending kids into orbit....
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    @977 - didn’t see that one but nothing terrible Oracle does would ever be a surprise. And it would be > 25 years after my experience anyway. Ellison still firmly believes he is god’s boss. JBS@989 - well I always...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    My experience is from 1991, so there’s that, but on the day I started work at the company that hired me to Silicon Valley there were three of us being inducted. Me from UK, a young woman from Hong Kong,...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    @375 & 7 - Snoopy’s Doghouse is a perennial favourite when my club (pdqflyers.com) does a public show. The practical problem is that the current model is an old fashioned glow fuel powered thing that too often takes ages to...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    “Just repair the fuckin' bridge.” Wait, there are fucking bridges? I didn’t even find those in California when I lived there....
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    I am indeed familiar with demise of The Original Stig by catapult launch...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    The Gripping Hamd is around your neck, always....
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    This bridge thing. Well duh, people, think outside the lines a little. We’re talking Murrica here. What do Murricans like? That’s right, guns and cars. Bigger and uglier the better. The connection must be obvious to anyone with a better...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    I’d have to suggest that communism not having a supernatural element pretty much defines it as not being a religion. Not that that stops some people from treating {insert thing here} in a religious manner. For all that I do...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    You may power your electric vehicle with electric eels if, and only if, a) it is a hovercraft b) your postillion has been struck by lightning Re: universities - they’re supposed to be about education, not training, but the evidence...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    It’s an AI if it can convincingly argue with you about how turning it off is painful....
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    “Also this is M1. M3 and later might be really interesting.” I strongly suspect that iMac will get a different series to the laptops. More room, more power available, more heat handling capacity... maybe ‘D1’? Let’s not forget that there...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    A small but growing number of houses over here have heatpump water heaters. Currently all the ones I know of work on the basis of being in a basement that is part of the heated envelope of the house. So...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    @464 - Hah. Now there was somebody that didn’t understand, well, anything . @467 - I grew up in UK and lived in houses ranging from multi-century to brand new (as of 1984). Terrible construction standards, dismal materials, lousy heating,...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Bill, I think it is about C$0.12/kWh or thereabouts - somewhere around 9c US? As runix mentioned, every heat pump indoor unit (confusingly referred to a the furnace by most people) I’ve seen has a heating element for when needed....
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Don’t care what you believe. Heat pumps - almost always air-sourced -are pretty much the standard heat management system here on the Wet Coast. I’m on Vancouver Island, in a fairly large house I built myself. The heat pump and...
  • Commented on Official Announcement: April Fools Day is Cancelled
    “I had a toy Thunderbird when I was a boy.” Hah! I *was* a toy Thunderbird when I was a boy. Well, y’know what I mean. Somewhere out there is a deeply embarrassing picture of me in IR uniform. Yes,...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    “classic example is Scalzi's Old Man's War universe, where the ships are magical but oddly enough, Earth 200 years from now largely looks like it does now” I can’t be bothered to look it up but I’m reasonably sure that...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    I see the Tory Viles have finally achieved 1990 (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/1990_(TV_series)) Next up, Patel’s Public Control Department....
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    Apropos of not much, I notice that Charlie got a call-out in the latest Imperial College mag related to the ICSF club’s ‘PicoCon’, along with the tragically late Sir pTerry. Charlie, if these sort of things interest you, let me...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    Dang, I must have missed that bit of the con. A pity because it would have been a real highlight in an otherwise rather flat experience. Despite growing in UK I had only ever been to US cons before and...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    iPad/iBooks issue - yes, has started happen to me recently. What I *think* is happening is that iBooks on my iMac is not cooperating with iTunes, which is responsible for doing the backup/sync. So every now and then we get...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    Space Sweepers is insane! It’s glorious! It’s insanely glorious! It’s gloriously insane! I credit/blame Alisdair Stuart for pointing me at it via his “Full Lid” weekly news mail....
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    If you can, watch “Space Sweepers”....
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    Nonsense! The greatest genius that ever there was, was Nikolai Ivanovich Lobachevski, obviously....
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    Nah, but I do keep my twin DeLameters to hand (and hand) at all times...
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