Thomas Jørgensen

Thomas Jørgensen

  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    I consider guncontrol to be a futile distraction in the US context. Given the worked up paranoia of the US right, you could not enforce any serious restrictions on gun ownership without building pyramids of skulls out of Bobs and...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    Seaborg Technologies managed to get Natrium Hydroxide to stop eating structural steels. They want to use this for a molten salt reactor, but the fundamental chemistry is insanely useful for both thermal solar and also conventional nuclear, because once it...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    A reactor grid can do thermal instead of electric storage. This is both vastly cheaper, and more importantly, involves no scarce resources, so doing more of it pushes the price down, not up. You fit in fuck-off-huge tanks between the...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    Harder-than-expected wear happened to the UK AGR reactor. For most other reactor design, the experience has been "Well, we are at the end of the originally envisaged design life, but if we swap out these there parts, good for another...
  • Commented on The impotence of the long-distance trillionaire
    Dont think the north can really win reconstruction solely by the fist. You need a strategy that decisively break the slave power. I think the best starting point would be to break up all the plantations. Legal Shenanigans: Charge all...
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    The obvious big field not seeing enough capital is "Electricity in the third world" - Enormous returns to human welfare and productivity, and the electric company can easily capture enough of the latter to make money hand over fist without...
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    I think it fairly likely "Tesla is highly overvalued" is what the twitter purchase is actually about. If Musk sold Tesla stock to buy index funds with the money, the market would take that as proof positive that the valuation...
  • Commented on Holding pattern 2022 ...
    Irans situation is due to Trump.. not giving a shit about the good name of the USA nor about keeping diplomatic levers useful, and being an evil troll instead. It rather demonstrates my point, actually, because Iran has very limited...
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    Sanctions are tools of political pressure. If you comply, they get lifted. If they did not, they would be useless. So if Russia leaves Ukraine, the sanctions go. If they leave except for Crimea, the sanctions get rolled back to...
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    No, it is a statement entirely void of informational content. That is, the Russian spokes person would say that literally regardless of Putins intent. And would not even be informed of what that intent is. This is one downside of...
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    Given who Putin is buying, gold. Rightwing loons are almost invariably goldbugs...
  • Commented on Roe v Wade v Sanity
    No. Read the dissents. That holds no water at all. (because it proves rather too much.) Shelby was written in spectacular bad faith and the fact that the court did not have an anvil dropped on it for that bullshit...
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    If you are going to impeach justices, impeach everyone that signed Shelby for breaking their oaths of office. Which a functional congress would have done years ago. Shelby is the decision that gutted the voting rights act. The voting rights...
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    Cali has an enormous water infrastructure which is paid for by the cities, and mostly delivers water to the farms. It is a cross subsidy in effect, even if it is all couched in terms of "Water rights" One consequence...
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    I ran across an article that reminded me of a saying: "always consider that the outcome of a plot may have been the intended result all along". https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2022/4/26/2094225/-A-terrifying-look-into-Putin-s-possible-motivation-leading-to-the-invasion-of-Ukraine...
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    This is not a meaningful problem. Nuclear fuel is shelf-stable, and so cheap compared to the reactor that if this an actual worry you have, you can simply buy fuel for sixty years of operation along with the reactor. Eh.....
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    The mandarin duck and similar is a melee implementation of the "Crew served weapons do basically all the killing" concept. One or two persons with a combat rake/trident thing to yank or pull the enemy in front of you off...
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    Biodiesel produced as a primary product is an affront to the planet. If you have a bunch of plant material in a handy pile as a side product of food production, sure, might as well ferment it. But growing corn...
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    Biofuels have atrocious efficiency. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photosynthetic_efficiency 3-6% and further losses in conversion to char. Trying to use them in arctic regions is. Uhm. Not happening. And again, I must question the strange conceit that a post-apocalyptic society would somehow forget about...
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    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1198743X2100639X Hungary used every vaccine they could get their hands on, and also had a mediocre overall uptake so made for a near-ideal natural experiment. Sputnik-V is indeed as effective as the m-RNA vaccines. There is also some in-vitro work...
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    Sputnik-V was a very well designed vaccine. Far superior to sinovac, and the numbers out of Italy indicate it is probably better against omni than the m-RNA vaccines. - 2 doses, each using a different vector to invoke immune response,...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    It is restrained because UA is mostly winning with a restrained level of support. This is going to sound a bit nuts.. But you know who does not have much in the way of agency here? The EU. The EU...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    The idea that actions must have solid reasoning behind them is obviously false. We in the west have also committed some rather impressive unforced errors recently (Vaccine resistance politics! Brexit. ) Putin has spent decades centralizing all authority into his...
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    Sunk by a single battery of Neptune Anti-ship missiles Ukraine finished building in the middle of the war. It probably helped that the ship was originally built in Ukraine, so the weaknesses of the ship were known. It appears one...
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    Taking things seriously like a lunatic regarding RTGs Lets take things to the point of absurdity. The easiest isotopes for RTG use to produce are Sr 90 and Cs 137, since they are direct fission products. No need to do...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    3 kw average. Spread over a million homes. Individual heat use peaking a full magnitude over that is not a problem, as long as said peaks dont correlate. So you would probably need to buffer the hot water draw at...
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    The "Expense" of building district heating grids is just a case of large number shock. For a dense urban area building and installing district heating is under 2k euro/house, and much less than that for apartments. If you have a...
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    Nuclear district heating is not a new and crazy idea, which I presume is what you are trying to insinuate. Something like sixty reactors worldwide deliver heat for industry and heating. And yes, a fair few of those are hooked...
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    Heat pumps are probably the optimal solution if you have both air-con and heating needs, depending on season. One system, two problems solved. But if you are north enough that you mostly just want heat, then I am quite in...
  • Commented on Behind the Ukraine war
    For the reasons of speed you just laid out, the proper drone swarm to kill a carrier with is air-borne. A carrier has formidable air-defenses.. but they have limited ammo. Dont need fancy hyper sonic missiles to do it in...
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