* Posts by John Jennings

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Russia spoofed AIS data to fake British warship's course days before Crimea guns showdown

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Think you missed a few there.....


Cuba (Multiple times)

Panama (multiple times)


Haiti (multiple times)

South Korea





(assuming you are including unsuccessful interventions and setting up failed states as well)

According to Wikki (the dubious font of all knowlege), The US has actually been directly (overt or Covert) involved in 81 regime changes. That does include some countries multiple times. Tripoli/Lybia being the first instance.


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Re: Just a FYI

There was an (albeit informal) agreement under Regan that there would be no push of NATO further East after East Germany and Turkey. Russia was weak with the collapse of the CCCP and Warsaw pact. It isnt so today. We broke that with the inclusion of the Baltic states.

Why would Russia (or anyone else) take agreements with Western nations on faith again? Indeed, faith agreements or written ones (see Iran and the unilateral withdrawal from those agreements at a political whim by the West)

The one thing that ticks off ALL russian strategy is encirclement. Its why they pushed back on Crimea. When we caused the Ukranian revolt (and make no mistake, we caused it and installed our boys - right wing (nuts) or not) under Clinton, then Obama, we threw out that agreement.

We may yet reap what we sow.


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Re: To sadly turn this political

Actually, we buzzed the Russian carrier when it was in the Channel. You didnt hear the half of it.

We 'shadowed' it for most of its journey to Syria. We sent a Duncan and Richmond on the way down and a frigate and typhoons as it came back - and judging by the footage on the BBC - we 'escorted' it quite closely.

Tampering with AIS is common for the military - all sides have always done it.

Remember that the incident where the US frigate was rammed a bulk carrier in the China Sea? It (the frigate) had its AIS disabled at the time (intentionally - military ships have a switch on the bridge for obvious reasons - illegal or not)


As to spoofing - The Iranians managed to capture a Drone with a simmilar technique years ago. The Pentagon just turn the whole thing off in an area when they want to:


or reprogramme it as required for a region

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Yes - but fishermen to protect their grounds and choice spots, and military vessels often have a 'fault' switch in reality.....

Poltergeist attack could leave autonomous vehicles blind to obstacles – or haunt them with new ones

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perfect example of using one thing - and unintended consequences

At the moment, I cant think of an effective countermeasure.

These camera modules are generally third party and (fairly) standardised COTS. The onboard processing is 'correct' for its context. It could well prove a major refactor to avoid this attack vector. I wonder if any self driving incidents to date could be associated with (even inadvertent) for of image destabilisation?

UK spends £36m on 18 little 'bullet-proof' boats to protect Royal Navy assets

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Re: Well tried and comprehensively already field tested .....

Most fast coastal boats drop their guns low when not in use.

It makes a massive difference to top speed in these smaller boats - its not so much aerodynamics but centre of gravity - low down improves speed, manoeuvrability and seakeeping.

having travelled at 25 knots in a swell in a similar sized boat - a dude moving to the bow forces a trim change. You need the weight low. When its travelling fast, noone is going to see a gun anyway- unless in active persuit.

Royal Yacht Britannia's successor to cost about 1 North of England NHS IT consultancy framework

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Little Brittiania might be better

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Re: Global warming

Not necessarily super yachts.

They are often be powered off mixed fuels - basically any oil that can be on boarded and filtered... Diesel, yes, but also heavy oils or rape seed. The generators are a different matter - they might be diesel (or battery storage, possibly)

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Re: Indyvote 2

Of course it does! Where do you think Toppers come from?

Seriously, there are several luxury brands still down the south coast - Princess/Davenport. These sorts of ships might be actually built in a real shipyard though - like Harland or Vosper (yes, they do still exist)

The real question is will be allowed to propose a name?

BoatyMcBoatface II



The list would be endless.....

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Re: Great British Engineering

The UK CAN build this class of yacht. However, I recall that the last UK Sea Cadet tall ship was built in Spain- rigged in the UK though. It was delayed a year because the spars were not ready....

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At only 200M - you are gonna need a bigger boat (budget)

Nature is healing: Shhh. It's a lesser spotted Pi Bork nesting behind the bushes at IKEA

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Re: That looks like Fädöra

Looks like you have too much time on your hands :)

Tesla owners win legal fight after software update crippled older Model S batteries

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ICE - still the way to go

My old 1969 triumph is more green than any leccey car today.


