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  • Commented on Do my Homework
    By a spooky coincidence, Paul Ehrlich published The Population Bomb in 1968 in the same year that population growth rate peaked at 2.09%/yr. The global population that year was 3.55b. If that growth rate had been maintained ever since then...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Re 100 years in the future SciFi as opposed to 5 minutes. I think I'm right in saying oil will run out before coal. So given our addiction to fossil fuels there will be an extended "Coal Age" post-oil. It...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Bruce Sterling - Holy Fire ticks most of those boxes. And according to Wikipedia, it's recommended by OGH....
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    I find it hard to be quite so optimistic about the Green Revolution and Demographic Transition. Given that global population is growing linearly at 80m/yr and isn't really showing any signs of slowing down. If anything we're growing at slightly...
  • Commented on Sitrep
    Waste food -> Methane -> Electricity+Compost may be small scale but it is a real thing. We've got plants near us that seem to have been running commercially for a couple of years. eg. http://www.biogen.co.uk/News/blog-article/Hertfordshires-first-food-waste-to-green-energy-plant-opens There are several landfill sites...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    On the basis that any sufficiently advanced generation ship is indistinguishable from a planet. I went looking for some stats on data storage growth along with data generation growth on generation ship Earth. I remember IDC producing figures for stuff...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    Remember the "proper spaceships need beer" thing? I figured it's not a proper spaceship until it includes brandy and cigars for the full steampunk experience. Uncontrolled combustion, naked flames, proof spirits and drunk people in a spaceship; what could possibly...
  • Commented on Canned Monkeys Don't Ship Well, the Remix Version
    @190. As well as female education, there's also a direct relationship between urbanisation and a drop in fertility rate. And there's some suggestion that the UN is drastically underestimating the level of global urbanisation. But also beware extrapolating the experience...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    In the original population/civilisation/fab question I wasn't really thinking about end user computing but more about embedded processors, asics and custom chips. Since the mid-80s roughly, it seems like *everything* electrical has an embedded processor. And even more so now...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    We did this once before with Greg on a previous thread. I'm glad you posted the link to the UN demographics group 2017 revision. This is the source, figures and analysis that Rosling (and other related analysts) was using in...
  • Commented on Test Case
    Warning: There are rabbits down this hole. I think what was being referred to was an event around Mar 14-15 that is almost perfectly designed to generate conspiracy theories. The Times posted an article titled "Salisbury poison exposure leaves almost...
  • Commented on Test Case
    I'm a big fan of James Bridle's subversive art projects. I was looking for another one on "All CCTV cameras are Police cameras" and came across this which seems on topic. http://jamesbridle.com/works/autonomous-trap-001 It's a "Salt Circle" for trapping autonomous cars...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Unable to gain altitude faster than roughly 20cm/sec sounds terrible. But out in the real world (unless you live in the Alps or Edinburgh), a UK E-Bicycle means never going below 10mph, maintaining 15mph on the flat and >20 downhill...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    Answers to that question here in an easily digestible form. http://www.worldometers.info/world-population/...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    The gold standard for global population projections is the UN population group. These are the figures everyone uses from Rosling to Roser and the worldindata group to the MSM. There's an easily accessible display of the UN medium fertility model...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    I think we're going to need a bigger model. I'm curious how all this relates to the Empire Games multiverse. Compared with the High Frontier Redux, travel to other versions of this habitable planet in other timelines is very low...
  • Commented on Crib Notes: Empire Games
    I apologise for being Off-topic but we're well past 300 ... In the last couple of years, the Poly-Named-One posted a comment explaining it's categorising levels of Meta from M1-M5. I've been completely unable to find this again. Google and...
  • Commented on Excuses
    Two other lyrics from the same source that feel appropriate to this thread. Use your wheels. It is what they are for. Statistically more people survive if they think only of themselves....
  • Commented on Excuses
    It's not quite as bad as that. Battery plus electric motor needs to get closer in total output to petrol plus ICE. And there's a big difference in conversion efficiency between electric and ICE. So the energy storage only needs...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    The local secondary school (now an academy, obvs.) in this small market town in SE England used to do foreign exchange and trips for A-Level French students. But it has ground to a halt in the last couple of years...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    And as biplanes swoop down on Trump Tower, David Carradine climbs the Chrysler building to discover that Q - The Winged Serpent has woken from its slumber. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0084556/?ref_=fn_al_tt_2...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    I have this sneaking suspicion (which may make no sense) that if we can't burn all the remaining coal, we'll use it as feed stock for plastic....
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    I think Peter Watts just nailed it. https://seat14c.com/future_ideas/37D...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Greg, when you have a go at Assange and remind us about the UEA emails, I keep wanting to defend him and wikileaks. But then here he is again trolling the world. It's just embarrassing. https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/08/08/assange_offers_job_to_dismissed_google_diversity_memo_employee/...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Pretty much everyone in Fleming's 1950s Bond were permanently-drunk alcoholics (reflecting the author). This tradition has been followed in the films right up to the present day. So I went looking for real life villains who look like alcoholics. And...
  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    The name's Bond, etc. ;) Some argument about whether Elliot Carver was based on Mr Y or on Robert Maxwell. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomorrow_Never_Dies#Writing It's a shame Cap'n Bob is no longer with us, as the thesis would have worked just as well...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    On cash and its demise: this turned up today. https://www.theguardian.com/money/2017/jul/12/cash-contactless-payments-uk-stores-cards-british-retail-consortium Key points. Contactless now accounts for 1/3 of all card purchases, up from 10% in Oct 2015. And debit cards account for more transactions than cash in numbers and not...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    I've reached the conclusion that there is no hidden agenda or clever plan in the current crop of UK politicians. What you see is exactly what you get. So Corbyn's position on Brexit can be judged by his actions. He...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    There's a strong dissonance here between UK and USA banking. But also between different sections of UK society. There are still plenty of places that offer deals for cash, non-VAT or where you might notice somebody paying for something with...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Sorry, somewhere between deciding to reply, signing in and clicking on the reply link I picked the wrong post. That should of course have been a reply to Greg at 113 not your 116....
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