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  • Commented on Upcoming appearances, Seattle and Spokane
    And for an example of a direct democracy, here's Switzerland - also demonstrably a stable country/economy. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Politics_of_Switzerland And Switzerland's 'magic formula'. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magic_formula Excerpt: "The formula is not an official law, but rather an agreement amongst the rather large coalition of...
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    I just did a quick search for the number of political parties per country in Europe ... hands down they're multiparty systems. Europe is pretty stable as far as societies and markets go with a good mix of from very...
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    Please provide some evidence demonstrating that democracies with more than two parties are completely daft and politically/economically unstable....
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    ... one of the first surprises for this non-techie* type was mactopia ... you were saying? * I know, sounds weird, but tech isn't only about machines/code....
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    Seriously, 10+ years and never one iota of bullying over there. Plus minimal, minimal BS/evasion. But very hectic and fast-paced ... and there was that bottom 10% out-the-door policy. Tons of HR and legal stuff though ... so this could...
  • Commented on Upcoming appearances, Seattle and Spokane
    Re: The Future of Government I'd start with the difference in perception of education (or philosophy of education) over the centuries focusing on what is taught as dogma (no further poking around allowed) vs. what areas are open to further...
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    Enjoy your visit to the Redmond campus! Although I'm scratching my head wondering who/how/why MSFT invited you. (Ya know with that Jesusphone love affair and all.) That said, MSFT folks are among the best I've ever met. Suggest you take...
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    Think you'll really like this: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/07/150717092151.htm Volcanic popcorn is key to insulating wallpaper Date: July 17, 2015 Source: Brunel University Summary: A humble soil additive used by millions of amateur and professional gardeners alike is set to slash the cost...
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    Builders probably made the same observations/complaints when central heating and plumbing were first introduced. It took the U.K. until after WW2 to get central/indoor plumbing installed everywhere. (Okay, and, even longer elsewhere.) The point is that (a) it's much more...
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    With respect to physical communication - agreed. The faster a broker can get data, the better, more advantageous ... provided that broker had already vetted the data source. Bottom line: Merely receiving communications is not sufficient to act on that...
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    Would construction-grade bamboo grow in any parts/states of the U.S.? There's quite a bit of all-wood housing construction in the U.S. already, so switching to bamboo could be positioned as a less expensive/renewable alternative. And, if you got giant agrichem...
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    Re: (Is telepathy compatible with the continued existence of capitalism?) Assuming that telepathy (internet) is like any other sense, one of the first need-to-know's is gathering info as quickly as possible. Google has this down pat. Next is filtering the...
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    Hi Heteromeles: I mentioned bamboo because of what I've read on Wikipedia - see below. It's a wonder material -- renewable, cheap, light-weight, strong, sustainable/recyclable, etc. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bamboo_construction#As_a_building_material Excerpt: "Bamboo can be utilized as a building material as for scaffolding, bridges...
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    How about bamboo, resins, glass/ceramics, etc. for construction? 'Free plastics' opportunity. Buy a barge/ship from the Malaysian Ghost Ship Graveyard, plus some nets, then head for the South Indian Ocean. You'd get free materials plus help clean up the environment....
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    Radiology/diagnostic imaging ... from some of the numbers I've seen in the past 2-3 years, this discipline is growing (both at the MD & technician level) even though there's an increase in new decision software allowing for some semi-automation. This...
  • Commented on Two Thoughts
    One of the on-going issues with large corps who need to ensure ever-increasing quarterly targets are met is that whatever new product venture they pursue usually has to be BIG. Makes sense if you're looking at new infrastructure. However, most...
  • Commented on Any Sufficiently Advanced Technology Is Indistinguishable From Cthulhu
    Yes ... no new news about dark matter/energy. Even so, there's interesting info about the pentaquark 'discovery': 1- new patterns of organization (confirmed) 2- different patterns (occur) at different energy levels From an SF perspective... Assume a cyclical universe scenario....
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    Indeed, the LHC has rebooted and already discovered another class of particles. See excerpt below. http://home.web.cern.ch/about/updates/2015/07/discovery-new-class-particles-lhc "The LHCb experiment at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider has reported the discovery of a class of particles known as pentaquarks. The collaboration has submitted...
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    Regarding how long we can expect to be able to access (historical) electronic media ... see the British Library. http://www.bl.uk/aboutus/stratpolprog/digi/webarch/ Excerpt: "Open UK Web Archive Since 2004, the British Library has been selectively archiving websites with research value that are...
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    "... but it's very easy to drown the truth in an ocean of bollocks." Who/what's the source of this ocean?...
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    Please explain how propaganda paranoia/conspiracy fits in with the near-universal availability of worldwide personal communications, i.e., mobile phones, Internet. http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/IT.CEL.SETS.P2 I'm having a tough time swallowing the notion that so much of humanity is being unwittingly led by the nose....
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    Thanks for the info on Lovecraft ... guess despite his interest in science, he chose to not let it influence his world building. I'm of the impression that 'dark matter' is currently being studied as a candidate for explaining some...
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    If you're referring to the Barcode of Life project ... heard taxonomists have a love-hate relationship with it: love the detail/specificity, hate redrawing the tree/bushes. There's also the time component to further complicate things, as in which species came first...
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    Thanks! Will have to ask the mathematicians at the office ... the SciAm site only shows this: The Enormous Theorem The classification of the finite, simple groups is unprecedented in the history of mathematics, for its proof is 15, 000...
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    Recently read that in hierarchical wars vs. guerrilla tactics, there's evidence that the guerrilla/suicide bomber tactics are becoming more successful in recent years. Some of this success is attributable to logistics/investment, and some is the difference in psychology/motivation used in...
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    "Any programmer who has suddenly realised that he can't fit all of the code he's working on into his head understands Lovecraft's concept of knowledge that the human mind can't process." True of probably all disciplines. Once out of school...
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    There are hundreds if not thousands of different Christian sects; which sect are you referring to?...
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    Suggest you read: The Moral Arc: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity toward Truth, Justice, and Freedom by Michael Shermer A very good overview/summary of what is meant by morality ... including references to what we have learned via biology,...
  • Commented on Annihilation Score round-up
    Enjoyed the background reading via the above links: they added to my understanding of your work and the publishing business. Haven't read AS yet, but plan to do so soon. A question/comment: LF has been examining different aspects/dimensions of law/order/fairness/happiness...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Rhesus Chart
    Not so sure about that ... the assumption is that the blood is eaten... it might be 'assimilated' in some other way. We've simply no idea what a vampire's innards are. See the link below ... there's quite a bit...
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