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  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    But how fast does your neural network for monitoring the crops have to run? Crops don't change very quickly, and they aren't all that complicated. You don't need a machine capable of diagnosing a human disease within a standard GP...
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    Well, no, you don't use it at ambient pressure, you compress it to a more useful density. And then recirculate it. After all, you're not wanting to simply dump the low grade heat to the environment. You've got a network...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    "Where do you get a sterile saline solution on Mars?" You put some salt in some water, and boil it....
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    "Plastics (including cement) are of various degrees of utility, but there are some things you probably can't do with them - syringe needles being one." It is true that you don't often encounter around the home plastics which are capable...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    "when informed people* use it they are trying to address a specific problem. That is that most people focus on what they themselves do or have to do, and generally ignore what they don't do or don't have to do....
  • Commented on What happens now?
    "But for that they would have to believe the world can be destroyed - which goes against their religious upbringing that says God created the world for man." It seems that that same "religious upbringing" also produces a lot of...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    "The way to engage with hard rightists is to, well, engage with them in constructive ways that help bring them back into the fold of community. I don't have the answers..." I don't have the answers, but I do have...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    "It's beyond time to drop that bs that the people who are miserable and hating are the disadvantaged." s/are the disadvantaged/are ONLY the disadvantaged/ In England we have some arseholes like Farrago who apparently can hire a private plane, or...
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    √10 is often also a useful approximation :)...
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    I've always thought of that as just them putting on a silly accent to do that song. It is kind of Londonish, but it's also kind of cat....
  • Commented on What happens now?
    I guess he was related in some way to the villain Joo Kwezny. Conversely, I read something a couple of years ago involving the fictional Cornish village of Port Agnes, which they wrote as Portagnes and I read as Portiyne....
  • Commented on What happens now?
    You can arrive at a point of having demonstrated it to yourself, if you pick up some story as a spontaneous, novel, context-free action, read it, get to the last page where the author pulls the curtain away and find...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    Latin is seen as a very good language for minimising word count, because the glue logic is all in the endings, and also because there are many instances where words can be left out altogether (something that writers of "internet...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    "Which is easier, more likely to maintain intended meaning and shorter (less verbiage): 1 - translating from English to another language 2- translating from some other language into English" I think it has to depend on what the translator's native...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    "Now, if Pigeon meant to say something like, "It's entirely possible to take a character through the length of a whole story without revealing the character's sex/gender..." [As opposed to "It's entirely possible to take a character through the length...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    Or in Yorkshire: "Sithee, lad - thee thous them as thous thee and not afore. Think on!" "In German, a King may duz his subjects." Hmm. Would the French equivalent be "tuer", I wonder? (teehee)...
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    Thing is, those things are awful. They are artificial, and ugly, which makes them obtrusive. Coming across one of those in a sentence is like cycling over a brick. They may be OK in some context like an alien species...
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    It confused me when I first came across it, since it certainly looks like it can only be a plural, but in usage is singular as well as plural, just like ordinary "you" but with "all" stuck on the end...
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    I take more or less the same view as Heteromeles regarding the "pronouns in bios" proposition as applied to me personally. It's effectively making a statement up-front along the lines of "I expect my interactions on this platform to be...
  • Commented on What happens now?
    "Always used a proper fountain pen - cartridges couldn't not be trusted to explode or leak" Their ability to explode is half the point of them. Certain light fittings where you could balance a cartridge out of sight on top...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    Eh, not Hindenburg. Billy the K....
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    Exactly. Or in other words, they will always be an order of magnitude too expensive for me to ever have one. Or anyone else like me, and there are a lot of such. Which is why I get so mad...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    Vehicle sizes and weights have been creeping upward for years, for reasons which have nothing to do with any of the drivetrain components. Indeed, if anything engines have become lighter and more compact, for reasons like the use of aluminium...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    By the 19th, we will be seeing things like a device to detect the instant Trump's presidenton field collapses, and switch on a virus-proof quarantine force field in the form of a sphere centred on Trump's person, which then begins...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    What, no clignotants or vilebrequins? They were missing out....
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    "In English I understand it's usually "a battery" and chargeability is then specified if necessary?" Yes. A rechargeable battery is technically an accumulator but nobody calls it that. It did have some sense of being a lead-acid car battery at...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    Hang on hang on hang on. What the fuck is "de-radicalisation" doing in that list of training requirements? People have to accept political re-education before they can get vaccinated?...
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    "But I've never seen this when emergency vehicles were involved." I have. Prebend Street bridge in Bedford, for instance, which is the main connection between the hospital and most of the northern half of the town. The bridge itself is...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    And some Brits are so dimwitted that when everyone else starts pulling over they go "hey wow, look at all this space" and drive down it themselves. Until they get to the point where people don't have so much room...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    "Why do you say Halo dosn't work?" That reacts, too. Nothing actually puts it out because it burns without external inputs; most things react with it. So it's a problem. Water reacts to produce hydrogen fluoride, both as gas and...
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