Damian

Damian

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    Still isn’t even 2° based on some optimistic assumptions? Assumptions made in part in an effort to be politically palatable, the rationalisation being that realistic assumptions lead to outcomes that will be dismissed as “alarmist”. My impression was that 4°...
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    Minor quibble. There are most likely people alive now who, barring an event that just kills us all stone dead, which admittedly no longer seems all that unlikely, will be alive in 2100. Might not be people you’d invite to...
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    The other possibility we haven’t considered is that we are defining “groundbreaking change” in a way that assumes it is done by “maverick individuals” as a part of the way we think of what it means. That makes this a...
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    You realise they are not mutually exclusive, right? How about I rephrase Mark’s question... What’s the difference between an infrastructure built with VMw@r3 and Nut@n1x* spread on a bunch of fully populated blade chasses in a set of locations, and...
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    Right, and at least some access to education is also a necessary condition. The examples support this. No-one is saying they think they have the answers on what sufficient conditions might be. None of this is any kind of counter...
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    Even while x% of “cloud” is VM/CMS and zLinux......
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    Darnit, lost the post to timing out, then on recovering a segment hit submit by accident. That’s supposed to be: A ragged urchin, aimless and alone, Loitered about that vacancy; a bird Flew up to safety from his well-aimed stone:...
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    The evidence is that the exceptional people are critical Whether that is true or not, your point about conditions is wrong. Do you really think that an educated person with an intellectual background working in a patent office is coming...
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    Just chiming in on this thread to chip in with a couple of things. 1) I (perhaps obviously) agree with pretty much everything Frank is saying. It’s not just the number on investigators, but more investigators in a cluster make...
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    I once had a colleague interpret the ISO8601-ish string I was including in auto-generated file names for uniqueness as a random number. Which was not really wrong, it’s just a way to illustrate that some things that are ordered look...
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    I agree that’s a great book, I’m pretty sure I read it a couple of years ago after Frank recommended it here. One learning that stands out for some reason is that Atlanta is the primatologist capital of the world....
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    I’m seeing two separate threads, but part of the same weave. One is the “widening circle of light”. Obviously the more people working at pushing back the edge of darkness the better, it doesn’t really matter whether it’s in the...
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    Well, when in Innsmouth......
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    We know it's a certain set of frequencies of photons, but why do we see a "color" instead of seeing a set of frequency numbers? Well leaving this additional layers about interpreting reality aside, there’s still no such thing as...
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    n normal years bees often swarm *into* the cities because people water their gardens enough to produce flowers We have a few big bushes of Genoese basil* which, in Queensland, are always flowering and always full of bees, often 3-4...
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    for added lulz Yeah well. Christians are polytheists too, as a general case. While they may claim to be monotheistic, the Nicene creed is still definitional for most of them and that includes the trinity. So they have a pantheon...
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    It’s amazing what you can call an externality if you hold your nose and you’re careful enough about what you step in (but just careful enough, excessive carefulness is expensive). Lots of things to say about education funding, but the...
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    In particular, my experience of people whose IQ would be “above average” is that they are used to being the smartest person in the room while not actually being especially smart. This makes them pretty insufferable as well as more...
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    ...so Bo’s guess of Sikhism was correct, since Hinduism is not monotheistic and Judaism is abrahamic?...
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    The nearest golf course to my house is home to literally hundreds of sulfur-crested cockatoos. Sadly droughts and storms have thinned out the tall trees, but we still see a good sized stand of 50m+ trees from our deck, often...
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    Sorry, that’s Surface Detail (Singular), and I stuffed up one of the tags (could someone fix that?). [[ html fixed - mod ]]...
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    Sounds like Surface Details though I seem to recall it’s mentioned in Matter. The former is the one with the virtual Hells, and the latter is the one that makes the (obviously not entirely serious) argument that more advanced civilisations...
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    Well that’s something nice for a Friday. Pre-ordered, just a month to wait....
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    Have we discussed the climate effects on volcanism here? There are studies out there linking melting ice to rising crust, and from there toore volcanic eruptions, especially under glaciers....
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    Well sure, but relying on re-districting brings its own problems, especially with single member electorates. Proportional multi member electorates can mitigate deliberate gerrymandering, but within limits. It’s easier to adjust the number of members than it is to redraw electoral...
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    We need other ways to make for more resilient food systems, and we need them in a hurry. Well there’s the Cuban experience of just growing things in cities. Rooftops, parks and erstwhile waste ground can be reclaimed with a...
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    Bugger, what I meant to say was: You might notice that most of the seats where a majority of members are from the alt-right Sweden Democrats are in rural Skania....
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    I'm curious, do other countries have the same disparity in urban/rural voter power? And does this have the same effect on politics that it has in North America? Yes and yes. It’s an artefact of single-member electorates, or any electorates...
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    Not rambling at all, you're more coherent than I am after two days with a cold. The thing to unpack about Sparta (even Sparta) is that it's really an example of just backing away from co-operation enough to support making...
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    I particular like the acknowledgement this line of thinking implies that competition is wasteful and in the future may be an unaffordable luxury. But in some ways this is all a continuation of the post-war project per Bretton Woods etc....
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