Geoff Hart

Geoff Hart

  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    Trottelreiner noted: "Actually I'm not even that sure about Lovecraft being a "bad writer" nowadays." Perhaps we should distinguish between good "writer" and good "storyteller". The former is a subjective judgment call that depends on how you define good writing...
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    Since we're in the realm of the scary counterfactual, how about this one: the Laundry Files is the good news version. In reality [sic]: Science is just a delusion created by the Great Elder Gods to give us the false...
  • Commented on Test Case
    Robert Prior wondered: "Out of curiosity, is there the same push to have a gender-neutral way of addressing people in French, or is that pretty much an Anglo thing? Because your alternative seems gendered (to my very limited French)…" Really...
  • Commented on Test Case
    Pigeon noted: "Na, the chair is the thing they sit in. That's what makes using it to refer to the person an abomination." Are you so sure? Perhaps the object of the sitting is named after the sitter? After all,...
  • Commented on Test Case
    Elderly Cynic noted: "The use of the singular 'they' is political correctness run riot..." Sorry, but no. Its use goes back more than 500 years before "political correctness" became a thing. Check Wikipedia or the OED. Such constructions arise initially...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    keithmasterson@yahoo.com noted: "Pinker's latest, "Enlightenment Now" makes a related point, about how imperfectly the aggregate measures such as GDP reflect economic improvements in resource use" The problem with any economic or social metric, including GDP, is that it only seems...
  • Commented on Test Case
    JBS replied to my comment that "Once again, we Canadians are relegated to an ellipsis. If I weren't Canadian, I'd take offence." JBS: "And if you were from Quebec, you'd be offended by the assumption that Canada is an "English"...
  • Commented on Test Case
    whitroth noted: "The" English language? Which, American, American South, Aussie, British.... Once again, we Canadians are relegated to an ellipsis. If I weren't Canadian, I'd take offence. whitroth: "Or, as I like to say, in long form, it's the result...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    Greg Tingey didn't like my "Plumbing and wiring are obviously specialized expertise. For that, you need to hire an expert." Greg: "I refuse to pay a plumber or an electrician - I can ( & have done ) all I...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    Frank Landis noted: "So, why are we pushing people to build houses with more steel. Why not use wood composites that actually sequester carbon?" Just picking a nit here: "composites" are almost entirely unnecessary, other than for specific leading-edge engineering...
  • Commented on Test Case
    One thing that hasn't been mentioned is what one does when the car stops operating as designed, for whatever reason. One likely reason is (as we see almost monthly with operating systems and applications) patches for urgent problems that actually...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    _Moz_ noted: "One possible carbon sink would be trees that sink when dead." Not necessarily a great idea. A couple year ago, I learned, to my dismay, that hydroelectric power is not carbon-neutral, and is often carbon-negative. The problem arises...
  • Commented on Test Case
    Charlie noted: "Bad road law planning, then: in the UK, it's an offense (not often enforced, though) to reverse into a road: you have to reverse from the road into your drive when parking, or turn around on your own...
  • Commented on Test Case
    Speaking of silver vs. gold packages, it seems like a good solution would be to open-source all the safety software and make it freely available to any manufacturer, including home hobbyists. Or alternatively, create it jointly through an industry-wide cooperation...
  • Commented on Test Case
    Daniel Duffy notes: "From what I know about truck automation, urban driving is too complex for computers. Computers do well, reacting quickly and efficiently, in environments that are relatively simple and predictable with few variables. So despite the faster speeds,...
  • Commented on Test Case
    Greg Tingey objected to my suggestion about identifying the crucial step is that led to the accident: Greg: " STOP RIGHT THERE Usually false assumption - that there was one single point-of-failure that caused the accident." Perhaps you missed the...
  • Commented on Test Case
    Charlie notes: "To me, the interesting question currently isn't whether fatal accidents will happen (they will), but where does liability get apportioned." In theory, a sine qua non approach should work: rigorously identify (ideally by expert witnesses rather than lawyers)...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    Speaking of sequestering carbon in buildings, there's also the growing field (pun not intended) of using straw bales as insulation, sandwiched between thin layers of another substance to provide structural strength. Don't know details, other than that it seems to...
  • Commented on Test Case
    A sadly plausible scenario, and to paraphrase Stalin, "1 death to an autonomous vehicle is a tragedy, but the 30K+ automobile fatalities in the U.S. each year is a mere statistic and thus not worth worrying about". Of course, until...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    Unholyguy noted: "Victorian London is actually a great example. Regardless of how severe the physical problems were at the time and how much they struggled to deal with them, 140 years later none of those things are a problem anymore."...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    Elderly Cynic noted: "I believe that the laboratory- and factory-farming-derived concentration on pure monocultures is a mistake, especially when the organisms concerned do not naturally form near-monocultures." Yes! I work with several researchers who study bioreactors and hydroponics, and the...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    Heteromeles noted: "Looking at San Diego, which literally lives on borrowed water, I'm pretty sure that, absent a true miracle, many of its subdivisions, probably including the one I live in, will have to be abandoned" This may happen fairly...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    Re. liens on houses after the local utility installs the solar panels Yes, as I noted, the economics are more complex than my simplistic description of the solution. One way to avoid the problem with liens is to make the...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    Thomas Jørgensen suggested: "Mangrove plantations for climate engineering and economic profit - a lot of the California coast line is recreationally important.. but not all of it." It's a nice thought, but like all ecological engineering, you need to think...
  • Commented on Solarpunk rising, or how to turn boring bureaucratic meetings into creative fodder
    (Puts on plant physiology/ecology hat...) Frank wrote: "The urban forestry crowd wanted more trees in the streets to sequester carbon. Street trees have about the same lifespan as a plastic lawn chair, and San Diego is known for, well, droughts...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    JBS wondered: "Did you ever read the O. Henry short story "The Ransom of Red Chief"?" Nope, but thanks for the link. I look forward to reading it once I get through the current work crunch....
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    In breaking news, Trump agrees to meet Kim in Pyongyang, which neatly returns us to our original topic: *Fe* Trump visits Pyongyang and is immediately kidnapped and held hostage. It is revealed (with much smirking and mustache twiddling, à la...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    Charlie noted: "If these are psyops, they're aimed at the Pentagon budget, to induce spending on pointless countermeasures, not the regular citizens of the USA." If Jerry Pournelle is to be believed, he and a bunch of other folks who...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    Troutwaxer noted: "Aprpos of nothing, I was in traffic and had cause to think of your line from "The Jennifer Morgue" about a cannon that fires Porsches and Audis at your back as you drive down the autobahn..." No, that...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    Charlie proposed: "Nakamoto is an alien scout trying to destroy the human global economy to lay the groundwork for the arrival of the alien invasion fleet." No, that's Donald Trump, but I can see how (from a Scottish distance) you...
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