Allen Thomson

Allen Thomson

  • Commented on Paging Agent 007
    Does XJ fit into this schema? Heads a very large country with neomercantilist leanings and a modest number of nuclear weapons, builds its own archipelagos for somewhat obscure reasons, inscrutably Oriental, etc....
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    (American) Crows are common, and they are maybe not as smart but much more social, with fascinating vocal interactions and group behaviours. Also grackles, which do the same sort of things. We used to live next to a grackle tree...
  • Commented on Book day!
    I have to say I was a lot happier not knowing about the status of the Duchy of Cornwall, by the way. I was startled to learn about that too. I wonder how the chain of command from HRH The...
  • Commented on Book day!
    headcannon http://www.weirduniverse.net/blog/comments/albert_bacon_pratts_helmet_gun/ Not to be confused with headcanon. :-)...
  • Commented on Book day!
    It's certainly common in Spanish and Russian, which have short "yes" words. SiSi and DaDa are often heard. Emphasis or, I suppose, a way of saying "yes, of course."...
  • Commented on Book day!
    I live actually in the middle of a forest on the top of a mountain at 9,000' and it is a minimum of 90 minutes to the closest book store Wouldn't be in the vicinity of Cloudcroft, would it?...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    The voters in Arizona liked him for something like twenty years (which explains why I don't live there.) The voters in Maricopa County actually, as Arpaio was a county sheriff. That fact was sometimes obscured because he tended to fly...
  • Commented on Report on Seat 14C
    Speaking of money, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2017/07/06/why-cash-remains-sacred-in-american-churches This connects with ATMs in church lobbies: The point is, money [cash] isn’t just a fungible means to various ends, it is sacred to these believers....
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Also, speaking from experience, the U.S. "Deep State" isn't that deep. In fact, it's really quite shallow. Hanlon's razor and all that. Also having a couple of decades of experience in the belly of the beast, I'd mostly agree. Without...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Also looking into it, the proposed Polish ABM base was near the Baltic coast not far from Germany AFAIK, it still is, at 54.480 N, 17.102 E. The earlier version was to use a two-stage version of the Ground Based...
  • Commented on Catching Up
    They told me that the New Covenant *completely* replaced the Old Covenant, and therefore, no, you can't claim authority for your views from the OT if you're Christian. Not to get off topic or anything, but that view goes back...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    > The upshot seems to be that ~ Oh, fie, more HTML govno. The idea was that 6 kt/kg is the upper limit of demonstrated weapon yield/weight....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    Tsar Bomb weighed 27 metric tons, a little bit of which would be aerodynamic/structural (the parachute and bomb casing). While it only delivered 52Mt of yield, it was designed for 100Mt On nuke yield-vs-weight, the excellent nuclearsecrecy.com had a discussion...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    We'll be there any day! Along those lines, https://www.technologyreview.com/s/607970/experts-predict-when-artificial-intelligence-will-exceed-human-performance/...
  • Commented on Bad Writer Dad?
    Would having our kids raised by AI result in some kind of personality disorder? That would depend on the AI, but the same can be said of natural parents. Much caution would be needed when developing the AI. Primum non...
  • Commented on Bad Writer Dad?
    I think it depends on your definition of quality time. Changing diapers is actually a moment of interaction and closeness. Same with baths. Food prep less so. However, a lot of "conversation" and interaction goes on during the things you...
  • Commented on Bad Writer Dad?
    I think a robot servitor would be more useful than a nanny Sorry, I don't see why a nanny wouldn't be a specialized servitor in the baby-rearing context. Explain, please?...
  • Commented on Bad Writer Dad?
    To tie into the previous thread about the future, how do you think a highly effective but non-sentient(*) AI robot nanny would help or not help the child-rearing situation? Changing diapers and bedclothes, baths, food preparation etc for starters. Then...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    Here we go on punk wood: https://woodsrunnersdiary.blogspot.com/2013/02/more-on-punk-wood.html...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    old rottten and brittle wood, or can also mean small bits of wood used to start a fire That's the only meaning of punk, aside from the pejorative one, that I ever encountered. Actually, both together: dry rotten wood used...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    The hydrophone networks weren't ocean-spanning; that would be rather expensive. AIUI, they were more of a tripwire across key choke points, allowing the triggering of other resources (ASW aircraft and ships). In the Atlantic, this was the GIUK gap. The...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Apparently the fix can be circumvented: https://phys.org/news/2017-05-cyberattack-ransomeware.html A cybersecurity researcher appears to have discovered a "kill switch" that can prevent the spread of the WannaCry ransomware—for now—that has caused the cyberattacks wreaking havoc globally, they told AFP Saturday. The researcher,...
  • Commented on Laundry summer madness sale!
    The monster truck Totally irrelevant to the post, but here's a 100 petabyte thumb drive disguised as a monster truck: https://aws.amazon.com/snowmobile/ https://www.enterprisetimes.co.uk/2017/05/12/want-to-move-100pb-from-your-data-centre-into-the-cloud/...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    On meteor/bolide detection: https://cneos.jpl.nasa.gov/fireballs/ I think that the data mostly comes from IR missile warning and/or intelligence satellites in GEO and HEO....
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Yes, there was a piece on NPR about another former and maybe future prison town, Eden, yesterday. Also https://www.texastribune.org/2016/08/18/justice-department-wants-phase-out-private-prison-/...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    Seriously, by .87 c we're talking about kinetic energy equivalent to the mass-energy of the projectile True, and it's easy enough to see by programming the relativistic paramater gamma, which is the relevant one, into a spreadsheet. gamma = 1/(1-beta^2)^0.5,...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    Or is the singular of teaspoonsful teaspoonful? Hard to remember. Probably depends on whether the second s is for singular possessive or plural. Or something....
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    There are still plotholders who put in on in teaspoonsful, whereas I dump it on by the barrowload, if I can. I knew that a teaspoonsful is 5 cc, but had to look up barrowload. http://homeguides.sfgate.com/volume-wheelbarrow-81476.html So like 60,000 to...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    If I may be forgiven for returning to the topic, the US Congressional Research Service has just published a CRISPR-Cas9 conspectus for the edification of the Representatives and Senators. (Me, I think it would have been best not to bring...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Part of the problem is that regional judges often suffer from regional prejudices, or have sacrificed their impartiality to partisan ideology or partisanship. But sometimes not. There's been an interesting example playing itself out in Texas, where the Republican legislature...
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