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    Talking of the "Ring" cycle, Summarized in All the Great Operas in 10 Minutes by Kim Thompson. The Ring cycle is about 5:50 in....
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    I was thinking of a large defense shotgun for freefall, where you sit on the stock, blaze away, and the recoil takes you away from danger And then there's this, where you sit on something recoilless. Yes, it's an anti-tank...
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    1M doses/day would be too slow even for a winter flu vaccine season, Reportedly Russia is starting vaccine mass production in September, at several 100k doses/month, with an eventual increase to several million by start of 2021. This for about...
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    The point of it was that you could do everything with one hand holding a single "hockey puck". In the 90's, the one-handed keyboard/mouse of choice in the MIT "Wearables" community was the Twiddler. I still have a Twiddler 2...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    The human brain wasn't constructed, it evolved. Same with neurons. And some of the "less advanced" brains are pretty good. Horses have shown a sense of humour. The standard joke at Yellowstone is that "there's considerable overlap between the intelligence...
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    As an exercise, consider all the underhanded ways to keep some of your campaign donations You mean, like having the campaign rent space from you? Almost like having your Secret Service detail renting rooms and golf carts from your golf...
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    Talk with your doctor about Guillotine. It's the right treatment for today's world. Available soon from IKEA !...
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    Yeah, they should be rated in tons, that makes much more sense. Long tons or short tons? Archaic tons. This was in fact how temperature conditioning was first measured, back when it wasn't electric, and it wasn't about cooling people...
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    How does one go about deprogramming a MAGAt? Not really needed. The major groups that vote Republican are all shrinking, due to a lack of youth recruitment. So in four years, a politician playing to that audience will be a...
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    I think aging tech billionaires getting blood transfusions with young blood has been a thing for awhile. Their medical adventurism is irrelevant, if this new result gets replicated (and works in humans). The initial claim is that this has all...
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    Here's something exciting for our bio weenies: Remember the result from some years ago, about surgically cross-coupling the blood streams of a young rodent with an old rodent ? And the old rodent was rejuvenated ? There's progress ! Someone...
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    That was pretty much the last time it was possible to do something to impulsive and/or silly at the House of Parliament in Ottawa, as by noon the next day there were barricades and armed police patrolling the grounds -...
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    Actually, the colonies created by European colonial empires are a very bad model, because they very rarely established colonies where there weren't any people. A counter-example would be the French colonization of Quebec. Yes, there were natives, but for the...
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    Most PRC embassies have a semi-permanent protest going on ... Forty years ago, I lived in a capital city, and decided to photograph the signs that embassies have out front. There were a LOT of them in town, and I...
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    we'll tie your tubes/snip your vas deferens and send you on your way with a lead lined box that you can open when we're set up Lead is for dentist's chairs. In a long-term space voyage, your best radiation-proof location...
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    ... getting the Space Force out from under the Air Force .. The US Air Force, the last home of English units. Does anyone know if the Space Force went metric ?...
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    They were able get an aircraft in there a few days later to medivac the "patient" Possibly this flight? Love undercomplicated planes like the Twin Otter....
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    "... Additionally, for any period of time in which they are not travelling, for example, if required to spend the night in a hotel, then travellers are required to quarantine." I'm sure the travellers were given a flyer. The flyer...
  • Commented on I ain't dead
    I have a question about "electrosynthesis", maybe there are chemists here. Let's assume that unsubsidised solar-farms-in-the-stinking-desert will soon get to a penny per kilowatt-hour. *** So, an interesting question is whether that price level changes things. Nature seems to be...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    So, for Scotland to be self-sufficient in solar power, you'd need 25 square meters of rooftop per person. Anyone who's been to Edinburgh will know that that's not remotely realistic as an assumption, and that there simply isn't enough rooftop...
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    ... the chances of the US making even one working 6nm CPU strikes me as remote. You'd have to start by making a silicon refinery. But "a CPU" ... that you could do. Likewise manned space rockets... the US seems...
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    As EC says the overall sun-to-juice efficiency tends to be the same kind of crap no matter what you do, whether you use one single very inefficient step or lots of maybe not all that inefficient steps in cascade. The...
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    So they're batteries, but we don't know how much energy they store, all we know is how big the inverters that run off them are. I think it's safe to assume at least one hour, ... Li-ion grid batteries are...
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    ... existing trains are already able to get you there quicker than internal air services (which is where we came in), and also quicker than cars at least over the kind of distances where internal air services may come into...
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    ... USPS financing. In the end the money will be appropriated, because the corporations want it. Much has shifted to the web, but millions, mostly older, pay from paper bills sent through the postal service. Business interests need the postal...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    For all the environmental faults, the internal combustion engine vehicle is easy to make and operate, even in a world that becomes isolationist and protectionist. I don't know that the same can be said for an electric car that requires...
  • Commented on Yet another novel I will no longer write
    hence no mechanism for the people to get wood for building or repairs, then corruption will replace central planning; it’s amazing what can fall off the back of a lorry. I have good memories of a talk by Kirk McKusick,...
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    Since we're past #300, a lighter note: French pensioner ejected from fighter jet...
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    Some definitions of Socialism: dictionary.com: a theory or system of social organization that advocates the vesting of the ownership and control of the means of production and distribution, of capital, land, etc., in the community as a whole. Since multiple...
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    I bought a new pair of corderoys, and they're the *thinnest* I've ever own Shades of William Gibson's Spook Country or maybe Zero History. Sad times....
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