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3 hours ago, Deadlines? What Deadlines? said:

Not really the "German nuclear program"; just the potential of one was enough to convince the Roosevelt. The US army knew long before May 1945 that the Germans weren't going to do it.

Germany never had the industrial base to make a program like this happen. Arguably, they never had the intellectual base either. Heisenberg was a brilliant man but he was just one man. Most of the elite European physics community was living in England or America by the time the war started. Ultimately, they never found out how far they could get because Hitler chose to divert resources into the V2 rocket program

I missed this quote, and I would dispute it. I'm drawing from Rhode's book, but there was absolutely grave concerns that Germany had a robust nuclear program going. The fear was heightened when Germany invaded Norway and obtained access to their heavy water.

The British went out of their way to sabotage Germany's heavy water supply because of these fears.

Heisenberg was certainly intellectually capable of leading a nuclear program. The problem that Germany faced is that due to miscalculations, they discounted graphite as a moderator, and so relied on the scarce and expensive heavy water for neutron moderation. Also, as you say, Hitler did not understand the program itself and so didn't give it complete support.

But the Allies were quite concerned about the state of Germany's program. And these fears were grounded in some reality. The German program was indeed highly underdeveloped at the end of the war. But if the war had continued to drag on and America hadn't had such an accelerated program, it is very probable that Heisenberg would have overcome the difficulties of a moderator eventually. From there, he would have been able to obtain appropriate cross-section data, and then the acquisition of a uranium bomb would have certainly been feasible.

The Manhattan Project was lavishly expensive expressly because it was so accelerated. There were several enrichment techniques developed that ultimately weren't useful in the time frame of the war. Additionally, America spent quite a bit going down the path of both uranium enrichment and plutonium production. Germany could have afforded a gaseous diffusion plant, and had enough uranium for a gun assembly weapon within 12-18 months of running the first feedstock.

No one could say if Heisenberg would have succeeded in developing an implosion device, but a gun assembly would have been certain.

Edit: Instead of carrying on with any potential back and forth, I will conclude with this: Why Hitler Did Not Have Atomic Bombs

While it cannot compare with your superb Feynman link, I think it really is a fascinating article.

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2 hours ago, BigFatCoward said:

Disney are making a Willow sequel TV series. If they fuck it up I'll be heartbroken. It was such a mainstay of my youth. Warwick Davis appears only character returning so far. 

I wore out the VHS from when I taped it off tv. But even back then I knew it wasn’t a great movie however. It has a lot of charm but it’s also quite bad. 

There is room to make it actually good. I kind of liked how they updated Dark Crystal, which is also not a great movie. 

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I just love calling little people 'peck'. My mam took me and my sister and she is only 5ft, we were creased up for days calling her that.

Also bomber from auf weidersehn pet, hot red head, creepy old naked goat lady, val killer before he looked shite. What's not to like? 

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The Killing Times SUPER-HEFTY, SUPER-ABSORBANT 2022 crime drama preview


Inside Man (BBC One).Created by Stephen Moffatt, sounds interesting.

Happy Valley (Series 3) - Finally! So looking forward to this.

The Ipcress File - Love me some cold war spy drama! Based on the novel by Len Deighton.Adapted by Oscar-nominated and BAFTA award-winning screenwriter John Hodge.

Gangs Of London (Series 2) - Loved the first season. From Gareth Evans, writer/director of The Raid.


Fear Index - Fast-Paced thriller based on the bestselling novel by Robert Harris. Starring Josh Hartnett.


Babylon Berlin (Series 4)

Season four is set in 1930’s Berlin, after the Golden Twenties culminated in the global stock market crash with the Great Depression and the Nazis’ march to power is in full swing. The story centres on detective Gereon Rath, played by Volker Bruch, and his ambitious colleague Charlotte Ritter (Liv Lisa Fries). As Gereon’s investigations lead him into the boxing milieu – and politically, uncomfortably close to Hitler’s militant supporters – Charlotte risks her job to help her homeless sister, who roams the streets of Berlin with a group of young peers, fighting for survival.


Pagan Peak (Der Pass) series 2. Der Pass 2 centres around established characters Ellie Stocker and Gedeon Winter who are tracking down a sex attacker and serial killer. The story takes viewers back into the fascinating world of wintery Alps and offers a gripping crime story.


The Whitehouse Plumbers
Based in part on public records and the book Integrity by Egil “Bud” Krogh and Matthew Krogh, the five-part limited series The White House Plumbers will tell the true story of how Nixon’s own political saboteurs and Watergate masterminds, E. Howard Hunt (Woody Harrelson) and G. Gordon Liddy (Justin Theroux), accidentally toppled the presidency they were trying to protect. Also starring Domhnall Gleeson and Lena Headey.


We Own This City
Based on the book by Baltimore Sun reporter Justin Fenton, We Own This City is a limited series chronicling the rise and fall of the Baltimore Police Department’s Gun Trace Task Force – and the corruption and moral collapse that befell an American city in which the policies of drug prohibition and mass arrest were championed at the expense of actual police work. From George Pelecanos and David Simon (the creators of The Wire), and starring Jon Bernthal, Josh Charles and Jamie Hector.