Not particular efficient, but in reality, the green cost was sunk just after I was born. Fuel is the least of the cost in the total life of the car. 35mpg inst that bad for cool factors

Little plastic - mostly leather and wood trim and steel. Any of it can be replaced and much of it has (it is a triumph, afteral - so (at least 2 sets of sills, bottom doorskins, floor etc)

The thing its missing for today is a way to absorb NOx and particulates

It also needs more pampering than a modern machine - thats part of the TCO.

Main difference is that none but me is going to f**k with it to reduce performance. Not VW, not Tesla (the company doesn't even exist any more). I can modify it as I choose - I fitted rear seatbelts and twin webber carbs 20 years ago- myself.

If we want to make the world greener - make things repairable - AND require the owner to take responsibility to maintain. There wont be so many cars on the road as today.

Virgin Galactic goes where it's gone twice before, for the first time in two years

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Well done, one and all

This solution has great promise

The problem its solving, of course, is to part really wealthy people from their money!

Seriously, though

Space is hard, and this as a future model for LEO is perhaps ultimately the most efficient method for getting junk up there.

While the spaceship One cant do LEO, the techniques might ultimately deliver a truly routine method to do so with Launcher One.

Intel throws sand in the face of 'musclebooks' with 10nm Tiger Lake tech

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Bored of this

Innovation that actually makes me want to get one == Nada

Marketing hype == even that appears to be half hearted.

Australia probes app stores, politely suggests Apple and Google could try being nicer and more careful

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The second recommendation is more important - and a potential sting in the tail

The idea that Google (or Apple) would develop an app - and not share the data gathered from it with other parts of their organization is a game changer - It wont happen unless the auzzies man up and mandate that through legislation.

I imagine that google and apple dont just gather the data on their apps (look at the permissions different functions demand to operate) - but they also collect all the data on individuals that they can scrape from the use of third parties apps as well. Amazon, for that matter, does exactly the same with their services too.

British IT teacher gets three-year ban after boozing with students at strip club during school trip to Costa Rica

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top you there

I remember teachers beating the crap out of students when they wernt drunk. Fairly sure Fifi (a french teacher) DIDNT drink - but he did have a violent streak to him...

Beafer (the French head of department) was regularly hung over in class - he never hit anyone - but was deadly accurate with a duster...

Signal app's Moxie says it's possible to sabotage Cellebrite's phone-probing tools with booby-trapped file

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in some juristictions

it may be illegal to tamper with the cellibrite app.

Especially if causes damage to evidence.

imagine if you are stopped (at random) for a screen or a minor infraction, and you get scanned.

You are in possession of a file which corrupts the instance of evidence on your - or others cases (I assume that the application is networked)

Instead of nothing to answer, you could get 'tampering with police evidence' or 'damaging police property' - which may carry a more serious penalty....

With Signal installed, you wouldnt even know if your prticular handset was a bomb-carrying mule.....

Lady justice is blind in these cases - ignorance would not be a defence.

Origami... in spaaaaace: Inflatable folded objects discovery brings new meaning to blowing up buildings

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Re: I could see a use for this

Yup - though I the cartridges used for traditional inflatables are CO2 as you get more gas for less volume (solid phase change).

I am on my way to the patent office :) Exit Strategy!

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I could see a use for this

As a life raft.

One of the problem with life rafts is that they can puncture - easily - the seams have also been know to rot out from UV damage in tropical cases.

A second is their wndage/boyancy - they need a sea drouge (usually hangs out below) and are un paddleable.

The kit could inflate (once) and have components inside to 'lock' open to make it semi-perminant.

It could also be 'Boaty' in shape - enableing oars or even sails.

It could be inflated by the same method as demonstrated - even flotation tanks.

We admire your MOXIE, Earthlings: Perseverance rover gizmo produces oxygen for first time on Mars

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Hats off there - while the tech has been known for some time - its a big deal to actually do it on another planet.

aerogel is notoriously fragile stuff - I imagine that NASA has developed improvements in that and the design of the housing which could have applications here.

eg - it would be easy to transport yer pfizer vaccine in a box with a layer of that round it....

