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  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    this is on topic ... Nazis drivin of paypal etc., using more bitoivn and becoming rich all of a sudden. https://mic.com/articles/186438/neo-nazi-wealth-is-rapidly-growing-why-bitcoin Sadly, the article does not (yet) go into much depths....
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    IIRGC*, his criticism of the established theories you mention is that anthropologists found no such barter systems among tribal socieites. Also no direct historic evidence of these barter systems. *If I recall Graeber correctly...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Since the question pops up wether bc is money (ok, on here not really), one interpreatation - bc is fictious capital & it's value, like many other assets is basically what the owner hopes to get at a later time....
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    The question is, drones carrying explosives where predicted (for non state actors!) for years. We haven't seen them yet, of have we? Why? Is there a solid reason, or are we witnessing the hype cycle where everyone talks about an...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    Yes, you're right of course! I actually looked up the correct name (in my bookshelf) to google the image, but somehow still wrote the wrong name into my comment ......
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    Re. childrens books ... Some ideas for illustrators: The Tjong-Khing, who diid a great and very spooky book based on Hieronymous Bosch. An image from which: Alberti Innocenti, who's versiopn of little red riding hood also has a very paranoid...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    I stumbled across this criticism of cryptocurrencies today, which I thought I'd share since this has been a past opic of interest here: Cryptocurrencies Aren’t Currencies. They Aren’t Stocks, Either .. funnily, since I found this the topic here also...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    Damm! This thread made me think up a carbon sequestration strategy that just might work. Here's the idea: Biochar does not work at large scale or is at least not trivial. This paper (that I've read a year ago, also...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    The pleistocene park folks claim (IIRC, tbh it's been years since I read the page) that steppes with lots of animals sequester lots of carbon into the soil because of all the trampling, dunno if it really compares to a...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    Another possible scam: Landscaping firms to do the remdedial measures after a project will need a specific certification, and there are many ways that con go wrong and still make someone (the certifying body) rich. So it turns basically into...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    I'm not sure it would be a scam, but one could sell seedballs with a mix of seeds all over california to baja california, with a focus on low-maintenance shrubs. the idea beeing that developers, after building their pipline or...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    Another possible epligoue to the Laundry series: The Black Chamber makes a dealwith horrors from beyond spacetime, seeling of 90% of the earth population (most of which happen to be brown). The Black Chambers parts of the deal: take out...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    On the other hand if dark fiction is sufficiently unrealistic or unrelated to real world problems, I can sometimes find it comforting. The problem is when you, while reading, find ways to relate it in real events: When reading the...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    Skim reading German Wikipedia on submainr warefare in WWII finds only one incidient where a german submarine action was treated as a warcrime - Peleus incident, when the commander of the submarine had the lifeboats of a sunk greek freighter...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    Just to be sure, I don't think that the massacre of Leeds is treated as a throwaway plot point in the book - just that the victims very anonymous. Or at least that's my reading, or rather, how I remember...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    I greatly enjoyed TNS, like others I loved the dinner scene & while I generally don't like a strong military focus these parts where well done. There are things I do't quite understand, does anything of Cassie survive in First...
  • Commented on Rejection Letter
    Back on topic ... One, can one of you people who work in industrial IT explain to me how hard it is to update a computer running SCADA? AFAIK the normal order of things is that the PLC does the...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    To the multitude of exdamples for downlifting i want to add Ishiguro's "never let me go", while no geneticall downlift happens the protagonists are conditioned in a very scary way and similar to what host described upthread. Also, in awa,...
  • Commented on Traveller RPG, Firefly, Dumarest, Vatta's War... are they all "Star Punk"?
    Is anyone still discussing Rayguns & Rocketry, Harolds new settings and piracy? I skippedtha last 100 or so comments, but I have sort of an idea how to fit it all together. In Harolds setting (he described his world-building hack...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    thx, this is a a start!...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    Graydon, can you provide some links for the following claims? - fertilizer not essential to nutrient production - I've never heard before that nitrogen fixing bacteria work without symbiosis with specific plants (is this your claim?) and afaik there's practically...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    For every kg of plant based protein, you need 1/15 kg of nitrogen. That has to come from somewhere, hence fertilizers. Your maize farmers will have some fertilizer input (manure?), you don't get the nitrogen amounts high yield maize needs...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    What are the prime carbon inputs into agriculture? At a guess, I'd say fertilizer first and machinery distant second. The global combined Haber Bosch plants are said to consume 1% of the worlds energy budget OR 1% in the form...
  • Commented on The sudden eruption of news
    I popping in to mention that we are also living in the Rule 34 verse: Some guy bought put options against the soccer Club Borussia Dortmund (BVB). Then built and planted bombs where the bus with their players passed, apparantly...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    No time now to catch up on comments, but i want you to look at this video if you have 40 min. to spare and an interest in history or architecture: https://vimeo.com/211269857 Guy bascially starts with the Berlin Wall torn...
  • Commented on 2117 revisited
    7 Samurai or Stalker (Tarkovski) is a great movie, but really slow compared to todays mainstream cinema and so hard to watch if you are used to modern cinema. So I think many old classics are simply not watched that...
  • Commented on We get mail (contd.)
    Totally off topic: All the hubbub around Empire Games lead (along with a few nudges by fellow posters here) to me starting the Merchant Princess series (at the start). Two books (of the omnibus variety) in I'm loving it and...
  • Commented on A Surfeit of Emeralds: Healthcare in the Middle Ages
    It's easy to make fun of Galen and how long he was read and taken seriously. But I wonder, if punching a whole in someones head had a 90% survival rate, clearly there must have been some sort of evidence...
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Interesting comments re. identity politics. What you say you mean with IP doenst quite map to how I think it's 'propely' defined (SEP: Identity Politics) - which is why I was a bit confused....
  • Commented on Some notes on the worst-case scenario
    Here's how to cash in on the carbon bubble, when you are heavily vested in fossils: scout stuff that will be good investment after the bubble pops, hire experts and maybe get some stock in relevant companies: Nuclear power generation,...
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