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  • Commented on Generation Z
    The most feasible thing is probably to reaffirm liberal and free market values. To clearly state absolutely everything good that capitalism has ever done for us. Why? To make sure for yourself and to everybody who dares to listen that...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    Here's a fun little yarn about MH370: The possible flight paths are pretty close Pakistan. Which is a famously unstable country, full of people who are somewhat upset about being droned by the US and of those not being droned,...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    My hypothesis so far is a fire in just the wrong spot being undetected or ignored for just long enough to cause widespread system failure. Boeing had *cough* one or two of those lately, so I guess it's not entirely...
  • Commented on Introducing ... Death Knight Love Story, evolution of Machinima
    The film is good. Though I think it would be at least 10% better with 50% less gratuitous scenery porn. That is, scenery being shown without showing action or narration. I'm not saying it's bad, rather it's too much. I'd...
  • Commented on Catching a Blighty
    No, I cannot agree that you can discount China as part of WWI and WWII. It wasn't just about China being a wreck. It was about Japanese invading the county, as well as many other countries in southeast asia, killing...
  • Commented on Marking time, more thoughts
    Doesn't work. That's because some people are actually *good* at doing what they are doing. And I don't mean "good" in a quantitative sense, but in a qualitative one. They can do things that other people simply can't do. Restricting...
  • Commented on Marking time, more thoughts
    In the end you don't really have to structure the society, you should let the society structure itself. The reason why this isn't happening is that people haven't realized and internalized that our society doesn't need the full employment of...
  • Commented on Deeply annoying realization ...
    Yes, the book is absolutely beautiful and bought two copies of it, so that's something. However, none of that will change the fact that satellites in a polar orbit will not cross the sky through the (celestial) northpole ... unless...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Saturn's Children
    What amount of writing would you suggest to be safe for kids to experiment with at home, with / without adult supervision?...
  • Commented on The language of alienation
    For 2003 anything involving "Fracking". (For 99+% of the population.) I keep thinking about telling my grandfather about biofuels back in 1991, when he was still alive. I'm from a small town (pop. 25,000) that annually consumes 700.000 tons of...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Atrocity Archive(s)
    Well, that explains a lot of the disconnect between my (post 2001) actual experience of slashdot and the implicit (pre-1999) description in "Lobsters"....
  • Commented on PSA: Ignore the news
    Competent police work? You do know that he was found after a local resident told the police that there was blood on the tarp over a boat? All that only after the lock down was over. Before that, the "professionals"...
  • Commented on PSA: Ignore the news
    All I could think of is this: “Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” The whole thing is beyond belief for me. In terms of the loss of liberty,...
  • Commented on PSA: Ignore the news
    Well, sure, the media reporting is out of hand (and I guess I failed to take that into account). But I wouldn't call these measures just "a bit" extreme either....
  • Commented on PSA: Ignore the news
    Can anybody put in words, just how far out of their minds Americans are to do what they are just doing in Boston? I tried, but ultimately failed, to do that on my blog....
  • Commented on PSA: Ignore the news
    Whatever happened to that good old word "bomb"? At what point, exactly, is a bomb no longer "improvised"? When it is dropped from an airplane? When it is a standard-issue anti-personal mine?...
  • Commented on The permanent revolution
    > "Anyone who believes exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world is either a madman or an economist - Kenneth Boulter, Economist." Or they are using a non-constant scale. Such as saying that a 60Mhz Pentium processor...
  • Commented on Me, talking
    Charlie, the problem with hydrogen isn't storage. You make methane from hydrogen and storage kind of works (much better than the alternatives anyway). The problem is hydrogen is high entropy. You take low-entropy electricity, make hydrogen (or some derivate like...
  • Commented on Me, talking
    That is why ITER will be using Beryllium and Tungsten for its walls and not steel. Just as the most recent upgrade of JET....
  • Commented on Dragged kicking and screaming into the 19th century
    From a more realistic point of view, China is no longer ruled with the mandate from heaven - which formed the basis of power for all the dynasties....
  • Commented on Dragged kicking and screaming into the 19th century
    Past performance is no indication of future longevity. About 100 years ago, China stopped being ruled by an Emperor - which has been the case for about as long as there has been a catholic church. It is easily imaginable...
  • Commented on If this had happened 30 years ago today, we would all have died
    The worst about all this is - as usual - the media coverage. Little to no fact checking and mindless repetition of whatever somebody with "authority" said. There are claims that the asteroid had just 10 tons ... well, 1000...
  • Commented on Tapeworm Logic
    Replace jacket with spacecraft and pants with spacesuit. There have been distinctly human beings on the moon after all. I didn't mean to say "and thus we'll settle the universe" in any case. Merely that at least as a biological...
  • Commented on Tapeworm Logic
    There is the problem that for tapewormkind to change, the tapeworms themselves need to change in order to live in the rest of their shitty universe. On the other hand, for humankind to change doesn't require any changes to individual...
  • Commented on What are the big issues of 2013 going to be?
    I want to apologize sincerely if my post created the impression that environmental activists bear the least resemblance to such groups as the KKK. This would not be a sincere apology, if I would not also say, that I do...
  • Commented on What are the big issues of 2013 going to be?
    There is no point in making an apology for observing that disaffected and angry people tend to join groups of other disaffected and angry people. Some do indeed join racist or violent groups, others join groups who are not, like...
  • Commented on What are the big issues of 2013 going to be?
    I didn't say or imply that groups of highly visible, disaffected and angry people are evil. Just that they consist of disaffected and angry people. I for one prefer those disaffected and angry people who don't join violent or racist...
  • Commented on What are the big issues of 2013 going to be?
    Don't forget environmental activists, who are just as disaffected and angry as the others and even more visible....
  • Commented on What are the big issues of 2013 going to be?
    Charlie wrote: > Daniel, you've picked a fight with the assembled crowd. This is for odd values of "picking a fight", since all replies to his comment were 2 and 3 liners, while his comments were relatively well reasoned. However,...
  • Commented on What are the big issues of 2013 going to be?
    Germany is using 600TWh per year, that's 600bn kWh. One billion kWh will last for about 16 hours. This is enough to smooth out nights and weather through moderate spells of bad weather, but there's no way you'll get through...
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