Or a flask which stays at temp for days

Ah, you know what? Keep your crappy space station, we're gonna try to make our own, Russia tells world

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Re: It does have a finite life

That is a bit harsh

Fact is that Russia kept the station going for more than a 13 years -when no other country could put anything up with people in it. (first time was the first shuttle accident, second with the end of that program)

The basic design was Russian - and the first modules were also - they have been up now for years, and proven themselves to work far and away beyond their design parameters.

Pretty much all of the ISS is operating this way - from batteries, solar panels, and internal spaces. Sure we could do better now - but - we have it now and have had it for 20 years.

Think of the thousands of thermal cycles alone that the aluminimum and glass has to go through...

The ISS has been one of the greatest achievements anyone has achieved. We should work for a replacement - but it should not be decommissioned before a replacement is actually in place.

It is unfortunately the case that current US paranoia has reached the point where joint efforts for its replacement will be pretty much limited to ESA and NASA. It makes it a lot less likely that either station will be as great as a proper collaboration could have been.

Lets hope the russions dont want their modules back - they provide a physical hub, one of the global life support/water recycling & half the docking ports.

Blue Origin sends Mannequin Skywalker aloft again, testing out comfier capsule for future space tourists

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Re: Impressive, but...

It looks marginally less like a huge Knob than it used to.

I am not sure if billionaires will want to go on it - just because it has that association.

Vote to turf out remainder of Nominet board looks inevitable after .uk registry ignores reform demands

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Re: The sooner

You would think the board would be just plain embarrassed at this point.

SpaceX's Starlink: Overhyped and underpowered to meet broadband needs of Rural America, say analysts

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Re: Starlink Competition starting to sweat and spread FUD.

Thanks for the downvote, dude, whoever you are :)

as it happens, there is a real RFC for carrier pigeon transfer - RFC1149


It has been used (in test only) several times.

The birds won over adsl up to 100KM - up to 2010. Except in Zealand - where they tried Kiwis.

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Rural bandwidth - simples

homing pigeons. Lots of them.

Have a terabyte usb stick on their ankles. Send 2 for each message (redundancy) - as many movies as you can stomach - all in HD

Bandwidth sorted.

Latency is a bit poor - but natural selection can improve that with time.

Environmentally friendly.

having at least 2 means that you increase the bandwith as necessary

Breakfast sorted too, with an occasional pie for lunch.

'Imagine' if Virgin Galactic actually did sub-orbital tourism: Firm unveils new chrome job on SpaceShip III

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His model isnt ultimately space tourism

Its launching microsats into LEO.

His ultimate model is likely more efficient than Elons method. White Knight II is his ticket - not the bauble he is launching currently - thats for show. He won a $45M contract from NASA last December.

It will become interesting

There isnt the market for 400 flights per year (per spaceport) for just jollies.

They have successfully launched 40 cubesats from the 747 - so have proved the technology. That research will give them an edge in miltech contracts - the real commercial target. The 747 cant launch as high as White knight II - but can carry more gross weight. I wouldnt be surprised if they have looked at Paul Allens plane for the same purpose. Its a lot easier, if a bit unimpressive to go hypersonic at 50,000 feet than from ground level...

Beijing's new privacy rules ban apps collecting unnecessary data, require free service without data slurps

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Re: :) :(

China is interested in managing its citizens personal information with enterprises- and not permitting it in commercial contexts.

It is not interested in limiting its data collection - and this doesn't break that.

However, I think the approach is a bit naive - it would be stronger if the classifications are principles based, rather than the prescriptive methods suggested, For example - what is Facebook? Its a social media platform, its a chat platform, telephony and a sales and marketing tool. The context is king.

Further, the problem with a prescriptive list is that functionality could change over time. 20 years ago - we didnt have FB, The whole concept of Social Media is new. What new thing will arise, outside the controls (or shoehorned into an inappropriate area)?

Tesla broke US labor law with anti-union efforts – watchdog

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Re: Punishment

Nice Neal Stephenson quote - Raven, I think?

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Re: Musk & Bezos are much the same

Dont knock BL!

I had a coupe of Trimphs from the 60's a few years back.

They rusted like hell (I used to keep old Volvo bonnets/hoods as cheap spares for welding new bits in from time to time - galvanised! - though I didnt know about Zinc poisoning....) All cars of the time did the same.

