Thomas Jørgensen

Thomas Jørgensen

  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    3d printing is for prototyping. Any design which we end up wanting to use is going to be needed in the thousands (for ventilators) or tens of millions of units. Conventional mass manufacture is much better for that....
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    Mass testing regimes, and mass mask production are the things which are guaranteed to arrive before the lockdown gets impractical - that is, the end point that does not rely on anything uncertain breaking our way. Once we can quarantine...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    The twenty-fifth amendment is an amendment to the constitution, it cannot be unconstitutional. In case of conflict, it supersedes earlier clauses. That does not mean the court couldn't rule it unconstitutional, merely that any justices so ruling should be tarred,...
  • Commented on Infomercial Interlude
    Using only examples which are both complete, and meet a minimum threshold of quality: Worm. 1.5 million words. Too grim for my taste, by far, but very popular. Mother of learning, 805000 words, about a pair of magic students stuck...
  • Commented on Infomercial Interlude
    And now that the author published serial is back, but now with word processing support, the world is seeing some truly ridonklous word count tomes appearing. Electronic format only, on account of portability issues...
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    From the point of view of an urban planner, your problem is the system working as intended - you are retired, living in an economic hot zone, the goal is to get you to sell to someone who needs to...
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    Graydon : The bed count minimization is not just cost cutting - it is also because being in a hospital is dangerous for your continued health, so best practice under normal conditions is to minimize hospital stay length as far...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    That is your worst case scenario? You lack vision, pupil. My worst case scenario is that Trump "wins" but the vote riggers get lazy, and all the vote counts come to integer percentages of the whole vote or one of...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    The reason a lot of people refuse to talk with you when you bring up EROEI and nuclear is that this particular subject was poisoned by Storm Leeuwen and a couple of fellow travelers who just straight up lied to...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    The reason a lot of people refuse to talk with you when you bring up EROEI and nuclear is that this particular subject was poisoned by Storm Leeuwen and a couple of fellow travelers who just straight up lied to...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    Long term it is just not waste, but raw material. Fresh from the reactor, nuclear waste is a witches brew, which is difficult to do anything with, because when you try to seperate it into its component parts, the machines...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    oh, for. No. That is not some off-the books inevitable huge energy expenditure. To the extent remediation is required at all, the techniques and costs are largely the same as for coal, except the mines are literally hundreds of times...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    I should really just put an autoritative version of this with full references and so on somewhere to cut and paste, because it comes up depressingly often. Per tonne of material mined, (and disposed of) nuclear produces enormous amounts of...
  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    This is wrong. The only part of the nuclear fuel production cycle which is energy intensive enough to be worth measuring at all is enrichment... which has both gotten massively less energy intensive with the advent of modern centrifuges, and...
  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    Re: genetic engineering arriving very soon: That sounds pessimistically slow, actually. I fully expect the first round of genetic engineering to happen in my lifetime. I also expect that round to be basically "The genepool needs some bleach" - that...
  • Commented on Too Many Thoughts About Genre
    So.. just finished it. Uhm. Gosh, are god skeletons made of lead? Because that is really taking "hive of scum and villainy to the next level....
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    If I was designing a cheap tank killer, I would not try to defeat the armor, I would.. attempt to formulate a gas or air-borne particulate which did a number on combustion engines. A tank with a dead engine is...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    The point is that Iran has agency, and while the details of past couple of years are godsdamn demented, the kind of future noone plans for, "The war hawks in Washington gets their way and then the US attacks us"...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Theory is that the stockpile exists for the sole purpose of carrier killing, because carriers are the keystone of us force projection. They dont need radar for that, they just need radio - the carrier is an air-field. It is...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    ... You know what, I am going to put this out there just so I can say "I told you so" in the event this little scenario plays out. A Few Points: 1:Russia no longer has a surface navy worth...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    The entire point of the giant kelp planting (beyond harvesting it) is that it oxygenates the water. So, no, its not growing in anoxic waters, but it is creating its own area of oxygenated, less acidic, water...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    I mentioned seaweed and mussels specificially because those can be grown in anoxic waters without external food inputs - you plant giant seaweed, which oxygenates the local waters, grow bi-valves on ropes, harvest both weed and meat-plants. Waters do need...
  • Commented on Introducing Dead Lies Dreaming
    Iran is pretty well convinced the CIA is sabotaging their space program - That tweet of the keyhole photos of their unsceduled disassembly of launch vehicle last year was a text-book "overly specific denial". That is one obvious area where...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Seeing a lot of "This is Corbins fault going around", but honestly, this just looks like Murdoc getting what he has worked on for 20+ years. Labor got its teeth kicked in whereever leave support was strong. Not sure there...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    Proliferation is not a technological problem, it is a political one. IAEA safeguards and guards with guns work fine for CANDU reactors (which are aproximately the platonic ideal of a reactor with dual-purpose potential). They will work fine for any...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    ... Lets see. I do not really believe in long-term grid storage see: Many previous postings. But a hundred billion is enough to get a reactor design into series production and to the point where cost savings should materialize. Also....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Something occurs to me. The fixed term parliament act means there is not going to be an election unless the Tories are convinced they can win it. Have you considered the possibility that Corbyn is *deliberately* tanking the polls? Because...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Pelosi had no choice. It does not really matter what the optics are, she cannot allow the incumbent to coerce foreign states into ratfucking the election in his favor - that would turn the election into a farce with nation-levelmsecurity...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    1999 is in my Killfile on grounds of either being an Eugene Ghostman or too insane to be worth engaging with. So, well. Cant consider....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Pure water + steel: Steel lasts forever. Pure salt + steel, steel lasts forever. Salt, water and steel: Heap of junk in 3 months. The corrosion tests done with insufficiently pure salts are terrifying. Currently the purification is done in...
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