Search found 262 matches

by Paul in Saudi
Sun Aug 11, 2013 5:35 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Humanity dividing into high-tech and low-tech
Replies: 11
Views: 5366

Re: Humanity dividing into high-tech and low-tech

My first thought would be of people who, although very rich, act as if they were not. Sam Walton comes to mind. Perhaps people who had limitless technology would prefer to live without it. Why have a high-tech robotic kitchen when you can make dinner with fresh bread and seasonal products obtained f...
by Paul in Saudi
Sun Aug 04, 2013 1:46 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Abducted women escape after being held captive for 10 years
Replies: 89
Views: 30873

Re: Abducted women escape after being held captive for 10 ye

Mr. Castro's comments at sentencing were creepy enough to keep me up at night. The footage ought to be used in psychology classes.
by Paul in Saudi
Sat Jul 20, 2013 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Kunsthal Heist comes to a Very Bad End
Replies: 102
Views: 21435

Re: The Kunsthal Heist comes to a Very Bad End

All in all, it reminds me of the ending of the original Ocean's Eleven.

It seems that this is the trick ending for a novel.
by Paul in Saudi
Fri Jul 19, 2013 12:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Kunsthal Heist comes to a Very Bad End
Replies: 102
Views: 21435

The Kunsthal Heist comes to a Very Bad End

Did you see this in today's New York Times? http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/19/world/europe/romanians-tale-has-art-world-fearing-worst.html?ref=todayspaper In October last year a coupe of guys broke into the Kunsthal Gallery in Rotterdam. They bypassed the security system and were out of there in les...
by Paul in Saudi
Sat Jun 29, 2013 1:12 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Living Undeground
Replies: 16
Views: 6746

Re: Living Undeground

The cave is powered by a hydroelectric setup. Even better, an old hydro plant installed by a miserly mine owner.
by Paul in Saudi
Wed Jun 26, 2013 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Muslim organisations targetted by fires in London
Replies: 54
Views: 13536

Re: Muslim organisations targetted by fires in London

Trust me, especially in arson. Issac Newton showed that years ago.
by Paul in Saudi
Wed Jun 19, 2013 2:26 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: WWII Weaponry (w/ Time Traveller)
Replies: 18
Views: 8514

Re: WWII Weaponry (w/ Time Traveller)

Thank you, patter-recognition problems I can understand. (In truth, a potential twist would have been using such a guidance system against ships.)
by Paul in Saudi
Mon Jun 17, 2013 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Exploding arrows
Replies: 51
Views: 28208

Re: Exploding arrows

The solution, as the OP thought, is some sort of chemical. In WW2, the Germans found a way to make the wooden handles of their hand grenades out of nasty, solidified artillery propellent. (The idea was not adopted.) What we would need is some sort of explosive mineral. (How much can we just make up ...
by Paul in Saudi
Mon Jun 17, 2013 3:20 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: WWII Weaponry (w/ Time Traveller)
Replies: 18
Views: 8514

Re: WWII Weaponry (w/ Time Traveller)

I am still noodling this. The Anglo-Americans introduce a mass-produced artillery proximity fuse in the winter of '44. (Consider the g-forces a radar fuse had to withstand!) If a very tough very small proximity fuse was in the grasp of 1940s electronics, I am fairly certain that a low-g, five-pound ...
by Paul in Saudi
Mon Jun 17, 2013 2:19 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: sabotage of space
Replies: 17
Views: 6070

Re: sabotage of space

How much risk are you willing to accept? If there is a one-in-100 chance of a collision, we would probably accept that. After that, it depends on your political calculations.
by Paul in Saudi
Mon Jun 17, 2013 2:12 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: WWII Weaponry (w/ Time Traveller)
Replies: 18
Views: 8514

Re: WWII Weaponry (w/ Time Traveller)

Wait, if the Germans could introduce a sound-homing torpedo in 1943, why is a sound-homing bomb so tough to do?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G7es_torpedo
by Paul in Saudi
Thu Jun 13, 2013 4:27 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: WWII Weaponry (w/ Time Traveller)
Replies: 18
Views: 8514

