Poul-Henning Kamp

Poul-Henning Kamp

  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    "I'm no expert, but I suspect a practical worthwhile Inertial Navigation system would not be possible before the 20th century." The precursor for INS was the gyro compass, which dates to right before first world war. Going from two degrees...
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    He is going to try to nominate Ivanka. From his 1800'ies robber-baron point of view, it would be a perfectly respectable "charity" for his favourite daugther, and the fact that it comes with a fat salary and a life-time appointment...
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    "Where are you getting 20 minutes from?" 20 minutes was the traditional "Cold" startup time for a channel-limited GPS receiver, and it consisted of two phases. First a semi-randomized search over the entire search-space (which is huge!) for any satellite,...
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    "I'm curious, as an outsider, why did the EU feel it was necessary to have an exit clause? What convinced the parties like France and Germany to approve it?" In the northern European tradition for establishing organizations, can largely be...
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    "The mainstream news hasn't changed all that much (nor has education), but its power has been diluted." As I said: The Internet routed around the filters of "good vs. bad taste". But dont make the mistake to think that this...
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    The 2020 Clean Mental Air Act ? Until now, we have not really faced the question of precisely how much uncritical thinking a democracy can suffer and still function. The vast majority of the population used to be fed a...
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    »And "not being afraid" is not anywhere near "being nasty because yoo're not afraid".« You really need to pay better attention to that exchange: Wotan tells Sigfried that he has already once broken that sword, implying that he killed Sigfrieds...
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    "And the prize for the most ludicrous take on the Ring Cycle goes to" Nope: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eN5dAQLYYrs...
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    "the controversial "Hydro-Dam" production" The Chéreau/Boulez ring in Bayreuth was by and large my gateway drug to Wagner, because it was transmitted in Danish Television. In difference from many other "lets move this opera to ..." that one held it...
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    As has already been pointed out, Sigfried kills Mime in self-defense, in direct response to Mime admitting that he will cut Sigfrieds head of next time he lays down ("I woll das kind nur die kopf abhauen!") As for Sigfried...
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    "But we don't have a way of feeding interstellar dust into a mass spectrometer and separating it molecule for molecule, do we?" That is actually the easy part, it's just a run of the mill mass-spectrometer and since it is...
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    "Barriers to the creation of galaxy exploring Von Neumann machines are immense[...]" I read Aspray's Von Neumann book this summer (recommended if you are it-archaeologically minded) and it gave rise to a question about vira in general. Has anybody created...
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    "Maybe they should squish, instead ... it's called ... biology." IMO biology, in its current form, is not very well suited to the task. Unless you somehow find a way to ensure long term stability, whatever the probe you sent...
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    "First, how does the interstellar probe find the raw materials? " I doesn't, it simply keeps stuffing mass into the mass-spectrometer until it has the elements it needs. In all probability, there are a lot of random atoms in the...
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    "More to the point, what are the key gaps, the places in the process(es) where magic has to happen to get the whole thing to work and spit out baby clanking replicators?" Semiconductors for the control-system. The purity requirements for...
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    In Denmark cars were taught to keep distance by "lollipops" like this one: https://image.1905.dk/media/catalog/product/cache/1/small_image/295x295/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/api/4485__1.jpg They made from soft-ish plastic, they are hinged, tear of easily, give a very disturbing sound inside the car hitting them, and leave a competent scratch...
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    "Beirutt has/had a population between 361,366 and 2,200,000(again depending how it's counted). That's similar to Raleigh, so I expect their fire brigade is at least the same size; maybe larger because we haven't had wars going on here in Raleigh...
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    "I do wonder how structural you can make your plastic explosives as well." Not very. In very general terms, a plastic explosive is a mechanical contraption where particles of the actual explosives are suspended uniformly in a plasticizer, typically a...
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    "Well THAT is a lot worse than you have listed.." I guess it could be a lot worse than most people can imagine. Even ignoring the football, the US President has staggering freedom to do things, as long as he...
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    "Tell me again, how much could he wreck, internationally, never mind inside the USA, between November & January?" I think a most people view through the wrong lens. Trump's mindset is that of a CEO, the only way the election...
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    "I would say, based on those numbers, that commercial nuclear Naval ships don't need large numbers of expensive specialist engineers to operate their reactor power plants." You do know that those Russian icebreakers are navy vessels, right ? How many...
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    "OK. Just how long?" I've been sounding out people I know for how long they expect covid19 to be the top item on any strategic agenda in their organization. The answers range from "months" to "middel of the decade" with...
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    Keep dreaming about your nuclear niravana Moz, because it aint gonna happen. There may be a role for small nuclear reactors, in remote regions where solar and wind are not realistic for one reason or the other, places like scientific...
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    "I read somewhere, maybe here, maybe somewhere else, that those bags were a standard 1,000kg" ISO standard 21898 Flexible Intermediate Bulk Containers aka "FIBC" aka "bigbag". They are used to move all sorts of particulate matters around, inside but in...
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    "Yes, of course, Russia is trying to cause trouble in the USA and UK - we are, after all, doing the same to them and have been for some time - but the EFFECTIVE attempts to subvert the elections came...
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    "So what was THAT?" A shipment of fireworks caught fire, that fire and or missiles from it, set of the ammonium nitrate....
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    "In your case, surely the cops could arrest him if he were to go outside the Vatican for a nice dinner...." That is not how Italy and italian police works. To arrest somebody at that level of social status against...
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    "How long can I safely keep fertilizer in my gardening shed before it becomes a fire/explosive risk?" In general it will not explode unless you hit it with a shockwave of a power which are not ordinarily found in gardens....
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    "There's a reason nobody builds nuclear weapons with yields over about 5Mt these days: you get more bang for the buck by throwing a bunch of significantly smaller warheads at the target, for exactly the same weight of explodey gadgets."...
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    "But I have no reason to rule out foul play - at any point in the sequence, from setting the stuff off all the way back to having it stored there in the first place." This explosion has a lot...
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