Bill Arnold

Bill Arnold

  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    It is true that people are in general ignorant and gullible about such things, but one can consult realer sources, such as the staid/boring https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/alerts e.g. Russian State-Sponsored Cyber Actors Targeting Network Infrastructure Devices (April 16, 2018) And there are...
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    atmospheric hydroxyl radicals, which break down methane, rapidly recycle and are maintaining a steady concentration in the atmosphere. Thank you! (Seriously; my optimism has been getting depleted.)...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances
    Along those lines (and not arguing with Heteromeles' interesting historical details), although it's not a mainstream economics concept, "power diffusion" (J. Powelson, disclaimer family acquaintance) is a similar way to look at this. One way in which power diffusion becomes...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances
    If not, then alchemy is reportedly the next step beyond basic meditation. There are nootropics for that now. :-) (Seriously, some of them, e.g. choline and bacopa, seem to help with some meditations. I don't mean psychedelics though those...
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    Re Needham, wikipedia led to this, which I do not recall seing previously, and thence to another paper. Some readings lined up for tonight (or maybe throwing against wall): The “Genius Germs” Hypothesis: Were epidemics of leprosy and tuberculosis responsible...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    I'd gotten the impression they were doing an Easter break (something about dying and coming back to life, maybe?), before Mme. Mayday starts the browbeatings again. I'm as confused as you are. Some dates: 2 May local elections, 9 May...
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    Quite interesting. (I've never tried or even had access to the stuff.) Hoping they or another group will follow up with some obvious combinations with serotonergic psychedelics. Sustained rescue of prefrontal circuit dysfunction by antidepressant-induced spine formation (12 April 201)...
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    That was mean, sorry. (Still annoyed about the Israeli election cycle and results.) If they'd really wanted to impress they could have puffed out a millimole of these during the descent. Star of David Re-Created as a Molecular Knot [Video]...
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    The Falcon Heavy/Arabsat-6A mission video was impressive; worth a watch. Monster space truck worked perfectly as far as I can tell including the 3 booster landings. Israel, oh well. Lunar impact tradition started by the Soviets with Luna 2(1959): The...
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    Yeah, Reuters headlines are generally scrubbed of humour as far as I can tell. Job description: humour removal? (Though oddly enough news is closer.) But they had Reality (31 October) as an excuse this time. It's a shame we can't...
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    They've charged him for conspiring to break into government computers. Well, sure, but who among us hasn't cracked passwords[1]? Semi seriously, the charge looks vaguely plausible; it says that a password hash from a DoD system was provided to Assange....
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    In other news, the first picture of a black hole not observed near the Parliament building was published today. Lots of black hole jokes on twitter today, but my favorite so far is a basic xkcd: The M87 Black Hole...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Just to say hi: I was a Star. Once. You are a Star. Repair, and Shine. (My POV, at least.) We're Alive, and your basic bitch level Electo-switch Twitch into the cortex to prevent [BECOMING] is boring as fuck, as...
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    Some juicy long Rupert Murdoch reading for anyone who has missed it. (NYTimes gets some redemption points for this.) It's worth a read for anyone in the Anglosphere. How Rupert Murdoch’s Empire of Influence Remade the World (JONATHAN MAHLER and...
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    So the effective form of opposition is creating social conditions in which known Nazi activity makes you unemployable Are you referring to this case? (And in general obviously.) Nazi sympathiser profiled by The New York Times loses job and may...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Since this is a Brexit thread, Goldman Sachs speaks: There is now a 40% chance of Brexit being scrapped, says Goldman Sachs (Steve Mollman March 30, 2019) .Meanwhile the bank put the odds of a no-deal Brexit at just 15%....
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    She'd be stunning as Mo - in every way. Lot's of Mo suggestions upthread. I don't much care about looks; I care that she (the actress) plays a convincing very smart combat epistemologist. This goes for some of the others...
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    I think I'll wait for Gasdive to point out, in detail, all the problems with working under a minimum of 1000' of water on a massive structure. Yeah, hoping gasdive will mock appropriately. Read this engineering-history book (quite good) several...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    because ocean acidification is not neutral whatsoever. Oh, I agree with this. I'm pretty sure that humans, should civilization continue, will try to remove enough C02 from the atmosphere (and/or ocean surface?) to get stratocumulus clouds back (assuming that...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Dig-and-burn has to stop. The food supply has to decarbonize. There isn't any way to keep the status quo, or reverse the process. I did started a back of the envelope calculation on a proper cost for carbon here. It's...
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    Whereas OGH has worked tirelessly to further the goals of ▇▇▇▇ ▇▇▇▇▇▇▇ ▇▇▇▇. Wherein it is revealed that the Laundry Files actually are, as was long jokingly rumoured, a documentary written in metaphors, marketed as fiction....
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    Thanks; that pointed to a collection of papers I hadn't looked at previously. Example: Review of Methane Mitigation Technologies with Application to Rapid Release of Methane from the Arctic (2012) (Just started digesting it.) I'm wondering how much of the...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    "The purpose of a system is what it does"; if May's policy choice makes a deal impossible, over a period of years, in the presence of emphatic feedback about exactly why and how it's rendering a deal impossible, that's what...
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    Arctic methane may boot us to 1200 CO2 EQUIVALENT (remember that methane's a stronger greenhouse gas than CO2), In your readings, have you seen any hints about how long permafrost can pump out methane? (It oxidizes out of the atmosphere...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    May's got a simple clear objective; May wants the hardest possible Brexit. I see Nojay @ 638 disagrees, but why do you say this? Is there evidence from her actions or talk? Asking as an American, perplexed about the apparent...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    Graydon @ 483 (well-written!) and jrootham @495 covered both points. Oh well. Good thread....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    If so, that's about 5% of the UK population. But even if 90% bogus, we're still way, way over the 100,000 threshold. Sampling can determine the percentage of invalid signers to whatever level of confidence is needed. (well, an upper...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Still not clear on your current name: Roughly, one plausible thread through meanings is: Arohirohi : Maori mythology, Arohirohi is the goddess of mirages and shimmering heat, and is the wife of Tama-nui-te-ra (the Sun) Sedna : Sedna (Inuktitut: ???,...
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    Picking up an earlier thought, I'd love to anonymously start an internet rumor that the next PM would be whoever found a sword in a natural UK pond without SCUBA before March 29, fished it out and presented it to...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    I want tax laws to make millionaires out of billionaires.... Likewise. It's depressing how the GINI coefficient for the US has been steadily increasing since the Reagan cuts in the top tax rates. (via) This is a bit US-centric; I'd...
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