The machines were completely bullet proof mechanically, though. The basic engineering came from the 1940's-1950's and were simple to maintain, and I could actually get into mine (so could most other ppl if they knew how to bypass the locks!)

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Re: Just Keep Burning Oil

Ford and GM are only the 4th and 5th largest car producers now. Their world influence is less than you think.

Toyota, VW are and Hyundai together produce almost twice ford and GM. China is growing fast too.

What links ML, lasers, and tiny gold-plated micro-bots? Answer: Smart medicines

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"'...one side of the microswimmer becomes hotter than the other.....'

My mind went to a strange place with this.....

I think I need lockdown to end.

UK prime minister Boris Johnson reluctant to reveal his involvement in the OneWeb deal

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Re: Call the RAC?

You dont need an atomic clock on an LEO positioning satellite. Synchronisation could be done from base stations - this has been done before as a backup to galleleo as its clocks went squiffy a couple of years back in 10 of the first 18 birds.

Bigger problem for the existing constellations would be the lack of some form of antenna in the correct bands to actually send a GPS like signal back down.

ESA gives UK space an £8.5m Boost: Rocketeers eye a 2022 launch

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Re: That's a wad 'o bucks!

I used to work in a company developing stock systems to the fashion industry.

We did a deep dive into the spending habits of our customers customers.

Onsite in Newcastle on the weekend was the best fun anywhere in the UK.

Newcastle girls spent a higher percentage of their disposable income on clothes than any other part of the country. Most of that was in cheap Saturday night tat - and as small as they could get.

Now winter in Newcastle is bitterly cold. Send the them up in ships without a spacesuit, a bit of bling and a few WKDs - they will be fine - hardy ppl!

Ticker tape and a binary message: Bank of England's new Alan Turing £50 must be the nerdiest banknote ever

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Re: Any idea where I get one of these

Lots of places dont accept anything bigger than a 20.....

Easiest way to get some is to become a drug dealer

Guilty: Sister and brother who over-ordered hundreds of MacBooks for university and sold the kit for millions

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Actually no

Its not implausible. I know of several multi - billion dollar companies which don't maintain a 'proper' Asset Register.

Not seen one that don't manage Servers - but end points, that's different.

Oh, they might seem to maintain the AR to freak out junior techs setting up devices, and stop sticky fingers - but it doesn't necessarily join up to the management.

John Cleese ‘has a bridge to sell you’, suggests $69,346,250.50 price to top Beeple's virtual art record

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Well, it might not go for 69m, but

He is still up at $35,826.60

Watch it go: World's smallest self-folding origami bird that reminds us we were promised nanobots at some point

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could have some practical allications sooner, rather than later

imagine making tiny ICs in multiple layers that fold into themselves. potentially make circuit boards that self fold into a grain to reduce distances between contacts.

it could even perhaps interleave as necessary with thermal conductors - to get heat out from between the layers.

It looks like they can make the hinge with an accuracy of a few atoms.

Perhaps this is achieved in another way already - IC design is a black art to me, tbh.

Where did the water go on Mars? Maybe it's right under our noses: Up to 99% may still be in planet's crust

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hold on trigger

.... <quote>they believe that somewhere between 30 and 99 per cent of Martian water has been absorbed by minerals in the planet's crust to form clay</quote>

- those are WIDE error bars!

Starlink's latent China crisis could spark a whole new world of warcraft

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Re: The military industrial complex

Gunboat diplomacy was practically invented in Chiina last time (the Opium Wars) - it wont be again. China would not permit it - they have long memories - and the US couldnt do it. Sure - they might be able to flatten china (given enough provication) - BUT - the cost is too high for that now. The US pacific fleet cant/wouldnt go within 100 miles of the Chineese uncontested waters. It will drag a coat round contested waters where it doesnt really matter.

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Re: "The Internet inteprets censorship as damage

I dont think that this meshes well with the China states philosophy.

They will most likely ban it - at least as an open connection (there may be technical options, such as middle kingdom basestations or simillar).

Failing that, they would rather disable them than have them running open. Believe it.

They are not US state birds (as was suggested above). They are commercial - the US govt wouldnt intervene kinettically... At least, that is the calculation China would consider.

