Bill Arnold

Bill Arnold

  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    News to me, Randall Munroe (xkcd) has been doing occasional NY Times pieces, with drawings. (Seems to not be paywalled.) What’s the World’s Worst Smell? - Some odors are more heinous than others. Then there’s Stench Soup. (Randall Munroe, Feb....
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    Attended a talk by (one of the authors) Derek Lovley a few years ago. It is really interesting work, and it and related work have been ongoing for 15-20 years....
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    closest thing I found to freefall fighting in reality Any time one is not touching the ground (e.g. in a leap) one is in free fall (at least for a second in air), ballistic, and one's center of gravity's motion...
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    EE "Doc" Smith has addressed fighting in zero-g pretty thoroughly - both with and without inertia. Ah yes: A Valerian trooper without his space-axe? Unthinkable! A dire weapon indeed, the space-axe. A combination and sublimation of battle-axe, mace, bludgeon, and...
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    A friend who works on the white hat side of things says done trust ANYTHING built by a company located in China. I have heard the same but have not seen a proper reverse engineering of firmware/binaries. (Probably personal ignorance.[1])...
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    That's the alternative explanation of why Washington doesn't want Huawei to provide the UK's 5G - not because of the threat from China, but because they couldn't hack into our systems so easily. The US behavior re Huawei has been...
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    (Off current FTL topic.) Charlie asked that we not link WaPo articles; this is a decent summary (with added commentary) of the WaPo Crypto AG story: The Geostrategic and Historic Implications of Crypto (February 13, 2020, emptywheel) From the 1970s...
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    In particular, the claims that the effects necessarily die away are unsupported by any sound analysis, as far as I know. Yes, too much argument by appeal to "rationality". I'm just observing this discussion for now. Thanks to various for...
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    In the news, semi-solid hints of another ancestral human species: Scientists find evidence of 'ghost population' of ancient humans - Traces of unknown ancestor emerged when researchers analysed genomes from west African populations (Ian Sample, 12 Feb 2020) Paper is...
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    So (a) I can't read it, and (b) if I bypass their block (e.g. via a VPN) I'm allowing them to spy on me in a manner that is illegal in this country. Don't do that. OK, but just for...
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    For the Australians: Warmest Winter in U.S. History So Far (Bob Henson, February 6, 2020) Above: County-by-county temperature rankings for the contiguous U.S. for the period November 2019 through January 2020. Out of the 3134 counties and county equivalents (such...
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    However, the question to ask is: is it *more* expensive, dangerous, and racist than the current storage, transfer, and waste disposal schemes currently in place with regard to fossil fuels? Given how little waste nuke plants generate in comparison to...
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    It is Passover Well, not (starts 8 April 2020), but it is (was) the week when that part of the Torah is read. ("Bo", see link) And the ritual magic involved already existed....
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    Yes, it matters. You're not a user and that's good, plus you are (or appear to be) less susceptible to marketing manipulation than most. (Personally, I have no facebook account, mainly because I don't want the perpetual hassle of defeating...
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    Greg (and anyone), so more context; the many named one(s) was(were) talking about a zerohedge twitter ban above (ZH), and plays leading to it and around it. (I've been distracted by US craziness and haven't dug into it significantly, and...
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    Re "Watches them daub the red paint on their doors without knowing they're doing it" (Ref to Bo last week) Rabbitholed a bit last night looking for what texts have survived about [magical] rituals using blood as house protection, e.g....
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    You think the vote-suppression & stealing will get even worse? Even so which Dem candidate gets elected makes a difference - afterwards. We're not at 300 yet, so I'll keep my opinion terse (still too long sorry): - Joe Biden...
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    That's a lot of help; thank you. One thing not mentioned: a twitter.com search for coronavirus now gives this pinned at the top: Know the facts To make sure you get the best information on the novel coronavirus, resources are...
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    Rick Wiles? Yeah. (I do wonder if he could be turned toward good.) ‘End times’ pastor warns ISIS could use Pokémon GO to target Christians with ‘cyber-demons’ (July 14, 2016, Travis Gettys) Founder of far-right platform rages against ‘Jew coup’...
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    [Just saying hi] We forget you don't parse stuff It often takes me a while (long tail) to parse things; usually (uhm) stochastic about it, and ignorance means internet searches. "Groot" made me smile finally. (In one parsing at least.)...
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    a lot lot more to Those-Made-Of-Fire-Who-Just-Got-Their-Wikipedia-Defaced-By-Human-Bigots. You used unlinked; I should have done the same. (The slaves talk triggered me a bit IIRC, no excuse.) That wikipedia page history is seriously annoying; hadn't been watching it. Plenty else to parse/dig...
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    Nice. Scientists and public health people are working impressively quickly and collaboratively on this, so one important thing the quarantines are buying is time to discover useful information. The many named one(s) linked netstrain.org on another thread[1]; interesting, e.g. https://nextstrain.org/ncov?l=radial...
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    Still parsing that. Hi! nCoV-2019 codon usage and reservoir (not snakes v2) Nice to see the science moving so quickly and openly on this. Oh, and really: "WE DID IT" really is something some [redacted] said and y'all need to...
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    So, do any of these pique your interest? They'd have a meaningful short/medium term effect and could easily be [made] disruptive enough to enable well-prepared agents of change to bake in meaningful long-term changes: (1) An actively sustained global economic...
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    So what about the US Space Force? It's about aliens. :-) And a vehicle for those who want $$$ to play with/build exotic weapons systems and near-space-surveillance systems. And probably some ASAT and anti-ASAT work. (I haven't looked at their...
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    Just for the record, bold mine: Closer than ever: It is 100 seconds to midnight - 2020 Doomsday Clock Statement (23 Jan, 2020) Humanity continues to face two simultaneous existential dangers—nuclear war and climate change—that are compounded by a threat...
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    But this rupture is also an opportunity to really, really level the playing field. If the wealthy can no longer control their wealth and no longer use it to control politics, who owns their countries? Maybe it's time to start...
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    That is the nihilist view summed up very well. Personally I reduce it to a back-of-the-envelope estimate. Roughly, RCP 6 is where we're probably headed and is 1000 petagrams (1060+/-200, gigatons), and roughly, one can reasonably estimate that the average...
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    Their flight, like that of a turkey, is for short-distance escapes Not entirely escape. First, they roost in trees at night, flying up. Also I have personally seen a flock of 50+ (counted 50+) wild turkeys ascend and fly...
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    For organic blimps, hydrogen is definitely better than helium! Yeah, I don't see helium as viable for bio-blimps. Unless it were some sort of inhabitable mostly-helium planet and there were some sort of biological process for concentrating helium from air,...
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