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Comment: Re:Let's talk about sex, baby (Score 3, Insightful) 368

by SteveAstro (#48542303) Attached to: Overly Familiar Sci-Fi

Which is rather Stross' point. Here is an example where the cultural norm is wildly different from your own, and you can't imagine it. It might be perfectly acceptable in that culture to say "not interested", it was also important, in the context of the culture Bujold was describing, for reproduction to be controlled, because of extremely limited resources under a dome colony. An extra mouth to feed, and lungs to breath the air was significant to everyone's resources.

Comment: Re:Dobsonian (Score 1) 187

by SteveAstro (#47744567) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: Cheap But Reasonable Telescopes for Kids?

The steppers are now all "microstepped", which basically means you don't see quantisation from the drives, but you can't "beat" field rotation, and you'd be surprised how few de-rotators are out there - the imaging guys pretty well all use equatorials, with their attendant problems.

ALL mounts have their issues - an equatorial can't view the area around the celestial pole, and is rarely as stiff as an alt-az for the money. An Alt-az has the field rotation issue, and can't view its zenith.

Mount wars get like computer language wars....

An inclined plane is a slope up. -- Willard Espy, "An Almanac of Words at Play"

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