Poul-Henning Kamp

Poul-Henning Kamp

  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    The thing about guns is that they are only the deadly visible decoration on the iceberg of toxic white masculinity which prevents progress in USA. I doubt "a few decades" will be enough. Just waiting for the crypto-bros to die...
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    »This is not a vote-changing issue.« Mostly because the victims are practically always "those people" rather than "my people" to the people who would have to change their vote. Like most of USA's ailments, chronic racism is the foundation mass-shotings...
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    "1) It's tough yes, but not totally rip resistant. " In the context of long term data storage, the point is not being rip resistant, but being inedible, both chemically and biologically. ") The text on an 8_000 character Wikipedia...
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    »They really are quite, utterly criminally insane ...« ...speaking of "the actual problem"...
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    »Suggestion: Leave the Amendment, but regulate "The Militia"« … suggested in the proud tradition of "all that's wrong with politics in USA": "Is there a quick hack we can slap on, so we avoid the hard work of solving the...
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    "For what it's worth, I think other materials (bronze, quartzite) are probably more durable." Right now the most durable data carrying medium we have seems to be holes punched in BoPET ("mylar") or polyamide ("kapton") tape. Increasing density from the...
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    Yes, you are in the right sort of numbers. As mentioned earlier, work has been done, even some quite old work, but many of the challenges were not realized back then, and even not now by the people who try...
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    "There is a requirement for nuclear builds to be super-ultra-hyper-mega-safe[...]" That is a third-order-effect. The first order problem is that nuclear power has indisputably never been cheap. The second order effect is that reactors have been built to the maximum...
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    »"Well, we are at the end of the originally envisaged design life, but if we swap out these there parts, good for another twenty years".« That is not even close to reality. The real big game-changer is the revolution in...
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    "so an early requirement for building a serious beanstalk is to do a major clean up of orbiting debris." According to people who have done the math, that ship has already sunk: The MTBF with current densities of orbital debris...
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    "The rest is just wasted." Absolutely, as I said "Not efficient"....
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    "The problem of having a big enough antenna at the transmission end ..." The technology is called phased-array and it has been shown to work. Not cheap. Not efficient. But probably feasible. The problem with phased array technology is that...
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    "I dearly hope that was sarcasm, because if not... ~sighs~" Judge for yourself: https://queue.acm.org/listing.cfm?qc_type=Thebikeshed...
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    There is just one very small difference between a system for beaming on one GW of electricity to the dedicated on-ground receiving installation, and a literal death-ray weapon. A very large fraction of that very small difference, is software. And...
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    "When 19th century white colonialists look at the treatment of black people and slowly back away in horror you're pretty far out there." Was that their (only) motivation ? My impression is that "If we try that at home we'll...
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    Traditionally states have taxed labor via income-tax, because it was a very good proxy measure for economic activity. This in turn made labor cost a very visible target for optimization, putting automation directly in the cross-hairs of every Cxx who...
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    "I've never met a billionaire" I have met several. I have met a third generation danish billionaire, who inherited one of the largest industrial concerns in Denmark, but his passion was working as a lawyer, specializing in cases involving animals...
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    The first deaths reliably attributed to satnav in cars happened back in the 1990-ies, where a US couple landed in Frankfurt, and followed the rental-cars satnav, which did not tell them to wait for a ferry before crossing the river....
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    "so you see terms such as "railroad north"." AT&T long lines had a similar convention for their facilities such as toll-lines and microwave-links: Everything in a particular facility would be labeled E/W or N/S depending on the main direction of...
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    "For ships, we resolved that in English with larboard (later port) and starboard" No you didn't, you just imported the vocabulary of somebody who had a boat :-) "Starboard" comes from norse "stjórnborði" meaning "Steering board", the side of the...
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    "If Tesla makes 10 times the margin per unit" Last I looked, Tesla's actual car-production turned a loss, which was more than offset by the sale of electric car credits to other car manufacturers. In other words: Fossil vehicle manufacturers...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    They are fighting a proxy-war, against an enemy supplied by another super-power, which they cannot afford to provoke into full-on war, and they are not winning and barely holding, and doing so at an unsustainable cost to their own national...
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    "Any helicopter flying over a congested area shall be exempt from the land clear rule." I'm not the least surprised that the worlds most criminal tax-shelter has gotten helicopters permitted :-) Other capitals not so much....
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    "I would think that helicopters would get an extra 10-15 minutes just for clearance... don't big corporate jets still need to wait for a runway to take off from, or to land on another?" It's complicated... Helicopters are generally not...
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    I think the ecological viewpoint, or maybe more fundamentally an evolutionary viewpoint, is a good kind of lens for this. However, I think it is wrong to limit the discussion to only human individuals who are billionaires, because organizations who...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    "Getting that mindset changed could be an uphill struggle" The most succefull historical model was West Germany and Japan: 50 years of colonial rule while force-feeding them a diet of Sesame-Straße, McDonalds and Coca-Cola. Problem is, if anybody tries, it...
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    "So if Russia leaves Ukraine, the sanctions go." After an unprovoked attack on a western aligned nation, featuring systematic war crimes and massive economic devastation, there is no way EU and USA is going simply say: "Let's forget all about...
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    "PERFORM paragraph1 THRU paragraph22. A thing of beauty." I prefer InterCal's "COME FROM", in particular in the calculated version....
  • Commented on Roe v Wade v Sanity
    "The US maternal mortality rate is 1.7 per 10,000" The /official/ US ... As far as I know, nobody my side of the Atlantic trusts any numbers from USA relating to pregnancy to be precise. Not just because of the...
  • Commented on Roe v Wade v Sanity
    "The problem for the US, it seems to me, is that actual people dying isn't a political issue there." That's the hall-mark of a racial society: As long as it is one of "those people" who die, it is not...
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