Re: WWII Weaponry (w/ Time Traveller)

Well, I am very proud of how I handled the problem of Pearl Harbor, and I would rather not tell. But it was a sticky wicket in terms of the story. The outcome of "my" war is actually quite different. Italy sits the whole thing out. For the Italian/Spanish-speaking world this most likely wo...
by Paul in Saudi
Tue Jun 11, 2013 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Have you published any books?
Replies: 11
Views: 16700

Re: Have you published any books?

I am the overly-proud author of "Codeword Dictionary," Operation Overlord and all that sort of thing. They paid me $3,000 for it, but nowadays it would be a minor website at best.
by Paul in Saudi
Tue Jun 11, 2013 3:36 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: WWII Weaponry (w/ Time Traveller)
Replies: 18
Views: 8514

Re: WWII Weaponry (w/ Time Traveller)

Two things became clear while speed-writing the thing. First off, the Japanese had no chance in heck and ought not to have walked out in front of that truck. Also, it is remarkably hard to figure a way for an Allied victory before late 1944 at the best. Also hard to beat Japan in a less-bloody way t...
by Paul in Saudi
Tue Jun 11, 2013 1:09 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: WWII Weaponry (w/ Time Traveller)
Replies: 18
Views: 8514

Re: WWII Weaponry (w/ Time Traveller)

Thank you all for keeping me honest.
by Paul in Saudi
Mon Jun 10, 2013 1:16 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: WWII Weaponry (w/ Time Traveller)
Replies: 18
Views: 8514

Re: WWII Weaponry (w/ Time Traveller)

Thank you all.

I hate to be like a dog with bone in my teeth, but...

If my sound-seeking bomb uses tubes and a sensor array the weighs about 500 pounds, could it work?
by Paul in Saudi
Sat Jun 08, 2013 2:56 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: WWII Weaponry (w/ Time Traveller)
Replies: 18
Views: 8514

WWII Weaponry (w/ Time Traveller)

Over here is my very old (and not very good) NatNoWriMo novel. http://www.quarry.nildram.co.uk/ForesightAmerica.htm So a time-traveller is spit like a watermelon seed into Washington DC in 1935 or so. He, John Wayne and FDR proceed to fight and win WWII. My mind returns to the premise again and agai...
by Paul in Saudi
Thu May 30, 2013 1:20 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Worst/Overrated books.
Replies: 753
Views: 285261

Re: Worst/Overrated books.

Another vote for Moby Dick.
by Paul in Saudi
Wed Apr 10, 2013 1:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Baroness Thatcher dead
Replies: 44
Views: 6847

Re: Baroness Thatcher dead

She believed in evolution. She was not a church-goer. She thought taking steps to reduce carbon emissions were critical. She thought everyone should be allowed to vote in elections. She was in favor of gun control. She did not believe in arresting homosexuals. All in all, she would not be described ...
by Paul in Saudi
Thu Mar 28, 2013 10:46 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 300+ GB/s DDOS attack against Spamhaus: Largest Ever
Replies: 31
Views: 7596

Re: 300+ GB/s DDOS attack against Spamhaus: Largest Ever

These sort of events are lessons, and I hope we all are learning the lessons. For the average civilian, the lesson is the internet can go down. Further it almost certainly will go down form time to time and from place to place. For businesses, the lesson is much the same. In the same way any wise pe...
by Paul in Saudi
Fri Mar 22, 2013 2:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rape in Steubenville, OH (Trigger)
Replies: 234
Views: 24343

Re: Rape in Steubenville, OH (Trigger)

The Steubenville thing is so depressing. Technology has made us all neighbors. (I am writing this from Saudi Arabia.) Yet, it has also destroyed so much neighborliness. Sure, it is shocking these young men did such evil. More saddening is that so many others took pictures or did nothing at all. Haru...

Go to advanced search