China was invaded before with trade and commercial interests. The Opium War was the last time - and this shapes Chinas thinking even today . That worked because China was divided and industruially primitvie compared to the great powers (and the US). I dont believe China would permit this again - and its strong enough to resist this time.

Holes patched in Russian segment of the ISS though pesky pressure loss continues

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The iss is old.

In space, noone can check your seam

Give the inside a coat of magnolia vynal silk. Well thickened - add a bit of wallpaper paste. Covers all landlord botches.

Zavesta module (as well as the central core of the ISS) is also the core environmental unit - provides air and water recycling. It also has 3 or 4 of all the docking ports.

It does have a lot of windows (20 or so) - I imagine that the thermal cycling tensions of the ISS must be immense - the skin changes temperature by 200 dec c every 90 minutes or so. that is a lot of cycles in 30 years...

We can't avoid it any longer. Here's a story about the NFT mania... aka someone bought a JPEG for $69m in Ether

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Re: It just goes to show ...

I have some Tulips and some shares in Pacific Exploration, if you like.

Now it is F5’s turn to reveal critical security bugs – and the Feds were quick to sound the alarm on these BIG-IP flaws

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Re: Holy cluster of &@£$

No, that was outsourced years ago, and no one left remembers how to do it as the team left are managing the contract.

The new guys put in a single black box to win on price.

It does everything for SLT.

Google engineer urges web devs to step up and secure their code in this data-spilling Spectre-haunted world

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Re: There's only one way to do it

You have heard of the ford pinto?

That was in production, with a known fatal flaw (for the driver!) for 6 years, with the flaw known about in design (so 8 years total).

Cost to ford was ultimatelty aprox $5M in damages, recalls of 300K cars and a slap on the wrist.

In that case, they had known that a $1-$4 fix per unit would have avoided the issue - which they decided was not cost effective.

Do you really think liability will work for the fail fast culture? Fixes here cost a LOT more than 4 bucks.

Redditor thinks they have a solution to Surface Laptop 3's overheating issues: Elastic bands and USB fans

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I had fairly good luck with these, and ended up with 40 or so back in a previous job. SLT wanted a splash and selected the model for board and execuatives.

Many were not overtaxed - board members generally dont try to run GCC and a 30 page PDF was more likely their toughest assignment.

My RMAs were no higher than other devices in the same pricerange, if I recall.

More were stolen or lost than anything else, though.

Saying that, my youngest is still using a hand me down Lenovo thinkpad from the first transfer from IBM. We were able to get new batteries and its fine for basic web and school use. I wouldnt expect that from a surface.

Splunk junks 'hanging' processes, suggests you don't 'hit' a key: More peaceful words now preferred in docs

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I like some ar**ing b*l*ck*s saxon terms!

And I am a Celt

ESA mulls sending waves of robot explorers into dark depths of lunar lava tubes

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Re: Spider

The most flexible robot we have is an someone in a spacesuit.

perhaps an armored one.

We sent a robot to mars with a spade, and it couldnt dig. the only way to deal with the unexpected is to have someone do it. We cant design well for what we don't know.

Just sayin.

Lenovo's ThinkPad line goes under the knife: X13 models look a bit taller but worry not, the 'nipples' are still intact

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These are predominantly corporate machines

Meaning that the real majority will be rebuilt with the corporate image as soon as they come out of the box.

I am not sure why Lenovo et al bother to stick on the other tat that gets installed on these devices out of the box.

Future astronauts at risk of heart attacks, strokes if radiation allowed to ravage their cardiovascular health

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Re: Belted up

sorry, Not correct. Hydrogen is, for its mass, one of the best elements at dissipating most radiation.

It is true that Polyethylene is effective - but too heavy for its structural properties. I understand that some work is being done on impregnating Aluminium (which usually makes it brittle but is used in current ships) with H2 to improve its absorption effects. Similarly the use of methane impregnated carbon fiber related materials in various epoxies/ceramics is being worked on.

Water wont slosh around in space. It is a solid if you want it to be. Indeed, it doesnt even have to be on the inside as it can also provide ablative properties.

further, the whole ship would not be shielded - just the bits with people in it - or a shield which can be turned to face potential bursts of cosmic radiation. Alternatively, some form of sleeping cocoon (or 'bag' with a few cms of water as a lining would go a long way.



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