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Damian

  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    A man punched a police horse at an anti-lockdown protest in Sydney a few weeks ago. Added the epithet "horse puncher" the list of names we have for such people down here......
  • Commented on Invisible Sun: Themes and Nightmares
    The entertaining thing is that (federal health minister) Greg Hunt's go-to reason to reject pandemic advice from (highly respected health economist) Stephen Duckett was that the latter predicted blowing through ICU capacity in the event of something like what's about...
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    It's worse than that. AIUI the submarines we were contracting from France (to be made in Adelaide) were a nuclear design that had been modified to diesel to meet the then Australian requirements. It's the requirements that have changed, something...
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    To be fair, I thought that Bill's exclamation point indicated awareness of this....
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    The other thing worth mentioning is that it's pretty darn politically expedient for the current Australian government for this announcement to occur right now. There are two reasons. The first is that there's a federal election coming in within 12...
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    I also find the whole “fuckers gonna fuck shit up” argument pretty tired, and tiring to play whackamole with too. Historically we’ve found ways to persuade people not to be awful, failing that to kill them, or failing even that...
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    I did work it out, but it took me longer than you'd think. If I remember there was a lot of commentary about recruitment of submariners being a challenge several years ago. As I understood it this was addressed, though...
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    ARN?...
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    I suppose I should add that I personally don't see this as a welcome development at all. Sometimes it's easy to confuse "explaining the situation" with "advocating for it". For the record, I'm not clear what the most sensible way...
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    Well yes, and I had considered commenting on this news in this thread myself. In a lot of ways this is simply making a tacit geopolitical posture not-so-tacit. Like Japan and a couple of others, Australia has always been a...
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    Why am I not surprised? There's a name for that. I hear that some SF author has a book with that name for a title......
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    Well the point is that you can't have sexbots as such then. If you start with the premise that you raise robots like human children, then the only non-fucked-up path is not to set out to make slaves from the...
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    Probably a good time to repeat the disconnect between markets and capitalism. The latter does not require the former, basically, and works best when it controls them completely....
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    Meant to respond to a much earlier comment, but that's so long ago (been engaged elsewhere for a bit due to reasons) it doesn't even make sense now. In response to this one: yes, agree with the order expressed here....
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    The tropics will warm, but the poles take most of the warming. I don't know of a scenario where the tropics become a barren wasteland. I think of the scenario where we've already caused 5-ishºC of warming, and along the...
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    The diversity is key, as is avoiding dependence on megaprojects. Diversity and localism means each country (or smaller!) builds what suits it This is another case of the resilience versus efficiency tradeoff, except that the efficiency end of the continuum...
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    Don't forget the Himalayas: a kilometre of elevations good for around 6ºC, and given the relatively high insolation we're talking about a potential bread basket there. But otherwise, yes, and I suspect we're talking realistically about a few thousand people....
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    Great for Australia, with their abundant sunshine. It's worth occasionally repeating a small but important fact of geometry as it applies to the earth. Since it is an obvious point to make, I rather avoid harping on about it since...
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    I meant roof tiles. Cast concrete, which I guess is cheaper than terracotta and it's certainly stronger. They interlock and provide their own water channels. They are usually fixed directly to battens. Sometimes there's a fabric sarking underneath, but there's...
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    Your question here doesn't scan: it's both a misrepresentation and a false dichotomy. Stop that....
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    cars and trucks traveling on highways and streets are indisputably much more resilient than enormously more efficient steel wheels on steel rails I reckon that's as good an allegory as any for (domestic) rooftop solar versus mass generation and grid...
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    What I have seen happen is that solar installers get into the roofing game, since they're up there and replacing at least some of the tiles or shingles. I was a little surprised when we had out lighting circuits rewired*...
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    Heh, I noticed this new thread just after reading the article linked below about graphene aluminium-ion batteries, which are currently in commercialisation stage here in Brisbane (with tech developed at UQ): https://www.carsales.com.au/editorial/details/australian-aluminium-ion-battery-breakthrough-129973/ The side comment is that a specialist automotive...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    Ah, you mean men! Yes indeed! At least in that I think of certain traits associated with conservatism and certain versions of masculinity as being part of the same construct, or outcomes of the same ideology. Surely most traditional constructions...
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    You're right, for (probably silly reasons) I was thinking of these as "volunteers" rather than conscripts, simply being redeployed to work that is different to what they thought they volunteered for. Even if it's in a context of "this is...
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    Indeed I am and thanks for the catch. The problem really is the extra workload for the real nurses who would need to supervise them, though it's in that realm where it's reasonable to seek out a break even point...
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    "Ah Gogo, don't go on like that. Tomorrow everything will be better."...
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    You're right of course, but I still think there's something in it. Partly because one of the traits of authoritarians is the hair-trigger disgust threshold, and while I'm sure that yes, some of that can't be conditioned, I don't think...
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    Contradicting what I said about trusting them to care for people... There's always a shortage of trained nurses everywhere, so it's not really taking away jobs if you train all militia-folk as nurses, and employ them likewise as a condition...
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    Most large city sewer systems suffer from fat-bergs. Anywhere with riverine flooding, the damage recovery when floodwaters recede is pretty unpleasant too, though perhaps not on a a level with fat-bergs for sheer awfulness. A wide variety of less heroic...
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