Dave Lester

Dave Lester

  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    Come the revolution how do you send corporations to the guillotine? John, I'd like to think that sending them this link would get your message across, but I rather suspect you'd merely get a ban. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mussolini_e_Petacci_a_Piazzale_Loreto,_1945.jpg...
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    Troitwaxer asks: "OAP?" Yes: Old Age Pension. About 50% of NHS spending is on the over 65s. Obviously almost all of Pensions is on OAPs (excepting those of us who're medically retired), plus much of county council expenditure on social...
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    OAP benefits? Yep. Last time I looked UK tax amounted to £750 billion. Pensions were at about £100 billion, NHS at £120 billion and schools at £85 billion. That's the bulk of expenditure. But OAP social care was at £60...
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    What really astounds me is that the sheeple (especially Daily Wail readers) continue supporting such policies and their perpetrators, even in the face of overwhelming evidence that both they personally and the country are being harmed. I'm assuming you've not...
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    (Comments about Trier) I used to visit Trier once or twice per year. The German Computer Science Retreat was at Schloss Dagstuhl in Wadern, and they used to get their wine from Weingut Zilliken, which was usually one of the...
  • Commented on Necroqueen!
    ADMINISTRATIVE NOTE [...] I mean it, my headmeat can't take any more ridiculous gobbledygook. So you're not open to the idea that -- should a more powerful adversary dispose of The Black Pharaoh in the Laundryverse -- we'd see scenes...
  • Commented on London Bridge
    Do you think we can define our terms here? The Industrial Revolution here in Britain was not a single event but a continuous process starting -- for the sake of argument -- in the second half of the eighteenth century...
  • Commented on London Bridge
    I am, too, and I WAS listening, otherwise I would not have started my (fairly serious) investigations, let alone responded. I confess I mostly idly dipped in and out -- vitriol holds only a limited appeal. The current situation...
  • Commented on London Bridge
    Dave Lester said: I was hoping that once gasdive has had a think about what he intends to achieve here, we might have a more productive discussion about how we in the UK move in a practical way towards a...
  • Commented on London Bridge
    I don't [enjoy arguing with gasdive], but I have been a 'green' person at least as long as King Charles, and have been fignting myths and misinformation all my life (professionally and privately). Apologies for that. I will concede that...
  • Commented on London Bridge
    Paws, I can see why you might think that I side with gasdive rather than EC, but that's not what I intended. I was hoping that once gasdive has had a think about what he intends to achieve here, we...
  • Commented on London Bridge
    Dave, can I get your professional advice here? Post 465 from EC How do I respond? I've written a TED talk about air to air and why air to water doesn't work very well, and EC responds by quoting me...
  • Commented on London Bridge
    365 At last! You have included enough detail for me to understand what you've been trying to explain. What you describe is a refrigerator running in reverse. A fridge reduces the temperature below the ambient by using Boyles Law and...
  • Commented on London Bridge
    Suppose - hypothetically - you and I were members of the Duma and for whatever reason I was inclined to send such a letter to "Fearless Leader" ... I'd still want to sign your name to the letter instead of...
  • Commented on London Bridge
    Here's a place to look for quality electrical supplies: TLC. A LED dimmer switch for UK (IET) mains control: https://www.tlc-direct.co.uk/Products/VLJIFP401C.html Warm White dimmable LEDs. They are not 100W, though. https://www.tlc-direct.co.uk/Products/LTEGUD7WW.html TLC is a good place to go for UK electrical...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    I can't answer anything to do with China -- I'm not familiar enough to comment sensibly. Instead, I was addressing the issues around the various pre-conditions required to make it happen here. And the availability of finance is one of...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    the bursting of the bubble was to impoverish the country for about eighty years - err .. no. Otherwise England (GB) would not have been able to fight & decisively win the 7 years war { 1756-1763 Perhaps I should...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    I have never seen such a proof, either, and I don't know if one exists or merely that everyone is convinced of it. I didn't say the 3-body problem is chaotic, and I am not sure that it is (either...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    H @ 632 This is why I'm bothered by why China didn't industrialize first. I suspect it was happenstance. It might have also been that England's small, so inventors tended to party with each other and exchange ideas. Here’s another...
  • Commented on Chicon 8 schedule
    Charlie, Instead of previewing two novels you've just finished -- and which most of your audience will probably buy (or be given for review) anyway -- why not be a bit more experimental and see if the US audience is...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    Heteromeles @ 433. I am dubious about qualia. Though maybe I do not fully understand this philosophical construct. Here’s a couple of little datum points. Consider sight, and particularly colour perception. My father was Red/Green deficient, and couldn’t distinguish the...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    Katrin Amunts (look her up) has a basement in Julich where she slices up ... human brains in an attempt to construct a connectome. Why have I got the notion that a sinister version of her is right at home...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    SFReader, You ask some very interesting questions. On the matter of “things going wrong”, there must be lots of mechanisms that try to keep the brain machinery on track. We know of relatively few. One of the crudest must be...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    Quite right LAvery. I have in mind that there was spoof article in the style of a neuroscience experiment, but looking at a transistor radio (or computer?). Can you help with a link? Ta....
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    Oh, yes, device variability. We have no way of knowing which sort of neuron is in which location. There are lots and lots of different sorts of neurons, but because even neurons of the same type vary wildly in their...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    Mind uploading makes certain assumptions. (Notably: mind/body dualism is a bust, there is no supernatural element to consciousness, also that we can resolve the structures involved in neurological information processing with sufficient resolution to be useful, and that the connectivity...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    JBS @1196 As the person who was probably number two on the plaintive’s list for the first case of libel on the internet (note no names — keep it that way), perhaps I can try to explain. The civil law...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    Anyway, back to the original topic. Would a rewrite of Henry Miller's short story "Dawn Patrol" be a fitting way to conclude Biggles' career? (If its non-consensual sex were permissible these days)...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    H, You may be interested in this -- latest -- news about red dwarfs and flares: https://skyandtelescope.org/astronomy-news/red-dwarfs-arent-so-bad-for-planets-after-all/ TL;DR The flares appear to occur in polar regions -- which might miss any planets. But the sample size is only FOUR!...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    A few points: (Minor correction for H. Earth’s age: circa 4.7 billion years, not 8Byr, H. Earliest extant rock: 3.9Byr in Greenland. I’m not sure they’ve yet determined when the moon was created, but it must have been soon after...
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