Jay

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  • Commented on Bad puppies, no awards
    Tyler Durden's whole shtick was about teaching frustrated, bitter men to band together and act out their rage, with catastrophic results. Seems kind of Trumpy to me....
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    We all wish we lived in a world where people would make necessary sacrifices for the common good. Instead we live in a world where Tyler Durden can put a dead cat on his head and run for president....
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    Fair enough. We can endlessly debate the fine details, and any answer is going to be somewhat arbitrary (for example, price comparisons between 1820 and 1990 are slippery at best). Not that the suggestion to these countries should be that...
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    Sorry, it's been far to long for me to remember references. You might want to consider using ammonia and captured CO2 (presumably from some engine) to produce urea for use as a fertilizer. That should be manageable, since our bodies...
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    Actually, I mean both. As evidence of the first point, I offer this graph: http://www.thehillsgroup.org/depletion2_012.htm . Note that correlation coefficients of .995 are hardly ever observed in economics. Growth requires infrastructure, but infrastructure requires energy....
  • Commented on A Storm Of Stories
    The real question is whether money spent on promotion will attract enough paying customers at high enough prices to yield a decent risk-adjusted return on the investment....
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    The good news is that if you burn ammonia at atmospheric pressure (for heating or cooking) there's no NOx production to speak of. NOx is only produced at high pressures (e.g. inside engines)....
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    I'm not saying that fossil fuels are in any way sustainable, because they aren't. I'm saying that, so far at least, our energy problems are solvable by renewables in the same sense that California's wildfire problems are solvable by pissing...
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    There are all sorts of ways to make energy. Making energy at the necessary scale is much more difficult, arguably impossible. Lawrence Livermore National Labs has the best estimates I'm aware of for energy use in the U.S. (other developed...
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    The interior would be too busy figuring out how to do agriculture without being part of the world economy. You seem to think people would prioritize the relatively intractable collective problem (lack of food for everybody) rather than the relatively...
  • Commented on A Storm Of Stories
    Pricing also makes a difference. A $10 book has to overcome a certain amount of resistance to get me to buy, and a $25 hardcover is a rare purchase. A $3 ebook faces hardly any resistance. I probably won't even...
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    One thing to remember is that renewables and smart grids tend to be alternatives. People who invest heavily in renewables usually plan to spend much less on grid electricity, which is not compatible with paying their share of upkeep on...
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    I worked with anhydrous ammonia for five years in grad school. It needs to be kept cold and/or under pressure. At STP, it's boiling furiously and splattering corrosive liquid all around. If there's enough of it and you can wait,...
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    Ammonia is a good technology, but it's not perfect. Its vapor pressure at room temperature is about 10 atmospheres (16 on a hot summer day). Its containers need to hold pressure, and leaks tend to splash highly corrosive liquid everywhere...
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    I thought I had defined the term. If a group can take food from whoever has it with impunity, they're in charge (locally, for now). Admittedly, this is probably not a role that Joint Strike Fighters are terribly useful in,...
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    In case you've forgotten, whoever controls the strongest military in a given area gets to decide who eats the remaining food and who starves....
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    The Atrocity Archives didn't really make any feminist statement that I can recall. The Jennifer Morgue didn't either until the end, and as I mentioned in comment #136 the ending didn't make much sense. I ended that book with the...
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    I've read it. It was good, except for the ending. Trying to avoid spoilers, I'll just say that it hinged on a substitution that would have been ineffective if a certain widget had been turned off and unnecessary if the...
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    That sounds pretty reasonable, although I have some qualms about the disarmament bit. I do think the status quo is underrated. When you consider that near-term possibilities include a worldwide banking collapse and/or a Trump administration, the status quo starts...
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    I'm not on one side or the other in the culture wars. I mainly just want the most vocal partisans on each side to die in a fire. I am quite a bit to your right on social issues, but...
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    I only read your horror comedies. I've read just enough of the rest to know I'm not interested. If the horror comedies were a passing phase for you, then I'll probably drift away....
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    Curiously exactly my thoughts on a bunch of the fiction on the puppy's slateā€¦ To the very limited extent that I'm familiar with the puppies' work, I agree....
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    I am happy to be described as a feminist, a socialist, and a social justice warrior Fair enough, but remember that for an aging SF author to neglect entertainment value in favor of anvilicious political messages is the definition of...
  • Commented on Chilling Effects
    I've read Kindle samples that didn't start at the beginning of the book, so apparently it can be done. The ones that work best to sell the book, for me, usually give the end of the first act. A sample...
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    you can have success or control But neither is guaranteed, and giving up one does not necessarily produce the other....
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    I never said that "traditional morality" was a good moral code. It was, in many ways, horrible. Still, it enforced some basic requirements: support your family, support your community, at least pay lip service to the Golden Rule, etc*. People...
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    You're not wrong, but you're only telling half the story. The rest involves a conscious effort, mainly on the left of the political spectrum, to tear down traditional morality and replace it with a morality based on ... actually, we...
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    The closer you get to the "four Fs", the less education tends to change behavior. The parts of the brain that drive those behaviors are ancient and deeply wired. For those who don't know, the four F's are fighting, fleeing,...
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    In the U.S., bookstore revenues seem to be down about 36% between 2007 and 2014 (U.S. Census data, available at http://www.census.gov/retail/mrts/www/data/excel/mrtssales92-present.xls ). Adjusting for inflation, it's more like 44%. That's total annual revenue for "general bookstores" (NAICS code 451211), although...
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    Personally, I sometimes pay attention to author blurbs. Not the content, but I usually estimate that I'd like the book being blurbed slightly less that I've liked books by the author writing the blurb. As rules of thumb go, it...
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