Bill Arnold

Bill Arnold

  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Yup. Y'know, there was a reason the UK decided, a year or two ago, to go with "nope", when they couldn't be assured that UK gov't data would only reside on UK gov't soil. What Unholyguy said at #1128. And...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Might not be people you’d invite to dinner, but still. Depends on how hungry you are. [1:18 - it's obvious, sure; feeling a bit dark tonight.]...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    I'm not sure whether you're trolling. For instance, Arctic sea ice average September extent 1979-2018: http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/files/2018/10/Figure3.png And there are plenty of similar trends, if you want to stick purely to observational data and ignore the multitudes of models that earnestly...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Check out Karl Schroeder's "Lady of Mazes". The differing consensus realities are mediated by augmented reality... Seconded, strongly. I think of that novel (the Archipelago sections) every time I think about present day individualized filter bubbles, even just kill files...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    The East Germans and Russians attempted to train for this using autogenic techniques, among others Interesting comment, thanks. I found autogenic training as a teenager (pamphlet on a friend's bookshelf) and it was very helpful but I nowadays prefer the...
  • Commented on Media Piracy and Unpronounceable Names
    I'm re-reading Scorched Earth Society, short essay, 2014, available online in pdf Thanks for that. (pdf link) Fun, provocative talk. I think Peter Watts underestimates what could be done with cloud data storage services. Without examining existing work[0], which...
  • Commented on Dread of Heinleinism
    If anyone needs a dose of futurism[0], this is worth reading, not least because YN Harari is an engaging writer and has a decent eye (albeit a bit abstract) for possible futures. It covers themes that have been well covered...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    Wanted: One Kraken, 8-10 tentacles, no clothing Only question, why this? No clothing on the Kraken (US Air Force, FA4418-18-Q-0103 )...
  • Commented on Taxonomy of story, or, why murder?
    It is enough to say that the negative effects of it eventually echoed back at US and Japan in the form of other major safety drawbacks and economical losses. I am not sure what you are saying here. From my...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    So far, nobody has identified enough evidence of huge environmental damage towards population in contaminated areas, that is, the chance of tumours or mutations had not exceeded the statistical error for unrelated events. Cancer consequences of the Chernobyl accident: 20...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    For Greg and others: Creationism and conspiracism share a common teleological bias (20 August, 2018) Entirely not surprising. Teleological thinking — the attribution of purpose and a final cause to natural events and entities — has long been identified as...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    There is some fuzzy speculation here (google translate does OK, though it translates the Russian word for moderator to "retarder"), don't know how grounded in reality, that it might a Am-242m reactor; that isotope has a very high thermal cross...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Re relative safety, I've linked this previously (with a different url). It's old but suggests that safety practices and changes in them over time are important, and figure 6 reminds us that the tails are important. ACCIDENT RISKS IN THE...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Off topic, a fascinating article on aspects of Putin's announcement a while back of new nuclear weapons: A Russian Nuclear Cruise Missile? (Cheryl Rofer. She has a good (albeit cautious) eye for politics too.) via Greg might like the picture...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    You (and others in this subthread) might be interested in this, which suggests that Homo Sapiens females at some point started rejecting hybrid male fetuses if I'm reading it right (don't know this field): The Divergence of Neandertal and Modern...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    The politest thing I can say about him is that he didn't get environmentalism. City person, perhaps. He did get climate change, though, and was/is definitely concerned about it, and was known to occasionally bring scientific papers to briefings (haven't...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    For Greg and other butterfly fans (me!), just for the sheer prettiness of the diagram (from a paywalled Feb 2018 paper, via): Dated Phylogeny Inferred Using Maximum Likelihood for the Full Dataset "This tree represents 207 species out of some...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    This is encouraging (if off the current topics for this thread), in an "adaptation to climate change" way. Making aquafeed more sustainable: Scientists develop feeds using a marine microalga co-product Towards sustainable aquafeeds: Evaluating substitution of fishmeal with lipid-extracted microalgal...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    I don't know who did this (mit url), but the "Active Summoning Curve" yellow warning triangle is nice. http://web.mit.edu/~ternus/Public/Public_old/laundry.pdf Demetria's list, oh my. Every (spell) item listed is personal and selfish. it made me wonder what would happen if spellcaster...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Reminds me of a John Brunner story, "The Stone That Never Came Down". Thanks, I've acquired a (legal) copy. Haven't read any of his work for a while. (The class of such transformations has been on my mind for while,...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    if a genie grants you a wish, wish for universal enlightenment and freedom for all sentient beings, including the genie. I'm being coy [e.g. the named one(s) suggested such a [scale-invariant?] general freedom spell in the thread "the-pivot"]. Did not...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    This is so wasteful! Instead we need the robot dog to do a swift takedown, dump Heteromeles into a wheelbarrow, then store them in a secret robot bunker in an isolated location for the unlikely contingency that we want to...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Your solution suffers from boundary-condition exploits unless it is scaled up to include all entities close enough (speed of light) to matter at the time scales of concern. E.g. with a power with 10 mile radius, monitor your location, and...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    1.) getting the impression that was someone who began thinking differently in the high-thaum environment of Case Nightmare Green, bootstrapped himself into a supervillain, and from there into something running something like the god . Sort of "we're all seeds...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Re Impostor Elder Gods, Like this one actually, agree with Troutwaxer. An obvious variation (the other two seem to be less interesting) is fleshy host of Elder Deity X who doesn't realize (for reasons arcane) that he/she is an Elder...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    A friend has a "GOTROOT" vanity plate. (Couldn't tell you whether he has rooted his vehicle; perhaps.)...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Since nobody has mentioned the runaway greenhouse study that has been making news, and climate change is, as the OP says, a serious backdrop to Brexit (especially related to human migration to the North): Trajectories of the Earth System in...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    For those who were looking down on Space [Earth Defence] Force, there might be some good news, the project is stalling. Thanks, hadn't heard that. I'm mainly amused by it (it doesn't seem as dangerous as some other future-military issues)...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    So why DID the UK develop the custom of driving on the left? This history "Why do some countries drive on the left and others on the right?" includes a lot of dates that I assume are accurate. If so,...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Off topic (seven hundred posts in? Yeah, right), but a 2.1 kiloton explosion over Thule seems like the kind of thing readers here would care about. Some obtuse space opera material up thread that might be related. Or maybe just...
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