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  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Re: '... just explaining the primaries has made me want to wrap myself in blankets and hide.' There, there, now ... it's just a bad dream. :)...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    Okay - make that 4 definitions. So, this means that you can call it whatever you want because you can probably via a blend of obsolete and new street definitions (or, '6 degrees of separation' for English words), make a...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    Hmm ... different dictionaries give different meanings? This is what I got: punk pəNGk/ noun 1. a loud, fast-moving, and aggressive form of rock music, popular in the late 1970s and early 1980s. an admirer or player of punk rock,...
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    Yes they do ... and this can be hastened or slowed down. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3370421/ Excerpt: 'Telomeres, the specific DNA–protein structures found at both ends of each chromosome, protect genome from nucleolytic degradation, unnecessary recombination, repair, and interchromosomal fusion. Telomeres therefore play...
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    Key take-away about US election ballots: nothing is standardized. So you can get ballots in every shape, size, and configuration. This includes which gets precedence - the party or the candidate, whether names and positions are alphabetically listed, which items...
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    With respect ... and telomere shortening aside ... Agree somewhat ... however, cell division slows down with age (up to 50% of rate at infancy for some cells) which points to other factors taking over as the culprits driving errors...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    How about 'Etherspunk'? 'Ether' can span sci-fi, fantasy and hybrids thereof. 'Spunk' for two reasons: first - its what the heroes in these stories have more of than any other attribute; second - because when I looked up the origin...
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    Thanks - aware of that ... however the comment seemed to suggest that this was just one of those (uncontrollable) things as in ....
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    Hmmm ... not at all what I've read. As per below, most mutations are induced ... and guess the source of that induction. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK21578/ Mutations Occur Spontaneously and Can Be Induced Mutations arise spontaneously at low frequency owing to the...
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    Re: ' ... a clear, statistically-significant difference visble between people living in crowded cities & those in small towns & rural areas.' You mean: % of Londoners vs. rural folk that live and work in air-conditioned, well-ventilated buildings? Or, how...
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    Noticed that the UK is planning on banning diesel trucks sometime in 2025. Meanwhile, the number of commercial diesel vehicles is continuing to increase. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jun/15/diesel-vehicles-take-record-share-of-the-market-on-londons-roads There are a bunch of universities around London. Surely at least one offers an environmental...
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    So how does the NHS map contagious diseases such as flu ... tea leaves and/or crystal ball gazing? Not an expert ... but would think that mapping a somewhat stable problem such as smog-related health problems is easier than something...
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    Would think that the NHS had data on trends across age groups wrt incidences of respiratory and related medical/conditions mapped out along these routes....
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    Not sure that's an option anymore ... If we assume that computing/AI is going to continually increase its share of human daily lives, maybe we should put more effort into ensuring these systems work correctly while they're still more-or-less understandable...
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    Re: '... in '05, posted a bunch of web pages where he talked about being told to go to warehouses where the voting machines were stored, and to install patches not approved, or even seen, by the voting commissions...' Reminds...
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    Had seen a doc years ago about how the DMZ between NK & SK was flourishing with at-risk species thriving once again. Given the mess NK has made of its agriculture, this is very tempting real estate for a variety...
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    Re: AJ - DT comparison No way - AJ built better quality and more aesthetically pleasing monuments to himself!...
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    Given DT's need for anything that looks like a win re: policy, this meeting could be just a pre-test to get a sense of what kind of arguments his proposals would generate, as well as which threats/treats the Senate (public)...
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    Thanks! The first article to catch my eye was: 'THE BRAKEY METHOD Preserve and make public the “ballot images” — Modern voting systems take a picture of every ballot, called a “ballot image.”' Would probably have been soothed by such...
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    Re: Rx in US drinking water ... Yes - while OCs were probably among the first Rx drugs to be found because they happen to have had a large user base, consider all the new drugs that are currently being...
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    Re: Voter/voting issues Haven't previously visited the site below but it seems to have the most up-to-date info about voting machines. Most worrisome is that while the total number of voting machine companies is down to 3 from 19, there...
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    Damn ... should have looked up 'Lady Bountiful' before posting. Now I get it - all show, no real feeling. Used to think that I understood English!...
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    Re: 'I suggest you reread 432. Very carefully.' Okay - I reread it ... Am unable to see a logical equivalence between using the NHS as a trade bargaining chip (with the US, with their current POTUS ... ugh) and...
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    Re: '... will be pretty nasty against anyone classified as being 'not one of us'.' Wonder whether TMay has a list of which traits identify this group. If she's as closed-minded and authoritarian as you say, then it's likely that...
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    Makes sense to safely burn the trees once they became the 'reservoirs' of the toxic minerals. There may be a commercial business in this: Cut down/pick up trees that have especially high concentrations of some rarer elements and bring to...
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    Re: 'Sewage sludge can also contain toxic metals.' As well as a slew of Rx and non-Rx drugs. No idea which is easier to extract - metals or drugs. You'd probably need multiple filters, i.e., one filter per type of...
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    Re: 'State-by-state polls and individual UK districts have lower polling quality and thus much higher margin of error (up to +-10% sometimes).' Agree somewhat. However --- when it is known (legislated) that it is only the state-by-state (Electoral College) that...
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    Sounds interesting - would appreciate a link to a 101-level (semi-technical) discussion of this....
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    More moving parts, more complexity, more specialized maintenance ... isn't this the way almost every product has evolved since the Industrial Revolution started? Size is another feature of major industry. So power/hydro dams and nuclear energy generation plants are typically...
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    Re: "Anything I Don't Understand Must Be Easy" PHB is hilarious - thanks for the link - even though you probably meant that as an insult. Agree and often admit that there are indeed very many things that I don't...
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