Andreas Vox

Andreas Vox

  • Commented on Let's put the future behind us
    Dunno about the reference, but Death Star construction has already been overruled....
  • Commented on Leading question
    Ah, I think I should take back that Marx attributes power only to big money - I recall he believed in the power of the worker's class. And that quote about gun barrels was from Mao Tsetung, not Lenin. Sorry...
  • Commented on Leading question
    I think wether the next global financial crisis will result in another bailout is an interesting question. Usually the source of power is attributed to big money (Marx) or gun barrels (Lenin). I'd like to take a more abstract approach:...
  • Commented on Leading question
    Also, killing 1 enemy combatant per $100k is extremely cost effective. O RLY? So given the US military budget is about 700 billion dollars, once the USA have 7 million enemies they can pack in?...
  • Commented on Leading question
    Uh, Hellfire against cats playing with small flying objects? That's evil!...
  • Commented on Leading question
    You can also take a look at "Kill Decision" by Daniel Suarez. He describes military swarm drones which probably aren't too far from what is possible technologically....
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    Germany used to charge €10 for the first doctor visit each quarter year. Fortunately that folly has been dropped. That really was a nuisance and obviously didn't change the patient behavior in a way to reduce costs (increased the income...
  • Commented on Unwelcome reality excursion
    I don't think people are less creative or scientifically interested based on the political system. In fact I believe that people are much the same, everywhere. What would have been different is pop culture. In capitalist countries pop stars attract...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    Thanks for the link to the Goguen paper. I might have run across it in my university days but I don't think I've read more than the abstract. I'll try to consume the whole paper now :-) I did some...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    By the way, I know these references because I research into how to make spreadsheets safer, and was going to use the model as a test case. Interesting. Do you have a link for your work or can you elaborate...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    We could place bets on how many think it should be "cannon" and how many think it should be "canyon/cañon"....
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    It was listed as a related word to "library" in: Meriam Websters thesaurus. (As a non-naive speaker I sometimes need help to come up with words :-) )...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    arsenal, chronicles, papers, records, recordings...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    Define "mildly"?...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    Oh, but an almighty and all-knowing malicious god has of course much more information and insights than us mere mortals, so we can't hope to understand the wisdom of how the god maximizes its evilness towards humans....
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    Ah, ok. Then scientism looks quite unscientific to me... after all the scientific method has a blind spot build in: non reproducible events. OTOH I don't know any other method than indifference that would work with unreproducible events....
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    Scientism is the faith that there is, in fact, one objective world out there, and that something that you find through scientific experimentation is likely to be found by someone else doing the same experiments. Not quite. Science is...
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    Since superconductors work at -90° C, they'd have to sustain a >100° temperature difference to environment in order to create a temperature difference which drives turbines. I wonder how they avoid that the fusion heats the superconductors....
  • Commented on Metacommentary
    Anyway, can we recursively talk about elves instead of Ebola? Can elves get Ebola?...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    You do not want loose ballast to get thrown up against train undercarriages when two trains may pass a metre apart at a closing speed of over 400mph. Err, I think you don't want two trains pass a metre apart...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    Ah cool. So the US can just limit its agriculture to the East where they have weather satellite coverage and water....
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    AFAIK most of the weather at the US east coast originates in West/central US and Canada. I doubt that European and Caribbean data will be any use to the US states where most of the farming happens....
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    How far can 3D printing be adapted for providing ordinary day-to-day single-use products? Not. 3D printing is much slower and much more expensive than mass production....
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    Sorry, I wrote this thinking about weather balloons. Still, satellite images for weather forecasts are produced by satellites in geostationary orbits. So why should any country from another continent launch an expensive satellite to monitor America's weather?...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    I don't think so. GW causes more storms and more rain. If you want to protect against tornados or plan your harvest, you need detailed weather information which is not provided by satellites only. While it's no problem to identify...
  • Commented on Not a Manifesto
    I'm not very familiar with Tolkien's dark lords, but smart phones seem pretty disastrous to their users when exploited by today's dark lords who have access to Predator drones and Hellfire missiles....
  • Commented on The morning after
    About seventy years ago we hanged a bunch of Nazis for committing atrocities under the excuse of "collective responsibility" Let's not forget that those Nazis were hanged for genocide, not just for killing civilians under the excuse of "collective responsibility"....
  • Commented on The morning after
    There's the whole Devo Max issue to contemplate -- promises were made in the last week of campaigning -- although I expect them to be forgotten or kicked into touch because there's a general election due in less than 12...
  • Commented on The morning after
    Nope, because the Scottish Political Singularity still isn't over yet. So now would be the time to write an alternate history novel where the Yes campaign won? :-)...
  • Commented on The referendum question
    Hm, I doubt that OGH's meagre income alone will make a big difference. And doesn't the foreign currency go to the publisher first? OTOH apparently there's billions in the whiskey trade. An independent Scotland could also cut the VAT on...
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