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  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    Minor point... Cave diving isn't terribly dangerous. My Australian CDAA registration number that I got in the 80's is well into the thousands, and we seem to average about one fatality per decade. There's about 5-10 fatalities per year world...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    Frozen anything won't work. Humans are slightly radioactive. We're constantly being slightly damaged, and constantly doing running repairs. Freezing humans doesn't stop the radioactivity but it does stop the repair process. Freeze a human for a century or so and...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    I probably do sound like a troll, but he's still better than I expected. I really thought that by now he'd have either, closed all borders, started another shooting war with Mexico, started a nuclear war with someone else, declared...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    The upper Floridian aquifer is basically all interconnected. There are springs in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic that connect the aquifer to the sea. It would be like building thousands of railway tunnels under the dikes....
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    I didn't know that Dutch dikes are built on sand, but I've also not spent hundreds of hours swimming around in sand. (This isn't me, but it is Florida) http://www.danintranet.org/storymedia/5968.jpg...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Tone is hard in this medium. Still, it's utterly impossible to put a dike around Florida no matter how much money you throw at it. The rock is riddled with interconnected cavities. It's old coral reef that's been above and...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    I think Trump has been surprisingly competent. So your friends aren't unique. Still, I thought his level of responsibility would be lower than Ferris Bueller on his day off. The fact that there's been nothing equivalent to crashing the borrowed...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Dikes don't work in Florida. The ground is porous and the tide will flow under any dike....
  • Commented on The crazy years
    Probably everyone should take that seriously. Despite some AI professionals here commenting that writing AI software is somehow special, and quite unlike other tasks that can be automated away (which is exactly what every profession seems to be saying about...
  • Commented on Dude, you broke the future!
    Speaking of Dark State. This morning my Google Android phone alerted me to the fact that "Charles Stross has released a new book 'Dark State' today". I've never told it I was going to buy that book the day it...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    " achieved by grabbing attacker’s front legs and separating them sideways until it released its jaws in pain, but before they broke." Remarkable restraint. I've been attacked by dogs a few times, and defended my dogs from attack a couple...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    Yes, probably talking about it is a good thing. I realise that I'm actually using Charlie's blog as a discussion group. After all the discussion of electric cars, WWII battleship strategy, trains and bagpipes, it sort of felt natural. I...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    "maliciously and falsely reporting tax avoidance with the intention to cause a time-consuming tax audit" - I'm sure those do happen, but I can find no record of someone being prosecuted for so doing" Funny you should mention that... There...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    Oh wow. Thanks....
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    Yeah, I think just keeping my head down is the best. Lots of people live with worse. Most men's groups seem toxic, and I don't seem to have much in common with most men anyway so that's pretty much out....
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    It seems not....
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    "I was sent to a program for men who had been convicted of sexual assault" I can't even imagine what that was like. It was bad enough 10 years ago when I first wondered if there was any help available,...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    "Being very careful about who you talk to is the obvious step." Yeah. I mentioned it here first a few weeks ago. After that I felt I should really mention it to my partner of 15 years. So I did....
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    "Well, if it was said by itself, not as a reaction as something women say is happening to them, it'd have more value." I don't think I've ever seen a discussion of domestic violence that wasn't framed in terms of...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    "Viz, the culture is changing, but slowly. For example all the #whataboutthemen responses to #metoo {eyeroll}" So what is the appropriate response for men to make? I really don't know, and I'm really asking, not as a rhetorical question intended...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    I read that article in full before I posted. I didn't find their idea that a computer with no outside help getting further in it's research of chess in 4 hours than thousands of humans (who have an exaflop processor...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    Slight return to subject... This stuff is starting to move amazingly quickly now. We've had chess computers for 30 odd years now, and they came out of a lot of work that involved help from chess masters. The best chess...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    I've never had straight bore. Around these parts you're much more likely to get the infusion, bore water, rather than pure bore....
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    "I wasn't aware that any major sect of the Christian faith had disavowed the old testament or was even dominated by a gospel-following theology. Can you link to some?" I've got a school friend who claims to be Christian and...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Oh, it looks like you were composing while I was playing with thermometers and cups. Your measurements and mine don't agree. I don't know why. I calibrated against slush -0.3, boiling water 99.3/6 and had a quick sanity check with...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    More fun with 'coffee'. I just got out a builders mug. Boiled the jug, and slopped it in. Stirred quickly for 15 turns with a teaspoon (about 4 seconds), did the traditional tap tap with the spoon on the side...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Just pulled out my Sous Vide kit... My 300 dollar digital thermometer said that as I poured the coffee into the cup it was at 78 C (third digit was all over the shop. I carried the cup out to...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    "everyone who served a guest a cup of coffee at home should be equally liable (as the coffee would be at least that hot)" Please remind me of this if I'm ever over at your place. A simple "I ruin...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    "The coffee was 82-88 degrees C in the cup. Which is fairly standard for takeaway coffee." Urgh phah. American's shouldn't be allowed to import coffee if that's what they do to it....
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    If you can tell that it's faked, then so can machines. All it will need is a bit of adversarial training. Machine one makes a porn video. It gets jumbled up with a bunch of other porn videos and shown...
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