I'm surprised that noone has mentioned Dragonfire yet.
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I thought I might take a look at https://www.cryptome.org/ to see what they might have on the Ukraine, but it seems to SNAFU.
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Has it been taken off-line and I have missed the news?
Of course it's reusable, as long as everything can be reused.
The actual number of swappable components is relatively immaterial as long as the basic frame can stand the pace.
If the object is to, for example, rebuild the GPS constellation, after it's unexpected demise, in a few days then I can totally see a production-line approach where used components are removed, tested, re-filled and slotted back into other airframes for re-use.
After the Mosquito I would suggest the TSR2 (if it had been continued) or the Avro Canada CF-105 Arrow (ditto) as the Mosquito equivalent of the jet age (excepting the Buccaneer for the low-level stuff) the Harrier being the only other jet plane that could fly slower and lower.
Since the Americans screwed the country (and Europe) over with the F111 it's been downhill ever since.
I can't recall the author but the title stays with me,
I recall one story about the stringbag when they were deciding what the max safe landing load would be and ended up slamming the fully loaded swordfish onto the deck as hard as they could - they saw the undercarriage splaying apart each time but the swordfish kept going - as I recall they got bored rather than finding the limits of the planes undercarriage.
There is also the Buccaneer but that would need catapults.
Perhaps the real solution to manned spaceflight is to stop messing about with inadequate vehicles and work seriously on physics to identify an energy supply which will actually get enough stuff up there to make things really feasible.
Like a nuclear powered rocket maybe? up to 8,000,000 tons enough? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Orion_(nuclear_propulsion)
The original idea, as I'm sure people are aware, is that of sending probes to other systems, using the local star as a braking system.
Sending probes at a good fraction of the speed of light via lasers and light sails (most light sails were supposed to be a measured in tens of meters) was seen as a cheap way of sending things out and exploring the local sphere of space.
Sending light sails around just our solar system was somewhat more difficult, thought I'm sure there was a Clarke or Niven story about a solar race that used light sails.
I'm waiting for people to start proposing Rama-class vessels using nuclear propulsion (either bombs or electric ion) though I doubt NASA has the budget for something like that..
I have has 4 GSs (all estates) - the first one suffered from noisy tappets but the others were great. They could really do with ABS but otherwise too many features to mention that I miss; starting handle (surprisingly handy), inboard brakes that you would struggle to get wet, brake pedal at the same level as your right foot when driving, ability to take the engine out using a trolley jack and of course user-selectable height adjustment of the car - very useful for changing wheels and putting heavy loads in the boot.
I also swapped some engines and gearboxes around and got a 1300cc engine with the 4 speed box which I had loaded to the roof with wood and pulled away with no issues.
Shame about the rust and fuel economy really, a modernised version would certainly turn heads.
Of course that should be spelt 'coincidence' but I'm only being picky.
I agree that the rewarding of a bronze badge to a known (when they tell you of course) criminal - together with this article about a high-value theft makes for uncomfortable reading.
Also do the staff at El Reg believe that we wouldn't be able to piece this together? Hah - they under-misestimated us!
If it were that straight-forward we wouldn't be hearing about it.
A quick trawl found this site which has some information about the attack.
Backup your important files onto a couple of types of media - DVDs and USB flash drives and assume that at some point, when you get attacked, your backups will also hold your files in encrypted form, hence something like DVDs that are written once and then left alone.
Oh and moving to Linux would also be a good idea.
and a significant fraction of the population don't live on the surface of the earth, then most of the race will synchronise their day with the rising and setting of the sun
That makes no sense - the rising and setting of the sun? where - in space?
Once (if) we are a space-faring race we will need to have a time system that is robust enough to handle communication lag over light seconds and minutes, that people can agree on and will mean the same thing where ever everyone happens to be.
What's needed is a far away slow pulsar that can be used as a metronome, or to discover some thing similar to a half-life of reality.
Answers on postcards would almost certainly not be good enough :-)
So the star is a white dwarf and the object circling it is a dwarf (Ceres sized) planet.
There must be a joke about this - maybe the star should be renamed 'Snow' and a hunt undertaken for the 6 missing companions :-)
I wonder what the story at other manufacturers will be, since I doubt VW will be the only ones making use of technology to make their cars appear better to the buying public.
If your competitor appears to be making cars that are so much better than yours, in terms of fuel efficiency at least, then what do you do?
Get consigned to history or see what you can do to catch up??
I would recommend the film 'Idiocracy' at this point, but I'm sure that everyone is aware of it already.
I am also bewildered that people can't tell a 'bomb' from a 'not bomb' (explosives, power and detonator being the three essentials) and that apparently a bomb needs a clock (with a display!) - if that is their means of identifying a suspect device then I wonder what the american(tm) police would make of booby traps and remote-triggered devices.
I also wonder what would happen if a person made a IED using only a single colour (not red) of wire - no doubt the item would be dismissed as a 'not bomb' since there is no red wire to cut.
The story was as it should be, with good explanations and descriptions of what was happening. There are some stand out moments that I really hope they keep as they were in the book but I do share others views that Hollywood (tm) just can't tell a good story without passing it through their "how to make a money - making film" machine.
I hope that the excellent visuals live up to my imagination.
Well there could be two differently lost socks or, potentially, the same sock at different points in it's existence (though the same point in ours) though of course that could be used to prove sock time travel, which would open up a whole new can of worms - or a whole new washing machine if using the sock-idiom.