The King Of Warsaw (Król)

The King of Warsaw follows ruthless Jewish boxer Jakub Szapiro as he attempts to take over Buddy Kaplica as leader of the Jewish mafia in Warsaw, 1937. On the backdrop of a growing conflict between socialists and fascists, Szapiro’s future is drawn into the political conspiracy at the highest levels of government and a mob war, which could determine the fate of the entire country.


Red Light
Red Light is a swirling, current drama series about three women who lose themselves and find each other in the world of prostitution and human trafficking. This winner of Best Series and Special Interpretation Prize at Cannes Series Festival stars none other than global star Carice Van Houten, known for Game of Thrones.




Entrapped (Trapped series 3)
We finally get to see series three of Trapped – or Entrapped as it’s now known on Netflix. Police duo Andri and Hinrika, get drawn into a war in the remote highlands, where two rival groups fight over specific pieces of land, but for very different reasons. The neopagan and peaceful sect, The Extended Family, led by its founder and spiritual leader Oddur (Egill Ólafsson) has raised camp on the land, see the land as sacred and want to be close to their heathen Gods. A group of Icelandic bikers, led by an angry young man, Gunnar (Haraldur Stefánsson), also claim the ‘sacred site’. In order to take ownership of the land, he calls for backup and soon a group of Danish bikers arrive by ferry, led by the Danish leader, Hopper (Bo Larsen). The clash of the two groups leads to the death of a young man, Ivar (Auðunn Lúthersson). It turns out that Ivar was not unknown to Andri, so he feels obliged to join Hinrika in the North to investigate the murder case.


Deadwind (Series 3)
In series three of the brilliant Nordic Noir, Sofia Karppi (Pihla Viitala) and Sakari Nurmi (Lauri Tilkanen) once again work together in chasing a brutal murderer, whose victims are adorned with strange symbols. The case forces them both to face parts of their pasts they can no longer escape.TBA Netflix.


Pieces Of Her
Toni Collette, Jessica Barden, Bella Heathcote, David Wenham, Joe Dempsie star in this adaptation of Karin Slaughter's best-selling novel.When a Saturday afternoon trip to the mall with her mother suddenly explodes into violence, an adrift young woman's conception of her mother is forever changed.

Why Didn’t They Ask Alice Evans?
Hugh Laurie stars and directs in this new Agatha Christie adaptation. A dying man’s enigmatic last words send vicar’s son, Bobby Jones, and his socialite friend, Lady Frankie Derwent, on a crime-solving adventure. Jim Broadbent, Jo Poynton, Amy Nuttall, Will Poulter, Maeve Dermody and Conleth Hill also star.


Dark Winds (AMC)
AMC's Western noir thriller series follows two Navajo police officers, Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee, in the 1970s Southwest.Based on the Leaphorn & Chee book series by Tony Hillerman.

The Old Man
A former intelligence officer living off the radar finds himself targeted for assassination and is forced back into the world he left behind. Starring Jeff Bridges and John Lithgow.Based on the 2017 novel of the same name by Thomas Perry.

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3 hours ago, Consigliere said:

The show returns to Givens’ story eight years after he’s left Kentucky and now is based in Miami, balancing life as a marshal and part-time father of a 14-year-old girl. A chance encounter on a Florida highway sends him to Detroit and he crosses paths with Clement Mansell, aka The Oklahoma Wildman, a violent sociopath who’s already slipped through the fingers of Detroit’s finest once and wants to do so again. 

Wow, I thought it was just going to be a straight up cameo role for a spinoff, not a full continuation. Won't be the same without Boyd but I'm wondering if they can create an equally compelling villain out of this Oklahoma Wildman.

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Compelling villain is one thing, but charismatic frienemy Boyd always was is an entirely different level. I don't think they can even get close to that, but nevertheless I am waiting eagerly for the show, Olyphant alone is enough for me.

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This looks very visually impressive, if nothing else.

It does look like they are redoing the story a bit to avoid having to depict the Fall of Reach as the key event to launch them to finding the original Halo, which is understandable. I'm not sure even with the giga-budget they have, they can effectively depict the Fall.

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58 minutes ago, Werthead said:

This looks very visually impressive, if nothing else.

It does look like they are redoing the story a bit to avoid having to depict the Fall of Reach as the key event to launch them to finding the original Halo, which is understandable. I'm not sure even with the giga-budget they have, they can effectively depict the Fall.

Something odd about the sound.  Visually looks great.  But the sound of the voices seems like straight-to-video B-movie quality, where it's a bit muted or too smoothed out to a narrow amplitude.

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The above video is not available for me, so here it is again.

Visually impressive, filled with B-list actors. My immersion got lost right at the beginning when they showed the rebel/insurgent guy with an AK-47, so there are still budget limitations. I plan on signing up for Paramount+ when Picard starts, so I'll likely watch this, too.

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