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  • Commented on The coming storm
    Heteromeles @ 345: The problem isn’t the lithium per se, it’s the cobalt in the anode and carbide. Which is why I mentioned alternative battery chemistries. One of the reasons they are so much cheaper is that they don't need...
  • Commented on The coming storm
    On the battery power front, there is another tipping point coming. I don't know when because I haven't crunched the numbers, and a bunch of those numbers are going to be hard to find out anyway. But its definitely coming....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Season of Skulls
    Electricity networks: Yes, this is a mess. Once upon a time it was fairly simple. There were a few big power stations feeding power to the National Grid, and hence to consumers of all sizes. Those power stations were in...
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    Geoff Hart @ 435: we have a lovely [sic] old penitentiary that's been mothballed [...] this would make a great home for the homeless (500+ beds).* I've seen a few proposals along these lines: microdwellings, living in old containers, that...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Season of Skulls
    Moz @ 283: Some 78 percent of those polled agree that it’s essential to do “whatever it takes” to limit the effects of climate change Maybe it's politics that's broken? In a sense. People: We must do whatever it takes...
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    Heteromeles @ 239: I've often thought that Medieval Japan could be usefully reworked into a future SF history of the US or the Earth, with oligarchs taking the place of daimyos, Specops as the new samurai and ninja (pro-tip: ninjutsu...
  • Commented on We're sorry we created the Torment Nexus
    ilya187@1496: Jubilees would definitely go a long way toward preventing Plutocracies/Oligarchies, but not if they occurred on any fixed schedule. I was under the impression that we do have jubilees, but we do it retail on a case by case...
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    Charlie @ 183: Per my spouse, who has an archaeology degree: in the literature, labeling something a "ritual item" means "we don't have a clue what this was/was used for", quite often because it has girl cooties. The Vagina Museum...
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    Charlie @ 138: The supreme court will overturn [the Colorado decision] for sure, unless Clarence Thomas has a stroke first (or Don forgets to promise to pay him off after his re-election). I'm not so pessimistic. Hold your nose for...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Season of Skulls
    The regency era roughly coincided with the birth of the novel as a popular entertainment medium Interestingly, this triggered a roughly two-decade moral panic about people reading them. Women, of every age, of every condition, contract and retain a...
  • Commented on Made of lies (and more lies)
    On time zones, perhaps its time to post this again: https://www.reddit.com/media?url=https%3A%2F%2Fi.redd.it%2Fuhboopf6f8u71.jpg...
  • Commented on Made of lies (and more lies)
    Robert Prior @ 320, on a UK phone number to use for test purposes. You can actually set up your own at very low cost. A number of outfits provide an interface between the Plain Old Telephone System (POTS) and...
  • Commented on We're sorry we created the Torment Nexus
    HowardNYC @ 1259: BTW: nobody keeps all blueprints for all buildings, never mind what the regulations call for. A while ago I was looking at the market in building safety that resulted from Grenfell Tower. I talked to one guy...
  • Commented on We're sorry we created the Torment Nexus
    adrian smith @ 1112: russian settlers? very unlikely imo, They are already doing it. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-66393949...
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    Greg Tingey @ 1066: IF DJT get the presidency of the US ... Nobody else has tackled this, so I'll have a go. What, actually, are the =remaining" Four Eyes" going to do? Probably, plug whatever gaps they can and...
  • Commented on We're sorry we created the Torment Nexus
    [Trump] already started down that path in his first term and would have plenty of help completing the job in a second term. The only thing that stopped Trump doing this the first time around was his own incompetence. There...
  • Commented on We're sorry we created the Torment Nexus
    Charles Stross @ 992: Vanity publishers still exist, but Amazon did indeed knee them in the groin and make off with their wallet. However, self-publishing isn't without pitfalls, [...] Ahh, so if I understand correctly this is the difference between...
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    whitroth @ 982: I picked up a book that looked interesting at Belticon from the author [...] He really needed to spend $1k or $1500 for an actual copy editor, with copy editing software. Interesting. Many years ago I read...
  • Commented on We're sorry we created the Torment Nexus
    Uncle Stinky @ 932: The Wikipedia picture looks more steampunk Ahh, that's Kelvin's tide predictor, which is also in the Science Museum in London, along with a lot of other really interesting and occasionally weird stuff. If I understand correctly,...
  • Commented on We're sorry we created the Torment Nexus
    Heteromeles @ 929: Here's the text of Amendment 14.3: "No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President, or hold any office, civil or military,... I believe the sticking point is over the...
  • Commented on We're sorry we created the Torment Nexus
    Greg Tingey @ 903: Trump & the MAGAt's ... Anyone else heard of these people? - that's an awful lot of moolah crawling out of th woodwork. Not specifically, but it seems to be a trend. The GOP seems to...
  • Commented on We're sorry we created the Torment Nexus
    icehawk @ 891: I think you probably under-estimate how complicated tides are in the real world. That's putting it mildly. See https://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/publications/SpecialPubNo98.pdf William Thompson, aka Lord Kelvin, put the maths of harmonic analysis of tides on a practical footing. It...
  • Commented on We're sorry we created the Torment Nexus
    Re: earlier comments on Trump, and why hasn't some judge jailed him yet? Anyone interested should follow Teri Kanefield https://law-and-politics.online/@Teri_Kanefield on Mastodon, and on her blog. She used to work as defence appeals lawyer, so there is nothing she doesn't...
  • Commented on We're sorry we created the Torment Nexus
    Back near the start of this thread I commented that AI algorithms are being developed that are much more efficient. Case in point: https://arxiv.org/abs/2311.10770...
  • Commented on We're sorry we created the Torment Nexus
    adrian smith @ 108: isn't rising prosperity likely to lead to rising resource consumption tho, somewhat counteracting the benefits? Yes. But that is more manageable than rising population. If the population levels off then we can limit resource consumption without...
  • Commented on We're sorry we created the Torment Nexus
    Me @ 107: When I had to cut and paste my post because something went wrong in preview, I added the references back but forgot to emphasise the quotes. Sorry about that....
  • Commented on We're sorry we created the Torment Nexus
    Elaine @ 37: Also demonstrated that the "tragedy of the commons" was a libertarian fable (completely ahistorical and made up in the sixties as it turns out). I've seen this said a number of times, and I'm going to take...
  • Commented on We're sorry we created the Torment Nexus
    Back on the original topic, the article Ends Don't Justify Means Among Humans on Less Wrong takes aim at the "rational long-termism" idea. TL;DR We are running on hardware that has been corrupted by evolution to ensure we survive and...
  • Commented on We're sorry we created the Torment Nexus
    Heteromoles @ 101: One issue is that the AI makers are aware of the energy issue I brought up, but they’re not designing it into their systems. I guarantee that isn't going to last. The usual suspects may be throwing...
  • Commented on We're sorry we created the Torment Nexus
    RabidChaos @ 22: I think scientific theories are a pretty thorough debunking of the idea that all humans are stochastic parrots. (I read this to mean that the creation of scientific theories which predict things is beyond "stochastic parrot" capability)....
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