Bill Arnold

Bill Arnold

  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Like you said, read the paper. The Breitbart piece (no link) on it in particular was rather lawyerly, in a "if it doesn't fit, you must acquit" way. The last sentence of the paper will be part of what I...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Re "Rhizome Stuff" (one presumes) I really really need to upgame by reading "A Thousand Plateaus", yes. (Put down hard in irritation on first attempt.) But how it maps to current activities/realities is ... less than clear. Some hints would...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    What is this community's take on the possibilities of Quantum Computers? In terms of the topic of the thread, the potential for Machine Learning in conjunction with them seems relevent. Interesting question. Obviously cryptography is a concern, enough so that...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    The problem is that the listed effects from articles about the Cuban affair are quite similar to the list of known side-effects for certain drugs and foods. I'll defer to Anemônê Duraþrór's intuitions/etc on this because been avoiding tracking this...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Hm, do any of these interact with grapefruit juice? Food-Drug Interactions (random paper hit, don't know quality.) Never been to Cuba but wikipedia says Cuba is the world's third largest producer of grapefruit. Seems rather unlikely that this was not...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Been catching up on tech news feeds. Meta-comment; roughly 10 percent in the last 1.5 months could be considered panopticon-related. Mostly attacks on privacy, sometimes dressed up as beneficial (to society, and to individuals), and a few defenses. Spammy, sorry...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Ewww. Covert tracking with music, involving smartphones. CovertBand: Activity Information Leakage using Music (Sept 2017) This paper contributes a novel method for low-cost, covert physical sensing and, by doing so, surfaces new privacy threats. We demonstrate how a smartphone and...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    French paper Tx. Papers found. (Not unfamiliar btw.) The papers on sensory gating are also interesting. Not read yet, but it's shiny. Proximal Policy Optimization Algorithms (20 Jul 2017) We propose a new family of policy gradient methods for reinforcement...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    It's a computer, Greg. Six cores... Friend of mine, several years ago commenting on a shiny new iPhone (v 4, my first smartphone) said (reasonably close quote): "Look, Bill - it's a little slab of pure computer". (The density keeps...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    These findings challenge the prevailing idea that sexual species will always outcompete their asexual relatives and may even have wider implications for our understanding of why sex evolved Don't want to derail the on-topic conversation, which is getting quite juicy....
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    On a similar note, a collection of cartoons: https://nucleardiner.wordpress.com/2017/09/10/sunday-comics-95/ I wonder if there's a particular phrase we're missing, like "biblically ordained flooding" or "oceanic increase" that gets used when they're not being political? For (selfish!) US taxpayers, politicization of this...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Unless the houses are build like bomb-proof bunkers, they will then just float away. On US barrier islands, houses (usually the upscale ones) are often build on stilts, with deep footings. It helps against storm surges - the water flows...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Re https://earth.nullschool.net (or https://argo.nullschool.net ) I didn't immediately realize that there is a popup menu in the lower left that lets you select from an interesting space (mostly but not entirely overlays over wind data): Mode | Air – Ocean...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    I was just wondering if this was common knowledge or not. It is (or at least was) possible for an American to grow up in the Northern or Western US and not know about this organization and its cultural influence....
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    they're now confined to military bases, natural reserves, and other places where frequent fires happen and people don't necessarily freak out about them. Also Pitch Pine (Pinus rigida), and occasionally the smaller fires are controlled burns (aka prescribed burns), e.g....
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Human, The Killers Engaging song, thanks. There seems to be a recurring theme recently; perhaps imagining it. Anyway, please feel free to ask questions, or for whatever. (Speaking for self at least.) Re the Lawrence Wilkerson piece at AmCon, some...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    I had a comment drafted on underground testing, but didn't post it because nuclear weapons (really) disturb me. Here's the relevant bit: And with underground tests where efforts are made to prevent venting and security is really tight (DPRK, multiple...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    While looking around to see how consistent the recent DPRK underground explosion would be with a large-ish boosted fission device (yes, to varying degrees depending on yield), found this, which I was not aware of (ignorant American), Britain's Thermonuclear Bluff...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    FWIW, the https://twitter.com/ArmsControlWonk twitter feed is helpful today, with useful links to other civilian nuclear arms control specialists. (For those of us without access/security clearances) --- Some interesting newish pressure that will be appliable to certain high-air-pollution countries. (Did not...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Here's an interesting consequence, that will have some worldwide effect: Hurricane Harvey has endangered the supply of the world's most important chemical They mean ethylene, and so are a bit hyperbolic in the headline. (This was known a few days...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    I think you confused matters by starting with a mention of the US military. Anyway, to the point, here's an axios article from today with a few tidbits: How drones are being deployed after Harvey Commercial drones are being used...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Poking at it with google scholar, I see that there is a lot of varied literature (including a few books) about Houston's lack of zoning. (There's some libertarian/pushback context that would take time to understand, and (Texas!) property law is...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Is there a likelihood that this will be used as a means of ethnic cleansing in Houston, given Charlottesville and similar? Lots of people will be displaced; only some of them will come back. I'll defer to any Texans (as...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    As a few others have noted, another consequence (mostly orthogonal to political consequences, that in part depend on how bad the damage ends up being and how badly our RNG-mode POTUS reacts and whether the media give him a "acting...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    Wasn't arguing, just thinking (cold start) about scenarios, motives, methods, actors, etc. (One sci-fi subgraph for others: mid-scale precision chaos engineering, without causality violation.(?)) Anyway, this is the easily found image (colour) from 3 days ago, 6000x6000 (10MB), https://eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/90000/90818/harvey_tmo_2017236_lrg.jpg (for...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    look at the sudden escalation of Harvey Interesting. (Sandy made me twitch as well.) I can only with effort imagine the experience; once dealt with a hurricane that locally dumped a mere 14 inches (35 cm) and flooding was severe....
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    Re a sci-fi story, there was the early 1970s Mutant 59: The Plastic Eaters The biology is probably as bad as one might expect from early 1970s sci-fi. (Not re-reading it. :-) --- Some maybe positive research news, if it...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    Likewise (well, not Nashville, but drove a ridiculous number of hours to see it. Clear skies, near center line of totality.). I've see several references now to Anne Dillard's classic essay: Total Eclipse and don't even aspire to top her...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    Bean Sidhe, choosing to treat that as a desire (on the personal level interpretation). Chaos is not my thing, FWIW (really). Sampling gnostics and related ATM (e.g. http://www.gnosis.org ), also FWIW. Also, looking forward to any analysis from you of...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    Do you really need, again and again and again, links to prove it? No, you do not. You've been quite clear, about this at least, to anyone paying attention. So direct question; what sorts of action do you desire?...
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