Nope. The Drake Equations take into account all of that. People saying "The Fermi Paradox is a load of rubbish" etc. clearly haven't actually looked at the maths. That's why the Great Filter emerged as a hypothesis, because even if you're incredibly conservative with the assumptions in the equations, we should see… » 9/01/14 11:40am Today 11:40am

Meanwhile, in the UK at about the same time, IPC comics nicked the name for their own comic, sister title to 2000AD. It wasn't very successful, but did give us Strontium Dog, and Ro-Busters (which led to the ABC Warriors). It was eventually merged into 2000AD in 1979. » 8/27/14 8:57am Wednesday 8:57am

Company Cars used to be a "perk" of your job, particularly white-collar/management level staff. Back in the 80s/90s you were often given whatever type of car was chosen for your grade by the Fleet Manager/HR Dept. (If they bought Fords, you were having a Ford, end of story). Then around 10-15 years ago, two things… » 8/26/14 10:22am 8/26/14 10:22am

It's...OK. It's more conservative and square-rigged than I was expecting after the various concepts (take off the grille and lights and it could easily be a VW Toureg). It will probably do well (thanks to the interior in particular) but I'm just a bit disappointed they didn't take a few more risks. » 8/26/14 8:58am 8/26/14 8:58am

Look up "Far East Combined Bureau". The British did most of the groundwork and initial codebreaking of the Japanese naval codes, and the Americans industrialised their work (and were often stingy about giving info back, Admiral King was a proper Anglophobe). NB. The FECB wasn't in Bletchley Park (they were mainly… » 8/22/14 5:55pm 8/22/14 5:55pm

I can see where you're coming from with some of these points, but I can't agree about the politics bit at all. All the behind-the-scenes building clone armies stuff was a giant load of twaddle; it fails as a political idea because secrets can't be kept, it fails as an economic idea because who was paying for all this… » 8/20/14 11:00am 8/20/14 11:00am

From a rough analysis of "foreigners I've known who driven in the UK (and Ireland)" down the years, Americans seem to struggle the most with RHD. Most of the Europeans I know who've relocated have got used to it pretty quickly, but my Dad used to have a lot of Americans visit us when he worked in the oil business, and… » 8/18/14 6:09am 8/18/14 6:09am

While Alfas will always have a special place in my heart; this isn't what Alfa need and no-one's going to buy their "M3 fighter", not in worthwhile numbers anyway. In Europe the 350bhp diesel is more likely to be the star of the show, except Europe has finally woken up to particulates, which might mean Alfa are behind… » 8/14/14 11:35am 8/14/14 11:35am